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Romney Receives Standing Ovation for Straight Talk at NAACP Convention
Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2012 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 07/11/2012 2:02:47 PM PDT by Kaslin

GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney just wrapped up his speech to the NAACP convention in Houston, focusing mostly on the economy and education reform. Right out of the gate, Romney received laughs from the crowd after cracking a joke about President Obama.

“I appreciate the chance to speak first – even before Vice President Biden gets his turn tomorrow. I just hope the Obama campaign won’t think you’re playing favorites."

Romney framed his speech in general economic terms and tailored parts of it specifically to the African-American community. He focused on the family and defended traditional marriage, which received applause. President Obama supports same-sex marriage.

“If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, black families could send their sons and daughters to public schools that truly offer the hope of a better life. Instead, for generations, the African-American community has been waiting and waiting for that promise to be kept. Today, black children are 17 percent of students nationwide – but they are 42 percent of the students in our worst-performing schools. Our society sends them into mediocre schools and expects them to perform with excellence, and that is not fair. Frederick Douglass observed that, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Yet, instead of preparing these children for life, too many schools set them up for failure. Everyone in this room knows that we owe them better than that.

“I’m hopeful that together we can set a new direction in federal policy, starting where many of our problems do – with the family. A study from the Brookings Institution has shown that for those who graduate from high school, get a full-time job, and wait until 21 before they marry and then have their first child, the probability of being poor is two percent. And if those factors are absent, the probability of being poor is 76 percent.

"Here at the NAACP, you understand the deep and lasting difference the family makes. Your former executive director, Dr. Benjamin Hooks, had it exactly right. The family, he said, “remains the bulwark and the mainstay of the black community. That great truth must not be overlooked.”

"Any policy that lifts up and honors the family is going to be good for the country, and that must be our goal. As President, I will promote strong families – and I will defend traditional marriage."

"As you may have heard from my opponent, I am also a believer in the free-enterprise system. I believe it can bring change where so many well-meaning government programs have failed. I’ve never heard anyone look around an impoverished neighborhood and say, “You know, there’s too much free enterprise around here. Too many shops, too many jobs, too many people putting money in the bank.”

What you hear, of course, is how do we bring in jobs? How do we make good, honest employers want to move in and stay? And with the shape this economy is in, we’re asking that more than ever.

Free enterprise is still the greatest force for upward mobility, economic security, and the expansion of the middle class. We have seen in recent years what it’s like to have less free enterprise. As President, I will show the good things that can happen when we have more – more business activity, more jobs, more opportunity, more paychecks, more savings accounts.

Romney also addressed the importance of being at the NAACP convention, despite 95 percent of blacks voting for Obama in 2008.

“With 90 percent of African-Americans voting for Democrats, some of you may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African American community, and to address the NAACP. Of course, one reason is that I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed or sexual orientation, from the poorest to the richest and everyone in between.

But there is another reason: I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African American families, you would vote for me for president. I want you to know that if I did not believe that my policies and my leadership would help families of color -- and families of any color -- more than the policies and leadership of President Obama, I would not be running for president,” Romney said. “I am running for president because I know that my policies and vision will help hundreds of millions of middle class Americans of all races, will lift people from poverty, and will help prevent people from becoming poor. My campaign is about helping the people who need help. The course the President has set has not done that – and will not do that. My course will.”

Romney also offered the audience new information he hasn’t publicly touted, his father George Romney, was a strong supporter of the Civil Rights movement.

Yet always, in both parties, there have been men and women of integrity, decency, and humility who called injustice by its name. For every one of us a particular person comes to mind, someone who set a standard of conduct and made us better by their example. For me, that man is my father, George Romney.

It wasn’t just that my Dad helped write the civil rights provision for the Michigan Constitution, though he did. It wasn’t just that he helped create Michigan’s first civil rights commission, or that as governor he marched for civil rights in Detroit – though he did those things, too.

More than these public acts, it was the kind of man he was, and the way he dealt with every person, black or white. He was a man of the fairest instincts, and a man of faith who knew that every person was a child of God.

