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Dave

AOL

#1 Sep 17, 2009
Mr. Yasuhara,
You didn't really believe what you just wrote did you? Racism, from which side are you speaking?
Not once has there been anyone from the right say, damn the torpedos and this president. Which by the way is 50% white. Why to you call him a black President? He is an American President.
Did you see the number of white people that voted for this man? I guess not.
And to take Ms. Dowd's word as gospel is very dangerous. She is one of the most far left radicals out there. She is losing creditability daily.
And as for racism, did you see the tape on CNN blaming the white person carrying guns into the TownHall meeting?They actually called that person a white person.
Well, if you had stayed tuned, you would have seen them pan up and it was a black man carrying those guns.
I think the only racism, which by the way, is very outdated, is in your mind.
This country is so diverse to even mention it is sick. This country and the world, is basically chop suey.
I know many Republicans that actually gave the President a chance and truly wanted him to succeed, but he has been a disappointment since day one. Way too many broken promises and his focus is on the wrong things.
kamaaina expatriate

Austin, TX

#2 Sep 17, 2009
Dave, to deny that racists are not out in FULL FORCE against this President, and his administration is to be completely ignorant and delusional. Nobody is saying that EVERY Conservative or Republican is a racists. However, to ignore as FACT that the massive overwhelming majority of racist behavior being perpetrated against our President is coming from the Right is delusional. You claim that you know "many Republicans" that actually gave the President a chance and truly wanted him to succeed. I challenge you to present more than two! I am currently living in Texas, much of which is a conservative bible-thumping hell-hole of brain dead racists and rednecks. I don't know even ONE Republican here who supported this President in any way, not even one, and I work with hundreds of them. Let's just get real about this issue, ok?
The fact is that the Tea-Baggers are just white racist scum...
whoever

Kailua, HI

#3 Sep 17, 2009
The Mr. Yasuhara's of the world take great comfort in dismissing any criticism or questioning of the president as racism. That way one doesn't have to actually ponder the questions being asked or the answers, or lack thereof, that are given.

I wish I could live in the same state of euphoric ignorance but I can't. I was taught to ask, ask, and ask again until the questions are answered.

Refusing to accept things without questioning them is the mark of a thinking human being, not a racist.
kaimukirich

Honolulu, HI

#4 Sep 17, 2009
whoever wrote:
Refusing to accept things without questioning them is the mark of a thinking human being, not a racist.
so where was this worldy wisdom and questioning attitude when bush authorized a war with iraq, based on...well, nothing?
KCC

Laurel, MD

#5 Sep 17, 2009
Opposing Bill Clinton's policies is not racist. But, when you oppose the SAME policies by a president who happens to be black, suddenly that's racist? Psychologists have a term for people who see gays, or racists, or sexists wherever they look - it's called "projection." What you claim to see in others is what you cannot face in yourself. Mr. Yasuhara, why do you hate white people so much?
Surrounded

Waipahu, HI

#6 Sep 17, 2009
kamaaina expatriate wrote:
I don't know even ONE Republican here who supported this President in any way, not even one, and I work with hundreds of them. Let's just get real about this issue, ok?
The fact is that the Tea-Baggers are just white racist scum...
Republicans have gone along with Obama on Afghanistan, which is more than most Democrats did for Bush during his 8 years. The few who did (such as Lieberman) were ostracized from their own party.

As for the Teabaggers, I thought they were Barney Frank voters.

It's Tea Party and those of you who continue to assign a new word with an obscene meaning to it are no better than Michael Savage or those on the far radical right.
Surrounded

Waipahu, HI

#7 Sep 17, 2009
kaimukirich wrote:
<quoted text>
so where was this worldy wisdom and questioning attitude when bush authorized a war with iraq, based on...well, nothing?
Nothing?! Even though our intelligence was handicapped by 8 years of new rules and regulations under Clinton, British and other European intelligence was telling us Saddam was dangerous. He refused to comply with how many UN resolutions? And they had been told there would be "serious consequences" if they failed to comply? We know what happens to children whose parents keep letting them get away with more, more, and still more. Saddam had stepped over the line at least 17 or 18 times without "serious consequences" actually coming true.

Bush's approval rating was sky high after the invasion. But the Democrats couldn't let that stand, so the media bombarded the public with daily "Bush lied" messages from the network sitcoms to the late evening comedy shows to the failing network news organizations singing their tune.
Dave

