President Obama and Stoking Resentments

New HopeIf there’s one thing Barack Obama and his political pals know how to do, it’s to stoke resentment.

This was a man who told us “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America. There is a United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America, a Latino America, an Asian America, There is a United States of America.”

This was a man who spoke eloquently of a new day in America. “The time has come,” he said, “to move beyond the bitterness and anger and pettiness that’s consumed Washington; to end the political strategy that’s been all about division. And instead make it about addition; to build a coalition for change that stretches through red states and blue states.”

It’s possible, I guess, that Barack Obama meant every word.  But I suspect he meant that we could all achieve this wonderful, post-partisan, can’t-we-all-just-get-along America if – but only if – Republicans saw things the way he does; only if conservatives jumped on his liberal bandwagon and helped him  “fundamentally transform the United States of America” — the way he thought it should be transformed.

I guess one more thing is possible:  that he is so enamored with himself that he has no idea why he has become one of the most polarizing political figures in American history.

Here are a few reasons …

With the midterm elections approaching, Mr. Obama has been trying to energize his base with some old, often reliable standbys.  There’s the supposed Republican war on women, for one.  Republicans, we’re told, are against a higher minimum wage and against equal pay for equal work legislation – because, well because, they’re pro-business anti-women.

Never mind that hiking the minimum wage would cost the economy hundreds of thousands of jobs – that according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

As for the Paycheck Fairness Act, the GOP put out a statement saying it’s already illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender, adding that, “This law will not create ‘equal’ pay, but it will make it nearly impossible for employers to tie compensation to work quality, productivity and experience, reduce flexibility in the workplace, and make it far easier to file frivolous lawsuits that line the pockets of trial lawyers.”

And this is what Ruth Marcus, the columnist at the Washington Post wrote about the Democrats’ war on women strategy:

“The level of hyperbole — actually, of demagoguery — that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting. It’s entirely understandable, of course: The Senate is up for grabs. Women account for a majority of voters. They tend to favor Democrats. To the extent that women — and in particular, single women — can be motivated to turn out in a midterm election, waving the bloody shirt of unequal pay is smart politics.  Fairness is another matter.”

Ms. Marcus, by the way, is no conservative.  When liberals start saying such things, you know Mr. Obama and his party will do just about anything to take the voters’ minds off of other things, like the weak economy and ObamaCare.

And how’s this for trying to unify the country? Mr. Obama once urged Hispanics to “punish their enemies” — not their political opponents; not the other side; their enemies.  He said, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.”  He said, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” And he’s been doing everything but putting mug shots up of those heartless rich Americans who supposedly would rather watch people starve in the street than part with any of their money.

And if it isn’t class or gender warfare, then race is always good to get the base riled up before an election.

Just the other day, his close friend, the Attorney General, Eric Holder stoked more resentment, suggesting that he and the president are treated badly – not because of their politics – but because they’re black.  Speaking to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Holder said this:

“Forget about me, forget about me. You look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee — has nothing to do with me, forget that. What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

Holder was referring to a combative exchange with a conservative Republican congressman from Texas, Louis Gohmert, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.  Gohmert was complaining that his request for certain documents hadn’t been satisfied, suggesting that Holder was playing politics.

Did it occur to Mr. Holder that his intransigence might be the reason he was treated harshly? Did he consider the possibility that the reason Mr. Obama has so many detractors might be his politics – not the color of his skin?

Mr. Obama also spoke to Sharpton’s group, telling them that Republicans want to take their civil rights away. “The stark, simple truth is this,” the president said: The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago.” Why?  Because those racist Republicans want voter ID laws.

So should we be surprised when even the great Hank Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record 40 years ago, compares Republicans to the Ku Klux Klan?

“Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today. “We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

Yes, black Americans and white Americans have very different histories that have led to some very different perceptions.  A legacy of slavery and segregation does things to the psyche.  But Eric Holder playing the race card –to an Al Sharpton crowd, no less — and the president joining in a day later … none of that helps convince African-Americans, or anybody else, that “there is not a black America and a white America” but only “a United States of America.”

He told us he wanted “to end the political strategy that’s been all about division” — that instead he wanted to “make it about addition” and “build a coalition for change that stretches through red states and blue states.”  As we approach the midterm elections of 2014, that Barack Obama is gone.  And I suspect he never really existed.

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  • Brad Ghorn

    Eric Holder is definitely delusional. He does not need to have a very good memory to remember that Alberto Gonzales was treated worse than him. People were constantly pushing for his resignation and no one thought to say it was because Gonzales was a Latino. They might have been right if they had called it racism because we now know that liberals are allowed to be racist against conservatives of any race. Eric Holder cannot handle criticism and his only solution when confronted by his own incompetence is to charge those that fairly ask him questions with racism.

    Has any president ever been treated worse than Obama. Yes, about 43 presidents have been treated worse than Obama. Obama has 90% of the media in his pocket and cries about his treatment from the other 10% that are unafraid to criticize him. We might have the most delusional President and Attorney General in history. They ought to toughen up a little bit and get over themselves.

  • Joel Wischkaemper

    The bitterness of Washington D.C. He was going to fix it how?
    Are we talking about legislators who want a piece of the pie, and didn’t get it? Isn’t that “…bitterness…” frequently wallowing in that very problem (whosits piece of the pie)?
    Then we look at the piece of the pie and it is the common money pool lurking in Ft. Knox and Washington D.C. Then you look at the people who are bitter because they didn’t get theirs, and holy cow.. there are people from a whole lot of countries lined up to get their fangs into the gold in addition to groups of people in the United States. One of the more astonishing groups of people Obama is servicing (with money) at this point, are the illegal aliens who insist we owe them. There is a lot of bitterness, they tell us, because the illegal aliens came up illegally, worked underground, and were not accorded all the legal protections afforded legal workers. Examples of the ‘no pie today’ group abound, but this one is the.. two angry elephants and one mad gorilla in the living room.. thing.
    On and on with the no pie for me group, and very decidedly, to no avail. We need to put some of these issues to be forever though and how can we do that. That will show in the next post.

    • Joel Wischkaemper

      Move the tax money away from Washington D.C., and make any decisions on Ft. Knox monies a 50 state decision.

      If we have a real I.D. that would identify us in a reliable manner while we were on-line, we could then allow folks to talk as best they could about our society and directions as well as our ‘bitterness’ issues with some chance of resolution. Each state could do that, and the one common element that has to be in place is a reliable piece of evidence that proves your point. No links… no talkie.
      If real bitterness issues could be found, we then have a chance to deal with the issues, state by state, we can find resolutions. NOT D.C. money. And with the money out of Washington, the States would take care of any money spent to deal with the issues.

      Obama sees ‘bitterness issues’? I see a bitterness issue building very fast: Obama thinks he does not have to ..link.. his assertions about.. well… anything. He just spends the money and tap dances off and sends his wife and kids on a .. (gasp) ten million dollar vacation? Yer kidding.
      But wait, wait.. maybe he didn’t say he was going to fix it.. maybe he was suggesting we hadn’t seen anything yet. Damn.
      Why can’t I ever find my nitro when I need it.

  • Patti

    Obama will go down in history as the worst president of all time. At least those of us who still love this country we can take solace in one thing: there will be justice in the end.

    You see, years from now history will portray obama as the worst president of all time. Obama is young enough to see this come out in print, in TV documentaries and in debates. Books and magazine articles and opinion pieces will all say it took years to undo the damage this man did on purpose. But by that time all of his sycophant racist defenders will either be in old folks homes or six feet under. There will be no one left to defend him. No one to spin anything. Those claims of opposition to his policies being because of his skin color aren’t going to work by then. No more lies. Only the truth about his hatred for this country and his purposeful attempts to bring down the country will be there for everyone to see. He will be despised and mocked for what he did to this country.

    Obama will live to see this. And there’s not going to be a damn thing he can do about it, Yes, in the end we will see justice prevail.

    • legal eagle

      More ideological nonsense from an ideologue who has not yet figured out that Corporate interests run America not the black guy in the White House…

      • Tired of L. Eagle’s B.S.

        And none of those “corporatists” are Democrats. And no Democrat is a millionaire or billionaire… Right?

        • Joel Wischkaemper

          Legal made that statement as an absolute and that isn’t correct. The whole statement is an extreme position. Some, if not a lot, of the running of America is done in the oval office. One very bright thing we could do is … move the administration of the country to the States with rules and guidelines that protect the American People.

          Move the power to the states WITH rules and guidelines that protect the American People.

      • loupgarous

        Because the guy in the White House took over ten million in bundled money just by May of 2008 from Wall Street. No one in the press ran with that one but Counterpunch Magazine. http://www.counterpunch.org/2008/05/05/obama-s-money-cartel/

  • Mark W.

    Just saw Obama on TV, complaining that there hasn’t been a bipartisan bill past in a year. It’s always the same: blame Republicans, never chide his own party into compromising.
    Democrat definition of compromise: vote our way, don’t ask questions, don’t offer your ideas. Or as he said in 2010, “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

    • Barancy Peloma

      well said. but, barry the blamer’s idea of working together has always been doing exactly what he wants.

  • veeper

    obama is a LIAR…..

    that explains every word that comes out of his mouth….

    only a FOOL listens to a LIAR……

    LYING is what LIARS do…….

    • Joel Wischkaemper

      When the fool is the man with the gun.. you listen to every word very carefully. In our country, you listen carefully, and then at election time, do your level headed best to get rid of the fool. I would also point out that if you have two fools running for the Pres at the same time, and one fool says 47% of the people have their hand out for welfare, a brilliant case is made for a third party.

      • Pragmatist

        No, you hold your nose and vote for the one you can like more than the other. You vote. You don’t stay home! You vote! Third party politics doesn’t work in our system. In 1992 I voted for Ross Perot who got about 20% of the votes. In return, we got The Clintons. The Clintons never got 50% of the vote, either time, but they won both times. Lesson learned. Conservatives have to continue to work within the Republican Party, as the Progressives have done with the Democrat Party. A conservative “third party” will guarantee a liberal win ad infinitum.

  • Tim Ned

    Great idea from a great man.

    Andrew Young recommends that pictures be placed on Social Security Cards.

    Young said in a statement, “In today’s world if you don’t have a photo ID, you can’t board an airplane or get into most buildings. It is our obligation to make sure that every citizen has the ability to obtain a government-issued photo ID, and the Social Security Administration is ideal for making that happen effectively and efficiently.”

    • Rich

      That simple solution would strip away that divisive wedge the democrats use to great affect… They have already started the in doing the ID on SS cards would infringe on privacy… Not to mention limit illegals from using their cousins card for employment… They didn’t say that last part of course…

      • Tim Ned

        Yes, I agree.

        • Mark W.

          My only problem is the obvious one to a person of my age: my Social Security card was issued when I was a teenager. Not only do I look different than I did then, but my signature has also changed since then (I modified how I write some letters). So to be valid, people would periodically have to update the photo anyway. An inconvenience, the Left would decry. (I have a credit card that has had my picture on it since 1987… and I do get funny looks from some clerks. And I get asked to show… photo ID!)

          • Tim Ned

            Yes Mark I’m at that age too. But I believe this is a start of a good idea. The left would still fight the use of this card for voting but small steps.

          • CQ

            Easy fix: require a new photo every (let’s say) fifteen years. Give some leeway to allow folks like six months to get the new picture done. EVERYone sooner or later has to get out of the house to go the post office or maybe the doctor. That’s it, let medical offices (among others) help with certifying that the person whose picture is going on the card is really that person. The details CAN be ironed out, for the poorest and haltest of the lame.

    • D Parri

      Hey, here’s a simple answer to the problem.

      Have Obama sign an executive order that mandates everyone to get a photo ID as part of the ObamaCare plan. Then, if you cannot produce an ObamaCare ID, then you cannot vote!

      The only problem would be all of the waivers and exemptions he will grant as part of the most partisan, crony administration is apt to do.

      • Joel Wischkaemper

        All citizens have social security. The Feds cannot access those records and ‘legal cases’ cannot use information gleaned from those cards.
        Do it that way, and the Seniors would be included.
        But there are people beyond even the Soc Security. Folks on the reservations for example. Still, a vast majority of the people would then be reached and the remainder would be an effort by the ACLU and the local government.

    • Drew Page

      If Andrew Young really said that, I applaud him for it. He will undoubtedly be called an “Uncle Tom” by many blacks and most white liberals.
      This idea that a photo ID is going to cause poor folks and the elderly some kind of “hardship” or take away their voting rights is absurd. If you can get to the polls to vote you can get to a facility that issues photo IDs. The charge for a photo ID, if any, could be waived for people in poverty or be included as an eligible expense paid for with food stamps or a LINK card.
      The Democrats have fought the requirement of a voter’s photo idea for years claiming “there is so little voter fraud that photo IDs are unnecessary”. Uh-huh, and there is not even a smidgen of corruption at the IRS.
      I have lived in Chicago nearly 70 years. Don’t tell me there is no voter fraud. The Democrats have a huge patronage army and one of the assigned duties to some in that army is to scan the obituaries routinely and cross reference that list with voter registration rolls. I know people who have voted multiple times for a Democrat candidate under several different names. Each of those names were of dead people. I know this because some of those that did this told me and laughed about it. I asked them how they got away with it. They said they just walked in to a polling place, gave the fraudulent name and asked for a ballot. The person behind the desk looked into the registration book, found the name and asked “do you reside at such an such address” ? They simply answered yes, got the ballot and voted under the name of the deceased person.
      Sometime ago, Attorney General, Eric Holder, commented that voter fraud was negligible. A reporter associated with Breitbart looked up Eric Holder’s home address, went to Holder’s local polling place, told the person behind the desk his name was Eric Holder and was given a ballot. The reporter asked, “Don’t you want to see my identification?” the election worker said ID wasn’t necessary, but the reporter said he would feel better about it if he showed his ID and that he was going to his car to get it. The reporter never went back in to vote under Holder’s name. Oh yes, the reporter was white. It was that easy.

  • lark2

    The question I cannot get out of my mind is … What is our country going to look like in 2016? And, How could we have allowed ourselves to elect a man who had NEVER had a real job … a man who had NEVER accomplished anything ? We did it TWICE! Oh, spare me … he had NEVER been a university professor. He was a “Lecturer” … a part time person who taught a couple of classes per semester then went home. People who function as,”Lecturers” hope to be offered a real job … he was offered a job but, he declined it…. preferring instead to be a “Community Organizer”…. whatever that is. Also, Mr. Obama was NOT Lawyer. … he was NEVER a practicing lawyer however, both he and Michelle turned in their law licenses in ILLINOIS .. in lieu of a disarmament hearing. THIS is what we voted President of the United States of America. The American media is not interested in this and has never been interested in this. … nevertheless, Mr Obama was awarded a Nobel Prize after 10 days in office! What is going on here?

    • Rich

      Its a break that glass ceiling thing… Test the boundaries that traditionalizes… Its a novelty thing… Sad to say… But I honestly think that’s the entire premise of what’s going on… Think about it… The GOP has been branded “OLD WHITE GUYS”…

    • Drew Page

      I think you meant to say “disbarment” hearing. I believe this was because Mr. Obama said in his application for a law license (a sworn statement) that he never had a name other than Barack Obama. He previously went under the name Barry Soetoro. That was a material misrepresentation. Now, unless that Mr. Obama had ‘forgotten’ that he went under the name of Barry Soetoro for years, that misrepresentation was deliberate, otherwise known as a lie. Considering that Mr. Obama was a lawyer, a Constitutional “scholar” and black, it seems to me that he could have successfully sued to keep that law license. The fact that he didn’t is a clear indication to me that he didn’t have a leg to stand on.

      • lark2

        Sorry for the typo … Your analysis makes sense. I knew they had turn in their licenses but could not find out why … thank you. Do you know why Michelle gave up hers … at the time, she was with some kind of a law firm in Chicago (seems to be a deep, dark secret firm) and I think she was their only source of money … why would she give it up too ?

        • Joel Wischkaemper

          And I STILL haven’t found my damn nitro.

          • lark2

            Joel, I’m sorry but your response has gone over my head. Please clarify and don’t be concerned … I can take praise or abuse. Your thoughts are important to me.

          • Joel Wischkaemper

            Your comment was excellent. I didn’t know about that business you described, but I believe it happened, and since I am a heart patient, when I get angry I reach for my nitro. Obama does that to me frequently.

          • lark2

            Joel, I am a retired university professor and I am an independent voter. The shocking things I observe about this current episode in American history have me reaching for my nitro as well.

  • wildjew

    Bernard G. wrote: And how’s this for trying to unify the country? Mr. Obama once urged Hispanics to “punish their enemies” — not their political opponents; not the other side; their enemies.”

