We’re All Cowards

According to Attorney General, Eric Holder, we are a nation of cowards.  Yup.  You, me, everyone.  When it comes to race – we are cowards.  Holder says…..

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. Though race related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”

I guess we can expect more of this type of garbage from the Obama administration.  But I don’t understand why.  Remember – the Messiah was supposed to heal all rifts, rescue the nation and lead us into the age of Aquarius.  Now it just seems that this bumbling administration has no idea where it is going or what to do.  Add to that the divisiveness being preached from the perches of the White House.  Obama might as well have appointed Rev. Jeremiah Wright to the AG position.

Michelle Obama thinks this is a “mean” nation – a nation which she was never proud of until her husband became the apparent Democrat nominee.  Mr. Michelle Obama, believes that we are a nation plagued by those bitter people clinging to guns and religion.  There is no hope or unification coming from this administration.  Just bitterness.  A bunch of people with chips on their shoulders.  But guess what folks?  These angry idiots are in charge now.

The thing that annoys me most about Holder’s comments is not just the subject matter.  Remember former Texas Senator, Phil Gramm?  He was torn apart by the MSM, thrown under the bus by Johnny Mac and eventually resigned as a McCain advisor.  His sin?  He said we were becoming a nation of whiners.  So, it’s worse to be a whiner than a coward?  I’ll never understand these things.

To be honest, one of the reasons that I don’t blog as much as I used to is because I am becoming more disenchated day-by-day.  There is so much hypocrisy in the mainstream media.  There is so much venom leveled against conservatives and Republicans in general.  I’ll admit to you – right now I feel a sense of political hopelessness that I have never felt before.  I know that things are not totally hopeless, but the events of the last few years sure can take the wind out of your sails as a conservative.

I often wonder what the point is of all of this.  Everyday we continue to move closer to European socialism and lose more and more of our liberties.  We’re spending ourselves into oblivion.  We have lost our regard for the value of life.  We have forgotten the lessons of 9/11 and want to negotiate with the Islamist thugs who want to kill us all.  It saddens me to see this all around me.

Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr. oversaw the demise of communism as a form of government and socialism as an economic system.  Yet, we have now seen a resurgence of socialism in the West.  And while the US held strong against the socialist tendencies that nearly bankrupted Western Europe, we seem to have bought into this crazy experiment hook, line and sinker.  Even President Clinton was forced into accepting major welfare reform by the GOP.  That reform undid a great deal of the damage dating back to the overrated administrations of FDR and LBJ.  In the late 90s things looked great.  But look at where we are now.

We have reverted back to the failed policies of yesterday. See if you can balance democracy and socialism.  See if democracy can survive absent capitalism.  It won’t happen.  But Obama and his minions will destroy this nation trying to prove that such a system can work.  And if it doesn’t, you can be sure that democracy will be compromised in order to accomodate socialism.

Sorry for the rant.  I don’t mean to sound cynical. I’m just tired.  Tired of it all.  I’m trying to fight, but it seems that all I can do these days is rant and call it as I see it. I take heart in the fact that there are so many conservative folks blogging and opining online.  Conservative talk radio is strong and popular (for the moment anyway).  I sense some grassroots, but I don’t see it translating into much these days.

The most disconcerting thing of all is that Republicans allowed this to happen.  That really hurts me and you in so many ways.  Most of us are conservatives first and Republicans second.  Yeah, yeah.  But the GOP is our vehicle in government.  The revolution of 1994 is a distant memory.  The corruption and loss of direction that we saw from the GOP after 1994 led us to where we are now.  I don’t know when or if the next Reagan or Gingrich will surface and lead us out of the wilderness. I used to believe that all things were cyclical in politics.  But I’m not sure anymore.  Maybe we have moved irreversibly in a direction that will lead us down the path of destruction.

And perhaps Mr. Holder was correct.  And Mr. Gramm too.  Maybe we are a nation of cowards and whiners.  Egged on by the fear that was instilled in the American people by liberals and Democrats, we have apparently sold our souls to the Devil.  And now we will see the true hell that awaits unless we wake up and change things – fast.

