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It's all about policy, not race.
Um... I'm waiting for the part where it's about race.

The British newspaper journalist who wrote in 2004 "John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr., where are you now that we need you?"... what a racist.

And the movie "Death of a President"... what a bunch of racists that produced it and went to go see it.

Why can't crazy people just be crazy people, BVS?
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The British newspaper journalist who wrote in 2004 "John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr., where are you now that we need you?"... what a racist.
Charlie Brooker is a satirical columnist. I understand the point you are making, but we are not talking a London Times, or even a Guardian editorial here.

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Show me where your neocon idols have apologised for calling for mass death (I believe the PC expression is 'regime change') in the Mid East. Show me where your neocon idols have apologised for the mass death they have already caused in the Mid East. Where is Glen Beck's apology for being a big necon shill for the conquest of a sovereign nation, the destruction of its infrastructure and the murder of tens of thousands of its citizens?
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Look at all these racists... By the way, BVS, notice the typoed "there" in the first sign. I know you'll appreciate that.















Dozens more here: Death Threats Against Bush at Protests Ignored for Years � zomblog
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Are these slogans legal under the US Constitution?

Bush authorised stuff that wasn't legal under the US Constitution. A point that seems to have escaped your attention.
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BTW, 28612, do you seriously believe the first guy is a liberal far left queer lovin' Democrat? 'Cos he looks more like a very obvious plant to me.

The punk and the black lady look like they mean it, but it is known and well documented that RW political operatives in the payroll of the Bush administration infiltrated anti-war (as in, you know, 'far left') rallies to make them look like they were extremists.
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Look at all these racists...
You know, when I see an anti-globalization protest, despite my agreement with a lot of the basic ideas of the movement, I am also able to, without any problem whatever, state that there is a portion of the people who subscribe to that view who are probably violent, certainly thugs, and maybe even prone to domestic terrorism on any given day.

Instead of recognizing that there is a very obvious racist segment to the Obama haters, you post inane, stupid photos of Bush protesters, which are OBVIOUSLY (at least to every sentient being) not motivated by race at all. It's silly, and it makes me doubt that you spend much time thinking critically about the issue at hand.
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Um... I'm waiting for the part where it's about race.

The British newspaper journalist who wrote in 2004 "John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr., where are you now that we need you?"... what a racist.

And the movie "Death of a President"... what a bunch of racists that produced it and went to go see it.

Why can't crazy people just be crazy people, BVS?
Well you obviously missed my tongue in cheek point.

I keep hearing "it's about policy", when you hate enough to even "joke" about killing it's not "about policy".

Sorry I didn't make that obvious enough.
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Look at all these racists... By the way, BVS, notice the typoed "there" in the first sign. I know you'll appreciate that.
I've stated over and over that there are quacks on all sides.

But in order for you to be taken seriously, you need to understand the difference between these protestors and the tea party protestors.

*Not that I'm defending their words, but anti-war and anti-globalist protestors are protesting much much bigger ideals than domestic policy and money.

The difference is, I distance myself from these people. You and the "mainstream" hardcore right have not...
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The difference is, I distance myself from these people. You and the "mainstream" hardcore right have not...

Well, when that's your voter base....
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The difference is, I distance myself from these people. You and the "mainstream" hardcore right have not...
I do distance myself from racists when I come to the conclusion that they are such. What there is no need to distance myself from are the overwhelming majority of honest protesters who so many here and in the media want to avoid by simply dismissing as racists when they are not.
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Are these slogans legal under the US Constitution?

Bush authorised stuff that wasn't legal under the US Constitution. A point that seems to have escaped your attention.
That has nothing to do with this and you know it. That's an excuse to advocate killing the president?
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Well, when that's your voter base....
And that's the problem that a lot of young conservatives aren't seeing. I don't think they themselves are nearly as racists as the generations before them, but I think it's still so ingrained that they can't really recognize it.