    Fair enough. That is how Barack Obama sees me; as his enemy. Is it not fair that I also see Obama as my enemy? There is nothing worse than a cheap demagogue leading a nation. Not to make a direct comparison – there are no perfect historic comparisons – there was a cheap demagogue in the past century who similarly stoked resentment and hatred toward the Jews. Political parties and political figures had degenerated throughout Europe to the point that it took a world war and the loss of some fifty million lives to extricate that demagogue. It took a man (Winston Churchill) who could recognize a cheap demagogue but no one would listen to Churchill until bombs began falling in Poland, Rotterdam, London, etc. What will it take for Americans to wake up and recognize they elevated a cheap demagogue to the White House? As it was in Weimar Germany, the Republican party (my party) has morally and spiritually degenerated so much we do not have a man who can expose this president for what he is; a demagogue who stokes the flames of hatred and resentment.

  • Rich

    Suppression- One of the most powerful words in the political arsenal. Minority suppression is the coup de grâce… Once spoken, any clear objective view of the subject being debated is dismantled and covered with the sludge of racism. 1 in 4 African American citizens in the state of Ohio lack a photo ID. 1 in 4. That is an astounding number! How can you function in todays society without an ID??? More importantly why would you want to? The impositions of lacking an ID are countless, the detriment caused, the self imposed limitations of choosing to go without I simply don’t understand… So with the debate reduced to accusations of racism the question of why is never asked or answered… So can you honestly say through ideology the democratic party is doing anyone any favors by endorsing the lack of a simple tool such as an ID as ok. Regardless of the fact it has a profound affect on your ability to function in society. What I hear is they don’t care what your limitations are as long as they don’t affect you ability to vote for them!

    • Skeptic

      I find the numbers 25% of black Ohioans without photo i.d. questionable, unless that figure includes children. If that 25% reflects the adult population, are those numbers verifiable, or is that another “estimate” that the Left conveniently invents and then is repeated over and over again? Otherwise, a good point, especially your last sentence!

      • Rich

        As you know any number or percentage can be manipulate to reflect your specific argument… This does nothing to answer the still posed question Why? The numbers were derived from http://www.policymattersohio.org/voter-id-apr2012 addressing the cost to provide free Id’s vs someone unable to come up with the $8.50

        • Skeptic

          Thank you for the source: Policy Matters Ohio. It has nice information about the staff and board of directors of this organization, both of which are comprised of individuals whose ideology has a clear, left-leaning tilt. The article states, “In Ohio, we estimate that approximately 938,642 Ohio adults lack photo IDs.” They estimate. Right down to the last digit. But they don’t say how they came up with their “estimate.” And while both House and Senate bills provide for free photo IDs to low income residents, this liberal group concludes: “HB 159 is likely to suppress voting in Ohio.”
          This is why I am skeptical about such information. It is important to know the source, and to know about the source. In this case, more blue than the Blue Lagoon!

          • Rich

            Agreed… And thats the problem… And a major one. My crews cant step foot on the site of a new construction school without ID and background checks… Some of the Wal-Marts have fingerprint identification so you pick up and drop off your ID badge to work on site everyday… But somehow, somehow having an essential item in your possession is oppression… Problem is… Left leaning ideologist once told their victims by their democratic leaders… They slap on the blinder slap in the earplugs and fall into line… Sad!

          • loupgarous

            In the 1970s, good pocket calculators (that would take integrals and do trig) were JUST getting cheap enough to own. My first chemistry prof told the class he didn’t mind us using them; he was seeing some of the most precise wrong answers he’d ever encountered with their help.

    • Drew Page

      If all races and ages are required to have a photo ID for air travel, buying liquor, cashing a check and driving a car how can it realistically be called “racist” to require the same thing for voting?

    • loupgarous

      You know, the Democrats used to be great about “get out the vote,” and registering voters – how about spending some of that Soros money on GETTING THEM PHOTO ID?

  • D Parri

    Attempting to evoke strong emotion through the use of exaggerated or extravagant speech; not intended to be taken literally.

    Obama, Holder, and the Joint Committee of Democratic Race-Baiters are full-on traffickers of the racist accusations for one purpose, and it is self-evident.

    Why would anyone regard Obama as a unifying figure? It ain’t so.

  • abe

    we will be more energy independent. We will be buying from a friendly country. No mid east oil…more jobs as well, better standing in the world

  • One Man’s Opinion

    The comments on this blog are truly amazing. A few people try to make earnest, reasoned comments, but many others make ridiculous statements with no attempt at discussion. It’s more like a wild mob, with each person carrying a placard that announces their position and each one shouting loudly. Everybody talking past each other, nobody listening. When challenges aren’t answered to the satisfaction of some, they resort to childish name calling, non sequiturs and other ridiculous come-backs. One person comments to practically everybody’s post and is particularly guilty of that. I thought I’d find more intellectual thinking going on here, but after months of reading this stuff, I’m afraid I am left with little hope. Whether you are on the Right or on the Left, I hope someday that you can yield enough to concentrate on what is best for our Country, rather than what is best for your Party. Because the two are not always compatible. And that can destroy America.

    • legal eagle

      Political debate will destroy America?? a bit hyperbolic don’t you think?

      • One Man’s Opinion

        The trouble is, my friend, it is not debate. It is talking past each other: my side good, your side bad. Sounds Orwellian, if you think about it. I’m not opposed to reasoned debate, which is discussion in which people can agree to disagree. And once in a great while it appears here. People can discuss and agree to disagree, but here it generally disintegrates into pettiness. I tune it out on the TV channels, too. And while we’re banning words, let’s ban “hyperbolic” you overuse it for practically anything with which you don’t agree. You did recognize yourself in my comment, didn’t you. Good by.

        • legal eagle

          It’s called free speech. and I like the word hyperbolic….It fits most of the nonsensical and over the top opinions expressed by many right wing nut jobs on this site…
          Do you really think you can “debate” with people who claim that “heads I win tails you lose”?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            >> I like the word hyperbolic

            AKA, it’s the word what those DNC emails told you to repeat often.

          • Integrity

            He prefers that to originality. QED

          • legal eagle

            You mean I now have to use “original” words? Are those words that I created? Hyperbole is not OK because it’s in the dictionary? Very strange people on this site…LOL

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Something off-script would be nice.

          • Jeff

            Yes, very strange… have you looked in the mirror lately?

          • CQ

            No, you should be using “original” thoughts and ideas, not the same old liberal talking points.

          • One Man’s Opinion

            Free speech is one of the blessings our Founding Fathers gave to us, and I treasure it. But free speech does not guarantee intelligent speech. Further, you made my point exactly: “Do you really think you can ‘debate’ with people who claim that ‘heads I win, tails you lose’?” It’s called talking past each other… which was one of the points of my statement. I’m glad you agree with me. You also made another of my points: calling people “right wing nut jobs,” as I had said “When challenges aren’t answered to the satisfaction of some, they resort to childish name calling,” etc. I believe that might also qualify as “hyperbole.”

          • legal eagle

            With all due respect, this site, in my opinion, is one of political advocacy not one that attempts to come to a consensus….Do you really think Bernie Goldberg’s column is not prosecutorial in nature, accusing Obama and Holder of the unspeakable social crime of discussing race?

          • Jeff

            Changing the subject again.

          • Drew Page

            On one hand Holder said Americans are cowards when it comes to having a discussion on race. On the other hand, a day after a recent House Oversight Committee hearing, Mr. Holder appeared before al Sharpton’s groups demanding to know from an all black audience, “When was the last time an Attorney General was treated like that? When was a President ever treated like that?”
            How do you talk about issues of race with people who claim “racism” every time someone disagrees with them, their policies or their actions? Both Holder and Obama play the ‘race card’ nearly every time someone disagrees with them or criticizes their actions, inactions, or statements.
            Do you really think that Obama and Holder try to reach consensus with their political opposition?

          • legal eagle

            It would appear that you believe the only racism remaining in American society is “reverse” racism?

            “Do you really think that Obama and Holder try to reach consensus with their political opposition?”

            Obviously you believe that Holder and Obama can only reach consensus with black folks….

          • Tim Ned

            Well said!!!

          • Drew Page

            You seem to enjoy doing it.

        • legal eagle

          Can you tell me when political discourse in America was “reasoned”? Was the McCarthy era witch hunts “reasonable”? Were the John Birch Society accusing Kennedy of appeasing Communists “reasonable”? How about the debates about the Vietnam war? Did you find LBJ and Nixon “reasonable”?
          My point is that the forums for political debate have expanded, the debate has rarely been “reasoned” ?

          • One Man’s Opinion

            Specious argument. My statement was for reasoned debate. That’s all. Too bad it has rarely been reasoned, really. It’s not a reason to excuse it, and point to other bad behavior. Most mothers teach their children that. I find the name calling childish, whether it’s Obama, Reid or Pelosi; Boehner, McCain or McConnell. Or the people who post on blogs. We are the people of this country and we should be the ones raising the level of discourse, not driving it to the lowest levels of playground bullying. We are better than that; if we’re not, then God help us all.

          • legal eagle

            Do you really believe you can achieve reasoned debate with right wing ideologues?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            As opposed to left-wing Internet trolls whose thoughts are fed to them from DNC emails?

          • legal eagle

            Aren’t you bored with repeating the same stupidity daily? You’re like a three year old..

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Stop doing it, and I’ll stop repeating it.

          • Jeff Webb

            >>Aren’t you bored with repeating the same stupidity daily?<<

            Pally, PLEASE tell me you can see the irony in that question.

          • veeper

            Exactly…..

          • Drew Page

            No more so than achieving reasoned debate with left wing ideologues like your self?

      • One Man’s Opinion

        No, putting political party ideology above the interests of the country could do that. You see it every day in the excuses made for the current president’s policies, for example. You hear it from the Senate Majority’s pulpit practically every day. It is constant. Don’t bother to call this hyperbolic. I know you believe it already.

      • Ryan Nichols

        Probably never destroy America. Maybe make us dysfunctional. Maybe make us a country where nothing gets done, or the wrong things get done. The only way I can see it destroying America is that the two sides go after each other so much, and the rhetoric gets so nasty that the two sides can’t and won’t work together. This is why I think Obama bringing in his racial tension act is possibly the worst thing a modern president has done to his own country. He doesn’t really believe he’s a victim of discrimination. He’s using that feeling in Americans to get support for his party. The women equality thing is no different. After all it was reported that his own staff are paid unequally.

        And I believe the right too must comprise. But as of right now, nobody is compromises.

        • legal eagle

          There is occasional compromise….but not often enough…

      • CQ

        There is a difference between political debate and the childish sniping at other’s comments that One Man’s Opinion refers to. Your own comment falls in that category, legal eagle, and probably this comment from me as well.

        • Joel Wischkaemper

          And there is sniping always. The discerning man sorts and qualifies. To much that is NOT sniping, but is rather rude and abrupt, is called sniping when it should not be. But when it is sniping, you just live with it and consolidate the good stuff.

  • loupgarous

    Attorney-General Holder: “Forget about me, forget about me. You look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee — has nothing to do with me, forget that. What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

    Answers: John Mitchell and Richard Nixon, both of whom had the good grace to resign after it became apparent they’d been caught with their hand in the cookie jar up to their respective armpits.

    Holder and his boss, on the other hand, don’t have what the Greeks called eidos – a word generally translated as “shame,” but with connotations of a sense of rightness that requires Republican politicians to stand down when caught in improprieties. Democratic politicians are immune to the phenomenon, as Obama, Holder, Frank, Dodd, Rangel, “Dollar Bill” Jefferson and a host of others demonstrate.

    • Drew Page

      John Mitchell went to jail. Ed Meese, John Ashcroft and Janet Reno are three Attorneys General that took more than a little heat, not only from Congress, but the MSM as well. I can think of more than a few presidents, like LBJ, Nixon, Carter, Clinton and G.W. Bush that took more than a little heat and disrespect from many in Congress and the MSM. Show me one film clip from ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC or CNN reporting anything negative about the president or his policies.

      • loupgarous

        Don’t have the film clip on my ‘puter, but ABC was a little snarky about Obama’s trip to Grand Isle, Louisiana to walk beaches that had been carefully cleaned of BP oil before hand.

        There was a local store owner who’d been interviewed off-camera (he figured out beforehand that the way to get a long, slow, detailed audit of his last five years’ tax returns was to criticize the One out loud)… who said the solution to the BP oil spill was to have Obama do photo-ops from Pensacola to Galveston.

      • loupgarous

        You’re preaching to the choir here, Drew. I agree with every point you make.

        In addition, Holder seems to think he and his boss ought to somehow be exempt from criticism, which is an odd phobia for someone in public life to have. Holder could have accepted a teaching position at a law school, or a partnership in a law firm if he was averse to being criticized.

        But being Attorney-General of the United States of America is wrapping one’s self around a lightning rod during a thunderstorm. As you point out, John Mitchell, Ed Meese, John Ashcroft, Janet Reno (as well as Alberto Gonzalez and Bush’s other Attorneys General and their assistants) have been subject to searing criticism.

        It puzzles me that anyone who actually rises to that post can be ignorant of the criticism his predecessors have had to deal with, or the criticism that all the Presidents prior to Barack Obama have had to deal with. Holder’s either inconceivably ignorant for an attorney of any standing at all, a shameless liar, or both.

  • DaveW

    Bernie, I agree that Obama has proved to be the most disingenuous President that I can remember and maybe of all time. I have a lot less problem with his point of view, direction and policies (although I often disagree with them) than I do with the fact that he will do anything to get votes and regularly distorts facts to create false impressions to serve his purposes. His way of operating as President is totally opposite to what he promised in his first campaign.

    • legal eagle

      Great hyperbole…..The most disingenuous President of all time? How about Nixon, W. Bush, Reagan etc….they were not “disingenuous”???

      • Wheels55

        Perhaps, but not nearly as much as Obama.

      • Drew Page

        Most politicians that have been elected to the office of president have lied to people in order to get elected, they feel the end justifies the means. But it does seem to me that Barack Obama lies like the rest of us breathe, routinely, without giving it any thought. I will concede that he reads from the teleprompter very well, but he is a terrible liar. Probably because he has a poor memory (a major problem for a prolific and chronic liar). He compounds his mendacity with insults. When his comments are contradicted with video taped proof of his prior conflicting statements, he tries to convince critics that they are the ones with poor listening skills:
        “if you like your health plan you can keep it, period. End of story.”
        vs
        “I said, if you like your health plan you can keep it — provided it didn’t change from what it was prior to the ADA taking effect.”
        There doesn’t seem to be any video tape including the caveat that he later tacked onto his original promise.

        • legal eagle

          More immature argument….Everyone lies including lawyers , doctors and politicians…So he lied? So what? What are you a five year old? Has no one lied to you before?

  • D Parri

    Obama will do “…just about anything…”? Without question.

    How despicable was it of him to accuse Romney of wanting to “shoot first, and aim later”, referring to the statement made by Romney that Benghazi was a terrorist attack.

    Obama and his staff knew that is was a terrorist attack but attempted to deceive the American people by lying about the attack as having been a “spontaneous attack” by a bunch of fellows that just decided to go out for a stroll one night and ended up attacking our embassy and killing four Americans. That was a lie fabricated for the purpose of helping Obama win the presidential election.

    So, do just about anything? Without question.

    • legal eagle

      When in doubt shout BENGHAZI……..a scandal reminiscent of Whitewater…..LOL

      • Tim Ned

        It might just turn out like Whitewater. However until the President keeps his promise for a full investigation, we will never know. Interesting how investigations stop potential scandals in their tracks such as the Chris Christie bridge gate!

        • D Parri

          Yes, but only the ones where there was no wrongdoing committed on the part of the accused.

          • Tim Ned

            True, so there is a case not to investigate.

          • D Parri

            Yes, there is a case. Investigate?

            Consider the answers that have been revealed through steps that have already been taken.

            Now imagine how you might feel at this point if one of those four dead Americans–killed on sovereign American soil–had been your son, father, brother, grandfather, or cousin.

            Are you satisfied with the answers you’ve gotten?

          • Tim Ned

            I am not satisfied. My statement was referring to yours that in the case of Obama and Benghazi, the fear and perhaps reason he will not investigate is that the investigation will most likely turn up incompetency and a cover up of the talking points. I believe the recent hearings have discovered clearly that the talking points that followed the Benghazi tragedy were put together for political purposes.

          • D Parri

            Yes, I agree.

            Also, my comment was intended to be somewhat rhetorical in nature because I would like for some of those that are on the fence regarding their continued support of Obama to ponder those questions and then see if it is as easy to put the Benghazi tragedy behind them.

          • Drew Page

            “bin Laden is dead and al Qaeda is on the run.”
            See, I have killed bin Laden and I have defeated al Qaeda. Vote for me.

        • legal eagle

          There is never a “full investigation” because there is not enough to investigate…

          • Drew Page

            “Nothing to see here”, right, eagle? The four dead bodies are now buried.
            Stand down order? What stand down order? More security? Who asked for more security? No one asked for more security.
            Harry Reid says it all lies. Who started this rumor about Benghazi anyway? I know, it was the Koch brothers.

      • D Parri

        Like I told you before, troll, fuck off.

      • D Parri

        What’s that, troll?

        Oh, sexually intercourse you and the horse you road in on, but according to King Obama Edict # 305 it can be same-sex, your preference.

