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The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.
- Oscar Wilde, British Author and Wit (1854-1900)

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Twenty years later and the left-wing bigotry against black conservatives is still just as vile and wide-spread.

 

There’s no shortage of race-obsessed liberals high fivin’ and doing a little touchdown dance in their homes tody as we find out that Herman Cain no longer is willing to subject himself to the sleaze and character assassination that’s been hurled at him from the moment he became the Republican frontrunner for the nomination.

Twenty years later, and the media is still as intolerant and bigoted towards a conservative black man as they were when they tried to torpedo the confirmation of the second black justice to the United States Supreme Court.

Justice Thomas said it this way:

This is a circus. It is a national disgrace. It’s is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order you will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured rather than hung from a tree.

So sad that so many believe there is only one way for blacks to think and vote and if a black person dares to break from the lockstep, they will be targets of ugly racial slurs, many of which come straight from their own people, calling the black conservative “race traitors” or “illegit” or a “sellout” or an “Uncle Tom”.

Check out this ugly piece of hate:

It’s the same kind of mentally diseased logic we saw Janeane Garofalo spewing on MSNBC: they are so race obsessed they can actually believe things like if an African-American candidate is not doing well among Republicans, it’s evidence of racism, and then just one month later, here comes Herman Cain as the front runner, and somehow, that’s even more evidence of racism! There is something truly wrong with how some of these people’s brains work, everything boils down to race for them, like when Chris Matthews was astounded he actually forgot Obama was black for an entire hour during one of his speeches. It seems even two years after becoming president, Matthews would just watch Obama speak and marvel at how black Obama was the entire time. Look at his blackness, he’s just so . . . black!

Some of the worst of what we saw was the black on black crime perpetrated against Hermain Cain, fellow blacks despising another black man of great accomplishment for no reason than the fact they don’t see eye to eye on politics:

Cornell West, professor at Princeton:

I think he needs to get off the symbolic crack pipe.

Rev. Al Sharpton:

So I would assume he is either socially ignorant or playing games to get votes.

Harry Belafonte, has been singer of a one-hit wonder from the 50s.

It is very hard to comment on someone who is so denied intelligence.

Yes, because if it’s a contest of intelligence, I’ll take the singer of the novelty song “Day O” over the brains of a Herman Cain who accomplished all this in his life:

* Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
* Master’s degree in Computer Science.
* Mathematician for the Navy, where he worked on missile ballistics (making him a rocket scientist).
* Computer systems analyst for Coca-Cola.
* VP of Corporate Data Systems and Services for Pillsbury (this is the top of the ladder in the computer world, being in charge of information systems for a major corporation).
***All achieved before reaching the age of 35. Since he reached the top of the information systems world, he changed careers!
* Business Manager. Took charge of Pillsbury’s 400 Burger King restaurants in the Philadelphia area, which were the company’s poorest performers in the country. Spent the first nine months learning the business from the ground up, cooking hamburger and yes, cleaning toilets. After three years he had turned them into the company’s best performers.
* Godfather’s Pizza CEO. Was asked by Pillsbury to take charge of their Godfather’s Pizza chain (which was on the verge of bankruptcy). He made it profitable in 14 months.
* In 1988 he led a buyout of the Godfather’s Pizza chain from Pillsbury. He was now the owner of a restaurant chain. Again he reached the top of the ladder of another industry.
* He was also chairman of the National Restaurant Association during this time. This is a group that interacts with government on behalf of the restaurant industry, and it gave him political experience from the non-politician side.
***Having reached the top of a second industry, he changed careers again!
* Adviser to the Federal Reserve System. Herman Cain went to work for the Federal Reserve Banking System advising them on how monetary policy changes would affect American businesses.
* Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. He worked his way up to the chairmanship of a regional Federal Reserve bank. This is only one step below the chairmanship of the entire Federal Reserve System (the top banking position in the country). This position allowed him to see how monetary policy is made from the inside, and understand the political forces that impact the monetary system.
***After reaching the top of the banking industry, he changed careers for a fourth time!
* Writer and public speaker. He then started to write and speak on leadership. His books include Speak as a Leader, CEO of Self, Leadership is Common Sense, and They Think You’re Stupid.
* Radio Host. Around 2007—after a remarkable 40 year career—he started hosting a radio show on WSB in Atlanta (the largest talk radio station in the country).
***He did all this starting from rock bottom (his father was a chauffeur and his mother was a maid).