The Hannity's know they can't really speak out because they'll lose some listeners. Rush and Beck ARE part of the problem. The older generations grew up in segregation, pretend it was no big deal and talk about the 50's like they were the golden era. Even McCain was trying to tread the thin line when he didn't tell his town halls to use some decorum, because he knew.
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What there is no need to distance myself from are the overwhelming majority of honest protesters who so many here and in the media want to avoid by simply dismissing as racists when they are not.


my very honest suspicion is that, firstly, since the tea baggers aren't large in number -- they're dwarfed by your average anti-war protest -- that they are small enough and motivated enough to be driven by something other than rational policy disputes. it really only is the fringe of the right who seem to think Obama is something other than a moderate liberal, and you'll forgive me for associating the fringe of the right with murderous racism, but history quite bears out those suspicions. i can see clear and honest uncertainty in the polls with many of Obama's proposals -- that's fine and fair and part of living in a democracy. i think you'll find that nearly everyone who has disagreed with INDY on the health care thread will agree that, yes, he does have clear points of *policy* disagreement and he can express his opinions with clarity and conviction and consistency.

i don't see a shred of the same when i browse through the comments section on Michelle Malkin, or when i hear Glenn Beck call Obama a racist (or when he mentions "white culture," for example).

however, i will absolutely make it a priority to try to go to the next tea bagger protest in DC and i will try and give an honest assessment of the crowd.

in other news, big BGLT march on DC on October 11th. you're all invited!
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I do distance myself from racists when I come to the conclusion that they are such. What there is no need to distance myself from are the overwhelming majority of honest protesters who so many here and in the media want to avoid by simply dismissing as racists when they are not.
Well to say "overwhelming majority" I think is extremely naive at the very least, but because you've had a history of displaying the lack of recognizing it I understand your stance.

But as a party, you are all doing yourself a disservice by allowing Rush to go on without being called out, by allowing Beck to go on without being called out, to allow these protestors to go on without being called out. If they were truly a minority then you should have no problem asking them to put down their signs or not to speak in order to further your movement, but from what I've seen so far they have been allowed to speak(even saw a members of state governments go off on racist asides during the first tea party) and their signs have been cheered or at the very least given fellow tea partiers a laugh(and they weren't laughing at they were laughing with). Now, I do find that the tea party protestors are a minority of the Republican party, but the racists are not a minority of the tea parties.
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i don't see a shred of the same when i browse through the comments section on Michelle Malkin, or when i hear Glenn Beck call Obama a racist (or when he mentions "white culture," for example).
Really? You're really pointing to a comments section of a political website to make a point? Do you ever read the comments on Daily Kos or Huffington Post or others? Lots of policy debate and rationale coming from there.

Regarding the Beck thing, that was a dumb statement and he shouldn't have said, and as far as I know, he said it once. Do you even watch his show? It is nothing but attacking Obama based on policies.
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Fantastic column on race I read the other day.

S. E. Cupp : Generational Racism is Old and Tired - Townhall.com

Generational racism is old and tired
by S.E. Cupp

Jimmy Carter is 85 years old. Dave Letterman is 62, Nancy Pelosi is 69, Maureen Dowd is 57, and Al Sharpton is 54.

These are the people – and theirs is the generation – who are teaching America’s youth how to be racist in 2009. They are very good instructors.

Whether it’s Carter’s insistence that “an overwhelming portion” of the opposition to Obama is racist, or it’s Dowd declaring “Some people just can’t believe a black man is president,” or it’s Pelosi’s feigned crocodile tears over the “language being used,” or it’s Letterman baiting the president into a race discussion, each one of them is telling my generation and the ones that follow that race is merely a political weapon of expedience, to be used haphazardly and crudely simply to get what you want. As long as there is a convenient victim to prop up, some kind of imagined target of the hood-donning right, it doesn’t matter if the racism is real or perceived. It just matters that it’s effective.

And it used to be. Race was always a hot-button topic in this country, and it still is. But the sharpness of that threat has been dulled a bit. Thanks to the inarguable success of the civil rights movement, my generation, the 20- and 30-somethings, didn’t grow up encumbered by the aggressive identity politics of the 60s and 70s, or the kind of rhetoric that made white people scared to talk about race, and men scared to talk about gender.

