Racism label unfounded

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I can’t believe The Augusta Chronicle would give Edward Maner space to call everyone who has a different political bent from him and President Obama a racist (“Obama is an unfair victim of hatred,” Oct. 14).

Maner said: “If the majority of intelligent, astute, highly educated and fair-minded Americans vote for Mr. Obama for a second term, it would be a true blessing from God to know that these individuals took the high road.” This reminds me of a letter from Victor Reilly not long ago (“An informed vote is vital,” Sept. 21). Reilly was wishing we had a more informed electorate. Are you kidding me? Don’t these two people understand that if we had an intelligent, astute and informed electorate, no Democrat would get more than 30 percent of the vote in any election?

Maner refers to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump to being modern day Ku Klux Klansmen in disguise. I’ve been listening to these people since they’ve been known commodities, and have never heard a racist remark from any of them. Before he dropped out of the race, Herman Cain was the choice of that “racist” group called the Tea Party. One of Rush Limbaugh’s best friends is Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Oh, that’s right – Cain and Thomas are just “Uncle Toms.” The current sweetheart of intelligent, astute and informed conservatives is U.S. Senate candidate Mia Love of Utah. That’s right – she is black. To the left, she is just an “Aunt Jemima.”

Ask any black man or woman in today’s society whether they think of themselves as second-class citizens. What an insult to them that Maner still perceives them as such. Obama won an electoral landslide in 2008. Is this huge racist voting bloc just now finding out that Obama is black? Conservatives’ and Republicans’ political biases are based solely on ideology.

Democrats can’t defend any of Obama’s leftist policies, and they are unable to compete in the arena of ideas, so all they are left with is: “You’re a racist.”

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fedex227
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fedex227 10/16/12 - 10:22 pm
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Isn't it funny ...
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how the racist never sees themselves as racist?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 10/16/12 - 11:36 pm
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No need in attempts to sway

No need in attempts to sway such as Mr. Maner. They have a fool proof debating technique. People that have never experienced discrimination are unqualified to debate the Maner's of the world. The debate goes something like this: “You don't understand what we've been through, so by default your opinion is null and void”. But wait, you may say, what about x, y, and z?

This is where it gets interesting. The Maner's would say, “we've already explained. The fact that you still question us proves your racism”.

And so it goes. You cannot engage this man in debate, because your opinions are “null and void”.

You maybe would argue that you've been taught to question certain suppositions, present evidence, and attempt to refute evidence presented by the other side. Mr Maner would merely point out that your Euro-centric, racist, education, fooled you into thinking you should examine ideas, because as he explained earlier, your opinions are null and void.

Pretty simple if you understand.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/17/12 - 12:38 am
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You must be kidding

I've heard Rush saying racist things on a regular basis. Mr. Waters you must not know the meaning of racist. Not only has Rush said many racist things but not a day goes by when he says downright mean lies! You want an example? How about when he said Michael J. Fox was faking his shaking to gain sympathy.
Rush is one of the biggest racists on thr airwaves.

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wayne2410 10/17/12 - 04:22 am
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The modern definition of a
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The modern definition of a racist is "anyone who wins an argument against a liberal". It is their go-to manuever when they are in a jam. Honesty and sincerity are not traits common to liberals, saving owls, hugging trees, and drawing welfare off the backs of hard working conservatives is pretty much all a liberal knows.

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avidreader 10/17/12 - 05:06 am
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The Teacher!

Mr. Maner's Sunday letter was quite a shock to me. This man spent thirty-one years as an educator! As someone noted in a Sunday post, Mr. Maner likely spent these years spewing his venom to classrooms full of impressionable minds. How sad!

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nofanofobama 10/17/12 - 05:07 am
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shrimp..ive listen to rush

shrimp..ive listen to rush since he came on the air..please quote properly if you are going to accuse people. 2nd.. after over 20 years 3hrs a day i would say something may have been said that you may find offensive..also i find it amusing about the fox comment that was over a decade ago.that was your example...should we talk about the commentary from the left concening sarah palin...now that is hate...the only people who seem to be bent on race is the left...

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/17/12 - 07:15 am
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You're right nofanofobama

The liberal media blasted Sarah Palin. Many times just because she was an easy mark and that's not right.
Then again I've heard Mrs. Palin say some bonehead things. Katie Couric stumped her when she couldn't even name one newspaper that she read. Personally I don't think Sarah Palin is very smart. She should definitely not be the face of the Republican party when there are so many others that are extremely smart.
I cringed when Palin was in Michigan and said "I'm glad to be here where people love their guns and religion." For some reason that just didn't sound right.
I'm sorry but I just don't think she's a very smart person politically.
The thing that really burned me up is that she stepped down before finishing her first term as Governor of Alaska just so she could make money. She couldn't be bothered to finish her term as a public servant. It has nothing to do with Republican or Democrat. I would feel the same way if she had been a Democrat. I've always thought serving your country as an elected official is giving your time in order to make your country a better place. Unfortunetly her office got in the way of her book deal and other money making ventures and I find that appalling!

