Comments on: Carter says race is issue for some Obama opponents http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/15/carter-says-race-is-issue-for-some-obama-opponents/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Petra http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/15/carter-says-race-is-issue-for-some-obama-opponents/comment-page-3/#comment-398992 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 16:00:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20195#comment-398992 Why are so many people taking the race bait?? I want a government that encourages honesty, hard work, liberty and freedom. Let’s debate who will uphold those values… I haven’t found them yet.
I was born and raised in a Social Democracy… my dad can no longer afford car insurance on his retirement … taxed for everything including church…(my guess – only a matter of time before someone in our government comes up with that bright idea)
For social programs to exist the working class gets to pay an average of 50% income tax… is it working?? Depends who you ask, unemployed get help to make it by, but really can’t get any where, you can’t kick a renter out of an apartment because they won’t pay because they are protected by law. If you come in from out of country on a work visa and you want breast augmentation, you just need a doctor to certify that you have a lack of self esteem – voila – procedure will be paid for courtesy of the government…
Who gets screwed? The Tax payers!!! “Black” money is rampant, because working people feel it is the only way to save.
Where do people think government gets the money for social programs??? Call it what you want – I trust myself more than anyone in government – I want to decide who I’m helping! I’ll work to reach my goals! Hope springs in the heart and soul and not from government!

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By: Matt http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/15/carter-says-race-is-issue-for-some-obama-opponents/comment-page-3/#comment-398973 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 13:21:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20195#comment-398973 The only people injecting racism into this discussion are those who are using it as an excuse for Obama’s complete failure so far to accomplish anything of note.

Further, I can’t think of anything less intelligent than to suggest that supporting Bush but not Obama makes one a racist. Bush was somewhat conservative. Obama is a far left liberal. Does that make any non-white who didn’t support Bush a racist? Where was Jimmy Carter then?

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By: Happy to live in the USA http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/15/carter-says-race-is-issue-for-some-obama-opponents/comment-page-3/#comment-398967 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 12:59:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20195#comment-398967 The President’s father is black and his mother is white, that makes him just like us. President Obama would never have been elected if race were the issue. Grow up people!

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By: Kathy http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/15/carter-says-race-is-issue-for-some-obama-opponents/comment-page-3/#comment-398961 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 12:14:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20195#comment-398961 Charles seems to think that Limbaugh is racist and I assume he believes this because he’s been told to believe it by the mainstream media. I have never heard Limbaugh make a racist statement so, Charles please do enlighten us with at least one. The media’s playing a very dangerous game what with their attacking anyone that disagrees with the president as being a racist and they somehow manage to disgust me more every day.

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By: J Fiosi http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/15/carter-says-race-is-issue-for-some-obama-opponents/comment-page-3/#comment-398955 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 11:35:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20195#comment-398955 Some Americans hate the fact that a black man is president. Honestly, I never expected this election result to happen in my lifetime. Good for America!

Jimmy Carter is an honest, upright and intelligent man who was too good for this nation (during his presidency). I highly respect his opinion. If the race issue is not honestly addressed by all parties, then America will never move forward. Maybe a hundred years from now, we will look back at the racists of all colors and laugh at how stupid their stance was on this issue. But I hope it happens sooner than that.

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By: lee http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/15/carter-says-race-is-issue-for-some-obama-opponents/comment-page-3/#comment-398945 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 07:14:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20195#comment-398945 Jimmy Carter needs to shut up and go sit on his front porch rocker and enjoy his retirement. The man blunders over and over again, sticking his two cents in where they are not needed or wanted (Middle East issues, most recently). His days of “running” the country are over, time to give up the facade that he is still at the helm in his own mind.

As for this stupid comment, well, what good has he done by saying this? None on any level. The truth is there will always be some level of racism in EVERY racial group – not just in whites from the South. It’s called statistical probability or reality, if you’re not into stats.

Now our society has come a long way in ending racism, squelching it down, but it is unrealistic to think it can ever be stamped completely out. No matter how much we would like that, it just isn’t going to happen.

The truth is also that bleating this out as a national media statement does NOTHING to “fix” racism. It only serves to whip up the racists and those that are being wrongly accused in a blanket statement like this. And it helps incite racists on the other side, folks being hated by the particular type of racists Jimmy has believes he has “called” out in this case.

