I am a supporter of President Obama, but I am not blind and there is something wrong in the White House. There are too many things going wrong and even his most ardent supporters should be asking questions. The Republicans have politicized the Benghazi tragedy from day one, but there are some valid questions that need to be answered. It is not enough to say that the tragedy has become a political football. While that might be true it does not preclude the need to answer valid questions associated with the incident. The IRS has been targeting conservative groups for additional scrutiny when they were seeking tax exempt status. The president has denounced their actions, but that is really not enough. The fact is who told them to do it? There has to be some kind of electronic paper trail and that needs to be investigated. This is not some kind of low level shenaningans. Some officials higher up the food chain need to be held accountable. The latest is the DOJ going after the Associated Press. C’mon man. The government investigating the press. This is simply wrong and it is not less wrong because we like the occuppant in the White House it is wrong on its face, but how did the administration get so far off the rails, and how will they get back on the rails? First thing they have to do is be accountable and not just look to shift blame to the Bush administration, the conservatives or whoever else might be convenient. Democrats have to move away from a defensive posture to an assertive posture. They need to be asking the tough questions too. The fact is we know that the Republicans take delight in all of these calamitous events coming to a head at once, but that can not be a reason not to address the issues. The president’s supporters can not put on blinders or put our heads in the sand. We have to hold the president accountable. We have to hold him up to the standards he set. We can not let him off the hook because we admire him because he is the first black president and we simply are still enthralled by that narrative. We had no problem when we criticized other administrations but we have been timid in calling out wrong with this one. I still support the president and it is early in this second and last term. We should not abandon the promise but if we want the promise to turn into a productive and fruitful second term we have got to make it happen, and that is not going to be comfortable for anyone.
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DOJ battles Associated Press, IRS battles Conservatives and there are more questions about Benghazi…when did the Obama administration go off the rails?
Michelle Malkin offers her answer to the First Lady’s Evolution of Mom Dancing. Share your thoughts.
Mia Love could make history this fall. she could be the first black woman elected as a Republican. She is running to represent the 4th congressional District in Utah. Love is a Mormon and she is a married mother of three. I saw her interviewed today on CNN and one of the questions she was asked struck me as odd. The interviewer commented about the fact that her election would be historical and then she asked her what were her feelings when President Obama was elected. It was interesting that the interviewer probably expected her to say it gave her a sense of pride but that is not what she said. She simply started saying her own talking points which is what most politicians would have done.
Ann Coulter says “our blacks” are better than their blacks. Really, I thought blacks were free so how can she call Cain one of hers? Sure she was attempting to define him as one theirs and she meant conservative, but that is not what she said. What she said was troubling at best and patronizing at worse.
Twitter is great in the right hands, but sometimes 140 characters can get you in trouble. Orlando Jones thought his tweet was funny and when challenged he said it was a joke. Joking about killing anyone is never funny. the stories I read said some conservative bloggers were upset, but I am not in the conservative camp, but I too think it was out of line. What do you think? Funny or dangerous?
Herman Cain wants to be president, and today he won the Florida Straw Poll, and Cain is a Republican. If you went to Martin Luther King Jr. Street in any urban area and asked some one passing by “who is Herman Cain”, I think one out of ten people might know. These are the people that voted for the current president. They are his base. It is sad that because of idealogical differences the accomplishments of conservative blacks are not a source of pride within the community. A few weeks ago I did a post that listed some black Americans that our children should know. One of my more conservative readers pointed out that my list excluded some great conservatives like former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary Condeleezea Rice which I later added, but my point is we still need to celebrate the accomplishments of people who do not share our political views. So tonight I say to Herman Cain, congratulations.
Herman Cain is a black conservative making his case for president. A frequent critic of President Obama, Cain has said just because the first black president was bad don’t be afraid to elect him. Over the weekend while addressing conservatives in Iowa, Cain said if elected he would not have any Muslims in his cabinet. This drew loud applause. Cain said “I will not. And here’s why. There is this creeping attempt, this attempt, to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government,”. He went on to say . “It does not belong in our government. This is what happened to Europe. And little by little, to try to be politically correct, they made this little change. They made this little change. And now they’ve got a social problem that they don’t know what to do with hardly.” Is Cain just racist or does he have a point? Tell me what you think.
The book was supposed to be about the working poor, but it refered to Jesus as a “wine guzzling vagrant and a precocious socialist”. Aimee Taylor of New Hampshire pulled her son out of the school after she complained about the book to the school officials and her concerns were not regarded. The book Nickel & Dimed is required reading but should it be? Does the teacher have the sole right to select required text or should the parents concerns be factored in the equation? Or should the parents simply tell the child this is not what we believe you can read it, but still hold on to your core principles? Tell me what you think.
Facebook has provided a means for people to speak up immediately about issues, and I have got to tip my hat to Bristol Palin. She has spoken out against Keith Olbermann after he attacked her on his show and she has spoken out against one of her fellow Dancing With the Stars contestants, Margaret Cho. Cho said in a blog that Sarah Palin pressured her daughter into being in the show. Palin fired back on Facebook and said the following , “I was somewhat taken aback to read about me in a blog by my friend and fellow contestant, Margaret Cho. In a post she called “Pistol Whipped” she wrote that “the only reason Bristol was on the show was because Sarah Palin forced her to do it. Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly . . . for not winning the election,and so she told Bristol she “owed” it to her to do DWTS . . . .” Let me shamelessly steal from Saturday Night Live: “Really, Margaret? Really? I will give my friend credit for creativity, and extra points for getting so many “facts” wrong in so few sentences. Let me be blunt: my mom did not “force” me to go on DWTS. She did not ask me either. The show approached me. I thought about it. I made the decision. After first worrying for me in terms of being exposed to those who hate us for what we believe in, both my mom and my dad became my number one supporters. Anyone who watched the show could tell I performed better, and I felt better about myself, when they were in the audience. I wanted to make them both proud, but politics had nothing to do with it. Loving my parents had everything to do with it.” I give Palin credit for calling Cho out. Some would say the high road would be to ignore the detractors, but that some does not include the Palins. If you come at them be prepared for a fight because they don’t retreat. They reload.
Last week Sarah Palin made some disparaging remarks about fellow Republicans. She diminished the legacy of Ronald Reagan by saying he made movies like “Bedtime with Bonzo”. Whereas, this was factually correct this was way before he truly carved out his professional political resume. She also refered to the first President Bush and his family as “bluebloods.” This reference was made after Barbara Bush advised the former governor to stay in Alaska. Most Republicans are afraid of Palin and fear that any criticsm of her will alienate her base, but finally someone had the nerve to stand up and called her out. MSNBC Joe Scarborough wrote an excellent piece for Politico this morning. Tell me what you think. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45687.html