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I was surprised and a bit confused by Edward Maner’s guest column for The Augusta Chronicle titled “Obama is an unfair victim of hatred” (Oct. 14). It seems that Maner is quite full of his own brand of hatred, expressed by lumping all white conservatives into ranting, ex-Ku Klux Klan members who are uneducated simpletons.

The implication that all who don’t espouse his feelings of President Obama’s superiority of leadership have ignorant mentalities and are racists seems to indicate his own reverse racism in voting for Obama because he is black.

He mentions Rush Limbaugh and other white conservatives who are outspoken and brash, but he fails to mention the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a black minister who shrieked for God to “damn America” openly in a very public church broadcast. There always will be people on the outer edge of civility expressing their thoughts, no matter whether the focus is politics, religion, schools, sports or who shot J.R. But they are not the majority, and they certainly are not the voices who sway most of us to do their bidding!

He wrote about the “reality” (his word) that there is a move afoot to suppress black Americans from voting. If you are referring to the move to show a photo ID before voting, I assume you are forgetting that all white Americans also must have such an ID, just as blacks and whites both must have it for many other things besides voting. Here are a few:

• boarding an airplane;

• writing a check;

• cashing a check;

• using a credit card;

• driving a motor vehicle;

• applying for a business license;

• applying for permission to hold a protest or rally;

• securing employment;

• purchasing a house or real estate;

• renting a domicile;

• renting a motor vehicle;

• purchasing a firearm (includes BB guns);

• applying for a hunting license (waived for 16- and 17-year-olds when their guardian provides a photo ID);

• applying for a fishing license (waived for 16- and 17-year-olds when their guardian provides a photo ID);

• purchasing alcoholic beverages.

Rational thinking; a keen awareness of facts; a study of exactly what Obama has accomplished in the past four years; an understanding of what his failures have been; and a knowledge of his opponent’s qualifications to fill the office of president are necessary in making your choice for whom to vote in this election.

I agree that hatred and racism have no place. And, by the way, more whites voted for Obama than for the very white John Kerry or Al Gore. That doesn’t sound like racist behavior.

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wayne2410
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wayne2410 10/25/12 - 05:37 am
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Very straightforward and true
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Very straightforward and true information by the author. Which is exactly why the liberals will balk at it. Liberals are not interested in truth or facts, power is all they want.

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Retired Army 10/25/12 - 05:58 am
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That's right Molly! You tell

That's right Molly! You tell 'em. Racism in America must be dead. We've elected a black president after all.

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shrimp for breakfast 10/25/12 - 06:44 am
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Very good letter Molly!

It's refreshing to hear a voice of reason among the din of all the chowderheads that are out there sqauking (is that a word?) at the moment.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/25/12 - 07:46 am
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Racism is certainly not
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Racism is certainly not dead....just look how many people blame race for the reason people don't like being lied to by the President......or for any other criticism that he gets.

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Techfan 10/25/12 - 08:09 am
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Since it appears the only

Since it appears the only qualification of Obama's opponent is to use his and others vast wealth to take over companies, strip them of anything they have that might be of value, pocketing millions for themselves, and throwing the rest on the junk pile without any concern for the people and communities they destroy along the way. That makes my choice very simple, it's the other guy. Oh, I forgot about his ability to change positions, sometimes in the same speech, depending on his audience, and his abilty to lie with impunity while keeping a straight face. Again, that makes my choice simple. Add in that he's a member of a powerful, wealthy cult that has crossed the church-state barrier in the past. I am impressed at the attempt by the letter writer to try to compare the influence of Limbaugh to that of Reverend Wright.

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/10/mormon-politicians-lds-church...

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JRC2024 10/25/12 - 08:15 am
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Racism will never be dead.

Racism will never be dead. There will always be people who think they are better than others. Just do your best to treat everybody in a fair minded way. Even those like Mr. Maner who have very very definate racist views and see things only one way. And what is wrong with showing your ID? I bet if someone took one of Mr. Maners charge cards or a check and used it he would have a fit and say did you ID the person. Quite a different tune if it happens to you. I like your letter Molly, it is just the way I think and the way of many posters on the AC site.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/25/12 - 08:23 am
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Qualifications?
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Interesting how Techfan questions Romney's qualifications (then makes up misrepresentations of Romney) but had no problem voting for a president with ZERO qualifications.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/25/12 - 08:26 am
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Do say all criticism of the

Do say all criticism of the President is based on race is just as naive as saying no criticism is based on race.

