Why the hatred for Obama?

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Why do so many Americans hate President Obama? The easy answer is, it’s the economy. The middle class is poorer; unemployment is still way too high; and a great many homes are now worth less than their mortgages. We must not forget, though, that this was caused by the worst financial crash in 80 years and the bursting of the housing bubble, which happened months before he took office.

He immediately got a stimulus bill passed that put about 3 million back to work. He got a law passed that should reduce the risk of another crash, and General Motors would not be in business today without his action. In his years, most months have shown good job gains, totaling to date about 4 million. He tried to do more, but got no help from Republicans in Congress, who made clear that their primary objective from the very beginning was to limit Obama to one term.

Maybe it was making a start at providing access to health care for everyone, a necessity to addressing the exploding costs of our health care. It is something other modern societies have – liberal and conservative alike, without exception – and all at a much lower cost than us.

How can that be bad?

Maybe it’s the storm of negative ads. The Supreme Court recently read into the Constitution that corporations have the right to spend unlimited funds for political ads, without disclosure. Billions of dollars have been spent attacking President Obama. It would be no surprise that this storm of negativity has influenced many ordinary, hard-working citizens. Repeating a lie often enough tends to make it credible.

Maybe it is his mixed race being a constant reminder that the United States is on the way to becoming far more non-white than a lot of us are yet prepared to accept.

Victor Reilly

Aiken, S.C.

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fedex227 07/07/12 - 11:27 pm
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A very cogent and well composed letter Mr. Reilly ...
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Now watch as the majority of those who peruse this forum rally, swarm, gang up on you, malign you for bringing race into the argument, and belittle you're opinion. Ready, set, go...

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mybaskett 07/08/12 - 12:31 am
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Seriously!!!!!

If Barack Obama were one of my employees, he would be fired by now. I would not allow someone to run my business that keeps up office drama, never takes responsibility for his actions, breaks all of the company policies and gives away all of my profits. I would be out of business. This is the direction we are headed in, if President Obama gets four more years. This not about race, it is about policy. Don't use your trump card. It is like the boy who cried wolf.

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mybaskett 07/08/12 - 12:31 am
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Seriously!!!!!

If Barack Obama were one of my employees, he would be fired by now. I would not allow someone to run my business that keeps up office drama, never takes responsibility for his actions, breaks all of the company policies and gives away all of my profits. I would be out of business. This is the direction we are headed in, if President Obama gets four more years. This not about race, it is about policy. Don't use your trump card. It is like the boy who cried wolf.

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itsanotherday1 07/08/12 - 02:22 am
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First of all, you started

First of all, you started with a false premise. I; nor most other people critical of the president, hate him. What we despise are the policies that will drive us further into the ditch than we already were. Our national debt is utterly unsustainable, and will continue to be no matter who is in the Whitehouse; but he has doe nothing but GROW it. Don't ya'll get it? Do you understand math? IT IS UNSUSTAINABLE!!!! THE RICH don't have enough money to last but a few months if you taxed them at 100%!! DO YOU GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All Obama wants to do is spend, spend, spend. WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY!!!! Why can't you get that through your thick heads? You have to promote an atmosphere in the private sector that is conducive to job growth. Government stimulus/job growth is meaningless, as it just increases the drain on the taxpayer. Does any of this register ?

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swcohen 07/08/12 - 04:09 am
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If, in 2008, we'd instead

If, in 2008, we'd instead elected the Old Guy & the Loud Woman, we'd be spending our days foraging for food in the ruined wastelands of what used to be western civilization. Obama hasn't been an effective president... largely for the reasons Victor Reilly points out... but he was FAR from the worst choice we could have made.

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carcraft 07/08/12 - 07:08 am
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Let’s look at Obama's record.

Let’s look at Obama's record. $800 Billion and told the unemployment would never reach above 8%, will unemployment just went back up to 8.2%. The White house issues the same statement for nine (yes folks 9) months. " you can't judge the economy by one month’s numbers..." well what about judging it by 3 quarters ? LOL This White House is full of incompetent clowns with cover up after cover up by the fawning media. The most open presidency of the United States just issued executive privilege in a botched gun running program that has resulted in the death of a US boarder agent and the death of hundreds of Mexican Nationals and the press yawns and the attorney general of the US lies! Obama promised to have a revenue neutral administration yet we have increased the national debt as much in three years as Bush did in 8 years. Obama has told lie after lie from altering science reports about drilling in the gulf to having his Solicitor General argued Obama care is a tax while he sits in interviews and looks the American people in the face and says it isn't a tax..I could go on for a long time with this failed presidency from the billions wasted on "green energy" BS funds going to his campaign donors but why bother?

