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Submitted by elasmo (United States), Nov 12, 2008 at 01:05

You know, I'm getting tired of being told we're scared of Obama and everyone else. We're not scared. We point out areas of concern and places that have not been explored by the media and you run to fear, pigeon-holing, and lumping us all together. Most of the people I read and deal with are interested in the facts and haven't gotten them. I would love a debate and exploration of Obama's character, but we didn't get it. We got denials and cover-ups. I don't care about the color of his skin. He could be chartreuse with purple spots, I care about the issues.

Let's look at coal. This spring he gave an interview that said industry could use coal, but his cap and trade policy would bankrupt that business and thereby the coal industry (coal is responsible for producing 49% of electricity in this country.) During the national campaign, he said clean coal technology would be one part of his energy independence platform. Which is it? If I look at his character it shows me he'd say anything to get elected. This is but one example. If you look at his associations, his denial that he knew what they were really about is worse than just fessing up and saying he got caught. If you spent Sundays in a church, called a man family and was part of a community for 20 years, yet said you had no idea about the theology, politics, or ideology of the situation, would you be confident of that person's people reading skills? Heads of state are going to come to him and purposely LIE to him, and this whole thing doesn't shed light on that? Think about it.

Don't talk to me about funny sounding names. I come from Czech heritage, which means that most of my ancestors have 10 consonants and 1 vowel in their names, and most people couldn't pronounce it with a head start.

Now, I don't dislike Michelle Obama. I think she's done great for herself and become successful. The thing is, join the club. Perhaps, entitlement isn't the right word, but something in the church of Rev. Jeremiah Wright appealed to both of the Obamas. This church preached the rise of the power of the black race and the subjugation of 'whitey'. Does this sound like racial equality? Does this sound like the end of racism, where everyone is color-blind? I don't buy the denial that they didn't hear this. I deeply respect all in the black community who lived through slavery and never lost their identity or spirit. I don't think we get credit for that. I also don't think we get credit for the underground railroad or the fact that the Civil War was fought at all. I realize that the war wasn't all about slavery, but men knew slavery would probably be abolished and they fought and they died anyway. Was that racist? I think some of them fought and died knowing that the practice would end. Now, enter Rev. Wright who thinks more is owed. Isn't that entitlement? More is owed?

I am proud of this country because we fought the Civil War and I am proud of the people who participated in the underground railroad. I am proud of the people of both races who fought for civil rights. The thing is, I have found lots of things to be of in this country my whole adult life. With the participation of most likely every race, creed, and color we have a rover on another planet and have explored every planet in the solar system. We have a space telescope that is the most important tool to understanding the universe in the world. OUR shuttle has been the key to building a platform in space, which unites all countries. During the Olympics, I don't say look at the black American, the Chinese American, the Arab American, I say just American. When the anthem plays it doesn't matter who they are, we are united. This idea of race in politics is contrived to divide, to make an issue that doesn't exist.

I am proud that we have reached this mile-stone, but I am more looking forward to the time when we can just say we have elected the 44th President with no reference to race, creed, or color. That would mean the REAL end of racism.

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