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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Congratulations President Obama (updated)

I'm 56 years old. I voted for the first time in 1972 as a 20 year old student in Boulder Colorado. In all those elections from 1972 to now, never ever have I voted for a slate that won everything. Until today, that is. Today every candidate I voted for won. Today every proposition that I voted for won. Today my entire slate was successful. And today the country finally changed in a way that I believe with all my heart will be the best thing to happen to us since FDR.

I have to mention how sad I feel about the entire southern part of the country voting for McCain. To me that just signals how racist that part of our nation still is. Even with a huge population of African American voters, the fact is that not one southern state went Obama's way. Additionally, if you looked at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel crowd waiting for McCain to make his concession speech, there isn't a person of color in the crowd. So I'm going to officially declare the Republican party racist. I don't care if you don't like it, but you need to explain to me why there is such a division in our country and why at both the RNC and again tonight there are no persons of color. It is shameful in this day and age to continue this level of racism. If you are a Republican (and if you are, why are you reading my blog knowing how I feel about McCain and Palin?) I'd ask you to look deep into your heart and ask yourself if you like being a part of such a racist party? Is that how you classify yourself, as a racist? Shame on you.

What have Republicans called Obama?

A Liar
60s radical
Black Hitler
Not like us
Not African-American, but Arab
Like a dictator
Muslim Socialist
Very Anti-American
Terrorist's best friend
Scary AND trained by Muslims
Deserving of death
Deserving of bombing
Deserving of waterboarding
Someone who won't salute the flag
No difference between him and Osama Bin Ladin
Would have his picture on food stamps instead of currency
No experience or accomplishments, but he is black
And, of course, That One

(from Suebob at Linkateria)

Congratulations also go to Barney Frank, my congressman, John Kerry, my senator, and to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for voting to ban greyhound dog racing, decriminalize marijuana, and to keep our state income tax. As usual, Massachusetts voters rock! All of New England, the very blue New England rocks.

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Blogger Dave2 said...

I think it is borderline obscene to ask Republicans to classify themselves as racist simply because of the beliefs that govern their politics. I know of NO Republicans... including many of my friends and family... who are racists. They simply have a different belief in how the government should work, and THAT'S what makes them Republicans.

Shame on them? Shame on you.

This entry has saddened me greatly on a day that should be one of the happiest in my life. I hope you reflect on these words you have written and open your heart to the idea that labeling people as racists because the Republican party best fits their political ideals for our government is a horrible generalization that further divides us as a nation when it's time to heal.

FINALLY time to heal.

4/11/08 11:30 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

I have no shame at all for the words I wrote. WHY at the RNC were there less than 10 people of color? Why were there no persons of color, not just black, but hispanic, asian, and mixed race at the Biltmore tonight? You can TRY to make excuses based on the data points that are in your own life in Eastern Washington, not exactly a hotbed of inclusiveness, but the facts are the entire south went for McCain and booed Obama's name at the concession speech. That was crass and ungracious. And racist.

Look at the frigging map, Dave. It doesn't lie. New England and the Middle Atlantic states are blue. The entire west coast is blue. The midwest is a mixture of blue and red. The south? SOLID RED. And how many You Tube videos did you watch of McCain supporters using the N word and saying they would never vote for an N? Me, I saw enough to make me sick.

This country is racist and pretending it is... well I feel racism should be confronted. I think it's time for racist persons to be called out for exactly what they are. Small people.

5/11/08 12:59 AM  
Blogger CharmingDriver said...

No Dave, it isn't borderline obscene to call out an entire party as racist; it is, in fact, obscene.

My parents, from Mississippi now living in Washington, are life-long Republicans. Who campaigned for and voted for Obama. Along with my ex-husband and current husband. Both, like my dad, military vets and life long Republicans.

My husband and I campaigned hard for Obama, we knocked on doors, we registered hundreds of voters, we handed out flyers.

All from the racist hot bed of Mississippi. The INCLUSIVE state of Mississippi where the demographics skew 60/40 unlike the 90% white enclave of Mass.

When you get a minute, please do drop D a line and let him know as a black man he has supported and encouraged a party of racism his entire adult life (and no, he isn't 'from' MS, he is east coast born and bred). What you're saying is not a bit better than the bitter hate and fear mongering of the McCain/Palin ticket.

Seriously. Shame on you.

5/11/08 1:30 AM  
Blogger brneyedgal967 said...

How dare you call republicans racists? I vote for the PERSON, not the party, not the color of their skin. I would've gladly voted for Obama if I thought he wasn't such a liar. It has nothing to do with color - nothing. I have followed the issues, I have researched the candidates, I have examined their politics and voting history - I have done the homework. I have made an informed decision.

What is racist - and no, I won't go so far as to say ALL black people are racist, because they aren't - to stereotype an entire group of people into one lump would be asinine. But I saw a comedy skit on Jay Leno where they pulled out a few black Americans and asked them questions posed with McCain-Palin issues... for instance...

"Are you voting for Obama because you support his stance on opening up drilling and exploration of oil in this country?"

"Are you voting for his Obama because of his hard pro-life stand on the abortion issue?"

