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CONSERVATIVES DURING THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY

We’ve all witnessed the tears, teeth-nashing, foul language, etc. exhibited by the left after the election of President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election. Reading or watching the news, through any media outlet, up until election day, gave the viewer many ways that Democrat Hillary Clinton could achieve victory through the electoral college, while giving Republican Donald Trump little more than a snowball’s chance in hell of garnering the 270 electoral votes needed to become the president of the United States.

We all know what happened and were exposed to the whininess of the Democrats. They were scared their rights would be taken away from them, particularly the rights of women, minorities, and illegal immigrants (as if this group should have any rights). We also were exposed to groups of skanky women, wearing imbecilic hats and costumes depicting female body parts, marching on Washington DC and in other cities the day after President Trump’s inauguration.

In addition to that awful women’s march, the left has continually demonstrated, well actually, rioted, often destroying property, blocking commerce, and even injuring people. And all of this because their candidate lost the election. You would have thought that this was the first time that a Democrat had lost an election.

Here’s something for you liberals to put in your pipes and smoke! Eight years ago, in 2008, and four years ago in 2012, Republicans were upset at the election of Democrat Barack Obama. I have never been a Barack Obama supporter or fan. Like everyone else, I saw the young state senator’s speech at the 2004 Democrat National Convention. While the Democrats were slobbering all over themselves, something un-nerved me about this man. Two years later, this community organizer, state senator from Illinois was elected U.S. Senator.

Fast-forward to 2008, this two-year U.S. Senator was nominated by the Democrat party for president of the United States, and his wife indicated that for the first time in her life, she was proud of her country. Of course, Obama was elected president during a time of economic crises over a moderate Republican who admitted to not being an expert on the economy.

Because I disliked Obama and wife, Michelle, I turned off the election returns as soon as it became inevitable that Obama was going to win and be our next president. All liberals, especially one black liberal friend of mine, were having multiple orgasms.  ”He’s going to create jobs and save our country and perhaps our planet. Everyone’s going to have either free or affordable healthcare, energy will be cheaper, we won’t have to make our mortgage payments, etc. No more wars, somehow this new president is going to forge peace on the planet.”

I also refused to watch any part of the inaugural festivities. In 2008-early 2009, I had yet to delve into social media, so there were very few places for me to vent and express my frustration with the election results that I was convinced was “One Big-Assed Mistake America.” Plus, many moderate Republicans and Independents had jumped on the Obama bandwagon. And why not? He was young, energetic, had a great family, and he was black. Many voters, regardless of where he stood on the issues, voted for him anyway. It had been a generation since Civil Rights legislation was passed in the United States. Wasn’t it about time we had a black president?

I wouldn’t say that I was depressed about the election and inauguration of Barack Obama, but I was concerned for the nation. I, along with many, did believe that Obama’s goal was to either destroy the United States of America or weaken it to a point where we were no longer an exceptional nation.

Those of us who felt and still feel that climate change is a hoax were demonized by the left, including Obama. Of course, Obama was anxious to jump onto the climate change bandwagon and would be signing treaties with other countries to agree to diminish carbon emissions. With this, he would be pushing green energy and the elimination of our dependence on fossil fuels. Obama even indicated that the cost of energy would necessarily rise. Imagine if a Republican had uttered those words. As a hard-working middle-class American I was ultra-concerned about my energy bills increasing.

Initially, those of us who were wary of Obama didn’t know what he would do with regards to race, even though he had indicated that we were not a “red America” or a “blue America.” We would now be a “purple America.” It didn’t take long, though, to see just what Obama was all about when it came to race. Not long after Obama had become president, black college professor, Henry Louis Gates, was arrested while attempting to enter his home after being away on an extended trip, even though the police were responding to a neighbor’s call that someone was breaking into a house on the street. Without knowing the facts of the case or waiting until the investigation was complete, Obama said that the police acted “stupidly.” It sure appeared that Obama was going to be a racist president, a fact that was continually re-enforced many times during his presidency.

