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POLITICAL FAB: African Americans Make Election History...And Not Only In A Good Way

 

Midterm elections were a bittersweet moment for many.  Though Republicans are back in control of the House of Representatives (putting a damper on any President Barack Obama policies) a few African Americans managed to make history with their elections.

 

Why should you care?  Because ish could get even more ugly for EVERYONE.  Read on for deets...

 

Voters gave control of the House of Representatives to Republicans in midterm elections, possibly sending a message of discontent to Washington two years after Barack Obama's historic win.  By this afternoon, The GOP held 239 seats to the Democrats' 183.  It was a massive gain of 60 seats for the Republicans - the biggest margin in 62 years.  Prez O just said in this afternoon's press conference that he "feels bad" about this and takes the blame. 

Rep. John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, is expected to be the new House speaker, replacing  Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California.  The Democrats retained control of the Senate, but sadly there are no African Americans in the U.S. Senate now.  

CBS News reports that approx. only 10% of African Americans turned out to vote (the rumor of 4.7% does not check out).  Still, sad and disappointing to say the least as that's only about 4 million black voters out for over 40 million black americans.  Big Senate elections like Kendrick Meek in Florida were lost.  And now, not only is there no representation of blacks in the U.S. Senate for the next few years, but getting President Obama re-elected in 2012 was just made extremely difficult.  House Republicans will likely make any of the Prez's policy improvements impossible by shooting them down with their majority.

There were a few bright spots for African Americans though.  Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick became the first African-American governor to be given a second term in office. In South Carolina, Tim Scott was elected to Congress becoming one of two black Republican members of Congress.  He joins Tea Party favorite Allen West of Florida, who defeated his Democratic rival. Tim and Allen are the first Black Republicans in Congress since former Congressman J.C. Watts represented an Oklahoma district.

Another milestone was made in a southern state as Terri Sewell, a Princeton and Harvard educated lawyer became the first Black woman to serve in Congress from the state of Alabama.

No word yet on whether Tim or Allen will join the Congressional Black Caucus, which is currently made up of all Democrats.

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I for one am glad to see more

I for one am glad to see more conservatives in office black or white. Here is to the rise of black conservatives and blacks of any political affiliation who pay attention to elections/issues/candidates/economics and don't merely vote for a candidate because he/she is black or a democrat. Please pay attention to what these people stand for and the impact they have/have not made on the issues you care about.
Anonymous's picture

God bless those who know a

God bless those who know a good thing when they see it! And Obama is. I'm from Africa and give Obama my full support, so why cant the blacks in America do the same. I so proud of him. Haters can't stop him from succeeding.
Raquel's picture

hell with that weak ass

hell with that weak ass africian pres most of u r bunch of ass kisser
Anonymous's picture

of course you can't just

of course you can't just think of yourself as a Republican or democrat yhou have to vote still and be heard it is important to contribute your voice. so it is sad to not make your needs heard. This President is the only one making my agenda his and I appreciate that. Whatever he is doing I think he deserves support.. if congress needs a march they should get it This country is built on the backs of the ppl but the corporations control the voters?
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Politics is a dirty game.

Politics is a dirty game. Democrats and Republicans are all bunch of liars. So, whether a democrat or Republican takes office what is going to happen is going to happen. Another Republican taking office will be the worst economy ever? Bush spending that much on war put America in so much debt. But, think about the health care reform, do people think it's free money? They have to get it somewhere or the other. Obama is just too much of a man pleaser. You can't please everybody. Obama can just go back to chicago and continue doing what he was doing. Black people expected free money and access to everything because there is a black man in office. Obama is the spokeperson for liberals so now that he did what they wanted, despite the fact that they are still not satisfied they will dump him. Obama needs a back bone, stand your ground whether people like him or not. No matter how much people hate on Bush, many people low key like him because of how much hatred he got from people but acted like he didn't care and still did what he wanted to do.
Anonymous's picture

I am not even american but

I am not even american but the thought of alone that the GOPs and republicans are gaining power frightens the hell out of me. All their xenophobia and anti-mulitculturalism or just the attitudes they have towards anything other than white christian american is ridicuklous. If you have the power to vote I hope all of you are using it. Slash tell me how the hell did they gain favour again, when the reason you guys are in sucha mess finicailly and with international relations is due to them ?
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@ME I agree. What about a

