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The Real Race Card

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Why is it that the media suddenly thinks that the Democratic Party has a race problem? This is a right wing frame. Shouldn't we all know about frames by now? Maybe the Democratic candidates have played the race card, but we know which party has a whole race deck, don't we? That's right, it is the Republican Party. The reason their candidates aren't fighting over the votes of Latino, Black or Women voters, is that those groups don't matter in the Republican Party, and they aren't who the Republican Party is going to want on election day.

Race card? Gender card? Ron Paul, the so-called libertarian, is against equal rights for gyno-Americans. All the others are tripping over each other to be more in favor of a civil war against not white enough people, and none of them are going to win enough of the "Black Vote" to be elected to the Senate from California, let alone President of the United States.

Need some examples?

Here's John McCain, so-called maverick:

Concerned if women undergo illegal dangerous operations: Favors topic 1
Prosecute abortion doctors, not women who get them: Opposes topic 1
Overturn Roe v. Wade, but keep incest & rape exceptions: Opposes topic 1
Wants Roe vs. Wade made irrelevant, but would not repeal it: Favors topic 1
Opposes partial-birth abortions & public financing: Opposes topic 1
Supports repealing Roe v. Wade: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Rated 75% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
YES on banning partial birth abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Opposes topic 1
NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Opposes topic 1
YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Opposes topic 1

And that's from a hard right libertarian site that is just drooling the help any Republican at all.

Overturn Roe v Wade. Does he score better for African Americans?

Well he's not entirely opposed to affirmative action, if that counts, but let's take a look at some hard votes of concern to African Americans:

Vote to reduce the size of the $1.6 trillion tax cut by $448 billion while increasing education spending by $250 billion and providing an increase of approximately $224 billion for debt reduction over 10 years.

Welfare for the rich comes first.

This legislation would have amended the DC spending measure, imposing an unconstitutional school voucher program on the District.

The people of Washington DC shouldn't be able to run their own affairs. Race card? You ask the mayor of DC.

What about Mitt Romney, well when running for Governor of Liberal Massachusetts he said some things that might well be construed as being in favor of equality, but that was before he was running for the top job:

I was in a different place in that point in my own thinking. I wasn't a Ronald Reagan conservative at that point. There are a number of elements there the editor of that tape takes some liberty. So for instance he says, "Here's Romney on affirmative action." Well, that's not me speaking about affirmative action. Affirmative action means different things to different people. But I made no suggestion that there would be quotas or that the government impose standards on hiring by private enterprises or by the government. I indicated my suggestion at that time for a private, information oriented approach to seeking diversity. But the editors of the tape -- you can imagine who they might be -- had a message to send.

But I did change my view on abortion. And that happened, as you know, about two years ago. I wrote an op-ed in the Boston papers as I described that. And as you also know, that is something about which I have very deep feelings, something that crystallized in my consideration and my review of stem cell research, which is related in some way. Which is when does life begin from a political and scientific standpoint? And that is where I am. And I have no apology for the fact that I am pro-life.

NJ: You would favor a constitutional amendment banning abortion with exceptions for the life of the mother, rape and incest. Is that correct?

What I've indicated is that I am pro-life, and that my hope is that the Supreme Court will give to the states over time or give to the states soon or give to the states their own ability to make their own decisions with regard to their own abortion law.

I can't say I remember "Willie Horton." I can say I remember 2000, because I woke up to be told that there was something wrong with black voters, that they were too stupid to use voting machines, and that explained why their votes had not been counted.

Seems we found out later that white voters got some after the fact help, but that wasn't mentioned.

Confederate flag anyone? That's a state's right. I'm not clear on lots of things from American History, but I am pretty clear on what "State's Rights" means, and what the Confederacy stood for.

So I'd like to ask my fellow progressives something simple.

Stop talking about the Democratic Race Card, because the rest of the deck is on the other side. We all know which candidate is going to get the most votes from someone who won't vote for a woman, or someone they see as black.

That's right Ron McRomnahuckaholiani.

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Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on

Mr. Obama with the help of his supporters and the press is using race to avoid tough questions and even deflect casual observations turning them into racial slurs. America's Macbethian obsession of cleansing its hands of its racial past seems to have become all consuming. What tough question or casual observations will now become off limits in deference to Obama's race? How will our political discourse be affected? These questions must be faced and addressed lest we neuter our conversation. We supposedly want to be racially color blind. This is impossible when race is being used to limit/manipulate political speech.

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Submitted by Liberty on

does it more, better and for more votes.

I am going to be firm on this, accusations of "race card" when the rest of the deck is in the hands of the Republicans, is a right wing frame.

Trent Lott, is not a Democrat.