Hate Is A Strong Word

October 21, 2009

Hate is a strong word.  In my house, it was ranked right up there with evil, hell and Satan.  We couldn’t even say it unless we meant it and even then, we had better have a really good reason for it.  So when fourth-grader, Terence Scott used that word in the same sentence as the President of the United States, I wondered if Terence really meant it.  Did he really believe that people hated President Barak Obama?  He seemed geniunely distressed when he questioned the President at a town hall meeting in New Orleans, Thursday, October 15, 2009.  But his follow up comment was even more heart wrenching.  “They are supposed to love you,” he said.  “God is love.”  The President visibly struggled to give an age appropriate, politically correct answer.  However, the question still hangs in the air like strange fruit dangling from southern trees at a church picnic.  Why do some people hate Barak Obama?  Not disagree with, or dislike, but hate so strongly that they can’t see straight.  One blogger even accused President Obama of setting up the town hall question and playing the race card.  “…In the usual, underhanded way so that he can claim that he was above it all.  Sure, sure it wasn’t a set up…sure.”  Seriously?  So let me get this straight.  President Obama planted this 9-year-old boy in the crowd, fed him the question before hand, and then proceeded to exploit him on national TV with his parent’s permission?  For real?  Okay, we really need to stop the madness.  One way to do that is to simply answer the question posed by the young boy in New Orleans.  Why DO some people hate the President.  I’ll tell you.  Becaue he is the most powerful man in the free world, and he is a black man.  Yeah, I said it. 

You can almost see the pitchforks and shotguns in hand as the birthers, extremists, protestors and right-wing conservatives, charge after the President day after day, wanting to literally destroy him and his presidency.  Birthers claim and are devoted to proving that Barack Obama isn’t eligible to be President of the United States because they contend that he wasn’t born here.  One passionate believer, New York preacher, James Manning declared at a National Press Club session in December that the President is,  “…the most notorious criminal in the history not just of America, but of this entire planet.”  This is out of control.  Extremist say that he is a Muslim out to destroy, “our America”; protestors compare him to Hitler, and right wing Christian conservatives call him a liar in the Halls of Congress.  They can’t stand it that there is an intelligent, articulate, gracious, honest, God-fearing, sitting black president in the White House.  And their despicable mob tirades unearth the unspoken truth that even after the election of this Nations’  first African American President,  America still has the blood of racism dripping from its mouth.  Sure, we have made progress, but we still have a long way to go. 

Yes, President Obama gave the politically correct answer in summation, “…it’s all apart of the job description”.  But while some of that may be the case, President Obama is getting a lot heavier dose of what is politically customary and what is morally appropriate.  And the hate flying in his direction is not just from the usual suspects mentioned above.  Parents pull their children out of school so they won’t hear the President encourage them to get an education and contribute back to America.  He wins the Nobel Peace Prize and an entire news day is focused on voices crying out against it in dismay.  His religious identity, patriotism and citizenship have been questioned, and he has been called a liar, racist, communist and a terrorist.  At the risk of sounding like a 9-year-old child, Terence Scott some people hate the President because of the racism that still blackens the hearts of the ignorant.  It is evil and someday the offenders will go to hell and meet Satan.  Yeah, I said it, with good reason, and I meant every word.



Rush…..Wide Right!!!!!

October 16, 2009

At this point, I am pretty sure that everyone has heard of Rush Limbaugh’s unsuccessful attempt to be part owner of an NFL team, the St. Louis Rams. I have my own personal feelings about whether objecting to him being an owner was right or not, but let’s apply Rush’s own beliefs and tactics to the situation. He along with other conservatives often proclaim that “life is not fair”; so no problem there, what happened is just life. A few months ago, Rush claimed he wanted President Obama to fail, then he came back and clarified saying that he wanted the President’s PLANS to fail. Well, it seems as if a lot of NFL fans, players and owners wanted Rush’s PLANS of being part owner of an NFL team to fail also. Even more recently, Rush announced on his show, with much pleasure , that Chicago was denied their bid for the Olympics. When you behave like that and seem to find pleasure in other people’s failure or when they come up short, the universe has a way of showing you what that is like. Rush just got a taste of what he wished on the United States, Chicago, and President Obama.

