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Sununu is simply saying what many people are thinking. His theory the Colin Powell is supporting the president only because they are both black, is nothing more than a projection of his own racism in supporting Romney simply because he's not black. I personally have many friends and colleagues who are voting against their economic and social interests, simply to avoid voting for the "socialist", "unpatriotic", "lazy", "retard", "liar" "worst" president, who just happens to have brown skin. This race is, and has been about race, not the economy, health care or foreign policy. The right became fired up against the president the second he won, before he instituted a single policy. The 2010 elections were about the right's hatred for Obama, on the basis of his skin, vs the left's apathy and continued amazement at having elected a Black president, with vision and substance- forgetting that he would need continued support.
Although many are benefitting from his policies and would continue to benefit from those being blocked by congress, they still do not want him in charge. This race is a a matter of whether more Obama supporters or Obama-haters will go to the polls. Sununu has finally vocalized the loudest dog-whistle of all.
Sununu's comments represent pure ignorance but why is this a suprise? He often opens mouth and inserts foot. His latest gaffe illustrates his ignorance about the African American electorate. We are not monolithic. If we were, Allen West and Michael Steele would shouting Obama chants from the highest mountain top and there would be no Herman Cain. Sununu...old school ignorance strikes again!
President Obama's election has pulled back the curtain on what America has tried its best to hide from the rest of the world. The ugly schism of racism that lays beneath the surface of our melting pot is always there waiting for the next provocateur to come along and stir racial animosity.
John Sununu is that provocateur. His latest remarks regarding Colin Powell was meant to stir white tribalism.
I really don't blame Sununu for his latest actions, which only proves his blind racial ignorance. But I do lay the blame at the feet of our ratings obsessed corporate media that gives this kind of hate a platform.
Ok, new Obama ad? Anyone else find this Ad in poor taste and thinks it should be pulled? Did a super pac do this ad or the actual Obama Campaign? I don't see the father of two daughters putting out an ad like this!
Sununu's comments do not surprise me. Some Republicans do not want a Black president. It does not matter what the name is, and it doesn't matter if it is male or female, if the President is Black they want that person out. Some Republicans claim that the color of a person's skin does not matter but it does matter to them. They are stuck in a 1950's frame of mind & they can't let it go. The ugly words of bigotry sneak into the Republican vocabulary & they don't even realize it until after they have said it.
Thumbs up Cory Booker! Where or what are the checks and balances system with regard to "modifying" the original voters ballot. Reminiscent of the Gore/ Bush elections. This American smells a rat!
The response of the Romney campaign advisor is certainly inappropriate in today's society. He also delivered a great disservice to Colin Powell.
I believe that in this country, we still have freedom of speech. We should not take one persons comment and try to tie it to a candidate's position. We all do not have to agree, that is what makes this country great! We should just report the news, and not try to make the news.
Well said!! I completely agree!!!
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