Race motivates attacks

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Guest columnist Edward Maner is correct in his claim that criticisms of President Obama often are racially motivated (“Obama is an unfair victim of hatred,” Oct. 14).

This is particularly true of the editorial page of The Augusta Chronicle, despite the editor’s protestations to the contrary.

By my calculation, you have published more than 650 editorials and cartoons criticizing or attacking President Obama. This does not include snipes at the president from other topics, comments by like-minded syndicated columnists or letters from readers who take their cue from you.

You have told your readers directly, or by innuendo and insinuation, that the president is a narcissist, an ignoramus, a bully, a liar, a hypocrite, a racist, an elitist, a Nazi sympathizer, a conspirator, a Hitler, a hatemonger, a socialist, a non-patriot, a Muslim, a propagandist, a phony, a divider, a flip-flopper, a spendthrift, a dictator, an alien, a friend of terrorists and, of course, an abject failure.

In addition, you claimed that first lady Michelle Obama’s attempt to control the products in school vending machines “puts us well on the way to creating a police state.”

At the core of your world view is the belief that black people have a proper place in this society and any African-American in a position of authority is out of his or her proper place.

President Obama, as head of the free world, is so out of place it is unimaginable.

Your treatment of this president is not politics, but bigotry and obsession masquerading as political opinion.

Leslie J. Pollard Sr., Ph.D.

Augusta

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Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 02:52 pm
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So you can't say "you lie" to
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So you can't say "you lie" to obama....but it's ok to say it to Bush. I'm not following your logic, owensjef.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/20/12 - 02:59 pm
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blue obumlers proclomation

blue obumlers proclomation about being the most transparent administration ever...howhe promised everything was going to be above board..no lobbyist, a ethically driven adminstration...the reality.. secret meetings, incomplete logs at the white house, back room dealings on legislation nobody who voted for even bothered to read, ignoring federal laws not to his likings, having tax cheats in his adminstration, ignoring federal judges...besides being santa what is his appeal??...why are you guys so defensive of the indefensiable..we questioned authority when i was growing up...and so did the press..where is the pursuit of truth..no matter where it leads..

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RMSHEFF 11/20/12 - 03:19 pm
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Owensjef3

Those wanting to "secede" don't want to live under marxism. It has nothing to do with race. They don't like the federal government "redistributing" wealth from those that work to to those that don't. We are already paying over 50% of what we make in taxes and the line has been drawn. What are "all the other thing" that have never happened to anyone else???? Bush was treated much much worse that Obama ever was. It seems you are the one who only sees skin color. Do you like Allen Keyes? If not, why not.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 03:26 pm
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RA...you simply can't make a
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RA...you simply can't make a comment without personally attacking other posters here, can you? It's a wonder Sean lets you stay. I don't report people, but I will point out publicly when they don't follow the rules. It truly reveals to everyone your character.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 03:28 pm
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So it's ok for Biden to
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So it's ok for Biden to interrupt with "that's a bunch of malarky" but "you lie" is off limits? Love the hypocricy.

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Retired Army 11/20/12 - 03:29 pm
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Ummmm let's see here. White

Ummmm let's see here. White guy middle of the road, self proclaimed moderate Republican governor proposes and gets health care reform done in his bailiwick and he's a statesman.

Then, black guy(OK half white for the nitpickers)gets health care reform passed in his bailiwick and he's "narcissist, an ignoramus, a bully, a liar, a hypocrite, a racist, an elitist, a Nazi sympathizer, a conspirator, a Hitler, a hatemonger, a socialist, a non-patriot, a Muslim, a propagandist, a phony, a divider, a flip-flopper, a spendthrift, a dictator, an alien, a friend of terrorists and, of course, an abject failure."

Hmmmm? What's different here? I can't quite put my finger on it, but maybe it will come to me.

And THAT's sarcasm.

KSL
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KSL 11/20/12 - 03:39 pm
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Difference is simple

If you didn't like the health care in Mass., you could move to another state. No escaping Obamacare and remaining in America.