From the beginning of his term, I always felt that Obama was an American hater with a goal of eventually destroying the United States of America. As a hard-working American, this concerned me. How would his self-admitted economic doctrine of “redistribution of wealth” affect me as I was planning for retirement. Would he encourage the passing of legislation to somehow damage everyone’s 401(k)’s?

It was obvious that he hated people like me, southern white conservative Christians. I don’t know of any conservatives who acted then like many liberals are acting now…crying, wringing their hands, calling President Trump names such as antichrist, demanding safe places, claiming to have “Trump deranged syndrome”, etc. We were though, concerned, with most conservatives indicating that if Obama is elected to a second term, we were doomed.

Fast-forward to the elections of 2012, Obama was re-elected to a second term despite his miserable performance during this first term. Many felt this was due to the “October surprise” known as super storm Sandy, a minimal hurricane/tropical storm that plowed through some of the most densely populated areas of the nation. In the aftermath, Obama actually like a human being that cared about the damage that had been done and the people that had been affected. Hugging Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, didn’t hurt Obama’s quest for that second term either.

At this point, many Republicans, including myself felt that we were doomed and I might describe my mental condition as somewhat depressed. I had no trouble getting out of bed and going to work. There was no choice. And my football team was number one. Later that year, 2013, I decided to quit my day job and start my own business despite a slow-growing economy and an administration that hated everything I stood for. After exhausting my Cobra insurance coverage, I was forced to purchase health insurance through the market place and did my insurance premiums go up and how? I would say that this temporarily depressed me.

We were drawing closer to the 2016 presidential election and it was my prayer that the Republicans would nominate someone who would be able to convince the American public that while Barack Obama had come close to his goal of destroying the United States of America, we were the United States of America and had lived through these dark times.

Then the Republicans nominated Donald Trump, a favorite of the forgotten white working class of America. I was not a Trump supporter and felt that Hillary Clinton would certainly win. The media convinced us that it was nearly impossible for Trump to prevail, didn’t they? There was never a doubt that I would vote for Mr. Trump, but he wasn’t my first choice for Republican nominee. After getting to know President Trump and his family, I found that I admired him more than I ever thought I would.

During an appointment with my financial adviser in August before the election, she asked me how I felt about the future. I told her that I was discouraged and expected the worst because while Obama came up short of totally destroying the United States of America, I felt that Hillary would finish the job. After four years of Hillary, we would no longer know the country where we grew up. I expected the quality of healthcare to go down as I aged and opined that I would not live as long as my Mom lived because I would not have access to the same good healthcare she had access to in her golden years. But maybe that was a good thing because I had no clue as to what my financial situation would look like. Maybe an early death would be a good thing? At this point I can say I was depressed.

Fast-forward to the wee hours in the morning of November 9, 2016. Despite the media and the rest of the arrogant Democrats, Hillary Clinton lost. We would now have a president in the White House whose stand on the issues paralleled mine.

Hillary supporters were morose as I described in the first paragraph. We’re now hearing the term, “Trump derangement syndrome.” To my angst, though, many Republicans were having pity on the poor Democrats whose candidate lost. Not me. After both Obama elections, I heard ad nauseum from the Democrats, “You lost, get over it. We’re going to do what we’re going to do. We don’t care what you think.”

In an article on Townhall.com, Note to the Left: Four Years Ago, Conservatives Were Just as Depressed, author, Dennis Prager, indicated that the depression among conservatives was palpable, that the conservative level of despair four years ago came as a surprise to leftist Americans. Dennis goes on to say that unlike much of the left, most conservatives handled the despair like mature adults. There was no rioting, including the shutting down of highways and airports, the taking over of college offices, the protests at people’s homes. Children of conservatives were not allowed to take a day off from school and demonstrate. Also, conservative teachers, what few exist, didn’t preach opposition to Obama in their classrooms.