@ME I agree. What about a GOOD president being of any ethnicity? My sentiments exactly. I'm really taxed of this emphasis on color--coming from blacks of which I PROUDLY AM. Blacks talk about equality all the time--but only when it references their color. Almost every conflict with a white person--is because the white person is racist. What about you really having a character/behavior problem being an issue. Where is that on the scale of possibilities? I just threw that out there to provoke the thought of another possibility of a "minority" since there seems to be such a fixation on this first black President. The implication from comments in the culture about this man is almost like folk expect Obama to be president for life. The fact is there are way more uniquely qualified and EXPERIENCED men/women. Candidates who actually governed something like a state or city--which involve huge BUDGETS to balance and meeting a payroll. For the ladder would surely give such a candidate empathy for average citizens, LIKE US, balancing check books at the kitchen table or small business owners trying to make payroll. In my opinion, a stellar candidate would have this kind of experience IN ADDITION to the other rhetorical and people skills. Senators MAKE LAWS. They deliberate and argue on behalf of people. Check the fact at the link paying special attention to the qualifications: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate Most people who go into politics are what? Lawyers. And ironically lawyers do not have what? The best reputations. Many famous and modernly trained lawyers (20th 21st century) appear especially skillful at information manipulation and image control. And of course, creating and operating on technicalities. And for the record, "community organizers" organically are great speakers, motivators, and ORGANIZERS. The best ones have GOOD IDEAS, PURE INTENTIONS, and truly care for the people they serve/organize. Read qualifications here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_organizing In other words, examine these qualifications and see that, in this past century and currently, it really doesn't take too much fiscal, military, foreign relation (all things Presidents preside over) experience to become President of the United States. It seems to take access to POWERFUL people with MONEY, an ivy league pedigree, and mass appeal (charisma-i.e. a salesman). I speak generally as there are always exceptions. You don't have to have all those qualities on lock to be VIABLE candidate but one or two out of three would be nice. I think with people rising up, from grassroots, we are poised to see more exceptions to the norm of candidates. As the election proved we, the people, are demanding a HIGHER STANDARD from those sitting in this high office as well as those in the chambers of Capitol Hill. @Anon great points; you sound informed about how the government actually works. I wish you had included some links to support your points (so fact checkers like me can verify the value of your key points in your point of view). @Anonymous: I'm delighted to see someone as long winded as me :) chiming in. I was delighted to read what you wrote. I appreciate your passion and enumeration. I certainly understand what can make one so animated. Although, much of what you said reveals that you get your news from ONE SOURCE and/or you have "presuppositions" (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Presuppositions) that you bring to whatever news information you get, that clearly PREVENT you from being objective--even in the midst of having a bias/preference. Again, nothing wrong with having a bias/preference, btw. That's natural. But what are your opinions based on? Is your bias based on what is true or what you want to be true? For you to cite the President winning the nobel peace prize as an accomplishment also reveals an flawed presupposition because this man won the prize before HE DID ANYTHING to deserve it. He even said, he didn't deserve it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0isUQw2mk8 THE OFFICIALS presiding over it revealed their democratic/liberal partisan bias by making a decision to give it to him before he even became president. This DISCREDITED the peace prize as an organization DEGRADING the honor of the prize now for others. And to me, that was one FACT that made me lose respect for the President because although he "said" he didn't deserve it--he sure didn't give it back. Again, this is one of several "CHARACTER" and "what are your real motivation" problems I wonder about with our President and why I do not support his agenda. Side note: And again, for those who want to point to Bush and previous administrations. I'm with you. Can we say Enron? But yo! Bush is two years GONE. Plus liberals criticized him plenty and way more bitterly and PERSONALLY when he was in office. People hated him so much they threw shoes at him. So far the only, personal disrespect Obama has had to endure is a fellow senator calling him a liar when he tried to sell the public on the contents of the Healthcare Bill. Not classy but was not untrue. And you supporters of the bill will soon find out what's in it and why ole boy could not constrain himself any longer. When all the smoke and mirrors clear, I bet history will be kind to that senator who had the guts to call out the Administration, real time, since NO ONE ELSE WOULD. So please, I agree WITH ALL that Bush Admin was flawed and very questionable,too. But Bush is irrelevant to Obama's performance SINCE January 2009 and to keep bringing him up as an answer to people critical of Obama's policies reveal you to be IGNORANT and gullible. It devalues your opinion. Also, a lot of what Anonymous said, reveals ignorance as to how the government actually works and who really has power. I think to understand why those of us who oppose the policies of this Administration (NOT OBAMA AS A HUMAN) and more than the administration, the Democratic party (since way BEFORE OBAMA), we need to understand what politics is organically. Then we can perhaps see why campaigns and the people who support them get so adversarial. POLITICS A GAME: Organically, politics is a sport/game. Just like basketball, football, or soccer. Although, like a sport--politics as a game has way more sophistication, complexity, and way higher stakes. Just like these games have TWO teams so does the game of politics. Democrats vs Republican. Just like sports, people are DIE HARD fans of their favorite team. Just like these games have certain rules to play by--so do these (primaries, districting). Sports typically have some object (ball) they hit, kick, throw, bounce around in order to score. Well in politics the object of the game are ideas. The team which produces the better idea and gets the most people to believe their idea is the best WINS. This is what makes politics such a sophisticated and difficult game to play and win. For how do you get fair weather, fickled people to agree with you? Charisma--and convincing the media to be on your team. For they can spread your message. And like guards in bball or linemen in football (hope I got that right), they guard your position. They help CONTROL THE NARRATIVE about your ideas to keep feeding people your version of the story. People play politics all the time. We regular folk see it personally on much on smaller scales--but the same rules apply (right powerful people liking you, and money, and ideas) The quality of ideas should be first, but like love, it often ends up last in the pecking order of what attracts people to other people. For often in politics you may have the great doable ideas, but no money or you may have money but not the powerful people with money liking you because of your ideas. In politics they will likely NOT like you BECAUSE OF YOUR IDEAS. You get the picture. But it's an ideas game. And why we should refer to and think of ourselves relative to our positions as opponents NOT ENEMIES. So this is why the debate is so contested about Obama. His team is losing. And this is why the Senator this week (McConnell) this week said he wanted to ensure the president didn't get a second term. People got their panties in a bunch about this statement. And Obama's team of media maids began to rehash this quote and spin this on the racism record player. But if you genuinely understand how the government runs and that politics is just a sporting game--in the arena of government, then what this senator said is just the natural reaction of a competitor. Trash talking, so to speak...but as I said because the stakes are much higher (the way of daily life for American people) there is some realness to this game--where as in other games its over when it's over. And because I understand how government works, that politics are kind of a sport, and because I was a salesperson and I know weak sales pitches when I hear them, I, too, hope that Obama is NOT relected because HIS IDEAS are not winsome. Weak at best--suspect at worst. And he is losing the game of politics right now. But he knows powerful people with money (media love him, The people determine who wins and reasonable people are starting to pay attention and starting to see the EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES.
Yes We Can, But..'s picture