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owensjef3 11/20/12 - 03:48 pm
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When did someone say that to
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When did someone say that to to Bush in the middle of a State of the union address. (Also from the link below)
Past presidents who attempted to pass health care reform include, but not limited to, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Clinton and now Obama. Yes, two GOP presidents, Eisenhower and Nixon attempted to do it.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Which_Presidents_tried_to_pass_health_care_reform

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burninater 11/20/12 - 03:52 pm
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Ya KSL, it's really

Ya KSL, it's really disheartening. Now that Americans are deciding to join the rest of the civilized world, the only options for escaping socialized healthcare are Africa, Southeast Asia, or the Middle East but wow there a lot of those ... different ... people in those places! I guess South Africa would have felt like home to a lot of the Red Staters a couple of decades ago, but now there just isn't really an option anymore.

Oh wait, there's The Land That Time Forgot! Sure is a relief to know that even dinosaurs have a place to go (there not having been room on the Ark and all).

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 03:53 pm
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"Then, black guy(OK half
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"Then, black guy(OK half white for the nitpickers)gets health care reform passed in his bailiwick and he's "narcissist, an ignoramus, a bully, a liar, a hypocrite, a racist, an elitist, a Nazi sympathizer, a conspirator, a Hitler, a hatemonger, a socialist, a non-patriot, a Muslim, a propagandist, a phony, a divider, a flip-flopper, a spendthrift, a dictator, an alien, a friend of terrorists and, of course, an abject failure.""

That's the only thing you think he is disliked for? And just what did he get "done" for health care reform? Did you read it?

Also, if the only thing you see different is the race...that too speaks to your character.

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Bruno 11/20/12 - 03:55 pm
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Bernadean University?

I wonder what mail order diploma mill "doctor" Pollard received his PhD from or in what but it obviously wasn't strong on reason and logic.

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billcass 11/20/12 - 04:10 pm
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Still waiting

For someone to tell me whether the 96% of African Americans who voted for Obama, in spite of the fact that his policies have proven detrimental to them in particular, are racists, because they vote solely on the basis of his skin color. Or whether the white liberals who perpetuated stereotypes about black men when attacking Herman Cain were racists. Or whether those who call Justice Thomas an Uncle Tom are racists. I guess I will continue to wait.

KSL
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KSL 11/20/12 - 04:16 pm
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RA

What gives you the right to attack and belittle posters who have different backgrounds and opinions? I don't think anyone is trying to silence you. Can you not debate the issues without personal attacks?

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billcass 11/20/12 - 04:22 pm
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RA

First and foremost, thank you for your service to our great nation. Second, I agree that Congressman Wilson's behavior was childish and boorish. I don't know that it was racist. But you know what? Neither of us knows what is in his heart, and we should refrain from speculating.

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nofanofobama 11/20/12 - 04:31 pm
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perhaps the prez should not

perhaps the prez should not lie----even during the state of the union..is it ok to laugh?..was it ok to lecture the justices when they were in a format not able to respond....perhaps the prez who lectures everyone on civility take a cue from himself..

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Retired Army 11/20/12 - 04:36 pm
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KSL writes: "If you didn't

KSL writes: "If you didn't like the health care in Mass., you could move to another state. No escaping Obamacare and remaining in America."

Did you somehow miss that part in Civics 101 that talks about representative democracy and law of the land? KSL, it's over, the Affordable Healthcare Act is law. The people reaffirmed that on November the 6th with the Re-election of our President.

You are right about not being able to move to another state to avoid it. But if you google foriegn embassies I'm sure you and many others could find plenty of nations looking for immigrants. The problem would be, of course finding, one with an acceptable standard of living that does not have some form of national healthcare, let alone the freedom we enjoy here.

Positive vibes here please. Just think, now we are not one accident away from bankruptcy. Now our kids can go off to finish up their educations and we can afford to keep them insured.

You are not alone. I didn't get my way with this bill either. As far as I am concerned it is only a start. I want big profit healthcare business and insurance out of our medical care. My thinking is National Medicare with a single payer system for ALL Americans. This Obamacare is but a first small step towards that goal.

When comon sense compassion overcomes pure unadulterated greed we'll get there.

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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 04:46 pm
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KSL...I honestly don't think
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KSL...I honestly don't think he can help himself....it happens more and more often it seems.

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Conservative Man 11/20/12 - 04:46 pm
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Hmmm....

....methinks the only racists are those that continue to write LTE's that do nothing BUT mention race.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 04:49 pm
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"My thinking is National
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"My thinking is National Medicare with a single payer system for ALL Americans. This Obamacare is but a first small step towards that goal.

