Barack Obama: A Culture of Victims

CHICAGO » Sen. Barack Obama, speaking to a gathering of minority journalists yesterday, stopped short of endorsing an official U.S. apology to American Indians but said the country should acknowledge its history of poor treatment of certain ethnic groups.

“There’s no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we’ve got some very sad and difficult things to account for,” Obama told hundreds of attendees of UNITY ’08, a convention of four minority journalism associations.

Wrong. The people who committed horrible deeds in the past needed to be held accountable for those deeds – not people today, who have nothing whatsoever to do with them. This Howard Zinn ‘white guilt’ horse crap is patently absurd and Obama has no business trying to collectively blame people today for things they didn’t do.

“I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said.

“I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.”

Who’s saying that they haven’t been acknowledged? I don’t know a single person who believes everything in the past was done was always right. Do you?

Furthermore, the idea of reparations is ridiculous. Maybe we should demand more from the British who oppressed the first settlers here…

Not to mention – the idea of reparations has led to affirmative action (also known as white racism) which gives more money and opportunities to minorities simply because of their race. Does that sound like something that promotes equality? And Native American’s are given totally free college.  What else do you really need to get going in America? I’m where I am in life today because I had a good family and I work my freakin rear off – not because I had some ‘white advantage’, or because my ancestors had it somehow easier.

The victim mindset of people groups is, in my opinion, the most destructive force in America today. Nothing squelches freedom more than the belief that you are a victim of cruel forces outside your control. And yet, here we have the Democratic party nominee for the president of America, the ‘Yes we can’ candidate, basically saying that the government owes you because your ancestors were victims. If that doesn’t reenforce a mindset of victimization, than I don’t know what does.

Here’s one final question: If Barack Obama thinks we have such a tragic history, than what is it about America that he likes? Also – doesn’t this ‘blame rich whites’ viewpoint remind you of someone who Obama apparently doesn’t know so well?

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 Now I tend to prefer Adidas as far as sports brands go. This is absolutely ridiculous though.

 

Dude… Seriously?

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Dexterity:

Be sure not to miss the one handed rolls towards the middle of the clip.

Pelosi: ‘I’m trying to save the planet’

With fewer than 20 legislative days before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, the entire appropriations process has largely ground to a halt because of the ham-handed fighting that followed Republican attempts to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration. And after promising fairness and open debate, Pelosi has resorted to hard-nosed parliamentary devices that effectively bar any chance for Republicans to offer policy alternatives.

I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” she says impatiently when questioned. “I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy.”

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We need oil to get to the next cleaner and better energy source – plain and simple. Pelosi has completely bought the man caused global warming stuff though – so there is no longer any reasoning with her. She’s ‘trying to save the planet.’ If that’s true – why doesn’t she call for some nation wide debates on climate science? I think that would be very interesting because the discussion might actually involve science, and get a lot of people to really think about energy solutions. But this isn’t going to happen – because as Al Gore has stated – the ‘debate is closed.’ 

Why can’t we be reasonable about this issue? Because the hard left environmental activists have a huge hold on the democratic party. It’s been this way ever since the 60’s when environmental groups overreacted to the environmental threat of DDT. The environmental groups won and gained a huge amount of leverage in the political sphere. This led to heavy restrictions on the use and production of the chemical (mostly based on questionable science)- which indirectly resulted in the deaths of millions (mostly women and children) in Africa to malaria.  

Only now are we finally seeing a change on this front:

In the early 1960s, several developing countries had nearly wiped out malaria. After they stopped using DDT, malaria came raging back and other control methods have had only modest success.

Which is why Arata Kochi, head of the WHO’s antimalaria campaign, has made the move to bring back DDT. His major effort at a news conference Friday in Washington, D.C., was not so much to announce the change, but to deflect potential opposition from environmental groups.

“We are asking these environmental groups to join the fight to save the lives of babies in Africa,” Kochi said. “This is our call to them.”

The fundamental failing of many environmental campaigns is the cost that it has on poor people. With the fervor over DDT – it was the destitute in Africa that suffered. The hype over biofuels also effected these people by driving up prices of corn around the world. They couldn’t afford to eat, so we could feel better about fueling our cars.

It’s the same story with Pelosi blocking oil expansion. This will drive up world oil prices. Again – who will this effect the most? The poor. For middle class folks, $4.00 gas (and it will go up from here) is annoying – but for the poor, it’s devastating. I guess if you are trying to ‘save the planet’ then the poor should just learn to deal with it…

It’s time we came up with reasonable solutions to energy needs, and move away from the hysteric apocalyptic ‘save the planet’ rhetoric. We can, and should do this in an environmentally responsible way. And we can do it without decimating the poor.

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Associated Press Analysis: U.S. Winning Iraq War

This is great news and it comes, remarkably, from the AP (it must be good if the news media is picking it up). Burns is describing exactly what the purpose and strategy of the surge was – empowering the Iraqi people. It’s a remarkable turn of events and a huge win for all of our fine forces over there getting the job done. Good luck and Godspeed with the work still to be done.

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