How would zombies vote?

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So, here’s my take on the post-election environment in my hometown area.

As I attended my VA appointment (I’m retired U.S. Air Force, 30 years), I proudly wore my “I voted” tag on the front of my jacket. Everybody I ran into asked me: “So, who did you vote for?” I answered: “The winner, 2008 and 2012.” I got some ugly looks from my white peers, and some of them asked me, “Why?” The only explanation I could give them was to provide them a lesson in history by an analogy.

Imagine for a moment, I said, that we had the power to raise from the dead all white people from Georgia and South Carolina who died during the 1950s and tell them it was Election Day, and they should go to the polls and vote. We would not allow them to actually know who was on the ballot, because in the 1950s it didn’t matter because all Southerners voted straight Democrat. Remember the term “yellow-dog Democrat”? It’s a term that means Southerners would even vote for a yellow dog on any ballot if it was a Democrat.

Horror of horrors, the raised voters would have voted for President Obama. This mind-set was caused and perpetuated after the Civil War, when the Lincoln Republicans occupied the South. Therefore, these 1950s zombies would march to the voting poll and mindlessly vote for the Democrat.

Sadly, the same thing is happening in this day and age, except these narrow-minded zombies have become Republicans, and this transformation was caused by the Civil Right Act of 1965. President Lyndon Johnson whispered to a friend, after he signed the act, that by signing this act he had just given the South to the Republicans for the next generation. And so it was, and is.

Larry Jarrett

Warrenville, S.C.

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Techfan
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Techfan 11/12/12 - 05:18 am
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Yeah, the Civil Rights Act

Yeah, the Civil Rights Act gave the old Confederacy to the GOP for going on 2 generations. A very odd way to state it though.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/12/12 - 07:00 am
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The Truth

Mr. Jarrett speaks the truth.
This is exactly what happened.
I also love his analogy.
If Republicans outlawed guns then the South would start voting Democratic again.
Another thing about Johnson. When he was pushing the Civil rights bill and there was a meeting on it that day to his nothern friends he would say "We need to disscuss the Civil Rights billthis aftrrnoon. To his southern friends he woould say "we need to discuss the (N word) bill today.
True story.

americafirst
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americafirst 11/12/12 - 07:48 am
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Many people still vote

Many people still vote mindlessly for anyone with a D behind their name.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/12/12 - 08:44 am
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No more so than those who

No more so than those who vote for someone with an (R) behind it. See:Bachmann, Michele (R) Crazy as an outhouse rat.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/12/12 - 08:47 am
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"If Republicans outlawed guns

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"If Republicans outlawed guns then the South would start voting Democratic again."

Of course they would....why would ANYONE vote for a party that would violate the constitution........why indeed.

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Humble Angela 11/12/12 - 08:48 am
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"No more so than those who

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"No more so than those who vote for someone with an (R) behind it. See:Bachmann, Michele (R) Crazy as an outhouse rat."

Is name calling the best the left has to offer?

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RMSHEFF 11/12/12 - 09:45 am
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Emotional Voters

Almost all of the people who voted for Obama could not give any reason for doing so. All of the facts and statistics were against him. Their vote, as usual, was one based on emotion. Their answer would always be "I feel….". Obama connects to voters by making them feel he is on their side and will protect and watch out for them while in reality his policies work against the very people who put him back in office.

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Retired Army 11/12/12 - 09:57 am
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Well!

Here it is day 6 already! Lo and behold the sky is still up there.

To the letter. Mr. Jarrett(USAF Ret.) as I saw elsewhere "Hammer meets nailhead".

Not, by any strech of the imagination, is every Republican a racist. However, if the party did the right thing and denounced/marginalized those who are, their base would be severly compromised and I suspect the honest members of that party know it and are in a real conundrum on what to do about it.

And, if Republicans truly attack their ongoing problems with mysoginism, well let's just say the two party system is in real trouble.

Now, let the squalling, whinning, denials begin!

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paperguy2 11/12/12 - 10:11 am
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Racist zombies

You're right, Larry. The white racist zombies voted Democrat in the past, now the black racist zombies vote Dem.

paperguy2
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paperguy2 11/12/12 - 10:18 am
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Racist base?

So, RA, the 99% black Obama vote isn't racist? If both parties "did the right thing and denounced/marginalized those who are" racist, the Dems would lose more base than the Repubs.

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Retired Army 11/12/12 - 10:19 am
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RMSHEFF11/12/12 - 08:45 am

I would suggest to RMSHEFF, that the old adage of what you see in the mirror may well be the thing you despise most in others could be applicable here.

To "feel" that all of us on the other side of the argument rely only on emotions to cast our votes, is just that. An emotional reaction without factual basis.

