I hear the following said, “If Barack Obama is a one term president, it will be due to racism. The respect and treatment for this President differs from any other president.” What are people thinking when they say this? It is reaction based on emotion for the first black president. Their reverence for this President goes far beyond any other President. A black president could not get elected solely by people of color. Those loudly speaking out against him, did not vote him in the first place and he has not won any of those voters (and non voters) over to his side. If Pres. Obama sees only one term, it will be due in part to people who voted for him in 2008 not voting for him in 2012.
The disenchanted Republicans and conservatives in 2008 that voted for the Pres, voted for a 3rd party presidential candidate, or did not vote at all. Many from those groupings maybe coming out of the woodwork in 2012 to make sure that someone other than Pres. Obama, another Democrat or a 3rd party candidate is the next President. I think what has gone down on the domestic front under the Obama administration has scared some moderate 2008 Republican Obama voters well over into the conservative side.
And then, the President is losing some more people. As quiet as it is kept, more and more Democrats, leftists and blacks are feeling disenchanted with Pres. Barack Obama. Will they be partly responsible for him losing in 2012? Well, most will not do a switch and vote for a Republican presidential candidate, but they may go with a 3rd party candidate or not vote at all.
There could even be a slight chance that a challenger can come from within the Democratic Party. For a long time, many believed Hillary Clinton was just biding her time and would be running for President again, but I no longer believe that. Whose else could it possibly be. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders who in caucus with the Democrats and calls himself a Democratic Socialist is one of those disenchanted with the Pres. and is calling for someone within the Democratic Party to challenge Barack Obama in 2012. Princeton Professor and leftist (member of the of the Democratic Socialists of America), Dr. Cornel West expressed disgust with the Pres. that he supported. Now another old leftist entertainer/activist Harry Belafonte says the President failed us. Leftist/libertarian Bill Maher is also expressing disappointment with Pres. Obama.
Even though Pres. Obama got something like 94/95 percent of the black vote (but not my vote), he is losing their support too! Some are holding him accountable for this jobless economy. Blacks along with Latinos are experiencing more loss of jobs than whites. Of course there are some like Dr. West who are angry with him for not giving priority to the problems within the black community. But why should he? He was not elected just by blacks. He is not just the President to blacks.
Pres. Barack Obama could be a one term president, but it will not be because of racism. If it happens, disenchantment from those who voted for him in 2008 will play a considerable part for his loss.
Posted in Political, Racism, Voting
Tagged Bernie Sanders, Bible Scripture, Bill Maher, Black People, Cornel West, Democrat, Left, Opinion, People, Political, Republican, Voting
I realize that racism still exist and it does not all come from white people. I know there are racists in the two major political groups and in all the lesser political 3rd party groups too. For me, it is the platform of principles and positions on the issues that maintains my membership in a political party, not some of the undesirable party members and leaders.
A black California politico, Ken Barnes wrote an editorial which was published on his reasons for leaving the Republican Party. The editorial included what happened and did not happen over the furor of a state level Republican official emailing a picture of a chimpanzee family with Pres. Obama’s face super imposed over the baby chimp’s face.
Listen to a little of what Zo says to Ken Barnes
Now listen to all that Zo tells Ken Barnes here.
The presidential election season kicked off Thursday night with the Republican debate in South Carolina last night. Many including the media labeled these new and old participating GOP presidential candidates, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Gary Johnson as second string. Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich who have not formally declared themselves presidential candidates, and being viewed as first string did not participate. Mitt Romney who is a declared presidential candidate and considered first string was also not there.
These second stringers where quite engaging. Among them, Tim Pawlenty, is most likely to get my vote so far. But Herman Cain came out ahead of the pack last night with a focus group set up and interviewed by political consultant and pollster Frank Luntz after the debate on Hannity. Pundits on the TV news programs the next day saw Tim Pawlenty as the winner over Herman Cain.
