Not just racism

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Some folks seem awfully eager to find racism lurking behind our presidential politics.

CNN commentator David Gergen Tuesday outlandishly suggested Hillary Clinton should disavow the votes of "racists" in Kentucky. Should Barack Obama do the same with the roughly 90 percent of black votes he's getting?

Now, the ever-righteous United Nations is sending a "special rapporteur on racism" to the United States this summer to find it. Oh goody! A poor man's Tocqueville, likely bearing his less-flattering conclusions about America before he even arrives.

This is the same body, after all, that once allowed its commission on human rights to be chaired by Libya, and whose New and Improved Council on Human Rights still disproportionately targets Israel while ignoring Cuba, North Korea, et al.

We can save the United Nations some time: Yes, there is racism still out there. And we'll be the first ones to condemn it -- such as the T-shirt being sold recently by a bar owner in Marietta comparing Barack Obama to the children's-book monkey Curious George.

But set against the sorry state of human rights in many other parts of the world, you have to wonder why this is such a priority to the United Nations. There seems to be no sense of perspective at the world body.

Meanwhile, those who suggest that racism explains away Obama's recent poor showing in several largely white states are, like our "friends" at the U.N., grasping for the first America-bashing tool they can find.

Racism alone cannot explain Hillary Clinton's five-touchdown wins in West Virginia and Kentucky. If racism were that aggravated there, we would've heard by now. Al Sharpton would be protesting so much he'd get his mail there.

Moreover, consider: On the same night Clinton trounced Obama in Kentucky on Tuesday, Obama was beating her rather convincingly in Oregon -- a state with similar racial demographics as Kentucky's.

Clearly, there's something more at work than racism.

It might be mistrust.

A lot of folks wonder about Barack Obama's ideological leanings, for one thing. He's considered the most liberal person in the U.S. Senate -- a problem for many conservative "Reagan Democrats." And if he's the nominee, it's a good bet any ties to radical socialists will be explored. There are already fears of that showing up on the Internet.

And remember Obama's semi-private pronouncement weeks ago that some voters "cling" to guns and faith out of fear and loathing of those who don't look like them? That arrogance and condescension and unbridled ignorance might have something to do with his loss of appeal.

Perhaps more prominent, however, are the doubts about how deep his patriotism goes. He has surrounded himself over the years with anti-American types, such as admitted domestic terrorist William Ayers and Obama's infamously America-bashing pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Then there are the statements by Mrs. Obama, who said she'd never been proud of her country before her husband's run for the presidency, and that the United States is just a "mean" place.

Such things give patriotic Americans heartburn and more than a little trepidation. Do we really want a group with such a dim view of America running the executive branch of government?

Perhaps owing to the increasing doubts about him, Obama recently began wearing a flag pin on his lapel, something he'd earlier declined to do. Clearly, he believes the issue is hurting him.

There are a number of reasons Barack Obama is limping toward the nomination. Race is no doubt among them for some.

But not nearly as much as some others would like to believe.

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HTN007
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HTN007 05/22/08 - 04:10 am
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"Clearly, there's something

"Clearly, there's something more at work than racism.

It might be mistrust."

Then again, it might be "political schizophrenia",which is something this newspaper's editorial office seems to afflicted with.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/22/08 - 05:06 am
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Without the racist plank in

Without the racist plank in BOs platform, all he'd have is Marxism. I don't think either will carry him to the White House.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/22/08 - 05:29 am
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Al Gore was tarred with Bill