Here is another synonyms list

Here is another synonyms list for "presuppositions". Our emperor is really hasn't any clothes. This is a sad fact.
Randy's picture

What makes it even more sad

What makes it even more sad and pathetic is the fact that every black person claims to be a democrat because of the promise that democrats always put out there, "I am here for you". when a black person see a black Republican they automatically hate on him/her. Look at Rice and Powell. It's ridiculous. I am independent but to hate Republicans because they are white and conservative? Seriously, black people need a wake up call. It was refreshing to see Obama not bcos he's black, but an average person, who worked hard to get to where he is but that can't make up for his failures. First, bailing out all these big companies that he promised will provide more jobs still leaves hundreds of Americans unemployed. Second, his take on terrorism is like a joke. We are talking about extremists here but he was trying to be nice by saying everyone has right of religion to build a mosque next to Ground Zero knowing that it's a mockery of what happened on September 11. The Arab leaders or muslims in general consider him as one of them whether it's justified or not, something is wrong with the picture. You don't have to denounce Islam but you have to strongly stand your ground. The muslims see someone who is naive, too nice that they can do anything and he won't say anything which I believe caused the number of terrorist attacks we've had under him eventhought they were caught but we are talking about security here and as a president that should be one of your first priorities. Third, throwing parties in the White House, inviting any celebrities rappers to not good role models was just a bad reflection on you. Oprah and Michael Jordan visiting like it's their house. Jay Z going there like he owns the White House and pics circulating online is just irresponsible. The salahis crashing the party and they even became celebrities with no charges is just wrong. Fourth, his liberal views on homosexuality, abortion etc. Was it that necessary to invite gays, lesbians, etc to the White House to show how much you support them. Was it that necessary to declare publicly how you are in support of planned parenthood. Fifth, literally shoving down the healthcare bill on everybody that will leave America in huge debt in the future. What happened to finding an alternative to make health insurance affordable for everybody where it will be less expensive. Bill Clinton had good years because it was a good one passed down to him. I know it's important to know that Bush made a lot of mistakes and I don't expect Obama to clean up the mistakes automatically. But, Obama should understand that his good speeches will not cover up for a lot of his bad policies.
Anon's picture

