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This is shaping up to be the most racially polarised US election ever | Gary Younge

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“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#1 Sep 9, 2012



Our Divisive President


Barack Obama promised a new era of post-partisanship. In office, he's played racial politics and further split the country along class and party lines.

July 28, 2010
By PATRICK H. CADDELL AND
DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN

During the election campaign, Barack Obama sought to appeal to the best instincts of the electorate, to a post-partisan sentiment that he said would reinvigorate our democracy. He ran on a platform of reconciliation—of getting beyond "old labels" of right and left, red and blue states, and forging compromises based on shared values.

President Obama's Inaugural was a hopeful day, with an estimated 1.8 million people on the National Mall celebrating the election of America's first African-American president. The level of enthusiasm, the anticipation and the promise of something better could not have been more palpable.

And yet, it has not been realized. Not at all.

Rather than being a unifier, Mr. Obama has divided America on the basis of race, class and partisanship. Moreover, his cynical approach to governance has encouraged his allies to pursue a similar strategy of racially divisive politics on his behalf.


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“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#2 Sep 9, 2012


The first hint that as president Mr. Obama would be willing to interject race into the political dialogue came last July, when he jumped to conclusions about the confrontation between Harvard Prof. Henry Louis "Skip" Gates and the Cambridge police.

During a press conference, the president said that the "Cambridge police acted stupidly," and he went on to link the arrest with the "long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."

In truth, the Gates incident appears to have had nothing to do with race—a Cambridge review committee that investigated the incident ruled on June 30 that there was fault on both sides.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#3 Sep 9, 2012


Add in the lawsuit against the Arizona immigration law and it's clear the Obama administration is willing to run the risk of dividing the American people along racial and ethnic lines to mobilize its supporters—particularly Hispanic voters, whose backing it needs in the fall midterm elections and beyond.

As the Washington Post reported last week, two top White House strategists, speaking on condition of anonymity, have indicated that "the White House plans to use the immigration debate to punish the GOP and aggressively seek the Latino vote in 2012."

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#4 Sep 9, 2012


Racist PIG Obama



On an issue that has gotten much less attention, but is potentially just as divisive, the Justice Department has pointedly refused to prosecute three members of the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation at the polls on Election Day 2008.
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It is the job of the Department of Justice to protect all American voters from voter discrimination and voter intimidation—whether committed by the far right, the far left, or the New Black Panthers. It is unacceptable for the Department of Justice to continue to stonewall on this issue.


“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#5 Sep 9, 2012



Slumdog Obama: Failed President’s Hut-Living Brother to Make Film Debut

on Jul 10, 2012

You know, Bammy, maybe you should have been generous enough to throw your bro a couple of bucks. Then he might not be reduced to appearing in an anti-Obama flick.

Barack Obama’s half-brother, George Obama, is about to make his film debut, and in a feature-length documentary that is critical of the president, no less.

In the movie, 2016: Obama’s America, based on Dinesh D’Souza’s best-selling book The Roots of Obama’s Rage, D’Souza refers to a news report four years ago about George Obama living in a hut in Nairobi, Kenya,“like something out of Slumdog Millionaire.” He’s intrigued, so he tracks him down.

In the film clip embedded above, D’Souza and George Obama are seen chatting on what appears to be a park bench, and D’Souza seems most curious to know why the half-brother of the most powerful man on the planet lives in poverty and without any financial help from President Obama.

“I think he has a family of his own,” George Obama says.“I’m a member of his family, but I’m over-age, so I help myself.”

D’Souza presses him by using the Biblical admonition – one that the president has also cited — that Americans ought to be “our brother’s keeper,” and George Obama shrugs off that insinuation, as well.

“He’s got other issues to deal with,” he says.“He’s taking care of the world, so he’s taking care of me.”

He’s taking care of the world about as well as he’s taken care of his family. In other words, everyone’s worse off.



Watch the clip.
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Gary

Bellingham, WA

#6 Sep 9, 2012
Just a continuation of the last three and a half years. The congressional Republicans
have been virtually 100% against creating jobs and helping the economy. Why should anything change now?
Sabotage is the only response to Obama's leadership they can think of. In other words, they haven't a clue about what to do except more Bushie indifference, mediocrity and incompetence that verges on criminality.

“i hope we can change this!”

Since: Aug 08

usa

#7 Sep 9, 2012
of course it is...just the way the left wants it.
Sheik Yerbouti

Warrington, PA

#8 Sep 9, 2012
More off topic nonsense from the usual paid per post vermin!
Questioner

Menard, TX

#9 Sep 9, 2012
I hope Gary Younge (guardian.co.uk) is wrong! The election that lead up to the Civil War was 'polarised' and have terrible consequences for the country as a whole and my state in particular. Do people hate Liberals or Conservatives enough to break up?

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#10 Sep 9, 2012
Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
More off topic nonsense from the usual paid per post vermin!



I like when you can be critical of yourself. It shows progress but you don't have to call yourself vermin to make the point.



“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#11 Sep 9, 2012
Gary wrote:
Just a continuation of the last three and a half years. The congressional Republicans
have been virtually 100% against creating jobs and helping the economy. Why should anything change now?
Sabotage is the only response to Obama's leadership they can think of. In other words, they haven't a clue about what to do except more Bushie indifference, mediocrity and incompetence that verges on criminality.





Mr. Obama has also cynically divided the country on class lines. He has taken to playing the populist card time and time again. He bashes Wall Street and insurance companies whenever convenient to advance his programs, yet he has been eager to accept campaign contributions and negotiate with these very same banks and corporations behind closed doors in order to advance his political agenda.


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274...

