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The Left’s War on Tea Partiers--Disqualifying humans on the basis of race....
Frontpagemagazine ^ | 4-27-10 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 04/27/2010 4:43:04 AM PDT by SJackson

Opponents of the popular expression of conservative opposition to big government, the tea party, regularly note that tea partiers are overwhelmingly white. This is intended to disqualify the tea parties from serious moral consideration.

But there are two other facts that are far more troubling:

The first is the observation itself. The fact that the Left believes that the preponderance of whites among tea partiers invalidates the tea party movement tells us much more about the Left than it does about the tea partiers.

It confirms that the Left really does see the world through the prism of race, gender and class rather than through the moral prism of right and wrong.

One of the more dangerous features of the Left has been its replacement of moral categories of right and wrong, and good and evil with three other categories: black and white (race), male and female (gender) and rich and poor (class).

Therefore the Left pays attention to the skin color — and gender (not just “whites” but “white males”) — of the tea partiers rather than to their ideas.

One would hope that all people would assess ideas by their moral rightness or wrongness, not by the race, gender or class of those who hold them. But in the world of the Left, people are taught not to assess ideas but to identify the race, class and gender of those who espouse those ideas. This helps explain the widespread use of ad hominem attacks by the Left: Rather than argue against their opponents’ ideas, the Left usually dismisses those making the argument disagreed with as “racist,” “intolerant,” “bigoted,” “sexist,” “homophobic” and/or “xenophobic.”

You’re against race-based affirmative action? No need to argue the issue because you’re a racist. You’re a tea partier against ever-expanding government? No need to argue the issue because you’re a racist.

As a Leftist rule of thumb — once again rendering intellectual debate unnecessary and impossible — white is wrong or bad, and non-white is right and good; male is wrong and bad, and female is right and good; and the rich are wrong and bad, and the poor right and good. For the record, there is one additional division on the Left — strong and weak — to which the same rule applies: The strong are wrong and bad, and the weak are right and good. That is a major reason for Leftist support of the Palestinians (weak) against the Israelis (strong), for example.

This is why, to cite another example, men are dismissed when they oppose abortion. The idea is far less significant than the sex of the advocate. As for women who oppose abortion on demand, they are either not authentically female or simply traitors to their sex. Just as the Left depicts blacks who oppose race-based affirmative action as not authentic blacks or are traitors to their race.

In this morally inverted world, the virtual absence of blacks from tea party rallies cannot possibly reflect anything negative on the black and minority absence, only on the white tea partiers.

But in a more rational and morally clear world, where people judge ideas by their legitimacy rather than by the race of those who held them, people would be as likely to ask why blacks and ethnic minorities are virtually absent at tea parties just as they now ask why whites predominate. They would want to know if this racial imbalance said anything about black and minority views or necessarily reflected negatively on the whites attending those rallies.

And if they did ask such un-PC questions, they might draw rather different conclusions than the Left’s. First, they would know that the near-absence of blacks and Hispanics no more implied racism on the part of tea partiers than the near-absence of blacks and Hispanics in the New York Philharmonic implies racism on the art of that orchestra.

Second, they might even, Heaven forbid, conclude that it does not reflect well on the political outlook of blacks and Hispanics that they so overwhelmingly identify with ever-larger government. Leftist big-government policies have been disastrous for black America just as they were in the countries that most Hispanics emigrated from. But like the gambling addict who keeps gambling the more he loses, those addicted to government entitlements keep increasing the size of the government even as their situation worsens.

Finally, if one eschews the “racism” explanation and asks real questions, one might also conclude that America generally, and conservatives specifically, have failed to communicate America’s distinct values — E Pluribus Unum, In God We Trust, and Liberty (which includes small government) — to blacks and Hispanics.

Unfortunately, however, no real exploration of almost any important issue in American life is possible as long as the Left focuses on the race, gender and class of those who hold differing positions. And that will not happen. For when the Left stops attacking people and starts arguing positions, we will see what the Left most fears: blacks and Hispanics at tea parties.


