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Obama: Transcending Race or Playing the Race Card?

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In a provocative op-ed in today's Sacramento Bee, historian Jonathan Bean argues that President Barack Obama has retreated from his promise to get America thinking beyond race:

Sadly, President Obama's racial fixation has become disturbing in recent months. By pandering to racial pride and grievance he is betraying the liberal tradition that enabled him to become president—a tradition represented by Frederick Douglass, Branch Rickey, Zora Neale Hurston, Stanley Crouch and others who spoke out against racial injustice and defining individuals by their color…..

President Obama originally grabbed the imagination of the American people after a speech, now reprinted in countless books, speaking of biracialism and a desire to transcend race. A small cottage industry of books emerged describing the shift to "post-racial politics." That was then, this is now.

Read the rest here. Read my review of Bean's superb book Race & Liberty in America right here.

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  1. Oh, I’m gonna say 400 comments. Help me out, Damon, mention the monkey cartoon!

    1. I’m pretty sure the monkey cartoon is blood in the water for a Tuesday afternoon. We are so postracial now. Racism is just a historical footnote, damn shame about identity politics. Someday.

  2. I LOVE black people. Every household should have at least two.

    1. Robert Byrd? I thought you were dead.

      1. The South lives on! Especially with a foxy young negress breathing life into it!

  3. Quick! Forward that to joe.

  4. By pandering to racial pride and grievance he is betraying the liberal tradition that enabled him to become president

    That particular tradition died about, oh, 30 – 40 years ago.

    1. No shit.

  5. I dont’ think it took Obama to get people to think beyond race. Like The Jacket says, politics/government is a lagging indicator. I don’t think the average Joe spends any of his day thinking about race. Anyone involved in politics, however, is obsessed with it.

  6. . A small cottage industry of books emerged describing the shift to “post-racial politics.”

    So “post racial politics” is no different that “post sexual politics”. Sure honey I still respect you and will call.

  7. Obama tries, like really hard to be black. He denies his whiteness, calls himself a mongrel, and tries to work in some colloquialisms whenever possible. I don’t get it.

    Sometimes it feels like race relations are perma stuck like that website http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com and Obama just plays to that sort of mentality.

    wittingly or unwittingly, BARF

  8. The narative has to change with the times.

    Matthew Yglesias in 2010

    “Many expected racial tension during the 2008 presidential campaign, but it barely materialized.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..inionsbox1

    Mathew Ygeslias in 2008.

    “The Crucial Racist Vote Responsible for Hillary Clinton primary victories.”

    http://www.theatlantic.com/pol…..ote/45491/

    These clowns really do coordinate their message.

  9. There is absolutely nothing in Bean’s post to substantiate his charges. Frankly, I’m surprise at Damon for coming up with such a lame link. I mean, usually there’s a coherent argument, that I almost always disagree with. Here, there’s just aimless verbiage. Particularly choice is the following:

    “What kind of signal does it send to the country when the Department of Justice refuses to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party for intimidating whites at a polling place?

    Didn’t you get the memo, dude? That happened under the BUSH Administration! You know, the white guy! Because, you know, Jonathan, sometimes when people make allegations about crimes, they aren’t true.

    Discussion of Black Panther case here: http://jacksonville.com/news/n…..xaggerated

    1. Didn’t you get the memo, dude? That happened under the BUSH Administration!

      Wrong. The decision to pursue civil litigation occurred under the Bush administration, but it only meant a postponement of criminal charges, not dropping them completely.

    2. Maybe now that Huey Newton is dead, you can finally write his autobiography.

  10. President Obama originally grabbed the imagination of the American people after a speech, now reprinted in countless books, speaking of biracialism and a desire to transcend race.

    It didn’t go like that. He was already imagination-locked by then.

    His own story, as he himself told it, was one of escaping bi- or post-racialism (or racelessness) to inhabit the foreign (to him) identity of Barack Obama: Black Dude. Comforting white assholes with a promise of putting others’ (scary!) blackness behind them (the assholes) is part of his escape.
    His appeal, as he’s said, has always been mostly racial?and among that “mostly,” mostly racist.
    So…duh. That in, this out.

