Piling On the Criticism

Happy New Year!

A lot is going on and one thing is for sure: a ton of energy is being spent on bashing President Obama.  One thing I find interesting about the whole thing is that some people say Bush was bashed more while some say Obama is bashed more.  Some say Obama critics are racially motivated and some say it is politically motivated.  When you think about it, the claim of racial motivation was never mentioned about Bush’s critics, but then again race wasn’t an issue with him.

Honestly, I think race has become an issue because 1) it rubs people the wrong way when we have a black president and 2) it rubs people the wrong way when others are happy about having a black president.  Hmmm, I would call that racism, but some people think racial words and actions don’t indicate racism – Rush Limbaugh comes to mind.

I found the comment below on a site and thought some points were interesting.  Are they true or someone’s slanted opinion?  Here we go:

Funny how Republicans take responsibility for NOTHING. Kidda ironic.

Expectations are very high for Obama, period.

America is subjected to a moron cowboy and a warmonger zealot for 8 years and now we have the patience for no one. We have especially little patience for a black man who managed somehow to be the leader of the free world, who makes a REAL easy target.

Conservatives complain that they end up paying high taxes for “free-loaders,” and then they get upset when the President tells the kids who need it most to stay in school, work hard, and get good jobs.

Conservatives complain that this president is piling up the debt, but choose to ignore that he inherited one of the greatest economic disasters in the last 100 years. The Bush administration and Republican controlled congress enacted a 1 Trillion Medicare prescription benefit over 10 years – without raising or saving a penny for it.

The Bush administration cut taxes on the wealthy to the tune of 1.7 trillion over 10 years – all while spending more than any administration in history racking up the debt from a Clinton surplus.

The Obama administration is proposing 1 trillion for health care reform – with a path to paying for it – and conservatives flip their lids and cry “socialism.” What planet do you all live on?

If you prefer a government that governs the least that’s exactly what you are going to get. I don’t believe there can be a intelligent debate with toe tapping Republican propagandists hacks. Hacks don’t want to talk, they just want to be mad about something and government is an easy target.

During the Bush days, the hacks were mad at Saddam, for the wrong reasons but it didn’t stop them from supporting a two trillion dollar tax payer funded unjust war did it? Republican leaders said, “hey be mad at this”, now they are saying, “hey be mad at this”.

The fatalistic elderly of our nation fall in line. Real intelligent.

Time Trying To Change Us

Yesterday we got the latest edition of Time magazine in the mail.  I’m tempted to make this the last magazine we get from Time due to the cover.  I hate it – hate is a strong word but applies here – when someone does or says something to persuade opinion and assumes those they are trying to persuade are too dumb to realize it.  This cover left me feeling this way and I will tell you why.

Senators Obama and McCain are on the cover along with two former presidents.  The cover mentions temperament – one of the former presidents presumably has a temperament similar to Senator Obama’s and the other similar to Senator McCain’s.  I immediately get what they are trying to say/do and I don’t like it.

It doesn’t matter who you think is more qualified to run the country, the candidates are who they are and discussions on temperament are clearly coming from someone who wishes to dismiss on of the candidate’s temperament – Senator McCain.  Say what you will about their plans for our country’s future, but one would have to admit that Senator McCain has come across bitter, sarcastic and basically like a jerk on more than one occasion.

If Time magazine had put “McCain For President” on the cover I would have had more respect for the magazine.  What they did was try to plant a seed in the readers’ minds that temperament – in this case McCain’s temperament – may not matter.  I actually think they are right, but I didn’t need this cover to make me think so.

Both men are politicians so whose to say either one of them are going to do what they promise once elected?  That being the case, we may need a jerk or someone with “jerkish” 😀 tendencies to run the country.  We have some real problems with our economy, terrorists and many other things and this may not be the time for someone with a calm demeanor to lead us.  Either way, I would have liked it if Time magazine didn’t blatantly (I call it that) put something in my face to persuade my opinion.

Do you think that Obama is too calm or McCain is too…whatever he is?  If so, what temperment do you think is appropriate to lead our country given the current national and international climate?

Just Because It’s Factual, Doesn’t Make It Truthful, Right?