Anyone that has listened to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show knows that he is very opinionated and strives to influence his audience to think in particular ways. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but why wouldn’t he expect others to treat him in the same way? When he does a skit on President Obama or the “Justice Brothers (Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson) is he claiming that he is trying to make them look good or bad? Of course he is trying to make them look bad and discourage his audience from supporting anything these individuals do. How is that any different from what happened to him in the case of people opposing him for being part owner of an NFL team? The only difference I see is that Rush is on the receiving end of the smears and slander this time….if they are actually smears and slander. Any reasonable person that listens to Rush knows that he creates impressions of people or makes up things he wants his audience to believe about people he does not like. He attacks individuals and groups in a very aggressive way often only armed with his personal opinions of them. Also, he takes things that individuals have said or done and holds it against them and uses it to characterize them for eternity, which basically is the same thing that happened to him in this instance. How can he behave in one manner, but expect others to treat him in another manner? There is something very arrogant about that way of thinking. One of two things happened, Rush Limbaugh got exactly what he deserved OR he got a dose of his own medicine. However, Rush surely was not mistreated because people expressed displeasure wth him being part of a group to acquire the St. Louis Rams. Rush would have people believe that the decision was because of President Obama, the “liberal media” or because he is a conservative. The only reason this was a problem is because of Rush himself and his behavior over the years. He fails to admit that he has a right to say whatever he would like, but he does not have a right to everyone rewarding him for it. Just as he as an opinion about just about everyone, people can have an opinion of him as well. Where is that “personal responsibility” conservatives always talk about? Also, what does “Freedom of Speech” have to do with people supporting someone in owning a professional sports team. Let’s flip this thing and imagine what Rush Limbaugh would be saying if Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson or President Obama wanted to own part of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We all know that he would blast the idea and try to get all of his listeners to do the same. And all of the people that claim what happened to Rush was unfair would not have a problem with Rush trying to deny someone else the very thing he wanted. That is a scary element that exist out there today. People create all sorts of different standards for themselves that they have for others.

Lastly, I would ask Rush’s African American friends like “Mr. Snerdley or “Hutch” if they actually know him so well and do not believe that the things that people interpret about him are  accurate, why don’t they ask him to behave differently? Until situations like this, Rush enjoys playing people against one another and he will use this incident to continue doing that. Instead of using this as an opportunity to self evaluate, I can guarantee you that he is going to use this incident to make his audience feel that what happenned is an attack on them. If Rush Limbaugh actually has African American “friends”, they should be friend enough to tell him that in a lot of instances what he says is wrong and divisive.

As this thing plays out, I just ask that people apply Rush’s own standards to it. “Life is not fair”, you are guaranteed free speech, but not guaranteed that people have to agree with or support you, etc. How many times have we heard conservatives say that only access should be guaranteed, not the outcome? Well, Rush got access, it is just that his attempt was …….Wide Right!!!!

Black Republicans/Conservatives Have Mental Vitiligo

August 20, 2009

Vitiligo is a skin disorder that gained notoriety for being the cause of Micheal Jackson’s loss of skin color. I think I have discovered a condition that a lot of Black Republicans/Conservatives seem to have, Mental Vitiligo(M.V.). I actually discovered this condition by accident when I began to look into politics more deeply and observed what people had to say. I began listening to a local Black Conservative Talk Show host which prompted me to listen to more nationally known figures. Almost without fail, I noticed that whenever a Black Republican/Conservative was on a program whether it be television or radio, they sounded the same. All of them seemed to have the same personalities and qualities. I am sure that I am not the only one that has noticed that a good number of Black Republicans/Conservatives seem fixated on making Black Democrats seem racist or stupid. I have had hundreds of conversations with Black Conservatives and a lot of them seem to be on a mission to dissassociate themselves from the black community. Regardless of the circumstances, they are often recruited to say that a particular thing was not racist if it is an action of a white toward a black or that it was racist if it was the action of a black toward a white.

As I became more interested in the topic, I began to look around to see what I could find. One of the first people that came to my attention was Jesse Lee Peterson who is a favorite of Sean Hannity who reportedly said that slavery was a gift from God. That statement reminded me of something a local Black Conservative Talk Show host said which was that slaves were better off in America than not being slaves in Africa. That sort of mindset nearly blew me away. How could anyone be so ridiculous? I remember contacting Frances Rice who is the Chair of the National Black Republican Association to complain about the tone of Black Republicans. Her response was that she and others were going to do everything in their power to bring Obama down. It was clear to me that her response had more to do with race than politics. Black Republicans will be the first to suggest that the Democratic Party is fixated on race and often plays the race card. I think the opposite is true. I can demonstrate that Black Republicans are fixated on race and there main weapons are race cards. In my opinion, they play to the disgruntled whites who feel that the United States is changing and that minorities are taking over.

I thought I should conclude this peace with some examples of what I consider “Mental Vitiligo”. All of the following titles were taken from the National Black Republican Association website.
“Is Obama a Racist?” by Frances Rice, “A Post Racial President?” by Thomas Sowell, Stupid Black Men by Larry Elder, Bamboozled by Angela McGlowan, and They Think You’re Stupid by Herman Cain. That is much more than a coincidence, but represents a way of thinking.  Mental Vitiligo seems to be a condition that tells Black Conservatives that they have to go out of their way to dissassociate themselves from the Black Community and they seem to want to achieve that by attacking it.  I personally believe that sufferers of Mental Vitiligy believe that if they take every opportunity to attack the Black community or defend attacks against the Black community, they will be more accepted in society. They fail to realize that their actions only serve to feed the predjudices that some people have.