  11. Black man in CT kills eight white people and the MSM spin is that it was because he was racially harassed at work. It had nothing to do withwith him being a racist or a beer thief.

    1. Crackers had it comin’!

  12. He said, the President is a-near!

    1. That was my line, you old bag!

  13. The only concrete examples were putting black only on his Census form, some guilt by association re: the NAACP and Tea Parties* and the NBPP thing? That’s weak sauce. There’s loads to criticize Obama about re: race and that’s the best he could come up with?

    * Of course, ignoring that Obama had nothing to do with the NAACP calling the Tea Parties racist and his administration fired Sherrod when they thought she said disparaging things about whites.

    1. It is true that Obama has never himself played the race card. But his supporters have been loathsome. That means one of two things; either Obama is intentionally using his supporters to do his dirty work or his supporters in their cravenness are pissing away whatever good was done for race relations in the 2008 election.

      1. Obama has been great at keeping his own hands clean while others wield the hatchet.

        Exhibit A: Forcing Jack Ryan to withdraw from the senate race in 2004.

  14. This article sites two instances of Obama playing the race card: 1. Him noting that he was a black man on his census form (HOW. DARE. HE.), and 2. The Dept. of Justice not prosecuting two guys for standing outside a polling place looking mean.

    I’m lost… which of these constitutes Obama playing the race card again?

    Bean goes on, at length (relatively speaking) about the NAACP, but the last time I checked, Obama isn’t the NAACP. Their actions aren’t his. Ascribing their actions to him is absurd.

    And Bush’s DOJ didn’t prosecute those two mean looking black guys for standing outside of a polling place either… was Bush playing the race card too?

  15. Pretty weak sauce.

  16. Mr. Bean, Obama never expressed a “desire to transcend race”, this was nothing at all but a figment of your liberal imagination. This man called his own grandmother a “typical white person”, and even in that very speech you lefties loved so much, he put that white grandmother on the same level as the loathesome, execrable Jeremiah Wright.

    Obama is, has always been, and will always be a racialist, and there is absolutely no desire there whatsoever to transcend race. You completely deluded yourself.

  17. Obama would have done me proud (and the nation a bit of good) if he’d have done as I did on the census form. i.e. refuse to answer questions 8 and 9.

  18. I too was pretty disappointed with this op/ed. I completely agree with the thesis–that Obama is anything but a post-racial president–but am pretty sure most commenters here could have done a better job of proving the point than Bean did.

  19. This is beneath reason and that’s saying a lot. A moronic right-wing hit piece, whose only piece of evidence that Obama is newly obsessed with race being that he marked ‘black’ on his census form. How dare he throw it in our faces like that!

  20. “By pandering to racial pride and grievance he is betraying the liberal tradition that enabled him to become president…”

    You have got to be kidding!

    I’m sorry, but disappointment at the suggestion that any politician would stoop to pandering pushes the very center of my “Stop Acting Like Such a Retard” button.

    You know what’s harder to believe than the idea that a President of the United States of America would stoop to pandering?

    That a historian would act like a retard in public!

    Pandering?! Right Here In the United States of America! By a Politician! Can You Believe It! What is the world coming to?!

    That makes him so…much like every other President we’ve ever had since…um…George Washington, doesn’t it? Why would it be surprising that a black president would be just like all the rest?

    …and if anybody should know that? I’d have guessed it would have been a historian. But I would have been wrong. Oh my.

  21. And let’s get one thing out there once and for all… Perhaps the left was a little hypersensitive about race for a while during the rise of Obama. But now the only people freaking out over race are the right-wingers who have become very hypersensitive themselves to the fact that there are practically no racial minorities among their ranks, and they think they can distract from that with absurd accusations of racism all around–but only against black and latino people. They’ve become regular white panthers themselves, appropriating the language and grievances of the left to plaster over their decades-long simmering white racial resentment.

    White resentment is nothing new, it’s just more mainstream now since one of the two major political parties is being led around by white resentment veterans such as Rush Limbaugh. They’re talking about repealing the 14th amendment and it’s the left that has an issue with race?