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1 posted on 04/27/2010 4:43:05 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

*Bump*


2 posted on 04/27/2010 4:49:11 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: SJackson

Being called a racist doesn’t bother me nearly as much as the assumption that it means I don’t have equal constitutional rights.

I’ve looked again and again but still can’t find the “except racists” clause or the except white guys clause or the except conservatives clause.

I can handle their hatred but I can’t handle the attack on the constitution.


3 posted on 04/27/2010 4:52:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: SJackson; Eaker; afnamvet; AK2KX; Ancesthntr; An Old Man; ApesForEvolution; aragorn; archy; ...
CW2 Ping

One more critical CW2 fault line.

Over the weekend Obama said he wants youth, blacks, latinos and women to vote in November to keep hopey changey going.

No mention of the old white males who are pulling the govt wagon, tax-wise.

I guess we're just supposed to drop dead.

But then, who will pull that govt welfare wagon so the sick lame and lazy can ride for free?

4 posted on 04/27/2010 4:56:14 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

“Over the weekend Obama said he wants youth, blacks, latinos and women to vote in November to keep hopey changey going.”

Obama’s Race War

Act 1

Scene 1.


5 posted on 04/27/2010 5:03:12 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: SJackson

If a survey of racism could be done of the Dems and Repubs, I would bet a dozen doughnuts that the Dems would have several times the racists than would the Repubs.


6 posted on 04/27/2010 5:03:24 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: SJackson

Funny how racial profiling does not come up with minority scholarships...Obama gave some of his Nobel money to UNCF...an organization that DOES discriminate based on race.


7 posted on 04/27/2010 5:03:56 AM PDT by Notasoccermom
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To: SJackson

Good read...correct in it’s conclusions, especially the fact that more minorities should attend tea parties


8 posted on 04/27/2010 5:04:31 AM PDT by The Wizard
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To: SJackson

It’s straight out of Alinsky: don’t debate the “enemy”, mock, delegitimize and destroy them.


9 posted on 04/27/2010 5:05:08 AM PDT by Hugin (Remember the first rule of gunfighting...have a gun..-- Col. Jeff Cooper)
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To: Travis McGee
“who will pull that govt welfare wagon so the sick lame and lazy can ride for free?”

As they see it, as long as we capitulate to the latest political philosophy, everything will be kosher. After all, this welfare state has existed for many a moon.

10 posted on 04/27/2010 5:05:17 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek
The fatal fallacy of extending trends to infinity.
11 posted on 04/27/2010 5:17:22 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: SJackson

Ya know why most Tea Partiers are white?

Because the working blacks who pay taxes havent figured out yet that they are going to get their taxes raised also.

They are stil listening to the Obama lies that he wont raise their taxes.

They will wake up when they see their pay checks shrivel.


12 posted on 04/27/2010 5:17:27 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Travis McGee

“One of the more dangerous features of the Left
has been its replacement of moral categories
of right and wrong, and good and evil
with three other categories:
black and white (race)...
male and female (gender)...
and rich and poor (class)...”
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I have been trying to explain this to people for years...
It usually elicits only a dumb look on their face...


13 posted on 04/27/2010 5:17:58 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Greetings, and how are you today, comrade?)
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To: Travis McGee

Exactly.


14 posted on 04/27/2010 5:21:33 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Repeal The 17th; wolfcreek

These are the only Americans who count to Obama. THis is the quote.

“young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again.”


15 posted on 04/27/2010 5:32:13 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Repeal The 17th

“It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African Americans, Latinos, and women, who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again.”
Obama


16 posted on 04/27/2010 5:34:23 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee
No mention of the old white males who are pulling the govt wagon, tax-wise.

I guess we're just supposed to drop dead.

Going Galt is starting to look like a viable option. Stop pulling the wagon, take all you can get out of the wagon, and complain that it's not enough!

17 posted on 04/27/2010 5:46:56 AM PDT by JimRed (To water the Tree of Liberty is to excise a cancer before it kills us. TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Travis McGee
Hopefully, some of these folks have come to their senses and will tell him to go F$#@ him self.

However, if anyone thinks that by simply getting rid of Pelosi, Reid and Obama will turn the tide, think again.