Now why would any intelligent person believe that the world will be a better place by harping on a fact of life that cannot be changed? (the fact that there will always be some quantity of racists). We have laws in place to prevent discrimination. We have societal norms that frown upon and cause real ostracization of people who “act like racists” (by speech or action). These are the things that have helped us progress but we cannot ever completely wipe it out.

So what do you do? Do you constantly harp on this, inciting people over it, causing more upset, more pain on all sides, more division? Or do you look for mankind’s innate goodness (in non-racism) and embrace the laws and the social customs that support NON-racist thought, speech and behavior and know that they will do their job of holding those few back, holding them accountable and that as a society we will not allow overt racism acts and will be vigilant to keep it down?

It all comes down to glass half full – glass half empty and the concept of making your own reality. If you constantly choose to believe in the ugliness, the worst, the inhumane – well, guess what? That is exactly what you are going to cultivate. If you choose to look at the glass half full and project that, it will become the reality. I think it’s a very simple choice and I am shocked that a man who is supposed to be highly intelligent cannot see these very simple concepts. Shame on Jimmy Carter. I think perhaps he is blurting out some of his own deep seated racist thoughts .but we should not all have to suffer for that.

And further, since when does being racist equate to skin color and the location of one’s birth? Jimmy Carter is a white southerner. Shouldn’t he then be the ultimate racist according to Jimmy Carter and his assinine statement?

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By: Rick http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/15/carter-says-race-is-issue-for-some-obama-opponents/comment-page-3/#comment-398940 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 06:24:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20195#comment-398940 “I’m sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we’re Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.”

– Hillary Rodham Clinton

April 28, 2003

Ms Clinton addressed the above comment to the Bush administration.

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By: Sy Alexander http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/15/carter-says-race-is-issue-for-some-obama-opponents/comment-page-3/#comment-398938 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 06:18:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20195#comment-398938 Maybe you don’t know you are racist. No one writing here will ever admit it even to themselves. I was so glad to hear it from a white president from the south. What Wilson did was like spitting in Prez. Obama’s face. This is the racists way of showing a black man how much they hate him. Their behavior is so obvious. You say it is about policy but even if you strongly agree with someone would you disrespect them like Wilson did? Would you yawn and text during meetings? These racist can not sleep at night knowing a black intelligent man is in charge of their lives and they are going to do everything they can to get rid of the truth that stares at them everyday in the White house, in the newspaper and on television. I am telling you it is killing them. They have to do something to express their hatred less they explode and that is what Joe Wilson did. God has put the truth before them as a Black man who is everything they refuse to believe he can be–intelligent, articulent, compassionate and well-groomed. It is almost like Obama was sent to judge those who claim they are not racist.

Joe Wilson and the rest you now have to make up other reasons for hating a black person so now it’s Prez. Obama’s policies–Yea right! Oh it is so good what God has done to you Joe Wilson. I love it! You have to sit, listen and obey a black man. Isn’t this the worst nightmare for a racist? To be caught up in history under the administration of a black man.

Joe Wilson God snatched your hood off on national televison so Prez. Obama could recognize who he was dealing with. You can no longer hide your racism!

I know you and the others haven’t slept well for about 10 months now. The only way you will rest is to admit you are a racist and change your life before it is too late.

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By: Prestor John http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/15/carter-says-race-is-issue-for-some-obama-opponents/comment-page-3/#comment-398936 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 06:15:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20195#comment-398936 It will always be about race to Jimmy Carter. Race relations define his world and all there is about him has been shaped by fear of being perceived to be a racist. The irony is, of course, that as a southerner Jimmy Carter has endured more prejudicial outpouring of vilification, in a more public manner, in print, in the movies, in song, in the media, etc. etc. all of his life, so his reactions against the perception of all southerners as white separatists has defined his life. What is really sad, is that Jimmy reveals (through this episode) that he has bought some of the false accusations, and is now turning them on others.

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By: Adam http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/15/carter-says-race-is-issue-for-some-obama-opponents/comment-page-3/#comment-398934 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 05:41:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20195#comment-398934 It’s always going to be about race, isn’t it? If you want to talk about race. Obama has been and still is associated with some of the most radical people in this country and seems to slip by without a blemish. I think him being a black man has given him more opportunities to push his radical agenda, because many are afraid of being labeled as a racist for opposing him. Whites are now being discriminated against, but that’s ok, I guess. If a white president set in a white rev. Wright’s church for 20 years, listening to him spew hatred for blacks. He would be a racist and would not be running this country. Double Standard…

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