    1. Sorry, but any time you start a sentence with “But now the only people . . .” I can pretty much guarantee whatever follows will be wrong, whether it’s somebody on the left attacking the right or vice-versa.

      1. I’m sorry you feel that way. Am I saying there are no black or latino grievances being made public? No, I’m saying they’re pretty muted compared to the massive freakout happening on the right. It’s all so vulgar and stupid. And deliberate. It’s no accident that immigration hysteria is ramping up as we approach election day. The GOP’s principle midterm strategy for a long time has been to stoke divisive social tensions so that their based of old, angry, afraid white people show up to vote. There is no effort on the left to keep race at the center of public debate. They, most of all the president, would much prefer to talk about other things.

        1. “There is no effort on the left to keep race at the center of public debate.”

          And you make that statement right after you spent an entire paragraph calling your opponents racist. Hint Tony, when the left does things like make up stories about the CBC having racial slurs thrown at them and wax philosophical about how racist everyone who objects to Obama is, they are making an effort to put race at the center of the debate.

        2. My apologies for assuming you meant what you typed, which was “the only people freaking out over race are the right-wingers…” I agree that people on the right are more likely to blow such issues out of proportion, but there are still plenty on the left (*cough* *cough* Jesse Jackson *cough* *cough*) who do the same, and that was my entire point. I actually don’t have much of an argument with your revised comment, at least up to the point where you say there’s no effort on the left to keep race at the center of public debate.

    2. I had no idea Omar Thornton right-winger.

      http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20012557-504083.html

    3. White Black resentment is nothing new, it’s just more mainstream now since one of the two major political parties is being led around by white black resentment veterans such as Rush Limbaugh Sharpton, Obama, Rangel, Waters, etc. ad nauseum.

      Sauce for the goose . . .

      1. Thanks for coming along and proving my point, practically to the letter.

        1. Well, when you set up the rules so that disproving your point is defined as proving it, what do you expect?

        2. By the way, I like how you clearly came here ready to argue with everybody about how crappy this article is, and then when everybody else had already said it was crappy, you had to come up with your own dumb-ass statement to start an argument. Well played, Tony.

          1. This place is crawling with aggrieved white males who pump their fists to AM radio.

            1. It’s also crawling with moron trolls who think we give shit about the drivel they spout.

              Do us all a favor and swallow your own tongue.

            2. Have you noticed that NOBODY has argued against your point that right-wingers blow racial issues out of proportion for their political advantage? Can you even tell the difference between reason.com and foxnews.com?

              1. Not with R C Dean blowing his horn about wise latinas.

                1. She is the one who said it not RC. If Sotomayor really thinks a Latin is smarter by virtue of the color of her skin and gender, then she is a racist and a sexist.

                  1. ClubMedSux,

                    I admit picking on RC, John, and Jeffersonian is picking low-hanging fruit, but you can hardly deny the element of white racial pissypantsing that goes on here.

                    Thanks John for providing an example, I owe you one.

                    1. Example of what? Last I looked thinking that one race is innately superior to others (which appears to be Sotoamyor’s view) is pretty much the textbook definition of racism. Is there another definition?

                      She certainly didn’t think those white firefighters in New Haven were entitled to the wise Latina treatment did she?

                    2. John all you’re doing is perpetuating a GOP talking point from the Sotomayor confirmation hearings. Nobody but you bought it. It’s akin to a lie. A single quote blown way, way out of proportion, so much so that the GOP wanted to paint her entire life with it. Would you be able to say you never said anything that might be taken the wrong way if your every word were scoured for things to use against you? If you really think Justice Sotomayor is a racist then you’re an idiot.

                    3. I have never once said anything in public that implied or could be taken to mean that white people or white males were innately superior to others.

                      Somehow I haven’t found doing that particularly hard. In fact, I haven’t’ even tried. But unlike Sotomayor, I am not a racialist.

                    4. Hey cockbite, she used that line on severa occasions, not just once. Instead of drooling idiot juice at H&R, go read a fucking paper.