Romney’s speech made it clear he wasn't at the NAACP convention to pander or preach at the audience. He simply presented a slew of facts and straight talk. Some topics he touched on, like repealing ObamaCare, received boos, but overall Romney received applause throughout his speech and it was reported by NBC that many in the audience gave Romney standing applause at the end of his remarks. It was clear he had a positive impact although the media will choose to focus only on the opposition to his remarks.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cleaver said Romney should not have criticized President Obama in front of a black audience but dispproved of audience booing.

You can watch the entire speech here.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blackvote; booed; katiepavlich; naacp; romney2012; romneynaacp
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To: GlockThe Vote; Jim Robinson

“I watched his speech and it was not pandering at all. It was sober, mature, serious, and well delivered.”

In other words, not yours, he did a very good job of lying. Something Romney is very good at. He is actually a better liar than Obama. Both are equally worthless though.

I REALLY wished people would stop posting pro-Romney propaganda on FR. Romney is not a conservative anymore than Obama is. He does not deserve conservative support, even to oust Obama. Whether Obama stays is office and continues to harm America, or we put the magic mormon in office and he harms America as well, but destroys any chance the GOP ever has of getting a true conservative in the POTUS chair at a future time.


51 posted on 07/11/2012 4:32:38 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: betty boop
"the Reverend Martin Luther King"

Reverend Martin Luther King    Ooops.  That one slipped by me.  Srike that one.  Not crazy about that guy.

52 posted on 07/11/2012 4:36:07 PM PDT by CaptainKrunch (Freedom is what's fair.)
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To: Kaslin
I watched the speech. The only fault I have with it, was that he should have called it the "healthcare legislation", and not ObamaCare, it just works better.

Even with that, I'm sorry, those weren't boos, those were "no's" and dissapointed jeers. As a sports fan, I know what real boos are.

53 posted on 07/11/2012 4:40:53 PM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: Kaslin

Not bad except for this:

““If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, black families could send their sons and daughters to public schools that truly offer the hope of a better life. Instead, for generations, the African-American community has been waiting and waiting for that promise to be kept.”

This is nothing but an excuse. I went to the poorest schools that can be imagined. Some were downright laughable. We learned though because we were expected to learn and had good parents who helped us.

The schools these black children go to are crummy because the parents are crummy. The children don’t learn because they aren’t sent and expected to learn and to behave. Instead they act like and are thugs. Their failure is their own fault. It has been a choice made without serious enough consequences.

We have spent trillions and given every advantage and preference possible and still they do poorly as a whole. Romney just supported their excuses for failure, poverty, thuggery and dependence.

The answer to the problem is not more money or more opportunity. The answer is to see failures that put the fear of God in them not to fail.


54 posted on 07/11/2012 4:46:45 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (You've been screwed by your government.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

I agree! Kudo’s for even going in there. It took guts and was done well.


55 posted on 07/11/2012 4:48:57 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: NFHale

Exactamundo.


56 posted on 07/11/2012 4:51:59 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: LibertarianLiz

To Jack Deth,

I agree nearly 100 percent with your post. Romney stood his ground, didn’t cower because of the booing, and he showed a lot of class. Moreover, he was spot on with his responses to the crowds reactions. He is 1000 percent better than John McCain, and we screwed up big time by not electing as the presidential candidate in the 2008 primaries. A pox on all of you who would damn him because of his religon. At least we know what his faith is...who the hell knows what church Obama embaces.....in spite of his promise to be the the most open and honest president ever. Yeah.....right. Anyway.....I don’t give a damn about the faith of our president....I just want one who will give us less government, less interference, reduced spending, more openness, more jobs, and less BS.


57 posted on 07/11/2012 4:53:46 PM PDT by nuss
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To: CaptainKrunch
I didn't hear any pandering in that speech. I did take the the time to listen to it myself.Did you?

Care to point out which part(s) involved pandering?

Romney is the “ presumptive Republican candidate” (in quotation marks because I quoted Romney), not a conservative candidate.

He presented his views, and was politely received by a specific issues group that invited him to speak at their convention.

58 posted on 07/11/2012 4:56:30 PM PDT by sarasmom ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xZsFe6dM3EY)
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To: NFHale

Can only imagine the crap McCain would have pulled too.


59 posted on 07/11/2012 4:57:36 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: Sequoyah101
I believe what Romney is talking about are Charter schools, like the type you went into. He is not talking about Ghetto schools

Of course the participation and communication of parents and teachers is important

60 posted on 07/11/2012 5:10:57 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Average Al; floralamiss

“...Can only imagine the crap McCain would have pulled too...”

