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RACISM THEN AND NOW

The terms racism and racist began to be common household words sometime after Civil Rights legislation was passed in 1964. Up until the current president was elected, the terms racism or racist generally meant the following: denigrating a person or persons because of their race or ethnicity; negative speech or actions about or against a person or persons relating to their race/skin color or ethnicity.

Fast forward to today and the definition of racism sure has changed to where just about anything any liberal says is racist or racism is racist or racism.

An article on townhall.com in April 2013, outlined 15 moronic things liberals call racism since Obama was elected.

Obama to blame for deteriorating race relations.

Obama sure looks angry here.

  1. Criticizing the IRS: “Republicans are using the IRS scandal as their latest weapon in the war against the black man. “IRS is the new “N” word. Martin Bashir.
  2. Having a Republican National Convention during a hurricane: “They are happy to have a party with black people drowning.” Yahoo News Washington bureau chief, David Chalian.
  3. Wanting to own a gun to prevent break-ins: “I am loathe to bring up what is in our head because we don’t like to talk about it so much. But on this particular day, on Martin Luther King Day, I think this needs to be said. That imaginary person that’s going to break into your home and kill you, who does that person look like?” Michael Moore
  4. Mentioning the Constitution or respect for the Founding Fathers: “The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on emphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. References to a lack of respect for the Founding Fathers and the Constitution also make certain earl perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core “old fashioned American values.” Juan Williams.
  5. Calling Obama angry: “That really bothered me. You notice Romney said anger twice. He’s really trying to used racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama, the ‘otherization,’ he’s not like us.” Toure.
  6. Saying that Obama lies: “Surrounded by middle aged white guys, Joe Wilson yelled, ‘You lie!’ at a president who didn’t. But fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken work in the air: You lie, boy!” Maureen Dowd.
  7. Noting that Obama is privileged: “Spotlighting his elite education is tantamount to racial bigotry because it insinuates that ‘he took the place of someone else through affirmative action, that someone else being white.’” Jonathan Capehart.
  8. Saying that unions boss Obama around: “The Republican Party is saying that the President of the United States has bosses, that the union bosses this President around. Does that sound to you like they are trying to consciously or subconsciously deliver the racist message that, of course, a black man can’t be the real boss?” Lawrence O’Donnell.
  9. Supporting voter ID: “If you go back to the year 2000, when we had an obvious disaster and saw that our voting process needed refinement, and we did that in the America Votes Act and made sure that we could iron out those kinks, now you have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally, and very transparently, block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote for Democrat candidates than Republican candidates. And it’s nothing short of that blatant.” Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
  10. Saying, “I want my country back:” “Do you remember the teabaggers? It was just so much easier when we could just call them racists. I just don’t know why we can’t call them racists, or functionally retarded adults. The functionally retarded adults, the racists, with their cries of ‘I want my country back.’ You know what they’re really saying is, ‘I want my white guy back.’ The apparently had to problem at all for the last eight years of habeas corpus being suspended, the Constitution being (blanked) on, illegal surveillance, liked to on a war or two, two stolen elections, yes, the John Kerry one was stolen too. That’s not tin-foil hat time.” Janeane Garofalo
  11. Being fans of Herman Cain: “One of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes White Republican base of the party feel okay, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy. I think he’s giving that base a free pass. And I think they like him because they think he’s a black man who knows his place. I know that’s harsh, but that’s how it sure seems to me.” Karen Finney.
  12. Fighting for the Second Amendment: “I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests at heart.” Jason Whitlock.
  13. Republicans trying to keep Obama from being re-elected: “Look at, look, at the Tea Partiers, who are controlling the Republican Party…Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What’s, what does that, what underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to do whatever we can do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here.’ It is a racist thing.” Morgan Freeman.
  14. Disliking the fact that Obama is President: “They can’t stand the idea that he’s president, and a piece of it is racism. Not that somebody in one racial group doesn’t like somebody in another racial group, so what? It’s the sense that the white race must rule, that’s what racism is, and they can’t stand the idea that a man who’s not white is president. That is real, that sense of racial superiority and rule is in the hearts of some people in this Country.” Chris Matthews.
  15. Disliking Barak Obama: “I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barak Obama is based on the back that he is a black man, that he’s African American.” Jimmy Carter.