Other things that conservatives did not do included:

  • Print posters with the words, “Not My President.” (Would we have been called racists or what?)
  • Allow conservative clergy to declare fast days.

Dennis continues to opine that we know the left, but the left doesn’t know us. Leftists read, listen to, watch, socialize with and study under leftists. Only if a leftist is stuck with some conservative relative, or friend they’ve had since college and still attend football games with, he or she does not encounter conservative ideas. Therefore, leftists don’t know how painful it was for conservatives during the Obama years. While liberals feel free to express their emotions and opinions to anyone, anywhere, anytime, conservatives, especially those who voted for Trump, live and will continue to live like Marranos, a term for Jewish people living in Iberia, who were forced to convert to Christianity, but still secretly practiced Judaism.

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FREEDOMS LOST

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A week or so ago, I shared the above meme on my personal FB page, and had a couple of folks to take issue with it.

As you can see, it is a picture of an elderly couple who is supporting Donald Trump because they grew up in a free America and want the same for their grand kids. Issue was taken because it was felt that while America was a free country that freedom wasn’t granted to everyone, particularly people of color, women, homosexuals, immigrants, etc. And those groups are still fighting for equality and justice.

The couple in this meme look to be in their mid-seventies to early eighties, making them born somewhere around 1940. I’m well aware that women weren’t give the right to vote until 1920, that civil rights legislation was not passed until 1964, and the majority of women held the traditional women’s occupations of nurse, school teacher, secretary, housewife, etc. until things began expanding for women in the early seventies.

Whenever someone, especially someone white, expresses a desire to turn back the hands of time, liberals and those who lean left consider that person a racist, sexist, homophobic because they long for a time when certain groups didn’t have the rights and privileges they have today. That is most likely not the case and to assume so is stereotyping.

Over my lifetime, we, as Americans, have lost freedoms. Because these freedoms have been lost over time, most people don’t notice. Furthermore, when we’re asked to give up a freedom, we are told that it’s no big deal, just give us this one little tiny thing and we won’t ask for anything else.

A major freedom that Americans have lost is the right to live without health insurance. With the advent of Obamacare, individuals are now required to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. Never before had the federal government required its citizens to purchase something. Because so many Americans cannot afford the sky-rocketing health insurance premiums, they’ve lost the freedom to seek medical attention should they get sick. While it certainly isn’t wise to go without health insurance, even for a minute, we no longer have that freedom. In addition to the above, many of us who are paying exorbitant healthcare premiums, no longer have the freedom to spend a substantial amount our money as we wish. There are some things that I need and some things that I want. But because of Obamacare, I’m having to pay so much for health insurance and healthcare, that I’m not able to purchase some of these things.

Those who settled in America, coming from Europe, sought freedom from religious persecution. Up until recently, we did have freedom to practice our religion or to not practice a religion, even though this country was founded on Judeo Christian principles. We’re currently witnessing people being forced to choose between their jobs and their faith. That’s an abomination. And Hillary Clinton has opined that the American people are going to have to alter their beliefs to fit within the laws this government has passed and plans to pass.

While the first amendment is still in force, freedom of speech and expression have been expotentially diminished, particularly over the last 7-1/2 years. This past Saturday afternoon, a star running back on my football team took the ball and scampered a substantial distance to a touchdown in a hostile stadium. After scoring the touchdown, the young man, displayed the palm of his gloved hand, containing an ‘A’ for Alabama, to a Tennessee fan sitting on the front row of the end zone. The announcers questioned whether that was over-doing it, and there have been many threads on social media and other forums discussing this. Some people were indicating that as long as the player didn’t touch the fan, it was okay, but still showed lack of class. Chances are, when you are in an event arena containing over 100,000 humans and one mangy blue tic hound, you’re going to get touched. Twenty-five years ago, this would not have been an issue.

Today, you can’t have an opinion differing from that of the “tolerant” left without being harassed and called names.