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36 thoughts on “We’re All Cowards

  1. “Now it just seems that this bumbling administration has no idea where it is going or what to do”

    I’m guessing you somehow failed to see that quality in the last administration…

    “Michelle Obama thinks this is a “mean” nation – a nation which she was never proud of until her husband became the apparent Democrat nominee.”

    That’s not what she said, and I would hope that you know better than to trust the chop up editing job of FOX News.

    “Mr. Michelle Obama, believes that we are a nation plagued by those bitter people clinging to guns and religion.”

    I’m guessing you’ve never actually heard from someone who lives in one of the hardest hit areas in the country in regards to the economy. I have, and they were/are bitter. When you see your livelihood stripped from you and shipped to Mexico, it tends to make one a little bitter. When you’re constantly told you’re the backbone of the economy, yet continue to see your job outsourced, you get a little bitter. When I’m backed into a metaphoric corner, I lean on my faith a little more than when I’m doing fine, and I imagine lots of folks are like that. I can’t really pontificate on the gun thing, seeing as how I’ve never had a desire to own one…

    “These angry idiots are in charge now.”

    Angry? Who’s angry? Not only that, but who’s an idiot? A vast majority of the country is ecstatic that we now have a president who can speak in complete sentences, an attorney general who doesn’t take into consideration who a potential appointee voted for in 2008, and a vice president who realizes that his office is indeed part of the executive branch of government. I get that you’re pissed (I don’t get why, but I get that you are), but what an ironic choice of words with which to libel someone…

    “Remember former Texas Senator, Phil Gramm?  He was torn apart by the MSM, thrown under the bus by Johnny Mac and eventually resigned as a McCain advisor.  His sin?  He said we were becoming a nation of whiners.  So, it’s worse to be a whiner than a coward?”

    He also tried to convince us that the most crippling recession since 1982 was all in our heads. It’s pretty insulting to be condescended to by someone from Texas, and he did it in a pretty insensitive way. At a time when people were losing their homes left and right, to call them whiners was appalling. And when he denied the very reality of the recession, telling us that we were essentially crazy (especially considering he was one of the authors of the legislation that landed us in said recession) was especially heinous.

    “Everyday we continue to move closer to European socialism and lose more and more of our liberties”

    Why don’t you go ahead and name one liberty we’ve lost since January 20th. Just one…

    “We’re spending ourselves into oblivion”
    I’m kind of curious to know if you felt this way after sending a trillion dollars down a rat hole in Iraq, or the rest of the five trillion dollar debt the last president saddled future generations with, or if this is an argument to be made only when a Democrat is in power…

    “Yet, we have now seen a resurgence of socialism in the West.”

    I’m sorry, but I really don’t see that. Socialism is when the government controls the means of production, and seeing as how my shoes and my computer aren’t made by the government, I’m gonna have to call bullshit on the socialism thing…

    “We have reverted back to the failed policies of yesterday. See if you can balance democracy and socialism.”

    Other countries seem to have no problem with it. Look at Denmark, Sweden, or Norway, they’re all (informally) Democratic Socialist countries, and they’re doing just fine, thank you very much.

    “See if democracy can survive absent capitalism.  It won’t happen.  But Obama and his minions will destroy this nation trying to prove that such a system can work.”

    Wow. I’m sorry, but you sound absolutely crazy. No offense, but I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in that administration who wants to scrap capitalism. I get the feeling, talking to conservatives, that if any suggestion is made on improving the way this country works, it’s viewed as some sort of attack, and needs to be responded to accordingly. We’ve already seen what laissez faire capitalism can do. It can (and has since 1981) cause(d) near irreparable damage. You can find a great example in Iceland. They took the Maggie Thatcher route, the Ronald Reagan route, the Tom Friedman route, and they went a step further, and it completely destroyed their economy. Guess what the fix was? (Or at least the first step in a fix) Nationalizing the banks. I always find it ironic how conservatives loved to point to Iceland as proof that their ideology works (before the collapse). Now, they’re all very hush on the subject…

    “And now we will see the true hell that awaits unless we wake up and change things – fast.”
    We already did that. Where were you in November?

