Sunday, June 22, 2008

Shame On You Barack Obama !!!!

America has amazing racial and ethnic diversity. As a nation, we have struggled to overcome slavery, segregation and various forms of local prejudice against Irish, Japanese and Native Americans. The righteousness of a nation in measured by its ability to feel shame. From reparations to Japanese internees to America's ongoing dialogue about race, introspection seems to be a part of our national character.
Most Americans want any qualified individual of whatever ethnicity to be able to run for President. This is quite separate from approving of a specific candidate. I am fuming with indignation at the latest attempt to play on white guilt. I had imputed to Mr. Obama far more fairness than he has come to show.
In a campaign rally in Jacksonville Florida, Obama made the following statement. " "We know what kind of campaign they're going to run. They're going to try to make you afraid.

"They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?"

Has anyone noticed his use of the future tense? He is blaming his opponents in advance for racism. He is imputing racism to everyone connected with his political opponents.

Charles Steele, head of the Southern Christian Leadership conference was even more explicit in his use of white guilt as a tool for drumming up votes.

“Why are they attacking Michelle Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and not really attacking, to that degree, her husband?” Steele asked. “Because he has no slave blood in him. He does not have any slave blood in him, but Michelle does.

“This system is an issue. I don’t care what you say. You can’t expect the system that enslaved you save you.”

Michelle Obama is involved directly in Obama's campaign. She has taken positions with which one may legitimately disagree. And if she can't take rough housing with the boys, she should stay off the playing field.

A success of the civil rights movement is that Americans are ashamed to be racist. Barack and Michelle are the beneficiaries of this change in national attitude. But the flip side of this gain for themselves and all African Americans is an obligation. Their obligation is to stick to the issues and not to hurl accusations of racism without cause.

I am very opposed to Barack Obama. I think he would be a disaster for America from which recovery would be far from certain. And I fiercely resent his imputing racism to his opponents. It is beneath contempt. I want to flag this disgraceful cheap shot now and whenever it might occur in the future. However low my opinion was of Obama's fitness for office, he has now fallen short of even the most minimal standards of common decency. Shame on you Barack Obama. I expected better of you.

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