        • legal eagle

          You would know about sex with a horse…..probably been doing it for many years…Last time you got laid was when Nixon was President

  • D Parri

    When Obama and Holder start playing the race card, their intent is to hold it out as a ‘shield’ to deflect the harsh stings of reality as the lies they’ve been promoting can no longer be hidden by simply piling on more lies.

  • D Parri

    Obama is the most divisive president in modern history, perhaps ever.

  • D Parri

    America has always been a strong nation because of its diversity–not in spite of its diversity.

    • Drew Page

      America has been a strong nation because the diverse have always wanted to assimilate. No longer, diversity now wants to balkanize America. Illegal aliens expect the U.S. to provide for all the necessities of life, claiming it as their “right”. Muslims expect America to forget about Constitutional law and adopt Sharia law.
      I’m sick of being told to “embrace diversity”. Tell those coming to America to embrace American customs, traditions and religions. Tell them to learn to speak, read and write English and not expect America to adopt to their customs, traditions, religion and language. If they can’t abide that, they are free to go back where they came from and stay there.

  • LennyPincus

    Stick with sports.

    • legal eagle

      Goldberg like’s the check from Fox News to much to stick with sports….He’s prostituted himself for years in order to sell some books and keep his benefactors, O’Reilly and Roger Ailes, happy…

      • Tim Ned

        A lot can be said about a lawyer calling someone he disagrees with a prostitute!

        • legal eagle

          Goldberg does it in public….I don’t..

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Uh… you realize that this is a public forum, right legal? You’ve been prostituting yourself here since the day you arrived.

          • Tim Ned

            That’s way to much information thinking about what you do in private.

        • D Parri

          Almost as ridiculous as Obama, Holder, and the Democratic race-baiters accusing ‘elements of the GOP’ of being racist.

          That is their shield and it is the only deflection strategy left for them.

      • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

        It’s amazing how often Goldberg disagrees with the hosts of the Fox News shows he’s on for someone who’s “prostituting himself.”

        You should really discover YouTube one of these days since you just started watching Bernie’s segments two weeks ago. It will do you some good.

  • Chris Matthewson

    Bernie’s anti-Obama bias is again on display. Several points to keep in mind:

    1. Hiking the min. wage, while certainly causing several hundred thousand at the bottom of the job market to lose their low-paying government-subsidized jobs, would provide many more workers with a decent, livable wage and remove them and their families from the welfare roles (food stamp, subsidized housing, etc.). Why, for example, should we, the taxpayers, subsidize Walmart and the fifthy rich heirs of Sam Walton? Forcing Walmart to pay their workers a decent, livable wage would cause them to raise their prices a half percent. It would also remove many of those workers from welfare dependency.

    2. There should be no doubt that gender disparity exists in the workplace. However, as in the climate change debate, what should be examined closely is the CAUSE. Until recently, men have held much more dangerous and difficult jobs (miners, soldiers, police, firemen, etc., etc.) and women have traditionally held many jobs that, while important, are not as valued in our society (nurses, teachers, secretaries, etc.). This, of course, has been changing over the past generation, but true equality hasn’t yet been achieved. Issues like these (climate change and gender pay inequality) become muddled and polarized in our very broken political discourse, and Bernie’s repeated anti-Obama ranting does nothing to improve this fractured state of affairs.

    3. Some of the richest men in the country agree that they (and many of our largest corporations) are woefully under-taxed. On this day, of all days, to hear the hue and cry from the Right about the how the rich are over-taxed is truly laughable.

    4. Unfortunately, the vitriol on this website is matched and even surpassed on many other websites and on both sides of the political spectrum. On the Republican side, some of our best and brightest have left political service, or are leaving (and many will not even enter), not because of attacks from the Left, but because of attacks from within their own party–led by the rabid and religious Right, which today is a greater threat to our freedom than any allegedly socialistic agenda on the Left.

    • Integrity

      Those rich men are free to donate all the money they want to the federal government. I, nor any other RWNJ, have ever done anything to stop them from doing so. I am concerned that cats seem to be treated more favorably than dogs. QED

    • Tim Ned

      1) “Hiking the min. wage would provide many more workers with a decent, livable wage and remove them and their families from the welfare roles (food stamp, subsidized housing, etc.).”

      What planet are you from? You make minimum wage with a family and you are in poverty. You take home the minimum social security you are in poverty.

      2) Have not idea what your point is.

      3) Now I believe you are on drugs. The fact is that most CEO’s of publicly traded companies frankly don’t care what the tax rate is in the US. When they make $10 Billion in Europe such as Obama’s favorite company, GE; they simply leave the profit in Europe in countries that have a smaller corporate tax rate.

    • abe

      Mr Obama feels the government is the answer. Our Young people are finishing college without good job prospects with a future. Our energy policy is nill. Where is the Keystone pipeline? Mr Holder is just a defiant Attorney General, with no accountability…he answers no questions before Congress. Our country has less wealth, our middle class is slowly disappearing…

      • legal eagle

        and what will the Keystone pipeline mean for U.S. energy policy? The answer is nothing…..

        • Ryan Nichols

          That’s an extremely ignorant statement. That oil will be coming south either way. On boats, trucks, or on a pipeline. Seems to me the pipeline is the only smart choice.

          • legal eagle

            From what I have read it will expedite the process for exporting oil from Canada overseas…..What is that supposed to do for U.S. consumers?

          • Tim Ned

            First off, American oil companies are restricted from exporting oil of US production with exception to Canada and at the presidents pleasure. Secondly there are many aspects of free trade that additional capacity can mean more competition at refining. Canadian and American companies do not have the head on the chopping block due to the OPEC cartel. Their downstream income increases from exports. Profitable American companies is good for our economy. I repeat that the increased production of American oil has been good to President Obama. He even mentioned it in his state of the union.

            I don’t know why I waste time with you but let’s switch the product. What good is it for the US Consumer when Apple exports their products overseas? Products that never come through this country since they are made in China.

          • legal eagle

            What’s your point about exporting Canadian oil from overseas?
            Profits are good for the corporation, not necessarily for our economy…
            Apple’s exports do not carry any environmental risks to the country…Apple’s exports do not displace people from their property in the transportation process….

          • Tim Ned

            Silly li’l boy; do you know how many investment funds have oil stocks? I could give you 30 points how this has an impact on the US economy. But just watch Obama’s state of the union.

            Answer my question about Apple. How does the US consumer benefit from Apples shipments from China around the world? I could name six points how the US consumer benefits. And don’t talk about displacing people and other issues deflecting the subject. Do you know how many people don’t have jobs in the US because Apple produces their products overseas?

          • legal eagle

            The consumer does not benefit….The pipeline needs government approval because it has an environmental impact….Apple does not…
            The Keystone Pipeline argument has been couched, by the right, as affecting U.S. energy policy…My point is that I do not believe it will have much, if any, of an effect on U.S energy policy…..
            Your Apple to energy policy analogy is not applicable…
            Obviously, you don’t wish to take environmental factors in to account….I and many others do…

          • Tim Holmquist

            Au Contraire, your question was very clear as to what benefit was there exporting Canadian oil through the US. I clearly gave you a situation where Apple ships products to other markets made in other countries. There are benefits to American consumers in what Apple does and I am not going to educate a little boy on the global manufacturing and distribution methods that I consult for companies every day.

            And where, please tell, that I don’t take environmental factors into account. I guess the answer is that you would rather have these tar sands shipped by rail than by pipeline?

            Please answer that question.

          • legal eagle

            Are there any environmental risks of shipping by rail, other than a crash?
            I’m not aware of the benefits…
            The only “benefit” of the Keystone Pipeline, that I have read about, are a minimal amount of jobs….

          • Tim Ned

            Yes, rail delivery is growing rapidly. We have a huge growth here through MN due to the fraking sand transported from WI to ND. Recent statistics show that rail accidents, and they can be deadly, are increasing dramatically as well. And rail is bringing the tar sands in from Canada.

            Having spent my first ten years in the exploration industry, I know that transporting oil is one of biggest causes of spills outside of the gulf drilling rig explosion that is pretty rare. Pipe lines is one of the safest both for the environment and public safety.

          • legal eagle

            Appreciate the info…

          • legal eagle

            It may be a smart choice but it appears it will benefit only the oil industry not U.S. consumers….

          • Ryan Nichols

            Actually it is projected to bring in 100 million dollars in tax revenue. So that doesn’t benefit the oil companies. It would create a solid infrastructure that would eliminate hundreds of semi trucks polluting the air each day. After all those hundreds of trucks use millions of dollars in fuel each year as well, which is passed along to consumers. America is the #1refiner of fossil fuels. It would make that job cleaner, safer, and more efficient. Which benefits everyone. Sure it greatly benefits oil companies, but why would you look to stand against them? Everyone uses oil. People seem to just be on a crusade to punish oil companies. If there were a GOOD reason not to do it I would probably question doing it. But just saying it doesn’t benefit America isn’t a good reason. Because that fact is up for debate.

          • legal eagle

            From everything I read the financial gain does not offset the environmental risks involved…I could care less about the oil companies….
            There needs to be a reason to do it…I haven’t heard one yet that offsets the risks…..Lowering costs for oil company transportation of oil from Canada is not, to me, a great reason..

          • Ryan Nichols

            The risks? There’s just as much risk using any other method. There’s really no good reason not to let them build it. It’s turned into some political debate, and it shouldn’t be. Many factors some people use to stand against it are fabricated, or exaggerated.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            >>From everything I read the financial gain does not offset the environmental risks involved

            That’s because you only read DNC emails, legal. It’s left-wing propaganda.

          • legal eagle

            In your narrow minded world there are no environmental concerns, no racial concerns, no concern for low income Americans…..your only concern is whether you can rationalize selfishness….

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            In your narrow minded world, you actually believe that. lol.

          • Drew Page

            In your world, there is “concern” for everything, provided someone else pays the bills.
            Have you liquidated all of your assets and turned the money over to “the poor”? If not, you must be selfish.

          • Jeff Webb

            >>It may be a smart choice but it appears it will benefit only the oil industry not U.S. consumers….<<

            How about the U.S. consumers needing jobs who would build the pipeline?

          • legal eagle

            I have seen no credible source that the pipeline will create many jobs….How about the Nebraskans who don’t want the pipeline running through their property?

          • Jeff Webb

            >>I have seen no credible source that the pipeline will create many jobs<>How about the Nebraskans who don’t want the pipeline running through their property?<<

            How about the people who didn't want to be forced to buy health insurance?

          • legal eagle

            This is your credible source? Unions advocating for temporary construction jobs? Will the work require union labor?

            Perhaps this article in Forbes may be closer to reality…

            http://www.forbes.com/sites/energysource/2013/05/10/pipe-dreams-how-many-jobs-will-be-created-by-keystone-xl/

          • Jeff Webb

            Read the last paragraph of the article you linked–it fairly summarizes how you just helped bolster my argument.

            It might not make a difference to you, but it’ll matter to the thousands and thousands of people who will no longer be unemployed. Whatever small % of those jobs are temporary, would you rather spend x amount of months in a well-paying job or on unemployment benefits? Which would benefit the economy more?

          • legal eagle

            If you don’t want to buy health insurance you don’t have to buy it…pay the tax penalty….
            What happens to those don’t want to buy health insurance and then have to go to the hospital? What would you suggest? Again Republican hypocrisy..
            St, Reagan was the POTUS who signed the bill mandating hospitals to treat everyone regardless of their ability to pay…

          • Jeff Webb

            >>If you don’t want to buy health insurance you don’t have to buy it…pay the tax penalty….<<

            My point was you're full of it. You couldn't care less about the plight of people being inconvenienced, unless it serves your argument, so drop the Nebraskans' property strawman.

            Seeing that you're a little dense, I'll remember to phrase it more carefully for you in the future. Test: "how about the people who didn't want to be forced to pick between paying a penalty and buying health insurance?

        • Ryan Nichols

          Why does the pipeline have to be intertwined in energy policy? It’s just a common sense solution to moving the product.

        • Tim Ned

          A lot more than Fans on stilts and solar cells in deserts.

          • legal eagle

            So it’s one or the other?

          • Tim Ned

            Didn’t say that. The pipeline will deliver a lot of energy and a lot more than fans and solar cells. Oil production in the US has been a highlight of this economy. So much so that President Obama even brought it up in his state of the union, even though he isn’t much of an oil guy.

          • legal eagle

            The pipeline will deliver no energy to U.S. consumers….

          • Tim Ned

            Yes, we all know that your talking points tells you to say this stuff as it’s in every democrat’s fact book. The US is exporting oil today without the pipeline and they will export oil with the pipeline. Amazed you try to show knowledge on such nonsensical dribble. This really raises the question as to how old you are.

      • legal eagle

        A bit of a generalization about college graduates…Our country id far wealthier than it’s ever been..it’s just in the hands of less people….something Republicans are trying to protect…

    • Ryan Nichols

      I only have time to discount you one point at a time. First minimum wage is being proposed to be raised to ten dollars an hour. Which I disagree is a smart move. After all, why can’t we gradually bump the wage each year? It would put a lot less burden on small business. You only seem to care about sticking it to big companies that can probably handle a bigger hike. But you in doing so will kill thousands of jobs. Force thousands of companies to close up. But you don’t care do you? As long as you feel like the big bad corporations got what’s coming to them.

      Oh and since you decided to use Walmart as your example. The average walmart employee makes around eleven and a half a hour. So bad example. . The wage hike would likely not effect walmart.

      • legal eagle

        Average means nothing..Walmart counts management in their “average” wage number….
        Hundreds of millions go to Walmart employees in food stamps and Medicaid because of the low wages paid to thousands of Walmart workers..

        • Tim Ned

          Let’s shut down all the Walmarts! I trust you are posting this on Hillary’s website as well? She’s a former board member and I trust you rant on her site as well.

          • legal eagle

            Don’t want to close down anyone….I occasionally shop at Walmart….I do want them to pay wages equal to those Costco pays…I do want their employees to make enough so they are no eligible for food stamps…I do want Walmart to provide medical benefits so their employees are not eligible for Medicaid…What’s the problem with that?

          • Tim Ned

            I seldom go to Walmart and in my opinion most of what they sell is junk. However I see a lot of poorer people benefiting from their low prices. Costco has a very different business model.

            Employees have the right to form unions, quit, or work their way up the ladder. Consumers have the right to boycott. However it may make you feel better to see someone get a buck or two more an hour but in reality you’re not helping them.

          • legal eagle

            Your opinion is wrong…They sell name brand and non brand name items…

          • Tim Ned

            They have very different models. Costco’s model images more like Sam’s club.

          • legal eagle

            Sam’s Club was based upon Costco or it’s predecessor Price Club….Sam’s Club is owned by Walmart and pays it’s employees the same wages as Walmart employees…

          • Tim Ned

            Ok now you are making it sound like you brought up the business model. Good grief! Now the point is as I stated earlier, they have the right to strike, quit, or work their way up the ladder. And the main point is that if you get them a buck more an hour you can go hang out with your other do-gooders and celebrate with the type of drinks what ever that may be. And in the end you helped nobody. When Walmart faces a shortage in the workforce that existing in the 90’s and earlier, they will be forced to compete for employees like I have to. And the McDonalds my son worked at in 1994 that paid him over $10.00 an hour, would not be paying $9.00 an hour today.

          • Drew Page

            How often have you told Wal-Mart management that you would be willing to pay 10, 15 or 20% more than listed prices to insure that Wal-Mart employees won’t have to apply for food stamps or apply for Medicaid? Have you offered to pay an additional 10% over posted prices in order that Wal-Mart provide its employees with a “decent” pension plan?
            I believe that consumers have options and rights that they should be able to freely exercise. For all those who feel as you do about Wal-Mart paying higher wages and better benefits, I suggest you add an employee “tip” of 15 or 20%, like you would at a restaurant, to your bill. It to be used by Wal-Mart to increase pay and benefits. For others, who don’t feel that way, they would have the right to pay only posted prices, without “tip”. That way, those with differing points of view are free to do their own thing. Youn aren’t opposed to freedom of choice, are you?

          • legal eagle

            I don’t believe in an American oligarchs, like the Waltons…Obviously you do…
            Typical, “greed is good” thinking…

      • legal eagle

        Bumping up the minimum wage is the proposal Republicans oppose…..Republicans oppose any rise in the minimum wage because it’s a rationalization for the selfishness of it’s corporate masters..

        • Tim Ned

          You left off the Military Industrial Complex!

        • Ryan Nichols

          No. It’s just the left drumming up anger before elections. They have had plenty of opportunities to help lower income people. They are only rattling cages to turn people against others. To make people believe they are being unfairly treated. And only the left can help them. That is misinformation. That’s the left toying with people’s minds and feelings. All for political gains. It’s sickening.

          • legal eagle

            Do you think business is going to help them? Do you think Republican politicians are going to help them? Who is going to represent the political and economic interests of low income Americans or should they not be represented?

          • Drew Page

            They will always have you, eagle.