Al Gore was tarred with Bill Clinton's personal sins. Church going George W. Bush garnered the vote of the religious right & promised to "make us proud of the office of President again." Right! John Kerry was swiftboated by the radical right in this country & fear was used to help reelect George W. Bush to a 2nd disastrous term in office. John Kerry was labeled a "socialist". Hillary Clinton has also been labeled a "socialist" by the right-wing noise machine. Dittoheads were told that the worst thing imaginable would be for "Hitlery" to be elected President except for OMG a black man named Obama. Then the long knives came out to attack Barack Obama. We have a fascist like patriciathomas labeling Barack Obama a "Marxist". She is of the same right-wing nut job bent as The Chronicle. Both Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama are mainstream Establishment politicians. News headlines today report that both Barack Obama & John McCain are moving toward "centrist" positions on Iraq. IMO Barack Obama is way too moderate. Obama will be the next President unless Bush bombs Iran. Obama is so moderate he will likely pardon George W. Bush for crimes Bush committed while in office. McCain courts religious extremists & pledges 100 years of war in Iraq, yet he get a pass from the fawning press. Obama = incremental change, moderation & slow healing. McCain = more war, more radicalism & more wounded.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/22/08 - 05:46 am
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Cain, adjust your meds.

Cain, adjust your meds. Thinking isn't that bad. Try it some time.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 05/22/08 - 05:59 am
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I still say I am not voting

I still say I am not voting for Obama. I am one of those who is still in the dark about what the man stands for if elected and still seeing him teeter totter on issues apparently important and he is feeling around for votes just to get into office. He is NOT about getting people the help they need though, apparently, he can't even give solutions to the high gas prices to those working their butt off for a mere $5.85 per hour.

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christian134 05/22/08 - 06:00 am
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Okay let us leave the race

Okay let us leave the race card out for a moment...Obama is about the most liberal of the liberal this country has ever produced, he also is the least intelligent of the canidates out there...How many states do we have Senator? "Uhmmm 57 and that is not counting Hawaii and Alaska" This is person I want running my country..I think not..That is just for starters concerning this individual.....

Patriot08
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Patriot08 05/22/08 - 07:25 am
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Is he now more liberal than

Is he now more liberal than Clinton?
DE2, try this link. http://www.nationalplatforms.com/

shivas
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shivas 05/22/08 - 07:36 am
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I think the country is ready

I think the country is ready for Liberal after 8 years of massive failure from a right-wing administration. Being Liberal is a great selling point, so keep up the good press.

christian134
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christian134 05/22/08 - 07:42 am
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Liberal is one thing

Liberal is one thing unintelligent is quite another....

Patriot08
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Patriot08 05/22/08 - 07:53 am
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A verbal slip up is a

A verbal slip up is a complete sign of a lack of intelligence? If so, Bush must score on a level below a box of hammers.

owensjef
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owensjef 05/22/08 - 07:57 am
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Obama has always avoided

Obama has always avoided racial politics so Pat where is your info coming from.

dani
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dani 05/22/08 - 08:00 am
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It is no secret that Obama is

It is no secret that Obama is the most liberal, which is why the MSM has forsaken Hillary and latched on Obama.

owensjef
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owensjef 05/22/08 - 08:02 am
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AC AC mistrust Obama but

AC AC mistrust Obama but loves this lying Administration, come on now@!

owensjef
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owensjef 05/22/08 - 08:06 am
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Hey Blacks vote for white

Hey Blacks vote for white candidates all the time,

shivas
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shivas 05/22/08 - 08:44 am
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The more Liberal the

The more Liberal the better!!! Heck, McCAin is more liberal than Hillary, and there's talk he may even choose Lieberman for VP. Failure is a hard medicine for the righ-wing to swallow. We will expect the far-right to start the hate campaign any day now.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 05/22/08 - 09:06 am
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I don't care who is more

I don't care who is more liberal or conservative as a candidate, I want to know what Obama stands for as far as politics. This tells me NOTHING! So nothing will be my vote. I won't vote for Obama. No stance provided for gun control, drugs, tax reform (there goes our tax rebate lol) No stance on abortion issues or budget and economy issues, No stance on Principles and values, SSN, and you all want to vote for a guy who has NO STANCES??? Please tell me you are smarter than THAT!

ThurstonHowell
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ThurstonHowell 05/22/08 - 09:07 am
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Cain called PT a nut job!

Cain called PT a nut job! LOL

tjtrouble
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tjtrouble 05/22/08 - 09:18 am
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John Kerry was "swift boated"

John Kerry was "swift boated" by the truth how do you spend 20 years in the senate yet when you run for president, run on the 3 months you spent in nam 30 years ago?

dani
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dani 05/22/08 - 09:32 am
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shivas, See rant #5.

shivas, See rant #5. Conservatives don't care for the liberal platform.

