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Hello: Welcome to this forum, we are mostly open-minded people here. Like true Democrats, we try to be understanding & supportive of all kinds of people & lifestyles. We know about all the struggles that come from being "different" or unwealthy. (ha) I am laughing because the spell-check is telling me that unwealthy is not a real word. Oh, well..... The Founders never wanted the wealthy to rule us with an iron fist, & they truly wanted "equality for all" --- and for 237 years, we did pretty well, holding our own. I thought most racism was overcome in the 1960's, with Martin Luther King, but this last 5 years has been a real eye-opener. And the weirdest part of it, is that Obama is not a "black" man in the ordinary sense of the word. (That word came from black African slaves brought over in the early 1700's or late 1600's) & President Obama is the son of a white woman in KS, and an exchange student from Kenya who went to college in Hawaii. His white mother & all her relatives raised him in Hawaii, which is well known for being cosmopolitan (tolerance for all races & colors) since native Hawaiians, Japanese, White, & Asian cultures mix all the time as equals.
So Obama does not know a THING about being a ghetto black, raised with druggies, & food stamp people. He only got acquainted with that when he was done with college & became a Lawyer, & went to be a Community Organizer in places like Chicago. He helped America's black people, out of good will and sympathy. His personal heritage included that his own father was working for the Kenya Govt. A leader in that nation.
So for white racists in the GOP to treat Obama like he was a typical "black" who was descended from slaves, is NOT at all factual, & it is insulting to all peoples involved in those stereotypes. But, we all need to read more biographical material about the President before we get too involved in judging him. His background has some real beauty to it. Once I read that the Kennedy's donated money to a fund to bring some Africans to America to go to college, & that one of those recipients was Obama's father. Wouldn't that be fantastic? If the man who got the Kennedy funds, had a son who became President of the USA? That would be almost a miracle. Can any of you verify it?
I'm sorry if I got "off topic" (ha) since that happens a lot. I also liked to use CAPS, for emphasis, but now I am getting used to the new bold type & italics. (Conformity is not easy for me, either). I got in trouble in grade school, for refusing to wear bluejeans & tennis shoes to gym class. (ha) I just did not like to be told what to wear, so I rebelled. Later on, in college, all we wore were bluejeans. Go figure.
Do not be afraid of the Democrat Label. It is a configuration of the word "democracy" which is one of the most sacred words in the human language. It is the basis for true freedom, liberty, self-expression, & human rights -- & the attainment of justice, ever known by mankind. We are on the brink of losing it, if the Tea Party types get their way. Their agenda, written by Koch Bros, is to create Govt by & for the Wealthy elite. And they will do anything to keep the rest of us subjugated, & powerless --- even if that means sinking the economy, so we are left as nothing but pawns & slaves to the wealthy, begging for any job, & working just for crumbs of bread. -- This is NOT a Joke. (Back to the Dark Ages).
Once I found a board game that kids (& adults) play, that consists of tiny plastic ships, soldiers, etc. on a board that looks like a Map. You can be any nation you want, & raise armies & play out invasions, bombings, & WARS, on a global scale. One other thing: You had tons of play money, to work out your winning strategy. The game was called "Axis & Allies" -- mostly about World War II. As I watched the others playing, I found out ONE very IMPORTANT THING. In order to WIN, it did not take the biggest army, or the most airplanes, or most modern Navy with submarines & all. The BEST way to WIN at that game was: TO BANKRUPT YOUR ENEMY. (Ahem) WHAT DO WE SEE RIGHT NOW, in global politics? The whole world's commerce, is necessary to be solvent, or the nation can't defend itself, provide food for its people, & keep its agencies running smoothly.
So by doing its BEST, to SHUTDOWN our GOVT, & to destroy our Economy, the Tea Party is SHOWING THEIR TRUE AGENDA, which is MUCH WORSE than just making Obama FAIL. They want the WHOLE UNITED STATES ECONOMY to FAIL, so we are now in the Grip of our ENEMIES in the Communist Bloc, such as Russia and China. The Tea Party financed by Koch Bros, is the remnant of the old Communist Party which uses subversion & infiltration to takeover govts, destroy them from within, & enslave its people. Only 68 yrs ago, Hitler was stomping all over Europe putting people into slave camps, or EZ-Bake ovens for the Jews, & making people "Sig Heil" to the Feuhrer, or ELSE. You could be killed for the slightest waivering in submission to the Nazi authority. I have met people who barely escaped Nazi Germany, & they know how easy the nation was delivered to the sign of the swastika. The word "Nazi" stood for "national socialism" -- but it was not like the benevolent kind of socialism that happens in democracy nations. The Nazi's belief system is so radical, that it believes that God is Dead, & that individual rights are not very important, but you must serve the nation as a whole. Conformity is demanded. Sacrifice is demanded. The individual is not to take himself too seriously, but must submit to Nazi rule. Individual thought is not encouraged, but actually punished. DOES ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU? Members of the JBS (John Birch Society) were taught just like that, & now their successor -- the TEA PARTY, is being trained even more rigidly, to believe certain dogmas, & they are forbidden to listen to any other sources but Rush Limbaugh & the official "propaganda" mill, which includes the Drudge Report & Fox News, (the only channel allowed on Air Force One (in Bush years) & the only channel allowed for our troops in Iraq & Afghanistan to listen to. So they could only hear GOP propaganda, saying how wonderful the war was progressing & how our noble fearless leaders in the Bush Admin were building the nation & of course WINNING all the Middle East wars we were needlessly involved in. It was pure Bulloney of course, but the troops were isolated in a desert, how could THEY know any different? Being basically "targets" for any bunch of fools wearing dish towels on their heads, & fighting for their lives, our troops were being literally brain-washed to vote Republican when they came back. It was such a horrific thing to do to our innocent young men, patriotic trusting individuals, sent out to be pawns in an unwinnable war, waged only to get more OIL profits for greedy GOP millionaires, & stock market dealers. NO WONDER they commit suicide. To think that many came back home without their normal arms & legs, & having watched thousands of their buddies get mutilated or killed, then to come back to families that may not be sympathetic, or girl friends who have found another lover, or LACK of JOBS, & even difficulty getting on their medical care and supportive services that they were promised. This was too awful to be tolerated, & many of them got angry & then in despair, they killed themselves. There is NO WORSE DISGRACE to any government. But this was the way our GOP congress under Bush & his Admin showed their gratitude for all the boys who took up the Flag under "W"s War on Terror. They kept sending our troops over & over back to the war zone, waiting for them to get killed, crippled, or kill themselves. And if they survived all this, the GOP made sure that the long wait to get medical benefits would drag on so long, that most would give up, or die without ever getting any real Aid. (The great "Christianity" of the GOP).
A new Epic in getting "off topic" once again, & (oops) even using CAPS like it was chewing gum. Oh well, chalk it up to middle age, when the brain cells first begin to deteriorate. (If you've found a cure for this, please let me know : )