        • Chris Matthewson

          It’s worse than that. It is federally-subsidized welfare for Walmart and its billionaire owners. Walmart has even instructed its low-paid workers on how to apply for government welfare programs! So, as I pointed out in my original post above (which was falsely attacked by several of the uninformed who inhabit this bubble), the U.S. taxpayer is subsidizing large corporations and their billionaire owners who pay their workers an unlivable wage. It’s bad enough that Walmart buys its products from countries that pay their workers inhuman wages. But, thanks to our federal minimum wage law, Walmart and its corporate welfare brethren have successfully imported their cynical worker treatment policy to the USA.

          • legal eagle

            Unfortunately, the vast majority of readers of this website do not want to deal in facts….I’ve made this same point many times without any reasonable responsive post…
            They are against entitlement except for Corporate America in general and the Walton Family, in particular…

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            >>Unfortunately, the vast majority of readers of this website do not want to deal in facts

            Again… Facts and DNC talking points aren’t the same things. You really have a hard time with that, don’t you?

          • Drew Page

            Eagle — Whether you like it or not, you are a part of “Corporate America”.
            You are involved in commerce. You provide services and charge fees. You use banks. You purchase from manufacturers. The fact that you cannot do as much business as GM, or IBM or Wal-Mart doesn’t make you any less a capitalist, Corporate American.
            You can shed crocodile tears over the plight of the poor and disadvantaged and tells us all how you feel their pain. You can cast blame on conservatives or Republicans or anyone who doesn’t share your political and social views of who are the “victims” and “victimizers” and say, “It’s all their fault.” But for all your disdain, you are part of Corporate America. You are one of the Corporate Masters. This is a fact that you may not want to deal with.

          • legal eagle

            I am very much a Capitalist but I do not wheel the political influence that corporations do. Corporate lobbyists and contributions are the fuel that runs the political process….I’m not railing against the system…as long as I know the rules I’m happy to participate…the capitalist system has treated me quite well. Corporatism and capitalism are, in my opinion , not always one and the same..

      • Chris Matthewson

        “Walmart jobs are poverty-level jobs.
        Walmart’s average sale Associate makes $8.81 per hour, according to IBISWorld, an independent market research group. This translates to annual pay of $15,576, based upon Walmart’s full-time status of 34 hours per week1. This is significantly below the 2010 Federal Poverty Level of $22,050 for a family of four.

        “Walmart can afford to pay higher wages.
        According to a 2011 report (PDF), if Walmart started paying a $12/hour minimum wage, its workers currently earning less than $9 per hour could each earn $3,250 to $6,500 more per year before taxes. If Walmart were to pass this cost directly to shoppers, the average consumer would need to pay only 46 cents more per shopping trip, or $12.50 per year.

        “In 2010, Walmart CEO Mike Duke received $18.7 million in total compensation, or 1,201 times the annual income of the average Walmart sale Associate.”

        http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/factsheet/walmart-watch-fact-sheets/fact-sheet-wages/

        • Tim Ned

          First I could care less personally. But why not make the minimum wage $20.00 per hour? The bottom line is that if you have a family of four and working at Walmart you have a lot more problems on your plate than the minimum wage.

  • Phil

    Divide and conquer, baby. Divide and conquer.

  • Kathie Ampela

    Check out a book called The 48 Laws of Power. I came across in my bookcase this weekend. I forgot I had it. It is a compilation of common themes of power spanning 3,000 years of human history from ancient China to Renaissance Italy to Victorian England and WWII. Political figures, royalty and charlatans have all played similar games as Obama. Human nature never changes but consider this:

    Law # 29 Plan all the Way to the End. The ending is everything. Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others. By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances & you will know when to stop. Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead. (Progressives have no endgame)

    Law # 45 Preach the Need for Change But Never Reform Too Much At Once
    Everyone understands the need for change in the abstract, but on the day to day level people are creatures of habit. Too much innovation is traumatic and will lead to revolt. If you are new to a position of power, or an outsider trying to build a power base, make a show of respecting the old way of doing things. If change is necessary, make it feel like a gentle improvement on the past. Human psychology contains many dualities, one of them being that even while people understand the need for change, knowing how important it is for institutions and individuals to be occassionally renewed, they are also irritated and upset by changes that affect them personally. They know that change is necessary, and that novelty provides relief from boredom, but deep inside they cling to the past. Change in the abstract or superficial change is what they desire, but a change that upsets core habits and routines is deeply disturbing to them. (They tried to hide ObamaCare but now it is unhideable. Every time Obama postpones one aspect of Obamacare, it is an admission of this law)

    Stoking resentments is Law #11 – Learn to Keep People Dependent on You
    To maintain your independence you must always be needed and wanted. The more you are relied on, the more freedom you have. Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity and you have nothing to fear. Never teach them enough so that they can do without you.

    In Obama’s case, Law 29 & Law 45 is the inevitable result of Law #11. The consequences of Obama’s policies are unavoidable, so Team Obama can only try to cling to Law #11.

    Forget Rules for Radicals, Alinsky only teaches how to burns things down. This book gives you the long view and it definitely applies here. Obama is a total amateur.

    • Mark W.

      Great Post!

  • mikecowan424

    I don’t think he ever existed either.

  • Mark W.

    When you truly believe that you are “the one(s) we (you) have been waiting for,” there is no room for compromise when your mission is to “fundamentally change America.” Lies, deception, division… whatever it takes to achieve the goal. After all, the ends justify the means.

    • Dst1964

      Exactly my man! This man is the great deceiver in chief! Never in my lifetime would I ever have thought this country would be hoodwinked by such a man that I swear could be the devil himself! I never bought into his BS but i do remember for about a day ir so around the SC Primary thinking that Man, this guy is good but i went back and researched him some more and realized that he’s a one man propaganda MACHINE that’s going to fool America and I was so sad in Nov if that year that I was right and even more sad in 2012 when the baxxt__d repeated it. God help us live thru the the depth and depravity that is BARACK OBAMA!!

      • http://theromancatholicvote.com/ catholicvoter

        This is what I do not understand, Dst1964: How on earth did people think he was so good? I never got that from him. He always sounded like a bunch of hot air to me. He never really said much of anything believable. And once you checked his record – fagetaboutit!

        • legal eagle

          you didn’t vote for him…and you haven’t stopped whining about Obama since January 20, 2009???

      • legal eagle

        The black devil himself…….LOL

        • Jeff Webb

          Try a little harder to keep your racism in check, please.

  • Wheels55

    Mr. Nobel Peace Prize sure knows how to drive a wedge between different groups.
    Rather than down-playing racism, like whatever evil conservatives say doesn’t really matter; Obama, Holder and gang have chosen to take the low road.

  • Jeff Metz

    Division among the classes is necessary for the left to survive. Celebration of successes by hard working people goes against the very principal of liberal theory. Those who have succeeded could have only done so by profiting off of the work or backs of the oppressed. Is there any wonder the middle class has shrunk over the past five years? http://www.thepolticalspectator.org

  • joist4fun

    the discussion should be about the success of our prez. He or whoever is in control have had the most successful progressive 6 years ever. They are decimating the middle class, they are making the rich(upper class) richer, and they are creating a ruling class. In a socialistic economic system that all that is necessary to remove all remnants of a Democracy. It should sadden all who have children and grandchildren.

    • Homer

      Not quite. I think it’s about time the discussion should be on way to present the *truth* and *facts* to the public, the way average Americans will pay attention.
      War on women is brilliant term. It capture the mind with action.
      Conservatives should use likewise terms, that people can relate to.
      How about Dems screwing up the truth? You know, because Dems are being caught with their pants down. Or “stealing the the American mind”?

      • legal eagle

        Yes Republicans should have a slogan like “War on Iran” or “war on Illegal Immigrants”…..LOL

        • Drew Page

          Are you big on slogans? How about this one, “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it.”

  • buckrodgers

    Its about time Americans put the blame for what’s happening in this country on liberal whites who only care about themselves, there the ones who control the Democratic Party,the media,academia and Hollywood, these are the people who run around the country labeling anybody who disagrees with them a bigot, then they run home and burn crosses on the lawns of minorities, especially African Americans who want to move into their neighborhood, back in the sixties southern white democrats used jim crow lawns and the Kl Klux Klan to control African Americans and keep whites in power, todays liberal prefer to lynch whites by labeling them bigots, while they use minorities as a pawn to remain in power, if a network like CBS really cared about women and minorities then why did they hire another white man to replace David Letterman instead of a minority or women, then don’t be surprised when Seven Colbert starts playing the race and gender card, even though he used his race and gender to obtain his job, then you have white Democrats who live in predominately white long island calling other Americans bigots, does he think he is a special white man, how about opening his district to less fortunate families, or his he afraid that a black family might move next door to him, President Obama was elected because he promised one America where all races have the same opportunity opportunity based on merit, instead of a America where white liberal, live and act like a bunch of closet racist to remain in power.

    • legal eagle

      Seems like you have a lot of resentment towards those you disagree with politically and socially…As I can assume that Letterman is on past your bedtime why in the world do you care who is replacing him?

      • Integrity

        More hyperbolic whining from a bitter old man. QED

    • Wheels55

      Colbert is just the conservative-hating person CBS needs.

    • Stimpy

      Run on sentence much? Period. Try using one.

      • Mr. Chips

        Yep, try to diagram that sentence in ten minutes or less! But you offered him only one period. Here’s a few more punctuation marks he can borrow from me: …………………………………..!!!!!?????;;;;;;,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,” ” ”””” . And I have more, if necessary.
        Not only that, I read the whole thing!

  • American1969

    Holder and Obama have only the Race Card left because they have no other arguments they can use. They have nothing else, and they know it.

    • legal eagle

      Stay in the 1960’s when those blacks and hispanics knew their place in America and those, like MLK,who didn’t were taken care of..

      • Ted Crawford

        And there you are! Right on cue, the typical Progressive, USING THE RACE CARD! WOW! ! !
        Your post is the Exclamation point to American 1969’s!

      • American1969

        *yawn*
        Playing the Race Card? How original. Yeah…didn’t see that one coming.

      • Wheels55

        OK, everyone that disagrees with you and Obama are racists. Now set that aside and make a logical argument for Obama’s policies.

        • JASVN67

          He can not do as you asked, even if he tried.

        • legal eagle

          I never said anyone was a racist…..I am saying that there is a small segment of America that is uncomfortable with a black guy as POTUS….

          • Integrity

            And your reply had absolutely nothing to do with the comment you replied to. So apparently, you also have nothing else and know it. QED

          • Wheels55

            Legal, I agree. That small segment also includes many Democrats. It isn’t just a GOP thing.
            Also, if that segment is small, let’s forget about them and leave race out of the equation.

          • legal eagle

            I don’t disagree…

          • Drew Page

            Would you care to expand upon, or define, your term “small segment”?
            If not, could you respond to Wheels 55 request and make a logical argument for Obama’s
            * Energy policy?
            * Foreign policy?
            * Education policy?
            * Monetary policy?
            * Economic policy?
            * Defense policy?
            * Agricultural policy?

  • abe

    Mr Obama and Mr Holder 2 very polarizing individuals. I still do not understand why he was reelected. the country was far worse off in 2012 than back in 2008.
    At least Mr Romney offered a different way

    • legal eagle

      Obama was re-elected because the country was in far better condition that it was in 2008….Who was worse off in 2012?

      • Tim Ned

        Actually a lot of people was worse off. The annual unemployment rate in 2008 was 5.8%. For 2012 it was 8.1%

        • legal eagle

          What was it when Obama took office? Unemployment wasn’t 5.8% was it?

          • Tim Ned
          • legal eagle

            The data you sent say that in January of 2009 unemployment was 7.8%…Am I misreading something?

          • Tim Ned

            You have not miss read anything. The average for 2009 was 9.3% and 2012 was 8.1%. The average for 2008 was 5.4.

          • legal eagle

            So now you want to use the “average” rate? You are funny…Wish you were testifying in a deposition…Everyone would have a good laugh…

          • Tim Ned

            I state the facts. You asked the difference between 2008 and 2012 and I told you. I also backed it up with statistics and a reference. I am perfect for depositions. I state the facts what ever they are. Of course due to the housing and bank collapse unemployment was on rise. We all remember when unemployment stated by this president would never exceed (?) what was it again? That was just one another example of an untruth to get the stimulus through.

          • legal eagle

            If you are going to use the “average” you should state that you are using the “average”….BTW, what does average have to do with economic data….
            Remember the old saying, “Numbers lie and liars use numbers”
            And you believe Obama is responsible for the rise in unemployment in 2009?

          • Tim Ned

            Yes, and the facts bury lawyers!

      • abe

        How about our Military people,senior citizens and Young People. My family and i just lost our health insurance, he cut medicare,where is our Attorney general with all the investigations? He doesn’t answer any questions. Our standing in the world is not the same….sorry

        • legal eagle

          Can you be specific on what you believe has been “cut” on Medicare? What about senior citizens? Have an example? What about Military? Have any specifics?
          You lost your health insurance? Did you get other health insurance?

        • legal eagle

          Gonna respond Abe???

      • Stimpy

        You are conveniently forgetting the contributions that the democrats made to that financial meltdown. Barney Frank and his pal Dodd must have been proud of that social engineering experiment that forced banks to provide mortgages to all the poor people who couldn’t understand and certainly couldn’t afford these. Throw in the idiot Greenspan who failed to provide any regulation or warning about derivatives and you had the perfect financial storm – brought about by your pals the progressives. And I am sure there were thieves and criminals of both political persuasions committing mortgage fraud. Bush wasn’t smart enough to engineer this disaster. It was the “we know all, and we care so much” progressives that brought this to pass.

        • legal eagle

          Blaming Barney Frank and Tom Dodd for the financial meltdown is like blaming Hitler’s mother for World War II…It was the banks and Wall Street that caused the meltdown not politicians….You rationalization sounds the same as those who blame Clinton for 9/11…When the facts are inconvenient create your own reality….If you can’t create it Fox News will do it for you…..

          • Tim Ned

            What a minute Opie, Franks was chairman of the “Powerful” House Financial Services Committee. To relate him to the housing collapse is totally appropriate as he had the oversight of the very area that was the cause of the collapse.

            There is no reasonable person out there that blames President Clinton for 9/11. We blame Osama Bin Laden!!

            And in the end it’s your old enemy, Fox News. OMG how do you live in a world with Fox?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            >>It was the banks and Wall Street that caused the meltdown not politicians

            That’s odd. You’ve been blaming Bush for the meltdown since the day you started posting here.

          • Stimpy

            Got those liberal blinders on? The banks were strong armed by the government into making those sub prime loans. If they hadn’t, you and yours would have called them racist.

          • legal eagle

            If that was the case….why wasn’t the law changed when Republicans controlled the House, Senate and the White House?
            Your repeating political talking points, not fact….but then again, you probably don’t care about the facts…

          • Stimpy

            Maybe because this nonsense started with the Clinton administration? Sometimes unintended consequences, which liberal do-good policies are famous for, take a while to manifest. Since when do liberals deal in facts?

          • legal eagle

            Great non-answer……..Perhaps you should read up a little more on the subject?

    • legal eagle

      Mr. Romney offered crap unless you are in the upper 1% of income earners in the U.S……

      • Stimpy

        Is that why the ranks of people on food stamps has exploded in the Obama years? Is that why so many have taken the sleazy ‘social security disability’ route in the Obama years? Yeah, Obama sure is creating the liberal utopia he promised.

        • legal eagle

          Do you know how many military families and returning soldiers are on food stamps and the “sleazy social security disability” system. What would you rather happen, have people begging in the streets? Have low income family go hungry? Have ex military commit suicide in greater numbers?

          • Integrity

            How many ribbons are you wearing on your lapel? QED

          • Stimpy

            Of course not. I am just commenting on the true state of the recovery, that you libs are so proud of.

      • Tim

        You seem to be clueless when it comes to Mr. Romney or how capitalism works.

  • Ryan Nichols

    I’ve been telling people this for years. Obama is splitting this nation, he’s making the political waters boil, and he’s urging his followers to push the nonbelievers into the boiling waters.

    • Stop Obamunism Now

      These are the strategies of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Saul Alinsky.
      Obama’s “spiritual mentors”. They speed up the TRANSFORMATION.

      • legal eagle

        You know something about Marx, Lenin or Alinsky how????

        • Stimpy

          Hear no evil, speak no evil much? We all know the underpinnings of your Messiah’s politics.

        • Stop Obamunism Now

          Studied history and modern politics.
          I’ve read many of your posts, Mr. Eagle.
          You are a passionate LIBERAL. Bernie Goldberg is a Conservative, so what are you doing here?

          Trolling for Confrontation, or Educating the opposition? If so, I understand. I do that over at Politico.

    • legal eagle

      “I’ve been telling people this for years.” You’ve been telling who? You didn’t vote for him so, in fact, you’re just a sore loser…

  • ArchAngel13

    Since the President’s election, there has been a steady drumbeat from the underbelly of this country. That drumbeat has now become a full-throated roar. I’ve read and heard things said about the President and his family that go beyond the pale. What do these comments all have in common? They are all related to race in some form or another. The President’s academic achievements have been belittled as some sort of quota/tokenism. The First Lady’s traditional African-American looks and body type have been demeaned with comparisons to animals. Did you think nobody noticed this disrespectful behavior? Did you think we weren’t listening or reading what you were saying?

