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Robert Ball

What a great blog. Hugh pointed me there, I put a link on mine to you as well.

Meg Eason

You called. I'll answer. Lets “look at the man”

First, I would LOVE to see this record you were speaking of that proves that the democratic party is racist, against individual rights, and protecting the weak and poor. And please, no Ann Coulter or Front Page Magazine references- they only invalidate you further.

Then, we can compare it to the fantastic job George bush has done protecting individuals rights (patriot act) protecting the weak and poor (cut over $15 million in aid to abused children, $200 million in child care funding, made deep cuts in funding for childrens' hospitals, eliminated entirely a $20 million early education initiative, “reformed welfare” by requiring single mothers to work more hours to gain welfare status) and the elderly (gutting social security to minimize the huge deficit, making it illegal to import more affordable prescription drugs from Canada) and equal rights ( proposing an amendment banning gay marriage, several attempts to repeal a womans right to chose).

Doesn’t that just scream compassionate conservative!

Although, that big donation to fighting aids for Africa is uplifting. Too bad he put drug tsar Randal Tobias, former head and major stock holder for drug company Eli Lilly, at the head of supervision for his program. And that part of his program involves the timely and costly procedure of re-checking every generic drug ( even after they are already approved by the World Health Organization, which uses almost identical checking procedure), which guarantees drugs will be slower on arriving and more expensive when they get there. And finally, like he has done before, he set aside 1/3 of that money to foster the proven in-effective abstinence only education. What a thoughtful, caring man.

NOW, lets talk about lying and manipulation of the media. I will skip over the far-too-easy “Clinton was a sleaze” comment and get to the point. Clinton lied about an extra-marital affair, caught hell from the “liberal media” and was impeached.

Bush’s administration forged documents (proven by the 9-11 commissions report) in a desperate attempt to link Al Qaeda to Iraq, lied over and over to the American public claiming there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq (none were found) and direct links to Al Qaeda (again, none were found) in order to enlist support for an unnecessary war which had no support from the UN and support from less than half of the American people. With his own personal propaganda machine (the “fair and balanced” fox news) helping him, he controlled the media by labeling all people who were against war as unpatriotic (for example, the Dixie chicks, who were banned from Clear Channel radio stations based on their anti-war stance). And of course, the average citizen can be searched, detained, and arrested without lawyer or trial for criticizing bush or making a joke in the wrong company (thank you, patriot act- if you don’t hear from me in the next few weeks I have probably been arrested for “sedition”. You know, since the government can legally check my email, and where I have been on the internet and what I look up, without warrant or reasonable cause)


Lets discuss the “Most successful military operation of all time”. Interesting term. Too bad we haven’t found Bin Laden, the guy who ACTUALLY CUASED September 11th. Too bad we spent 87 Billion dollars to “liberate” Iraq, only to be viewed as occupants, have our citizens torn from their cars, chopped to bits, burned alive, drug through the streets and then hung for display. Too bad we have had more than 300 deaths since the “mission” was “accomplished” and the death toll is rising. Too bad the accidental killing of civilians has incited new rage and hatred for America throughout the arab world as is, effectively, a TOOL for recruiting terrorists. Still, I suppose you could call that success….depending on what side you are on.

And finally, addressing John Kerry: I personally am not a huge kerry fan and would have preferred another candidate like Howard Dean. But selecting him was important strategically for the democrats to chose Kerry. They are trying to win an election during a time of never ending war versus unseen enemies that could be everywhere (Orwell’s 1984 had something sort of like this) and the public is kept in continual fear.

Any other candidate would have been continually criticized by republicans as not having a strong military background, and as incapable of running a nation at war. With a strong military record behind him (far stronger than bush’s, and the republicans know that) he can not be criticized in that way, which is what made him the strongest contender. At least having GONE to war he understands the true devastation and horror it causes, and therefore would have only brought us into a war if it were completely and totally necessary. In truth, I don’t know all that much about him and admittedly I should do more research. But at this point, after seeing what George W. has done in four years and envisioning what he may do with four more, I would vote for just about ANYBODY else. And I know many, many republicans who feel the same way. Hell, bush doesn’t even BEHAVE like a republican. Republicans are about small government and fiscal responsibility. The largest deficit in US history, attempting to alter the constitution, and expanding the size of the government radically doesn’t sound very republican to me.

You see, I do not hate republicans. I consider myself a moderate- liberal on social issues and conservative on fiscal issues. I do not judge Bush based on his party. I judge him based on his actions, and they speak loud and clear. Freedom- patriot act, Equality- gay marriage amendment, Safety- encoring the wrath of the Arab world, and Prosperity- biggest deficit in US history.

Sean

Meg,

I find it interesting that you can't accept any source with a view that may be to the right of your own yet you will accept CNN, one of the most obviously left-leaning outlets as if it were neutral. There are NO outlets that are neutral. Distrust every source.

This letter was posted on Free Republic, an excellent source for news and commentary.