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#12 Sep 9, 2012
Our Divisive President

July 28, 2010
By PATRICK H. CADDELL AND
DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN


Finally, President Obama also exacerbated partisan division, and he has made it clear that he intends to demonize the Republicans and former President George W. Bush in the fall campaign. In April, the Democratic National Committee released a video in which the president directly addressed his divide-and-conquer campaign strategy, with an appeal to: "young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again."

President Obama's divisive approach to governance has weakened us as a people and paralyzed our political culture. Meanwhile, the Republican leadership has failed to put forth an agenda that is more positive, unifying or inclusive. We are stronger when we debate issues and purpose, and we are all weaker when we divide by race and class. We will pay a price for this type of politics.



Mr. Caddell served as a pollster for President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Schoen, who served as a pollster for President Bill Clinton.



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Since: Dec 07

Malakoff, TX

#13 Sep 9, 2012
Gary wrote:
Just a continuation of the last three and a half years. The congressional Republicans
have been virtually 100% against creating jobs and helping the economy. Why should anything change now?
Sabotage is the only response to Obama's leadership they can think of. In other words, they haven't a clue about what to do except more Bushie indifference, mediocrity and incompetence that verges on criminality.
Shovel ready, cash for clunkers, failed green energy projects (seventeen) bankrupt.

Most jobs being created in red states with low taxes and regulations.

Thank God the republican house was elected in 2010 to stop nobama and pelosi's spendathon!!
Mothra

United States

#14 Sep 9, 2012
Gary wrote:
Just a continuation of
... your last post of mindless talking points.

Begone, troll.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#15 Sep 9, 2012


The Exasperation of the Democratic Billionaire


Real-estate and newspaper mogul Mortimer Zuckerman voted for Obama but began seeing trouble as soon as the stimulus went into the pockets of municipal unions.


By JAMES FREEMAN
New York

'It's as if he doesn't like people," says real-estate mogul and New York Daily News owner Mortimer Zuckerman of the president of the United States. Barack Obama doesn't seem to care for individuals, elaborates Mr. Zuckerman, though the president enjoys addressing millions of them on television.

The Boston Properties CEO is trying to understand why Mr. Obama has made little effort to build relationships on Capitol Hill or negotiate a bipartisan economic plan. A longtime supporter of the Democratic Party, Mr. Zuckerman wrote in these pages two months ago that the entire business community was "pleading for some kind of adult supervision" in Washington and "desperate for strong leadership."


Writing soon after the historic downgrade of U.S. Treasury debt by Standard & Poor's, he wrote, "I long for a triple-A president to run a triple-A country."

His words struck a chord. When I visit Mr. Zuckerman this week in his midtown Manhattan office, he reports that three people approached him at dinner the previous evening to discuss his August op-ed. Among business executives who supported Barack Obama in 2008, he says, "there is enormously widespread anxiety over the political leadership of the country." Mr. Zuckerman reports that among Democrats, "The sense is that the policies of this government have failed.... What they say about [Mr. Obama] when he's not in the room, so to speak, is astonishing."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297...

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#16 Sep 9, 2012




Mortimer Zuckerman: Those Jobless Numbers Are Even Worse Than They Look


Still above 8%—and closer to 19% in a truer accounting.
Here's a plan for improvement...



September 7, 2012,
By MORTIMER ZUCKERMAN

Don't be fooled by the headline unemployment number of 8.1% announced on Friday. The reason the number dropped to 8.1% from 8.3% in July was not because more jobs were created, but because more people quit looking for work.

The number for August reflects only people who have actively applied for a job in the past four weeks, either by interview or by filling an application form. But when the average period of unemployment is nearly 40 weeks, it is unrealistic to expect everyone who needs a job to keep seeking work consistently for months on end. You don't have to be lazy to recoil from the heartbreaking futility of knocking, week after week, on closed doors.

How many people are out of work but not counted as unemployed because they hadn't sought work in the past four weeks? Eight million. This is the sort of distressing number that turns up when you look beyond the headline number.

Here's another one: 96,000—that's how many new jobs were added last month, well short of the anemic 125,000 predicted by analysts, and dramatically less than the (still paltry) 139,000 the economy had been averaging in 2012.

The alarming numbers proliferate the deeper you look: 40.7% of the people counted as unemployed have been out of work for 27 weeks or more—that's 5.2 million "long-term" unemployed. Fewer Americans are at work today than in April 2000, even though the population since then has grown by 31 million.



Obama SUCKS THAT BAD!



http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000087239639...

robert

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#17 Sep 9, 2012
Forget race it is about the money more specifically debt. People need to read about the consequence of allowing our debt to get out of hand. We have had large deficits before, most recently after world war 2. But our experience with dealing with large deficits was with ones that were temporary, they came after recessions or wars. After WW2 we were left with a large amount of debt but war spending had also ended. It is not going to be that way with our current problems, not only is debt not going to go down but because of the aging population and entitlements it is going to go up every year making a bad situation worse, what we are about to face will be uncharted territory for us.

We have the largest economy in the world so things are different for us when they go bad, we are not Greece but we are not immune to the laws of mathematics and nobody can bail us out, we are too big.

Only thing Obama could have done is do what he said, cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. He did not he instead presided over the largest increase in the budget ever.
TedsLiver

Union City, CA

#18 Sep 9, 2012
This is because of our race card playing, promoting of class warfare, and hating of America President Obama.
robert

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#19 Sep 9, 2012
The media wants everyone to understand that if you don't vote for Obama you must be a racist.
xnutmegger

Phoenix, AZ

#20 Sep 9, 2012
TedsLiver wrote:
This is because of our race card playing, promoting of class warfare, and hating of America President Obama.
Ab-so-lutely !

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