That being said, I don’t think McCain would have passed McCainCare... Nor do I think he would he have ended DADT and let the deviants openly flaunt it in the military...

He would have been lousy - but I don’t think he’d have been as subversive an asswipe as we currently have.

I could be wrong, though... kinda moot point now.


61 posted on 07/11/2012 5:11:53 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Kaslin

There was no such thing as a charter school where and when I went to school. We had 40 kids to a classroom and buildings from the 30s built by the WPA and falling apart.

I think they have charter schools in every district and they have waiting lists because there are enough who do want an education that can’t get it with the thugs.

I don’t feel sorry for the kid who won’t / can’t learn. I feel sorry for the kid who is trying to learn and is neglected because of time wasted on kids that are wasted.

Again, nothing will change until there are serious consequences for failure. The pseudo poverty we have now isn’t serious enough. It just creates more dependents.

In the 30’s kids saw other kids go hungry and turn into sticks and get sick and die. The survivors swore they would not let that happen to them or their own. It just scared the hell out of them.


62 posted on 07/11/2012 5:33:23 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (You've been screwed by your government.)
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To: Sola Veritas

LOL. so again, nothing at all on the speech and just more mitt hatred, with a dose of tattle tale like behavior to boot. nice.

Question, is there anything at all that could sway you?


63 posted on 07/11/2012 6:06:51 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Sola Veritas
ROTFLMAO!

Do you really believe (as opposed to think) that any topic that involves the activities of Romney is now a forbidden topic?

Seriously?

ROTFLMAO!

64 posted on 07/11/2012 7:21:03 PM PDT by sarasmom ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xZsFe6dM3EY)
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To: GlockThe Vote

“Question, is there anything at all that could sway you?”

Nothing! Romney is forever unacceptable as in Obama.


65 posted on 07/11/2012 7:35:30 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: sarasmom; Jim Robinson; All

“o you really believe (as opposed to think) that any topic that involves the activities of Romney is now a forbidden topic? Seriously?”

What I “think” is that Jim Robinson called a “truce” for persons to express an ABO position....Persons that normally would oppose Romney and ONLY support him because of fear of more years of an Obama administration.

However, I have been following his posts. As I understand him, of course I could be wrong, when someone goes beyond merely being ABO to “campaigning” for Romney...that violates Jim Robinson’s declared “truce.”

Many on this thread are spreading “pro-Romney” material, NOT the ABO material Jim Robinson called a “truce” over. I don’t his intentions are to allow “pro-Romney” posts, only Romney is bad, but better than Obama - a true ABO position.

That is what I “think.”


66 posted on 07/11/2012 7:45:45 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: GlockThe Vote; Jim Robinson; All

“LOL. so again, nothing at all on the speech and just more mitt hatred, with a dose of tattle tale like behavior to boot. nice.”

What the abortionist, homosexualist, statist Romney has to say is irrelevant. His record pretty clear, and he is a known serial liar. Just like Obama, when he is talking, there is a 99.99% chance he is lying or misrepresenting the truth.

BTW - What is wrong with Mitt hatred? Seems perfectly the conservative/right way to be.


67 posted on 07/11/2012 7:51:51 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Sola Veritas

you are a coward and an infant with running to JR. I asked you for a refutation of the speech on the merits, not a tired worn out diatribe like all of is have heard thousands of times.

I have one goal , oust Obama from office, what is yours?


68 posted on 07/11/2012 7:56:09 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Sola Veritas

when mittens acts like a RINO it’s perfectly fair to attack him. today was not one of those days.


69 posted on 07/11/2012 7:59:06 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: betty boop
Beautifully said, dearest sister in Christ! Thank you!
70 posted on 07/11/2012 9:26:45 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: GlockThe Vote

Do you know if they ever replaced the ‘Plains’ in the White Plains High School margee that were broken in the race riots?


71 posted on 07/12/2012 5:54:14 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: GlockThe Vote; Jim Robinson

“you are a coward and an infant with running to JR. I asked you for a refutation of the speech on the merits, not a tired worn out diatribe like all of is have heard thousands of times.....I have one goal , oust Obama from office, what is yours?”