Patriot08
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Patriot08 05/22/08 - 10:11 am
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That website was not as

That website was not as complete as it should. If you want to know the stances of each candidate on their positons, I suggest you use google, type in the name and go to their official website. It is clearly labeled there.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 05/22/08 - 10:17 am
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Well it makes sense to me to

Well it makes sense to me to vote in a stupid President like Obama, because most of the people are just as stupid so it seems fitting. You can't deny that both Clinton and Barack are fundamentally socialist-and given the Communist Party USA adores them they may likely be leaning towards the communism form of socialism. It is really class warfare between the poor uneducated co-dependents and the wealthy, educated, elite. Change-I smell a socialist revolution. Communism has failed in China and Russia, but we Americans are always behind the times. Perhaps we can make it work here-good ole american ingenuity. We are already a Republic so a small name change to the Communist Republic of American Patriots. CRAP!!!!

AsItIs
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AsItIs 05/22/08 - 10:25 am
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Ken Blackwell - Columnist for

Ken Blackwell - Columnist for the New York Sun
"Mr. Obama is a foreign-policy novice who would put our national security at risk."
His solution to everything economic is to have government take it over. Big Brother on steroids, funded by your paycheck.
BO says that Christian leaders speaking for life and marriage have 'hijacked' - hijacked - Christianity.
His vision of 'bringing America together' means saying that those who disagree with his agenda for America are hijackers or warmongers. Uniting the country means adopting his liberal agenda and abandoning any conflicting beliefs.
(That sound like JRHC to me!)
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According to The Book of Revelations the anti-christ is:

The anti-christ will be a man, in his 40s, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal....the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, will destroy everything. Is it OBAMA?"

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griesella 05/22/08 - 10:29 am
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Congress just recently passed

Congress just recently passed a farm bill and over-rode the presidents veto. So after gloating about the fact that they were able to over-ride the veto, they discover that the bill they presented to the pres was not the entire package and it has to be done all over again. Our Congress at work.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 05/22/08 - 10:29 am
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Pammy if Obama brings peace

Pammy if Obama brings peace to the Middle East we have a winner. Definitely Anti-Christ material.

robbie1
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robbie1 05/22/08 - 10:32 am
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Way to go, Cain... You gave

Way to go, Cain... You gave us your entire bumper sticker collection without addressing the point of the article once... Are you running Obama's Augusta Campaign?

deekster
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deekster 05/22/08 - 10:33 am
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Amen Bizarro. It is time for

Amen Bizarro. It is time for a CHANGE. A change we can embrace. Bring on the equallity of nothing. Everyone has a job but no toilet paper or bread.

griesella
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griesella 05/22/08 - 10:34 am
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If you want to know the

If you want to know the stance of Obama, the real one, key in "Michelle Obama", and listen carefully to her speeches.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 05/22/08 - 10:39 am
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From the book "audacity of

From the book "audacity of hope" written by barack hussein obama: "i will stand with the muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction". so we are suppose to blindly support this candidate?

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vemerick 05/22/08 - 10:42 am
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pammy, you have *read* The

pammy, you have *read* The Bible haven't you? Or do you just go around quoting email fwds without researching the content? The book of Revelations makes no direct mention of the "anti-Christ," it just describes "the beast." Also, considering that the book of Revelations was completed a good 400-500 years BEFORE the religion of Islam was even formed, there's no way anyone of "Muslim descent" would be described in any of its passages. I don't mind people being critical of Obama, or any other candidate for that matter. Just don't spout out ignorant non-facts that have no basis in reality.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 05/22/08 - 10:44 am
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Exactley convertedsoutherner.

Exactley convertedsoutherner. Just like Cain ignore's the Iranian President's rants of destroying Israel and the United States. Those comments are not germane to the discussion. We need Obama unconditionally meeting with him so we can be weak and submissive.

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