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American Exceptionalism – Why Americans Are Hated

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American Exceptionalism is on the Decline

American Exceptionalism is quickly losing it’s hold on the world. America is not the place it used to be. The days of hogging all the worlds resources to ourselves is coming to a close. Those resources have to be shared with the likes of China, India and other emerging economies. We can’t continue to do as we please in a global economy. Reality check; wake up America!

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John Lewis – Immigration New Civil Rights Battle

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John Lewis Civil Rights Icon

John Lewis – During the week of May 22-26, hundreds of Americans are expected to converge in Jackson, Miss., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. Between May and December of 1961, the nonviolent protest against segregation in the Deep South — which continued despite the Supreme Court’s outlawing of such practices — saw 436 black and white young people riding interstate buses together through the South, testing segregation laws.

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Obama – We Got Him-Bin Laden

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Obama's approval up after bin Laden's death.

Obama – We Got Him-Bin Laden

Bin Laden – By now you’re all intoxicated from the news of Bin Laden. All major media outlets are reporting on it [Bin Laden] ad nauseum. It seems that for the most part this a bi-partisan triumph for the Obama administration. Almost a decade later, America finally has justice for the terrible atrocities committed on September 11, 2001.

President Obama was stellar as he addressed the nation on the details of Osama’s death this past Sunday night. The irony is that Obama’s big message pre-empted Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” talk about poetic justice! Pres. Obama said he called former-president George W. Bush to advise him of bin Laden’s death.

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Why Wisconsin Matters and Scott Walker is Wrong

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Scott Walker is wrong
Last week when Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin signed a bill limiting collective bargaining rights of most state workers it ushered in a new era of acrimony. What was particularly troubling, is he (Scott Walker) and his republican colleagues did so in the middle of the night without a quorum and Democratic representatives who were absent.

As they left the state capital they were greeted with chants of Shame, Shame, Shame! The controversy reached fever pitch as Republican Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald received death threats, which described in detail how he would be killed. It’s safe to say that things got way out of hand.

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Shirley Sherrod – Rush To Judgment?

In the days following the Shirley Sherrod race scandal much has been debated about racism, reverse racism and playing the race card. The conservative blogger who placed a Shirley Sherrodsnippet of the video from her NAACP speech intentionally omitted her speech in its entirety. This has stirred much debate and consternation on the issue that most Americans prefer to avoid-race!

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The New Jim Crow

I first heard of Michelle Alexander while listening to a podcast of Bill Moyer. I was riveted by what she had to say about the new Jim Crow. I was always aware of the disproportionate incarceration rates of young black males. The pathology and statistics she quoted were bone chilling. I was especially disturbed by her research on the complexities of the laws that have been enacted in order to keep black people, particularly black males in their place.

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Sen. Harry Reid – Here we go again!

Sen ReidHere we go again! Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada has brought race to the fore. When we beat our chests and proclaim that we are in a post-racial society something like this happens. As I have mentioned in previous posts on this blog there’ll always be some white guy who will make another stupid remark. Trust me Sen. Harry Reid will not be the last person who sticks his foot in his mouth. When will they get it? Personally, I would not want to endure the scrutiny of the media and being raked over the coals of public opinion.

Personally I believe Harry Reid is a racist. I do believe what he said was very stupid, not to mention insensitive. Bottom line, this is indicative of how many people feel. Many African-Americans in corporate America experience this on a daily basis. Example: many professional African-Americans discuss their experiences with white colleagues in a corporate setting. Whenever a white colleague is describing someone to an African-American coworker and say that the person is well spoken or articulate, almost always they’re  talking about an African-American. Yet when they describe a white colleague the following adjectives are used, he’s sharp, intelligent or witty. Whites almost never describe other whites as articulate or well spoken. To African-Americans this is coded language for oh, you don’t sound colored or Negro.

Now president Obama has already accepted Sen. Harry Reid’s apology. However, many in the media and black leaders are attempting to bait president Obama into an angry rebuke of Sen. Reid. Obviously this would have negative repercussions for the president and race relations. And of course Michael Steele the GOP chairman has chimed in and is screaming for Sen. Reid’s head on a platter. While I am by no means a fan of Mr. Steele’s he does have a point, there is a double standard. If this had been a Republican senator who said the same thing people would be screaming for his resignation or at the very minimum censure in the Senate.

Until America is ready to confront its racist past and the lingering overtone of racism in present day American society, we will not overcome. Too often gaffes like this are swept under the rug and we move on and don’t like to talk about it. Until we confront the evils of racism and its pervasive hold on American society we will continue to repeat the same problem over and over again. Race still remains the white elephant in the room. Hopefully, our country can live up to its promise by having an honest dialogue between the races about this persistent issue.

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Sen. McCain wants to pardon Jack Johnson?

Last week Sen. John McCain of Arizona asked Pres. Obama to pardon Jack Johnson the first black heavyweight champion of the world. While I agree that Mr. Johnson should be pardoned for violation of the Mann act which prohibited the transportation of women across state lines for immoral purposes. In actuality this was used against Mr. Johnson because of his proclivity to date white women.
If Sen. McCain was serious about this pardon why didn’t he ask for the pardon during the eight years of the two Bush administrations. His request for a pardon for Mr. Johnson seems disingenuous. Moreover the other thing that concerns me is that there is another Republican who is assisting Sen. McCain in requesting a pardon, Rep. Peter King of New York. Seems very suspicious to me there must be some other agenda given all the other world problems Pres. Obama is facing now.
While I like Sen. McCain personally his motives are suspect. He has at times been the call my voice to rein in the psychotic racists of the radical right. I’m sure at some point the other shoe will drop and Sen. McCain’s motive will be revealed. Again while I’m in favor of a pardon for Mr. Johnson who endured inconceivable racism and oppression during his heyday. I think we should allow Pres. Obama to attend to more pressing matters that weigh on the United States.
If you recall Sen. McCain was one of the few holdouts in the U.S. Senate that did not want to vote for a holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Given that bit of history this makes Mr. McCain’s request for pardon even more suspect. Granted he did apologize for showing bad judgment at the time and I will give him a pass on that. However, he’s going to have to do a whole lot more to show he’s willing to work with Pres. Obama other than creating a sideshow for the pardon for Mr. Johnson.

