Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
race card politics going away? HA! Right. This is THE main platform of team
Obama and their lap dog media. Take away the race card and what are you left
with? Issues and actual governing. OUCH!! The dem's want nothing of
campaigning on their actual record. Nothing!!
The fact remains that racism (either explicit or implicit) is a factor in this
election. The only question is the extent. The Southern Strategy of Richard
Nixon continues to this day and Republican strategists take advantage of
prejudice and bigotry in shaping their message. Who can forget the Bush
campaign's smear in South Carolina against John McCain in 2000 for having
"fathered a child by a black prostitute"? Karl Rove was the true
apprentice to Lee Atwater, and today's conservative operatives understand
the necessity for exploiting racist feeling.For those who doubt,
just take a look at voting patterns before and after the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The Republican Party inherited the Dixicrats and the masive shift in voting that
came with them and has dominated this voting group ever since.
Republican's have developed Fear Politics to a high level. It
doesn't have to be race, however, Mit Romney experience a version of this
because of voter distrust of his religion. And how often did we see this fear
card played during the Republican primary? Romney wasn't Jewish, Muslim,
Hindu, Buddhist or (perish the thought) an atheist which made him, fortunately,
the AP already ran an article laying the groundwork to blame racism if BO loses.
It ran in Sunday's print edition of the DN. I don't know when it ran
Obviously there is still racism, though we should keep trying to reduce it.
Sadly, there probably always will be racism. There certainly always has been
throughout the history of mankind (most are aware, but some may be surprised to
learn that the US did not invent racism). Racism may be a factor in
the outcome of this election.Given the fact that 96% of blacks voted
for Obama in 2008 (based solely on the issues, I'm sure), and almost that
many probably will again, I feel pretty comfortable guessing that for every
person that votes against Obama simply because he is black, there are two or
three people that vote FOR him simply because he is black.Which is
their right. Everyone gets to decide for themselves what their criteria is,
whether it's height, skin color, university attended, policies, debate
skills, religion, whatever. Doesn't mean they're smart, and it
doesn't mean it's best for the country. But we each decide on our
The race card will continue as a vote getting tactic for the liberals. Getting
95% of the African-America vote and deceiving others into believing that the
opposition is racist has won many a contest for Democrats. It is similar to Sen.
McCarthy accusing someone of being a communist - easy to say and difficult to
disprove. It's a continuation of the class warfare tactic advocated by Karl
Marx and other revolutionary theorists, right and left; divide the people and
make them fight one another.
If no one cares about race then it will go away.
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