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cheapster505 07/08/12 - 08:31 am
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WHO ?

so if the answer to all the problems is electing a NEW president and things will Immediately IMPROVE, on this Presidents removal? than WHO is holding things up? Who will immediatly hire millions ?who will immediately put the housing market right? WHO will Immediatly improve schools? roads police fire teachersif not NOW when? so WHO has the power to tie up our economy, until THEY get what they WANT NOT us ?JUST ASKING
and what happens next time when THEY don't like what we the people
don't give them what THEY want ? WHO are these ? the answers are blowing in the wind Presidents may come and go but Congress remains OLD and stuck in it's ways

cheapster505
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cheapster505 07/08/12 - 08:49 am
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HMMMM

4 years of Mr Obama or 12 years of tax cuts ? hasn't done anything in 4 ye ars let's get rid of . 12 years of tax cuts haven't improved the economy nor brought jobs back Let's keep them in place and cut them lower and complain about the debt as anyone with a right side brain knows can't cut paychecks and spend more guess the answer is to borrow make the banks happy ps no matter who is elected in NOV
He WILL have to ask for a increase in the debt every year for four years Blame game will go around but the debt will raise
ON APPROVAL of CONGRESS if you ask for candy and someone says it's not good for you but gives it to you anyway who's to blame the one who asked? or the one who gave?

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Lou Stewall 07/08/12 - 10:57 am
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Consistently wrong but never in doubt.

From siding with Chavez's stooge, Manuel Zelaya, who attempted a coup in Honduras, to confiscating privately held bonds to transfer to unions, to banning offshore drilling in contempt of court, I think the worse thing was the refusal to suspend the Jones Act, so foreign oil spill-cleaning ships could help with BP. They offered and were turned away while he played golf. Oh well, who cares about the racist states in the South when you can grease the palms of the unions?

BTW Bush suspended the Jones Act immediately after Katrina so foreign boats could help. Excuse my ignorant racism.

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Conservative Man 07/08/12 - 11:12 am
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Wrong Mr. Reilly

As usual Mr. Reilly got it wrong. I can't speak for everyone who complains about this disaster of a president, but I don't hate the man....He seems to be a good father and is probably a good husband. But as a leader he is inept, and thankfully,WILL be replaced this November.
To clarify, I DON'T hate the man...I ABHOR his policies and the direction he and his comrades are taking this country.....
On to November!!

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Riverman1 07/08/12 - 11:18 am
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So He's Not Favored Because He Isn't White?

So you say we don't like him because he isn't white? I can't talk with anyone who goes around inferring others are bigots without a shred of evidence.

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allhans 07/08/12 - 11:30 am
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Morgan Freeman just a few

Morgan Freeman just a few days ago objected to calling Obama "our first black president".
He says that since Obama had a white mother he is mixed and not black.
I don't know what this adds to the conversation, just thought I would toss it in the pot, other than it might be time to put the country ahead of whatever a man's race might be. Stop thinking of him as black and you might see the rest of the story.

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carcraft 07/08/12 - 11:29 am
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Cheapshot- New person in

Cheapshot- New person in White House with an understanding of business, budgets and management will help America move forward out of this mess. Business would no longer fear repressive regulations or repressive enforcement of regulations such as has been seen with the Gibson Guitar Company, or Boing fiascos. Businesses no longer have to look over their shoulder to see if they express their political view the Government will falsely accuse them of bad business practices. No hidden or new taxes on businesses that cripple their ability to make a profit such as the 2.5% tax on medical implants in Obama care that has resulted in Zimmer medical laying people off and plants closing and expansion of medical device manufacturing being put on hold. No more arbitrary law enforcement that makes businesses and tax payers wince at the increased costs to local government (illegal aliens in America cost California about $ 7 billion dollars a year in education and health care) Obama says a certain segment of that illegal population can't be deported so the tax payers have to suck up the bill for another Obama free lunch. Please read Charles Krauthammer’s article in today’s paper. Now a Change of leadership can remedy much of this and help get the economy moving again! Obama is so clueless he is issuing the same statements month after month, don't judge the economy by one month’s report when basically the report is the economy isn't growing, jobs aren't being added and the unemployment is unchanged. Obama says the private sector is doing just fine, LOL what a stupid statement! Romney helped clean up Massachusetts, fixed the broken Utah Olympics and has both an MBA and law degree from Harvard earned at the same time. Romney served without salary in both the Governorship and as Olympic CEO. Obama has had four years and been given everything he wanted in his first two years in office and has produced nothing but failure after failure and excuse after excuse while passing the blame to someone else! Is that really that hard to understand?