When you add up his accomplishments in his life—including reaching the top of three unrelated industries: information systems, business management, and banking—how much of an ignorant asshole does Harry Belafonte have to be to say that a man such as Herman Cain, with a resume such is that, is somehow a man of “denied intelligence”?

All Americans, whites, browns and blacks especially should take pride in the accomplishments of this great man. As bad as it was to see the way the MSM cheerleaded so hard for the community organizer because of how he fits their stereotype of how blacks should think and vote, it is an absolute travesty, it is the death of journalism right before our eyes to see the very same media work so hard to destroy a man of great accomplishment because he dare to be *gasp* a conservative black man.

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15 Responses to The Lynch Mob Takes Down a Black Conservative

  • If only this were in any way true. Herman Cain caricatured himself. He – all on his own and with the help of the incredibly odd individuals advising/supporting him – made himself appear as a 3-ring side show, with gaffe after gaffe and buffoonish comment after buffoonish comment. I have a disdain for Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, and Rick Perry very congruent to that of my disdain for Herman Cain. It has nothing to do with their races but with their blatant disrespect for and desecration of the process in selecting the POTUS – the leader of the free world. Nothing – in my opinion – is more racist than the notion that Blacks can be fit into a consciousness that is defined by their race. I cannot think for other AA’s and I have no jurisdiction to evaluate the causes attributable to their actions. It is my belief that until whites acknowledge that society does not require this of them, and that requiring this of AA’s is wrong we will remain in a state where idiotic arguments such as this are given voice. The expectations that black people care, define, evaluate, interpret, understand, interact with their worlds as defined by their blackness is the most ignorant concept of them all. Some might, but that is there business. The allusion to Garafalo’s comment is errant and egregious. Has she spoken out about Cain, I highly doubt it. And for her to comment re: the blatant racism that was on display during Obama’s campaign and during his presidency is in no way comparable. The argument posed is remedial. I am so disillusioned by this process – both with the internal politics, and the uninformed child like punditry of commentators such as this – that I am unsure that this is even worth my time. However, I will say, Barack Obama is as much a white man as he is a black man, and his narrative is one of an immigrant not that of an African American like Herman Cain. Just another caveat to demonstrate how this argument pales when exposed to the light. Herman Cain’s resume is impressive indeed, but clearly he has issues with women, fidelity, and executing a presidential campaign; there is nothing racist about that making people be alarmed that he very self-assuredly sought the position. As an interviewer who is responsible for interviewing these candidates Cain’s missteps – regardless of the media commentary surrounding them – are more than enough to ensure that I won’t be calling him back.

    • In my book, just from the historical perspective, the fact that our first black president was a Democrat was a travesty in my book. This Democrat party which started the KKK as it’s terrorist wing to hold the status quo of slavery in the south against Republican emancipation, it was a travesty that the Democrats should lay claim to the first black president.

      Unlike race-obsessed liberals like Chris Matthews who marveled at the fact that two years into Obama’s presidency, he actually made it through an entire Obama speech without thinking about his being black (I mean, does he really listen to Obama speak with half his mind thinking, oh my God, he’s black, he’s . . . he’s just so black!) I remember watching Obama’s inauguration, taken aback at the tears in my own eyes because I hadn’t given more than a passing moment’s thought to Barack Obama being black, it was only in seeing the first black man become president that I was overwhelmed by what a great moment it was in our nation’s history.

      I am just so disgusted by a media which gave Obama less coverage on Resko, Ayers and only picked up Wright (reluctantly) when there were a million views on YouTube, our media gave less coverage to those three connections to Obama than they did six days of a media blitz on anonymous charges of harassment against Cain. Think of that, more coverage for Cain’s alleged dalliances in SIX DAYS than Obama’s entire campaign for president.

      It was a disgrace. The same media that barely whispered RAPE CHARGES against Clinton from a Juanita Brodderick who was not hiding in the shadows, the same media who ignored candidate Jesse Jackson’s illegitimate children, this same media went on a coordinated smear campaign to take the black conservative down.