    There is a history stretching back to Reconstruction of efforts by the majority to obstruct the participation of African-Americans in public life. It is not imagined. It is documented.

    All that being said, the First Lady still enjoys the admiration of two-thirds of the country. And, the hateful demographic continues to shrink. So, keep screaming while you can.

    • RMN

      Since President Obama won’t allow his college records to be released how can anyone belittle his academic achievements? President Obama is hardly a victim. As Brit Hume stated “President Obama uses race as both a shield and a sword.”.

      • ArchAngel13

        I don’t recall any other President allowing his college records to be released either. You’ve ducked the substance of my comment. Has some of the “dialogue” toward the President and First Lady been full of racist vitriol or not? 28 million people aren’t imagining what they’re seeing and hearing. Disagreement on policy? Sure. I get that. Can the Right do it without the epithets?

        • John

          We’ve seen the college transcripts and SAT scores of every president and presidential candidate except….Obama. Please locate the facts.

          • John

            And if he’s so “brilliant,” why not share?

          • ArchAngel13

            Just like with any other student, Harvard cannot release academic records unless the student provides a written release. Bush refused to release his grades. They only became public after a leak. So, what you want the President to do is unprecedented. While you’re at it, see if you can get Sarah Palin to release her college records. Yet again, nothing about the substance of my original post. Just conspiracies that don’t exist.

          • American1969

            Then let Obama release his transcripts or shut up.

          • ArchAngel13

            Nice discourse. Very civil.

          • legal eagle

            Why don’t you release your Junior High School records?

          • American1969

            I’m not in public office.

        • Take1Cincy

          Obama never showed anything about his past! In fact he has paid millions to his attorneys to keep all his records secret! If he is so up and up and honest he shouldn’t have to hide anything! He is a hoax! He is nothing but a communist! Just like his parents and grandparents. They even sent him to communist school!

      • legal eagle

        That’s the ticket…Brit Hume, Bill O’Reilly and Bernie Goldberg are your sources for racial matters…..LOL

    • John

      Oh and democrats treated George Bush with respect? I think you really need to stop focusing on race and focus on reality.

    • American1969

      “Hateful demographic.”
      So, because we criticize POLICY, we’re racist? According to your logic, every white president has been a victim of racist hostility from people of color for criticizing his POLICIES far more than Obama or Holder ever had to put up with! That is what you’re saying.
      The fact is that this president and his administration are corrupt, inept, and incompetent, as well as a bunch of blatant liars. Any time anyone criticizes any policy, it’s racism. Right.
      Get some new material. We’re talking about POLICY and CHARACHTER. Last time I checked, those two things had nothing to do with skin color.

      • ArchAngel13

        According to your logic, I’m a brainless dupe hypnotized by skin color. Again, disagreement on policy I understand. Can it be done without some of the vitriol that accompanies it?

        • American1969

          Like the vitriol the Left spewed against Bush? Or Cheney? Or even Condoleeza Rice?

          • ArchAngel13

            You mean disagreeing publicly with the Bush Administration on leading us into two wars and letting unethical greedy bankers run wild? I don’t recall race in the mix in these discussions. Your contention is actually a lie. And, not a very good one.

      • legal eagle

        It’s because you criticize EVERY policy or action that Obama or Holder are in favor of….It’s not selective….

    • Lougjr1

      Wrong again my friend, you have been brainwashed by the likes of Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson an administration that is trying to change this great country into a Socialist/Marxist state. To the majority of white America, it is the radical agenda of this Communist or Fascist administration we have in the White house. You can try to blame Whitey all you want and show your racist side but it has nothing to do with race. Sure, their are some racists that will always be here, and they exist on both sides, no question about it. Racism is Miniscule compared to the number of Americans. They are not even a fraction. They are insignificant. If African Americans want a real black leader, they should have picked someone like Dr. Benjamin Carson who is not a Politician but a statesman who is a positive thinker and doer. He has the attitude of moving America forward without antagonizing one half of the country. It is imperative that we remove and relieve this administration of command if we are to survive as the greatest nation on earth. If not, we will have made the biggest mistake of the century for we will be no better than a third world uncivilized nation !!

      • ArchAngel13

        Yep. You caught me brainwashed by rationality and facts. Is this supposed to disprove my point?

        • Tim

          So who’s Racist the people that voted POLICY or the 80+% of blacks that voted color.
          Because you sure can’t vote based on all the good things Obama has done for the black community.
          What’s the black unemployment rate?
          Has anything improved since he’s been president anything?

          • ArchAngel13

            Yep. We’re so racist that we vote for white candidates all the time and continue to do so. I can’t say the record is the same on the other side of that equation. By the way, Hillary Clinton had a lock on African-Americans until her husband bumbled into the mix with some racially questionable comments himself.

            Are you a racist because you vote for white people? I don’t think you are. Neither am I.

      • ArchAngel13

        By the way, I’m not a follower of Jackson or Sharpton. They ceased to be effective long ago. Most blacks are of the same mind as me in regards to those gentlemen. I believe in individualism as a means to elevate the collective. But, I’m also a realist. I know not everyone has the tools to pull themselves up. And, that cuts across all colors.

        • Stop Obamunism Now

          AA13, are there a small group of people who hold terrible, hateful attitudes towards African-Americans?
          Unfortunately…. there are. But just look at this weeks events. That wack-job in Kansas was full of hate and it was directed at other “whites”. The overwhelming majority of Conservatives / Republicans / TEA Party members have no interest in RACE. WE don’t care what color Barack Obama’s SKIN is (although we do resent it when HE uses it for political benefit).

          We only care what color his “Ideological Heart” is. Having been around Socialists and Communists from an early age, and espousing the “Joys-of-Marxism” when he was at Columbia University, I’m saying his is RED.
          As in the colors of the USSR and PRC flags….

          His policies actually derail an economic recovery from happening. Obama is opposed to Free-Market Capitalism and means to cause it’s collapse.
          As one of MILLIONS who lost their good paying career jobs as a result of ObamaNomics, it’s pretty clear.
          He wants to FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM the United States into a Socialist Workers Paradise…
          Like CUBA.

          There isn’t anything RACIST about opposing THAT!!

        • Lougjr1

          This is true, that doesn’t mean that it’s right for the government to rob hard working Americans to give free money and other stuff to them without them doing something for it .There are so many jobs that people can do for the money that is given to them free. That makes more sense to me, they may just learn something in the process ! don’t you think ?

    • Ryan Nichols

      You’re really undeserved any response for that rather closed minded post. Every president takes heat. Obama hasn’t even began to even see a smidgen of what Bush waded through. Of course there’s racist Americans. White ones, black ones, brown ect. But none of these racist people are effecting Obama in any way. You can’t take these outer fringe nut jobs and apply that label broadly. After all, I’m sure you don’t paint all Democrats as jobless hippies living off the taxpayers.

      This entire narrative of criticism of Obama is racist is beyond ignorant. It’s a ploy. The left is using this narrative to silence criticism, to change the subject off his records. Even Obama himself is involved in this offensive political game. First they try and make the immigrants feel discriminated against. Then all these republicans are racist for advocating voters show id. They fan the flames of racism, then paint themselves into the picture with the minorities, and attest they too are victims just like you. Then they go after women, and try and further that narrative of unequal opportunity. So everyone is a victim.

      Most Americans can see right through this offensive ploy to get votes. Most people can see Obama is a dishonest hypocrite. Who’s used his race as

      • legal eagle

        That’s why the Democrats win Presidential elections….because only you and your fellow cultists know the truth…LOL

    • Tim

      Oh please, spare me.
      What academic achievements?
      The man has had his college transcripts sealed so how would you know?
      They spend more of the taxpayers money on trivial BS than any other presidency that I can recall.
      Michele has taken how many vacations at what cost to the taxpayer?
      And for what? Is it because of all the hard work getting the country on track that she needs all the vacations or is she just milking the tax payer?
      What does the pigment in ones skin have to do with a persons character?

      • ArchAngel13

        This is part of the problem. The President’s college records are not “sealed”. That requires a court order. His records are private like any other citizens. I’m surprised there hasn’t been a sympathetic leaker at Occidental or Harvard to help you out. Oh well.

        They’re entitled to take vacations. The security apparatus required to protect the First Family from conspiracy minded folks is expensive. That’s one of the perks that no one seemed to mind prior to this Presidency.

        At least, have your facts in order. The ready willingness to believe things that are untrue is fascinating.

        • Tim

          If I where the Human Resources person at a U.S. company and Mr. Obama had applied for a position at my company, would I not have access to Mr. Obama’s college transcripts?
          So how is hiring him to take care of the countries business any different?
          His life should have been an open book. With some accomplishments, some experience, something anything besides the fictional autobiography.
          In my life, you have to accomplish something before your entitled to a vacation, especially on someone else’s dime.
          Your refusal to see the obvious is fascinating as well.

          • ArchAngel13

            Actually, all an employer needs to do is confirm attendance and if a degree claimed by the applicant was actually conferred. His life has been an open book for anyone willing to read sources other than Breitbart, Drudge and Fox. I know it doesn’t help your narrative of the President as somehow alien to point out the facts.

          • Tim

            He’s an empty suit.

          • tim Ned

            Not when it comes to politics. You receive your position through vote. President Reagan said that one of the great benefits of becoming president was that your high school grades become top secret.

            President Obama does not have to release his transcripts and I respect the schools he attended for not doing so. To bad this wasn’t granted to GWB. I respect the institutions that Obama attended in that they would not accept people who did not meet their standards. And I believe Obama is a highly intelligent person. I just happen to disagree with him.

    • Tim Ned

      As a conservative republican, I must be totally out of touch. I cannot recall any of the journals I read or programs I watch that have referred to our first lady in such a manner. A lady I personally respect.

      However, those same journals and programs are now having serious discussions as to race related to Holder and the President. All relative to comments made by Holder and through the presidents office.

      • ArchAngel13

        You should enlighten some of your cohort about the First Lady’s admirable qualities. They seem to have no regard for her. Notice I used the word “some” because for me that’s what this discussion is about for most of us. There are some folks on your side that really need to be called out for their rhetoric. I read and watch quite a bit of commentary myself. I consider myself a reasonable person. Note: At no point do I say disagreement with the President’s policy agenda makes you racist. However, there are quite a few people on your side, who are debasing your party and themselves with racist vitriol.

        • Tim Ned

          Again, to reiterate, I don’t hear the debasing of Michelle Obama. Perhaps I am not reading those blogs or watch those programs that do. Since I would never associate with outright racists, I would not know who to enlighten. This is not the Republican party.

          The attacks by leading Democrats have been out right lies. The inference by the President that Voter Id is a racist position should offend every American, regardless of race.

          • Ryan Nichols

            Exactly. Voter id laws are in no way racist.

          • legal eagle

            Neither are Southern Republican politicians?….LOL

          • Ryan Nichols

            Let’s not forget. . It was Democrats who stood in the doorways of schools blocking entry of black students. Let’s not forget. . It was southern Democrats who destroyed black neighborhoods and businesses. This wasn’t so long ago. . Now they believe they are equality police. . Lol

          • Ryan Nichols

            Which one?

          • ArchAngel13

            Voter ID is a solution looking for a problem. The Right knows very well that voter fraud in this country is nonexistent. This is an outright effort to disenfranchise poor minority voters who don’t have the means to obtain an ID.

            You and I take it for granted that we can go to the DMV in our cars to renew our licenses or even do it online. There are parts of this country where the infrastructure and poverty doesn’t allow residents an easy opportunity to get an photo ID.

            If the “integrity” of our voting process is all the Right wants to protect, they should push to go to those communities, set up verification offices and give the ID to people gratis.

          • Tim Ned

            So the complexity of Obamacare, SSN, Medicare, etc., etc., is not too complex for the poor minority voters to sign up for but Voter id is? You lost this argument and should take it off the table.

            Voter fraud is prevalent. When you go in to vote and are only required to show a water bill to register, it is prevalent. When you have millions with falsified SSN’s in the workplace, you have fraud.

            Paragraph three of your comment is the Republican stance.

          • ArchAngel13

            Showing a water bill to vote =voter fraud. What? This is if you presume that everyone who doesn’t have a Photo ID is dishonest. And, if the bulk of those people are minorities…oh, well. You know how “those people” are”.

            Is that really your argument? Because it occurs to me this has only become an issue now that the black voting bloc actually has power. All those years that poor white coal miners (like my grandfather) were shuffling into vote with no ID at all was okay.

            This is an blatant attempt to subvert democracy by claiming a crisis where there is none and propose a solution that real conservatives would have fought against tooth and nail.

          • Tim Ned

            So did my poor grandfather and several generations before him. They never had health care either so do you want to go back to those days?

            The fact is today we have a situation that is different. You have millions of illegal immigrants in this country who have falsified documents for employment and benefits. The right for Americans to pick their representatives is of the highest priority.

            But please answer my question. How is it that the poor minorities are capable of obtaining health care and welfare through a system that is much more complex? You can’t. But more clearly you won’t.

          • ArchAngel13

            So now it’s illegal immigrants that are a threat to the integrity of the voting process? I thought it was the old black lady with the water bill.

            I don’t want to go back to those days. I like how the future is shaping up.

            Back to benefits…clearly they are being accessed without photo ID for a number of people.

            You seem like a very earnest guy, but again why is this becoming an issue simultaneous with the demographic shift? Sure, ID for everybody sounds reasonable. But I like to look behind the curtain. The powers that be on the Right know what works in voter suppression tactics. This is one of them.

          • Tim Ned

            I never ever said in my statements that the threat to voting was the old black lady and the water bill. 20 years ago I had no problem with this process. This is an issue with illegal immigrants which legitimate sources state could be as high 11 million in the work force with falsified documents.

          • legal eagle

            And illegal immigrants want to risk arrest and deportation by voting? You’ve got to be kidding…Why in the world would an illegal want to vote?

          • Tim Ned

            Why do they work with illegal documents?

          • legal eagle

            Because they need money to live on and pay bills…..What does voting get them?

          • Tim Ned

            If it doesn’t get them anything, than why not put in voter id. Don’t bring up poor grandma like ArchAngel13 did. Nobody’s buying that story anymore.

          • ArchAngel13

            What’s to buy? There are older voters who will be disenfranchised by these initiatives. That’s just a fact. If you don’t think this is a scheme to suppress the black vote you have on blinders.

            A better plan would be for the GOP to stop reaping the ever dwindling returns of the “Southern Strategy” and compete for votes without insulting us. But, it’s so hard to let go of the old tried and true.

          • Tim Ned

            I firmly believe that you could not name one disenfranchised person (what ever that means) by these initiatives. It is well proven from this dialog that you have walking papers on voter Id.

            And yes, I have walking papers on voter Id as well as I do on breaking down the school system so that the truly disenfranchised can attend private schools.

          • ArchAngel13

            You really don’t know what disenfranchised means? It means revoking someone’s right to vote through extralegal means. If these Voter ID laws affect minorities disproportionately, that’s all you need to bring a Federal lawsuit against the state or local government responsible.

            As far as naming anyone disenfranchised, do some research. I don’t know how old you are, but there are still people living who remember being subjected to poll taxes and other efforts to take away their right to vote. So, of course this is the reaction you will get.

            Why is there also a push against early voting? Do you know how many people in Florida waited for hours to vote? Do you know how many left without voting?

          • Tim Ned

            1) You are like me. I cannot name one disenfranchised person denied the right to vote. I remember one WW2 vet, I can’t remember the state, but he was not the poor grandma that you portray.

            2) Get off the poll tax.

            3) I recall this in Florida and I agree. Frankly I am amazed at the fact that I can travel to the most remote areas of the world which I do in my business, put my cash card in a machine and within seconds it verifies my identity, checks my bank account, and gives me the cash in local currency. But when it comes to voting, the most sacred idealism of a democracy, tires are slashed by opponents, dead people vote, polls are held open late, etc.

          • ArchAngel13
          • Tim Ned

            Both left wing websites. Try some more traditional references.

          • ArchAngel13

            I don’t have an obligation to find a news source you will believe. Fox? Breitbart? They don’t do stories of interest to minorities other than articles that bash us. So, we are at an impasse. Either you think it’s okay to impede a citizen’s right to vote or you don’t. It’s as simple as that. It’s been great discussing this with you. Take care.

          • ArchAngel13

            Are these people voting? If so, a lot more Republicans got voted into office than I would have expected with those illegals skewing the vote. It’s a straw man to use illegal immigrants to justify suppressing the votes of American citizens. This really can’t be your argument.

          • legal eagle

            When you ask a Republican why an illegal would want to vote you normally get a blank stare….

          • Tim Ned

            Don’t buy it. You have never asked a member of the Republican party that question.

          • legal eagle

            I have asked that question many times…What’s your response?

          • Tim Ned

            You’re getting a blank stare even though you can’t see it.

          • ArchAngel13
          • Tim Ned

            I don’t get it. You say there is no voter fraud and you point me to one. You must think my stance on voter fraud is around party lines.