I don't care what Obama has

I don't care what Obama has done, him being president will always be 100% better than any republican in office. They care nothing about the poor. Their view: if you can't afford it, you shouldn't have it including education and health care. Black people voted for Obama thinking as soon as he was in office he would wave his magic wand and all would be pacified. Unrealistic expectations. Things take time. Most of black people's down falls are because of them. They don't support each other because they believe they should have special treatment because they are black. They get jealous of each other and wont support each other which is why Obama is being received the way he is. Before he'd served even one year President Obama lost the support of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and ideological backgrounds are sticking with our President. Why? Because he is succeeding. We faithful Obama supporters still trust our initial impression of him as a great, good and uniquely qualified man to lead us. Obama's steady supporters will be proved right. Obama's critics will be remembered as easily panicked and prematurely discouraged at best and shriveled hate mongers at worst. The Context of the Obama Presidency: Not since the days of the rise of fascism in Europe, the Second World War and the Depression has any president faced more adversity. Not since the Civil War has any president led a more bitterly divided country. Not since the introduction of racial integration has any president faced a more consistently short-sighted and willfully ignorant opposition - from both the right and left. As the President's poll numbers have fallen so has his support from some on the left that were hailing him as a Messiah not long ago; all those lefty websites and commentators that were falling all over themselves on behalf of our first black president during the 2008 election. The left's lack of faith has become a self-fulfilling "prophecy"-- snipe at the President and then watch the poll numbers fall and then pretend you didn't have anything to do with it! Here is what Obama faced when he took office-- none of which was his fault: # An ideologically divided country to the point that America was really two countries # Two wars; one that was mishandled from the start, the other that was unnecessary and immoral # The worst economic crisis since the depression # America 's standing in the world at the lowest point in history # A country that had been misled into accepting the use of torture of prisoners of war # A health care system in free fall # An educational system in free fall # A global environmental crisis of history-altering proportions (about which the Bush administration and the Republicans had done nothing) # An impasse between culture warriors from the right and left # A huge financial deficit inherited from the terminally irresponsible Bush administration. And those were only some of the problems sitting on the President's desk! "Help" from the Right? What did the Republicans and the religious right, libertarians and half-baked conspiracy theorists -- that is what the Republicans were reduced to by the time Obama took office -- do to "help" our new president (and our country) succeed? They claimed that he wasn't a real American, didn't have an American birth certificate, wasn't born here, was secretly a Muslim, was white-hating "racist", was secretly a communist, was actually the Anti-Christ, (!) and was a reincarnation of Hitler and wanted "death panels" to kill the elderly! They not-so-subtly called for his assassination through the not-so-subtle use of vile signs held at their rallies and even a bumper sticker quoting Psalm 109:8. They organized "tea parties" to sound off against imagined insults and all government in general and gathered to howl at the moon. They were led by insurance industry lobbyists and deranged (but well financed) "commentators" from Glenn Beck to Rush Limbaugh. The utterly discredited Roman Catholic bishops teamed up with the utterly discredited evangelical leaders to denounce a president who was trying to actually do something about the poor, the environment, to diminish the number of abortions through compassionate programs to help women and to care for the sick! And in Congress the Republican leadership only knew one word: "No!" In other words the reactionary white, rube, uneducated, crazy American far right,combined with the educated but obtuse neoconservative war mongers, religious right shills for big business, libertarian Fed Reserve-hating gold bug, gun-loving crazies, child-molesting acquiescent "bishops", frontier loons and evangelical gay-hating flakes found one thing to briefly unite them: their desire to stop an uppity black man from succeeding at all costs! "Help" from the Left? What did the left do to help their newly elected president? Some of them excoriated the President because they disagreed with the bad choices he was being forced to make regarding a war in Afghanistan that he'd inherited from the worst president in modern history! Others stood up and bravely proclaimed that the President's economic policies had "failed" before the President even instituted them! Others said that since all gay rights battles had not been fully won within virtually minutes of the President taking