38% of Georgia GOP don't believe Obama was born in the USA (PPP 3/2012)
30% of GOP say he's a Muslim (Pew 7/2012)

There's no way you can tell me that if he was white and named John Smith any of this bull would even come up. So, in answer to the question of racism: It looks like it fits only somewhere around 1/3 of the GOP.

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Gary Ross 10/25/12 - 08:27 am
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One comment I find amusing is

One comment I find amusing is that Romney has experience in business, and therefore it must be bad. Isn't it better to have experience than not to have a clue? Especially when the economy is in such shambles? A friend tried to convince me yesterday that we are in much better shape than we were 4 years ago. Of course he neglected to mention some very key points like SIX TRILLION IN DEBT!

There are none so blind as those who will not see. Ray Stevens.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/25/12 - 08:28 am
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Governor vs state rep and

Governor vs state rep and Senator. There's those. Successful author vs someone who robs companies of their money and casts the workers aside. There's those.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/25/12 - 08:29 am
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Oh that worn out race card.
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Oh that worn out race card. No proof required....just accuse and run.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/25/12 - 08:32 am
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Robs companies of their
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Robs companies of their money? Another falsehood from the left.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/25/12 - 08:35 am
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Governor vs state rep and
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Governor vs state rep and senator? So executive experience vs NO executive experience. Thanks techfan, for helping me make my point.

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rmwhitley 10/25/12 - 08:36 am
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The left,
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blacks and democrats should know tons about hating. They invented it.

KSL
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KSL 10/25/12 - 07:38 pm
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Successful author. Of what?

Successful author. Of what? Ayers admitted to writing his first book. Now Obama probably did write the second. They both have been examined in depth and found to have 2 different writing styles and levels of expertise as writers. There has got to be a good reason all of his college information is "locked up."

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/25/12 - 08:57 am
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Successful author?
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Steven King for President. According to techfan, he's qualified.

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Fundamental_Arminian 10/25/12 - 09:26 am
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Great LTE, but no such thing as "reverse racism"

    The implication that all who don’t espouse his [Maner's]feelings of President Obama’s superiority of leadership have ignorant mentalities and are racists seems to indicate his own reverse racism in voting for Obama because he is black (Molly C. Gray).

We hear of reverse discrimination and reverse racism from time to time, but these expressions are inaccurate. Discrimination and racism directed against whites is no less hateful and harmful than when directed against people of other races.

Mr. Maner's LTE, I think, was aimed at using racism among blacks for political advantage so that they'll get out to vote for President Obama on Nov. 6. This tactic is on par with what was done 60 or 70 years ago by white politicians, some of whom would pop their suspenders and use the n word.

It's generally thought that racism is far more prevalent among whites than among blacks. This is why PSAs promoting diversity and tolerance almost always target whites. But black racism is by far the bigger problem, as is evident in the popularity of Louis Farrakhan and in the racial terms and insults directed against politically conservative blacks. Aren't all white racists marginalized? Do you ever hear a white politician described as not white enough?

Although I didn't vote for President Obama in 2008, I was hoping his election would signal an era of racial healing. After all, he's biracial, and there's beautiful symbolism to having two races working harmoniously together in one person. But instead of promoting hope, change, and unity, he has been the most divisive president I've lived under. How tragic, when he could have gone down in history as a great statesman!

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RMSHEFF 10/25/12 - 09:49 am
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Can blacks be racist?

I think the answer is "YES" and Mr Edward Maner's letter proves it. He views almost everything in life through the prism of race or the color of ones skin. Any negative event in his life is due to racism and there is no way a white person could represent him. One of the only candidate I have supported with my dollars is Allen Keyes. The issue is not race it is ideology. Obama will get 96% of the black vote because he is black. Neal Boortz proves this daily on his radio show when black Obama supporters call in and he ask for reasons why they support Obama. All you hear is "silence". This is racism on their part.

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Fundamental_Arminian 10/25/12 - 09:51 am
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Case histories needed, not groundless charges

    There's no way you can tell me that if he was white and named John Smith any of this bull would even come up. So, in answer to the question of racism: It looks like it fits only somewhere around 1/3 of the GOP (Techfan).