Herman Cain was so good that he even impressed my Democrat voting mother, who kept the debate on, because she was curious about Mr. Cain. She asked, “Who is this black Republican?” She had no clue as to anything about Herman Cain. Being a lifelong Democrat, she was not crazy about his conservative answers especially on government; nevertheless, he left a very good first impression with her.
I have to take pause with Mr. Cain, because he has never been elected to public office. Even though the one President in my lifetime, Dwight D. Eisenhower was never elected to a public office before becoming President, I still feel that one should have some kind of elected public office experience before venturing into the presidency. I could change on that feeling sometime in the future, but nothing yet has provoked me to do so.
Mr. Luntz’s focus group thought Rick Santorum was second to Herman Cain. My mother and I both wondered how he can get elected since he lost as a senatorial incumbent in 2006. I felt it was slightly possible since Richard Nixon reaped presidential election victory in 1968 after losing a presidential and governor’s bid since being Vice President in the 1950s. Times are different now and maybe something like that cannot happen today. Well, Mr. Santorum did give strong conservative Republican answers, but I don’t see him going too far in the Republican Primaries.
All the Republicans who declared themselves as presidential candidates should have been at this first Republican Presidential Primary. The second stringers where fantastic. They had to be, to keep my elderly Democratic mother’s interest! She did not show that level of interest during any of the pre-primary Democratic presidential debates in 2007 with Barack Obama!
A military veteran speaks to a college audience and gets mocked and jeered. Well, I saw this unbelievable reaction to folks in the military and veterans, in 2007/2008, when people mocked Sen. John McCain’s military service when he was a running for President of this country. That was abominable. Those courageous people in the armed forces use to be supported, respected and loved by most people regardless of political outlook. Now those in the armed forces are almost hated by those on those gathering on the extreme leftist side.
This latest abominable behavior towards someone who has fought for our protection happened to Anthony Maschek, a former army staff sergeant who received the Purple Heart. He suffers from being shot 11 times in a firefight in Iraq. As a student there, he spoke at Columbia University to promote a possible return of ROTC ( Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) on the campus. Students against the return came to protest, which in itself is not wrong, because we have that right to do so. But the name calling and jeering directed at this veteran of valor in wheel chair with loss of limb is so loathsome! State your objections in a respectful and professional way. Why get personal with nasty attacks?
Just think, these ivy league students who jeered and insulted this wounded veteran for his service to our country are future leaders. Hopefully, when some of them mature and experience the ups and downs of life, they will come to regret their behavior towards Anthony Maschek. Listen to a little of what happened here. Read about it here.
Posted in Culture, Life, Military, Thoughts
Tagged Anthony Maschek, Armed Forces, Columbia University, Culture, Life, Opinion, Students, Thoughts, Veteran
Do you feel it is right to make a rancher pay 16 illegal aliens $87,000.00 who trespassed on his ranch to enter into this country? Rancher, Roger Barnett held them at gunpoint, assaulted verbally and physically assaulted some of them with kicking, thus causing emotional distress? That is what happened to rancher, Roger Barnett. There could be an argument for the verbal assault and the kicking, but there was no evidence of kicking on the bodies of the illegals and they did not seek any medical help according to Barnett’s Lawyer. Now is that really worth the $87,000 judgement which was upheld on appeal by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals?
Mr. Barnett’s ranch seems to be a favorite route through the years for illegals. Mr. Barnett has suffered damage to his ranch from the trespassing. When I hear the arguments in support of the verdict against Mr. Barnett, I wonder what the supporters would do if they find themselves with strangers trespassing on their property. After all, when Mr. Barnett first came across these trespassers, he was very uncertain about his family’s safety. Making him pay $87,000 is outrageous.
See a discussion in the video below and see another discussion here which includes Mr. Barnett’s lawyer and Jehmu Green who argues in support of the outrageous verdict. BTW, the illegals who won this judgement were deported.