Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1579788 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 5, 2008, titled Barack Obama, our next President. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...

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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#971590 Aug 27, 2013
“There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public.... Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs ... There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well.”

This 100-year-old, cobbled-together quote from the “the Great Accommodator” Booker T. Washington has gotten quite a bit of circulation in the right-wing blogosphere since the Tea Party came under attack over racial issues.

The quote helps support a broader sentiment that the current racial discontent is being fueled by a black liberal grievance industry that refuses to acknowledge racial progress, accept personal responsibility, or acknowledge its own racial transgressions. And that the charge of racism has become a bludgeon against anyone white and not in love with President Obama, thereby making those whites the most aggrieved — victims of the elusive reverse-racism Bigfoot. It’s perfect really: the historic words of a revered black figure being used to punch a hole in a present-day black mythology and to turn the world of racism upside down.

(The fact that those on the right would glom onto this quote is fascinating from a cultural/historical perspective. The quote is a not-so-subtle swipe by an aging Washington at his young nemesis, W.E.B. Du Bois, an Obama-like figure who advocated a more broad-based, activist movement for racial equality to be led by an erudite black intelligentsia. This is so riddled with ironies that I couldn’t possibly tackle them all in this column. Maybe another time. Rain check, please!)

The argument of these whites minimizes the victimization of others while magnifying their own victimization. While their argument may hold for some individuals, when you look at blacks writ large, the argument falls apart.

According to an ABC News poll conducted last year, blacks are even more likely than whites to admit that they “have at least some feelings of racial prejudice.” Thirty-eight percent of blacks admitted to those feelings while only 34 percent of whites did. I use the word admit because people notoriously underreport negative behaviors on polls, and knowing which groups may underreport and to what degree is impossible to gauge. For more objectivity, we need more scientific measures like Project Implicit, a virtual laboratory maintained by Harvard, the University of Washington and the University of Virginia that has administered hundreds of thousands of online tests designed to detect hidden racial biases. Tests taken from 2000 to 2006 found that a whopping three-quarters of whites have an implicit pro-white/anti-black bias, while 40 percent of blacks had a pro-black/anti-white bias, about the same amount as those admitting racial prejudice in the poll.

Furthermore, a January poll by the Pew Research Center found that most blacks agree that blacks who can’t get ahead are most responsible for their own condition. Only about a third said that racial discrimination was the main reason.

This whole hollow argument is further evidence that many whites are exhibiting the same culture of racial victimization that they decry.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/20/opinion/20b...
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#971591 Aug 27, 2013
.... This whole hollow argument is further evidence that many whites are exhibiting the same culture of racial victimization that they decry.

The latest evidence of this comes in a poll released this week that was conducted by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and financed by the Ford Foundation. The poll found that 62 percent of whites who identified as Tea Party members, 56 percent of white Republicans, and even 53 percent of white independents said that today discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities. Only 30 percent of white Democrats agreed with that statement.

It’s an extraordinary set of responses. And my question is the same one used by the right to defend the Tea Party against claims of racism: Where’s the proof? There’s a mound of scientific evidence a mile high that documents the broad, systematic and structural discrimination against minorities. Where’s the comparable mound of documentation for discrimination against whites? There isn’t one.

We can find racial prejudices in all segments of the population, but pretending that the degree and consequences are comparable is neither true nor helpful. And attributing to the agitation of the “colored” masses to the self-aggrandizement of a callous few is truly detrimental.

In fact, some on the right seem to be doing with the race issue what they’ve done with the climate-change issue: denying the basic facts and muddying the waters around them until no one can see clearly enough to have an honest discussion or develop thoughtful solutions.

I had thought that the reflexive denials and defenses of many on the right were simply an overreaction to, in their view, being unfairly accused of racism on too broad a scale. My present worry is that denial may be the new normal and that the hot language of the past summer has cooled and hardened into a permanently warped perception of the very meaning of discrimination and racism. I worry that the last bit of distance between where we are and where we want to be on racial reconciliation is being drawn through an ever-narrowing, ever-more-treacherous terrain.