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Willow Bailey 07/08/12 - 11:38 am
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Victor Rielly, really!

Give up the race card, Obama is disliked and feared over two issues; his policies and his lies. Liberals use his race to avoid the real issues. Put Connie Rice in or Colin Powell; someone that can be trusted and respected. We just got hit with the biggest tax increase in the history of this country, and you want to write about skin color. Get over yourself and your liberal assumptions.

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Gage Creed 07/08/12 - 11:51 am
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“Why do so many Americans

“Why do so many Americans hate President Obama? The easy answer is, it’s the economy. The middle class is poorer; unemployment is still way too high; and a great many homes are now worth less than their mortgages.”
Who would need more reason to disapprove of the current administration?

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Gage Creed 07/08/12 - 11:55 am
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Hey ACES...aren't we supposed

Hey ACES...aren't we supposed to get 30 days between these serial LTE?

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dichotomy 07/08/12 - 12:59 pm
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$787 billion dollars to

$787 billion dollars to create 4 million jobs. That's about $200,000 per job. And you are bragging about that? Plus, he really didn't create any jobs. The 4 million created does not hardly offset the number of jobs he has lost because of his anti-business policies. The REAL unemployment number, if we counted the ones who have quit looking for work and the ones who went on disability, is somewhere around 15%. He hasn't created ANYTHING except DEBT. And the official published debt numbers are way too low because of the uncalculated additional debt caused by Obamacare. This man is a total ZERO. Not only is he a socialist but he is an incompetent socialist. His economic policies are failed, as socialist policies always do. His foreign policies are failed. His Obamacare is a financial lie and has already failed on the economics of promised savings and keeping your doctor and insurance. Obama is incompetent, untrustworthy, anti business, pro big government, pro socialism, pro muslim, anti Israel, pro "use the tax law to penalize people",.....and heck I just can't fit it all in one sentence. And notice I did not mention the fact that he is half black. There is so many reason to dislike this man and his policies that his heritage don't even make the radar screen.

Victor Reilly.....you just keep telling yourself that people hate Obama because he is half black. People tend to make up excuses that justify their bad decisions and misplaced loyalties. I understand your need to rationalize all of this down to racism rather than admit incompetence and socialism are the real reasons so many dislike Obama. That is certainly the only defense you can muster for this total failure of a socialist Democrat president.

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Bizkit 07/08/12 - 01:25 pm
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Isn't it ironic that only

Isn't it ironic that only progressive mention race (they seem hung up on only the african half of his genetic makeup). Talk about your flaming racist. There is not a single one of us of any "pure" race-its called evolution and gene flow. All of us are mixed (just like our president) and all us came "out of Africa". Since we are modern humans, we all came from africa, hence all Americans are truly african-american (but so everyone is African-fill in the blank). You have to wonder are progressive really that naive or just disingenuous. Oh I forgot the Alinsky thingy again-destroy your opponent with strawman arguments.

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Bizkit 07/08/12 - 01:37 pm
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Obama came on the scene as a

Obama came on the scene as a knight in shining armor-change, transparency, accoutability, going to fix all our financial problems and social ills, and unite the country. Since there is no scientific way to examine his economic policies (without a control), no one can say for sure if he helped or hurt or present situation (but for sure he hasn't achieived what he promised). He has been dividing the country by ethnicity and socioeconomic status the last four years. He is, by all accounts, the least transparent president in the history of our country. He was the most liberal senator, by all accounts, and has been the same as president -not a moderate bone in his body. Still hasn't closed Gitmo (odd when he assassinates people he would bother to keep it open rather than a bullet in their brains), increased a failing effort in Afghanistan, decreased America's respectability in the world and has emboldened N. Korea , Iran, former Soviet Rep, and China. It is really odd the disconnect with his popularity when people hate the outcome of his actions.