15 Moronic things called racism since Obama was elected.

Here are some additional things liberals call racism up through the year 2016:

  • Cheering for the Denver Broncos with white quarterback, Peyton Manning; instead of cheering for the Carolina Panthers with Black quarterback, Cam Newton.”
  • Not eating turnip greens. (Actually, I was accused of racism for this many years ago).
  • Asking somebody black what time they get out of church on Sunday (I was also accused of being racist for this years ago).
  • A white person wearing his or her hair in dreadlocks (this is called “cultural appropriation”).
  • Saying you don’t like somebody black who just happens to play for your team’s “hated rival” (Another one for which I have been accused of racism).
  • You’re a racist simply because you were born with racist tendencies and you don’t cry yourself to sleep at night because you’re white.
  • Saying “All Lives Matter.”

What’s sad is that liberals make this stuff up; yes, they lie, and they keep lying and keep hurling false accusations at those who don’t agree with them; forgetting that the freedom to disagree as to how we govern ourselves is one of our sacred rights.

Some conservatives attempt to thwart the accusations make by liberals by saying the following:

  • But I have friends who are black.
  • I don’t care what color his skin is, I don’t support his policies.
  • But I supported Ben Carson in the primary.
  • I patronize black-owned businesses.
  • I like turnip greens.
  • My favorite singer is black.
  • I only dislike him because he plays for (blank).

Unfortunately, trying to illustrate by example that you’re not racist falls on deaf liberal ears. In fact, liberals will the turn things around and tell you that the only reason you supported Ben Carson is because it made you feel good, it make you feel like you weren’t really a racist.

Because the above won’t work with liberals, we have to try something else. Whenever, I ‘m accused of racism, I put it back on the liberal to point out what I’ve said or what I’ve written that denigrates blacks or any minorities because of skin color. And you should try this too. Hold their feet to the fire. Make them answer you.

Recently, I confronted two liberals online; one directly accused me of racism and the other shared a meme which indicated that white Christians hated President Obama and the first family because of the color of their skin. The liberal who directly accused me of racism apologized, but then turned things around and appeared to indirectly imply that I was a racist.

Which one of the above moronic comments do I think is the most moronic? What Morgan Freeman said about it being racist when the Republicans worked against Obama in his 2012 re-election bid. An opposition party opposing an incumbent in his bid for re-election? Why I never heard of such! (Sarcasm).

And what’s really said about liberals and their moronic suggestions of racism is that it covers up incidents of true racism that should be addressed, corrected, and possibly making amends.

Note: A special thanks to townhall.com for the contents of this article.

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CANDIDATES’ STANDS ON THE ISSUES

The website, ConservativeReview.com is the best site I’ve found for illustrating where the different Republican presidential candidates stand on the issues. The issues it lists are as follows:

  • Budget, Spending, and Debt
  • Civil Liberties
  • Education
  • Energy and Environment
  • Foreign Policy and Defense
  • Free Market
  • Health Care and Entitlements
  • Immigration
  • Moral Issues
  • Second Amendment
  • Taxes, Economy, and Trade

On the scorecard page, the website administrators give the candidates green, yellow, or red dots for their stand on each of the above issues. Green means good, yellow means mixed, and red means bad. For example, candidate Donald Trump was awarded a green dot for his stance on immigration because he wants to deport all illegals and build a wall on the United States/Mexico border. On the other hand, Mr. Trump is given a red dot on Free Market because he supports the seizure of private land for economic development by private investors, he supported President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package, and he supported TARP.

An eyeball review of the colored dots indicates that Ted Cruz is the most conservative, being awarded 10 green dots and 1 yellow dot. The yellow dot was for Free Market. Lindsey Graham looks to be the most liberal having been awarded 8 red dots, 3 yellow dots, and no green dots. Cruz and libertarian, Rand Paul were the only candidates who received no red dots. Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina, and Lindsey Graham were the only candidates that did not receive a green dot.