AOL

#8 Sep 17, 2009
kamaaina expatriate wrote:
Dave, to deny that racists are not out in FULL FORCE against this President, and his administration is to be completely ignorant and delusional. Nobody is saying that EVERY Conservative or Republican is a racists. However, to ignore as FACT that the massive overwhelming majority of racist behavior being perpetrated against our President is coming from the Right is delusional. You claim that you know "many Republicans" that actually gave the President a chance and truly wanted him to succeed. I challenge you to present more than two! I am currently living in Texas, much of which is a conservative bible-thumping hell-hole of brain dead racists and rednecks. I don't know even ONE Republican here who supported this President in any way, not even one, and I work with hundreds of them. Let's just get real about this issue, ok?
The fact is that the Tea-Baggers are just white racist scum...
Thank you very much for calling me a liar. Very intelligent of you to slander me, you have no idea who I am or what color I am. So to paraphase you, Let's be real.
I came from a Republican background and area and several friends and family voted for this man. Are you calling them liars also. YOu do not need their names.
And to call fellow Americans white racist scums, just showed the world your lack of intelligence, you poor thing.
You call yourself and Expatriate, but I have to wonder if you ever picked up on the Aloha we shower people with here.
Since the first President, they have been questioned and challenged, as is every American's right. To do otherwise is being negligent in keeping them accountable for their actions.
The challenges and questions Bush rec'd were okay with you, I am assuming you kept your mouth shut on that.
So now we have a President that is pushing bills and expenditures through Congress at an alarming rate. Spending and corruption is out of control, People are frightened for their futures. He is surrounding himself with questionable characters, and now all of a sudden it is racist to question.
The people are asking and they deserve answers, not being called names from the likes of you.
I can tell you, the color of his skin makes a tinker's damn to them, they just want answers.
I don't care if he is green or blue, just be accountable.
If you had watched the 9-12 DC meeting on TV you would have seen absolutely not one single racists act being done.
djazz

Providence, RI

#9 Sep 17, 2009
kaimukirich wrote:
<quoted text>
so where was this worldy wisdom and questioning attitude when bush authorized a war with iraq, based on...well, nothing?
the dems voted for it too
Reality

Ewa Beach, HI

#10 Sep 17, 2009
Reality is there is a lot of "reverse racism" going on now. Could you imagine the furor if a white man had jumped on the stage and grabbed a mic from a black singer? No way Jose. Blacks now seem emboldened to do such things since they have a black leader now. And people yelled "you lied" to Bush all the time and it was not racism. It's just that a lot of white voters and I suspect black voters too are having a lot of second thoughts after they voted for him. He said "change" but the "change ain't what they thought it would be".
Been there done that

Honolulu, HI

#11 Sep 17, 2009
After reading all your comments, I sense none of you have ever lived extensively in a caucasian neighborhood or a african american neighborhood or a jewish community or a chinatown or an italian block. I have... in several major cities in America. In my opinion from the years of observation from a local boy growing up with Hawaiians, Samoans, Tongans, Filipinos, Japanese, and every other race in the old Halawa Housing where some people refer to as the old slums of Aiea, we were taught the "white" guy was the racist. But from traveling and living among the hard core racial neighborhoods of America's inner cities, I have been a witness to the worst sense of racism and it was, sad to say, the african american neighborhoods. I wish all of you one day will have the opportunity to live in the inner cities and racially divided neighborhoods of America and I have no doubt you will change your mind as to who are the most racist people in America. I have been in the inner circles of these various races and none of them have the level of violence, hatred, crime, prejudice, lousy work ethics, filth on the streets of black america. But, there is another side of black america that I have grown to love and that is the gospel side of black america and their dedication and commitment to God is amazingly beautiful and loving.
djazz

Providence, RI

#12 Sep 17, 2009
He said he was going to go through any bill through line by line and cut out the earmarks.
He didn't. So now we spend millions to help Chinese prostitutes with their drinking problems, etc. etc.
He said he was going to institute change so to help the economy he passes the largest spending bill in history.
This is not change.
Saddling Americans now and for generations to come
is politics as usual.
John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan cut taxes and revenues increased.
Doing that and cutting government waste would have turned this country around.

“Enough Drama”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#13 Sep 17, 2009
Dave wrote:
Mr. Yasuhara,
You didn't really believe what you just wrote did you? Racism, from which side are you speaking?
Not once has there been anyone from the right say, damn the torpedos and this president. Which by the way is 50% white. Why to you call him a black President? He is an American President.
Did you see the number of white people that voted for this man? I guess not.
And to take Ms. Dowd's word as gospel is very dangerous. She is one of the most far left radicals out there. She is losing creditability daily.
And as for racism, did you see the tape on CNN blaming the white person carrying guns into the TownHall meeting?They actually called that person a white person.
Well, if you had stayed tuned, you would have seen them pan up and it was a black man carrying those guns.
I think the only racism, which by the way, is very outdated, is in your mind.
This country is so diverse to even mention it is sick. This country and the world, is basically chop suey.
I know many Republicans that actually gave the President a chance and truly wanted him to succeed, but he has been a disappointment since day one. Way too many broken promises and his focus is on the wrong things.
Dave if I were close to you I would shake your hand I don't know what ethnic you are but I applaud your post and conclude that whatever happens this president has dissapointed us all and I am black. I also do feel that a few have tried to start a race problem from the lack of disrespect they have shown our president while in office but for the most part I do want to say RACISM is alive and brewing as we speak. But I thank-you for your civil opinion. Now if we could just get something done that would beneficial to our country beside trying to start a RACE war that would be truly amazing!
Carl Sagan

Hilo, HI

#14 Sep 17, 2009
Great letter Dr. Fand.