  2. “That’s not what she said, and I would hope that you know better than to trust the chop up editing job of FOX News.”

    Kinda like the chop-up editing job done by ABC (Charles Gibson) or NBC (Katie Couric)?

    “When you see your livelihood stripped from you and shipped to Mexico, it tends to make one a little bitter.”

    What about when you see Mexico allowed to sneak in here to take jobs from you? That’s made a lot of people bitter.

    “I get the feeling, talking to conservatives, that if any suggestion is made on improving the way this country works, it’s viewed as some sort of attack…”

    I hate to tell you this, but a great deal of what some of the bank CEO’s did was illegal. The rest was simply irresponsible (or downright stupid). This is the part where the public can step in and bolster themselves to do something–and I do NOT suggest we ask the government to fix it for us.

  3. Good post, Robert. You’re right: Steve has gone off the deep end. He’s completely lost it.

    Oh yeah, Steve…pwned as usual!

  4. “In the late 90s things looked great. But look at where we are now”

    Late 90’s —->Bush and Republican majority——->Now

  5. I have never been more optimistic about the future of Conservatism. We will come back. It will happen much sooner not later. The New Gang of Four (Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barney Frank) will pave the road for us.

  6. John:

    So you see the dawn of a new Christianist / Theocratic age in America? Repudiation of science? Marginalization of minority groups? More laissez-faire economic chaos that now even Allan Greenspan realizes was a disaster? Continued oblivion regarding healthcare costs which have risen over 100% in less than a decade? Accelerated accumulation of wealth for a small percentage while the middle class languishes?

    Fantastic. Bring on Sarah Palin!!

  7. “Kinda like the chop-up editing job done by ABC (Charles Gibson) or NBC (Katie Couric)?”

    Did they deliberately take out a word, and create a clip that they knew would piss people off by calling someone’s patriotism into question? If so, let’s call them out on it too. Give me the instance.

    “What about when you see Mexico allowed to sneak in here to take jobs from you? That’s made a lot of people bitter.”

    Exactly, Mel! (Although it doesn’t quite work that way, but I get your point) This is why I don’t get why people jumped all over Obama. I mean, why, because he was the one to make the observation?

    “I hate to tell you this, but a great deal of what some of the bank CEO’s did was illegal”

    I don’t know about that. The way I saw it, they were just playing by the rules laid out for them, which were very few. But if they did do something illegal, I say investigations and prosecutions start. Here’s an area where I think Obama messed up: when doling out TARP money, he made a nice effort by capping salaries and doing away with bonuses, but a far better solution would have been to fire all the management who failed to do the right thing. If they’re taking TARP money, they did something wrong (although not necessarily illegal), and allowing them to keep their jobs is outrageous. I wouldn’t call it rewarding failure, but it’s certainly not sensible to allow these people to retain control of the companies they obviously ran into the ground…

    “This is the part where the public can step in and bolster themselves to do something–and I do NOT suggest we ask the government to fix it for us.”

    Here’s where we come together – and probably come apart. I’m with you that the government shouldn’t be bailing out failed banks. But, I do feel something needed to be done to get credit flowing again. (I’m even torn on that one, because for far too long, we’ve been sending the message that it’s okay to live beyond your means) This may be the “socialist” in me, but I think a better solution would be to temporarily nationalize those banks, until the time came to release them back into the wild, so to speak. It worked in the 30’s, and I think it would have been smarter to do that here. We could literally have bought out all those banks for less money than we lent them, so it only makes sense to (and I know I’m going to get an earful for this one) let the government run them for a while. I don’t see the harm in that, but I’m sure you will…

  8. “So you see the dawn of a new Christianist / Theocratic age in America? …”

    No. This is what I hope for. Basic finance: If you can’t afford it, then you can’t have it. You save for it, and maybe you get it later. But, not now.

    We are trillions of dollars in debt. We are getting deeper and deeper in debt. I blame both parties equally for this.