      • 1) We have all gone through the history lesson pertaining to the democratic and republican parties and, pertinent in this case, the shift that occurred when the southern aristocracy ditched the Dems in the ’60’s for the GOP. The problem is – just as is the case with race – party lines are no more than titles – they ultimately have little to do with the content of one’s character. For example, Barack Obama is a “liberal big spender with no regard for his countrymen, advancing a socialist (misnomer by the way) agenda because he is a Democrat, but somehow simultaneously like the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler (I want to end this sentence with a question mark, because I am in such disbelief at the crap that people can be led to believe in this country). Therefore this history (i.e. the Democratic party has root ties to the KKK) is given out of context.

        2) Herman Cain’s soft-shoe minstrel show aside – my overall point was to demonstrate that we are not out of the woods – none of us are any less reproachable than the next person – until we cease mitigating our past and present on a basis of race. Barack Obama is the ultimate poster child to show just how much – even those of us who contend that we’ve let it go – can’t get enough of talking, thinking, and living through the definitions we’ve prescribed via the social construct that is race.

        3) I distinctly remember a metric s*** ton of press being given to the relationships Barack Obama had with all those folks listed. I think those connections pale in comparison – and they have in no way manifested during this presidency – to vetting a possible president who turns out to be a lying, alleged sex-offender. Furthermore, where have you been? If you are calling Cains accusers and mistress “in the shadows” you just have plain not been paying attention. The Clinton comparison I’ll give you, but that was a much different time and we were not in a 4 hr news cycle like we are today. However, Herman Cain’s extra marital exploits and harassment of women – especially in the context of his blatant lying and story changing, his lack of prowess in maintaining a credible campaign, and his abrasive overly defensive tones – should have been news. And to suggest that the democrats – but according to Cain at first, it was his GOP rivals – had a stake in taking him down is just asinine. I don’t claim the democrats or republicans, I deal in individuals whose policies I understand and agree with, but I am guessing that the DNC would have been frothing at the mouth to run general election campaign for POTUS against Herman Cain and all of his glorious, robust (all sarcasm) infrastructure! Laugh!

        4) Cains transgressions are more than alleged. It’s just time to face that. Remove yourself from political supporter/Cain Fan and view this from the perspective of juror, or interviewer. The media coverage of the circus that Cain ignited and perpetuated himself in no way reflects on the media or on the inattention to other past news stories. I will need further verification to you in the way of data (hours, minutes, seconds, # of networks, # of times per day, # of different anchors) reporting on the Obama connections and the Cain fiasco respectively. Only then will I believe that arbitrary assessment re: the amount of coverage given. Just think about it: a candidate for President attending a Christian church found his reverend catapulted into the national spotlight – mind you, there was no evidence that this candidate was even in the building at the time in question. It wasn’t as if Barack Obama was standing in the pulpit, catching the holy ghost, and championing that one – out of context – message that was so salaciously replayed in the media during the ’08 primaries. There is nothing about lying about sexually harassing people, or cheating on your wife that context can save you from. Cain brought this upon himself. Just as Clinton did. They both faced consequences that they deserved. And quite frankly, if this was a democratic plot to ruin Cain (which that would be the stupidest thing the Dems could have done) why did his support wane so quickly? Not to mention it, he was losing it big even before White came forward.

        5) The most important point you’ve made here is that regarding Jesse Jackson’s illegitimate children. He was never a serious candidate, and is pretty much regarded as political comic relief in any circles that I am aware of. It is only in this day and age that a joke of a candidate would even be seriously enough considered to warrant the kind of coverage that was afforded Herman Cain. I am ashamed to have come of age in this time. Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives, Dancing With The Stars, the Apprentice and many other examples from the world of television entertainment are indicative of the state of our society as it pertains to our celebration of gross mediocrity and our inclination to view our own lives as, “not-as-bad” when we can celebrate the idiocy of others.

        6) Read this: http://politic365.com/2011/12/03/the-herman-cain-show-series-finale/

  • There have been many minorities taken down by the oppression of the liberal party. Powell was one of them. He was in charge of the US military and still harassed because of his conservative views. I would elaborate more but I am on my cell phone.

  • I could have spared us all my quick, unedited response – the exercise in knee-jerk reactionary writing.