The Obama administration has also been hinting that some sort of government controlled truth squad should be established to filter the news that’s transmitted to the public. When I started this blog 2-1/2 years ago, I knew that I would be denigrated by the left for my views because it was happening to all conservatives, with some on the left calling for an end to the broadcasts of such folks as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Some time ago, a friend said to me, “Nancy, you say you don’t let what people say to you and write about you, bother you; but I think it bothers you more than you’re willing to admit.” Shouldn’t I have the right to express my opinion without harassment and fear?

I could write a book on lost freedoms, those the elderly couple in the meme probably had in mind. However, the theme of the person who took issue with this meme seemed to want to stress the point that America was a bad country and had been taught that in school, and somehow this meme was racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and misogynistic. Have I left something out?

This country was founded less than 250 years ago by people seeking a better life than they had under European rule. The visions our founding fathers had for this country had never been tried before. When the United States of America was established, there was no other country on earth like it. While I certainly believe the creators of this nation were aided by God, they were also mere mortals. Being an experiment like no other, it’s absolutely unreasonable to think that as this nation grew, mistakes weren’t going to be made, that some old world tendencies and practices wouldn’t be ported over to the new world. America was not the first country or culture to practice slavery. America was also not the first country to round people up, drive them from their homes, and place them on reservations or in internment camps. If you think that women had the right to vote in the old world, I got some swamp land in Louisiana in which you might be interested.

Because the United States of America was established as a free nation, we had put in a mechanism whereby our wrongs could be righted. Through the power of the first amendment, people were allowed to speak their mind, protest, and use the press to bring about change, and that’s just what happened.

If you look at how old civilization is, from a Biblical standpoint, this world is over 6,000 years old. This nation was only created about 240 years ago. In that short period of time, the USA has become the greatest nation on earth. Sure there are other free countries out there, but they copied us.

Slavery was eliminated in 1865, women were given the right to vote in 1920, plus civil rights legislation was passed in 1964. Forty-four years or one generation after the Civil Rights bill was passed, America elected its first black president. Even though I don’t agree with him on one thing and don’t care for him, he was elected by a majority of the American people, and just a mere 44 years after the barriers were lifted.

The older couple in the meme feels that if Hillary Clinton is elected president more of our freedoms will be lost. I agree with them. Freedom of speech and freedom to bear arms are being attacked, along with religious freedom. I agree with the message that is being conveyed by the meme.

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THE UNRAVELING OF RACE RELATIONS UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA

There is no doubt that the United States and its citizens have witnessed the unraveling of race relations at the hand of President Barak Obama. But when did it all begin?

First Lady, Michelle Obama, tells blacks to just vote Democrat and have some fried chicken.

First Lady was never proud of her country until hubby, Barak was nominated for President on the Democrat ticket.

In my humble opinion, it began during the 2008 campaign for president when candidate Obama’s wife, Michelle, indicated that for the first time in her life, she was proud of her country. Mrs. Obama uttered these words after hubby and nailed down the Democrat nomination for president of the United States.

This didn’t set well with me and many others. This also indicated to me that she must have a history of anti-Americanism. This combined with her husband’s “hope and change” message further disturbed me. What kind of change was Barak Obama speaking of?

Fast forward to July 16, 2009. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested outside him home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The professor had just returned from a trip to China where he was doing research. Finding the door to his home jammed, he was trying to get it open when he was arrested by police Sargent James Crowley. Sargent Crowley was responding to a 911 call in which the caller reported there were men breaking and entering Gates’ residence. Gates was never charged.

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On July 22, the current president said the following about the incident. “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that…the Cambridge police acted stupidly…there is a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”

This incident was unfortunate and I would have been made if I had been in Professor Gates’ shoes. Furthermore, this was local and nothing in which the president of the United States should become involved. That was my first reaction when I heard about the situation. Because this was a white police officer and a black man, the question of race was brought into the mix.