A contrary-to-fact hypothesis isn't enough to prove your charge of racism. You need some case histories. What white politicians are being treated better than our president although they are comparable to him? What's your evidence?

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InChristLove 10/25/12 - 09:52 am
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"38% of Georgia GOP don't

"38% of Georgia GOP don't believe Obama was born in the USA (PPP 3/2012)
30% of GOP say he's a Muslim (Pew 7/2012)

There's no way you can tell me that if he was white and named John Smith any of this bull would even come up."

Techfan, questioning the legitamcy of one's American citizenship based on questionable facts of data is not racism and by the way.....President Obama is just as much WHITE as he is BLACK. Of course someone with an English name such as John Smith would not be questioned as much as someone with a middle eastern name such as Barack Hussein.....go figure.

Granddaddy John
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Granddaddy John 10/25/12 - 10:10 am
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Techfan your GOD has even
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Techfan your GOD has even said several times that he is muslim,give me a frecking break

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 10/25/12 - 10:17 am
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Voter ID

The idea that requiring voters to show an ID when they vote is viewed as Racism, by way of placing an "obstacle" to voting in the path of minorities. This"obstacle" is placed evenly among all people who wish to vote just as all other laws apply evenly regardless of race. You would think that all the hardship black have gone through in the past they would view this as a non issue and I think most do. The Democratic party is the one who wants to inject race into the voter ID issue, thus keeping the door open for illegals to vote. This has nothing to do with race and is one more example of the democrats playing the race card to achieve political advantage.

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F4therTime 10/25/12 - 10:28 am
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Wow tech...
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Your first comment sounded more like obama than romney.

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faithson 10/25/12 - 10:30 am
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Evidence, pure and simple...

Evidence of voter suppression vis a vie the ID and other measures promoted by the GOP can be found in the GOP's total lack of including in these measures any mention of absentee balloting, balloting especially helpful to the GOP. Blow it off if you must, but herein lies the FACT of intended voter suppression.

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allhans 10/25/12 - 01:27 pm
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Many of those who are against

Many of those who are against voter ID listen to liberal sources that will use anything..anything...to continue the liberal system of dependency in exchange for votes.
This is a neverending subject on the MSM, and especially MSNBC and as the old aying goes, if you repeat it often enough - that is happening with voter iD.
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I heard just his morning on C_SPan a study made by a group of college students in California showed that 21% of Absentee Ballots nationwide never makes it to the elections office.
Some are "mislaid" or destroyed by individuals who have a bias for one party or the other...

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Bizkit 10/25/12 - 10:40 am
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Because progressives are

Because progressives are educated and believe in evolution they know scientist say we haven't had enough time to derive biological races (the human genome states there are populations but even that doesn't purely correlate with any given ethnicities, and we are more alike than any species on the planet), but the Dem party has to keep the racism myth alive for purely political reasons. Get over the differences in melanin and see we are all human.

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Little Lamb 10/25/12 - 10:43 am
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Absentee

Faithson posted:

. . . absentee balloting [is] especially helpful to the GOP. . . .

Please provide some evidence. It is not intuitively obvious that this would be the case. I would suspect that in blue states more Democrats vote absentee than Republicans. And vice versa in red states.

faithson
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faithson 10/25/12 - 11:03 am
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Older voters

Older voters and the military use absentee ballots at a rate much higher than the poll booth. This demographic being overwhelmingly republican, the GOP did NOT want to 'ruffle' any feathers here. I am not especially against voter ID's, I am against a strategy that at it's heart is motivated by those who would use 'voter suppression' as a means to an end.

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Humble Angela 10/25/12 - 11:48 am
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Suppression is only at it's
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Suppression is only at it's heart, faithson, because you say it is. Try proving that.

faithson
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faithson 10/25/12 - 12:11 pm
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I say yea, U say nay...

It is what it is... It is my wish and that of many others that the 'yea's' win out over the 'nays'... 'proof of the pudding is in the eating', pray tell WHY the GOP did not go after absentee ballots, statistically the greater problem when it comes to ACTUAL voter fraud. I am not going to waist my time giving a source as it would only be derided by those who's self-absorbed passion has outrun logic and reason in discussing these issues.

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