    Enjoy the light: http://politic365.com/2011/12/03/the-herman-cain-show-series-finale/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-herman-cain-show-series-finale

  • People forget that Democrats used to be called Dixiecrats. A truly ugly legacy that party seems to forget, or pretends to forget. Also, it was the Republicans who wanted to end slavery. The Dems wanted to keep it going. One of the things I’ve noticed for the longest, Dems will say the most outrageous comments to appeal to a base that is out of touch, always has conspiracy theories, and which lacks self-respect. Dems will says anything to get elected.

  • There were 84 Cain stories over the MSM in the first week. By comparison, in the first week the Clinton scandals broke, Juanita Broaddrick’s rape change had a mere four stories, just three for Kathleen Willey, who accused the President of groping her and just one a week into Paula Jones’ February 1994 charges.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2011/11/07/defensive-networks-devote-84-stories-herman-cain-scandal-hit-him-las

    The media did no vetting of Obama, it was only when videos of the hateful sermons of Reverend Wright had hit over 1,000,000 views on YouTube that the media finally (reluctantly) had to address the story. How about some comparison between the media’s lack of willingness to vet Obama vs. the lynch mob that went after Cain:

    “As NewsBusters reported Monday, the broadcast network news outlets of ABC, CBS and NBC ran a total of 84 stories on the sexual harassment allegations against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain in the week following Politico publishing its hit piece.

    That is more coverage than they gave to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s connections to domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, convicted real estate developer Tony Rezko, or America-hating Rev. Jeremiah Wright throughout the entire campaign.

    According to LexisNexis, from February 2007 when Obama announced his candidacy to Election Day 2008, ABC ran 20 stories on Ayers, CBS did thirteen, and NBC aired 8 for a total of 41.

    On Rezko, the numbers were ABC 22, and CBS and NBC both doing nine for a total of 40.

    As for Wright, NBC did 31, ABC 27, and CBS 24 for a total of 82.

    Add it all up, and none of Obama’s scandals in over 20 months garned the attention from the networks that Cain’s did in one week.”

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/11/07/networks-run-more-cain-scandal-stories-week-they-did-obamas-ties-ayer#ixzz1fgPPrS9q

    No one in the MSM did a similar vetting of Obama. Why, for example, has the MSM not asked Obama why he’s still not released his transcripts from Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School? You think they would have done the same if Cain kept all his school records under lock and key? Pshaw! Instead, the best they could do is ask why Cain demanded on focusing on his studies at Morehouse and chose not to march.

    The media had a Slobbering Love Affair with Obama, but don’t take my word for it, take it from two of the most powerful and respected Democrats of this generation:

    The American news media was “90% in the tank for Barack Obama.” Those aren’t my words, by the way, those are the words of the former Chairman of the Democrat National Committee, Terry McAullife.

    http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/05/terry_mcauliffe_media_90_for_o.html

    The media was so head over heels in love that “the coverage of Barack Obama was embarrassing. It was an embarrassment.” Again, those aren’t my words, those are the words of former Democrat Governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, one of the greatest stalwarts of the entire Democrat party.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/0808/Rendell_Obama_coverage_was_embarrassing.html

    Can’t say it any better than they did.

    • The news cycle is different, even than it was 3-4 years ago. There are a far greater number of outlets and publications. Having worked in PR, communications, social media and social media analytics I know firsthand how far into account news networks and other media outlets are taking the traction of stories and conversations happening online. The interest in Herman Cain’s scandalous behavior and remedial narcissism are what landed these stories in the news media so much, not the news media’s desire to change opinions of the “Great” (wow I’m laughing at the site of that) Herman Cain. Hell, there may have been a greater number of stories re: Rick Perry’s flubs than there were on Obama’s connections to the aforementioned individuals. I found those connections to be nebulous at best, and as I queried in my last comment – how have any of these supposed connections to Ayers, Rezko, or Rev. Wright manifested in this presidency? I don’t think that they have. Again, this is a great example of how we all fail so greatly at being reverent in allowing our understanding of events, occurrences, and how that affects the formulation of our opinions to be rooted in context as the integral part of the foundation. For example, Reverend Wright does not hate America – he is also not relevant to Herman Cain being a scandalous individual. Wright may have a vehement attitude towards some of the transgressions of this country that have been institutionally supported, but that disdain is in no way preceding a Jeremiah Wright plot to attack his countrymen or his government. Presiding over an affluent church of that size, my guess is he would not do any such thing. Hell how long has been there anyway? How many arrests? There’s nothing scandalous about that! C’mon, can we not do better than this? To view that youtube clip as hate speech, but to view the Obama monkey, Hitler and Joker images brandished by tea party “patriots” (hardly) as free speech epitomizes the hypocrisy that would give any credence or confidence in an attempt to draw a comparison between the Herman Cain joke and Obama’s supposed “terror ties.”

