Great…

Get ready to spend like a madman, folks.

Obama the friggin moron

Obama Notes “Tragic” U.S. Past.

Sen. Barack Obama, speaking to a gathering of minority journalists yesterday, stopped short of endorsing an official U.S. apology to American Indians but said the country should acknowledge its history of poor treatment of certain ethnic groups.

“There’s no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we’ve got some very sad and difficult things to account for,” Obama told hundreds of attendees of UNITY ’08, a convention of four minority journalism associations.

All right, so we insulted Native Americans by driving them out of their lands well over a century ago. Check.

“I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.”

Ohhhh, so with a faltering economy, we’re going to start spending like a madman to hand over money to Native Americans and most others who are considered “ethnic?”

If I’m not mistaken, haven’t Native Americans been living their lives tax-free, getting free rides through college, and generally been living it up for a very long time now?

And haven’t government mandates such as affirmative action done little more than incite newer, fresher racism into the mix?

I feel like Obama isn’t just promising the moon to everyone and everything that moves, but he also has the potential to erase decades worth of work towards better race relations. Expansive reparations are NOT going to help anyone in the long run. They will only highlight the fact that there is a notable differences between races, driving a wedge deep between us.

I know my generation, the one preceding it, as well as the one following. Race relations have never been better in this country. Sure, there’s a bit more work to do, but Senator Obama’s plan is definitely not the course of action that is going to solve any of these problems. He will simply intensify them.

And where is the money for these reparations going to come from? Well, they’ll come from higher taxes, of course. And who will be taxed heaviest? The middle-and-upper classes will bear the brunt of the load. Sure, that will unite America like never before.

If this is “Change we can believe in,” then I am a willful unbeliever.

(see what I did there? Christian joke)

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7 thoughts on “Great…

  1. J. Wilder says:

    Unity comes by the power of what we believe in common, not in how diverse we can become. We celebrate the wrong things. Thank God for diverse people, with different backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, etc… However, it only has value to ALL OF US when they are assimilated for the cause of the whole. Too much celebration of “I am DIFFERENT” and not enough, we have LOTS IN COMMON. Good points on your post.

  2. ryanaustindean says:

    Good points in your comment as well. This guy just absolutely frightens me to death.

  3. Than says:

    I think that I’m voting for Obama.

  4. Lorelei says:

    I’m sure going to have a hard a time come election day.

    It’s too bad they say it’s worse to not vote at all.

  5. ryanaustindean says:

    I know! Each election year seems worse and worse. I keep thinking this is the nature of modern politics, but if you read David McCullough’s book, John Adams, you get a glimpse as to how bad politics were in the country’s early days.

    Politics bring out the worst in us all…politicians, political parties, and even the voters. Blah…

    Oh, and Than…I know who you’re voting for, Mr. “My industry knows that Obama will tank this economy.”

  6. Matthew D. says:

    “All right, so we insulted Native Americans by driving them out of their lands well over a century ago. Check.”

    Hmmm… I would have to argue that this wording verges on inappropriate given the position you probably take on terrorists or “illegal” immigrants taking “our” land – the Native Americans were, for practical purposes, raped, and their land stolen, their children killed and displaced by an incompatible culture that wouldn’t leave them alone.

    Africans were actually taken and ripped from their land and forced into slavery.

    It was bad for everyone. Sooo… The question is what is appropriate reparationally at this time. And that’s where Obama is wrong.

    The difficulty he doesn’t seem to be aware of is that essentially every ethnicity/nationality can claim abuse by 1-15 different other nationalities.

    I have scotch/irish blood – and I’m not blaming Anglo-Saxons for the way they treated my great great grandparents… Of course that would be white on white, which nobody seems to think is racial conflict…

  7. ryanaustindean says:

    Ah, trust me…no disrespect meant in the Native American comment. You’re not going to catch me defending the U.S. governments’ actions against them at any point. If we were truly trying to make reparations, we’d probably just have to relocate every person of European descent back to their great (x10) grandparents’ homeland.

    Of course, the fact that they live tax-free and don’t have to pay a nickel for education goes unnoticed, or unspoken, by Barry…

    The general point is that nothing Obama is proposing will do anything to lessen racial tensions in this country. I honestly don’t know what would be appropriate at this time, but I definitely know a “formal apology” by the U.S. government is absolutely ridiculous.

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