I do not think you are being truthful. You are FOR Romney being in office, NOT just againt Obama being reelected. Also, how is it “cowardly” to let the site owner know that potentially Pro-Romney material is being posted? IF that is NOT the case....why should it even remotely concern you? Sounds to me like someone that knows they have been busted?

My “goal” is to make sure that the RNC gets a VERY CLEAR message that Romney (or future Romney’s) are NO LONGER acceptable candidates for the GOP nomination. IF they want to get my vote for a presidential candidate, they MUST move to the right and put up a “Not Welcome” sign to Romney types. My “goal” is to get a conservative POTUS in 2014. My goal is to get a very conservative Congress in 2012 & 2014. IMO, getting a super majority of conservatives in the House and Senate is MORE important than the POTUS election of 2012.

I also desperately want Obama to be ousted. But, I WILL NOT do so by selling out core values. Romney is NO BETTER THAN OBAMA. The “tired old arguements” about Romney being a liar and swindler ARE TRUE. It doesn’t matter SQUAT what he may say at a particular event...his long term behavior is that of a liar. So, posting material about a particular speech...and praising it, is going beyond a mere ABO position. A true ABO position is about how bad Obama is, NOT about how good Romney is.


72 posted on 07/12/2012 6:30:50 AM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Sola Veritas

When you come up with a credible plan that can get Obama ousted from office I will listen.

Right now there is only one way to do that.

I did not vote for Romney in the primary, he was my last choice. But for now - it is what it is.

So tell me your plan to oust obama?

And grow up BTW. How old are you running to the mods w every post? You think JR has nothing better to do than to monitor your posts?


73 posted on 07/12/2012 6:56:25 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: GlockThe Vote
There is nothing at all Mittens can do to ever sway the ABRs at this point.

I don't believe this. I just about can't stand Romney but he grew on me a little bit yesterday. As for blacks, they're not all crazy. There's a small but significant subset of them who heard Romney yesterday and were moved. On some level they knew his ideas made sense and appreciated that he got up there and made his case sincerely but without pandering. I'm not saying they're going to go out and vote for him but they won't feel as dire a need to vote for Obama.

74 posted on 07/12/2012 7:09:45 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: GlockThe Vote

“So tell me your plan to oust obama?”

The same as Jim Robinson. Congress, congress, & congress. Control the House and Senate, and we can oust Obama without having to vote for Romney.

Romney just isn’t a solution, he is part of the GOPe problem.


75 posted on 07/12/2012 10:01:04 AM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Sola Veritas

And if people like yourself depress enough gop voters to stay home guess what happens?

You think there is enough depressed gop voters to make that distinction at that point?

By helping obama get a second term, which you want, it wont matter if we have more seats in the congress


76 posted on 07/12/2012 10:07:38 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: GlockThe Vote; Jim Robinson

I ask me the plan to oust Obama. Here is what Jim Robinson wrote in a post on another topic that is germane. I’m tired of dealing with sell out sophistry like you keep peddling about Romney. Eveything that follows (unedited) was written by JR:

You either defend life and liberty or you don’t.

I’m sworn to defend it from all enemies foreign and domestic and an oath is forever.

Obama believes in the power of the state. Romney believes in the power of the state. Both have records of abortionism, homosexualism, progressivism, statism. Neither defends the constitution or life and liberty.

Those who line up with either are lining up to give unlimited powers to the state and place severe limitations on liberty and individual freedom.

I’m very sorry to have to report to you, my dear friends, that barring a miracle we pro-life and liberty conservatives have already lost the battle for the presidency. With either one of these two statists in power and with the current frame of mind of the SCOTUS, we have witnessed the end of constitutional government in America.

Our only prayer will be that we elect a majority of constitutionally minded conservatives into a majority of the legislative bodies all across this great land so that we the people can we re-assert our sovereign powers and impeach/recall/expel/fire and otherwise remove, rescind, overturn, repeal, abolish, close down and shutter all the corrupt usurping executives, legislators, judges and their corrupt usurping decrees, acts, amendments, treaties, decisions, departments, agencies, commissions, regulations, etc, and fully restore the constitution, restore the limits on government power and restore our God-given Liberty!!