Last week Sen. John McCain of Arizona asked Pres. Obama to pardon Jack Johnson the first black heavyweight champion of the world. While I agree that Mr. Johnson should be pardoned for violation of the Mann act which prohibited the transportation of women across state lines for immoral purposes. In actuality this was used against Mr. Johnson because of his proclivity to date white women.

If Sen. McCain was serious about this pardon why didn’t he ask for the pardon during the eight years of the two Bush administrations. His request for a pardon for Mr. Johnson seems disingenuous. Moreover the other thing that concerns me is that there is another Republican who is assisting Sen. McCain in requesting a pardon, Rep. Peter King of New York. Seems very suspicious to me there must be some other agenda given all the other world problems Pres. Obama is facing now.

While I like Sen. McCain personally his motives are suspect. He has at times been the call my voice to rein in the psychotic racists of the radical right. I’m sure at some point the other shoe will drop and Sen. McCain’s motive will be revealed. Again while I’m in favor of a pardon for Mr. Johnson who endured inconceivable racism and oppression during his heyday. I think we should allow Pres. Obama to attend to more pressing matters that weigh on the United States.

If you recall Sen. McCain was one of the few holdouts in the U.S. Senate that did not want to vote for a holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Given that bit of history this makes Mr. McCain’s request for pardon even more suspect. Granted he did apologize for showing bad judgment at the time and I will give him a pass on that. However, he’s going to have to do a whole lot more to show he’s willing to work with Pres. Obama other than creating a sideshow for the pardon for Mr. Johnson.

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Protect The President!

The following story is from Newsmax.

According to a number of press reports, about a dozen people carrying guns, including one with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle slung over his shoulder, stood among protesters outside a convention center in Arizona where President Barack Obama [protect the president] was giving a speech Aug. 17.

This appears to be the latest incident in which protesters have openly displayed firearms near the president.

In Arizona and several other states, it happens to be legal for people to purchase and carry these types of weapons without a permit. Gun-rights advocates say they are exercising their constitutional right to bear arms and protest; others who argue for more gun control say it could be a disaster waiting to happen.

I happen to be a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and strongly believe in our constitutional right to bear arms. However, I also have had the responsibility of overseeing the protection of several heads of state, including at one of the world’s largest gatherings — the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in September 2000 [protect the president].

I believe that there is no greater responsibility in this country than that of the men and women in our federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations charged with protecting the life of our president.

In order to protect the president, the Secret Service recruits other federal, state, and local agencies to assist them daily. The military supports the Secret Service through the use of explosive ordnance disposal teams and communications resources. When the president travels, an advance team of Secret Service agents works with host city and state law enforcement, as well as public safety officials, to jointly implement the necessary security measures.

Knowing and understanding the threats we face from terrorism alone is reason to ensure that the security arrangements for the president is of the highest standard. In addition to those possible threats, there are reports that the threats against this president are 400 percent higher than that of any other. If the threat and vulnerability assessments are accurate, this president and vice president should have the highest levels of security in the history of the Secret Service whether they like it or not.

There are reports that the vice president has ordered his protective detail be minimized during certain travel. We have also seen President Barack Obama mix it up with a crowd from time to time, and I assure you it was against the wishes of their detail leaders responsible for keeping them safe.

What principals like the president and vice president sometimes do not understand is that they have the responsibility to stay alive, just as the Secret Service has the responsibility to keep them alive.

If they intentionally or unintentionally interfere with or preclude the Secret Service from doing its job, they jeopardize their own lives as well as the lives of those charged with protecting them. Perhaps more importantly, they could jeopardize the stability of our country if something were to happen to them.

Allowing armed protesters to show up where the president is speaking is irresponsible and could cause a catastrophic security nightmare for those charged with protecting him.

It endangers the protective agents, the protesters, the public, and the president. It creates an immediate distraction as each armed protester then becomes a focus of observation for the agents.

Although Arizona and other states may allow the possession of these weapons, who can tell that the person carrying them at the time is not a threat to the president or others? An unidentified man who had a rifle slung over his shoulder told a reporter for the Arizona Republic, that “I still have some freedoms,” and he may be right. But freedom to create alarm and a possible threat to the president is not one of them.

Use some common sense.

That man may have no ill intent and possess his weapon legally, but what if someone not so nice takes it away? Why create scenarios where the protective agents focus is instinctually aimed at the weapon’s carriers? What if there is an accidental discharge by someone who is not that proficient with his or her weapon that creates a stampede or serious distraction?

No responsible gun owner, law enforcement executive, or public official should endorse or allow these armed protests anywhere near the president.

The president and his staff should let the Secret Service do its job, regardless of political correctness, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano should ensure that the president is protected at all cost . . . and if that includes stepping on some protester’s toes, so be it.

I’m all for the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms, but not at the cost of endangering the president. This is a dangerous practice and it must be stopped.

The job of protecting the president is hard enough. . . let’s not make it any harder for the men and women who have to do the job.

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