More Progressives/progressive thinkers are waiting in the wings.

18 posted on 04/27/2010 5:49:19 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: SJackson

The left, especially those who claim a moral superiority based on their ideology,

never address the actualy issues, but “argue” by not arguing, by dismissing either their opponents or their opponents ideas as unworthy of addressing.

This is partly because they cannot logically refute the positions of their opponents,
and partly because they truly don’t think beyond the stage of the issue where they have achieved their goal of self-aggrandizement.


19 posted on 04/27/2010 5:51:46 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: JimRed

Stop pulling the wagon,
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

My husband and I stopped pulling the wagon 3 years ago. I retired at the age of 59, and my husband was 53. We refuse to work.


20 posted on 04/27/2010 5:56:24 AM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: JimRed

Have you heard of Tom Baugh’s new book, “Starving the Monkeys?”

(The monkeys being the parasites who ride on the backs of the productive members of society.)

He advocates “going Galt” in place.


21 posted on 04/27/2010 5:56:33 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: SJackson
Philadelphia inquirer


22 posted on 04/27/2010 5:58:55 AM PDT by listenhillary (Capitalism = billions raised from poverty, Socialism = billions reduced to starvation)
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To: SJackson

23 posted on 04/27/2010 6:01:47 AM PDT by listenhillary (Capitalism = billions raised from poverty, Socialism = billions reduced to starvation)
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To: Travis McGee

All I have to say is that people had better get it done in November...

I don’t wanna hear the whining and crying the next morning if we don’t sucessfully retake the majorities in both houses...

I hope to be proven wrong, but I don’t think people will turnout...

So what we’ll be left with is a more emboldened liberal-statist/socialist administration and those that support it...

I would prefer not to have to put up with that crap for the next couple of years...


24 posted on 04/27/2010 6:29:33 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus sayin')
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To: VRW Conspirator
The only racists - real "I hate (blacks/hispanics/jews/etc)" racists - that I know are all Democrats. Good party-line men and women.

Just anecdotal, to be sure. But I think you're right.

25 posted on 04/27/2010 6:32:07 AM PDT by wbill
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To: listenhillary
He's probably like Chappelle's "black white supremacist":

26 posted on 04/27/2010 6:32:38 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: wbill

Seriously, where, ideologically, do the majority of ant-semites lie?

On the left.

Certainly not among Christians. But for some reason, the ethnic Jews see Christians and conservatives as the enemy.


27 posted on 04/27/2010 6:33:55 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB
Conservative principles can stand alone, on their own merits.

Liberals require a boogeyman to scare people into siding with them. Whether it's secular (Global Warming), racial (Whitey's gonna git you!), or religious (the Jews are taking everything over!) ... the message remains more or less the same.

28 posted on 04/27/2010 6:37:45 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

There’s another thing about conservative principles vs leftist maxims -

conservative principles indeed do “stand on their own”, and those espousing them derive no personal aggrandizement or moral superiority for holding those views. If you’re in favor of individualism and free markets, you’re just a person in favor of those principles.

However, if you favor wealth redistribution, “green” laws, saving the planet, etc,
you derive personal moral superiority and a sense of self esteem by favoring those policies.

When we argue the issues with the left,
we must keep in mind that they aren’t arguing on the merits of their position on the issue,

they’re DEFENDING THEIR OWN SENSE OF SELF.


29 posted on 04/27/2010 6:45:23 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB

‘Tis why I rarely argue with liberals. There is no arguing against religious dogma.


30 posted on 04/27/2010 7:05:02 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Venturer

“Venturer wrote:
Ya know why most Tea Partiers are white? Because the working blacks who pay taxes havent figured out yet that they are going to get their taxes raised also. They are stil listening to the Obama lies that he wont raise their taxes. They will wake up when they see their pay checks shrivel.”

