Originally posted by Champagne
reply to post by TheWalkingFox
Such childish BS!! I, personally, do not give a rat's butt what color he is or what damn party he is part of! I am soooo tired of this argument -
from people who have no better ideas to debate.
Give it a rest.......no one is listening anymore!!
Yes, I'm certain you would be just as upset by a John McCain presidency, and were just up in arms when it was Dubya. Right?
Now, brushing your defensive yapping aside, you may notice I was not speaking of you (though, give me enough ammo and I certainly can
.) I was
talking about hte guy from Proctor and Gamble who wrote this piece of propaganda.
Yes, propaganda. That's the whole point of the "open letter" format is to present thing as fact that may not be fact, to a large body of people, in
the guise of "speaking truth to power." I'm sure there's a proper name for this sort of logical fallicy, but I'll be damned if I know just what
every point in this "letter" whines about Obama not being exactly like the author. It's xenophobia, plain and simple. It's presented with a nice
handfull of dog whistle words to catch your attention. Being phrased as questions, the statements within can be denied as accusative by the author,
while still lodging the propaganda into the mind of the reader.
Now you strike me as someone who slurps down propaganda the way Paris Hilton slurps down body-temperature milkshakes. So very likely you don't even
notice what's being done to your poor brain. Let me show you.
You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
- It's been three years, actually. The guy also has two books.
Numerous other books have been written about him. News articles abound. Interviews plaster the media. We know less about George Washington than we do
about Barack Obama. Hell, I bet any day now Drudge will break the news on the scandal that Obama squeezes from the middle of the tube or something. If
mr. Pritchett (or anyone else) really claims to not know anything about the guy, it's their own damn fault for choosing to remain ignorant.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
- You know,
I've been waiting for over ten years for a conservative to define exactly what they mean by "American culture". What I've found is that, for most
of them, it means "white". Now, I'm sure there are plenty who disagree with that, and have another definition, but, let's be honest here, Mr.
Pritchett wouldn't be applying this criteria to Sarah Palin, despite the culture in Wasilla being mostly meth and inbreeding. Nor would he be
assailing McCain for his formative years in Panama. or the several years of psychological damage as a PoW. It's pretty much just Obama, and the only
reason is because he's brown and has a funny name.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
- I get the feeling g here that Mr. Pritchett thinks the government should
be run like a business. I'll be frank; No, it shouldn't. A business' entire point is to profit the people at the top by fleecing the consumer as
much as possible without getting into too much trouble. No, thank you.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.
- Well, good to know that mr. Pritchett
would have picked John Kerry over George Bush, at least. Oh. Hmm. Wait... Now, here's the thing. The United States is not a military junta, despite
some fervent wishes from certain corners. The military experience of the president is thus pretty damn irrelevant to anything. You see, a lot of
people who are going to be aiming for the presidency in years to come will also have never been in the military, much less a war. Interestingly lots
of other nations manage to do fine with nonmilitary heads of state, as well.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.
- Translation? "You're an uppity negro, but still just a negro.
get a job" - I come to this conclusion because damn, if there's one thing Obama has, it's humility. He's also stepped up to take the blame for a
lot of crap. Either Mr. Pritchett missed the bus on this one or, more likely, he has his standards set to "1965 Selma"
Those parts were supposed to scare you with Obama's "differentness" - He's a mystery! He got rich off affirmative action! He doesn't run a
business like you and I! He doesn't "get" the military! He's not an American! He's Uppity!
Now we're going to look at appeals to the reader's nationalism
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce
these radicals who wish to see America fail.
- Well, who? it can't be the much-drubbed Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright, since Obama has repudiated
both (and quite unnecessarily, IMO). So who does that leave? Well... Since those two don't count (and really, a vandal, and a Liberation preacher
aren't exactly who I would call "dangerous"...) he answer is nobody. There's nobody that fits the bill. But by making this statement, mr.
Pritchett hopes you will just blindly accept it as true.
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.
- Ah, the good ol' appeal to the
reader's nationalism - "My country is always right!" Well, hate to break it to you, but no, the United States is frequently wrong. In fact, we're
kind of a dick to the rest of the world. This causes problems, to say the least. Now perhaps Mr. Prichett and his fans here don't like that, but
it's the absolute truth. We need a leader with some PR capability. We have one. You'll be better off for it.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
- Somehow, "Europe" is bad. Perhaps because it doesn't allow corporations like Proctor & Gamble to spew toxic crap all over the landscape
while abusing employees. In fact that does seem to be the big problem. Fact is, in Europe, the private sector is still quite dominant. The government
butts in when it comes to making sure people aren't dropping dead of treatable disease, starvation, or the like. And that's why Europe is
From there we go into "OMG LEFTIST SOCIALIST FRENCH COMMIE TREEHUGGER!" stuff...
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.
- blatant lie, folks. Obama wants to create a
government health care program. Not "replace" the current health care system. I think this is rather nice of him, as I personally think insurers
should face firing squads. But what this means is that the government will be offering heath care to those who could not otherwise afford it - again,
obviously satanic - And if the care is good enough, the Insurance companies might have to compete with it. You know, offer better services at lower
costs, instead of their current model of "offer nothing at exorbitant, exponential rates."
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
- Well, yeah. Because
all three are limited resources that will only help us in the short run. Coal is absolutely filthy, shale takes more energy to process than you can
get out of it, and, well, we don't actually have any proven oil reserves. Just lots and lots of leased land the il companies haven't found squat in.
I know it's a hell of a thought, diversifying our energy sources, isn't it? Because everyone knows that the fewer options we have, the better off we
are - Just ask anyone who was around during the OPEC oil embargo!
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the
- Ah, the disconnect of being a filthy-rich mofo in a nation he sees only as his personal wallet. The United States does not have the
highest standard of living in the world. Norway actually has the highest standard of living in the world (it was Iceland before their market crash).
Is the US second? No, Sweden is. Third? Canada. The United States does not even enter the top ten nations with the highest living standard. Japan
beats us by a mile. So... If the "american capitalist goose that lays a golden egg" is responsible for our standard of living, I say string that
sucker up for Christmas.
You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.
- Such as demanding accountability and
returns on the government loans given them?
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
- Well, again,
more ignorance. If there's one thing the Democrats aren't it's a united front. That said... Why would htye oppose this spending, given that unlike
a certain other someone who will not be named, that money is being injected straight into the American economy, rather than being shipped overseas in
multi-billion dollar pallets of small bills that mysteriously disappear?
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.
- Presumably Mr.
Pritchett includes himself here. Presumablu, his definition of "intelligent" is pretty screwed up. He may have also notice all the cabinet positions
obama handed to people who disagree with him, for the direct purpose of having them use their brains to challenge him and keep him on the right
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.