Perhaps my meaning came across wrong. In general, what's in the country's best interest is in my best interest as well. If the economy is good, I have a job and make money, if not, I suffer. If they raise taxes, I pay more, so I suffer. If jobs go overseas, I risk losing mine. So, rather than vote some party line, I try to vote for whose going to do me the most good.
I donít know what it is like in the Bay area, but whichever side racism is coming from, itís still wrong. But, I can tell you, racism is still alive and well in much of this country. If youíre not seeing it, you need to get out more. You donít have to go down south to find it. In fact, in recent years, I have experienced less of it in the south than in other parts of the country.
I still donít know what you perceive as Obamaís connection to the New Black Panther Party. He doesnít need to apologize for them, or distance himself from them any more than any past president needed to distance themselves from the KKK, skin heads or neo-nazis. What did they do about those groups? Were you concerned about who was getting a fair shake then?
If this was a single person or single event, there would be no issue, but itís not. Iím not trying to paint the entire party as racist. However, can you honestly there isnít a racist element that has aligned itself with the Republican Party, and can you honestly say the Republican Party has tried to push these people away?
The thing I have found most interesting about this discussing is that only one Republican (and, I’m making that assumption), BonMallari, seemed to find anything wrong with Barbour’s comments and support of the White Citizens Council. Everyone else immediately began to point fingers at the Democrats, left wing media, NAACP, Obama Administration, etc. trying to show they were just as bad. I even offered up a few others with racist stances that have attached themselves to the Republican band wagon. Once again, no one seemed to find their racist views abhorrent and think they should not be tolerated. No one thought the Republicans should distance themselves from these people. This is what I was talking about, these views seem to be ignored, if not tolerated, by the Republican Party. So, given the connection of these people to the Republican Party, do you think most minorities would feel comfortable affiliating themselves with the Republican Party? I go back to my original comment, “Is there any wonder so few minorities support and identify with that party?”
Well, on that issue, I doubt that HB is a racist much as I doubt that there are 57 states.
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If it came right down to it, I doubt there are many people on this forum that wouldn't give the shirt off his back to anyone, of any race, that needed it.
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