      Why should I care how much reporters talked about Cain’s infidelity and alleged sexual harassment, or settlements pertaining to? And what does that have to do with 2008 or 1990 whatever…? I don’t think that is what lost Cain his support anyway. He was poorly executing – poorly being an executive – over a presidential campaign. Screw his resume, his interview game was terrible. Cain’s problem was all about how he handled the scrutiny and the spotlight; he lied and changed his stories, almost persistently even! Cain shot himself in the foot, not the media. He was unprepared, inarticulate, and abrasive. And if he wanted coverage like Obama got or like Clinton got (although I wouldn’t call Obama’s questionable associations “scandal” – there was no evidence of actual wrong doing unlike that of i.e. sexual harassment), then Herman Cain should have run in 92 or 96, or 2008.

      I keep context with me as an integral part of how I synthesize the information in front of me, and I disregard semantics and preconceived notions (definitions like “dixiecrats” or who the democrats were 3 generations before I was born) enough to know that 84 stories in 2011 is probably equivalent to 3 stories in 1994 (or whenever the Clinton allegations came to light), and 61 or 47 odd stories in 2008.

      I also know that Clinton suffered a great deal and was even impeached during a successful presidency – over the amount of coverage, book deals, playboy spreads etc. given in the case of a consensual extra marital affair. So how much do the news stories and cheerleaders even mean? Did the cheerleaders or the “lynch mob” put Herman Cain up to be a lying, bumbling buffoon who harasses women, and cheats on his wife? I don’t think so, and all that aside – can you really attribute the market share of voice covering a presidential front-runner to his bowing out the race? Is Cain no responsible – in the least bit – for the nature, tone and timbre of that coverage?

  • First, you look at his resume above, I don’t see how on earth you can laugh at the adjective of “Great” pertaining to Herman Cain. From such humble roots, that is a man of accomplishment in a league of very, very few in a generation.

    I can only imagine how much better off this nation would be if we would have had a chance to elect Cain in 2008 instead of the guy who’s only real world contact with the private sector was two weeks working in a Baskin Robbins.

    I do hear your point on Clinton being a different era than the wall to wall news cycle we live in today, but even taking that into account, it was still shocking how under-reported the charges of Broaddrick’s , Willey and Jones were or the fact that many members of the media were willing to accept the trailer-trash assassination of Jones with no qualms at all.

    Ask yourself this one question – if Herman Cain had started his political career in the home of a guy who was known at the time to have been a member of a terrorist group and had admitted to setting bombs, do you think the media would have given it the same three or four whispers the Obama-loving media gave it during Obama’s campaign, or do you think if Cain started his campaign in the home of a bomb-setting member of a terrorist group, come on, just be honest, you know it would have gotten the 121 stories in 7 days treatment.

  • Again, just consider how honest and powerful those statements were by Democrat National Committee Chairman Terry McAullife and Democrat Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell:

    The American news media was “90% in the tank for Barack Obama.”

    “the coverage of Barack Obama was embarrassing. It was an embarrassment.”

    • Mike, I see where you are coming from I really do. But did Ayers not pay some debt to society? Had he not visibly reformed and contributed to society in a meaningful way beyond that for which he was convicted of? I think his ownership of a venue where a political event on behalf of – a then unsuspecting – future president has very little meaning in the grand scheme of things. Which by the way you have not touched my multiple questions regarding the ways, if there are any, in which Rezko, Ayers, or Jeremiah Wright have manifested in this presidency?

      And did Rendell not endorse Hillary Clinton? I really don’t know, but it’s just a wild guess based on the context (there’s that word again) of the situation and quote. Maybe it was an embarrassment how Obama was covered, but the truth is the entire country was in the tank on where the government was after 8 years of GWB. And I have said this all along and will continue to say it, we as a people somehow fell into expecting it to magically get better, like Obama’s presidency was meant to be an instant 4 yr honeymoon, our unrealistic expectations coinciding with our unrealistic concept of what personal investment would be necessary to meet those expectations. We are weak as a nation because we are weak at home, not weak in the white house. To get out of recession the people who are working need to change their spending habits, pay it forward, and work harder, but Americans are not prepared to do that. America is supposed to be the greatest country in the world because of who it was, who it has been, because of its “resume” – not because of who and what it is today! Herman Cain would have been the perfect president in these Jersey Shore times, but there seems that some sensibility still remains.

