I've recently seen some reports on the behavior of right wing groups in Europe and the former Soviet Republic. They model themselves after the Nazis and mock black soccer players by making monkey sounds. Then yesterday I was listening to the Rick Minaya Show and he player a recording a young Heat Fan who was encouraging the team as they left the court after losing game 5 to Boston. Rick was disgusted by the yoiung man's behavior. He felt that the youngman's behavior represented everything that is wrong with America today. He made the analogy of the German General on D-Day encouraging the German troops as they retreated. (who knew that we shold model our sports teams after the Nazis)? One caller who identified himself as a Coral Gable Builder was apoplectic, he said the youngman's behavior was the antithesis of how an American should act.
What ever happen to sportsmanship? or the time when the "winner took the time to shake the losers hand"? I can only say that the young man has more class in his little finger than Rich and his Coral Gables Fan have in their whole (more than likely) over weight bodies.
Which candidate is more likely to create a better future?
I guess it depends on your values. If you see a better future based on whether you or your children will have the opportunity to own a bigger home or bigger car, then maybe Mit should be your candidate. I’m not sure that Mit’s election would guarantee a better economy, but the Republicans would work with him and I don’t think the democrats would act the way the Republicans have.
On the other hand if nuclear war, pollution, education, etc. are a concern to you then President Obama is your candidate. The President has worked hard to reduce the number of nuclear war heads and to create new alliances and treaties that will stop additional countries from acquiring nuclear weapons. He has appointed competent people like Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice to represent us and these two women are respected by their counterparts around the world. He’s trying to improve the educational system in America so that we can continue to be a world leader in science and technology. He has encouraged research on alternative energy sources and more energy efficient cars, appliances, industry etc. His appointments to the Supreme Court will have a positive effect on this country for many years. This alone is reason enough to reelect the President. If he could appoint just one more justice it would change the direction of the court for the next 30 years.
So try and look at the big picture and don’t be swayed by the right wing attacks. Ironically last election the right wing said it was not the role of government to create jobs, now they blame unemployment on President Obama, When former President Bush mistakenly thought the Iraq War was over, he landed on an aircraft carrier in a military flight suit to announce mission accomplished. Now the same people who applauded Bush are accusing the President of “Spiking the ball” because of his success in getting Bin Laden. Basically, when the right accuses someone of a misdeed, you can be certain that they are actually the ones who are doing it.
I just finished reading a “conservative” blog (just a conservative girl) and the writer was discussing the origins of the term “Uncle Tom”. I felt it was a very thoughtful observation on her part and in the end she said that Tom was a decent man that stood by his convictions. I think most people credit the book with pointing out how cruel and injustice the system was. Today the term Uncle Tom is used to describe someone who uses their race to benefit themselves even if it is at the detriment of a vast number of African Americans.
Clarence Thomas is to me the best example of this. He was a rising star in the Republican Party because he was willing to articulate their philosophy that African Americans were not discriminated against in this country. He would use himself as an example of how all you had to do was work hard and you could be successful, there were no barriers. Eventually he was appointed to lead the government agency that protects woman in the workplace. Unfortunately, while he was supposed to be protecting woman he was harassing them. When a seat on the Supreme Court became available the Republicans choose him. He replaced the first Black Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. Thurgood Marshall was a brilliant lawyer and is credited with developing the legal strategy that won many civil rights cases. Clarence Thomas was no Thurgood Marshall, but he was Black and a conservative. Ironically, during the confirmation hearings it was revealed that Thomas was a womanizer, abused his position and created a hostile work environment. What was so reveling was Thomas’ defense? Now the man who made a career out of claiming there was no prejudice in this country, made a complete reversal and claimed that he was being denied the seat and being held to a different standard solely because he was Black, and according to Thomas it happened all the time. In the end the Republicans were successful in replacing a brilliant American with this hypocrite.
Today we have plenty of successful Black Republicans that stand by silently as members of their party refer to President Obama as “A dog eating communist”. There is no difference between a white opportunist or a black opportunist, they are only thinking about themselves.
“The President is a dog eating communist”
Gee, do you think this is going to be a dirty campaign?. If you’re wondering who uttered this disgusting attack on the President, you would be surprised to find out that it is someone organizing a rally to “restore love”. Yes it is good old Glenn Beck. Maybe when it comes to restoring love he should start with himself.