In the name of progress, the public must reclaim the facts of the race debate in this country. Many racial problems have been solved but many remain. Some we must tackle within our individual communities and others must be dealt with between them. Racism isn’t everywhere we imagine it, but it is in far more places than we admit. If we can start from common points of agreement, we can come much closer to common ground. But to do that, everyone must step out of the shadows of denial and into the brutal light of honesty.

Booker T. Washington was right that there are some who may not “want the patient to get well.” Those people exist on all sides of the debate, and they will always be there. But they’re a minority. Cast them aside. Let the rest of us start with this point of agreement: The patient is doing better but is still sick.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/20/opinion/20b...
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Louisburg, NC

#971592 Aug 27, 2013
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US: Syria Has Crossed Chemical Weapons Red Line; What Their Response Might Be!
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Louisburg, NC

#971593 Aug 27, 2013
Are you ready?

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Level 5

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#971594 Aug 27, 2013
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#971595 Aug 27, 2013
The Tennessee Green Party filed a federal lawsuit Monday to get rid of Tennessee's voter ID law, calling the legislation unconstitutional and unfair to minority voters.

The voter identification law took effect in January 2012 and requires voters to show a state- or federally issued photo ID at the polls. The legislation aims to stifle voter fraud, yet many voting rights groups say the law instead disenfranchises thousands of Tennessee voters.

The lawsuit was filed by Alan Woodruff, an attorney in Gray, Tenn., who previously represented the Green Party. The defendants listed are Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins.

"There is no justification for having the photo ID requirement, as there is no such thing as voter fraud," Woodruff said according to The Tennessean. "It's overly burdensome. It affects minorities and the progressive-leaning voters more than the typical Republican conservative, and it was intended to."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/27/gree...
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#971596 Aug 27, 2013
The Michigan Senate voted Tuesday to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, extending health coverage to more than 400,000 low-income residents, but not without a little legislative drama first.

The GOP-controlled chamber approved the bill by a 20-18 vote at about 8 p.m. Tuesday after being in session for more than eight hours, much of it spent in caucus debating how to get the expansion passed. Eight Republicans finally joined 12 Democrats to pass the bill.

The House, which had already passed an expansion bill, will soon take a concurring vote, and Gov. Rick Snyder’s office confirmed to TPM that the governor would sign the legislation when it reaches his desk.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/08/mi...

Level 5

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#971597 Aug 27, 2013
Hey mental midget wrote:
<quoted text>
Head up your ass again. Where do you think these come from, asshat?
Obama has received more death threats than any other President, and while the head of the Secret Service says the organization doesn't comment on the exact number of threats that face the head of the executive branch, multiple news reports have characterized the number of threats against Obama as "overwhelming" and "unprecedented."
How many, you may ask? Try around 30 a day. Or about 40,000 since Barack Obama first began receiving death threats, back in 2007.
Shut your gaping piehole. But take you swollen, bloated feet out first.
Obama deliberately set out to fundamentally change this nation. Many Americans believe he is systematically dismantling capitalism with Obamacare, creating a nanny state and inciting division among the races and classes.

Obama would be targeted more than any other president if his skin color were fuchsia for no other reason than this.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#971598 Aug 27, 2013
A big group of foreign policy experts, from across the ideological spectrum, is calling on President Obama to impose "meaningful consequences on the Assad regime" for their use of chemical weapons.

"At a minimum, the United States, along with willing allies and partners, should use standoff weapons and airpower to target the Syrian dictatorship’s military units that were involved in the recent large-scale use of chemical weapons. It should also provide vetted moderate elements of Syria’s armed opposition with the military support required to identify and strike regime units armed with chemical weapons," the experts write.

"Moreover, the United States and other willing nations should consider direct military strikes against the pillars of the Assad regime. The objectives should be not only to ensure that Assad’s chemical weapons no longer threaten America, our allies in the region or the Syrian people, but also to deter or destroy the Assad regime’s airpower and other conventional military means of committing atrocities against civilian non-combatants. At the same time, the United States should accelerate efforts to vet, train, and arm moderate elements of Syria’s armed opposition, with the goal of empowering them to prevail against both the Assad regime and the growing presence of Al Qaeda-affiliated and other extremist rebel factions in the country."

The signatories on the letter addressed to President Obama inlcude Senator Joe Lieberman, Bernard-Henri Levy, Karl Rove, Bill Kristol, Elliott Abrams, Leon Wieseltier, and many others. Right now, 66 experts have signed the letter.