                    5. @Tony, BTW.

                    6. EAP, I’m so sorry to call you out on your precious GOP received truth. Her comments are not being interpreted in context and even if she had said something totally inflammatory, well you’d give a lot of people way more of a pass on that if you agreed with them. All you care about is that you’re not allowed to say “wise white guy” and get away with it. Your grievance is more dumb and expressed more loudly than the grievances minorities may feel. You want to deny them their grievances and you do it via the rhetoric of racial grievance. It’s totally absurd.

                    7. So wanting a government that isn’t in the racial spoils business is “pissypantsing?”

                    8. Jeffersonian,

                      So you’re for strong increases in affirmative action, I suppose, to make up for the decades upon decades of racial spoils going to white people? After all, merely being white is a huge leg up in this country. Just look at jobless numbers by race. Or does something else explain that? I’d love to hear your take.

                      I simply have no patience whatsoever for white racial resentment rhetoric. Poor black people are not oppressing you. And they didn’t cause the global recession, for that matter.

                    9. “I simply have no patience whatsoever for white racial resentment rhetoric.”

                      So not only are white people not entitled to equal protection under the law, but also they should be happy to be in such a state.

                      Homosexuals as a group are better educated and have a higher income than straight Americans. So, I guess you have no tolerance for homosexual whining about discrimination either? Since material wealth is the measure of all fairness.

                    10. So you’re for strong increases in affirmative action, I suppose, to make up for the decades upon decades of racial spoils going to white people?

                      No, as I said, but which you do not seem to comprehend, I want the government out of the racial spoils business, and AA is a major subsidiary of that business.

                  2. Okay, let me see if you can understand this, Tony. Over at foxnews.com, they point out minorities being racist. Over at the Huffington Post, they point out whites being racist. Here, we do both. As such, when a commenter points out a racist comment made by a member of a minority, it does not prove we’re Fox News. It just proves we’re not HuffPo.

                    1. ClubMedSux,

                      Minorities being racist against white people is not an accusation people make in polite company. Even if it’s true. Wrap your mind around that. See minorities have actual grievances, and their racial attitudes aren’t going to harm any white people. White racism is uniquely damaging in our society since they have had all the money and power and firehoses.

                      Now I appreciate that libertarians live in a sort of fantasy universe where there is no such thing as social context, but I’m not gonna sit around and pretend that Shirley Sherrod is just like a member of the KKK.

                    2. “See minorities have actual grievances, and their racial attitudes aren’t going to harm any white people.”

                      I think there are about 12 people at the morgue up in Connecticut that would disagree with you.

                      That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my life. Minorities collectively are almost a majority in this country. Of course their racism can do harm.

                      Moreover, for you to say otherwise is really disgustingly racist. It takes a view of minorities as something less than human. Kind of like powerless children before the higher beings of white people. You really are a white supremacist Tony. You think white people are the only ones worthy of being held to any kind of moral standard. You are not a malevolent white supremacist but you are one none the less because you clearly don’t view non whites as moral equals to yourself.

                    3. John,

                      I appreciate your point, I really do. Although I wouldn’t say the incident in Conn. was a matter of black racism, but possibly the result of white racism, but it was so horrific that there’s nothing that can mitigate the actions of the shooter.

                      However, Justice Sotomayor, Shirley Sherrod, and president Obama are not racists, and if you think they harbor deep prejudices that make them the equivalent of the KKK then I’m gonna call you out for stupidity and watching too much Glenn Beck.

                    4. Obmaa is not the KKK and neither is Sotomayor. But they are at a level of racialist that would not be tolerated among whites. And it is high time the double standard end and everyone start treating everyone else with the same respect.

                    5. John if you really believe that then I suggest you stop calling others hypersensitive about race, which was my main point at the start of this.

                      And ClubMeSux sorry for offending the moderate sensibilities of libertarianism, but reason did start this think by linking to a racially inflammatory right-wing hack job.