Etc... in EACH case the black person agreed with the conservative viewpoint which is whole-heartedly not Obama's viewpoint which proved they were simply voting for Obama because he was black and was obvious they knew jack-shit about the issues or his stance on them.

THAT, my dear - is racist.

But a person making an informed decision is not.

5/11/08 1:53 AM  
Blogger brneyedgal967 said...

By the way - the ENTIRE south didn't go for McCain... in many states the margins were close ... 51% McCain and 49% Obama, etc.

I guess you'll call the entire state racist Republicans just because the Democratic vote didn't prevail?

Wow. Are all Democrats this ignorant or just you?

5/11/08 1:54 AM  
Blogger Dave2 said...

I don't know how many Republicans are black. I'm guessing the percentage is around the same number of black persons who are Jewish?

5/11/08 6:05 AM  
Blogger Misfit Hausfrau said...

Please don't classify all Republicans as racists. That is a horrible generalization, and one that is simply not true. I am a lone democrat in a family of Republicans. NONE of my family was or is racist. My mother, who is a life-long, straight ticket Republican, voted for Obama. She isn't racist. Many of my friends don't share my political views. NONE of my friends are racist.

I am not saying there aren't racists out there--believe me there ARE lots and lots of racists. Just don't label them Republicans too.

5/11/08 6:30 AM  
Blogger Nyt said...

Just a quickie....
Your attitude and your willingness to slap the racism label on an entire group of people, is exactly the reason why this country is divided in the first place. Congratulations on subverting the very change that you advocated...

5/11/08 9:04 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

The numbers speak for themselves.

90% of McCains voters were white
61% 0f Obama's voters were white
36% of ALL voters are white males

I don't believe ALL Republicans are racist. I DO believe that most of them would not vote for a multi-racial candidate, nor would they vote for anything except their own personal pocketbooks.

Look, I'm not a Republican fan. I have family members (one) who are Republicans and I know he's not racist, but his wallet comes first.

I'm a 3 time minority: a jewish, disabled female. I FEEL these things more than you white folks. I just do.

Dave, less than 2% of the population of the US is Jewish. I believe at last count 14% of the population is Black. Read that again. LESS THAN 2%. And we vote. But we know how other people feel about us. We're not stupid. We're hated by everyone the world over. We're the only race that is constantly threatened with anilation. Historically and currently. We KNOW racism first hand. And I'm telling you all, as a Jewish Disabled Woman that this Republican party is racist. It is. Look at the numbers and continue to argue. Your OWN data points of family and friends do not count. The numbers count. 90%. There is nothing else to say on the topic.

5/11/08 9:08 AM  
Blogger allee said...

You demand respect here in the comments section of your blog but are not willing to give it back. You "assume" we're adults and know how to behave, yet you continue a name-calling game more appropriate to a second-grade recess fight. THAT is why we cannot keep taking steps forward but can take 3 steps back quite easily.

No consideration at all for the simple fact that far more black people are Democrats; or that the Republicans did not happen to have a person of color on the ticket? Lump them all together and label them racist. Apparently labels are important to you, as you cling desperately to those for yourself, a "Jewish disabled woman."

I am an Independent, not casting my vote for Mr. Obama, either. Does that make me racist as well, regardless of the fact that we stand on opposing sides of nearly every issue?

5/11/08 10:30 AM  
Blogger Anxiety Princess said...

I currently reside in one of the "Southern States". I'm registered to vote here, and I am white. So are my husband, brother, his wife, his wife's twin sister, and my mother. Every one of us voted for Obama, except for my husband, who voted for McCain. While my husband and I do not share the same political views, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my husband is not racist. We cannot raise our children to think independently and form their own opinions about things if we are going to label them as racists every time they disagree with our opinions and views, now can we?

To try and label an entire party as racists is beyond obscene, it is utterly ridiculous. You've just labeled my husband, a member of the United States military for the last twelve years, who is fights each and every day to keep you safe so that you can continue to express yourself, a racist. I don't appreciate that, and you have really offended me.

This isn't about race. As Dave said, this is about a difference in opinion about how the government should be run.Don't you think that your official declaration against the Republican party was racist? You just took an entire group of people and stereotyped them all based on their opinions, simply because their opinion didn't match yours. I am a Democrat, and always have been, but I respect the views of others. You don't have to agree with their views to be able to respect their views.

Also, you're wrong- one southern state did go to Obama. A big one. Florida belongs to Obama.

5/11/08 10:40 AM  
Blogger Rhea said...

I am thrilled at the turn this country is taking! Long live the Obamas!!!

5/11/08 10:51 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

I repeat this:

The numbers speak for themselves.

90% of McCains voters were white
61% 0f Obama's voters were white
36% of ALL voters are white males

I don't believe ALL Republicans are racist. I DO believe that most of them would not vote for a multi-racial candidate, nor would they vote for anything except their own personal pocketbooks.

I have nothing else to say on the matter. If you all want to continue giving me personal data points instead of looking at the numbers, fine. You want to call me names, fine. THE NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. I'm done.

5/11/08 11:23 AM  

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