Born and raised in Wilmington, NC. Studied philosophy, anthropology, and world religions at Virginia Commonwealth University. Author of "The Empathy Imperative," a philosophical novel based…
I have to laugh darkly when I see conservatives--who forever boisterously proclaim that government should stay out of their lives and any interference in their lives is intrusive and unamerican--love to use the government as a blunt instrument to force the rest of society to abide by their religious beliefs. They want freedom, but only for themselves.
Ah, conservative leaders' views of "freedom." Will the irony ever end? The whole things sounds to me as if the older businesses fear the competition, and have more monetary influence in local government.
"If having a president that has weakened us around the world, kept poor people poor, made rich people richer, contracted the job market and has done a pretty crappy job overall is something to be proud of just because he is of the same race then there are some that seriously need to reevaluate. "
Excellent description of Cheney-Bush. I reckon you folks voted for him as well because he could do such a bang up job of setting up his Gulag Archipelago of torture camps around the world; sending the nation to war on information gleaned by torturing people until they said exactly what Cheney-Bush wanted to know and resorting to outright lies (that cost 10s of thousands of innocent lives); refusing the Taliban's offer to turn over Ben Laden so he could continue his war; developing up a robust domestic spying program; cutting taxes DURING a time of war (first time in the history of the world a leadership has been stupid enough to do that; outing a NOC CIA agent as revenge for Wilson's telling the public that there was no evidence that Saddam was trying to buy Yellow Cake in Africa; and sending America into the deepest recession since the Republican Great Depression. Yes, conservatives and their leaders, following Reaganomics, moved this nation to the very brink of oligarchy.
They did a fine job. Now, uninformed as the conservative base is, they don't even know that the Republicans in the House and Senate have been, and are still, blocking every effort to bring back a robust economy. Recently they've said the usual "no" to an infrastructure bill that would have put 10's of thousands of Americans to work. Yet even despite this, Obama has been able to stop the slide into a second Republican Great Depression and affect a slow recovery--all the while fighting Republican intransigence. Oh, and Cheney-Bush did a great job in finding and killing Ben Laden, right?
". . . it is hard to compare the political climate of 2008 to the climate of the early 60s when a good number of the Democrats were trying to uphold segregation and limit voting by blacks."
Not at all. In the 60's there were a great many conservative democrats, which included the Dixiecrats. These fine folks, disgruntled by the Democratic Party's passing of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, defected to the Republican Party and joined the ranks of the neoconservatives. The parties essentially switched sides on social issues. And, since Obama began to make moves to be a presidential candidate, the conservative base began electing real bright folks like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruise, G.W. Bush, Mit Romney, Rick Santorum, etc.
I'd lay a bet that most conservatives don't know that Paul Ryan's favorite philosopher is Ayn Rand--an atheist. Rand developed the social/political philosophy of Objectivism--one's actions are rational only when they benefit one's own interest over the interest of others. It is a philosophy of selfishness. This, together with the teachings of Leo Strauss--a Machiavellian "ends justify's the means," and a Nietzschean "will to power should be one's highest priority," has paved the road to plutocracy and personal wealth at the expense of the nation.
Now, what has President Obama done to match all this besides continuing the Cheney-Bush domestic spying program and following up on his drone war (both of which I deplore)? Let's see: stopping the slide to depression, getting out of Iraq, drawing down the troops in preparation for withdrawing from Afghanistan; TRYING to close our Getmo torture camp (blocked by Republicans), making healthcare affordable for 10s of millions of American who could not afford it before; signed into law the stimulus bill that saved millions of jobs and helped stop the Republican Great Recession; repealed "Don't ask, don't tell"; joined other nation in military action to successfully topple Gaddafi (no American lives lost), improved America's image in the world from the shamefulness of the Cheney-Bush years; Boosted fuel efficiency standards; signed into law the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act . . .
There is much more to which I'm sure you will disagree are good things. But as I mentioned, he's done things I do not support. Still, there is little he can do without Republican approval, and they will not give it because, as Limbaugh had ordered, they want the President to fail and the only way to cause that is to block his legislation and hurt the nation.
Nofaith, I am not sure you are correct. Note that in 1964, blacks voted for President Johnson by a factor of 94%. Last I recall, Johnson wasn't black, but he did sign into law the civil rights act of 1964 and campaigned strongly for the Voting Rights Act which was passed in 1965. They voted for President Clinton by 84%. Blacks, I would say, vote policy by percentages no less than whites.
However, it would not surprise me if there were more blacks voting race, but given the stats above, I seriously doubt that the vast majority would have voted for Herman Cain even if he were the only black presidential candidate), but it is quite understandable. Blacks tend to vote the Democratic ticket mainly because the Democrats are far more likely to help improve their lives and give them equal rights that they had been denied for 100 years after the Civil War. They haven't forgotten.
Moreover, the white "race" was never a victim of subjugation and repression as have been the blacks, so I would not blame them at all if many voted to placate their desire to feel like equal citizens--which, collectively, they've never been.
In my novel, "The Empathy Imperative," I wrote the following:
Jeff understood the threatening posture of [Turner's] Tigers, but could not condone it. He understood that in early American history, the ancestors of these youngsters were captured, stripped of their pride, their homes, their families, their religion, even their African names and forced by threat of severe punishment to submit to backbreaking labor for white masters.
Moreover, after the Civil war, after gaining their "freedom," they found themselves shackled by white society's insensitivity and prejudice. They were taunted, lampooned, and thrust into a vicious cycle of poverty caused by a lack of education in poorly funded, low quality schools, which positioned them only for the most menial of jobs, which kept them in poverty.
They were a people emasculated, and even with sixteen decades of social progress, even to the point where a black man would become president of the United States, once the oligarchs regained and consolidated their power, racism not only persisted but also was invigorated.
Were I a black man, you can bet race would be among my motivations to vote for President Obama. I would want to hold my head higher than I normally would impelled by my own accomplishments. I would feel, finally, like a full citizen.
Good post, Cid. I would say, however, that many folks, but not most, still vote primarily on racial grounds. The huge ground swell in white supremacist groups, the start-up of the Tea Party and their radical leaders in Congress, the big spike in death threat to the president, and the on-line belligerence of far right opinions tend to lend evidence to this opinion.
This certainly does not say that many Americans of African lineage didn't vote a "race" ticket any more than did Americans of European descent, and I suspect they canceled each other out.
So, America has advanced socially, even as we slipped into a corporatocracy.
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