What if the Tea Party was black?
When it comes to gay rights and abortion rights and refusal of medical treatment based on one’s religion beliefs, it’s the old Government vs Religion issue. My question is “which religion and whose religion” has the most control? The authors of the Constitution knew exactly what they were doing when they kept religion OUT of the Constitution. When our Constitution was going through ratification by the 13 original states, there was a group of delegates to the Massachusetts state convention that complained that the “Constitution did not recognize the existence of God”.
It was a wise group of delegates that attended the Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787. They were well aware that religion and politics did not mix. Right after the arrival of independence, every state but Rhode Island passed laws depriving Catholics of full civil and religious rights. There were some states that denied Catholics the right to carry their own arms while everyone else was allowed to do so. Even though Catholics were given the same rights of freedom to worship as they believed by the Constitution, it wasn’t until 1960 that a Catholic was elected President of the United States of America. When John F. Kennedy was running for President, the media was filled with questions about his religion and its connection to the Pope in Rome. There was a fear that America would be governed by the Pope if John Kennedy was elected President.
For the last 8 years, we have had to put up with this quest by the fundamentalists to be governed by religion. Do take note that this religion has to be the fundamentalist/evangelical religions as preached by religious leaders such as James Dobson and Rick Warren. The Rev. Wright is NOT included in this because he is black and I’m not even going to go there at this moment. There is no room in this religious governing for Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Agnostics and any other religion that isn’t part of the Dobson/Warren cults.
Let’s not forget our nation’s shameful history of mixing religion and politics. It was during the McCarthy reign of terror in the 1950’s that the statement “under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. People didn’t complain because anyone that spoke against including religion in our government, was called a communist and would be blacklisted. In 1692, there were the Salem witch hunts and trials. Even slave owners would quote the Bible as justification for owning slaves.
We were witness to the destruction of religious intolerance on September 11, 2001 and today, the Palestinians are paying with their lives because of the religious intolerance of Israel. There is a place for everything and history has taught us that religion does not have a place in government. Too many people and other creatures have lost their lives in the “name of God”.
This time the threats were made by the McCain-Palin supporters in Miami, FL. Two men wearing Obama shirts and carrying Obama signs were surrounded by angry McCain-Palin supporters and one of the men had his life threatened. Five thirty eight has the complete details. This is “brown shirt” behavior. Seems like the McCain-Palin supporters want to dismantle part of the Constitution by taking away Obama supporters freedom of speech. This is how the Nazis started in Germany. First, Germans lost their freedom of speech, then Hitler blamed the Jews, then the blacks, then the gays and then anyone that was not German for Germany’s economic problems. The Nazis built internment camps and approved of torture and killed anyone that disagreed with them. Now I’m not saying that McCain and Palin are promoting Fascism. Their supporters certainly appear to be fans of Fascism.
This is a dark time in our nation. We must come together or else our nation will perish.
The McCain clan comes in color, not quite like a rainbow, but more like white, black and various shades of brown (mixed race). John McCain’s great, great grandfather was once a slave owner in Mississippi. As reported by the South Florida Times, the descendants of William Alexander McCain have been enjoying family reunions for the past 15 years which John McCain never attends.
The reunion’s website, teocfamilyreunion.ning.com, has pictures, postings and other information about the family gatherings. While Sen. McCain’s brother, Joe, and many of his other white relatives attend the reunions, family members say Sen. McCain has never acknowledged them, or even responded to their invitations.
Based on information obtained by the South Florida Times, the senator has numerous black and mixed-raced relatives who were born on, or in, the area of the McCain plantation. The mixed races in the family can be traced back to the rural Teoc community of Carroll County, Miss., where his family owned slaves.
Sen. John McCain’s great, great grandfather, William Alexander McCain (1812-1863), fought for the Confederacy and owned a 2,000-acre plantation named Waverly in Teoc. The family dealt in the slave trade, and, according to official records, held at least 52 slaves on the family’s plantation. The enslaved Africans were likely used as servants, for labor, and for breeding more slaves.
William McCain’s son, and Sen. John McCain’s great grandfather, John Sidney McCain (1851-1934), eventually assumed the duty of running the family’s plantation.