Of the eight candidates that participated in the “primary debate” telecasted by Fox Business Network on November 10, Carly Fiorina was awarded the most red dots, 7.

By clicking on a dot under a particular candidates’ picture, you will be directed to a page with content outlining the details of each candidates’ stances.

Because we’ve all grown up with government provided safety nets and become used to them, no one is a pure conservative Furthermore, most of us are not in favor of eliminating government programs such as Social Security, Medicare, or unemployment compensation.

I’m not about to outline the details of the top eight candidates’ stances on all of the above issues. You can do that yourself. However, the following will give a brief description of Donald Trump’s and Dr. Ben Carson’s stances on the issues that are the most important to me and possibly to you, also.

Donald Trump

Healthcare/Entitlements: Has said, “I will fight to end Obamacare and replace it with something that makes sense for people in business and not bankrupt the country. However, he has advocated for universal healthcare in a system similar to the Canadian system and has indicated that our objective should be to make reforms for the moment and, longer term, to find an equivalent of the single-payer plan that is affordable, well-administered, and provides freedom of choice.

Energy/Environment: Believes that climate change is a hoax. Advocates utilizing America’s natural energy and oil resources. Supports fracking and nuclear energy. Opposes cap and trade policies. Did support the renewable fuel mandate.

Tax Plan: Reduces the top marginal rates on individuals from 39.6% to 25%. The plan has a bottom rate of 0%, a tax bracket for anyone making between $25 and $50 thousand. Reduce the corporate rate to 15%. Reduce capital gains and dividend taxes. Eliminate death tax.

Immigration: Wants to build a wall on our southern border and get Mexico to pay for it. Opposes amnesty for illegals. Supports ending the birthright citizenship loophole frequently employed by illegals. Said he would deport any Syrian refugees let into the United States by the Obama administration.

Foreign Policy: Sees Obama as a serious threat to Israel. Says he has an absolute way of defeating ISIS that would be decisive and quick, but wouldn’t do so until ISIS toppled Syrian dictator, Bashir al-Assad. Opposed nuclear talks with Iran. Opposed the second Iraq War. Made the case for not removing troops immediately from Iraq because of the potential for Iraq to become radicalized by Iran. Believes U.S. forces have no role in the Middle East.

Dr. Ben Carson

Healthcare/Entitlements: Has said that Obamacare is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. Supports health savings accounts and other free-market reforms in place of Obamacare. Believes that any fix to the long-term solvency of Social Security must start by gradually the age seniors become eligible for benefits based on the rise in life expectancy.

Energy/Environment: Opposes policies aimed at regulating climate change and supports increased energy production. Believes that developing our energy resources is a key component of world peace. Believes the EPA’s responsibilities should be focused on working with the private industry and academia to find the safest and cleanest ways to utilize our natural resources.

Tax Plans: Has proposed a ten percent flat tax based on the biblical concept of tithing. But has said that the 10% number is not necessarily the number he would propose. Has said that Obama is wrong that raising the minimum wage will reduce income inequality. Has said that he supports raising the minimum wage, a form of government wage controls. Proposed the democrat idea of indexing the minimum wage to inflation so that we never have to have this conversation again in the history of America. Opposed passing Trade Promotion Authority to give Obama fast-track authority.

Immigration: Supports a national guest-worker program. Said that immigration reform should start by ending 5incentives for illegal immigrants. When asked about a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in 2013, he said, “of course allow illegal immigrants to have a pathway to citizenship.

Foreign Policy: Has indicated simplistically that the solution for combatting terrorism is not war, but ending our oil dependency on Arab states, stating, “the terrorists will be defunded, and that’s the way you get them.” Blames low morale and weakness in our current military on the sequester spending cuts. Strong supporter of Israel. Called the Iran deal the worst deal in American history. Has shown a lack of understanding of the way foreign governments work.

