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Obama’s comments reflect reason,
not an accusation of racism
I was very pleased with the President’s statement in regards to the Zimmerman case. He made a couple of key points, which reflect what I have maintained all along:
That the African American community looks “at this through a set of experiences and history that doesn’t go away” and which “interprets what happened,” implying that there was an emotional reaction, not a logical reaction. Exactly right, but unfortunately all the MSNBC lemmings fell in line all too quickly because we must all be on the same page every time (sic).
He suggested that we should look at what might be done to prevent a reoccurrence, which makes sense of course. He called for a “long-term project to prop up African American boys,” which I wholeheartedly endorse and which suggests that Trayvon Martin played a role. This is what the jury determined and what was supported by the evidence, in spite of some people’s medical diagnosis from afar that Zimmerman’s injuries “weren’t that bad.”
Obama downplayed the possibility of a civil rights investigation, saying that law enforcement was a responsibility of local and state government, and implying that this was not a civil rights issue. And finally, he said that “the prosecution and defense made their arguments, the juries were properly instructed that in a case such as this reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury has spoken, that’s how our system works.”
No charges of racism. The NCAAP and MSNBC, with their rush to judgment, were simply wrong and they risk alienating their support with this kind of feverish reaction. (They can be wrong, you know.)
The guy is a very good president who has been victimized by Republican obstructionism. History will show this to be the case. I may tune back in a couple of months or so to MSNBC. I hate “group think,” which the Republicans have advanced into an art form. This case proves that it exists on both sides.
Actions of president, Sharpton
set poor example for youth
Re: July 17 letter from Bob Soule, “Zimmerman case shows it’s time to change culture”
I read with interest the recent letter from Bob Soule and, quite frankly, I have to agree with him.
Over the years we have known several young black men and women who are good upstanding people and contribute greatly to the community. Their parents raised them to be good citizens and respect not only themselves but others as well.
On the news recently, Al Sharpton, still married, had his newest “main squeeze” on his shoulder….the pictures show she is well endowed and there is nothing “reverent” about this man, in my opinion. It also indicates he had taken this young lady to the White House to have dinner with the President. How can this man go on TV and criticize anyone when he is living in sin and has been most of his life. He surely is not setting a good example for other young blacks.
I voted for President Obama before I read any of the books he wrote. Needless to say, I did not vote for him the second time around. When someone uses the Lord’s name in vain and talks against another race, I don’t believe they should be eligible to lead this country. Now his true colors are coming out when he speaks regarding the Trayvon Martin case.
Another example: Recently we went to the United Kingdom and during the month we were there we saw only four young men with their pants below their backside. Two white and two black. Young men in the UK do not dress like this way, and based on their accents, we knew right away these young men were from the United States. The two white boys were not bothering anyone and were quite polite. The two young black boys were sitting in the bus stop eating a sandwich and drinking a soda. This was the same bus station we were catching a tour bus from. When the young men finished their sandwiches, they threw the wrappers on the floor, tossed the soda cans on the floor, took their hands and wiped everything else they had left on the floor, then looked around as if to say “someone say something about this!” You know their parents did not raise them to go overseas and trash another country.
So, I for one think Bob Soule did hit the nail on the head.
Term limits could halt
Congressional gravy train
Well, it didn't take U.S. Rep. Tom Rice long to fall into the company line of Congress, blaming the President for this and that. I don't always agree with any president that has been in office since I began voting, but I respect the office. Mr. Rice stated that our forefathers “designed a grand experiment, a system of government in which power rested with the people.”
I don't remember allowing Congress to keep giving themselves pay raises and pension plans for their service to this country. I don't remember giving them a health plan only available to them. As a member of “the People”, I would like to see them have term limits, no benefits or health coverage, an honest wage determined by voters, and be able to thank them for their service after four to six years.
I guess that will never happen.