The above was six months into Barak Obama’s presidency. Is this a taste of things to come? Unfortunately, yes.

Fast forward again to Treyvon Martin, who was killed in a low level scuffle, two thugs going at each other. Because one was a light-skinned Hispanic, the liberals considered him to be white and Treyvon was black.

Once again, the president of the United States interjected himself into what should have been a local matter and indicated that if he had a son, the son would look just like Treyvon. Then Representative Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) uttered the words, “Treyvon was hunted down like a rabid dog and shot in the street,” before all the facts were in.

Fast forward once more to Michael Brown, a black man who was shot by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri after robbing a convenience store. Out of this incident arose the Black Lives Matter movement and the “hands up don’t shoot” mantra. The “hands up don’t shoot” chant arose when it was alleged that the white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot Mr. Brown in the back while his hands were in the air. This was proven false, making “hands up don’t shoot” predicated on a lie. But this didn’t stop the Black Lives Matter movement from continuing the chant, “hands up don’t shoot,” or chanting the following in the streets: “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon,” and “What do we want, dead cops. When do we want them, now.”

To make matters even more ridiculous, the current president sends a representative to Michael Brown’s funeral. He sends a representative to the funeral of a thug, a criminal? At the time, it was almost too much for me to fathom, especially when this president failed to even acknowledge Kate Steinle, a California woman who was murdered by an illegal alien.

The following frustrates me about the above incidents.

  • The current president injecting himself in low level local matters. Isn’t he supposed to be protecting the people of the United States of America (we know how that’s worked out)?
  • That we’re wasting so much time and energy on low level local matters.
  • That folks are refusing to wait until the investigations are complete and the facts are in to begin their protests, which invariably turn into riots and looting.
  • Once the investigations are completed and the facts are in, liberals don’t care about the facts and the investigation results and continue their disruptive ways.

Now, most of us have come to expect rioting and looting by the Black Lives Matter crowd whenever a black person is killed at the hands of a white person. The investigation and ensuing facts are irrelevant. The statistics illustrating that these are isolated incidents and that there is no pattern of whites killing blacks or that white policemen are deliberately hunting blacks to kill them are ignored.

On the Sean Hannity show last night, Geraldo Rivera indicated that the President Obama needs to step forward and unite the American people. Well, he’s spend 7-1/2 years dividing the American people, what makes you think he’s going to have a change of heart and begin uniting this country during the last months of his presidency?

I hear everyone around me, politicians, talking heads, posters on Facebook and Twitter say that we need to stop the hate, we need to sit down and talk, we need to put ourselves in the shoes of someone black. May we choose? I think I’ll put my feet in the shoes of former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. She’s beautiful, talented, is from my state, and thinks like me. Actually, I don’t think that’s what the liberals meant.

I’m not attempting to diminish the struggles of blacks in the United States who persevered through slavery and Jim Crow laws; not in the least. Every human, every group, every race, etc. has had difficulties, has struggled, and has suffered. While God has blessed me beyond what I deserve, I’ve had my struggles and difficulties. And you know what, they’ve made me strong.

If you were twenty-two years old when Civil Rights Legislation was passed in the sixties, you’re about seventy-five or seventy-six now. If you’re under fifty, segregation was being eliminated before you were born. When Civil Rights legislation was signed into law, things didn’t automatically become perfect. In fact, things will never be perfect. Change of the nature directed by the 1964 Civil Rights Legislation, takes time to fully happen. Since the law’s inception, things have progressed to the point where a black president was elected after forty-four years. Whether you like and/or agree with Barak Obama, the United States seemed to have put racial divisions behind us in one generation. Blacks make up about 13% per the U.S. population and about 91% of those blacks are Democrats. Barak Obama had to have lots of white votes to get elected.

Unfortunately, the black president who promised hope and change has certainly given us change and not good change. He has spear-headed the unraveling of race relations in this country to a point where I sometimes think relations were better when we were segregated.