In subsequent posts, I will continue outlining candidates’ stances on these issues. However to obtain additional details, which you will surely need to determine which candidate gets your vote, visit the conservativereview.com site.

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THE DEBATES

The Republican presidential debates, sponsored by CNN, that took place on Wednesday, September 16, left me as confused as ever. I didn’t like the format and question whether or not CNN, who is no friend to Republicans/conservatives, did this on purpose to make the Republicans look stupid.

Big decisions about such things as going to war, raising or lowering taxes, large entitlement bills, etc. are not made by one person along is one minute while that person is on display. Those types of decisions take up to months of deliberation with trusted advisors. This is the main reason I’m not a fan of debates.

Missteps such as President George H.W. Bush looking at his watch during one of the presidential debates in 1992 and Mitt Romney giving way to Barak Obama on Benghazi can put nails into your coffin. Then we have a humorous one-liner where President Reagan promised not to exploit the opponents’ youth and inexperience. While I loved President Reagan’s response, one-liners such as the above, shouldn’t make a difference in a presidential race, or any political race for that matter.

You might have called the 9/16 debates the Jake Tapper show. Tapper took charge and hardly let the other two moderators speak. Some candidates got more air time than others with Donald Trump getting the most and Scott Walker getting the least. This shouldn’t happen, but I acknowledge that it’s hard to control with that many debaters.

I also want to know where the candidates stand on the issues, and don’t particularly care to delve into what someone on the campaign trail said about someone else and why they said it. After Donald Trump made a disparaging comment about Carly Fiorina’s looks, I was totally turned off by the advertisement Ms. Fiorina did afterwards where she talked about how she earned every one of her wrinkles. That was a waste of time, in my opinion. When asked about it during the debate, I thought Carly should have said that because this country is in such bad shape, we need to be focusing on the issues, not my looks and what Donald Trump said about my looks. Let’s move on.

Also, allowing candidates to jump in/interrupt the proceedings, in my opinion, was counter-productive. Some of the more reserved candidates, such as Dr. Ben Carson, were put at a disadvantage because they’re not bombastic. However, I was happy when Chris Christie interrupted the “you know whatting” contest between Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina about their careers. Governor Christie was right. They both had great careers, but a 55 year old out of work construction worker doesn’t want to hear about their career accolades.

All the talking heads were insistent that Carly Fiorina won the debate, whatever “won the debate” means. Maybe she did “win” it, but she didn’t help herself with me. After watching her for several months, she does come across as cold and calculating. Kind of like a conservative Hillary, maybe? I don’t know if I would go that far, but her demeanor does get on my nerves. I thought Governor Mike Huckabee did a good job, but no one is mentioning his name.

I was hoping that the debate would lead to a number of Republicans dropping out of the race, then it would be easier on the American people to make choices and the debates would be more helpful.

Four years ago, there were so many Republican candidate debates that I grew weary of them and quit watching. Will that happen this year? Probably not because as a political blogger, I have to be aware of what is taking place.

Having said all of the above, I still think debates are over-rated and would love to ignore them, but I can’t.

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THE DEBATES AND OTHER STUFF

Everything about this past Thursday’s debates has been said, or has it? Actually, I keep reading new accounts regarding the debates each day.

As I review my tweets during the debates, here are a few of my thoughts. I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t think that Carly Fiorina clearly won the early debate among the seven lowest polling Republicans. She obviously is up to date on foreign policy and the nation’s economy too. Plus, she’s polished and articulate. My prediction: she will move up into the first tier as some in the original first tier drop out of the race. Other highlights of the late afternoon debate included Senator Lindsey Graham’s statement about Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill working together to solve the problems of the nation’s economy. Senator Graham indicated that he would be a Ronald Reagan, but doubted that he, in this day and age, could find a Tip O’Neill. Two of the candidates, Bobby Jindal and John Kasich were at opposite ends of the spectrum with Governor Jindal of Louisiana choosing not to expand Medicaid in his state and Governor Kasich of Ohio choosing to take the Medicaid money. All seemed to indicate they would un-do the current President’s executive orders and work to repeal Obamacare. And we all want those things.

