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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Accuses President Obama of Race Baiting

During an interview with  Politico,  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer accused President Obama of pandering to Hispanic voters. In Brewer’s estimation, it’s not Republicans and all their “food stamp president” talk that should be considered race baiting, but Obama’s Hispanic outreach: BREWER : It’s all the time, that we’re race-baiting. It’s all the time, you know, that we’re bigots. POLITICO : Do you think the president is purposely race-baiting on the issue of immigration? BREWER : I do, I absolutely do. There’s no doubt in my mind. He panders to them. It almost sounds as if Brewer is upset that Obama gives Hispanics any attention or respect as a voting bloc. Seems she’d prefer it if that portion of the electorate was just left alone to fend for themselves. This is certainly not the first time that Gov. Brewer has smeared President Obama. In January of this year, Gov. Brewer blatantly disrespected President Obama during his visit to Arizona, even going so far as to wag her shriveled little finger in his face. It all began when Gov. Brewer handed President Obama a letter and said she was inviting him to meet with her. The president said he’d meet with her but reminded her that after their last friendly meeting, Brewer inaccurately recounted the meeting in her book. Brewer took issue with being called out for her duplicity, and lost her temper, which resulted in her disrespecting the President of the United States. In a press conference with reporters later, Brewer said of Obama, “He was a little disturbed about my book….I said to him that I have all the respect in the world for the office of the president. The book is what the book is. I asked him if he read the book. He said he read the excerpt.” Read More »

Paul Ryan ‘Proud of Pro-Life Record’, Believes Rape Is ‘Method Of Conception’

Paul Ryan Refers To Rape As A ‘Method Of Conception’ When Paul Ryan was asked about his views on rape and whether or not it should be legal for a woman to get an abortion if she’s raped, he failed to allow the reporter to finish his question before quickly replying, “ Yea. Well. So, I’m very proud of my pro-life record. And um, I’ve always adopted the idea– the position that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life .” In an attempt to not deter voters from voting for Mitt Romney, he quickly reminded viewers the extent of his responsibilities if he gets in the White House. “ Um, let’s remember, I’m joining the Romney-Ryan ticket. And the President makes policy. Uh and the President- in this case, the future President Mitt Romney- uh has exceptions for rape… ” His attempt to dilute the extent of his role is offensive to the intelligence of voters. Although an informal role, the Vice President is usually the drafter and spokesperson for the administration’s policies. Not to mention, the Vice President is the first person in the presidential line of succession, and would ascend to the Presidency upon the death, resignation, or removal of the President. The well-known expression to describe the Vice President, “ only a heartbeat away from the Presidency, ” further proves that the extent of responsibilities extended to the Vice President is more critical than Ryan is admitting it to be. Is he ready to assume the role of a Vice President? Read More »

Rapper Kendrick Lamar Says He “Doesn’t Believe in Voting”, League of Young Voters Responds

Rapper Kendrick Lamar touched off a firestorm when, during an interview with TruthIsScaryTV , he  admitted that he doesn’t believe in voting.  “I don’t do no voting,” he said. “I will keep it straight up real with you, I don’t believe in none of the sh-t that’s going on in the world.” Lamar believes that people should focus on making a difference in other ways. “You talk with me for hours because everything has a contradiction, everything is higher ranking and way beyond us, way beyond people. So basically, do what you do, do good with your people live your life because what’s going isn’t really in our hands.  If it’s not in the president’ hands, then it’s definitely not in yours.” He continued: ” When I say ‘The president can’t even control the world,’ it’s definitely something else that’s out there that’s pushing the buttons. They could do whatever they want to do, we all puppets. Just play your cards right.” Lamar actually sounds like a lot of people who believe that presidents are just figureheads, and aren’t really in control. But understandably, his remarks touched off a firestorm. The League of Young Voters Education Fund has stepped up to offer a rebuttal to Lamar’s view of voting. Rob Baker, Executive Director of the LYVEF, has even expressed an interest in engaging Lamar in a discussion. “I respect Kendrick Lamar’s opinion,” Baker said in a statement. “He isn’t the only young leader frustrated with the state of political process. But by not participating in this, and future elections, Kendrick Lamar is giving the very people he is frustrated with more free rein to continue to pull the levers the way they want to.” Lamar isn’t, of course, the first African-American to announce that he doesn’t vote. In a 1956 editorial entitled “Why I Won’t Vote” , W.E.B. DuBois said, “In 1956, I shall not go to the polls. I have not registered. I believe that democracy has so far disappeared in the United States that no “two evils” exist. There is but one evil party with two names, and it will be elected despite all I can do or say.”   Read More »