Short of civil war, that’s how you mend it.


77 posted on 07/12/2012 10:15:37 AM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Sola Veritas

You just can’t help yourself can you?

Don’t you think JR has better things to do than to get in the middle of every discussion you are involved in?


78 posted on 07/12/2012 10:57:42 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: GlockThe Vote

I have a five-year-old, who when in her bratty mood, desperately appeals to grown-ups less often than that.


79 posted on 07/12/2012 11:01:08 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: GlockThe Vote

Stop posting Pro-Romney nonsense. You asked for a “plan” and I provided it - quoting the forum owner. Read what JR says again. Stop using FR as a means to facilitate the destruction of the country and conservatism by promoting Romney. Eveything that follows (unedited) was written by JR:

You either defend life and liberty or you don’t.

I’m sworn to defend it from all enemies foreign and domestic and an oath is forever.

Obama believes in the power of the state. Romney believes in the power of the state. Both have records of abortionism, homosexualism, progressivism, statism. Neither defends the constitution or life and liberty.

Those who line up with either are lining up to give unlimited powers to the state and place severe limitations on liberty and individual freedom.

I’m very sorry to have to report to you, my dear friends, that barring a miracle we pro-life and liberty conservatives have already lost the battle for the presidency. With either one of these two statists in power and with the current frame of mind of the SCOTUS, we have witnessed the end of constitutional government in America.

Our only prayer will be that we elect a majority of constitutionally minded conservatives into a majority of the legislative bodies all across this great land so that we the people can we re-assert our sovereign powers and impeach/recall/expel/fire and otherwise remove, rescind, overturn, repeal, abolish, close down and shutter all the corrupt usurping executives, legislators, judges and their corrupt usurping decrees, acts, amendments, treaties, decisions, departments, agencies, commissions, regulations, etc, and fully restore the constitution, restore the limits on government power and restore our God-given Liberty!!

Short of civil war, that’s how you mend it.


80 posted on 07/12/2012 11:27:59 AM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Some of these posters act on this board in a way they never would in an in-person discussion.


81 posted on 07/12/2012 11:51:21 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Tupelo

It’s almost impossible to find video of Romney’s standing ovation. At the end of this clip you’ll see a small part of it. Here’s the link: http://www.thehopeforamerica.com/play.php?id=12016


82 posted on 07/13/2012 4:14:03 AM PDT by Puzzleman ("Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government. " -- Edmund Burke)
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To: Tupelo

No it was done to show other voting blocks just what liberal communists the NAACP happen to be and exposes the racial divide and conquer strategy of the Dem’s. The NAACP looked really bad and independent voters will note it. It also dilutes the old “white republicans are racists because they never go speak to the NAACP during the election year” club that past republicans have been beaten over the head with!
It showed strength frankly...but strength to what end I am not sure. Romney is Nixonian in his duplicity and I’m not sure about his true inner motives.


83 posted on 07/13/2012 4:35:28 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Not left wing! Not right wing! But....CHRIST WING!)
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To: sarasmom; CaptainKrunch

I suspect that in some folks minds the “pandering”, if there was any at all, had more to do with the fact that Romney simply went to the NAACP convention. Just showing up there meant that he was pandering. I don’t agree with with that sentiment...just putting it out there.


84 posted on 07/13/2012 4:43:12 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Not left wing! Not right wing! But....CHRIST WING!)
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To: CaptainKrunch; Alamo-Girl; ThirstyMan; Kaslin
I'm not a subscriber to white guilt syndrome. And I'm not susceptible to race baiting. That crapola don't work on me. Maybe you'll have better luck on someone else.~

It's really sweet of you, CaptainCrunch, to impute the charge of "race baiting" to me. Not to mention that I am absolutely immune to "white guilt syndrome."

One can "delve into the statistics of IQ according to race," as The Bell Curve did. But that work tells you more about the manipulation of statistics than it does about what is really going on WRT actual human beings.

IOW, IQ and achievement may not be as closely correlated as one might think. There are plenty of high-IQ "bums" in this world. There are also plenty of relatively low-IQ people who take responsibility for their lives and thus are capable of achieving some degree of personal success in our society. I also suppose that undereducated people will be left fairly clueless about how to conduct a decent life, without regard to their IQ score.