      As for Cain starting his campaign in the home of a terrorist, no one would know if he did or if he didn’t, because the kind of terrorist he would have been in leagues with would be one that was not easily recognized as such (he probably has some questionable associates). So to answer your question, no I don’t think he would have gotten the same treatment as Barack Obama got, and firstly because his name is Herman Cain and not Obama, sounds like Osama (and there’s supposedly a left-wing ,liberal conspiracy afoot). Not only that, but Herman Cain talks like he’s straight out of a chicken George minstrel show; he’d be championed as a HOF Patriot of All-Time had he been found to be consorting with some abortion clinic murderer/bomber or member of a neo-con anti-government group.

      The mention of private sector experience is so rich! How many successful presidents had experience in the private sector. There was no such thing as the “private sector” as we know it until the 70’s. With companies going under left and right, while their executives take absurd severances and compensation packages the last thing we need is an ethereal, head-in-the-clouds C-level type to come in and delegate his/her way through a term in office. There was no prescription that a private sector guru could have signed to prevent what happened in this economy. That was more than one generation in the making. And how can we ignore the record number of filibusters or the new American policy of financing multiple military endeavors on the backs of tax-cuts?

      Similarly to this, how can we trust a group running on an anti-government platform, when they don’t want to first eradicate themselves? I don’t buy the notion that there are business owners sitting around with one another – still profitable enough to stay open – regarding themselves as job creators – worriedly awaiting a new tax code so they can bring a mess of jobs back to the US. The notion is simply unrealistic. “Job Creators” are mythological creatures created by the GOP to advance the idea that one day every Tom, Dick and Harry that can fit a pipe is going to strike it rich (and therefore they should be pissed that the government would tax them at all keeping them from this wealth). What we learn in any nations history, is that much like breathing there is a natural – organic even – expansion and contraction process – same as is the case for any body in the entire universe, including the universe itself. In such a period as this – of economic contraction – the “job creators” get to prey even more on the peasantry being that those who manufacture the supply for a weak demand must be whittled down to levels so uncomfortable that people reinvent the limits at which they can work. A new and higher plateau of efficiency is achieved. This as anything else GOP conceived only benefits the rich, and those six figure folks disillusioned enough to think they are going to magically become wealthier because of a tax code or who believe that being a thousandaire has put them on the level of the Koch brothers – never realizing that the fragile ecosystem that brought them to six-figure status is dependent on the many folks right below them or lower having purchasing power.

  • Sometimes it’s hard to play hypothetical / alternate reality, but you know if Obama had been a Republican who started his career in the home of a bomb setting terrorist, it would have been found swiftly by the media from his announcement for president and the frenzy would have forced him out of the campaign within a week of the story breaking.

    And forget whatever contrition Ayers may have displayed at one time or another – in a sick twist of irony, in an interview released by the NYT on 9/11/2001, he said, “I don’t regret setting bombs, I think we didn’t do enough.” Fuck that guy, he shouldn’t be free to walk among us let alone poison young students’ minds with his teachings.

    Yes, Rendell and McAullife both were in the Hillary camp, doesn’t change the fact that those are two of the most hardcore, lifelong Democrats making an honest observation, two guys who you can be for damn sure voted Obama in 2008, two guys who were legendary Democrats talking about one of their own – devastating comments they made about the media cheerleading for Obama. It was an embarrassment the way the media never vetted Obama, it was an embarrassment how the media cheered him on in every report. That campaign was the season when journalism truly died. A bunch of cheerleaders, the difference between the way they coddled and celebrated Obama and they way they excoriated Cain, one day I hope you’ll be able to step outside your admiration for Obama and see what a travesty it really was.

    == There was no such thing as the “private sector” as we know it until the 70′s. ==

    Um, the private sector is the part of the economy that produces things, generates wealth and pays the taxes which create money for the public sector and public services we enjoy. It’s always been around.

