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    WaPo columnist fears voters will think it’s okay to vote against Obama “and not be thought of as a racist”

    WaPo columnist fears voters will think it’s okay to vote against Obama “and not be thought of as a racist”

    According to Jonathan Capehart of WaPo, there is a very dangerous ad running by the RNC.

    I have seen this ad numerous times, and didn’t think it was that great:

    Capehart, however, sees danger, It’s not OK to ignore this pro-Romney ad:

    … what bothers me is that last line spoken by the narrator as we see a black-and-white still image of a downward looking Obama.

    He tried. You tried. It’s OK to make a change.

    Millions of Americans were swept up in the drama of the 2008 presidential contest and were proud to cast a ballot that helped elect the first African American president of the United States. Doing so was and will remain one of our nation’s crowning achievements. But there’s no denying that many of those same millions have soured on Obama because of what they believe he hasn’t been able to achieve. Yet, they are conflicted…

    So what’s the problem here?

    The danger, according to Capehart, is that this narrative may remove the race card as a factor (emphasis mine):

    By telling potential voters “It’s OK to make a change,” the RNC is acknowledging all that I mention above. It’s OK to like the guy personally but not vote for him again. This is not a popularity contest. It’s OK to vote against the black guy. You gave him a shot. He gave it his best shot. He failed. And the most effective message is: “It’s OK to make a change” — and not be thought of as a racist.

    Throughout Obama’s presidency, I’ve received more than a few e-mails and tweets from folks complaining that they are branded racist if they disagree with anything the president says or does. And it doesn’t help matters that I have seen more than a few e-mails and tweets from ardent Obama supporters doing exactly that. I have also seen instances of this on television and in print.

    That’s why the “It’s OK to make a change” ad is the most dangerous for Obama’s reelection efforts. It give those few, yet crucial, undecided voters the pass they might be looking for to vote against Obama.

    Think about what Capehart is saying.

    What keeps some voters in line for Obama — fear of falsely being accused of racism — may not work this time, and the removal of that fear is the most dangerous threat to Obama’s reelection.

    That is why we are seeing an all-out attempt to portray Romney as racist, as evidenced by yesterday’s “Anglo-Saxon” feeding frenzy.

    Just like in 2008, race is being used as a political weapon for Obama.


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    David Block | July 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I think that it is interesting (to say the least) to be w white guy in Texas whose ancestors all arrived in the US AFTER the Civil War.

    “How many slaves did your ancestors own?”
    “None. They weren’t over here then, and where they were outlawed slavery in the 1200s.”

      No one alive today was a victim of legalized slavery in the United States. No one alive today was a perpetrator of legalized slavery in the United States.

      If it were not for history books and other sources of historical record, no one alive today would even know that slavery had ever existed. Thing about that for a moment. No one alive has any experience whatsoever with slavery. Their knowledge of it comes from the same source as my knowledge of the Roman Republic in the 1st century BC.

      Yet some people go around and try to claim that they are somehow victims of this dead institution, or that others in the here and now are somehow culpable for it having existed in the distant past. They attempt to call back into the past and bring to the present an injustice that has not existed in this nation for almost 150 years.

      How full of this is that?

      They do this because they have nothing legitimate to say. They have created a culture of victimhood, a nation of professional martyrs in search of someone they can pretend is oppressing them.

      The question of how many of your ancestors owned slaves is itself invalid. Even if they were the biggest slave owners in the ante-bellum south, they are long dead and you are not responsible for their choices. There is no such thing as blood-guilt.

    The great thing about the secret ballot is that it doesn’t matter whether a bunch of Marxist asshats would call me names based upon my vote. I don’t have to endure their abuse and gratuitous accusations of “racism” because they don’t get to see how I vote.

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