          • legal eagle

            Can you offer any proof to support your statement that ‘Voter fraud is prevalent”???

          • Tim Ned

            Of course there is no illegal voting. You just show a water bill to vote.

          • legal eagle

            That’s the best proof you can offer?

          • Tim Ned

            That’s it. So it means that any person who is paying a water bill can legally vote.

          • Cosette

            Ridiculous argument that voter suppression is the reason for photo ID’s. The free photo ID program has been opposed by the Left on the basis that is “inconvenient” for those who need it. Yet it’s not inconvenient for them to vote…

          • legal eagle

            Do you have to travel on public transportation to get a voter ID? Do you have to produce a birth certificate? Do you know a lot of older poor people? Think they have a birth certificate?
            What about older people who have trouble walking? Know any states that are providing transportation for the to sit at the DMV and wait for an ID?
            Need an ID to pay taxes or collect Social Security?

          • Mark W.

            Wow, I didn’t think of that! I really DON’T have to show ID to ride the bus. My freedom IS complete. But I did have to show picture ID to use my credit card two days ago. I did have to show government issued ID to make changes to my cable service just last week at the Charter office. I did have to show photo ID last week to access my safe deposit box at the bank we’ve been at for almost 40 years. However, regarding birth certificates, you might not believe that in Oregon, we have to provide a government issued birth certificate to RENEW our drivers license. I had to pay $40 to the state for an “official” birth certificate because they won’t accept a hospital issued one. Not to mention that I’ve had an Oregon driver’s license for more than 50 years and my picture has been on them ever since they started doing that. But, I still have to provide the birth certificate… I guess that’s driver license suppression! Sometimes these arguments are downright silly!

          • Mark W.

            I forgot to mention that when I made application for the state issued birth certificate, I had to include a copy of my (drumroll…) driver’s license!

          • legal eagle

            There is no law requiring you to show an ID when using a credit card….There is no law requiring you to show your ID at the bank….If Oregon requires a gov’t birth certificate to renew your drivers license you should complain to whatever putz passed that law since it appears to be a money grab…Know any people who are ill and can’t get to the DMV?
            What about students from out of state who attend Oregon or Oregon State? Should they need an Oregon drivers license to vote?

          • Mark W.

            There may not be the laws your mention, but regardless, if you want to do business in certain circumstances, you must produce the identification that is required. You know that from your own daily life.

            Students from out of state (and there are lots of ‘em–even in my day we had bumper stickers that chided “University of California at Eugene”) generally vote in their home districts.

            I am concerned about Oregon’s vote by mail process. It is convenient, but it is vulnerable to all sorts of abuse… No, I can’t point to any case where abuse has happened, but I don’t doubt that, if it hasn’t happed yet, it probably will.

            But here’s one thing we can agree with: the “putz” that passed the law: our Democrat legislature, signed by our Democrat governor! Thanks for sharing this Kumbaya moment!

          • legal eagle

            “I am concerned about Oregon’s vote by mail process. It is convenient, but it is vulnerable to all sorts of abuse… No, I can’t point to any case where abuse has happened, but I don’t doubt that, if it hasn’t happed yet, it probably will.”
            So you’d like to change the voting by mail system because of what might happen?
            -

          • Mark W.

            In Oregon, ballots are automatically mailed out to registered voters; unlike in the old days of absentee ballots, they are not requested. Multiple ballots can be mailed to the same address; ballots are automatically mailed, so they can be sent to addresses where people have moved; they can be sent to nursing homes, etc. The opportunity for fraudulent voting is overwhelming. Do you really believe that signatures on the returned ballot envelopes are actually checked against the signatures on file? And who determines if a signature is valid or not? Invalid signature = ballot is rejected and the voter is not notified. That is another flaw in our system. This is a very brief answer to your question. So, yes, I would prefer voting in person in my precinct, show ID and sign the register. At least it would assure that I am the person casting the ballot, and that I have the legal right to do so.

          • legal eagle

            Perhaps you can tell me what voter fraud has been prosecuted in Oregon in the past 20 years? What exactly is voter ID meant to deter?

        • Ryan Nichols

          And many on your side who use race baiting to shift attention. To try and discount a opponent by making them seem unreasonable. Imo the left had just as many racist, if not more. But it shouldn’t be about that at all. The proof is everywhere of Democrats race to get what they want.

          • ArchAngel13

            And this is where it gets disingenuous. Let’s stipulate that there are racists on the left as there would be with any subgroup of people. So, why is it so hard to get the right to denounce the racists in their midst?

            Why is it okay for Fox News to have a panel on race with no black people on it? I’m not saying that in and of itself is racist, but it’s laughable that the media outlet of the party that claims it really has all the answers in regards to black economic empowerment will only talk about us when we’re not in the room.

            Also, the term “playing the race card” is horrible because it trivializes racism.
            By the way, I don’t have to use race to make an opponent seem unreasonable. People who write in ALL CAPS do that without my help.

          • Ryan Nichols

            It doesn’t trivialize it nearly as much as someone using the stigma of being labeled racist as a weapon for political gains. And as far as fox news talking about race without a black person present would only laughable if they did it often. But I know for a fact fox has segments on race that do for the most part include minorities. But to say that it’s laughable for them to discuss race issues without a black person present is somewhat a racist statement. Now not only do black people want to take serious offense to whites saying a word that they themselves say relentlessly among each other. Now you’re implying that the conversation of racism shouldn’t even be discussed by white people?

          • ArchAngel13

            Wrong. I’m asserting the “fair and balanced” channel should live up to its’ motto.
            And, the discussion on Fox wasn’t really about racism, which is a real and valid concern for many blacks. It was a whiny forum about the Attorney General’s audacity in suggesting that maybe some opposition could be based on race. If you posit there are some racists in this country, why is it such a huge leap to assume some of the President’s political opponents are biased on race?

            Talk about racism all you want. Just don’t tell me it was a well rounded discussion when I don’t even have a seat at the table.

          • Ryan Nichols

            That’s ridiculous to assert they are not fair because of one segment that didn’t include a person of color. When in most cases they do include minorities. You seem to be asserting that the conversation can never take place without a black person present. I disagree.

            And it’s a huge leap unless there’s evidence. Just to make that assumption doesn’t help. When in fact the top law man in America says he’s discriminated against you would kind of want evidence. The president of the United States, the top dog, the most powerful man in the world. And yet, voted in by millions of white Americans. He still will claim he’s a victim of racism. Some might ask Mr Obama, what else do you want to from America? Millions stood with you, all races, and you lied to us. And now, because we call bullshit we are now racist.

            Amongst the ranks of the right are black Americans. And yet these Americans don’t feel that they are discriminated against when they are challenged by the left. Nor do they complain of the rights base being racist towards them. Which leads me to believe that these are political differences.

      • legal eagle

        So Eric Holder mentioned race? When was that?

  • Florida Jim

    How are Obama, Holder, Jarrett any different than Sharpton, Jackson, Wright, Jones, Robinson, Cummings, Rangel et al who are race-baiters profiting off the poor blacks they propose to serve yet keep the stranglehold on them decade after decade. If those who follow the race-baiters continue blindly on their way the $25 trillion wasted in the 50 years will continue to multiply with only the race-baiters getting more and more millions off their backs. 18 years of prosperity followed Reagan and only another Conservative can change this debacle, the right Conservative.

    • legal eagle

      They are not different……They are all colored folks…LOL

  • 4deuce

    Barack Obama was a teenage loser and complete underachiever who, for whatever reason, was selected by some shadowy group of social/political manipulators who designed, packaged, marketed and promoted him like a black version of the Ken Barbie Doll. Suddenly, this teenage loser found his way into an Ivy League school and then was integrated into a prestigious law school.

    All of his adult life, Barack Obama has been handled by backroom powerbrokers and supported by powerful, hidden organizations. Achieving success after success while being utterly devoid of any true skills or talents, Obama now has deceived himself into believing the propaganda that has promoted him all of his adult life and he actually believes that he is special. Imagine Barack Obama devoid of “handlers” and having to make his way in the world without a support organization aiding him.

    Imagine him starting to work for GM, Boeing, Exxon or Microsoft and having to succeed by his own, singular efforts. In my opinion, Barack Obama would live his life as a low level “worker bee’ in such organizations. Instead, because he has been handled like a marketplace commodity like Madden NFL or Grand Theft Auto and now America must suffer through another 2+ years of this walking example of The Peter Principal before we are rid of him.

    • F. A. Hayek

      Well stated, and true.

  • 4deuce

    Might we begin to refer to Barack Obama as The First Racist? His conduct and position in America suggests that he is.

  • worker1950

    I am a minority and resent the President and Holder claiming voter ID registration is somehow racist. How does asking ALL voters to present ID racist? It’s not like minorities are being forced to do more or something different than White voters. Basically Obama and Holder think minorities are either too lazy or too stupid to meet the same requirements as Whites. Now, having that mindset is racist.

  • Phillip MacHarg

    The racist card is an easy, seductive out for Obama. It’s the excuse card for everything that his Admnistation hasn’t accomplished, which is just about everything. Now at this dim period of the Obama presidency we are advised that requesting a voter ID equates to racism. How sad that the presidency of “Hope and Change” has fallen so far into intellectual dishonesty and obtuseness.

  • quarterseven

    This racism thing is ridiculous! My ancestors were southern slaveholders and I would vote for Herman Cain or Allen West or Dr. Ben Carson in a heartbeat! Obama isn’t even an American black anyway. I assure you, Obama’s skin color is the last thing I think about when I hear him lie over and over again!

    • legal eagle

      You’d vote for any schmuck who repeated what Fox News tells them to repeat? Must be proud that your ancestors were slaveholders…what’s next, some of your relatives were KKK members?

  • Jim in NY

    Thoughtful, insightful and spot on.

  • LHS

    Ya think? I saw this in ’08 and ’12. Us older folks won’t be “transformed” into simple-minded lemmings, Bernie, will we?
    Propaganda, voter fraud and lazy whiners gave us the worst president and Congress in US history – TWICE. The alarm is sounding people. Turn this ship around in November.

    • American1969

      Hear, hear! Very well stated!

  • NiftyMover

    Hume. Oreilly, Goldberg, the Gang, always accuse people of “people playing the race card” whenever any reference whatsoever touches on matters of basic fairness. they fend outrage because that is the industry they profit by

    • American1969

      The problem is this: LIFE ISN’T FAIR. It never was, and trying to socially engineer it so that it resembles what leftists deem “fair” does not work.
      Leftists always leave one factor out of their social engineering: Human Nature. It goes against human nature to be crammed into a mold. The same thing here. While trying to make things “fair” for one, you’re being unfair to someone else.

    • Wally C

      So you only believe their treatment is only because of their race? I saw the hearing that Holder was complaining about. He was being a horse’s ass and the congressman called him out for not answering. Hardly because of race. He should try answering a simple question with an answer and not an evasion.

  • phil

    This is why there will never be racial harmony in this country. Every time a minority is critized they use the race card. A minority can do no wrong in their eyes.

  • Blair Watson

    Only an idiot or low information moron…about 90% of US population would believe either holder or obama…obama is a pathological liar incapable of telling the truth and holder..well..he is an incompetent racist. So what ever either of these two disgusting fools say should be ignored. But when you have voters who voted twice for odumbo then there is no hope for America short of a 1776 moment.

    • wally12

      I agree. However, we have left out the likes of Pelosi and Reid and most other democrat politicians that are going along and stoking the fire to keep it burning. They do this in any situation and perceived crisis that they have no concrete counter argument. Thus, it becomes a racist thing that is directed toward republicans or those that disagree.

    • legal eagle

      So you’re among the informed 10%?? LMFAO

  • robert

    they both will do -ANY THING— to hold on to power. they are dead set to destroy this country. they may even be being paid to do this

  • retiredxlr8r

    Racism is a live and well in their lives! If not for racism, I would say that, they would not have been afforded the education they received nor would their political position be as attractive. Their skin color has been their ticket to success! And, they continue to use it.

    • legal eagle

      Thank you massa for taking care of those black folks….LOL

  • EddieD_Boston

    I think fair-minded democrats are sickened by the race card and know it’s bs. They’ll be a huge shellacking in the mid-terms. Huge.

    • Bruce A.

      Looks like the democrats need a diversion from the Obamacare disaster.

  • http://att.net/ patty

    Holder learned he can’t bully his way out of his criminal acts..So what does he do? DAH! HE PLAYS THE RACE CARD..LOOKING FOR THE BOTTOM FEEDER, BLOOD SUCKING JESSIE JACKSON AND HIS TEAM OF EXCUSERS, LIARS CREED… “I WOULDN’T KILL, ROB OR RAPE IF MY ANCESTORS HADN’T BEEN SENT FROM AFRICA TO BE SLAVES.”

  • Arty Cohn

    Remember Michelle Obama’s speech at the 1992 Democratic convention:”
    I love that for Barack, there is no such thing as “us” and “them” – he doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above…he knows that we all love our country…and he’s always ready to listen to good ideas…he’s always looking for the very best in everyone he meets.”

  • Chuck

    Yes, that Obama never existed at all. On top of this, he’s a black who became president, and Holder is a black who became attorney general; yet, they still have the chutzpah to cry racism.

    • worker1950

      By defining a racist as anyone who disagrees w/ one or more
      of the President’s policies; effectively makes the label irrelevant and
      provides a pass to real racists.

  • Jarob54

    The standard divide and conquer is the standard among liberals and democrats. If you don’t have a plan create division. If you plans fail create division. If you message is hollow create division. If you don’t have a plan your plan is to divide the populace. The democat party is a party of emotion, not logic, sheer emotion. The plan is fan the emotional flames, rally the core and give them more of the same. And when that fails you fall back on your trump card, racism.
    To suggest that a ID required to vote is racism is laughable. And it is racist. Racist to suggest that because someone who is a minority does not have the wherewithal to secure an ID is laughable and racist. “You know those darkies can’t get a ID, just not in them.” Folks that is exactly what the liberals are actually suggesting. Pitiful, but true. So Eric Holder cries it’s racism because Congress wants information that he does not want to provide. It’s not because he is derelict in his duties. It’s because he is black. When Mr Obama fails to improve the economy, fails in foreign policy, fails to provide the truth to the American people. It’s racism to criticize him.
    So Mr Obama will resort to the old tried and true and divide the nation. It’s us against them. Mr Obama has never been wrong and anything. It’s always the unfair way he has been treated.
    My advice to Mr Obama, if you don’t know what to atone for, examine your good deeds.

  • concernedarizonan

    Let’s dismiss everything he’s done by saying we are against him “because he’s black”.
    Obama is the master of saying exactly what his target audience wants to hear at exactly the same time they want to hear it. (Not unlike other politicians)
    He won two elections by saying one thing and doing just the opposite or nothing at all.
    If you think this is boring you might want to spend some time reviewing his speeches and then research the results produced afterword. This is the most manipulative, unproductive and inept administration in history.
    If you love him “because he’s black” you and the other uninformed voters got exactly what you deserve.
    Thanks for nothing.

  • legal eagle

    More boring crap from old bitter white guys….

    • sjangers

      You keep making this same complaint, Eagle. We’ve often talked about ideas to spice things up around here and keep you interested, but then you keep coming back anyway. If you really want us to take your complaint seriously, you ought to go away for a while. ; )

      • legal eagle

        Because I object to race baiting by old white guys? This is what Goldberg is indignant about…I watched O’Reilly tonight ..First he rants about something Eric Holder did no say but O’Reilly assume he meant..
        Then Brit Hume is up ranting about how ungrateful those black guys running the government are and the Goldberg carries the ball on the race baiting evening…
        I wonder why Republicans can’t win a national election…Three older white guys telling their version of race in America…What a joke..

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          >>Because I object to race baiting by old white guys?

          Object to it? You engage it regularly!

          >>Three older white guys telling their version of race in America…What a joke..

          Uh, legal. I hate to remind you of this, but YOU are both old and white. Thanks for clarifying that we should ignore any thoughts you have on race in America.

          And is there a reason you left out the fact that Dr. Ben Carson was also part of the discussion? Is he not sufficiently black enough for you, merely because he doesn’t parrot the same DNC talking points that you do?

          • Jeff Webb

            Unlike Obama, Dr. Carson actually IS black.

        • Josh

          Legal, you’d be an absolute perfect fit in this online first-person shooter I play. BeGone — it’s 100% free, and all you need is some piddly ram and a processor newer than Pentium.

          You can strut into any one of hundreds of camps and play folks from all over the globe in teams up to 8 vs. 8. And, without fail, there’s always that one guy in every map who can’t just take a headshot silently. Every time he gets slaughtered like a noob, he’s shouting “Hacker!” or “Cheater!” or “I wasn’t ready!” Always some excuse, always some slander and accusations.

          This guy will accumulate a kill-death ratio of about 2-18. He’s pwn fodder. But don’t ever let that guy kill you by hiding in a bush. You’ll never hear the end of it. If he manages to win against the incredible odds, then he’s shouting at everyone even louder: “Noob!” “I PWN u all!” “Come get some!”

          Graceless, immature peon. But nobody frets too hard about it. It’s a video game. You expect to draw those types of people.