office, they'd been "betrayed"! (Never mind that Obama's vocal support to the gay community is stronger than any other president's has been. Never mind that he signed a new hate crimes law!) Those that had stood in transfixed legions weeping with beatific emotion on election night turned into an angry mob saying how "disappointed" they were that they'd not all immediately been translated to heaven the moment Obama stepped into the White House! Where was the "change"? Contrary to their expectations they were still mere mortals! And the legion of young new supporters was too busy texting to pay attention for longer than a nanosecond. "Governing"?! What the hell does that word, uh, like mean?" The President's critics left and right all had one thing in common: impatience laced with little-to-no sense of history (let alone reality) thrown in for good measure. Then of course there were the white, snide know-it-all commentators/talking heads who just couldn't imagine that maybe, just maybe they weren't as smart as they thought they were and certainly not as smart as their president. He hadn't consulted them, had he? So he must be wrong! The Obama critics' ideological ideas defined their idea of reality rather than reality defining their ideas-say, about what is possible in one year in office after the hand that the President had been dealt by fate, or to be exact by the American idiot nation that voted Bush into office. TWICE! Meanwhile back in the reality-based community - in just 12 short months -- President Obama: #Continued to draw down the misbegotten war in Iraq (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Thoughtfully and decisively picked the best of several bad choices regarding the war in Afghanistan (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Gave a major precedent-setting speech supporting gay rights (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Restored America 's image around the globe (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Banned torture of American prisoners (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Stopped the free fall of the American economy (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Put the USA squarely back in the bilateral international community (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Put the USA squarely into the middle of the international effort to halt global warming (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Stood up for educational reform (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Won a Nobel peace prize (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Moved the trial of terrorists back into the American judicial system of checks and balances (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Did what had to be done to start the slow, torturous and almost impossible process of health care reform that 7 presidents had failed to even begin (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Responded to hatred from the right and left with measured good humor and patience (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Stopped the free fall of job losses (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Showed immense personal courage in the face of an armed and dangerous far right opposition that included the sort of disgusting people that show up at public meetings carrying loaded weapons and carrying Timothy McVeigh-inspired signs about the "blood of tyrants" needing to "water the tree of liberty". (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Showed that he could not only make the tough military choices but explain and defend them brilliantly (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) Other than those "disappointing" accomplishments -- IN ONE YEAR -- President Obama "failed"? Other than that he didn't "live up to expectations"? Who actually has failed... ...are the Americans that can't see the beginning of a miracle of national rebirth right under their jaded noses. Who failed are the smart ass ideologues of the left and right who began rooting for this President to fail so that they could be proved right in their dire and morbid predictions. Who failed are the movers and shakers behind our obscenely dumb news cycles that have turned "news" into just more stupid entertainment for an entertainment-besotted infantile country. Here's the good news: President Obama is succeeding without the help of his lefty "supporters" or hate-filled Republican detractors! The Future Looks Good After Obama has served two full terms, (and he will), after his wisdom in moving deliberately and cautiously with great subtlety on all fronts -- with a canny and calculating eye to the possible succeeds, (it will), after the economy is booming and new industries are burgeoning, (they will be), after the doomsayers are all proved not just wrong but silly: let the record show that not all Americans were panicked into thinking the sky was falling. Just because we didn't get everything we wanted in the first short and fraught year Obama was in office not all of us gave up. Some of us stayed the course. And we will be proved right.
Anonymous's picture

Have you ever heard of

Have you ever heard of plagiarism. Why did you copy the entire article that Frank Schaeffer wrote? Give credit where credit is due........
Anonymous's picture