Artur Davis Adopts Tea Party Line at RNC Convention: “Let’s Take Our Country Back”

When you hear people on the right say they’re going to take their country back, you have to wonder from whom they’re going to take it. Unlike  President George W. Bush, President Obama was elected by a majority vote, and so were Democratic members of Congress. So you have to wonder why, when Republicans are not in total control, they react as if the country has been stolen, when really they’ve just lost fair and square. Some say that this “take our country back” rhetoric makes conservatives feel like rebels, and that it’s good for their cohesiveness and self esteem. Still others believe that those on the right who rally behind that cry are dead enders who are responding to the loss of white privilege in this country. Those on the right want to take what they believe is their country back from immigrants, blacks, and other minorities in this country. They want a return of the era where codified white privilege was codified by law. There’s some truth to that, which makes it all the more remarkable to hear a black politician, in this case Artur Davis, give a speech where he evokes the very same phrase, “Let’s Take Our Country Back.” Given that line, you have to wonder if Davis has, in all the uproar and egoism of politics, forgotten himself. This was never Davis’ country to take back. The Founders made it clear that only white men were to have a say in this country, so this country never belonged to Davis or his ancestors. That wasn’t the only aspect of Davis’ speech that drew attention. Davis leveled a good number of cheap shots at President’ Obama and his competancy: The Democrats’ ads convince me that Governor Romney can’t sing, but his record convinces me he knows how to lead, and I think you know which skill we need more. Now, America is a land of second chances, and I gather you have room for the estimated 6 million of us who know we got it wrong in 2008 and who want to fix it. Maybe we should have known that night in Denver that things that begin with plywood Greek columns and artificial smoke typically don’t end well. Maybe the Hollywood stars and the glamour blinded us a little: you thought it was the glare, some of us thought it was a halo. Read More »

Right Wing in Rage Over Fox News’ Juan Williams Calling Ann Romney a ‘Corporate Wife’

For those on the right, who have disavowed the scientific basis of evolution and global warming, the truth never gets in the way of a good myth. So it’s no surprise that they’re now upset at Fox News pundit Juan Williams for defining Ann Romney as exactly what she is – a corporate wife. Everyone knows the job of a corporate wife  is do the entertaining, and of course,  dote over her husband. That’s also why good corporate wives usually make good political wives. John Kerry’s wife wasn’t a good corporate wife because she was the one with rich corporate lineage, not Kerry. She didn’t know how to stand behind Kerry and just gush and smile, and the media picked her apart for it. Over at the right wing  Daily Caller,  a unhinged blogger wrote, “Ann Romney has raised five kids, survived cancer, lives with multiple sclerosis… yep, sounds like a “corporate wife” to me. Sounds like a  trophy  on a shelf. Here’s  your  trophy, Juan. I won’t tell you where to stick it.” But what does Ann Romney surviving disease have to do with her role in her husband’s life? This is just a cheap attempt at gaining sympathy from readers. And is Ann Romney not a corporate wife because she raised five kids? Mitt Romney was head of Bain capital, a corporation, and Ann Romney was a corporate wife. Meaning, her role wasn’t to go out and earn a living, but to support her husband’s corporate role. Ann Romney’s role is a stark contrast to the current FLOTUS, who worked as an attorney outside the home. That’s why Michelle Obama would be labeled a working mom, as opposed to a corporate wife. It is what it is. And Ann Romney is who she is. Conservatives should just accept the truth about who the Romneys are and what they represent.   Read More »

Congressional Black Caucus Lashes Out at Black Democrat Turned Republican, Artur Davis