What I do see from observation and experience is that American Blacks who have shed the Plantation Mentality do very well in our society. These are people who do not consign themselves to permanent underclass status, a status that represents itself as deserving of endless taxpayer-funded subsidies, up to and including reparations — cash payments — because once the institution of human chattel slavery existed in this country. It doesn't matter that nobody alive today was involved in this pernicious institution, neither as slaves nor slave owners. Plantation Mentality Blacks want to be compensated for "sufferings" as slaves which they have not themselves ever suffered.

To me, the greatest irony of all time is that it was the Republican Party that liberated the slaves (Abraham Lincoln), and guaranteed them equal protection under the Constitution (13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments). The Democrat Party fought this tooth and nail for the next 100 years ("separate but 'equal'") — until Lyndon Johnson cynically recognized these "n*ggers" were also voters and, as such, could be "bought" and paid for from taxpayer funds, in the service of Democrat power and ideological goals. As a result of his "Great Society" programs, today the overwhelming majority of American Blacks vote Democrat. And the Democrat politicians teach their constituents to hate the liberators of their own people — that is, the Republicans. In effect, the Dems are recruiting free men to voluntarily "go back to the Plantation," where they will be "cared for" and "protected."

Also, the Black family has been utterly destroyed by Johnson's policies. Something like 73% of Black births are to single mothers trying to qualify for "social benefits." This has led to a culture of male irresponsibility in the Black community, which has deprived children of the indispensable Father figure in their upbringing. (Not to mention the increase in crime rates — gang-related and other — within Black inner-city communities.)

But where we find intact Black families, we tend to find people just as prosperous as the rest of non-Black American society.

The main problem here — it seems to me — is the Plantation Mentality. This is cultivated at least two ways:

The inner-city public schools do not teach American history; they teach the politics of grievance. Indeed, this is a main theme even in more upscale school districts nowadays.

That this practice continues, I attribute mainly to two things: (1) Left Progressive "political correctness" (the very "doctrine" of the public-school teachers unions); and (2) race-baiters like the Reverends Wright, Jackson, and Sharpton — whose siren song is that American Blacks are always being cheated by the non-Black surrounding society, and therefore are entitled to "restitution" at the expense of non-Black society. This is a deliberate promotion of endless race war....

What really kills me is the unstated premise that underlies both the performance of the public schools and the race-baiters: That Black Americans NEED to "go back to the Plantation" — NEED to be "protected" by government — BECAUSE they really CANNOT fend for themselves without outside help. From TAXPAYERS.

Thus we have a "self-fulfilling prophecy."

Yet again, American Blacks who have shed the Plantation Mentality routinely succeed in American society on all standards of measurement: intact families, rising prosperity, individual achievement, etc.

Well, them be my thoughts on this subject, FWTW.

Thanks so much for writing, CaptainKrunch!

85 posted on 07/17/2012 12:38:16 PM PDT by betty boop (We are led to believe a lie when we see with, and not through the eye. — William Blake)
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democrats then/democrats now

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86 posted on 07/17/2012 7:37:23 PM PDT by ThirstyMan
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To: betty boop

democrats then/democrats now

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87 posted on 07/17/2012 7:37:41 PM PDT by ThirstyMan
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The main problem here — it seems to me — is the Plantation Mentality. This is cultivated at least two ways:

The inner-city public schools do not teach American history; they teach the politics of grievance. Indeed, this is a main theme even in more upscale school districts nowadays.

That this practice continues, I attribute mainly to two things: (1) Left Progressive "political correctness" (the very "doctrine" of the public-school teachers unions); and (2) race-baiters like the Reverends Wright, Jackson, and Sharpton — whose siren song is that American Blacks are always being cheated by the non-Black surrounding society, and therefore are entitled to "restitution" at the expense of non-Black society. This is a deliberate promotion of endless race war....

What really kills me is the unstated premise that underlies both the performance of the public schools and the race-baiters: That Black Americans NEED to "go back to the Plantation" — NEED to be "protected" by government — BECAUSE they really CANNOT fend for themselves without outside help. From TAXPAYERS.

Precisely!

Thank you so much for your wonderful essay-posts, dearest sister in Christ!

88 posted on 07/17/2012 9:32:31 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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