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Open Letter from African Americans to the Democratic Party

An Open Letter to the Democratic Party
By Frances Rice

We, African American citizens of the United States, declare and assert:

Whereas in the early 1600’s 20 African men and women were landed in Virginia from a Dutch ship as slaves and from that tiny seed grew the poisoned fruit of plantation slavery which shaped the course of American development,

Whereas reconciliation and healing always begin with an apology and an effort to repay those who have been wronged,

Whereas the Democratic Party has never apologized for their horrific atrocities and racist practices committed against African Americans during the past two hundred years, nor for the residual impact that those atrocities and practices and current soft bigotry of low expectations are having on us today,

Whereas the Democratic Party fought to expand slavery and, after the Civil War, established Jim Crow Laws, Black Codes and other repressive legislation that were designed to disenfranchise African Americans,

Whereas the Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, and their primary goal was to intimidate and terrorize African American voters, Republicans who moved South to protect African Americans and any other whites who supported them,

Whereas, according to leading historians (both black and white), the horrific atrocities committed against African Americans during slavery and Reconstruction were financed, sponsored, and promoted by the Democratic Party and their Ku Klux Klan supporters,

Whereas from 1870 to 1930, in an effort to deny African Americans their civil rights and to keep African Americans from voting Republican, thousands of African Americans were shot, beaten, lynched, mutilated, and burned to death by Ku Klux Klan terrorists from the Democratic Party,

Whereas Democratic Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman rejected anti-lynching laws and efforts to establish a permanent Civil Rights Commission,

Whereas the Democratic party has used racist demagoguery to deceive African Americans about the history of the Republican Party that: (a) started as the anti-slavery party in 1854, (b) fought to free African Americans from slavery, (c) designed Reconstruction, a ten-year period of unprecedented political power for African Americans, (d) passed the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution granting African Americans freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote, (e) passed the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 granting African Americans protection from the Black Codes and prohibiting racial discrimination in public accommodations, (f) passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 granting African Americans protection from the Jim Crow laws, (g) established Affirmative Action programs to help African Americans proper with Republican President Richard Nixon's 1969 Philadelphia Plan that set the first goals and timetables and his 1972 Equal Employment Opportunity Act that made Affirmative Action Programs the law of our nation, and (h) never sponsored or launched a program, passed laws, or engaged in practices that resulted in the death of millions of African Americans,

Whereas Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka (a 1954 decision by Chief Justice Earl Warren who was appointed by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower) was a landmark civil rights case that was designed to overturn the racist practices that were established by the Democratic Party,

Whereas after Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt received the vote of African Americans, he banned African American newspapers from the military shortly after taking office because he was convinced the newspapers were communists,

Whereas Democratic President John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Law, opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was later criticized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for ignoring civil rights issues.

Whereas Democratic President John F. Kennedy authorized the FBI (supervised by his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy) to investigate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on suspicion of being a communist,

Whereas Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, made a 14-hour filibuster speech in the Senate in June 1964 in an unsuccessful effort to block passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and was heralded in April 2004 by Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd as a senator who would have been a great leader during the Civil War,

Whereas when the 1964 Civil Rights Act came up for vote, Senator Al Gore, Sr. and the rest of the Southern Democrats voted against the bill,

Whereas in the House of Representatives only 61 percent of the Democrats voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act as compared to 80 percent of Republicans, and in the Senate only 69 percent of the Democrats voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, compared to 82 percent of the Republicans,

Whereas Democratic President Bill Clinton sent troops to Europe to protect the citizens of Bosnia and Kosovo while allowing an estimated 800,000 black Rwandans to be massacred in Africa, vetoed the welfare reform law twice before signing it, and refused to comply with a court order to have shipping companies develop an Affirmative Action Plan,

Whereas Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore created harmful racial division when he falsely claimed that the 2000 presidential election was “stolen” from him and that African Americans in Florida were disenfranchised, even though a second recount of Florida votes by the “Miami Herald” and a consortium of major news organizations confirmed that he lost the election, and a ruling by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission declared that African Americans were not denied the right to vote,

Whereas the Democratic Party's soft bigotry of low expectations and social promotions have consigned African Americans to economic bondage and created a culture of dependency on government social programs,

Whereas the Democratic Party's use of deception and fear to block welfare reform, the faith-based initiative and school choice that would help African Americans prosper is consistent with the Democratic Party's heritage of racism that included sanctioning of slavery and kukluxery, a perversion of moral sentiment among leaders of the Democratic Party whose racist legacy bode ill until this generation of African Americans,

Now, therefore, for the above and other documented atrocities and accumulated wrongs inflicted upon African Americans, we demand a formal written apology and other appropriate remuneration from the leadership of the Democratic party.

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Frances Rice is an attorney and an African-American woman who served in the Army for 20 years before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. While in the Army she served as a company commander, an adjutant in a basic combat training brigade and a prosecutor in courts-marital.
Upon retiring, she was awarded the Legion of Merit. She is currently serving on the Board of the Military Officers Association of Sarasota, the SaraMana Black Republican Club and the SaraMana Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that helps low-income residents become homeowners and small business owners. In these positions, she puts both her Juris Doctorate and MBA degrees to good use.