    We all like roads and having a military to protect our nation, firefighters and police to protect our homes and property, but every public sector job is dependent on the taxes of the private sector and I’ll say it again, it is the private sector that generates the wealth in a society. For more information on what happens to a society when all the best paying jobs are in the public sector, see Greece.

    • I am not suggesting that all the b est paying jobs come from the public sector, BTW. But that does invoke the image of the majority GOP congress – doing no more than thwarting any attempt by the president to lead – that is enjoying some of the nation’s best paying, most perk laden jobs, with no indication that they plan to eradicate themselves, or alleviate the expense of their salaries (which the vast majority absolutely don’t need). There’s that hypocrisy thing again. We’ve replaced American exceptionalism with silver-spoon ego-maniacal, sense-of-entitlement, do nothingness hypocrisy.

  • First and foremost, my commentary here was only to do with Herman Cain and how I observed his execution of a presidential campaign, and my views on the weakness born of American ego-mania and rampant hypocrisy; you brought Obama into it. In my opinion there is no base, no context, to make this a comparative analysis; hence your concession on the “alternate reality” point.

    This has nothing to do with whether or not I admire Obama, and it’s hard to know if I should or if I shouldn’t because there is so much gamesmanship aimed at indicated “our primary focus, our number one goal is to make sure that this president is a one term president” (Mitch McConnell said that) that his ability to lead may end up being subjugated by the childish immaturity developed out of the in-fighting happening in congress.

    Now that this very simple matter is out of the way:

    I just don’t see the liberal conspiracy that you see as being propagated by the news media. I don’t feel like the media propagates my interests or sets itself to level the playing field for me or to affect outcomes in my life such that I have less to contend with in the way of racial, socio-economic, religious, and or any other kind of discrimination or impartiality causing me to struggle in such a way disproportionate to my skills, education and work ethic (all of which I have experienced within the 3rd quarter this year during which I had no one to stand in support of me because of “at-will” employment and corporate personhood).

    With this in mind I will say that 1) Barack Obama couldn’t have been republican had he wanted to; they would not accept a community organizer. 2) Regardless your opinions of Ayers and anything he said 7 years before Barack Obama decided to run for President he still paid what our society has characterized as his debt to society. Furthermore, vetting Obama has nothing to do with digging into the histories of any and every associate he has ever crossed paths with, it just plain doesn’t. Ayers’ history does not present evidence that Obama shares or has ever shared similar views. If that was able to be proved he would have not been able to be elected president. And seriously, I don’t know where you were, but I didn’t know who the hell Ayers was until Obama was becoming a presidential front runner, and that information didn’t just magically appear in my head. 3) So you transparently deny that the context of Rendell’s comments were rooted in his bias towards Hillary? Do you not concede that the media excitement for Obama was because he was exciting, and that it was not some arbitrary anointment of some random dude? Similarly do you not concede that Herman Cain had any level of responsibility in bringing upon himself the media coverage that has been referred to as “lynch mob.”

    Just because liberals, or African Americans, or whomever didn’t support Herman that is not evidence enough that there was a conspiracy afoot. Is this not ESPECIALLY true when one considers the body of work Herman Cain put forth once he stepped into the ring and undertook the interview process to become President. His resume, good; his performance as candidate for president, abysmal.

    As for my comment re: the private sector – I understand that the private sector developed out of the industrial revolution – when our nation grew from a farming nation to a manufacturing juggernaut. But I am explicitly referring to the private sector as it is characterized by the modern GOP and that is sold as the antithesis to government, and that shirks the fact that this “private sector” somehow relies on government removing itself from matters involving the PS (government has to do what the PS says in other words), but then whines at any inkling that it will have to help support this government that protects it (then the PS cries anytime the government asks the private sector to play a part in perpetuating our nation’s greatness). I am talking about the private sector that has seen CEO wages balloon from 30 to 110 times that of the worker, while the average American’s pay has decreased by 6% in the same amount of time… And last I checked inflation has seen the price of goods, services and food increase in the midst of all of this. I am referring to the private sector that has presided over this devolution, while simultaneously lashing out angrily – just as Herman Cain often did – that anyone would question its questionable practices.

  • We’ve both made quite a few points here, so I’m going to let you have the last word and just say, a lot of people are being underpaid proportional to their skills in this economy, but I do hope you’ll land the job that you deserve.

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