Nobody likes a turncoat. Everyone watched as former Senator Alen Specter, a Republican who became a Democrat in 2009, was defeated after his party switch. So no one should be surprised at how Artur Davis, a black Democrat who recently switched to become a Republican, is being treated by his former Democratic colleagues. Not surprisingly, his black colleagues are most critical of his decision to change his party affiliation. Davis’ switch is viewed by most as a strategy for reentering politics since he failed miserably in his attempt at getting the Democratic nomination in his bid to become governor of Alabama. Since running as a Democrat didn’t work, Davis is re-entering politics as a Republican, and throwing his support behind Mitt Romney to boot. To make matters worse, Davis, who supported candidate Obama in 2008,  is scheduled to speak at the RNC convention. For fourteen members of the Congressional Black Caucus, this was the final straw, causing them to write a letter to Davis announcing their displeasure. “Given the magnitude of your recent transformation, we can only conclude that, rather than a true conversion, your actions are the result of a nakedly personal and political calculation or simmering anguish after failing to secure the Democratic nomination for governor of the State of Alabama in 2010,” the members wrote in a letter addressed to Davis. Four years ago, Davis seconded Barack Obama’s nomination at the DNC convention, so it is doubtful that Davis has had a change of heart in less than four years. The CBC letter ended with another admonition of Davis, stating ”We regret that you have chosen this course, but are confident that the American people see your pronouncements for what they are and come to the same disappointing conclusion of your former colleagues.”   Read More »

House Speaker Boehner Says He Hopes Blacks and Latinos “Won’t Show Up” This Election

Republican House Speaker John Boehner has admitted that his party’s plan for taking out President Obama is to keep African-Americans and Latinos at home. He hopes that blacks and Latinos, who have been hit harder by this recession than whites, will feel so dejected that they won’t even show up at the polls in November. At a luncheon at the RNC convention, Boehner expressed his views: “This election is about economics… These groups have been hit the hardest. They may not show up and vote for our candidate but I’d suggest to you they won’t show up and vote for the president either.” This scenario doesn’t seem likely. African-Americans have rallied around President Obama, partly because of the way he has been mistreated by conservatives. Rep. Joe Wilson yelled “You Lie!” during the president’s SOTU speech, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann referenced him as a tar baby, and Newt Gingrich called him the “food stamp president.” And as if that weren’t enough, blacks couldn’t be anymore opposed to a candidacy than they are to the Romney-Ryan ticket. In that sense, Republicans have done just as much to encourage blacks to vote as Obama has. In so far as Latinos are concerned, President Obama made good on the Dream Act with his executive order. Promise made, promise kept. So if Boehner’s strategy relies on apathy, then that’s probably wishful thinking. Really, the Republican strategy is geared more toward keeping blacks and Latinos at home by disenfranchising them at the polls. Doug Priesse, chair of the Franklin County, Ohio, Republican Party, recently said ”I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine… Let’s be fair and reasonable.”  That’s the real strategy.   Read More »

Mia Love Is Hoping To Become First Republican African-American Woman To Win A Seat In Congress

Thirty-six year old Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Mia Love, is hoping to become the first Republican African-American woman to win a seat in Congress. She delivered a compelling speech to attendees at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, combining her family’s journey to the U.S. from Haiti with references to the Civil Rights Movement. Love is a first-generation Haitian-American. She ... Read More »

U.S. Speaker Of The House Says Blacks And Latinos ‘May Not Show Up And Vote’

 Prominent Republican United States Speaker of the House, Joe Boehner, discussed the minority vote with a group of people at a luncheon hosted by Christian Science Monitor in Tampa on Monday. He talked about the nature of the election and whether or not minority groups will vote for the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney.  “This election is about economics… These groups ... Read More »

Republican National Convention Attendee Refers To Black CNN Reporter As an ‘Animal'; Throw Nuts At Her

Former MSNBC anchor, David Schuster tweeted  about an incident involving a Republican National Convention attendee and an African American CNN cameraman. According to Schuster, who is attending the convention, the attendee threw nuts at a the camerawoman and referred to her as an animal. “GOP convention attendee ejected for throwing nuts at a African American CNN camera woman + saying “This ... Read More »

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