    America needs austerity because she can’t afford to continue to run up massive debts. Tax hikes are not the answer either. The answer is the one thing that no elected official will touch: spending cuts across the board. We all need to bear and share the pain because it is coming.

  9. “This may be the “socialist” in me, but I think a better solution would be to temporarily nationalize those banks, until the time came to release them back into the wild,…”

    I am not pouncing on you. This is a bona fide curiosity question. Who will run these nationalized banks?

    I am sure you will agree letting the bankers who created this mess run the banks would be a horrible idea.

    Not all banks are languishing. There are small local and regional banks that are doing very well. Do we let the people who run these banks take over? Can they run a big bank? As Ross Perot sort of said, “Just because you can run the corner store doesn’t mean you can run Wal Mart.”

    That Robert is what I see as the biggest challenge to nationalizing the banks. Who will run them?

    Here is another issue. Jeff Paperpusher is appointed to run the new and nationalized Wells Fargo Bank. Jeff is qualified to run this bank. He can do an excellent job. Nobody disputes what Jeff can do.

    Jeff decides to consolidate operations by closing a customer service center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. That closure will put 500 people out of work. But wait, the Congressman from Santa Fe doesn’t want 500 of his people to lose their jobs. So he pressures Jeff to close a customer service center in Lansing, Michingan. But no, the Congressman from that area doesn’t want her people laid off either.

    So, is Jeff Paperpusher really running that bank or is Congress running it?

  10. The problem with TARP is that all of the major banks were required to take some money, elsewise face some type of consequences. There were two in particular that didn’t need bailout money but were required to accept it because of the way Geithner and Paulson wrote it (yes, Geithner was up to his eyeballs in the original bailout).

    And if we do nationalize the banks, what do we tell the banks that were run responsibly? They don’t deserve to be taken over. How will we know when to “release them into the wild?” Who will make the decision as to how long they remain nationalized? And how do we do that without opening the door for other lines of business to be taken over and nationalized the exact same way? That rationale is completely against the premise of a free society.

    Robert, I want to see the raw, unedited video tapes of those interviews before I allow anybody to claim that Gibson and Couric weren’t biased and the interviews weren’t deliberately edited to make Palin look a certain way.

  11. First, I am not suggesting an across the board nationalization of all banks. I of course agree that the ones who didn’t screw up should be left alone. I specifically mean those who came to Congress, hat in hand. The people who ran those banks should be fired, and their banks nationalized. As for who should run them, someone accountable to We the People, someone well versed in economics, and someone who doesn’t have a personal stake in the success or failure of the bank. I don’t see this as a threat to a free society. If anything, it will only improve things. Bank CEOs have operated with almost absolute impunity for so long, answerable to no one. With the government, at least they can be held to account by the American people. I think it’s far and away better than what we have now…

  12. “I think it’s far and away better than what we have now…”

    That’s a start.

    Anyway the orignal direction of this thread was about unresolved racial issues and how we are too cowardice to sit down and talk about these unresolved issues.

    I am not aware of any unresolved issues unless that silly idea of Black Reparations is on his mind. If he wants to talk about that then he can after I get to have my Gay Reparations first.

  13. “I am not aware of any unresolved issues unless that silly idea of Black Reparations is on his mind. If he wants to talk about that then he can after I get to have my Gay Reparations first.”

    I’m pretty sure reparations were intended for descendants of slaves. And seeing as how gays weren’t victims of slavery, you might have a tough time collecting…

  14. “I’m pretty sure reparations were intended for descendants of slaves. And seeing as how gays weren’t victims of slavery, you might have a tough time collecting…”

    Yes they were; 40 acres and a mule. That never happened.

    I would never take a penny for what I have endured as a gay man. Taking money sends the message it is fine to mistreat others as long as you eventually pay up.

  15. “We have reverted back to the failed policies of yesterday. See if you can balance democracy and socialism.”

    Other countries seem to have no problem with it. Look at Denmark, Sweden, or Norway, they’re all (informally) Democratic Socialist countries, and they’re doing just fine, thank you very much.