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Brittanicus 07/08/12 - 04:46 pm
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WHISTLE BLOWER TELLS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS DEFRAUDING TAX PAYERS
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Although the truth seems to remain subdued, the illegal alien child tax credit is ready to resurface. My guess the IRS, the Obama administration prefer the truth not to come out. This however is a very serious situation, especially when Whistle-Blower steps forward and tell the truth about this disgraceful state of affairs. This is an article from the NumbersUSA website, which the open border fanatics would certainly not want you to see:

The Treasury Department’s Inspector General determined that $4.2 billion was paid in 2010, up from less than $1 billion in 2005. Leading Democrats are resisting a bill that would stop future payments. YOU MIGHT DEMAND FROM THE OBAMA INJUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WHY ARETHEY PURSUING ARIZONA, ALABAMA, GEORGIA, UTAH, SOUTH CAROLINA AND SOME OF THE OTHER STATES, WHEN THEY ARE TRYING TO PROTECT THEIR LAWFUL INHABITANTS FROM THE ILLEGAL ALIEN FINANCIAL INVASION?

In WTHR’s latest report on Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) abuse and fraud, the Indianapolis NBC affiliate discussed revelations brought forward by an IRS whistleblower - "We were being told by upper management to ignore fraud, to assign ITIN numbers and...Pay out refunds to people who are laying…It's a license to steal when you allow that."

Howard Antelis, a tax examiner at the IRS's ITIN processing center in Texas, contacted WTHR after seeing its series on ITIN fraud. He and other tax examiners said that IRS managers, for years, instructed them to "look the other way" while processing ITIN applications that appear to be fraudulent – even if they contain clear signs of criminal activity.

One time, Howard decided to investigate ITIN applications for dozens of children attending the same school in South Carolina. (Adult tax filers can request an ITIN for a child in order to get child tax credits and a larger tax refund.) He discovered the school didn't exist, but his bosses ordered him to approve the scam applications anyway.

Howard said, "We're tax examiners but the truth is we're not supposed to look into anything…It's like an assembly line…Get it out of here and don't worry about the fraud. Fraud slows us down…We're supposed to protect taxpayers, so somebody had to say something." He decided to call the Inspector General's office in Washington, D.C.

The IG's office sent auditors to interview Howard and other tax examiners. They learned that IRS employees were actually encouraged to ignore signs of fraud. The final report on the investigation, which took over a year, will be released this summer. It's expected to show that millions of illegal aliens can get ITINs by filing fraudulent paperwork.

"It's pure negligence by management and they've been trying to keep it quiet," Howard said. "There is a criminal element that is defrauding the U.S. government by filing mountains and mountains of these fraudulent applications…[The IRS managers] don't want to deal with it. That's where all the fraud is. The fraud is in the fake notary stamps and fake documents which we've been accepting…There is a state-by-state list of notaries that shows which are registered and legitimate, but the IRS won't let us check those registries."

After WTHR first reported on ITIN mismanagement and fraud, the IRS sent senior officials to investigate the ITIN processing center. WTHR says this has led to tax examiners getting more training on identifying fraudulent paperwork and equipment to help them better inspect documents. Also, illegal aliens must now prove their identity through original, certified documents.

Howard’s revelations did not come without a cost to him personally. The IRS dropped his job performance rating, which affects his paycheck. The IRS claimed his job performance dropped from "exceeds fully successful" to "minimally successful." Still, Howard wants to continue his fight for ITIN reform. "I just want to see things fixed. We've been allowing the U.S. taxpayer to get robbed for years now and those days appear to be over."

If we are ever going to get out of this $16 trillion dollar mess, both party incumbents need to be thrown out of office. The only sanity left in Washington is the slow but growing group of Constitutional TEA PARTY leaders, who should replace not only the Democrats, but the majority of Republicans who don’t comply with the ‘Rule of Law’. If we just vote for the same mixture of low key criminals, we will never recover from the issues that plague us? Whether it’s the 20 million illegal aliens and the strong criminal element amongst us, they should not be rewarded for breaking our laws; the law abiding citizen and green card holder are carrying with financial support billions of dollars annually. Nor should we forget the state, county and municipal governments, who are just as guilty in stealing, tax payer’s money, to support the illegal alien invasion. Join the growing millions of TEA PARTY members at your local chapter, as this is the only way America can survive. WELFARE COSTS FOR CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL ALIENS EXCEEDS $646 MILLION IN JUST LOS ANGELES COUNTY ALONE– CAN YOU EVEN COMPREHEND THAT FIGURE?

SPEAK UP AND DON’T LET THESE MENTAL INCOMPETENT FOOLS GET AWAY WITH THESE LIES. NOT ONLY ILLEGAL ALIENS PILFERING EACH OF THE 50 STATES WELFARE, FOOD STAMPS, PUBLIC HOUSING, EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, BUT NOW STEALING OUR TAX MONEY. THEN THERE IS THIS COVERT ‘DREAM ACT’ OR CONCEALED AMNESTY. MANY OF AMERICAN KIDS CANNOT GET INTO COLLEGE AND THOUSANDS MORE CANNOT EVEN FIND A SEASONABLE JOB.