Hasn’t this been the longest, most drawn out, downright negative presidential campaign ever?  If not, it sure feels that way.  Anyhoo, as I wait patiently (wink) for this election to come to pass, I start to think about what each candidate has said about each other.  For example, McCain’s camp has accused Obama of associating with terrorists just because he knows William Ayers.  On the other hand, Obama says that McCain supports cutting Social Security in half, which basically twisted McCain’s words about deregulating the health insurance market.  I bet you’re wondering where I’m going with this.  Well, in looking at the antics of both candidates during this campaign, my question to you is:

Just because something is factual, does it make it completely truthful?

Before answering, think about it first.  When McCain says Obama is palling around with terrorists who target their own country, he is referring to William Ayers, a Chicago professor of education, who, in the 1960s, was part of a radical antiwar group that set off pipe bombs in bathrooms in the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon.  Keep in mind that when all of this was occurring, Obama was only a little boy!  While it is true that Obama knows Ayers, he and Ayers haven’t had an ongoing relationship in over three years – way before Obama’s run for presidency.

Of course this question can be applied to other situations -not just the current presidential campaign. So, without further ado, I turn the mike over to you as I would love you hear your thoughts on this topic.

A Penny For Your Thoughts…..

If you remember, last week we started something new called “Question of the Day.”  After thinking about it more, I thought we should rename it to something with a little bit more zing.  So, now Question of the Day is called “A Penny For Your Thoughts…”  So, on to today’s topic:

As I did my usual thing today (surfing the web), I came across an article about a man who was shot 3 times because he was wearing an Obama T-shirt.  This happened in London and the man who was shot was Black and the assailant was a White man.  The Black man said the White man shouted, “I f***ing hate n*****s.”  Fortunately, the gun was not real –it was a gas-powered ball-bearing pistol.  But still!  To think it’s gotten to the point where someone could get shot for voicing their opinion by wearing a T-shirt!  So, here’s my 2 questions of the day to you:

What if someone took it to another level and began shooting people with real guns for supporting Obama just because he is Black?  Would you still show your support by wearing a T-shirt, button, etc.?

The Next Great Heist: Presidential Election 2008

This article was on Digg, but I wanted to share it with our readers here on 7DayBuzz as I feel it is extremely important that we stay in the know.  Please read as the content reveals what could possibly happen with this history-making election that is coming up in November.

“Here, in this shattering new interview, Stephen Spoonamore goes into harrowing detail about the Bush regime’s election fraud, past, present and–if we don’t spread the word right now–to come. Since he’s the only whistle-blower out there who knows the perps themselves, and how they operate, we have to send this new piece far and wide.”

read more | digg story

Presidential Debate: Is There A Round 1 Winner?

The polls are in and both presidential candidates seem fit to run the country.  If whatever data was used to come to this conclusion proves to be accurate, thank goodness!  Both candidates seemed to do a pretty good job overall, but the news is so slanted and there are some things to note.

  • There is an article on CNN titled “Round 1 In Debate Goes To Obama, Poll Says.”  This is all well and good until the article mentions the fact that most of the people polled were Democrats and even then Obama only have 51% of the vote.  I would actually think someone at CNN would look at this and not even bother to report it.
  • At this point I think both candidates are coming at us from two different angles.  One is harsh, somewhat aggressive and I think bitter at times.  These actions, during the debate, follow how his campaign has been ran up to this point.  Basically, politics that lean towards the ugly side.  The other candidate seems to be smooth, even if some of his answers may be light.  He is the one who draws people in with his delivery and charisma.  The only question is, how is this going to play for the next four years?  Some may debate it, but we’ve had nearly 8 years of someone looking directly at the camera and blowing smoke.  Do we really want and/or need that anymore?
  • I think it should be noted that Obama didn’t really want to mix it up directly with McCain.  I’m not sure of the gentleman’s name or title who ran the debate, but he sure was egging them on wasn’t he?  He wanted them to talk directly to each other and it just wasn’t happening like that.  Maybe things will heat up later, but last night seemed to be pretty civil.
  • Are the vice-presidential debates going to be more information or entertainment?  I think plenty of people will be in front of the TV with popcorn ready.  Someone sure does have their work cut out for them preparing one of the vice-presidential candidates.  I’m not naming names, but you know exactly who I’m talking about here.

I think we have two candidates with different approaches and for this reason I don’t think there was a clear-cut winner.  Somebody tell me, does winning these debates really have that much of an impact on who is ultimately elected?

Are They Trying To Kill Obama Already?