It is mind boggling the number of people that follow this man? Makes you understand how a cult operates, once the followers buy into the leaders infallibility, they just no longer think. Tragically there are millions of Americans that just want to be led, or want someone to think for them.
Another interesting phenomenon is the right wing slogan “get the government off our backs” it is what they claim to believe in, but are at the same time are asking for more government intervention in the electoral process. The Attorney General correctly stated that there is no need to require voter IDs since there is no record of rampant fraud. Of course the right has exploited the system to show that someone could commit voter fraud, but once again saying it is possible is a lot different than saying it is happening. So you have the people against Government intervention asking for intervention in a situation where the crime they want stopped is not taking place. The real motive is to make it just a little harder for working people to go and vote, knowing that this will favor the people that vote republican.
Ted Nugent, NRA Poster Child
"If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent said, according to a video posted on YouTube by the NRA. "If you can't go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil America hated administration, I don't even know what you're made out of."
He accused the government of "wiping its ass with the Constitution you're living under a rock some place" and labeled members of the Obama administration, including the vice president, attorney general and secretary of state "criminals."
"We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Am I, any questions?" Nugent said.
These are some of the remarks made by a great American to the NRA Convention. Keep in mind he wasn’t talking to the Orchid Society, he was talking to an organization that advocates the right of every thug, gangbanger, mental defective, etc. the right to own an automatic rifle or pistol.
The quote speaks for itself, I believe every Republican, conservative, tea party member should denounce this psychotic rhetoric. We have to be better than this, we must respect those democratic traditions that have made this country the leading democracy in the world.
Glenn writes a complete column expressing his outrage that the New York Times distorted the story in regards to exactly what George Zimmerman said to the 911 operator and when he said it. Here are the undisputable facts: A young man leaves the home that he is staying in, he walks to the store, purchases a few items and then proceeds to walk back home. George Zimmerman see the young man and calls 911 telling them that there is suspicious person who looks like they are on drugs and he is following him the operator ask if the individual is white or black, Zimmerman replies that he is black. Zimmerman is also told that they don’t want him to follow the individual. In the next few minutes the young man is shot dead. Guess what outraged Glenn Garvin? the New York Times originally said that Zimmerman described the young man as being suspicious looking and black. Actually he did not say that Trayvon was black until after the operator asked. So this has gotten Glenn all upset, he is not bothered by the fact that the young man died for no reason and factually whether Zimmerman said it before or after the operator asked does not change the fact that he knew Trayvon was black and that seemed to be the main reason why he looked suspicious.
Here is what I think Glenn should do, since the death of Trayvon doesn’t seem to bother him, call up the Miami Fire Captain that voiced his insightful observations and the two of you have a beer. Glenn can talk about how the real tragedy is that the Times changed the sequence around and the Fire Captain can talk about how it is really the dysfunction Black families that are to blame.
Just one more thing, if I get shot dead in the street because I decided to walk to the store, please make sure and get the sequence of events correct as to when the person that kills me acknowledges that he knew I was white. I would not want to get Glenn upsetPosted 3 minutes ago by Liberalal
Do you think they ever realize that they are bigots?
I received the following from one of my right wing friends:
“One of the best lines I've heard lately was from a retired shop foreman at the old Republic Steel plant in Cleveland, OHIO.
When a young black kid was being laid off, the kid said to the shop foreman: "You're firing me because I'm black!"
The foreman thought a moment and replied: "No, we hired you because you're black." . . . "We're firing you because you are TOTALLY USELESS!!"
Sounds like a very good slogan for the 2012 election!
A picture of President Obama was in this space.
. . . TOTALLY USELESS!!!
Another one of the “Big Lies” repeated by the right wing is that many people voted for President Obama because he was Black. Some of the goofball reasons they say that they did it are; it would end racism, or they wanted to prove they weren’t prejudice.
In reality the millions of Americans voted for him because he was the better candidate, he articulated a message of hope and promised to try and solve some of the major issues facing all Americans. Some of those issues are poverty, healthcare, pollution, nuclear proliferation, world peace, our economic problems and our economic relationship with the rest of the world.
Lets hope that those same American return to the polls in 2012 and again vote for the President for the same reasons they did last time.