    Wow. Thanks, Robert, for your spirited response. But this particular response got my juices flowing. I think we all need to concentrate on the concept of Democratic Socialism. It’s an oxymoron. And your examples only lend credence to my assertions. I’m working on a new post that I will put out this weekend on the subject. After all – that is the direction which Pelosi, Reid and Obama are going. So we might as well discuss it.

    As for the rest of your responses, you basically minimalized everything I wrote in typical liberal fashion. But that is to be expected.

    I appreciate your participation in the tradition of “free speech and expression” on this blog. And I hope that free speech and expression will continue to be allowed on the blogs. Lord knows it might not last on radio for much longer.

  16. “…seeing as how gays weren’t victims of slavery…”

    What?!? Neither were today’s black people! Not one black person living in America today has ever, EVER been enslaved. In fact, the few that remain who genuinely remember segregation are dying off now. If I see one more black high school kid crying about how beautiful it is that we have a black President, I’m gonna friggin’ puke.

    No, Jay, that doesn’t make me a racist. The vast majority of the black community wasn’t raised during a time when black people were second-class citizens, and these younger brats have absolutely no clue what their grandparents faced. I have one coworker who is black, she’s disgusted with the whole Obamessiah worship culture, and she almost gags when she talks about her granddaughter getting all emotional on election night.

    I have absolutely no trouble talking about racism. Are there racists today? Yes. But I see more anti-white sentiment being accepted than anything else.

  17. It strikes me that with the small amount of white supremacist-type racism going on today, there are still an awful lot of black people claiming racism when it suits them. Booker T. Washington – back in the 1800’s, long before segregation ended – said that there are people who keep claiming victimization by racism because it’s profitable (his quote was much longer, I’m just paraphrasing). This was a man who learned how to make his own way in the world without anyone’s help.

    Mr. Washington, along with Martin Luther King, Jr., I believe, would turn over in his grave if he could see the race-baiting going on today.

  18. “What?!? Neither were today’s black people! Not one black person living in America today has ever, EVER been enslaved”

    Which is why I said reparations were intended for DESCENDANTS of slavery. I’m not sure I agree with the concept of paying off the relatives of those who were victimized, because it’s tantamount to trying to quantify someone’s misery. Figuring out who should get how much isn’t a great idea. I think a heartfelt apology and policies to make things right should suffice. With reparations, you get people who come to expect compensation for doing nothing. I get that it’s a nice gesture, but so is making a charitable donation to the United Negro College Fund, or something of that nature.

    I’ve seen no attempts made to dole out reparations to native Americans (unless you consider legalized gambling reparation), and I’m pretty sure they had it worse than blacks, what with having their land stolen, being slaughtered, and being enslaved.

    Everybody gets that mistakes were made, but to try to fix that with money is lazy and it sends the wrong message, like John said.

  19. Amen Mel! I really thought, in a naive way, that Obama’s election would go a long way towards dispelling any notion that the US was still a racist nation. But I guess I was wrong.

    Obama has been silent about Holder’s remarks. And with good reason. This administration will embrace race-baiting and the likes of Al Sharpton. They will label anyone who criticizes the adminstration for whatever reason as racist. They will hold that card and play it freely.

    Forget the BS that Obama preached during the election. Nothing has changed. Draw a picture of a chimp…..racist. Rail against the “stimulus” bill….racist. You can’t win for losing. And that’s exactly what Obama and Axelrod want.

  20. “This administration will embrace race-baiting and the likes of Al Sharpton. They will label anyone who criticizes the adminstration for whatever reason as racist. They will hold that card and play it freely.”

    What exactly are basing that off? Paranoid delusions? Because that’s certainly what it sounds like…

  21. And if that chimp was meant to be Obama, I can totally see that being racist. As for opposing the stimulus, I think that’s a bit of a stretch to think one would be considered racist for doing so.

  22. Dude – stop being so fucking condescending. So typical. I’m not paranoid. I’m making an argument and stating my opinion. Fight back all you want. But don’t label me as “crazy” and delusional. I haven’t personally attacked you once.