Requirements of a Modern-day Conservative

August 6, 2009

I was sitting here pondering some of the things it would actually require of me to be a modern-day Conservative, so I decided to jot down a few of  them. There will definitely be more of these to come.

Requirements of a Modern-day Conservative

Historical Beliefs

  • First and foremost, I have to believe Ronald Wilson Reagan was the greatest President of all time despite his racially divisive nature, involvement in Iran-Contra and his in-office approval ratings being below those of President Bill Clinton’s.
  • I must claim to be impartial on issues of race despite the fact that Conservatives have opposed virtually every form of civil and voting rights for minorities in this nation’s history.
  • I must agree with but never acknowledge the existence of a “Southern Strategy” which is a plan rooted in pursuing whites that became disgruntled after the passage of the Voter’s and Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s.
  • I must never take a historical look at the Democratic and Republican Parties and recognize the shift of racist Southern Democrats, like the Dixiecrats, to the Republican Party that transpired during the 1960s and beyond.
  • I must profess to be Pro-life(excellent position) but oppose any act which would help a living soul in need once they are born.
  • I must proclaim Christian values(excellent position) but oppose programs that aim to help those Christians are mandated to help like the poor, elderly, incarcerated, disabled, etc. I must also downplay moral failings of other Conservatives while highlighting the failures of Democrats and Liberals.
  • Despite having elected only 1 African American Senator in 1967, Edward Brooke of Massachusetts and 3 African American Representatives, Oscar De Priest of Illinois in 1929, Gary Franks of Connecticut in 1991 and J.C. Watts of Oklahoma in 1995 compared to 2 African American Senators, Carol Moseley Braun in 1993, Barack Obama, 2005 of Illinois , nearly 90 African American Representatives and most recently the first African American President of the United States, I must claim that the Democratic Party attempts to hold minorities back. 4 nationally elected African Americans for the GOP and over 90 nationally elected African Americans and a President for the Democratic Party is pretty clear, isn’t it?

Modern Beliefs

  • I must convince myself that George W. Bush was articulate and conveyed his messages well while President Obama is really an idiot that can not speak without a teleprompter.
  • Despite ever claim being disproven, including weapons of mass destruction, I must remain convinced that Bush/Cheney were truthful about the reasons the United States invaded Iraq.
  • When it comes to matters of patriotism, I must rely on the judgement of individuals that literally got multiple deferments to avoid military service over Democratic veterans who actually served. Individuals such as Rush Limbaugh, and “super chicken-hawk” Dick Cheney who are big war advocates, but whom both sat it out when they had an opportunity to fight.
  • Despite the fact that the deadliest terrorist attacks occurred under Republican administrations, Marine barracks in Beirut under Reagan(299 Servicemen killed) and 9/11 under George W. Bush(2,974 deaths), I must buy into the notion that we are more safe during Conservative administrations.
  • To the best of my ability, I must convince myself that the United States’ history of racial problems and issues with minorities is pale in comparison to the threat of discrimination from minorities toward whites.
  • I must ignore the constant drumbeat from conservative talk radio host like Rush Limbaugh that fan racial animosity between whites and minorities. On top of that, I must pretend the mountain of recorded racist statements by said conservative talk radio host do not exist, are always taken out of context or are just jokes.
  • I must believe that former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has a shot at being the next President of the United States. In order to get that far, I must never associate any answers she gives with the particular question that she was asked. Whatever she wants to say is always more important than the question that she was question she was asked anyway.
  • I must take my ques from radio talk show host who never venture beyond the confines of a supportive audience.  I must also expect my elected officials to be afraid to speak against positions held by the major talk-show hosts. In the event that they mistakenly speak out against them, I must require them to issue an apology within 24 hours.
  • I must believe that Obama is not a United States citizen despite him being born in Hawaii  which was announced in the local paper and for which a birth certificate is on file and whose mother was an American citizen.
  • I have to totally convince myself that Sean Hannity is telling the truth about things he talks about even when he leaves out all of the details that do not support his position.
  • It is absolutely imperative that I refer to President Obama as the “Messiah”  because Rush Limbaugh who claims to have the powers of a messiah,” All-Knowing, All-Sensing, All-Everything Maha Rushie” told me to.
  • Lastly, whatever is done or not done, I must take the opposite position to President Obama and the Congressional Democrats. Even when things are done that I previously agreed with, I must put up opposition at every turn.

The previous list consist of only a few requirements that an individual must submit to if he/she wants to be a good conservative. What are your thoughts? I guess I could never be a good conservative if these things remain as requirements or are expected of me.