How are we going to get things back to normal, the way things were in early 2008? Encouraging love and condemning hate are not going to do it. This is something liberals and some conservatives are doing in order to feel good about themselves.  Let’s talk, let’s discuss. Let’s have a beer summit and invite everyone. Did you see Megyn Kelly last night? I’m not sure about talking either.

So, what I would like to propose is to rid ourselves of any political correctness, if we can. We may have already been brain-washed to the point where this is impossible. Then we need to quit interjecting race into everything. Just don’t mention it, act like it doesn’t exist. If there is an altercation between someone white and someone black, don’t throw in the race card unless you can prove beyond a doubt that race was involved. I’ve already let liberals know that they must find an instance where I’ve disparaged this president because of the color of his skin before they start hurling the racist accusation against me. I think it’s time that we all do this.

I believe that once we do the above, we can perhaps undo all the damage that Barak Obama has done with respect to race relations in the country. Then perhaps, we can clearly see the scenarios where real racism is involved and then take steps to correct those scenarios.

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WHY I’M CYNICAL ABOUT RACE

Growing up in a small north Alabama town where no blacks lived, I had little interaction with them until I started college at the University of Alabama. I was well aware that at this point in my life, I would certainly have a lot more interaction with blacks. I would be in class with them, I would be living close to them, if not having them as roommates, I would be socializing with them, and so on and so forth. While the term “new normal” was not used back then, this would be the “new normal” for me.

During my sophomore year, I lived next door to a black girl and we became the best of friends. I was the one who made the initial ice-breaking contact with her, and soon her black friends and my white friends were all friends. Even though we both moved out of the dormitory and into apartments my junior year and her sophomore year, we remained friends, had some great times together, and continued to remain friends until we were in our mid-twenties and life caused us to drift apart. Like all friends, we did have our “tiffs,” but that’s normal for everyone.

I’ve always lived according to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King to judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Now that the Civil Rights legislation of the mid-sixties had lifted the barriers, we can become a color-blind society.  The only reason I felt like skin color should be used would be for identification purposes and maybe marketing purposes. For example, if I owned a tanning salon, my core target market would not include blacks for obvious reasons, it’s not a service most really need.

I’ve always been against affirmative action programs because I feel they demean minorities. It’s telling minorities that you’re inferior and need help to achieve. That’s BS! As a Republican, I do feel that the Republican Party is the best party for anyone, including minorities and that the Democrat part is the real racist party. It’s the Democrats who think that minorities, including blacks, are inferior and need help from whites. Again, that’s BS!

There is a question that I have often put to blacks and whites: with Civil Rights Legislation, there was forced desegregation in most areas of our society. However, one area where there was not forced desegregation was our churches and houses of worship. And to this day, we have white churches and black churches with very little overlap. Why is this? You would think that churches would be the first places to desegregate, but no. But I think that may be beginning to change slightly, which I’m happy about.

I did ask a black friend to visit my church several times. One time she asked me what we did at my church. I said that we did what most people in church do. We sing hymns, pray, and the minister delivers the message which is directly from the Bible. Then the friend said she didn’t want to be the only African-American there. While there are no blacks who regularly attend my church, we do have the occasional visitors who are black. At my church, everyone is welcome. The black friend did hurt my feelings a bit. I was sincere about her visiting my church, and she seemed to flippantly dismiss my invitation.

One black friend that I often go out to eat with, will say that the waiter/waitress is prejudice if the service is slow and the waiter or waitress is white. Then if the service is a little fast, she says, “I wonder if they’re trying to rush us out.”  I’m so sick of hearing that.

I’ve been accused of being prejudiced because I don’t like turnip greens. And one time I asked a black friend what time she got out of church on Sunday so we could plan something for that afternoon. This friend responded in a somewhat snarky manner, “just when we get out.” Then I suggested that she get up and leave if the service goes a little long. I shouldn’t have said that, and ended the conversation telling her that if she couldn’t reasonably guarantee that she would be able to meet up and attend the matinee, let’s just forget about it. “Oh, no, no, no, we can do this, “she said. We did meet up at a designated time and went to the matinee. I’m pretty sure this person was just trying to give me a hard time.