So my generation isn’t so easily intimidated by discussions of race, because we were raised in a climate that was much less hostile toward them. And that should be a good thing, the unmitigated result of equality and justice, the mark of progress. We talk about race in blunt and unthreatening terms when race is an issue. And when it isn’t an issue, well, we don’t pretend it is.

Not so with the aging liberal cognoscenti, which, as of late, would be better labeled the “ignoscenti” for some of the baffling oddities they’ve uttered. For them, race is simply everywhere. It is hanging from the trees and falling from the sky. It’s in the air, in the water, it is both viscous and fluid, and permeates every willing orifice of every fertile sponge. The Sharptons and Dowds and Carters and Lettermans have decided that they’re not quite ready to live in the post-race America they effervesced about so dreamily and giddily during the presidential campaign. And why not? Because, as it turns out, living in a “racist America” is much more useful to them.

Instead of discussing Obama’s plans for health care reform, immigration, foreign policy or the economy on their merits (or demerits, as it were), graying liberal finger-pointers have discovered it’s so much easier to simply play the race card. So any opposition to the president’s initiatives – which are frightening enough without projecting an imagined veil of racism onto them – quickly elicits throaty screams of “racism!” with the hope that all their enemies will scurry back into their caves, shamed into hiding by the tenured, holier-than-thou professors of race politics who are still clinging to their 1965 textbooks.

And some of them do scurry back into their caves, chastised and ridiculed. But I'd bet every time they weren't from my generation. We don’t take the scurrilous accusations levied at a Joe Wilson, or a tea partier or a town hall seriously – because they’re not. They are quite simply preposterous. And so, as we are wont to do, we point and laugh instead, throwing our heads back in bemusement at the old establishment fogies who’ve yet to enter the 21st century.

Race-baiting is so five minutes ago, we tell them – but it falls on deaf (or at least hearing-impaired) ears. No matter, they’re hoping that the old-school racializing of everything and anything (did Joe Wilson say “boy,” like Maureen Dowd said?! Gasp!) will come back into fashion. It won’t. Because my generation is the first that isn’t willing to go gentle into that good night, intimidated and threatened by Al Sharpton’s erratic dry-heaving or Maureen Dowd’s shrill lectures, or Jimmy Carter’s see-through sanctimony. I know they really, really want us to take them and their lunatic accusations of racism seriously, but we're rebelling instead. Better get used to it. It's all just part of the aging process.

The unfortunate thing is that racism is real. Racism does still exist here in America. I've seen it with my own eyes. And every time Nancy Pelosi or David Paterson or David Letterman pretends it lives somewhere it doesn’t, it makes it all the more difficult to find out where it actually does. So thanks, baby boomer liberals, for coming so far and trying to bring us with you. I think we’ll get off this train though. No one my age wants to go where you’re going: Back in time.
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Really? You're really pointing to a comments section of a political website to make a point? Do you ever read the comments on Daily Kos or Huffington Post or others? Lots of policy debate and rationale coming from there.

really? did you really just do that? did you criticize me for talking about posters on a certain website after posting a bunch of individual signs cherry picked from hundreds of thousands of anti-war protesters? HILARIOUS.

anyway, the point i was making is that i would take the comments -- many of whom proudly announce their attendance at said rallies -- not to be at all representative of broad conservative thought, but representative of certain strands of conservative thought that seems to find an outlet on these far right websites as well as at the tea parties.

i don't believe that many people who object to Obama's policies on rational grounds are going to be so motivated to march and wave signs comparing him to Hitler.


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Regarding the Beck thing, that was a dumb statement and he shouldn't have said, and as far as I know, he said it once. Do you even watch his show? It is nothing but attacking Obama based on policies.
yes, i've seen Beck's show, and i think he's little more than a snake oil salesman, a huckster in the 19th century sense of the word.

he takes Obama's policies and spins them as threats to a nostalgic vision of the USA that never actually existed.
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Fantastic column on race I read the other day.

S. E. Cupp : Generational Racism is Old and Tired - Townhall.com

Generational racism is old and tired
by S.E. Cupp

Jimmy Carter is 85 years old. Dave Letterman is 62, Nancy Pelosi is 69, Maureen Dowd is 57, and Al Sharpton is 54.