                    6. White racism is uniquely damaging in our society since they have had all the money and power and firehoses.

                      More with this privilege bullshit. Also known as “It’s ok when we do it” (or they do it, if you’ve got a good dose of self hate). Firehoses? really? Were you even alive then?

                    7. Minorities being racist against white people is not an accusation people make in polite company. Even if it’s true. Wrap your mind around that.

                      I can’t wrap my mind around that. If we can’t discuss what’s true and what’s not about a certain subject because of social conventions, then whenever the subject is brought up we have to divorce ourselves from reality and talk about it with nothing but formal logic and Platonic theory. That’s fine for nihilists and philosophers, but I don’t understand how it works for someone like you who claims to be a pragmatist.

                    8. CJ,

                      I’m a pragmatist–I believe that context matters. This can be as subtle as etiquette. I’ll speak of the minority I belong to. It’s okay for me to use the word faggot. It’s not okay for a straight person. That’s not an imposition on straight people. If a straight person were to bitch that it’s so unfair that he can’t use it and I can, that person would rightly be suspected of being a homophobe. It takes just a modicum of empathy and manners.

                      Similarly, white people whining about racism against them might be suspected of harboring racial issues. When you’re born and by the arbitrary fact of the color of your skin you are half as likely to go to jail or be out of work, you don’t have anything to complain about.

                    9. Tony, the unfairness isn’t about the word being verboten (although I do find it odd that a group would think a word is damaging to them and then use it so excessively that it remains high in the public conciousness). The unfairness comes from the “gotcha” tactics employed by many (still only talking about the words). What exactly is the point of picking new words to declare bigoted at arbitrary intervals? It seems only to forment hatred. When someone who is trying to be empathic is randomly declared a bigot, how can they not be resentful? The whole PC game, as it is now played, seems to be incredibly counterproductive. That is, it’s counterproductive if your goals are truly harmony and equality.

                    10. What exactly is the point of picking new words to declare bigoted at arbitrary intervals?

                      There is no point. Things just are. I come from a place of confusion–there is no anxiety among people I am around that the PC police will come after us. I can be as un-PC as anyone. What is appropriate in a given context is just what one is supposed to learn. There’s a different standard for your grandmother than there is for your frat buddy. It’s something everyone understands if they aren’t themselves in a place of outsize grievance. To come from a place of privilege and then insist everyone accept your definition of fairness is not empathetic. But again, I would prefer not to talk about race at all, since the real issue is poverty. Race is what gets poor black people and poor white people distracted from the fact that they’re poor, and it doesn’t hurt the distraction if they start blaming each other. So you could say everyone needs to grow up. It’s just that there are non-poor white people in the mix who are stirring these things up for their own purposes. They need to do their own growing up before they cast stones in anyone else’s direction. And their sense of fairness, the one they want to impose on everyone, should be looked upon just as skeptically.

                    11. There is no point. Things just are.

                      No, I’m pretty sure there is a point. It’s done deliberately. This isn’t an act of nature.

                      There’s a different standard for your grandmother than there is for your frat buddy.

                      Not from me, there isn’t. I’ve called my grandmother out on the same bullshit I’ve called anyone else out on. The “raised in a different era” excuse carries no weight with me. But then, my friends, having been fed a constant diet of propaganda and double-speak their whole lives, usually need far more calling out.

                      It’s something everyone understands if they aren’t themselves in a place of outsize grievance.

                      That’s a mighty big assumption you’ve got there.

                      To come from a place of privilege and then insist everyone accept your definition of fairness is not empathetic.

                      Agreed, no one said it was. But if you’re asking someone to hold themselves to a higher standard than they hold others to, it’s not a good idea to needle them about it constantly. The backlash you see now in the media is a direct result of that.

                      And their sense of fairness, the one they want to impose on everyone, should be looked upon just as skeptically.

                      Well, if you’ll read upthread, you’ll find that it has been.

                  3. I can learn everything there is to know about a woman by examining her clitoral hood.

  22. Strange. I’m actually part of the majority here. Damon, if you wanted to publicize Bean’s book, you should have come up with a better hook.