Here's the full letter and list of signatories:....

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/experts-o...

quite the list of right wing 'experts'.

Level 1

Since: May 11

Aspers, PA

#971600 Aug 27, 2013
fetch almighty wrote:
I am pleased to report that North Carolina is the latest state to pass ALAC (American Laws for American Courts). That’s one more state that now prohibits judges from applying foreign law if doing so infringes on the constitutional rights of any party in a case.
No Shariah in North Carolina!!!
There already is a law that says that you dumbass.

My God you people are dumber than sh*t.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#971601 Aug 27, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Booker T. Washington knew this was the problem 100 years ago:
"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well."
You're still the most condescending nitwit on this thread. How much do the Koch's pay you to sit on your ass all day, smoking cigarettes and eating pies while dispensing lies and ignorance??

The fun part is how you cherry pick your quotes. As if that's the only comment Booker T. Washington made about the condition of former black slaves in the USA. Good balance, Lorac! And how you take the word of an Iraqi General, one of Saddam's inner circle Generals, over the words of George Bush and Dick Cheney, who are both on record as confirming they were wrong about Saddam and WMD's. Just as the UN Inspectors had verified before Bush ordered them to leave Iraq.

Your constant smokescreen of lies and puppetspeak is pure Josef Goebbels stuff. The Big Lie, Republiclown style.

So who's paying you to keep up this 24/7 tirade of lies and fake comparisons and, most of all, demonizing blacks, as you've done here continually for 5 years, showing clearly your racist inner self. It's all their fault, right? Not that the economy shifted, and factories were moved to China, right? But you never mention the millions of whites in the very same economic dependent condition.

Yet you're a person who collects furniture off the streets, and must bargain hunt to survive. You're very lower middle class, and just barely hanging on with your Social Security checks. You're scared because you're barely treading water, and afraid you'll end up in the same situation.

But you insist you're a person with uncommon common sense. But the reality is you're just an obese, pie gobbling, cigarette smoking, self caused Type 2 diabetic. Betcha you can't wait to get on Medicare! You'll cost the Gov't a fortune!

Here's another Booker T Washington quote;

"At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence."

But the white powers-that-be, who control the levers of corporations and political power in America, have kept the blacks as economic slaves for a century.

Level 1

Since: May 11

Aspers, PA

#971602 Aug 27, 2013
EasyEed wrote:
<quoted text>
"real dumb"
I call you a boy to. Why do I do that? Because you are black? Don't know, doesn't matter what your color is, you are a boy. Because you are a worthless piece of manure? Yes. Because you are a azz kisser of the boy messiah, president nobama? Yes. Because you are a "MOOCHER", one with his hand out? Yes. Because for every post you offer 3 posters come on and ridicule the crap you spew? Yes.
Why do I not use the word child? I have a grandson, to me he is a little boy, not a child, not a girl, a little boy. You do not like it, tough.
Peace
KMA
Here we go. Eed who actually does mooch is calling me a moocher.

Calling a black man "boy" is a racial slur. You keep using it there fore you must be a racist f*ck.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#971603 Aug 27, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Obama deliberately set out to fundamentally change this nation. Many Americans believe he is systematically dismantling capitalism with Obamacare, creating a nanny state and inciting division among the races and classes.
Obama would be targeted more than any other president if his skin color were fuchsia for no other reason than this.
You're a liar.

You, and all of your nitwit buddies on this thread are all about Obama being black.

From that, all sorts of lies have spread, many of them by you. This nonsense about Obama not looking like his fatner, the Muslim stupidity, the anti-capitalist lies, etc.

You're all about racial hatred, you grew up in the segregated South. The worst state of all for racial hatred, Florida, with it's history of turpentine plantations where blacks were held as slaves long after the Civil War ended.

You are a racist that is too stupid to know you're a racist. It's part of your DNA.

Level 5

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#971604 Aug 27, 2013
So this poor rodeo clown is speaking out and saying he would have done the same thing 10 or 15 years ago with Bush, Clinton or Reagan.

But conservatives wouldn't have threatened his life.

So can you imagine if someone wrote a fictional book where a character talked about assassinating this president like "Checkpoint" where the character obsessed about assassinating GWB? When a rodeo clown receives death threats for just wearing a mask?

