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Forgive the off disc topic for a moment, but this does have an impact on everyone these days. I read a news article the other day that involved the new President of the United States; big surprise right. However, the article really pissed me off due to the extreme amount of ignorance involved. The title was "Growing hate groups blame Obama, economy. Now, I'm far from being perfect and I know that everyone "hates" at some point in their lives, it's a part of being human. However, these are groups that breed hatred into the minds of those who are too weak minded to know otherwise or for that matter fight back. I had hoped that with the new President being black that the country was starting to change and maybe make a few more steps toward a more progressive ideal. I suppose you could call me ignorant for thinking that. Since the year 2000, hate group "memberships" have nearly doubled and are continuing to grow. Now, there are several reasons for this, but one of the biggest (given the track record of hate groups) is the fact that Obama is black. WHO CARES! I mean really, a black man can't run the country but a good 'ol boy from Texas can? Pardon any potential insult to those of you who still support Bush, no isult intended just trying to make a point. Few can deny that Bush wasn't the brightest in the world. Granted I don't know the guy, but everytime I saw a speech I wanted to tear my ears and eyes from my head. That doesn't make him stupid I know, but it sure helps give a more positive image of him ability to run a country. To get back on topic, Obama can spit some words. I like that about the guy. Now, anyone that knows anything about politicians knows that most of what they say they will do is a lie or is just near impossible to do. Obama is no different, but is that a reason to hate him? No. Is the fact that he's black a reason to hate him? No. So what's with the increasing degree of hatred towards Obama? Hell, he's only been in office a month. I know times are tough on nearly everyone, but don't blame the guy trying to fix the damn problem! Just to cut myself short I want to end with this. People of the United States of American who are joining hate groups, who are part of hate groups, and any other person who supports this type of behavior, do us all a favor and get your head out of you ass. You're not helping the country get out of the hole it's already in you're making it deeper.

Forgive the random nature of this. I limited myself so I didn't write a novel. If you're curious about the article that really pissed off a normally apathetic natured person see this cnn article.


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Comment by Chainz-4-Brainz on February 27, 2009 at 1:13pm
No single representative is ever going to please everyone. That's just the short and skinny of it. Ideals very from one person to another, so the promises Obama makes to the American people are most likely going to be recieved the same way he is recieved. If you think he is completely stupid, then you probably think his ideas and plans to fix this great nation are stupid, too. Me? I don't think we can do much worse than the last 8 years, and in his first month, I've seen Obama take more initiative than Bush took during his entire presidency (except when it came to Iraq. He was all over that, and that's just worked out great, hasn't it? Pff...). I guess when it comes down to it, the people so quick to judge need to remember that the problems we're facing now did not start with Obama's election, so the finger of blame hardly belongs pointed in his vicinity. Will Obama be a good president? I don't know. And neither does anyone else. Only time will tell, and that time is going to take a lot longer than a month. So relax , naysayers. And as Eddie Murphy once said in a stand-up comedy routine, "Have a Coke and a smile and shut the f*ck up!"
Comment by nitegolfer on February 27, 2009 at 11:34am
My beef with Obama and the media is that he leans towards socialistic ideals but in the run-up to the election this was ignored and refuted by the same people that are now agreeing with this assessment. Political views and ideals can differ but the truth is and will always be the truth. And, those "predatory lenders" are really bad but what is the difference between a "predatory lender" and a "predatory politician" when ramming changes through a bill that very few get a chance to read? Forget the democratic process, they just must be smarter than the rest of us!
Comment by MastaShake916 on February 26, 2009 at 10:13pm
People are pissed because Obama was suppose to "change" things. Well doing a stimulus package just after BUSH JR. did the same thing isnt "change". Its copying what the last president did and the last stimulus didnt help us one bit. So why do another stimulus? Because the bankers are going to come up fat off of this, go on their nice little vacations, while me and my peers are stuck with a multi-TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT!!!! I have to pay this debt for the rest of my life and in no way will it benefit me. Im not blaming Obama im blaming 85% of our congress!!! Obama is just a puppet though, he never really makes his own decisions.
Comment by John Sturtevant on February 26, 2009 at 9:54pm
I could care less whether the person is my "race" or not. Does their policies reflect my beliefs, my morals? Are his stances on immigration, foreign relations, the military, the economy and social programs close to mine? That's what I look for.

Some people are great speakers, some are not. It is not an indication of intelligence, but it is a lot easier when it's coherent.

Every President has their good qualities and bad. I liked some of Bushes policies and hated others, same as with Clinton. I am cautiously optimistic about President Obama, but when I think he is wrong I will call him on it.

There is a great quote from Sec of State Clinton used that applies, "I'm sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we're Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration." Yeah I know the quote was against the Bush administration, but it should apply to all administrations.
Comment by JohnnyMax on February 26, 2009 at 8:07pm
Good points, both of you. Obama's approval rate is in the 70th percentile. Most of America is happy with him.

Part of the reason for the perceived negativity is from the media. Our News outlets (except for FOX) apply to the Fairness Doctrine, which requires news organizations to show both the Republican and Democratic viewpoints. The only politicians speaking against Obama are the Conservative Republican extremists who still believe that the economic policies that put us in this mess are still valid. Even some of the Republican politicians are with Obama, but they are not allowed to vote agaist the prescribed party line. Many americans are leaving the Republican party because of their extremist caucus soliderity.

Many people are surprised that Obama is actually following through on his campaign promises, as this has not happened in a very long time.

By the way, Obama is half white, and was raised in America by his white mother and grandparents. His father left his mother and him, and returned to Kenya near Obama's birth date.

Even my father, who has been a Republican for the last 50 years voted for Obama after the Bush debacle.
Comment by Ben Calhoun on February 26, 2009 at 8:00pm
I think some people don't understand he hasn't actually done anything yet, nor been able to. He can sign or veto bills and pressure people, that's about the extent of his power on the economy. There is no magic wand anyone could wave. They need to bring him legislation to sign then you have to wait for it to have an effect.
Comment by Jamie 'gr8rocshot' Ruane on February 26, 2009 at 7:57pm
Dude!! That's deep!!!

I can honestly say...... "I'm not a racist...I hate everybody equally"...LOL!! J/K

Good Blog!!!
Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on February 26, 2009 at 6:33pm
If you look at the hard statistics, the vast majority of Democrats and Independents hugely approve of Obama. Even many Republicans approve of him so far, although I am waiting to see the reaction over the next couple of days to the new budget; which I heartily approve of so far.

It's what some people call the 18-percenters, egged on by the right-wing folks who make nice livings from stoking the 18-percenters up. (Pretty much any time you hear a rousing anti-Obama rant, you'll find a book being sold to the 18-percenters somewhere near by.)

Plus, the election purged many moderates out of the Republican Party and the folks who are left seem to be very much the . . . well, I'm just not gonna say that. But at the moment, the Republicans are gathering their base, and the most effective way they have of doing that right now is very rabid anti-Obama stuff.

Yeah, and some of it's racial. The watermelon-patch-on-the-whitehouse-lawn thing has been really funny. Like the mayor of any decent-sized city didn't know (as this guy claims) that there is a racist history regarding African-Americans and watermelons.

This is the level that things have currently sunk to on the right. Some of my own views are pretty conservative, but the level of conservative discourse out there on the right is at about fourth grade right now.

If you read the breadth of the political blogosphere, which I try to do every day, although he's had some problems with appointees, with regard to legislation and administrative orders, he's doing what he said. I'm enjoying reading through the budget tonight, actually, while I cook dinner.

And it looks like he is anticipating many of the right-wing moves. It's really his game right now.

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