First off I'm not a blogger but I have a question/statement that doesn't seem to go anyplace else.          

  Am I the only one who thinks the president has given in to the repubicans enough?  This last go around about death benefits for veterans families.  I can see where the families need the money.  I would certainly fall into that category.  But....if Obama gives in here isn't he just setting himself up for more piecemeal,paying out to progams of the republicans choosing?  And wouldn't that just encourage them to hold the american people hostage anytime they choose.  The republican party reminds me of a two year old throwing a temper tantrum.  They'll hold their breath till they turn blue in the face, stomp their feet and whine till someone puts their foot down.  I think its time Obama put his foot down.  Squarely on their necks would be my preference but I'll take what I can get.

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Comment by tom sarbeck on October 21, 2013 at 12:52pm

By the way, an interesting question is why Obama is considered to be black?  when he actually only has 1/2 African ancestry.

American racism: Obama's father is black and we say he's black; his mother is white and we say he's black.

If you've lived in America's racist South you might know the terms high yellow, octoroon and quadroon.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 11, 2013 at 5:18pm

Luara, I don't know if they would have acted differently had he been of another race.  I guess we'll never know.  I do know  in this tiny area I live in people openly call him the n word.  And wear t-shirts that show a picture if him lying on the ground with a redneck standing over him, a stream of urine showering down with the slogan "piss on Obama".   Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it's not racist.  But it sure seems racists to me.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 11, 2013 at 2:27pm

More like a local gang, extorting local businesses.

Comment by Michael Penn on October 11, 2013 at 11:01am

My previous comment was to prove that IT IS racism! Before Obama was elected the first time a 19 year old in the midwest said none of it was racism about being against Obama. He said that "we just don't believe that darkie should be in the white house." We have so many ignorant people here, and these days it's the Republicons!

Comment by Luara on October 11, 2013 at 10:18am

Do you really believe the republicans would go to such extremes if the man wasn't black??

Easily.  There already is a good explanation to hand - Obama's plan is the biggest government intervention into the lives of US residents for a long, long time - perhaps ever.  The government hs gotten bigger and bigger and assumed more powers over time. 

Many Republicans are of a limited-government flavor.  That explains their objections quite well. 

Also, it doesn't make much sense that racism would cause people to fight against a particular thing the president does.  Racism would more likely be directed at Obama personally. 

Attempts to impeach Obama, for example, would be more likely motivated by racism.  I don't think the "birther" stuff would be done to a white president. 

But the "birthers" are loony.  Most of the Republican representatives are not birthers. 

And you don't know what's going on in the heads of the politicians who are fighting Obamacare.  Calling them racists is just another kind of stereotyping, directed against Republicans rather than racial groups. 

Also, as I posted in another thread, many liberals are racist according to the best psychological test that I've heard of.  People play the blame game extensively with racism, and it is destructive. 

By the way, an interesting question is why Obama is considered to be black?  when he actually only has 1/2 African ancestry.  Why in general does even a small part African ancestry make someone "black"??  Obama himself seems to identify as a black person. 

Comment by Michael Penn on October 11, 2013 at 9:19am

Amen! But it isn't about racism. It's just that nobody wanted this black man to be president and they said in advance that they would not work with him.   Duh!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2013 at 5:39pm
The history of racism in the Republican Party can be demonstrated by the history of our nation. Slave-owners lost fortunes as a result of freeing slaves and their descendants remember that pain all too well.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
“Reid’s statement is reminiscent of remarks made by Vice President Biden during the 2012 campaign, when he said Republicans want to put African Americans back in ‘chains.’”

Cokie Roberts: "Some of This Tea Party Anger is Racist"
“Cokie Roberts attributed at least some of Obama’s falling polls to the GOP’s animus towards him which, she said, is motivated in part by racism."

Yes, these citations are from people who have a dog in the fight, and that doesn’t make them wrong. Just Goggle “Republicans and racism” and you will find long lists of sites. Race is a way to mobilize people who might otherwise not vote. The same will be true when/if a woman runs for president. It is a strategy to draw people out of the moderate range and into the radical range.

The problem is, as income gap spreads, not because of some invisible hand, but because of policies and practices put in place since the 1970s we began to see the spread, slowly at first, exponentially now. These policies create an extreme wealthy class at the expense of the middle class, just as happens in capitalism’s booms and busts which are as cyclical as sun spots. Forces build to suck money out of working people into the hands of people who own capital. That is how capitalism, left to its own devices works.

Working people just do not stand still when political and economic forces suck them under to the point they will revolt.

Just look at history:
French: Revolution (1789–1799)
Haitian Revolution (1791–1804)
Philippine Revolution (1899 -1902)
Cuban Revolution (1959)

People will not stand still when wealth is sucked out of their efforts. Those who produce goods and services are entitled to sharing in profits. Forcing labor costs down because there are so many hungry people does not lead to peace.

Peace without justice is not peace.
Comment by kathy: ky on October 10, 2013 at 4:09pm

And there's this from May11,2011

Since 2000 the number of organized hate groups has climbed by more than 50 percent.

The Geography of Hate   From The Atlantic  And those stats are two years old.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 10, 2013 at 3:51pm

Come on Stacy!  Do you really believe the republicans would go to such extremes if the man wasn't black??  All the birther nonsense was a dead give away.. Sure Hillary would have had plenty of problems but to shut down the government over a law that was not only legally voted on but upheld by the highest court in our land?   I just don't think it would have played out this way.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 10, 2013 at 7:07am

Even among Democrats, Obama's approval ratings have dropped dramatically (how easily we forget all the good things he's done). I'm with you: stand your ground Mr. President.



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