    The Post cartoon was aimed more at Pelosi than anyone since she wrote the stimulus bill. And Rep. James Clyburn (a DEM) said the following in regards to the stimulus bill:

    “The governor of Louisiana expressed opposition. Louisiana has the highest, eh, African-American population in the country. The governor of Miss’ssippi expressed opposition. The governor of Texas and the governor of South Carolina. These four governors represent states that are in the proverbial Black Belt. I was particularly insulted by that. All of this, it was a slap in — in the face of African-Americans.”

    It’s all about race now. And I’m sick of it.

  23. “Dude – stop being so fucking condescending. So typical. I’m not paranoid. I’m making an argument and stating my opinion.”

    Okay, but what are you basing that opinion on? You say the Obama administration is race baiting, but provide nothing to suggest that it’s true. I didn’t realize that drawing a logical conclusion is considered a personal attack. At least now I know where NOT to direct my comments…

  24. The chimp drawing was a play off of the crazed chimp whose owner spoiled it rotten. Apparently the chimp got out into the front yard, and the owner’s friend came to try to lure it back into the house. The chimp attacked the friend and almost literally ripped her face off. The victim is still in very critical condition.

    Clyburn has been a race-baiting coward from the day he took office. He’s accusing the GOP governors of Southern states of racism because it’s the liberal thing to do: when you don’t have a legitimate argument, you toss about accusations of racism in the hopes that your opponent will be afraid of the label and shut the hell up, hence you win the argument. It’s cowardice, pure and simple. It’s the culture of professional victimhood.

    Every time things like this are said and Obama doesn’t speak up to quell it, he’s encouraging the race-baiting. Refusing to speak the truth to defend someone is just as bad as telling the lie itself.

  25. “What?!? Neither were today’s black people! Not one black person living in America today has ever, EVER been enslaved. In fact, the few that remain who genuinely remember segregation are dying off now. ”

    That is correct. But to continue this supposed talk we need to have on race…

    I threw out Reparations as a flip thing. So back to my original question. What is there to talk about? Is the Attorney General upset we all don’t sit around in a circle and sing campfire songs? Is he mad because 13% of the Fortune 500 CEO’s are black or not black?

    Is he pissed because the percentage of white people locked up in prison is far less than the percentage of black people? I think Ann Coulter nailed it when she wrote about how single parenthood contributes to crime. So how did a bunch of racist people of any kind make parents abandon their families?

    Just what is compelling the AG to call people cowards?

  26. Oh, I think he’s got a burr up his ass just like a lot of black people in society who cling to their victimhood like some kind of security blanket. If white people aren’t crying over the past then it just ain’t good enough.

  27. Is that the best you’ve got? I need to go back to community college? That was hilarious. At least I went.

    Oh, and by the way…I went to a major university. I’m also working toward a master’s degree right now. Bite me, you sophomoric nitwit.

  28. “Mel, you need to go back to community college. LOL.”

    Well, Mel got you to come here, take time out of your day, and inspired you to type a comment.

    Tell us, where do we enroll to be THAT cool?

  29. We’re cowards because we don’t discuss race? We can’t. My local paper had the article on the Post monkey cartoon right next to the Holder cowards article. People are afraid to talk about race for fear that Sharpton and people like him will pounce on them (so he can stay in the papers and make money). I guess I have different ideas but I did not see that cartoon as racist. I recognized the shooting of the out of control chimp, knew that president’s don’t write laws, just sign them and figured the cartoonist was comparing the writing of the stimulus bill to taking an infinite number of monkeys (or chimps) at typewriters and that they will eventually, through chance, type the works of Shakespeare. Was it a really funny cartoon? No. Was it calling Obama a monkey? No. It implied to me that congress employed monkees to write up the stimulus bill (which I think they must have done).
    “Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself” – Mark Twain
    I miss the days when people had thick skin and could suck it up instead of suing for emotional distress and civil rights abuses. Archie Bunker, where have you gone?

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