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Racism as the real reason for Republican refusal to pass legislation or confirm court

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  • Democrat
    Portsmouth, VA
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    I am really amazed that the republicans think that the citizens of this country are blind or stupid. Their repeated attempts to block legislation, thier attempt at voter fraud ( changing districts so that even if the majority vote is democratic a repulican will win anyway, stopping the placement of DC Court justices), are all racially based against our current President .

    They have abused the fillibuster clause to block legislation, which the PEOPLE want. Never before has this much total disruption of legislation been used by a political party. Also the attacks on the First Family (including the children which historically been taboo) are the worst in history of our country.

    By the way, I am a 63yo white female and there are many of us who have come to this conclusion. When are we going to call a spade a spade and put a stop to this effort to keep our current Pres. from having any legacy at all costs, including manipulation of existing laws and the true nature of our constitution. Remeber our founding fathers stated that our govt should be: GOVT. FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE. We have allowed this corruption to build over the years. Our current politicians don't want to work for US, but for thier own wallets and power status!!

    One last comment: If the congress wants austery why not cut their ENTITLEMENTS (thier favorite word) ? Even our military don't get lifetime paychecks no matter how long they served thier country.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Portland, OR
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    jeanne M. Wrote: One last comment: If the congress wants austery why not cut their ENTITLEMENTS (thier favorite word) ? Even our military don't get lifetime paychecks no matter how long they served thier country.
    I couldn't agree with you more, especially with this last statement. I don't believe it would have that big of an impact on the overall debt and deficit that our country faces, BUT it would send a strong signal to the American people that they are working for us and not to secure a pension for the rest of their lives. I've always found it ironic that our politicians harpoon the pension system for teachers, police men, fire fighters, etc., but don't think twice about making sure THEY are taken care of for the rest of their lives.
  • Liberal Democrat
    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Jeanee and Jared --

    I agree with both of your posts. But I'll add that hatred of our black President is as much to do with his perceived liberalism as it is his race. When one looks at "hate" as it applies to our present and past presidents, that hate was present during the presidencies of John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and, of course, Bill Clinton...and Hillary as well. On the other hand, for our past Republican presidents, liberals disliked their policies and even joked about their ineptitude and clueless statements at times, but the word "hate" was not a part of our least not in comparison to the vitriol that the far right has applied to Democratic Party presidents. I'm sure some Republican will find one anecdotal example to dispute me, but having lived through all these presidencies, I believe the word "hate" comes out in a big way for how the far right minority has viciously attacked our Democratic Party presidents.

    Frank Rich's 2011 article in the New York Magazine draws parallels between John F. Kennedy's presidency and that of Barack Obama: What Killed JFK. Rich relates the views of several authors of the time including William Manchester, author of The Death of a President:

    "Dallas was toxic. The atmosphere was “something unrelated to conventional politics—a stridency, a disease of the spirit, a shrill, hysterical note suggestive of a deeply troubled society.” Duly observing that even the greatest presidents have been vilified in their time—Lincoln as a baboon and Jefferson as “Mad Tom”—Manchester saw something “more than partisan zeal” at work in this case. He detected “a chiaroscuro that existed outside the two parties, a virulence which had infected members of both.” Dallas had become the gaudy big top for a growing national movement—“the mecca for medicine-show evangelists of the National Indignation Convention, the Christian Crusaders, the Minutemen, the John Birch and Patrick Henry societies.”

    "Immediately after the assassination and ever since, the right has tried to deflect any connection between its fevered Kennedy hatred and Oswald’s addled psyche with the fact that the assassin had briefly defected to the Soviet Union. But at the time even some Texans weren’t buying that defense. An editorial in the Dallas Times Herald chastised its own city for supplying “the seeds of hate” and “the atmosphere for tragedy.” The editor of the Austin American wrote that “hatred and fanaticism, the flabby spirit of complacency that has permitted the preachers of fanatical hatred to appear respectable, and the self-righteousness that labels all who disagree with us as traitors or dolts, provided the way for the vile deed that snuffed out John Kennedy’s life.” "

    "In truth, it was already too late. America’s violent culture wars had started before JFK was shot. They were all on display in Oswald’s Dallas. At least in 1963, polling showed that only 5 percent of the country—a fringe—subscribed to the radical anti-government views championed by the John Birch Society and other militants of the right. These days, that fringe, whether in the form of birthers or the tea party or the hosts of Fox & Friends, gives marching orders to a major political party."

    Yes I do see parallels between the JFK and Obama presidencies as described by Frank Rich. I just hope that hate doesn't end in the tragedy that ended JFK's life.