I am better off in 2012 than I was in 2008. Economic indicators on jobs, while not as good as any of us would like, are better than in 2008. Housing starts and personal spending levels are up. Credit availability is back to normal and folks are beginning to see progress.

Despite the massive influx of secret money into the political process the American people were able to see for themselves the truth. Romney, while a seemingly decent family man, had no clue about what the ordinary family struggles with over their kitchen tables every day.

And then to allow racists, religeous extremist(not the mainstream) and "lady parts people"(as so aptly put by Bill Maher)to continue to control the social agenda of the Republican party, set the table for their demise in the general election.

That great Republican President Teddy Roosevelt had it right when he said "In then end always trust the people". Well now the people have spoken and we see a bright future for America. Join the adventure or sit in a cave and grumble. After all this still is the Land Of The Free and you have that choice.

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Bizkit 11/12/12 - 10:30 am
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Didn't Johnson have to fight

Didn't Johnson have to fight his own party and sneak the legislation through because fo Dem racist resistance. Remember Byrd was a grand dragon. Lincoln was a Rep. and Rep maintained the anti-racist stance. The Dems adopted a strategy to control african-americans since their ole racist strategies failed. They have managed to keep the black man down for a long time-odd they feed the hand that bites them. African-americans and women have suffered most in this economy under the Dem control and yet the feed the hand that bites them. Bizarre.

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nofanofobama 11/12/12 - 10:40 am
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the dims have become so

the dims have become so transparent all they got left is name calling even in victory they cannot be gracious...we have a split country ...and the best they can still do is name call. and talk about absurd to say that the sun is still rising and obama won reminds me of the silliness when obama talked about stopping the rising seas etc...hes a community agitator not a god..you all won ....be gracious act like winners...lead if you can and quit blaming everyone..after all you convinced 51 percent you needed 4 more years and you got it...no excuses now

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allhans 11/12/12 - 11:01 am
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I found it interesting to

I found it interesting to hear from someone who apparently has first-hand information on the life and habits of zombies.
Perhaps he has more material he can pass along. AND MAYBE SPICE IT UP A LITTLE.

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Dudeness 11/12/12 - 11:01 am
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Would the Democrat party

Would the Democrat party still have a base left if they denounced all of its racists?

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Humble Angela 11/12/12 - 11:12 am
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"However, if the party did

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"However, if the party did the right thing and denounced/marginalized those who are, their base would be severly compromised and I suspect the honest members of that party know it and are in a real conundrum on what to do about it."

You mean like Obama denounced Rev. Wright? Or the way he denounced the terrorist who attacked in Libya....oh yeah...he didn't even aknowlege that terrorists DID that.

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Humble Angela 11/12/12 - 11:13 am
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"that the old adage of what

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"that the old adage of what you see in the mirror may well be the thing you despise most in others could be applicable here."

"if the party did the right thing and denounced/marginalized those who are, their base would be severly compromised and I suspect the honest members of that party know it and are in a real conundrum on what to do about it.

Hard to believe the same person posted BOTH of these....I'm overwhelmed by the irony.

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Humble Angela 11/12/12 - 11:17 am
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RA.....I feel and see NO

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RA.....I feel and see NO mysoginism from the Republican party. If you somehow see it, please explain where it is.

And are you aware of the wage disparity for women in Obama's own staff? Talk about mysoginism.

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Retired Army 11/12/12 - 11:19 am
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Bizkit11/12/12 - 09:30 am

Bizkit writes: "Didn't Johnson have to fight his own party and sneak the legislation through because fo Dem racist resistance."

True. They were known as "Dixiecrats" and most left the Democratic party for the Republican party where they still have a home today.

In fairness, civil rights legislation would have been a non-starter without some support from the Liberal wing of the Republicans in the northern states.

But, in the end Johnson was right. Racists of the Democratic/Dixicrats did drift en masse to the Republican Party which until that time had been a non-entity in the South. Pure political survival, which says much about the enduring, if not smaller, white supremicist element still present in the Republican Party.

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Jon Lester 11/12/12 - 11:20 am
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It's not racist of the AA bloc if Romney failed to get even 1%

of their vote. It's more like the old saying, people may not remember everything you say and do, but they'll always remember how you made them feel.

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Humble Angela 11/12/12 - 11:29 am
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"Racists of the

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"Racists of the Democratic/Dixicrats did drift en masse to the Republican Party which until that time had been a non-entity in the South."

Yet another unfounded/untrue statement. It's the best the left has.....second only to name calling......oh wait...there was some name calling in there too.

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loblolly 11/12/12 - 11:39 am
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Mr. Jarrett

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Nice analysis. It seems to have opened some wounds though for some folks like Angela. The unusual thing is, the Republicans are now cementing this image by their views on gay marriage (civil rights), immigration, and tax reform.