          So, I extend an invite to you. http://www.nplay.com/BeGone/

          You fit in perfectly there. You’re that one guy. No matter the pwnage level, headshots don’t deter you one iota. At least toss a grenade and take out some frustration.

        • sjangers

          What you view as race baiting may be seen differently by others. I happened to watch most of O’Reilly’s show on the night in question. I wouldn’t try to defend the guy against a host of other charges, but I really don’t think he and his guests were race-baiting that evening.

          While you’re correct that Holder didn’t specifically state what O’Reilly is attributing to him, it’s not unreasonable for O’Reilly to conclude that was Holder’s message. Just as it may not be unreasonable for you to conclude that O’Reilly is race-baiting, while I may quite reasonably disagree. I think the evidence is far from conclusive in either situation. But you have one world view and I have another. Our respective experiences tell us that we’re right in our conclusions, although it certainly doesn’t seem possible that we could both be correct. More likely there are elements of truth in your perspective and in mine, as well as elements that are less accurate.

          It’s not anything you or I could hope to resolve in this forum, but I think there’s a very good case to be made that while government action hasn’t made racial relations in this country perfect, we may have moved as far in that direction as we can as a result of government action. I think we’re reaching the point where too much more action could be counterproductive. I’m really not sure what more government could do in this regard that would significantly advance racial harmony without contributing equally to racial discord. I believe it may be time for government to step back, except in instances of serious outrage or injury, and let communities work on their own to further the healing process. Perhaps my perspective is hopelessly naïve, but I think it’s the best primary path available for us to further the goal of creating a color-blind and unified society.

      • legal eagle

        “One of the central conceits of modern conservatism is a claim to have achieved an almost Zenlike state of color-blindness. (Stephen Colbert’s parodic conservative talking head boasts he cannot see race at all.) The truth is that conservatives are fixated on race, in a mystified, aggrieved, angry way that lends their claims of race neutrality a comic whiff of let-me-tell-you-again-how-I’m-over-my-ex. But while a certain portion of the party may indeed be forwarding and sending emails of racist jokes of the sort that got a federal judge in trouble, a much larger portion is consumed not with traditional racial victimization—the blacks are coming to get us—but a kind of ideological victimization. Conservatives are fervent believers in their own racial innocence.
        This explains Paul Ryan’s almost laughable response to accusations of racial insensitivity over his recent comments. “This has nothing to do whatsoever with race,” he insisted. “It never even occurred to me. This has nothing to do with race whatsoever.” Why would anybody understand a reference to “inner cities” as racially fraught?”

        • sjangers

          I appreciate the lengthy comment, Eagle. It deserves much more than the brief response I’ll offer tonight. I’ll do better tomorrow.

          I’m not a conservative old man; more a slightly-right-of-center middle-aged man- sort of a RINO of indeterminate age. But I share a lot of the apparent befuddlement of conservatives about the actual state of racial affairs in America. Part of my attitude may have to do with where I live. Population density is low in Vermont, we are probably one of the whitest states in the nation, and even before we went wild-eyed liberal we tended to be tolerant of other people’s differences. So much of what I hear about racism in America just doesn’t ring true to my experience.

          I know that I, personally, have rarely had negative thoughts, even briefly, about others based on racial, ethnic or sexual differences or stereotypes. And I suspect that the same is true for most of my friends and neighbors. The few occasions when I have heard openly bigoted remarks really stand out in my memory, I suspect because they’re so rare. I can’t speak for what goes on in the head and the heart of everyone I know, but I’m fairly certain that the instances of true bigotry and behaviors informed by prejudice are rare around these parts. So when I hear the President and other liberal advocates talk about racism in America, it really isn’t consistent with what I observe and I do tend to suspect the speakers of ulterior motives. Perhaps I do them an injustice, but I feel that they are doing me and my America an injustice with their assertions.

          My perspective is based both on my experience and a great deal of internal examination, so it’s going to be difficult to change my view without a substantial amount of evidence. Absent that, I don’t know how we get past such a stark difference in the way that I and those on the left view race in America. Perhaps, to paraphrase Oprah, it will only be resolved when I and others like me just hurry up and die. I hope not. I’d like to live in an America where we can all get along reasonably well, but it sure does seem hopeless sometimes.

          More tomorrow.

          • legal eagle

            The question is not whether you or your friends are racially biased…The question is whether you support policies that are racially biased….America in 2014 is far less discriminatory than it was 50 years ago but there is a small minority within the Republican Party, like Paul Ryan, that still appeal to white resentment of minorities.
            As an example,voter suppression is a political tactic aimed, for the most part, at minority communities….limiting voting hours in minority districts is not a myth. It is being instituted by Republican governors in many states..

          • sjangers

            I’m sure that I- and my friends- do support policies that you consider racially biased, Eagle. But that’s an awfully difficult concept to define and apply accurately. I don’t support any policies that I consider racially biased. I would oppose any government activities that I thought had a clear and direct consequence of treating any individual or group unfairly, just as I’d try to avoid the same in my private life. But government policies that I think are in the long-term interest of the country and all its citizens may have some short-term consequences that you consider discriminatory, or vice versa. Different perspectives on cause and effect are going to occur almost any time two people view a set of circumstances and try to decide how best to react.

            I’m going to need a little more information about your allegations against Ryan and Republican governors. What does Ryan do that specifically appeals to white resentment of minorities? Where have Republican governors intervened to limit voting hours in minority districts in ways that don’t apply to other districts under their jurisdiction? In Vermont we have general hours that the state allows polls to be open, then each voting district decides for itself which hours it will keep within that window allowed by our Secretary of State. Do other states have governors interfering directly and setting the hours that some polling places may be open while limiting hours in other, minority districts?

          • legal eagle

            entitlement reform is political speak for rationalizing greed…..

          • sjangers

            That’s a gross oversimplification, Eagle. I’m sure some are attracted to entitlement reform for selfish reasons, but there are also some serious concerns about the effect that entitlement culture is having on those people who are trapped in the cycle of dependency created by that system. The way the system works now does appear to be hurting people at the same time it’s helping them; and perhaps more than it’s helping them. I think it’s perfectly reasonable for our leaders to be looking for ways to improve the way it works.

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          >>The truth is that conservatives are fixated on race,

          Says the guy who begrudges people for being “white” in 50% of his comments on this website. lol.

    • GoodBoyDownSouth

      lame. baseless. just lame.

    • LHS

      Yawn.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      lol. You’ve successful turned into a parody of yourself. Well done.

  • justintime

    this has nothing to do with skin color; this has everything to do with gross incompetence. Barack Obama is in over his head; not up to the job; out of his league. No matter how you slice it, Barack Obama is a little-league-er in big league hard-ball politics.

    • 4deuce

      Much like the coach’s son who always starts even though he can’t swing a bat and is always placed out in right field.

  • Shane

    Once again we see evidence that Obama and the Democrats are totally ruthless and will say any lie to beat the Republicans. No President should be endorsing a scoundrel like Sharpton. Dems divide Americans by race and gender while Republicans try to unite Americans.

    • T8662

      Nixon actually accomplished a great deal. Obama has only accomplished dividing the country and damn near destroying it.

      • legal eagle

        Good to see there are still Republicans out there who love Dick..

  • kayakbob

    “Forget about me, forget about me. You look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee — has nothing to do with me, forget that. What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? …”

    My recollection is there was a guy named John Mitchell. He was the Attorney General of the United States from 1968 to 1972 – right before he went to jail.

    I would say that qualifies as an attorney general that has dealt with worse treatment than a line of questioning from one member of the House of Representatives.

    • legal eagle

      Did you ever see John Mitchell personally insulted in front of a Congressional Committee? The answer is NO because he never was…
      Worse Treatment? He was convicted of committing a felony…

      • Roman Lubers

        The answer is there was no Fox News, no CNN, no MSNBC, no Twitter, no Facebook, no internet……that’s why you didn’t see it.

      • American1969

        Both Eric Holder and Barack Obama associate with racists themselves. They’ve got nothing to say.
        Holder was a member of the Black Panther party in the 1970s. He was part of an armed takeover of a building in college.
        Barack Obama attended Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church for twenty years or better and considered Wright a mentor. He’s also been known (by his own admission) to associate with Derek Bell of Harvard, a radical professor that invented “liberation theology”.
        Both spoke at Al Sharpton’s NAN conference.
        But everyone else is a racist because they dare to question either one of these men? Give me a break!
        Perhaps Holder and Obama should shut their mouths about racism because if the country were as racist as they claim it is, neither one of them would hold the positions they do.

        • legal eagle

          Now that’s funny stuff….Obama and Holder should shut their mouths……Bad enough Obama is President and Holder is A.G. but they dare open their mouths and respond to the Southern yokel Congressmen…
          …outrageous…

        • ArchAngel13

          Eric Holder was not a member of the Black Panther Party. I know it would fit nicely in your false narrative about the AG going easy on them for “intimidating” voters. He was a member of Columbia University’s Student Afro-American Society. The group occupied the Naval ROTC office. Sounds like an average student protest to me.

          • legal eagle

            That’s the funniest line I’ve read all day….Eric Holder was a Black Panther”??
            Some of these comments would make for a great sitcom….LMFAO

  • justintime

    Barack Obama is a fraud with a capital F

    • T8662

      No he’s the real thing…just wasn’t what we thought he was going to be.

  • Nicholas344

    Bernie, what else can be expected by a government, a media, and the courts, who have unanimously agree that American citizens are now unworthy of and too stupid to deserve proof of a constitutional requirement. The Constitution preserves “We the People,” not the collectives Marxism seeks to establish.
    The Obama eligibility established that American citizens were now concluded to be unworthy of and too stupid to deserve proof of Obama’s constitutional eligibility to be president. They can no longer be respected as We the People but must be divided into collectives. These collectives are easier to herd and control.
    Bernie, you are getting what you deserve. You spoke against an American Citizens right to proof of eligibility. You showed the same disrespect the majority of politicians, the media, and the courts did. So now you re being treated as an atom of the Great Unwashed. If this is what you agreed to, why complain? Just believe, obey and pay the bills for the government. Let it decide in which collective you are a part of. It knows best. Unworthy and stupid people who don’t deserve constitutional protection shouldn’t expect the respect of “We the People” Those days are over. “We the People” who the government worked for, have devolved into “They the “Great Unwashed” who work for the government. It is what you agreed to by denying an American citizens’ right to proof of a basic constitutional requirement.

  • MarioG

    Wake up and smell the roses, Bernie. What else did you expect from a community organizer, whose role is to divide the white population and make them feel guilty over the plight of blacks or slavery they had nothing to do with – and neither did Obama.

  • michael binder

    .and one last comment: why does no one talk about Henry Aaron’s obvious racism and bigotry? Because he was a good baseball player? I will admit for the rest of us: way down deep, we’re shallow.

    • MarioG

      What Henry Aaron should be reminded of is that the ones with hoods were all Democrats.

      • Judy

        Just what i was thinking of mentioning.

  • michael binder

    So what? None of you are ready or willing to talk about the character of the people whom we have elected to govern us. You would much rather talk about their antics, and not what motivates them. Liars lie!! A liar is a liar before he tells the lie……….it is a question of character, not of events. Who can believe it is morally right to spend more than we take in? Who can believe that after having 4 Americans killed in Benghazi a real leader would say “what does it really matter anyway?” Remember when Hillary campaigned on the issue that if the phone rang at 3 in the morning, who would you want to answer it? Well, it rang…..and she didn’t answer it. And B.O. didn’t answer it either, and Hagel, and all the other flacks who don’t or can’t care to do the right thing anyway. And where did they get the idea that forcing people to pay for things they don’t want is freedom? If i could be disgusted rather than angry, i would be.

  • http://www.allenzhertz.com/ Allen Z. Hertz

    Bernard Goldberg is perfectly correct — President Obama polarizes Americans as an intentional political tactic. The fact that he does so probably reveals his lack of concern for the higher and long-term interests of the country.

    Similarly, President Obama conducts foreign policy in a way that suggests that he is not really playing for Team USA, but rather to fulfill some peculiar ideological goals which are consistent with his upbringing by a left-liberal mother and an Indonesian stepfather. You can be sure that the leaders of Russia and China already perceive this and take this aspect into account in planning their smart moves against the USA.

    How is it that more Americans are not alive to the harm that Barack Obama is doing to the USA? Perhaps they are distracted by imagining that he is “Black American.” For sure, Barack Obama has brownish skin color by reason of his descent from a census category “White” mother and a birth father from Kenya’s Luo Tribe. However, Barack Obama is not by birth “Black American,” if by that term one reasonably intends a particular ethno-cultural group that has featured prominently in USA history.

    Historically, Black Americans have no cultural, linguistic or genetic connections with the Luo People of East Africa. Black Americans are a more or less distinct USA population mostly descended from individuals taken from the tribes of West Africa, and to a lesser extent from Central Africa. Nor culturally, linguistically or genetically was there ever a single “African People.” Nor do modern geneticists and anthropologists any longer accept the notion of the existence of a single Black race.

    Accordingly, Barack Obama is “Black American” only in the same sense that an individual can choose to adopt a new social self-identification. In 1985, Barack Obama told his then girlfriend Genevieve Cook that he did not have “a Black bone in his body.” Why did Barack Obama subsequently choose to become a Black American? Was it a flag of convenience that he hoped to exploit for political advantage?

    Several sources tell us that Barack Obama always wanted to be a president, whether of Indonesia or the USA. For certain, everybody he met presumed that he was “Black American.” Accordingly, it was only natural that he would understand the benefit of taking on this new identity, as described in his autobiography “Dreams From My Father.”

    Make no mistake — such a critical approach to Barack Obama’s biography is required for the safety of the Republic. Citizens are supposed to speak truth to power rather than be silenced by the totalitarian hand of political correctness.

  • MontanaMade

    I have always liked Hank Aaron- the baseball player. But when someone says something like this- repeated by the thousands of people that just cannot seem to read a history book of at least, get their facts straight, it really burns me!

    Note to Hank: it is the DEMOCRATS that were/are the racists! All the civil liberties any minority has ever enjoyed and fought to get were championed by the REPUBLICANS, They still are! But the liberal spin machine has really done a number on the average Lofovo in America- and they just won’t seem to wake up.

    Maybe the adage is really true, you don’t what you had until it is gone… I hope we don’t lose the country before we appreciate what we have.

  • gold7406

    Just like the weak comedian digging deep for lots of profanity to get a cheap laugh, so it is with the administration trying a cheap way to gain political clout.
    This was learned as a community organizer and demonstrated routinely by the left to pluck that resentment and guilt chord.

    • http://batman-news.com 1940voter

      Seems like the empty chair’s foot is stuck up RevmmmmmAls butt and Chris tingles is hanging on for life

    • Seattle Sam

      Cheap laughs keep comedians employed. You repeat the behaviors that work for you. Obama and Holder keep getting rewarded for inserting resentment into every issue. Why would they stop?

      • gold7406

        excellent point. any behavior that gets rewarded,tends to be repeated. they are able to play their constituents like a cheap guitar.

  • Kevin M. Sullivan

    The prez is an accomplished liar, and only the most stupid among us can’t see it. Come mid-term elections, come…

  • Tim

    I believe Mr. Obama’s life to be one deception after another.
    The greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. Aided by a permissive media, that never asked any questions of substance or value.

    • American1969

      They never do when it’s a leftist.

  • trailbee

    Love the post. Thank you.
    Just thought I’d mention that progressive suggestion that U. S. Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg be urged to resign so that Obama could nominate another liberal judge before he leaves in 2016 (I hope). Will she need a food taster? Talk about war on women!
    Would Mr. Aaron be happy to vote for Dr. Ben Carson? How about Dr. Thomas Sowell? Or is this just more lib vs conservative drivel?

  • David Bergman

    Great column, Bernie! Incompetence trumps skin color every time.

  • joepotato

    Bernie, that’s a pretty fair assessment of the Liar in Chief’s political strategy, which is to divide and conquer… but wait there’s more… The new Liberalism is more closely tied to Fascism and Obamascare is a prime example… Have you looked at the CCP evidence yet? It makes a compelling case for fraud and a few other choice, grade A felonies…

  • cantonst

    There are two groups of successful Black Americans. The first group rise above the past, the second are simply race pimps! Holder, Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, etc. are card carrying members of the second. But, Obama will go down in history as the greatest Black President…suspect that, because of him, there won’t be a second Black President for quite some time. Shame!

  • Joh

    Anyone who dares to offer a dissenting opinion from Obama is immediately labeled a racist and a redneck. For all the flack Fox news takes for being “hate speech”, try reading any response to anything Obama spins if you want to see hate speech

  • Seattle Sam

    Guys like Holder and Obama figured out a long time ago when they were in school they would get get better grades if they let the professors know they were “sensitive” to racial discrimination. Intimidation works — certainly with the media. They’re just repeating successful behaviors.

