Originally posted by CuriousSkeptic
Originally posted by Maxmars
reply to post by CuriousSkeptic
Hey man, my posts on here are aimed at the general populace....
But let me ask you, do you think there would something strange about people insisting their leader isn't one of them? ...
[edit on 10-8-2009 by CuriousSkeptic]
Apologies. I was being overly sensitive I guess (it happens on occasion
) probably because I have felt the harsh face of racism myself. Unlike
some, as a light-skinned Hispanic who speaks English with no accent, it usually comes as a surprise; so I get edgy when the topic of discussion
gravitates towards my being grouped with that ilk.
I will tell you though, I feel conflict and am somewhat disappointed that it is taking a common political form...,
It is similar to the so-called Health Care debate that is ongoing now. You see lot's of people are out there claiming that x or y is an outrageous
component of the bill. Others are calling them liars and ignorant. Yet neither group acknowledges that there is no bill yet, there are drafts and
versions and no one can certainly be sure that they are aware of all the contradictions and differences between them, AND HERE'S THE KICKER -
political opportunists and ideological jesters SEIZE the disconnect and inflame and exacerbate the emotions and partisan friction to 'create, foster,
and otherwise sensationalize' the disagreements. Thus no real debate gets to take place, and many earnest citizens who have a legitimate cause to
inquire or discuss the matter are left with a nasty unmanageable confrontation.
I feel the same is done by some with the BC issue, using the ever-tender weak spot 'race' as a fan to stoke the fires and angst.
I don't appreciate spending all this time having to simply say that just because I feel this is an unresolved matter doesn't mean I give a rat's
a$$ about the guys heritage or color, or religion, or whatever. What's important to me is understanding why it is taking so long to resolve.
There could be a point at which I will decide that the point is a distraction from more serious matters, and I am not moving away from that point. I
could have been, had the piece of paper, simply been produced.
BTW, I am among those who feel that he is not 'one of us' anymore than Bush was 'one of us' or any of the political parties' social-club members.
Like Rome of old, these people don't get to this point in their political careers without 'patrician' sponsorship. I find that distasteful, since
we are all schooled to believe - and the world naively accepts - that Americans have a choice. American's don't get a choice, they get a
pre-selected set of "candidates" - the electoral college get's the choice - and if they get it wrong, or things don't go as planned, the SCOTUS
chooses... as they did with Bush.
Anyway... enough of this ... SC I respect you greatly, I appreciate your frustration with the fact that racism is an element within today's political
environment. While we may not agree, I feel that it is there because the political machinery USES it as a tool to manipulate the electorate, along
with a number of other '-isms'. I have found however, that at least in my vicinity race is not something upon which decisions are made; it only
seems to get 'used' as a means to control an argument or narrow the perceptions of the people involved.