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allhans 11/12/12 - 11:39 am
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This racist thing is past

This racist thing is past getting old, it has grown back in on itself..full circle.
Hispanics have far outgrown other minorities....I don't hear them complaining. An immigrant from Mexico said she voted Democrat because "they will take care of us."
Sorry, folks, but the race thing has changed. Wrong group...

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RMSHEFF 11/12/12 - 11:40 am
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Thing are better????? Better than What???

Retired Army, I don't" feel" that emotions are the reason most voted for Obama I base this on facts. Every economic indices pointed to the Fact that thing are much worse under Obama. Your example are a case study in what I am saying. As radio talk show host , Neal Bortz, always says, "we must realize we are deal with people that have been educated in Government schools' so I will point out how easily you are fooled into believing a lie. In your statement say you are better off in 2012 than in 2008 however your next 3 examples measure year over year results. All of the economic indices are much, much worse now than in 2008. For example you said housing starts are up. UP FROM WHAT ? From last month or last year or from 2008? If housing starts were at 10,000 a month in 2008 and fell to 5,000 a month in 2009 and at 5,001 in 2010, I assume you would conclude that housing starts are up in 2010 so I should vote for Obama. This is your thought process. You can apply this analysis to housing starts, personal spending, GDP, unemployment, labor participation rate etc. Face the facts….everything dropped sharply in 2008-2009 and absolutely NOTHING has recovered. There may be a "tiny" uptick measured year over year but statistically insignificant. Thing have not and will not return to levels before 2008 under your man Obama. You should be concerned for the young and those who will have to raise a family in this pitiful economy and their future and not if you are better off.

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Retired Army 11/12/12 - 11:42 am
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Humble Angela11/12/12 - 10:17 am

Humble Angela: "RA.....I feel and see NO mysoginism from the Republican party. If you somehow see it, please explain where it is."

Ask Richard Mourdoch, Todd Akin if their stands on rape didn't cost them winnable Senate seats. Hell, even the RNC had enough sense to pull their funding from these two.

While "only" 60% of all women voters voted for our President's re-election an overwheling 71% of single women voted for him. That's reality young lady(judging from your avatars-I could be wrong) and I expect with some real life experience you may in time come to the truth as most women in America already have.

Of course I only have facts of the election and the expressed opinions of my wife, three daughters, two daughters-in-law and 3 out of 4 sisters(Mary Kay always was a little strange) to go on, so what would I know?

To be direct. I don't live in a bubble and the truth is the truth. The shrinking Republican Party is the last sizable bastion of angry old white racist/mysoginist in America. Not all, but enough of a portion to carry ample guilt by association and that was reflected in the latest election.

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nofanofobama 11/12/12 - 11:50 am
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you mean like all those open

you mean like all those open minded loving noble dims who fought tooth and nail against school busing in boston ma years ago..how opened minded the left is til reality hits...why is it that the libs dont like school vouchers is it like school bussing, dont you like intergrated schools? why do you want to hold little black children down all the time? i thought this was the party of compassion yet you and all your elected officials are so beholding to the teachers union and its money ..that you say no to giving minority children a choice...so do not lecture us on racism for you wont protect even the right of little children who happen to be black..

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Humble Angela 11/12/12 - 12:03 pm
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So RA... Two republicans

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So RA... Two republicans represent the party now? I guess KKK Byrd represented you.

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Retired Army 11/12/12 - 12:20 pm
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Humble Angela11/12/12 - 11:03 am

Well, that was substantive response. Took you all of 21 minutes to come up with it.

Those were the nationally watched races. God knows what a drubbing racist/mysoginist took on the down ticket venues.

You don't have to like facts, but acceptance of them is the very first step in repairing what's wrong with the Republican Party. Great Republicans of our nations history, folks like Lincoln, TR Roosevelt, Eisenhower would truly be ashamed of what the party has degenerated to.

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Retired Army 11/12/12 - 12:24 pm
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Humble Angela11/12/12 - 11:03 am

Humble Angela writes or probably texts: "So RA... Two republicans represent the party now? I guess KKK Byrd represented you."

You know the difference here is that Robert Byrd had sense and decency enough to apologize for and repudiate the sins of his youth.

We'll be waiting for today's Republicans to energize and return to American decency by disolving themselves of their present day baggage.

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RMSHEFF 11/12/12 - 12:53 pm
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Emotions.....again

It is common knowledge that most women(not all) operate more on the emotional side of the ledger. Their support for Obama was an emotional one. They saw him as one who "cares" more who "relates" to their problems more. Never mind that his solutions had not worked and in most cases made their problems worse. Bill Clinton was artful at "feeling your pain" . This election was an election base on feeling and emotions and not facts. A very dangerous place to be. Pray for gridlock.

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