These are the people – and theirs is the generation – who are teaching America’s youth how to be racist in 2009. They are very good instructors.

Whether it’s Carter’s insistence that “an overwhelming portion” of the opposition to Obama is racist, or it’s Dowd declaring “Some people just can’t believe a black man is president,” or it’s Pelosi’s feigned crocodile tears over the “language being used,” or it’s Letterman baiting the president into a race discussion, each one of them is telling my generation and the ones that follow that race is merely a political weapon of expedience, to be used haphazardly and crudely simply to get what you want. As long as there is a convenient victim to prop up, some kind of imagined target of the hood-donning right, it doesn’t matter if the racism is real or perceived. It just matters that it’s effective.

And it used to be. Race was always a hot-button topic in this country, and it still is. But the sharpness of that threat has been dulled a bit. Thanks to the inarguable success of the civil rights movement, my generation, the 20- and 30-somethings, didn’t grow up encumbered by the aggressive identity politics of the 60s and 70s, or the kind of rhetoric that made white people scared to talk about race, and men scared to talk about gender.

So my generation isn’t so easily intimidated by discussions of race, because we were raised in a climate that was much less hostile toward them. And that should be a good thing, the unmitigated result of equality and justice, the mark of progress. We talk about race in blunt and unthreatening terms when race is an issue. And when it isn’t an issue, well, we don’t pretend it is.

Not so with the aging liberal cognoscenti, which, as of late, would be better labeled the “ignoscenti” for some of the baffling oddities they’ve uttered. For them, race is simply everywhere. It is hanging from the trees and falling from the sky. It’s in the air, in the water, it is both viscous and fluid, and permeates every willing orifice of every fertile sponge. The Sharptons and Dowds and Carters and Lettermans have decided that they’re not quite ready to live in the post-race America they effervesced about so dreamily and giddily during the presidential campaign. And why not? Because, as it turns out, living in a “racist America” is much more useful to them.

Instead of discussing Obama’s plans for health care reform, immigration, foreign policy or the economy on their merits (or demerits, as it were), graying liberal finger-pointers have discovered it’s so much easier to simply play the race card. So any opposition to the president’s initiatives – which are frightening enough without projecting an imagined veil of racism onto them – quickly elicits throaty screams of “racism!” with the hope that all their enemies will scurry back into their caves, shamed into hiding by the tenured, holier-than-thou professors of race politics who are still clinging to their 1965 textbooks.

And some of them do scurry back into their caves, chastised and ridiculed. But I'd bet every time they weren't from my generation. We don’t take the scurrilous accusations levied at a Joe Wilson, or a tea partier or a town hall seriously – because they’re not. They are quite simply preposterous. And so, as we are wont to do, we point and laugh instead, throwing our heads back in bemusement at the old establishment fogies who’ve yet to enter the 21st century.

Race-baiting is so five minutes ago, we tell them – but it falls on deaf (or at least hearing-impaired) ears. No matter, they’re hoping that the old-school racializing of everything and anything (did Joe Wilson say “boy,” like Maureen Dowd said?! Gasp!) will come back into fashion. It won’t. Because my generation is the first that isn’t willing to go gentle into that good night, intimidated and threatened by Al Sharpton’s erratic dry-heaving or Maureen Dowd’s shrill lectures, or Jimmy Carter’s see-through sanctimony. I know they really, really want us to take them and their lunatic accusations of racism seriously, but we're rebelling instead. Better get used to it. It's all just part of the aging process.

The unfortunate thing is that racism is real. Racism does still exist here in America. I've seen it with my own eyes. And every time Nancy Pelosi or David Paterson or David Letterman pretends it lives somewhere it doesn’t, it makes it all the more difficult to find out where it actually does. So thanks, baby boomer liberals, for coming so far and trying to bring us with you. I think we’ll get off this train though. No one my age wants to go where you’re going: Back in time.



yes, as ever, charges of racism and "identity politics" are the *real* enemies here. conservatives don't see color!
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