THE ONLY SLENDER CHANCE TO HALT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS TO TOPPLE THE MAJORITY OF POLITICIANS IN THE DEMOCRAT-LIBERAL & REPUBLICAN PARTY AND PLACE TEA PARTY LEADERS IN THEIR PLACE. You should also should drag the demented politicians and orally ‘Tar and Feather’ them. Phone and harass them in Congress at the central Washington, D.C., Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

E-Verify are still currently voluntary, but if it were made mandatory, illegal migrants and immigrants would be locked out of the mainstream workforce, and change to the Birthright citizenship bill. A simple amendment would halt forever illegal aliens coming here and taking advantage by using their unborn children as a right to citizenship welfare. If E-VERIFY were passed by Washington as permanent and an amendment to the BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP ACT, it would definitely stem the millions of foreign pregnant Mothers who come here draining states and federal treasuries. You the voter have the power to stop the THEFT of your taxes.

I have no sympathy for the population of California, as they keep on voting for the same clowns in Sacramento with the approval of the head Clown Governor Jerry Brown signed what is called the anti-Arizona law. But remember in States where there is little or no enforcement of voting laws such as the Socialist-Marxist –Liberal state of California—ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE VOTING. What is going to happen now with this ‘Sanctuary state’ is millions of illegal alien families are going to converge on California, as its open day for public welfare and other services. In 2006 illegal aliens withdrew $1 billion dollars in state uncompensated assistance and that doesn’t include education.

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socks99 07/08/12 - 05:20 pm
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I think the anger may derive

I think the anger may derive from the realization of past Obama supporters that his leadership skills and experience are no match for the current economic reality. In my view, a lot of the hatred comes from disappointed, former Obama-voters; plenty of "African-Americans" despise the man, as well.

Still, you may be correct about skin color: The masses thought it was more important than skills or expertise; and they got burned.

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KSL 07/08/12 - 07:46 pm
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Totally unacceptable

Totally unacceptable.

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allhans 07/08/12 - 08:07 pm
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$787 billion dollars and a

$787 billion dollars and a large part of it went to states. The states then either hired temporary workers until the money ran out or used it to pay their own debt.
Little if any went to help the economy..Thus one more reason for calling Obama out for his failed policies.

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BloodySunday 07/08/12 - 08:22 pm
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We see every single day that

We see every single day that Black Americans are donating, volunterring, getting involved, registering and turning out. People want to fight for President Obama. For those in the African American community, if you are thinking it may be OK for me to stay at home because it doesn't matter, we need to be clear: we have seen some positive steps: ending the Iraq war: getting obamacare done: Pell Grants: Forty-six percent of Black students are able to go to school because of what's happening with Pell Grants. That's what the change has been. Don't wait until November 6 go to the voting booth in your voting district on July 31

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 07/08/12 - 08:34 pm
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Ditto what itsanotherday1

Ditto what itsanotherday1 said at 2:22AM! Not to mention,....this President has "busted" the Constitution of The United States of America, which he swore to uphold and defend. By any other rule of law, most folks would be fired for job violations of this magnitude. Giving him the benefit of the doubt at this point is shaky at best! I want a President who supports and defends our Constitution, not one who tries to "change" it!

KSL
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KSL 07/08/12 - 10:05 pm
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I am with you, sarge.

I am with you, sarge.

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Georgialina 07/08/12 - 11:10 pm
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It took way too long to reveal...

I was disappointed that I had to wait to the last line to find out we hated him because of his skin color. Maybe the writer should have opened with that and saved us the time of reading his dribble. I find it funny that we are told we are racist because we disagree with this socialist. Well I'm not a racist, I hate his white side too!!!

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impossible 07/08/12 - 11:58 pm
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Victor is perhaps the most
Unpublished

Victor is perhaps the most disillusioned letter writer seen on the opinion page. On the one hand he spouts lies and on the other hand condemns the practice of habitually lying. He can't legitimately have it both ways. Obama is not to be hated but pitied for his obvious hatred of America, the last best hope for achieving human dignity, freedom and prosperity for all.

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carcraft 07/09/12 - 05:44 am
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Don't forget BlodySunday,

Don't forget BlodySunday, that some of the stimulus money went to congressional districts that don't exist those districts must be in one of the 57 states Obama campaigned in...BWHAHAHAHA

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