Another time, I had arranged for a black friend of mine to pick up a white friend of mine and meet me somewhere. It was a little more detailed than this, but the details aren’t important. The black friend replied, “I don’t know, he might be prejudiced.” I lost it and told the black friend to get out of the fifties and sixties and into the second decade of the twenty-first century. She replied, “I guess I just made a bad joke.” I was mad and she knew it.

In some of the smaller cities and townships in the Birmingham area, your city address is “Birmingham, Alabama.” I think this is limited to those zip codes that begin with “352.” For example, the city of Homewood is a separate and distinct city with a city government. The zip code is 35209. If you’re in that zip code, you are Birmingham, Alabama, not Homewood, Alabama. In the suburb of Pelham, Alabama, the zip code is 35124 and your city address is Pelham, Alabama, not Birmingham, Alabama. Of course, people use do use Homewood, Alabama, Vestavia Hills, Alabama, Hoover, Alabama, etc. as their city/state. While it’s technically wrong, mail does still get to them. I heard someone once say to use Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, was racist. Now how can you possibly, with a straight face, connect those dots?

These things are minor, but they seem to have happened happen to me a lot. Liberals now add to the definition of racism to fit whatever suits their needs at the moment.

You’re a racist if you rooted for the Denver Broncos with white quarterback Peyton Manning over the Carolina Panthers with black quarterback Cam Newton. You’re a racist if you don’t like Gangsta Rap. You’re racist if you like country music; the only reason you like Darius Rucker is because liking him makes you feel good about your racist self.  If you say “All Lives Matter” you’re a racist.

And then to the big one, if you don’t support Barak Obama and his policies, you’re a racist. I’ve addressed this many times and won’t re-hash it here.

I have folks telling me and everyone else that the “Black Lives Matter” movement is a righteous and peaceful movement, that the person who gunned down those police officers in Dallas was not a part of “Black Lives Matter.”

The “Black Lives Matter” movement arose out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. Before the investigation and the facts were complete, liberals, including black liberals, were shouting “hands up don’t shoot” then “black lives matter.” The “hands up don’t shoot” didn’t happen. It was a lie. Thus, “Black Lives Matter” was predicated upon a lie.

Then you have the “Black Lives Matter” movement holding demonstrations and chanting things like “pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon, and “what do we want, dead cops, when do we want it, now.” I watched the video of the “Black Lives Matter” rally held in downtown Birmingham last night. While there was no rioting, looting, or destroying of property (we don’t do that down here), the tone was anti-white and anti-police. Also, demonstrators were chanting “hands up, don’t shoot.”

I don’t agree with those who say it’s a good, peaceful movement. Instead, I consider it a hate group. Can someone tell me why I should think differently?

I have often said that I didn’t understand why liberals, including black liberals, protest to the point of looting and rioting when someone black dies at the hands of someone white, which are isolated incidents; but do not appear to care about scenarios such as Chicago where multiple blacks are killed almost every night and certainly on weekend nights by other blacks. If the scenario in Chicago could be minimized, it would go a long way to saving black lives, especially young black lives. But I’m called a racist and other things for uttering such. Why am I such a horrible person for pointing out a scenario where more blacks are killed in gang-related incidents than isolated incidents? It sure looks to me like only some black lives matter.

Like everyone else, I have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But I have tried, as a young college student and an adult, to reach out to blacks. Yes I have become cynical about race, particularly over the last 7-1/2 years and feel like I have been kicked in the teeth and in the stomach.  Why should I not feel this way? Please tell me.

Note: I do have many black friends who have not treated me in the ways that I described above. I don’t intend to stop trying to make black friends. While there are some things I will not put up with, I do not intend to give up on my efforts to make our society a color-blind one.

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