Liberals really need to lighten' up.

Level 5

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#971605 Aug 27, 2013
Nuculur option wrote:
<quoted text>
You're a liar.
You, and all of your nitwit buddies on this thread are all about Obama being black.
From that, all sorts of lies have spread, many of them by you. This nonsense about Obama not looking like his fatner, the Muslim stupidity, the anti-capitalist lies, etc.
You're all about racial hatred, you grew up in the segregated South. The worst state of all for racial hatred, Florida, with it's history of turpentine plantations where blacks were held as slaves long after the Civil War ended.
You are a racist that is too stupid to know you're a racist. It's part of your DNA.
You're a liar and a racist.

It's easy for me to say that too.

Level 1

Since: May 11

Aspers, PA

#971606 Aug 27, 2013
TSM wrote:
<quoted text>
Davy…The biggest advocate for Obamacare Unions/Federal Employees wants nothing to do with Obamacare!! Less than 3 percent of U.S. federal workers want to give up their current health plans and join Obamacare, according to a new poll…. Dave do you have Stupid tattoo on your Forehead?
Only Congress & their staff have to use the exchanges. The other federal employees keep their current benefit.

You're a GD idiot.

Level 5

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#971607 Aug 27, 2013
Nuculur option wrote:
<quoted text>
You're still the most condescending nitwit on this thread. How much do the Koch's pay you to sit on your ass all day, smoking cigarettes and eating pies while dispensing lies and ignorance??
The fun part is how you cherry pick your quotes. As if that's the only comment Booker T. Washington made about the condition of former black slaves in the USA. Good balance, Lorac! And how you take the word of an Iraqi General, one of Saddam's inner circle Generals, over the words of George Bush and Dick Cheney, who are both on record as confirming they were wrong about Saddam and WMD's. Just as the UN Inspectors had verified before Bush ordered them to leave Iraq.
Your constant smokescreen of lies and puppetspeak is pure Josef Goebbels stuff. The Big Lie, Republiclown style.
So who's paying you to keep up this 24/7 tirade of lies and fake comparisons and, most of all, demonizing blacks, as you've done here continually for 5 years, showing clearly your racist inner self. It's all their fault, right? Not that the economy shifted, and factories were moved to China, right? But you never mention the millions of whites in the very same economic dependent condition.
Yet you're a person who collects furniture off the streets, and must bargain hunt to survive. You're very lower middle class, and just barely hanging on with your Social Security checks. You're scared because you're barely treading water, and afraid you'll end up in the same situation.
But you insist you're a person with uncommon common sense. But the reality is you're just an obese, pie gobbling, cigarette smoking, self caused Type 2 diabetic. Betcha you can't wait to get on Medicare! You'll cost the Gov't a fortune!
Here's another Booker T Washington quote;
"At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence."
But the white powers-that-be, who control the levers of corporations and political power in America, have kept the blacks as economic slaves for a century.
You're a liar and a racist.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#971608 Aug 27, 2013
Tuffy Gessling, Rodeo Clown Who Mocked Obama,'Would Be Honored' To Shake President's Hand

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/26/tuff...

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#971609 Aug 27, 2013
Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>
That is some seriously retarded shiite. It never ceases to amaze me when retards get neck & face tattoos, pierce their ears, lips & tongue, and then wonder why they can only get minimum wage jobs (or prison terms).....
Based on the amount of time you spend on this thread, it's been a long time since you were gainfully employed, eh? Both you and your phag sister SloppyElectron, for that matter.

So you post from the Library or Momma's house?
Patriot

Denver, CO

#971610 Aug 27, 2013
Massive Transport of Tanks in New Orleans

August 27, 2013

It should be obvious to intelligent people now that the 9/11 WTC event was orchestrated to usher in a Pax-Americana. The transformation of the United States into a Fascist Corporate Technocracy of Electronic Surveillance and Control which will probably be implemented via a Nuclear First–Strike and subsequent Martial Law. Natural or Staged events like an EMP are clearly on the horizon. These are bold statements, yet all the evidence is becoming clear. Please watch the following four videos and come to your own conclusions -

http://intellihub.com/2013/08/27/massive-tran...

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