W.A. “Bill” McCain IV, a white McCain cousin, and his wife Edwina, are the current owners of the land. Both told the South Florida Times that they attend the reunions. They also said the McCain campaign had asked them not to speak to the media about the reunions, or about why the senator has never acknowledged the family gatherings.
In addition to distancing himself from his black family members, John McCain has taken several positions on issues that have put him at odds with members of the larger black community.
While running for the Republican Party nomination in 2000, he sided with protesters who were calling for the rebel battle flag to be removed from the South Carolina statehouse, only to alter that position later.
“Some view it as a symbol of slavery. Others view it as a symbol of heritage,” John McCain said of the flag. “Personally, I see the battle flag as a symbol of heritage. I have ancestors who have fought for the Confederacy, none of whom owned slaves. I believe they fought honorably.’’
Another John McCain lie. Not only did his great, great grandfather own slaves, he dealt in the slave trade market. Is this why John McCain appears so angry and resentful to Barack Obama? Is John McCain too proud to embrace the truth about his family history? Is John McCain really a snob? If he is, then he will never understand Main Street and middle America because he views us as “beneath” his status.
This is worst than Putin grinning at Palin from the shores of Russia because there are terrorist threats happening right here in this country. It is the McCain campaign having Americans viciously attacking other Americans. Jackbauer8393 has the latest on the robo calls in western Pennsylvania. This racism is ugly and has no place in this nation.
What is with Sarah Palin’s latest talks? She is happy to be with “proAmericans” in small towns. What does that make all the other Americans that live in urban and suburban areas? We are pro “what????” in Palin’s mind? She has no room to talk about proAmerica because her husband Todd was a member of an anti-America group, the Alaska Independence Party.
For the last 8 years, the politics of this nation has been neighbor against neighbor, yelling at each other over the fence. Now we have Sarah Palin pitting Americans against Americans. This nation is in an economic crisis that is SO very dangerous that the US economy is teetering on the edge of a precipice and could easily fall over the edge into oblivion. If we want to survive as a nation and regrow our economy, ALL Americans must work together. We cannot continue with the politics of divisiveness and expect our economy to recover. The McCain/Palin campaign is stoking the fires of hatred among it’s supporters. This hatred is so putrid that the non-supporters of McCain/Palin will never join them and our nation will continue with 4 more years of divisive politics without economic growth.
The Obama/Biden campaign tells us that we are ALL Americans. There are no Red States. There are no Blue States. There are no proAmerica small towns and antiAmerica cities and suburbs. We are all proAmerica and if the McCain/Palin campaign doesn’t want to consider us ALL proAmerica, then they don’t deserve our vote because the President of the United States governs ALL Americans and not just the small number of people that Sarah Palin describes.
A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF CANNOT STAND. (Matthew 12:25)
Get your popcorn ready on election night… Again I will insist that an Obama win is now almost certain… Up to 95% according to the models I use. The question is becoming how big will this win be ??? I mentioned in my last Full Electoral College Breakdown how a landslide win (375+ EC votes) was possible, what if I told you that states that many have written off got Obama to that mark ??? After the primaries I had indicated due to high African American turnout that I though states in the southeast were in play for Obama, particularly MS and GA with the Bob Barr effect perhaps much more the reason in GA. I had gotten away from that idea after the “Palin bounce” but recent polling and a new study about the Bradley effect is making me re-think that these are indeed Safe McCain states. I’ll get to that study in a second but first lets start with some numbers… We’ll begin in Mississippi…
Polls of this state have been sparse due to the fact its a safe Republican state…. In fact since 9/1 there have only been 3 polls done here, one by ARG who’s accuracy I question… on 9/9 Research 2000 did a poll indicating a +12 McCain win. This was at the height of the Palin bounce for the red team… But by 9/30 the last poll done in MS the VERY Republican tilted Rasmussen had MS in the McCain column at +8.
Since that time there has been no more polling in MS and the more trusted polls like Survery USA haven’t been there at all.
My thoughts on MS at the end of the primary were that with a 35% voting public that is African American that in theory Obama would need to only get 20% of the white vote to win this state. Now comes the kicker… a recent study on the Bradley effect shows that in some parts of the country there is a reverse Bradley effect…
The Bradley effect–a black politician doing well in the polls but badly in the actual election–has been much discussed but there is little data on how it would work this year. Now a team of researchers from the University of Washington has analyzed the data from the 32 Democratic primaries this year and come to a surprising conclusion. The effect existed in California, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, but a reverse effect existed in 12 other states, largely in the Southeast. Obama did better in the elections there than in the polls leading up to them. Researchers speculate that some people may tend to give pollsters the “socially correct” answer and in the Southeast, supporting the white person is socially correct.