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Jane18 10/17/12 - 07:32 am
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Who's calling who a racist?

Mr. Waters, and those agreeing with him, you are correct. I personally know people(very few), that are in the same mindset as Mr.Maner and those of his party. The one thing none of them can or would say, is that I am a racist. They would say the things I hate are wrongs committed against the ignorant(do not know any better) and the innocent by those with power and disregard for their fellow man.....

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Fundamental_Arminian 10/17/12 - 07:42 am
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Racism hard to prove in 2012 election

If non-blacks who voted for Obama in 2008 are switching to Romney, the reason can't be racism. Obama's race hasn't changed. What's changed is people's perception and knowledge of his ability to deliver on his promises. Instead of uniting us, he has been the most divisive POTUS ever. Instead of promoting hope, he has promoted fear and envy and class warfare. Besides all this, he has demonstrated no understanding of the economy and has offered no reasonable plan for turning things around.

These flaws, not racism, are why he is at risk of losing his job.

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d1zmljqg 10/17/12 - 08:48 am
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Saying Rush Limbaugh is not racist

is like saying the KKK has no favorite color, e.g., as sheets for example. Who forgot why he had to resign from ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown."

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 10/17/12 - 09:21 am
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SHRIMP -im always amazed at

SHRIMP -im always amazed at those who questiom palin's intelligence..she should be the poster gal for womens lib--unlike hillary she did it by herself on her own talents and yes brians ---rose thru the ranks to finally gov. of alaska--what are your creditials?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 10/17/12 - 10:45 am
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d1z

He resigned for stating a fact based opinion, which many found unpalatable. Much of media, including sports media, are so PC they’ve become unaccustomed to such bluntness, among other things. This fosters an emotionalism, and/or kneejerkism that have some making non-fact based opinions, such as “Rush is racist”.

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harley_52 10/17/12 - 01:03 pm
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Young Fred...

You are EXACTLY correct. The left has used political correctness to re-invent the English language and to discourage honesty and frankness in human interaction. They have redefined terms and changed the meanings of words to the point where honest, direct communication between people is nearly impossible.

You can observe it in operation on these very boards every day.

As for Rush Limbaugh....he is definitely NOT a "racist." Those who claim he is a "racist" obviously don't understand the meaning of the word.

The word "racist" is used as a tool by the left to discourage any sort of negative comment about any person, or the actions of any people, who happen to be black. Not red, not yellow, not brown, not white......BLACK. And blacks can (and very frequently do) make any insulting comments they want about people of other races and it is totally acceptable to the PC police.

Society won't clear itself of this rubbish until we all grow up and ignore political correctness which, I believe, is a move currently underway.

I'm all for it.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 10/17/12 - 02:35 pm
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harley_52

I’m also for it! I sincerely hope the movement you spoke of, gains momentum.

In addition to the problems you mentioned, caused by this cancer that is political correctness, it has also caused some to take leave of their senses, when it comes to using common sense.

The public schools have almost become dysfunctional due to their lack of use of common sense caused by rampant PCism.

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itsanotherday1 10/17/12 - 03:40 pm
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SFB, I think you need a

SFB, I think you need a refresher on defining racist.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/17/12 - 04:39 pm
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If one were to say, " I tend

If one were to say, " I tend to not like most black people"; are they racist? Replace "black" with any ethnicity (Jewish, Oriental, Italian, etc) and ask yourself the same question.

If one were to say " If I'm sitting a a traffic light and I see a black kid walking across the crosswalk in my direction, I make sure my doors are locked", would you think them racist?

If one were to say I think all _____ (pick your ethnicity) are lazy, stupid", and incapable of competing with the elites, how would you define that?

Sort that out and you will utilize "racist", "bigoted", and "prejudiced" in a more appropriate manner.

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OpenCurtain 10/17/12 - 06:17 pm
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OPEN QUESTION; Too any Democrat Party Official.

Is what Edward Maner stated, what your party really believes, or this person even over the top for Democrat party?

Silence in this case, is not Golden. As it only plays to the general belief that the Obama's party uses HATE SPEECH keep black voters in line or to otherwise be branded an UT or AJ

Such narrow minded childish School yard rants only serve to cast a giant shadow as a party of hateful people, if other people do not agree with your way.

I would like to see an official statement on what the Democrat Party does stand for?

I could also just google the official DNC platform.

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