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NAACP would do well to give more consideration to other views

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The NAACP convention’s welcome of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Wednesday wafted between respectful, cordial and hostile.

That’s to be expected, one supposes. The organization and the candidate reside mostly on opposite ends of the ideological divide.

But it’s heartbreaking to see how intolerant and dismissive the organization’s leaders remain toward views and ideas that stray from Democratic orthodoxy.

In truth, that dogmatism doesn’t hurt Mr. Romney so much as it stifles debate in the overall society and denies African-Americans the diversity of thought that could very well help uplift them and others. And it’s fair to ponder whether such Democratic orthodoxy is in large part responsible for deteriorating conditions in many American cities today.

As Justice Clarence Thomas noted in Augusta just over a year ago, “Though the libraries and schools are no longer off-limits based on race, certain ideas available there are off-limits for those reasons.”

It’s time that ideas were no longer declared off-limits because of race.

And it’s time we realized that ideas aren’t white or black or anything in-between.

One great example: Between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, it’s Mr. Obama that has opposed and tried to kill a voucher program that helps disadvantaged students in Washington, D.C., attend private schools. And the program survived only because of support among Republicans in the U.S. House.

Moreover, it must be asked: After nearly four years under Mr. Obama’s leadership – the first two of which his party had commanding majorities in both houses of Congress – how have African-Americans fared? Unemployment is high for the country as a whole, but over 14 percent among African-Americans.

It doesn’t come down to skin color. It comes down to ideas, which are color-blind.

Lower taxes help the private economy create jobs; Mr. Obama wants to raise taxes on those earning $250,000 – and the new health law will be a new tax on anyone who doesn’t buy health insurance.

Abundant, affordable energy helps everyone; Mr. Obama’s policies have discouraged oil exploration and coal, and he killed the Keystone pipeline project.

Federal spending threatens everyone, particularly future generations, with crushing debt and high taxes; Mr. Obama has spent more than any president in history.

On these and other issues, a case can be made that Mr. Romney’s plans would do far more for African-Americans than Mr. Obama’s policies have.

What a shame if that possibility is simply dismissed out of hand.

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Street smart
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Street smart 07/16/12 - 12:57 pm
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Romney was booed several

Romney was booed several times by attendees at the NAACP Conference in Houston, including when he told the crowd that he would " eliminate expensive, non - essential programs like obamacare." Look, he's a grown man; he's been around the block a couple of times. Romney is going through the motions. He's in a campaign; Americans can't take any of Romney's stuff seriously, at a certain level, he's running for president of the United States. Romney is a joke. He's virtually perpetrating fraud on the American public with alot of this stuff.

KSL
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KSL 07/16/12 - 06:32 pm
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I can not wait until the

I can not wait until the fraud zero has perpetuated on the American public comes out.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/16/12 - 03:41 pm
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Fraud Zero

That sounds like the name of a rock band.

:-)

carcraft
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carcraft 07/16/12 - 06:57 pm
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Tparty if you raised taxes on

Tparty if you raised taxes on the rich you could run the government for about 8 days . Now what about cutting spending? Do we really need a BLM movie "BLM and Big Foot? Does Obama really need to spend 11 million to cloth three people for job interview? Gees maybe Obama could quite wasting billions on stupid green energy BS! Oh, I know let's tax the rich and damn business owners with faint praise and pile regulations on business till they quit hiring, seems to be working so far right!

TParty
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TParty 07/16/12 - 10:10 pm
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CBO says allowing the Bush

CBO says allowing the Bush tax cuts expire will solve the deficit problem. I don't know what this BLM and Big Foot movie thing is- but it doesn't sound good. CLothing three people for 11 million is also not right, I agree. Green energy is the future- investing in that is not a problem. We don't want to be left behind, do we?

carcraft
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carcraft 07/17/12 - 04:35 am
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Tparty, when you waste

Tparty, when you waste billions on green energy it is a problem Name one "green energy" company Obama has invested tax payer dollars in that is doing well...These companies are full of poor business models ran by people who simply don't have a clue what they are doing. Why is Obama investing in Fisker Motors to produce cars in Finland? Isn't that out sourcing?

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 07/17/12 - 05:11 am
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TParty, first, you are wrong
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TParty, first, you are wrong yet again. Romney has NOT refused to release his tax returns. Please don't repeat this lie. He is releasing 2 years worth.....no refusal there.

Second "will fight for the top 1% to keep their tax rates- by making sure the Bush tax cuts never expire."

So tax cuts that were for everyone are only for the top 1%? That doesn't make any sense.

Good try.

KSL
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KSL 07/19/12 - 09:33 pm
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Sounds like outsourcing to me

Sounds like outsourcing to me along with a lot of other things he has done.

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