  23. I’ve got 52 race cards in my deck. I’m surprised my boy doesn’t have all you crackers picking cotton by now.

  24. Notable racialist moments in the Age of Obama:

    (1) The Prof. Gates kerfuffle.

    (2) The ongoing Justice Dept. scandal (it goes beyond just the NBPP).

    (3) The “affirmative action” termination of white car dealerships disproportionately to black ones.

    (4) The campaign of racialist dog whistles (typical white person, what Rev. Wright, bitter clingers, never proud of America)

    (5) The appointment of the Wise Latina.

    That’s off the top of my head. I’m sure there are many, many more.

    1. And I’m sure you’re really pissed at the right-wing buffoons who blew all of these way out of proportion, thus making them an issue, right?

      1. Listen to Tony. He’ll tell you how important everything is. He’s smart like that.

        1. Upthread, he’ll even tell you how double standards are okay for him and “minorities,” but not for any heterosexual white people.

    2. Heck, his first autobiography “Dreams from my Father” is almost entirely about the formation of his racialist self identity that he carries with him to this day!

      If the country had bothered vetting him BEFORE the election and actually read his book, I doubt he ever would have been elected in the first place.

      1. Everyone should read that book. Obama has a daddy doesn’t love me complex a mile long. And when daddy is a dead beat communist African racialist, that probably means you have no business in a position of authority.

        1. So now we’re vetting for daddy issues? Where were you for the vetting of Bush Jr.?

          1. We should have been. An Clinton to. Our last three Presidents have had serious daddy issues. And none of them have worked out too well.

    3. Add to that the financial reform bill that sets up “diversity” offices in all of the new bureaucracies it created, just to make sure quotas are well-entrenched.

  25. he marked ‘black’ on his census form.

    He had to. Lying about that is a lynching offense.

  26. Perhaps the left was a little hypersensitive about race for a while during the rise of Obama.

    Really? I never noticed.

    1. The fact that Tony would even admit that much tells you how wildly sensitive and demagogic they actually were.

  27. That’s racist.

    I thought the nation was more postcoital than post-racial. Especially after the good fuckin’ we got.

    1. Post-coital implies that they’re done. They ain’t. They’re just getting started.

  28. At least Tony is honest that he is a racist, adhering to double standards for people based on their race.

    Weird, isn’t it, that he claims people who object to double standards based on race are the real racists.

    1. Double standards permeate social interaction. Insisting on uniform standards as if all context can be flushed away is not realistic. I admire libertarian types who want to ignore race altogether, and I get why someone would be against affirmative action. It doesn’t come from a racist place, but a place of fairness as you interpret it. I just think you’re wrong because people whose current situation is a result of historic injustices in their society are owed something by their society so that they have a more or less equal shot in life. One person’s disadvantage is another person’s advantage, and the numbers show that we’re far from erasing the disadvantages that comes with a darker skin tone. I actually think that primarily race has much less to do with it than poverty–but you guys trash on the poor openly.

      1. That may be the most thoughtful thing I’ve ever seen you post.

        But then you just had to throw that bullshit in at the end.

        1. It’s what I do.

  29. what is he talking about? Obama ANSWERED A QUESTION about what he put on the census for race. And in no way does choosing “black” forget about who his mother is.

    Oh right, the writer doesnt’ like the NAACP, that’s Obama’s fault too, because…Not sure what exactly.

    Lastly because he didn’t OVER RULE THE BUSH ADMIN’S decision to NOT prosecute the NBPP.

    Seriously, that article was tripe, I expect more than a de facto endorsement from the formerly great REason

  30. TO THE WEAK-KNEED REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRAT—-Wake up america!!!! This goverment is the most corrupt we have had in years. The good old boy network is very much in charge.Mr. obama and pelosi are the puppet masters.How many of their good friends benefited by the agreement ” what a farce. All of the u.sSenators voted for this. I am ashamed to say I voted for the these corupted self serving politicians.With good reason they picked an out of towner to be president.All u.s departments need an overhaul. We need to rid ourselves of the puppet masters and the dept heads that bow down to obama and pelosi.I am sick of the lip service I have been getting from these dummies over violations, their friends are getting away with.in the goverment . Barack Hussein Obama , threatens friends and bows TO Mmslim.
    INPEACH OBAMA ,GOD OPEN YOUR EYES.///For us there are only two possiblities: either we remain american or we come under the thumb of the communist Mmslim Barack Hussein OBAMA. This latter must not occur.THE COMMANDER.REPOST THIS