When comon sense compassion overcomes pure unadulterated greed we'll get there."

I wonder why it's considered greedy to want to keep what you earned, but not greedy to want to take money away from those who earned it?

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scgator 11/20/12 - 04:53 pm
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"I guest the folks applying

"I guest the folks applying to secede has nothing to do with race." IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE !!!! IT HAS "EVERYTHING" TO DO WITH NOT WANTING TO BECOME BANKRUPT AS A COUNTRY !!!!!

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Retired Army 11/20/12 - 04:54 pm
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billcass11/20/12 - 03:22 pm

billcass writes: "I don't know that it was racist. But you know what? Neither of us knows what is in his heart, and we should refrain from speculating."

Let's not leave the impression that I speculated about Joe Wilson racism or heart. All I did was comment on his boorish behavior.

Thanks for the thanks and if you are among the taxpaying few(as Mitt Romney would assume)the thanks comes to the checking account with regularity.

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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 04:57 pm
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It was quite boorish of the
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It was quite boorish of the President to criticize the SCOTUS at a state of the Union address as well.....where's your condemnation of that?

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nofanofobama 11/20/12 - 05:01 pm
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me thinks ra lives in fantasy

me thinks ra lives in fantasy world considering the compassion and cost of govt single source health care systems..why do those who have the ability to flee from country of national health care to countries that dont have a national system when they need medical help..why do they ignore the rationing, lack of care and long waits for standard care we take for granted here..its a pipe dream that govt health care is effective and human.

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Retired Army 11/20/12 - 05:04 pm
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RMSHEFF11/20/12 - 02:19 pm

RMSHEFF writes: "Those wanting to "secede" don't want to live under marxism'.

Well, I think that America can do without the 0.01% of folks who don't want to be Americans anymore.

Trouble is where ya gonna go? Any place else on earth is gonna make you declare all that cash ya got stashed in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

Whaaaaaa? No cash stashed? Gee, maybe you better hang in there until the big boys let you earn and save enough to leave. Whaddya think?

KSL
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KSL 11/20/12 - 05:05 pm
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All Americans except the Feds, the armed services and retirees, unions and who knows who else who has been exempted.

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burninater 11/20/12 - 05:14 pm
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I wonder why it's considered

"My thinking is National Medicare with a single payer system for ALL Americans. This Obamacare is but a first small step towards that goal.

When comon sense compassion overcomes pure unadulterated greed we'll get there."

I wonder why it's considered greedy to want to keep what you earned, but not greedy to want to take money away from those who earned it?

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I wonder why it's so hard to fathom why a civilized society might not want to PROFIT off of the illness of others?

And I wonder why some people seem to have zero concept of how pooled risk works?

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Retired Army 11/20/12 - 05:13 pm
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HA writes: "It was quite

HA writes: "It was quite boorish of the President to criticize the SCOTUS at a state of the Union address as well.....where's your condemnation of that?"

Liked that word boorish didn't ya. It's one of those words that just sounds like what it is.

As far as a condemnation of our President goes, nah I think that's a bit strong. In my less than humble opinion Roberts, Thomas and especially Scalia deserved a lot worse and I would have preffered the President to say so. Would you settle for a mild rebuke? Hey, I'm trying to be admittedly condesending here.

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KSL 11/20/12 - 05:15 pm
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Who said we don't want to be

Who said we don't want to be Americans? We don't want to see Obama make America over according his corrupted sense of fairness.

And last I checked, the majority wanted Obamacare repealed or drastically changed. And all of the devious hidden aspects that won't be popular haven't kicked in yet.

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Retired Army 11/20/12 - 05:18 pm
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burninater11/20/12 - 04:12 pm

burninator writes"I wonder why it's so hard to fathom why a civilized society might not want to PROFIT off of the illness of others?'

Damnit Man. There you go with the moral arguement again. Stop it! It hurts the feelings of the for profit medical bunch. But. I'll bet treatment for their hurt feelers is available under Obamacare.

KSL
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KSL 11/20/12 - 05:22 pm
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RA

I didn't miss Civics 101, but Obama surely did. And he didn't make up for it his Constitutional Law classes. Maybe he was stoned.

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