For the prime-time debate, the Cleveland, Ohio crowd was so enthusiastic you would have thought it was a sporting event instead of a political event. All of the candidates with the exception of Rand Paul had big smiles on their faces.

When the debate began, all of us were startled by an “out of the box” surprise. Moderator Bret Baier asked for a show of hands…who would not pledge to support the Republican nominee and not pledge to run as a third party candidate. Donald Trump was the only one who raised his hand. After Megyn Kelly asked candidate Trump questions regarding his disparaging remarks about some women’s looks, I felt things were getting a little too personal. I wanted to get back to the issues. Of course, much has been said about the ensuing exchange between Kelly and Trump. It’s even being bantered around that the RNC directed Fox News to pose questions of that nature to “the Donald” in order to denigrate his candidacy. It’s possible, I guess. And I’m also fairly sure that Bret and Megyn were told to ask those questions.

After the prime-time debate, I couldn’t begin to tell you who won, and three days later, I still can’t. I don’t think Rand Paul will go much further. I don’t know what’s going to happen with Donald Trump. Senator Ted Cruz was on his game as was Mike Huckabee. Scott Walker, not making any mistakes, neither helped himself nor hurt himself. Dr. Ben Carson also did well, and I think everyone agrees that his closing statement was the best. I’m still laughing about it. Many think that Senator Marco Rubio won the evening’s debate and they’re probably right. Senator Rubio’s performance helped him.

In listing to all of the candidates speak, I felt that an underlying current was running through the event. This country’s in very bad shape due to the current administration. And the debates, both of them, brought out just how low we’ve sunk.
Obamacare is a disaster and must be repealed. It was rammed through the legislative process using every legislative trick in the book, including threats and intimidation directed toward some members of Congress who were from conservative leaning states. The American people were flat-out lied to by the current president and many of his henchmen. Premiums increased when we were told they would decrease. We were told if we liked our doctors, we could keep our doctors. All lies.

This president told the American people he had a phone and he had a pen and whenever possible he would implement executive orders when Congress wouldn’t act on his proposals. This is a dictatorship, folks. Those executive orders must be rescinded and the general feeling among the candidates is that upon becoming President of the United States, those executive orders would be rescinded immediately.

It was also a consensus that the nuclear arms treaty with Iran is a disaster which will insure that Iran is able to develop a nuclear bomb. Billions of dollars will be flowing into Iran now that sanctions have been lifted. Secretary of State, John Kerry, has said that he hopes that the country of Iran will do the right thing and use the money to prop up Iran’s economy and the welfare of its people. John Kerry hopes, yeah right! Iran is the number one for state-sponsored terrorism on the planet. If 67 votes in the Senate can’t be garnered to override a presidential veto of Congress’s rejection of the Iran agreement.

Donald Trump, in responding to Megyn Kelly’s line of questions indicated that we have become too obsessed with political correctness, but we have too many problems to be politically correct. I think he’s right. Most people, at least conservatives, are tired of having their words twisted into racists, sexist, and homophobic remarks when nothing of the kind was intended. An accidental misspeak by a conservative can lead to job loss, forced resignation, financial ruin, and many other negatives.

In addition, Governor Mike Huckabee brought up the fact that people are vilified if they don’t agree with the President on the issues. Being able to disagree with your government officials is a fundamental right of all Americans. Up until 6-1/2 years ago, that right was ever-present. President George W. Bush indicated many times that the American people had a right to disagree with their government officials. Furthermore, President Bush respected this fact and often met with people who disagreed with him. We must, as a free nation, have that right. We must get that right back.

Senator Rand Paul touched on freedom to practice our religion. He indicated that we can’t have the government entering our churches and enforcing government laws on those whose religious beliefs are in conflict with those laws. Not only are we doing that, we’re destroying people because of religious beliefs and practices.

Whew! What a list of horrible things that this administration has wrought upon the American people. Even if you still have not decided who you are going to support for the Republican nominee, I hope that you at least were reminded of the horrible shape our country is in and why we’re in such a horrible shape.

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