She was recently appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Medal of Merit Board for the state of Florida. Frances is married to Peter Rice, a retired diplomat from the U.S. Department of State.
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Dave

This might be one of the most interesting sites I have seen in a long time. I have been asserting for a while as an independent that the Democratic party didn't have the best interest of minorities in mind.

I'll be sure to mention this alot in the coming months.

meg

When the civil rights act was signed into power, then president democrat lyndon johnson (who took power and signed the bill into law after Kennedy was shot) said "there goes our southern base".

Hoping to pick up their votes, the Republican party began running platforms which were designed to appeal to the racist southern voters- parties which favored segragation and discrimination. The south has been almost entirely republican since time, while more progressive republicans, and the majority of the black population, switched to the democratic party.

So, in a sense, the democratic party and the republican party switched places... the republican party became the non-progressive and more racist party while the democrats became more liberal and progressive.

Meanwhile, while Ms. Rice does have a point about Africa and, to a certain degree, welfare reform *although that topic would be best argued in a different forum* I feel she is totally wrong about the "false" claims of racism in the 2000 elections. Because black districts are often the least funded, they recieve the oldest voting equipment, the equipment most likely to malfunction or discount a vote based on a stray mark, where as newer equipment would return the ballot and indicate the error and ask for correction. Black voters were more than 2 times more likely to have their vote not counted due to error. And really, after watching the representatives get up one after another to demand justice, only to be told to sit down and be quiet, there is no doubt in my mind that they felt disenfranchised

You see, african americans are more likely to vote Democrat for four major reasons:

1) ever since Goldwater and Nixon, the GOP has employed the "Southern strategy" to establish a base of racist white voters by catering to their prejudices. The code words have changed (e.g. Reagan's "welfare queens") but the idea is the same.

2) The right opposes social programs that help poor people and favors increasing the tax burden on the lower classes, and black people are twice as poor as whites in this country.

3) The right specifically opposes civil rights legislation and regulations, whereas the left is more apt to advocate civil liberties.

4) Blatant anti-Black racism recurringly slips out from high profile Republicans like Reagan, Limbaugh, Buchannan (when he was still Republican), Lott, etc.

Cry racism about the democratic party all you like, but I dont see how, with policies like these, you will get many black voters to switch sides.

Sorry for the delay in response. School is back in session and I have simply been busy.

-M

meg

Um- sorry that posted twice. computer error. feel free to delete one...

Now that we have debated the race issue to death, would you like to adress any of my other comments on Bush's actions in office- like the mainly for show donatino to africa, the cuts in important spending, the military disaster that is Iraq, etc?

Jeffrey Imm

I have been a Democrat all of my life, and was very active as a Democrat in Pennsylvania and in Virginia (DC Area). I know live in Maryland (DC Area), where I have been living for the past 8 years. 9/11 really had a huge impact on me. I saw the burning Pentagon. Our daughter was within a mile of Ground Zero less than a week after 9/11. And what really made me think about the Democratic party were the Islamist Snipers John Mohammed and Lee Malvo. While the Democratic candidate for governor was running for office 2 years ago (and defending our moriatorium on the Death Penalty in MD), these two were shooting my neighbors. I had neighbors shot to DEATH less than a mile away. I drive by the spot every other day. The Republican candidate for governor said - hey I care about your family's survival. Guess who we elected? Democratic Senator Zell Miller is RIGHT. We Democrats need to vote for someone who will keep our nation ALIVE. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for John Kerry to say something positive to encourage me that he has a plan to fight terrorism. I have not heard it yet (and I have REALLY LISTENED AND LOOKED). Did any of you see his plan to fight terrorism on www.johnkerry.com? What a joke of glittering generalities. He is all over the place on terrorism and every other issues, and actually said - I heard him and have the written quote that the threat of terrorism was "exaggerated". Tell that to the dead people at the Pentagon, WTC, and PA. Hey, I have to put my FAMILY BEFORE MY PARTY. Don't we all?

George

Amusing, Meg, but take every quote you can possibly think of from a Republican and someone could match it with a contemporary quote from a Democrat that is equally condescending and racist to blacks -- not least of which this assertion that somehow PEOPLE OF COLOR DON'T KNOW HOW TO VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!

Len

Very interesting website!
Thanks!

fiona

So you stand for freedom, equality, safety, and prosperity? But who do you want these things for? Certainly not Iraqis. Certainly not the world. For wealthy Americans, I guess. But they can take care of themselves! There's no need to dedicate an entire political party to the wealthy!

Democrats stand up for those who need it. Maybe our success is slower, maybe our progress is harder to see. But maybe, too, our projects are larger, more important. We are not claiming to be ideal human beings, just the lesser of two evils.

By the way, Bill Clinton's affair has nothing to do with his presidency. We don't need to know personal details about a president's life; what they've had for dinner, where they go during summers. The Presidency is not a Miss America pageant. That you jumped from one side of the political spectrum to another over such an insignficant event is disturbing. Perhaps you were just evil from the start?

MY party is not "letting me down," Sean. Your party is the only disappointing one.

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