Obama/Biden vs. McCain/Palin How racism colors our thoughts.

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  1. cmore925

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    Something to think about.....
    Obama/Biden vs. McCain/Palin

    What if things were switched around?.....
    Think about it.
    Could the country's collective point of view be different? Could racism be the culprit?
    Ponder the following:

    What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

    What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?

    What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?

    What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee?

    What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up to his standards?

    What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?

    What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain killers, but also acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?

    What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?

    What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five?
    (The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)

    What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

    What if Obama couldn't read from a teleprompter?

    What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included discipline problems and a record of crashing seven planes?

    What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious anger management problem?

    What if Michelle Obama's family had made their money from beer distribution?

    What if the Obamas had adopted a white child.

    You could easily add to this list. If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?

    This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference
    Educational Background:

    Barack Obama:

    Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations.

    Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

    Joseph Biden:

    University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.

    Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)

    vs.

    John McCain:

    United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899

    Sarah Palin:

    Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester

    North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study

    University of Idaho - 2 semesters -journalism

    Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester

    University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism

    Education isn't everything, but this is about the two highest offices in the land as well as our standing in the world.

    You make the call.
     
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    I am Caucasian (one friend refers to me as the 'whitest guy he knows), yet, I have seen a pervasive attention to race in the election. A lot of people deny this, both liberal and conservative Caucasians like to think this country is 'color blind', which is a lot easier than actually discussing this source of tension. Here are some examples of implied use of race --

    -- attempts to blame minority home buyers for the mortgage crisis
    -- attempts to blame guidelines for minority lending for the mortgage crisis
    -- description of Obama's tax plan that will "turn the IRS into a welfare scheme"
    -- "THAT one!"
    -- "he is not like us"
    -- the otherwise inexplicable avoidance of McCain using Rev. Wright's comments against Obama
    -- the assertion that Powell endorsed Obama only based on race

    I have not even referred to cases of individual racism, such as the teacher writing out "CHANGE - Come Help a N** Get Elected" on a class room blackboard; or referring to minority homes as "bastard factories". Clearly this is despicable, but not an acknowledged part of the campaigns like the above examples.

    I will let the conservatives here point out Democratic and Liberal uses of race.

    My point is that race has been omnipresent in this election.
     
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    The argument of this piece is very strong, but the claim that McCain crashed seven planes is bizarrely inflated. McCain lost a total of three planes, including the one that was shot down in Vietnam and one that crashed because of mechanical failure. The loss of one plane was attributed to his piloting, and he drove another plane through a power line when flying too close to the ground in Spain, without crashing. So he is responsible for a total of one plane crash and one accident that could have resulted in a crash.

    FactCheck.org: Did McCain crash five planes? Did he cause the 1967 Forrestal fire?
     
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    Wasn't Lincoln a self taught man?
     
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    I'm not sure if it is partisanship or racism, but blatantly only seeing or exposing ONE SIDE of this phenomenon is one or the other.
     
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