The elites, "capitalist", system is a rigged card game.

Hope you are right about the majority of peoples expected outrage at being sold out once again.

How about a national Progressive/Libertarian Party for real change we can believe in?
Surrounded

Waipahu, HI

#15 Sep 17, 2009
Progressive/Libertarian party? Surely you jest. Progressives want total governmental control, libertarians want the opposite. Or did you mean two separate NEW parties? You go first. Set up a "Progressive Party," fund it well, and give the rest of your money to the "Green Party." Yeah, that's the ticket.
kamaaina expat

Austin, TX

#16 Sep 17, 2009
Hey Dave, seems that people are yelling "LIAR" a lot these days doesn't it?. Although, if you read my previous post, you won't find that word anywhere (except in your own post).

And yes, I AM a Hawai'ian born Expatriate (you know, just like Barak Obama) My children were both born at Kapiolani as well. Yes, I have been living on the Mainland for almost 2 years but Hawai'i is my home state, and my home, and I pay property taxes there and have family there, so don't even bother questioning where I am from.

I'm guessing that you are Malahini?. Why bother with the myth of "Showering Aloha"? I know better, and you should know better. Violence & property crime in Hawai'i is ridiculous.

No, I never kept my mouth shut about George Bush, he was responsible for more crimes than I could possibly list here (and where were your protests then?) And, I never called him Hitler, Stalin, Socialist, Marxist, Terrorist, Illegal Immigrant, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. I just called him what he is: A War Criminal.

Thankfully, I was a true Expatriate for half of his horrible terms as President, spending the first half living overseas (7 years of my life overseas) Have you ever even left the U.S.?

Perhaps the most ridiculous and false of your comments were your claims that during the 9/12 march that there was "absolutely not one single racists act being done". ARE YOU SERIOUS???
I saw numerous images of blatant racism on many of the protesters signs!!! Apparently you didn't watch them at all?

SERIOUSLY, NO RACISM AT THE 9/12 PROTEST???? SERIOUSLY? get real
Lefty

Honolulu, HI

#17 Sep 17, 2009
I don't get it. When Obama was elected president by the majority, it was progress- we transcended racism. Now if anyone disagrees with his policies, its because of racism. Which is it? Time to put that old feeble excuse to rest once and for all.
kamaaina expat

Austin, TX

#18 Sep 17, 2009
Lefty, now that is a fair question. It's nice to see that an actual debatable question can still be posed in this hostile environment.

I thought that we had transcended racism too, but clearly that is not the case. I don't agree with everything Obama does either, but the color of his skin, or mine, or yours, doesn't come to mind when I think of, or debate, his policies.

However, judging by the clearly insane reactions from the right, their beef has absolutely nothing to do with policy.
Kaimukirich

Honolulu, HI

#19 Sep 17, 2009
Surrounded wrote:
<quoted text>
Nothing?! Even though our intelligence was handicapped by 8 years of new rules and regulations under Clinton, British and other European intelligence was telling us Saddam was dangerous. He refused to comply with how many UN resolutions? And they had been told there would be "serious consequences" if they failed to comply? We know what happens to children whose parents keep letting them get away with more, more, and still more. Saddam had stepped over the line at least 17 or 18 times without "serious consequences" actually coming true.
Bush's approval rating was sky high after the invasion. But the Democrats couldn't let that stand, so the media bombarded the public with daily "Bush lied" messages from the network sitcoms to the late evening comedy shows to the failing network news organizations singing their tune.
well, they didn't find any weapons of mass destruction did they? that was heralded as one of the top reasons for invading iraq. that and iraq was one of main training areas for al qaeda.
Dave

AOL

#20 Sep 17, 2009
dgshiner wrote:
<quoted text>Dave if I were close to you I would shake your hand I don't know what ethnic you are but I applaud your post and conclude that whatever happens this president has dissapointed us all and I am black. I also do feel that a few have tried to start a race problem from the lack of disrespect they have shown our president while in office but for the most part I do want to say RACISM is alive and brewing as we speak. But I thank-you for your civil opinion. Now if we could just get something done that would beneficial to our country beside trying to start a RACE war that would be truly amazing!
Thank you for the kinds words. I, too am tired of the race card being played over and over. There is some racism out there, but I think this country has moved forward in so many ways. I see reverse racism being shown, and that is a scary thing.
I choose to think we still live in the best and most giving country. I do wish repect was taught in the home a little more than now a days.
A friend read a very interesting book a while back and shared some of it with me. In it, it told of the race card bing played is all part of the game. It is being used to incite a civil war among the masses. Instead of pacifying the people, it is being used to control the people into doing their bidding without even knowing it. If a civil war ensues, then the gov't would have the right to take over the TV stations, air waves, internet and our whole way of living. This is all about the power.
I didn't think much about it at the time, but as time goes by, it does make some sense. Since some bills have been presented recently citing those very things.
These isn't my theory, it is just a book. I have also read a few articles leaning towards the same thing. I found it interesting.

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