I have a black guy at work that makes real good money. He’s an Obama voter, through and through. He talks of “Revolution!”, how it’s time “whitey” is going to see how blacks were treated and that blacks are going to get socialism paid for by whites. This guy is only 35 years old. Well, he got his tax bill this year and owes thousands. His tax attorney told him he will need to pay quarterly estimated taxes of at least a few thousand each quarter this year to make up the additional taxes that are coming. He exploded exploding in his attorney’s office and ranted. His tax attorney, a black man, told this guy that he voted for the idiot so welcome to the “rich, white guy club.” That sent this guy into orbit and he hasn’t come down since. I sent his tax attorney a small cartered lunch to his office and a thank you card. It seems the tax attorney is anti-Obama as can be. I also poke the bear at work as often as possible by reading the racist idiot the latest news articles about more taxes and less tax breaks, etc. Plus, I like to show him the funny Obama cartoons.


31 posted on 04/27/2010 7:13:36 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Travis McGee

The liberals know not to debate facts, so they go for the ever popular MTV crowd tactic of name calling and smear tactics. We are pissd and if it comes to use of force they are completely disarmed.


32 posted on 04/27/2010 7:18:35 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Hugin

“It’s straight out of Alinsky: don’t debate the “enemy”, mock, delegitimize and destroy them.”

Worth people seeing again.


33 posted on 04/27/2010 7:19:04 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: SJackson

I heard a woman interviewing a black man at a tea party and she was asking him if he felt attacked at all. He said of course not, I have the same beliefs or I wouldn’t be here. She just couldn’t get the fact that a black man could agree with these people. I kinda felt sorry for her because you could tell he was making fun of her. :)


34 posted on 04/27/2010 7:19:54 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 (Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding but in expressing his own heart.)
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To: SJackson
The fact that the Left believes that the preponderance of whites among tea partiers invalidates the tea party movement tells us much more about the Left than it does about the tea partiers.

Great point! This is what drives me crazy about certain folks from the Tea Parties who run around in circles and tap dance for the MSM and left every time they throw out the 'racism' charge. The left/Marxist are basically saying just being white is evil. Not to mention the blatant hypocrisy and racial BS from many 'people of color' who are racial as hell i.e. the Hispanic and Black Caucus, LaRaza, NAACP et al. Just like that idiot from Boston that made reference to Tebow and being a NAZI.

Screw that and screw them. Time to get up off your knees.

35 posted on 04/27/2010 7:23:02 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: listenhillary

That’s hilarious!!!!!!!!!!


36 posted on 04/27/2010 7:24:04 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 (Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding but in expressing his own heart.)
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To: CodeToad

I liked your story so much I read it three times. That is funny! I love it when people wake up to the real world consequences of their hair brained schemes.


37 posted on 04/27/2010 7:28:58 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 (Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding but in expressing his own heart.)
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To: MrB
conservative principles indeed do “stand on their own”, and those espousing them derive no personal aggrandizement or moral superiority for holding those views. If you’re in favor of individualism and free markets, you’re just a person in favor of those principles.

However, if you favor wealth redistribution, “green” laws, saving the planet, etc,you derive personal moral superiority and a sense of self esteem by favoring those policies.

I'm not so sure about that. I think people who would steal other people's freedom and money to divide between themselves and their sycophants are scum who will most likely rot in hell. Human filth. Oxygen thieves. I most definitely find someone who supports freedom morally superior to one of those pod-persons.

38 posted on 04/27/2010 7:33:07 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking
I most definitely find someone who supports freedom morally superior to one of those pod-persons.

Is your sense of self worth wrapped up in your ideological position? I would venture that it does not. Theirs does.

The people to which you refer are indeed of the "evil" type of leftist. I was referring to those who put them in power, the "sheeperals" that just want to feel good about themselves and consider themselves "good people".

39 posted on 04/27/2010 7:39:35 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB
Is your sense of self worth wrapped up in your ideological position?

Not to the extent theirs is but in a sense, yes. I believe in opportunity, freedom, and liberty. Living by that belief is one of the best things I can do for others. If I didn't believe in those things, I DO believe it would make me a bad person. I would in effect, be trying to take what belongs to another, which is an immoral act.

40 posted on 04/27/2010 8:15:00 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: SJackson

Watching the protestors in Arizona-WHERE’S THE DIVERSITY?