Hmmm is the only thought that comes to mind on this issue… now on to Georgia…
Where along with a high African American turnout likely also come these to “B” words… “Bob Barr”
This state has been polled more and by other companies first I’ll start with Survery USA 9/15 poll showed McCain up +16, but by 9/29 that lead had been cut in half by Survery USA to +8 most polls this month have been in the McCain +7-+8 range with an error % of 5 %… add in Bob Barr stealing votes from McCain especially if he alienates more true conservatives and this possible reverse Bradley effect and Election Night could be very interesting indeed. On 10/9 there was a McCain plus 3 poll for GA as well.
I received the below message in an email. I removed the names for their protection. One never knows when a racist will raise its head and strike.
I was at Pepperoncini on September 26th and witness something very similar. A black gentelman in his possibly later 40’s early 50’s walked in wearing an Obama hat. One of the owners (not Paulie the heavier one) yelled at him to take the hat off. He followed him to the area where the bathrooms were, and then the Obama supporter left. A patron of the bar (who was caucasian) went outside ( I think to give support to the guy who left), and he came back in and talked to the owner. The next thing I know people were looking out of the windows. Apparently the owner told that guy to get out, and followed him outside, and was fighting him in the middle of Elm Street.
It was a very uncomfortable situation and I haven’t been back since.
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 7:12:02 PM
This story you are about to read is the TRUTH!! The Whole Truth!!!! So help me GOD. The incident occurred on Saturday September 12th 2008 around 12:45am. I entered the restaurant/bar to obtain a pack of cigarettes. I went to the bar and asked the bartender for TEN Ones for a Ten dollar bill. The bar area was packed. Every table was filled. It is important that you know what my dress attire for that night was. I was wearing hospital scrubs, Rockport shoes, a jogging jacket (due to the rain) and an OBAMA hat. While waiting for my change a patron (who I later came to find out was one of the owners of the restaurants) blurted out LOUDLY, ” Take that Hat off!! You can’t wear that OBAMA hat in HERE!!!”
I looked up to where the voice came from and responded back. “Yeah, Right.” After receiving my change from the bartender I proceed around the bar to the vending machine to purchase my cigarettes and leave. Unbeknownst to me, the patron that spoke out previously demanded in a stern voice that I removed my hat. Than he continued to blatantly voice political epithets at me about OBAMA so loud that a patron at the one of the tables near the cigarette machine advised me not to pay any attention to the rude comments. Even the off duty bartender who walked by me on his way to the men’s room told me to ignore the comments. I finally reached the vending area to purchase my cigarettes but to my surprise that patron was right behind me and forcible tried to remove my OBAMA hat with swipes of his hands. I than made a comment to him that we live in a democracy. To that comment the patron pushed me back and said, ” GET THE FUCK OUT!” I stopped in my steps and said, ” Please don’t touch me again.” He than pushed me again and said. ” I pay the FUCKIN BILLS in this place NIGGER! So get out!” He than followed me to the exit step for step and than shoved me out of the door and said, “GET OUT NIGGER!!!! And don’t come back!” After I was out of the restaurant he locked the door behind me.
I was so livid at the events that happened that I went to one of the neighbor’s house (next to restaurant) to phone the police. Surprisingly the police never came to the restaurant after receiving my call.
The MOST devastating part of this incident is that I WAS a REGULAR patron of this establishment. I was well liked by the bartenders, bar maids and kitchen personnel. I have spent a lot of money and referred numerous friends, and family to the restaurants for drinks and food.
I just wanted to write about my experience at PEPPERONCINI to let people know about it and hope NO ONE GOES THROUGH THIS.
PASS THIS STORY ON…..
Take notice… avoid the PEPPERONCINI Restaurant (72 Poplar St Conshohocken, PA 19428)in a suburb of Philadelphia. The owner is a racist and doesn’t deserve our money.
Why can’t we all be more like children? Instead we let fear, prejudice, greed and hate rule our lives.