I’ve held the belief for quite some time that as soon as Obama takes office there will be people out there trying to kill him.  Notice I didn’t say if, because I pray America doesn’t make the same mistake again (and again).

Well, after reading this article I think some (more) people may have already been plotting to kill him off.  I guess it is finally hitting home and some people are seeing him as a real threat.

Good News

The good news is America is at the very least willing to consider someone based on what they bring to the table instead of what the color or their skin, sex or religion is.  It should be a proud moment for our country to finally arrive at this time.

I’m glad to have seen this happen in my lifetime – I see this as a victory no matter what happens in November.  I hope others share the same feeling because this is something special.

Sad News

There is actually two pieces of sad news.  First, we knew it would happen, but even for the implication to be out there that somebody might be trying to kill Obama already is sad.  This is clearly something passed on from generation to generation because kids aren’t born hating someone that looks different than them.  This behavior and these feelings are taught and that is the saddest part of all.  There are people out there who really think less of someone because they are not the same color.  Why?

The other thing going on that is sad and ironic centers around the children of Martin Luther King Jr.  Bernice King and Martin Luther King III are suing their brother Dexter King for allegedly taking “substantial funds” out of Coretta Scott King’s estate and “wrongfully appropriated” money from their father’s estate.  Read more here.

Wow!  Isn’t this the wrong time for this?  All of this?

What If…….

I’m getting a late start today so let me jump right in.  Everyone likes to speculate, right?  So today, let’s speculate on …… well whatever:

1)  What If….. Obama wins the White House?

2)  What If….. McCain wins?

3)  What If….. Everyone practiced what they preached?

4)  What If….. People didn’t judge others?

5)  What If….. America was a communist country?

6)  What If….. Racial hatred didn’t exist?

7)  what If….. You lived forever?

8)  What If….. People were content with what they had instead of wishing/wanting more?

9)  What If….. Poverty didn’t exist?

10) What If….. Slavery never occurred?  What would America be like?

I know, I know.  Some people will say they don’t base their life on ‘what ifs.’  And that’s cool.  But, if you did, what are some ‘what ifs’ you would ponder?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this…..

Really Jesse, the Mic is Still On!

Here we go again!  I guess you could say the other shoe dropped with Jesse Jackson.  Some media outlets are calling him messy Jesse and this description seems to fit the former presidential hopeful lately.

Apparently saying “I would like to cut his nuts off” wasn’t all Jesse said concerning Barack Obama.  Apparently, Jesse also said “Barack…he’s talking down to black people…telling n–s how to behave.”  Yes, Jesse used the N word also, which is hopefully the nail in his coffin as a public figure.  What exactly is it that Jackson does that benefits anyone?  I really don’t know how relevant he really is anymore – that is assuming he ever really was relevant in the past.

Jesse Jackson

At this point he has become an embarassment to people of all colors and someone who needs to stay out of the limelight as much as possible.  Doesn’t he have a child he could be raising?  I know that is a low blow, but it is still true.

The most obvious reason for Jesse’s actions seem to be pure jealousy.  He had his time to shine and it just didn’t work out for him – we would have been a laughing stock to the rest of the world if he was elected.  So, since he didn’t advance as far as Obama, he is apparently going to do what he can to hurt his campaign.  He sure is drinking those 40-ounce bottles of Haterade!  How many of us actually believe he didn’t know the mic was on?  It seems rather suspicious given the amount of time he has spent behind a mic and camera.

Jackson’s main problem with Obama is what he (Obama) says or doesn’t say about issues which affect African-American people (there is that term again).  There is a fine line between discussing race issues and continuing the cycle by repeatedly throwing up the race card.  If he is smart, and I think he is, Obama realizes this and acts accordingly.  We really have to do something to get past race issues and I don’t think past actions will work.

You can say what you want, but if elected Obama will have to be the President of the United States not the president of the black people of the United States.  At some point he has to push forward with a message of equality and address other issues affecting us all.  Harping on issues primarily dealing with African-Americans will get him nowhere.

Here is the question:

  1. Does Jesse have a point and Obama isn’t discussing minority issues enough?
  2. Is Jackson totally off base and Obama is doing as he should?
  3. Do you think this has been brewing within Jesse for some time now and he finally went public on purpose or inadvertantly?

Leave a comment and tell us what you think.

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