Originally posted by passenger
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
OR they simply don't like Obama and are trying to come up with acceptable (politically correct) reasons to explain their hatred and fear and convince
other people not to like him, too.
Here it is. But I know I’ve misinterpreted it – you’re not implying we are racists, surely. No, if someone gained that impression from this
statement you’d surely claim the mantle of innocence: “ I never said that. No, not in so many words. But perhaps you would like to explain
this statement of yours further?
I didn't write the statement in question here, but I'll jump in. I absolutely do believe that some people who oppose Obama are in fact opposed to
him based on his race. That is racism.
I also believe that some people who support him do so because of his race. That is also racism.
Whether you, passenger
, or any other specific individual, supports or opposes Obama on racial grounds, is not for me to say.
Other people oppose or support Obama because he is a Democrat, or a "liberal", or (in my case) because he will be different than what we have now or
will have with McCain.
The subject of race is entirely too egg-shell in this country. One of the freedoms of a truly free society is the freedom to dislike, fear or hate
anybody you (generic 'you') want, for whatever reason.
Some folks have stated publicly that they oppose Obama because of his middle name. That's fine, too.
Getting back on topic, I'm only going address the OPs points j, k and l, since those are all I know about right now and I really have no more time
for this interesting discussion today (duty calls and all that).
j) His pledged committment with his signature to oppose private campaign funding, then going back on his word later to accept private sector funding
from Corporations and Hollywood.
If this is talking about Obama's recent decision to not use public funding for the general compaign, it has been well documented (thank you, BH) that
he made no such blanket promise, he did in fact pursue an agreement with his opponent and no such agreement was reached. End of story.
k) First supporting Muslims, but upon learning is bad for his image in Patriotic America, throws them under the bus like the others (i.e. two Muslim
asked not to sit in front of Camera at an Obama speech)
Bit more room on this one... the two Muslim women deal was a screwup on the part of the people at that event and not the real position of Obama's
campaign. I personally believe he should treat the Muslim community in the US in the same way as he does all other religous groups, whatever that is.
If he is not, that is an area I disagree with him on. But it is ironic that the same 'group' (right-wing conservative, to put a label on it) that
set up the current fear/hate relationship in this country with American Muslims is now bashing Obama for being impacted by it. And I don't
neccessarily say that the OP is bashing Obama for that... Pat Buchanan is an example of someone that is.
L) Changes Presidential Seal in lewd act of disrespect, pulls the Seal later because of the negative response it got, even by his own impressionable
It has been well documented that Obama's seal is entirely legal, so no illegal act (note that the OP did not claim such). Obama's seal is in no way
"lewd" Define lewd
in the primary definition, and the 'vulgar' definition is a matter of
opinion. The OP may consider it disrespectful, which is the OP's right. I do not. Two equally valid opinions. The OPs speculation on why that seal is
no longer in use, if that is indeed the case, is just that - speculation.
So of these three (granted a small sample), two have been completely debunked and the third is an area where I agree that Obama could handle it
One final word on language choice, and insinuation...
I find interesting the use of such phrases as:
is bad for his image in Patriotic America,
lewd act of disrespect, ... his own impressionable supporters.
Now does not the first example strongly imply that Patriotic
Americans do not like "Muslim lovers"? Hmmm?
And the second example seems to be trying to make a sexual connection to Obama, another area where Americans tend to be spooky. And Obama supporters
are, by definition, "impressionable"?
Frankly, I believe there is plenty of room for language 'cleanup' by pretty much everybody.