41 posted on 04/27/2010 9:07:18 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: CodeToad

It hurts when it come home to them.

Obama is putting the screws to anyone who woks and pays taxes, His BS about only hurting the rich is crazy.

We are all equal opportunity victims of Obama Big Government socialist moves.


42 posted on 04/27/2010 9:16:05 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Even funnier is that he just bought a new car, went to get the tags and the vehicles taxes have gone up significantly since his last new vehicle. So, he tells the DMV worker, “This is ‘cause I’m black! Wait until I tell Obama how you treat the brothers!” The B*L*A*C*K DMV worker just sighed and said, “I’m supposed to be polite to you, but you need to calm down and pay the same taxes white people pay...and Obama doesn’t give a damn about you or what you’ve got to say. Now pay up or these tags go back into the bin.” I about wet my pants laughing. This guy is getting an education that all that racist brain washing isn’t playing out in the real world. When he was a poor black man working as a cook, long before he went to college and did better for himself, he learned all the liberal racist ideas, but they aren’t working now that he is the “rich, white guy”. I stick around him as he learns about the real world as he is a good guy and is trying. He also has a sense of humor about it all, so there is hope, but man the peek into his world is stunning. He actually thought that due to where he lives, a black community, that the taxes were higher than what might be in a white community. I had to show him my registration and that I paid the same amount he did before he would calm down about it.


43 posted on 04/27/2010 9:37:36 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Travis McGee

I read about this the other day... what’s up with that?! No white people?! Durn! :-)


44 posted on 04/27/2010 10:21:07 AM PDT by hiredhand
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To: Travis McGee
“It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African Americans, Latinos, and women, who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again.”
Obama


He's not factoring the very large majority of people who are now embarrassed and ashamed that they voted for him. It's a huge unknown and they're not factoring them in because they're unable! Those people aren't exactly publicly lamenting what they've done. That's one of the benefits of SHAME... people don't generally want to talk about it! So while he might think he is still able to polarize mass numbers of weak minded people as he did last time, I'm not betting on it this time around. The Magic Negro has lost his mojo. :-)
45 posted on 04/27/2010 10:27:29 AM PDT by hiredhand
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To: wbill
‘Tis why I rarely argue with liberals. There is no arguing against religious dogma.

I never argue with liberals, crazy people, or farm animals. There's simply no sense in it.
46 posted on 04/27/2010 10:31:33 AM PDT by hiredhand
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To: CodeToad

That’s the funniest thing I’ve read today! THANKS! :-)


47 posted on 04/27/2010 10:34:24 AM PDT by hiredhand
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To: hiredhand
I tend to argue with the TV. Drives my wife crazy.

The TV hasn't started to argue back, yet. When it does, I'll go get a prescription for some happy pills.

48 posted on 04/27/2010 10:38:53 AM PDT by wbill
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3
She just couldn’t get the fact that a black man could agree with these people

Where I work, I warped a couple of liberal's minds when I told them I voted for Alan Keyes, but not Obama.

They just couldn't understand why I'd vote for a black republican, but not a black democrat.

Like I said in an earlier post, they're just not worth arguing with.

49 posted on 04/27/2010 10:41:53 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Travis McGee
I've just finished re-reading The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence. Once these nations achieved independence from their erstwhile colonial rulers, almost without exception, they all descended into a nightmare of slaughter and cruelty that confounds our imaginations. Almost every one of them imposed a Marxist-Leninist regime. And all of them without exception were bankrupt within 8 years; most of them within three years.

Whatever pretentions they had towards Marxist doctrine, the real operating mode of these newly freed nations quickly descended into tribalism and kleptocracy. Formerly prosperous nations like Ghana, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast became slaughter houses and economic wastelands.

Some of the worst mass murders - democides, as Prof R. J. Rummel calls them - were aided and abetted by the French - as was the case in Rwanda.

What is so disturbing is that I can discern some of the same patterns, some of the same language, some of the same memes coming out of the 0bama regime. The Left's success so far in Balkanizing and tribalizing our culture leads to a dark, dark destination.

50 posted on 04/27/2010 11:23:01 AM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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