  31. TO THE WEAK-KNEED REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRAT?..Wake up america!!!! This goverment is the most corrupt we have had in years. The good old boy network is very much in charge.Mr. obama and pelosi are the puppet masters.How many of their good friends benefited by the agreement ” what a farce. All of the u.sSenators voted for this. I am ashamed to say I voted for the these corupted self serving politicians.With good reason they picked an out of towner to be president.All u.s departments need an overhaul. We need to rid ourselves of the puppet masters and the dept heads that bow down to obama and pelosi.I am sick of the lip service I have been getting from these dummies over violations, their friends are getting away with.in the goverment . Barack Hussein Obama , threatens friends and bows to Mmslim.
    INPEACH OBAMA ,GOD OPEN YOUR EYES.///For us there are only two possiblities: either we remain american or we come under the thumb of the communist Mmslim Barack Hussein OBAMA. This latter must not occur.THE COMMANDER

  32. TO THE WEAK-KNEED REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRAT?..TO ALL THE COMMUNIST IN THE IG,FBI,CIA,AND U.S. Senators and the left wing media outlets////////07 Sept. 2008 11:48:04 EST, Televised “Meet the Press” THEN Senator //Mmslim Barack Hussein Obama, was asked about his stance on the
    American Flag.

    General Bill Ginn USAF (ret.) asked //Mmslim Barack Hussein Obama, to explain WHY he doesn’t follow protocol when the National Anthem is played. The General stated to Obama that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171 “?During rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Or, at the very least, ‘Stand and Face It’.”

    NOW GET THIS!! ? – ? – –
    ‘Senator’ //Mmslim Barack Hussein Obama, replied:

    “As I’ve said about the flag pin, I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides”.
    “There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression..”
    “The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing.”

    (ARE YOU READY FOR THIS???)

    //Mmslim Barack Hussein Obama, continued: “The National Anthem should be ‘swapped’ for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing’. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as ‘redesign’ our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It’s my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails ? – ? perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments.”

    “When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past”.

    “Of course now, I have found myself about to become the President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path? My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country’s First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America “INPEACH OBAMA THE COMMUNIST ,GOD OPEN YOUR EYES.//////For us there are only two possiblities: either we remain american or we come under the thumb of the communist Mmslim Barack Hussein OBAMA. This latter must not occur.the commander
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  33. OBAMA goes about his business by speaking the lie. II Thessalonians 2 says that he comes “with all deceivableness of unrighteousness.” Revelation 13:12 says, “and he spoke as a dragon?.” Revelation 17 tells us that he was a false prophet, a prophet being one whose calling it is to speak and to teach. The armies of the world may have guns and tanks and bombs to bring people into submission; but the power of speech and ideas is a mighty power. In his initial attempts to destroy the cause of God, OBAMA used a serpent to deceive the woman with crooked speech: “You will be like God.” Now he uses a “dragon” who speaks crafty, lying words. His speeches will be heard by millions who will hang on his persuasive rhetoric. The content as well as the form of his speech will attract. Like most false prophets, he will even be sincere and passionate. But he is a liar. He adds dashes of truth to the mix, so that his lie tastes like truth. He will use all the right catchwords, using the language of the church, even throwing in a Bible text or two. But he is the ultimate Liar, and will deceive many.
    OBAMA will use every tool available: school teachers, politicians, news broadcasters, artists, musicians, scientists and doctors, lawyers and businessmen. All will be pressed into the service of OBAMA to deceive men. But especially he will use those whose calling it is to persuade and to teach ?quot; men who claim to be preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    THE COMMANDER,,, REPOST THIS IF YOU AGREE .. THE END OF AMERICA

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