  • cantonst

    I guess “once a slave, always a slave”, generation after generation after generation. I’m reminded of those savage WHITE Africans who sold the defeated tribes into slavery…hear it still goes on today worldwide. Whites, Blacks, Browns, Reds and Yellows aren’t racist…they’re human, subject to all the same human frailties. Obama and Holder succumb to the same lust, greed and avarice as everyone else. You used to expect more from leaders but that’s the way of humanity. Dogs are much more loyal and reliable.

  • wyatt81

    Holder and Obama, as well as others, have been manipulating and stoking resentment ever since day one and before-it’s part of the strategy. Not only do they want to transform America-they want to punish it. The resentful and dumbed down support them.

  • Wally C

    Good article Bernie, unfortunately very few people in America will ever see or hear it.

  • moafu

    “It is the responsibility of the patriot to protect his country from its government!” Thomas Paine

    • joepotato

      as evidenced by the recent BLM/Harry Reid land grab in NV…

      • moafu

        AGREED !

        One potato, two potato, three potato………………
        get rid of Reid AND LISTEN TO JOE POTATO !!

      • Ted Crawford

        I’m still uncertain just exactly what the he_ _ that was all about! It had nothing to do with Turtles, Cattle, Fees or Solar Farms! The Feds weren’t really serious, had they been, blood would have flowed!
        Perhaps a test of America’s willingness to defend their freedoms or even more likely a ploy to determine exactly which groups would respond the quickest. Preperation for a greater action?
        Poor Roy and Harry are going to have to wait a bit longer, at least, for their profit!

        • Joan Lee

          Oh , the Feds will go back. It wont end amicably, I would bet.

          • Ted Crawford

            Perhaps they will, perhaps not. They, the Feds, were looking for some answers, and apparently they got them. Our responsibility is to determine what the Questions were?

  • leo smith

    The two biggest problems America has with Racism is in Fact Holder and Obama themselves. They have raged a War against Middle white american and done so with the full weight of the government and its agencies, Illegally. They have committed Treason and should be treated as so. They both swore to Uphold and Defend the Constitution. They can not pick and choose which parts they agree with or don’t. They do not have the power to do so. Only Congress does.

  • moafu

    “Eric The Holder Up of Justice” received the treatment before the House Committee that he brought on himself. T’will be interesting AFTER the mid-term election when POTUS is brought before a committee.

    • joepotato

      That’s providing Barry Fife doesn’t decide to get out… American Spring is coming to DC… All bets off…

      • Ted Crawford

        We’ll need to be especially vigilant to watch for ‘Plants’! It seems almost a certainty that there will be troublemakers inserted to attempt to create violence to discredit the protest! As they infiltrated the Tea Parties with disingenuous Racist banners, they will, unquestionably make some serious efforts to disrupt, and marginalize this action as well!

  • Jenn

    obummer is truly satan…

  • Blakely1

    Just think of the book that Obama & Holder can write about
    shredding the Constitution, creating powers not included in the
    Constitution and silencing critics with accusations of being racist.
    But then again, how many wannabe dictators are in the world
    who would want to read it?

  • VinBick

    BO, Holder, & Sharpton are all race hustlers basking in hate and racism. They do more to impede good race relations than the KKK did when it was so strong and filled with Southern Democrats…

  • Drew Page

    Mr. Obama has turned deception and the tactic of ‘divide and conquer’ into an art form. At these things he is a true artist.

  • savage24

    Obama has always been in a perpetual campaign mode, and everyybody with more then two active brain cells knows that campaigns are full of lies. He doesn’t know how to do anything but campaign and fund raise, and it is apparent that the bigger the lies he tells the more money they generate. I doubt that there is one person in this whole administration that would know the truth if it bite them in the butt.

  • Hammockbear

    Great article Bernie. Thank you. This needs to reach the Entire USA. Please get on FOX and get the ball rolling. Your article could get many liberal thinkers to re think their love for this administration. It is time for our country to start seeing the truth and begin to heal. Would love to see you go on the liberal Sunday talk shows. You can do it!! You will be shining a light for those in the dark to see. Thanks for your great articles.

  • delble

    Obama and his cronies want to destroy America, (excuse me – {“fundamentally transform”). He could have done so much good, but it is not in the man to do it. He and his lawless Attorney General should be impeached by the very people they pretend to help – minorities. The damage done to by the end of this term will take years to undo and it will take a great leader to undo it all.

    • Gloria

      Unfortunately, it may never be undone. : ((

  • Paul Rush

    He “Obama ” believes in divide and conquer. Play one side against the other and he wins . Anyone that opposes his so called reforms is labeled as a racist by the media who walks lock step behind him. Our so called main stream media has become his whore I truly believe that history will label him as the worst president in the history of the United States of America. One of divide and conquer. Foreign countries just laugh at him . They can do anything they wants and they know it. He will only offer his regular so called bluster of indigent rhetoric and opposition.

  • Libertarian Ish

    Every time Barack Obama and Eric Holder and other leftists insist that conservatives are challenging their policies solely because they are Black, we must bring up the fact that we do the same thing to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and all the other White leftists in America because we just don’t like their totalitarian policies. We don’t care what color they are; we just hate the policies.

  • Libertarian Ish

    When I first heard Barack Obama speak at the Democrat Convention I thought that maybe we would finally have a different politician who really wanted to unite America. Then at some point later it came out that the speech was lifted from another Black politician running for the Senate in a different state. So then I started to question his background, and began reading about him. I figured out before the 2008 election that Barack Obama was not who he said he was. However, there was no way that I thought he would be as divisive as he turned out to be, nor did I think he would stoop to the low level that he did to get votes, or that he would so blatantly lie as much as he did. This ended up being more than a disappointment to me. It has reached to the point that Barack Obama’s politics have been destructive and polarizing to America. Who would have thought that electing the first African American president would end up dividing the races far more than bringing them closer together. What a shame. So much lost opportunity for America.

    • delble

      I would have loved to have been able to vote for Obama in 2008, but didn’t because of some of his ubber liberal background. Articulate, nice family, great smile, first African American. Through the years, he has sunk so low I can only view him as a serpent. People still supporting him (excluding the bribed media) is either ignorant or totally uninformed.

  • rbblum

    From Obama’s perspective, he is no fool. In fact, it is exceptional being able to fool some of the people all of the time.

  • morefandave

    The words quoted apply, not merely to legislation or programs (“if you like your doctor/hospital/health plan, you can keep it”,) but to his philosophy and view of the country. They constitute mega-lies because he never meant them as a statement of his intent, but as sucker bait.

  • Gloria

    BRAVO Bernie! Comprehensive and well said. I don’t remember a president who battered and bashed the opposition party so consistently and continually with harsher rhetoric – taller tales – false and oft repeated talking points – as this one. And in doing that he is indeed pitting one American against another with the worst brand of class warfare based on race, gender or income and sometimes all three. Go for the lowest common denominator and count on the press to aid and abet the promotion of lies and division and rely on the ignorant masses to eat it up. This ship of state is sinking fast. Sad.

  • John Mullins

    I don’t know, Bernie. Did/does Obama every really speak eloquently? Or does he just recite eloquently? Because it’s impossible to reconcile the words in that speech with the every day words and behavior of this phony.

    • Stimpy

      I’ll concede that he is a great orator, even with those whistling s’s. I could name a few other leaders in history who could energize a crowd but who then lead their country to ruin.

      • John Mullins

        My point is not whether he is able to stir up a crowd. That is not eloquence. That is performance. The eloquent words are not his own, nor does he even believe them. He’s a pitch man. A convincing snake oil salesman.

  • ulyssesmsu

    Wrong on 2 points, Bernie. Obama never spoke eloquently about anything, and he never meant a word he said. OK, you did say “maybe” on that last one.

    This man has lied about everything he said from Day One. It’s time for everyone to recognize that and to stop giving him credit for “maybe” meaning what he said. He’s a narcissistic, pathological liar who has lied every step of the way since at least high school.

    It’s time to call it like it is and tell the truth about this evil man.

  • gbandy

    Well “Divide and Conquer” has always been Obama’s strategy on destroying this Nation. Can’t you hear Obama still saying “We must insure those 32 million without insurance”. Yet has a victory celebration over 7 million signing up!! Biggest problem is the untold dozens of lies to rip off the People.

  • Buzzeroo

    Obama is every bit the race hustling phony crook that Sharpton is–and then some.

  • Concernedmimi

    Excellent article, Bernie. Looks like Obama, with his teleprompter skills, has turned out to be a PHONY president; BIG time!!

  • Josh

    This professional victim crap has been a huge topic of late around my neck of the woods. And the more I see it and hear about it, the more I’m convinced that most people in America are actually quite jealous if they’re not in a position like Obama’s or Holder’s.

    I mean, think about it. 7 out of 10 people you talk to eventually let it spill that they have this attitude as if folks are against them. Chefs, carpenters, engineers, store clerks, insurance salespeople, men, women, black, white, Latino — damn near everybody (at least that I’ve met or seen) drops things like, “They don’t understand me” or “Nobody wants me to make it,” or “They’re against me,” “They don’t think I can do it,” etc. I include myself in the 7.

    So, if you’re black, they’re obviously against you because you’re black. Woman? Obvious misogyny is obvious. Asian? White supremacy hard at work! Gay? Homophobia. Muslim? Islamophobia. Christian? Progressive anti-religious Marxists. And on and on.

    Hammerin’ Hank isn’t off base here. He’s just playing for the biggest and winningest team in America right now: The Vulnerable Victims.

    Every single day I hear somebody somewhere talking how folks are against them because of X or Y. It just so happens that some whiners can induce enough guilt, even amongst the other whiners, to get their way after whining. While other whiners, like my group of whiners, can’t whine loudly enough to get anyone’s attention. Straight, white, male, non-religious — damn, the deck is totally stacked against me. If I were a politician, it would be assumed that people disliked my policies when they were attacked.

    Oh, the bigotry! Everybody in America knows that you’re never, ever supposed to judge anyone’s character, their stance, their history, their associates, etc. You’re supposed to judge them based solely on skin, gender and/or sexuality. That’s really what the whiners want — because they want to judge you on that same stuff. If you don’t, you’re killing a multi-billion-dollar victimhood industry and are no better than evil capitalist Stalin Hitlers like Mitt Romney.

  • Benmaxcon

    In 2000, my daughter’s fifth grade class had a mock election. Every single black student voted for Gore. Every white voted for Bush. When the teacher asked them why they voted as they did, the whites discussed taxes, jobs, foreign affairs, and other standard topics. But the blacks unanimously said that if Bush won, he would make black folks slaves again. The teacher told them that was ridiculous, but they insisted it was true. Where did they get that idea, she asked. Their parents told them, was the answer.
    Why would adults tell such a stupid, unbelievable lie to their children? It’s part of the mind set of most black Americans, as well as most white liberals. They know they have no logical reason for their voting the way they do, so they resort to making up lies to frighten themselves and others (like children). Until this self destructive, nonsensical attitude changes, nothing in America will change.

    • Drew Page

      Did Eisenhower put them back in chains? Did Nixon? Did Reagan? Did either Bush (41 or 43) put them back in chains?
      We all know that is what Joe Biden told them to expect, but then again, that was Joe Biden, the guy who invented ‘Hoof in Mouth Disease’.
      No one alive in the U.S. today ever owned a slave. No one alive today in the U.S. has ever been a slave.
      I recall that the Democrats were the primary block of voters that fought against the Civil rights Act. Elected Democrats like Harry Truman and Robert Byrd have had ties to the KKK, not to mention George Wallace, Lester Maddox and Ross Barnett.

      • sjangers

        “the Democrats …fought against the Civil rights Act. Elected Democrats like Harry Truman and Robert Byrd have had ties to the KKK, not to mention George Wallace, Lester Maddox and Ross Barnett.”

        Now that really is ‘an inconvenient truth’, Drew.

    • Stimpy

      Blacks all seem to conveniently forget that Lincoln was a Republican.

      • Gloria

        And Lincoln famously said (in a different context) “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. This is still true today. Divide, conquer? Or divide, fall?

  • sjangers

    Enough of the empty words and even emptier promises of our current leaders. We can only hope that Republicans will be able to take control of the Senate and retain control of the House after the November elections. And more important, we should insist that Republicans take office in January prepared to offer real solutions that help rebuild our economic strength and begin to heal the damage caused by bitter and divisive Democratic politics. We need to reunite selfish, combative interest groups into an American people with shared principles and objectives. Five years of Democratic control of the national agenda has left our sense of common purpose in disarray and drained our spirit. It’s time to put those years behind us so we can begin to take steps to repair the damage and get our country back on a path to achieving the best that we all have within us.

    • Drew Page

      We need to get back in the business of business. We need to approve construction of the Keystone Pipeline, grant leases to search for oil and gas on public lands and offshore. We need to reduce the number of needless regulations that stifle the creation of new businesses and the expansion of existing businesses. We need to revise the tax code for individuals and businesses, replacing the progressive individual federal income tax with a flat national sales tax, allowing small businesses to be taxed differently from individuals and reducing the tax on corporations to a level more competitive with other countries.
      Full employment for the able bodied should be the goal of the next administration. The Affordable Care Act should be repealed in its entirety; Medicare and Medicaid should be left intact; and and health insurance should be left to the private sector and companies should be allowed to sell health insurance policies across state lines.

      • Gloria

        From your lips to Congress’ ear! Too bad what we need is not likely to be what we get…… : (

  • JMax

    I feel so bad for the Republicans being the victims of demagoguery for the war on women and minimum wage. The Bachmans, Gohmerts, Grassleys, Blackburns et al must be feeling so much remorse for demagoging death panels and death spirals and Medicare cuts since 2010.

    • Tim Ned

      Yes those pesky Republicans criticizing Obamacare which is the largest tax increase in American history.

      • JMax

        Only in real dollars not adjusted for inflation, GDP, and population growth. If adjusted it would be 7th and lower than two separate Reagan increases and one Bush 41 increase.

        http://www.factcheck.org/2012/07/biggest-tax-increase-in-history/

        Unlike Bush and Iraq/Afghanistan, Obama is trying to actually pay for ACA rather than increase the deficit.

        • Drew Page

          Is that how the national debt has grown from $10 to $17 trillion in five years? Obama is trying (?) to pay for the ACA by transferring $720 billion from Medicare funding to pay for Obama Care over the next ten years; by getting young people to pay 30% more than they would need to in the individual health market; and by promising health insurance companies that participate in the health exchanges that the government would bail them out if they lost money because of their participation.
          When Medicare needs to replace that $720 billion and the insurance companies hold out their hands for the promised bailout, how much will taxes need to be increased on the 53% of wage earners who actually do pay federal income taxes? Will you then explain to the taxpayers your theory on “real dollars not adjusted for inflation, GDP and population growth”?

          • JMax

            The debt has grown primarily due to the recession, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Bush tax cuts.

            http://www.cbpp.org/images/cms//12-16-09bud-rev6-28-10-f1.jpg

            The $720 B was negotiated with health care providers and represents over payments to Medicare Advantage programs. That does help to pay for ACA. GOP budget takes those SAME dollars and maintains lower tax rates for the wealthy and Ag and oil subsidies.

            The risk corridors (bail outs as the liars call it) were used form Bush’s Medicare part D as well. The funds come from other insurance companies, not from tax payers.

            I wouldn’t have to explain it if people like you weren’t lying about the real effect instead of an irrelevant real dollars.

    • Drew Page

      Turns out those death panels were in place all along. Have you forgotten about the little girl who needed a lung transplant or would die? the transplant was denied on the basis of government rules which concluded she was too young for such a transplant. Her parents appealed all the way up to Sebelius, who recited the rule book to those parents and upheld the denial. fortunately the parents were able to reach a judge who saw things a little differently from the Secretary of Health & Human Services and ruled in the little girl’s favor. Thanks to that judge, the little girl is alive today.

      If that was your little girl, maybe you might believe in such things as death panels too.

      • JMax

        This case has absolutely nothing to do with ACA or “death panels”. This has to do with the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network rules by which the very scarce organs available for transplant are prioritized. Thanks to the family and the courts, others who needed the lungs just as bad were passed over.

  • simonzee1

    Obama tells as many Tall Turkey Tales as the left wing media within and outside of America. He is an embarrasment on an international and national scale as the press protects this clown. All these closed door meetings with his media groupies is just a disgrace. And your universities keep churning out these partisan hacks as so called journalists.

    They are spin doctors not journalists. What about some relational ethics. I bet you they dont study this at uni.

    Obama is just race baiting here with Sharpton. He wants to energise the base that will just not bother voting for him. Again he is race baiting and it is the sign of a very, very, very grubby man. American’s you deserve better than this. Just because he is hopeless and talentless he does not need to race bait? Or does he…being that bad.

    Black Americans consider that this is indeed a reverse form of racism. Those that divide do not unite. This guy is embarrassing. I have labelled him as the author of so many Tall Turkey Tales and he is. Enough is enough with this left wing divider of Americans.Blame your media and the left wing extremists that are produced out of your universities.

  • Integrity

    Bernie, another outstanding and thought-provoking article, as usual. The most poignant sentence being your last. I have always wondered about the war on women. No one has ever informed me how we can measure success, the exit strategy or, most importantly, whether we are winning it or not. QED