It doesn't matter where it

It doesn't matter where it came from, it needed to be posted here. What do you have to post instead of criticizing??
Anonymous's picture

10% is DISGUSTING. Just

10% is DISGUSTING. Just disgusting. Makes me wonder how many people truly know how our Federal Government works. Disgusting.
Me's picture

10% is DISGUSTING. Just

10% is DISGUSTING. Just disgusting. Makes me wonder how many people truly know how our Federal Government works. Disgusting.
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What about a GOOD President

What about a GOOD President regardless of color or ethnicity?
Me's picture

Glad to see my comments were

Glad to see my comments were read by some. Because this is a written form, I'm not able to clarify my points or allow you all to see that though I'm speaking what I feel bluntly, I'm not adversarial. I don't get upset and hot headed when people disagree with me. Although i am saddened and frustrated when folk can give me supported statements as to why they hold the position they do. I've thought over my approach in speaking my mind, and I find my tone was wrong. I've had to ask God to forgive me for some of the tone in expressing my opinion as it looks like the tone has upset some folk and caused them to dismiss the heart of what I said. The only reason I mentioned about being helped by white republicans is it was a turning point for me (kinda like Kanye w/ this Bush thing) having to reevaluate what Ive been CONDITIONED TO THINK about whites and consequently republicans. That said, and in the spirit of clarity. I stand by every word I said because I've searched them out and these, my, opinions are rooted in things that are documented as true. NOT what I wish to be true. Specifically, I need to ask @Q and any others who have been offended by the tone of points to please forgive me. I've been insensitive to what this presidency means to a great many black people young and old. For in hindsight, I need to restate some comments. As I became for a moment what I'm criticizing. It would be unfair to not emphasize that there are good willed democrats just like there are republicans. Like their are some ill willed or self serving politicians on both sides. I think we are in a day when folk, politicians includes, are hungry to do the right thing since so many bad things have been done in the name of "good" So we can debate vigorously the issues but we can't forget we are ALL HUMANS. As harsh or blunt as I sound, I'm really not attacking OBAMA, personally. He is a human that I do respect as just that. I'm sure he's a cool cat in plain clothes. I don't know him personally. But I know him politically and I do know his policies, his actions relative to these policies, his responses, and demeanor suggest strongly what is motivating him and I'm sorry I don't buy what he is selling. Those who say judge not--take it out of context. If we say we can't judge then we lie. We judge situations everyday. What daycare will keep our kids, who we will date. Judges do it in courtrooms daily. I think I'm judging the president within the proper bounds--His work as president. So why did I come out swinging so hard at Dems? I'm should have said, by in large...what the Dem Party claims to stand for blacks and other minorities have not made great noticeable differences in these communities--especially our schools. Short term differences, arguably. For example, welfare policy (meant to be good) but undermines the black home as it discourages a father from being w/a mother as we all know if the father is present the support mom gets is cut off. So it becomes economically beneficial for the father to be absent in rare cases when he just might want to be there for his family. If government must get involved in such a social issue, why not design a system that would help a struggling family entirely. A system that can serve as a spring board to independence (tuition job training) instead of handouts that create laziness and dependence. Also I spoke harsh because I'm just so so tired of black people themselves playing this tired old race card. And what makes me also suspicious of liberals--I wont' call them democrats as there are CONSERVATIVE democrats, btw. But liberal progressive ideologues are hard pressed to debate the issues fairly and clearly. They run to emotion verses solid arguments. For example, here. Anytime a fiscal conservative (liberal rebulican or democrat) put an issue on the table, say taxes, or the content of the health reform bill, or have the audacity to interrogate the integrity of any party other than the republicans, their reaction is knee jerk. It's mindless. Like uncontrollable tourettes syndrome or a parrot. Instinctly they respond "republicans are racists and they are unhappy a black man is president" They dismiss opposing views with expletives and nasty personal attacks. NEWS FLASH: Black people are unhappy w/ Obama as president not just white republicans. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS COLOR. Conservatives vote on values and the values that underpin the policies he and liberal dems are promoting do not gel with most americans as the election told us. All 40 million blacks can get out to vote in 2012 but the white independent and other minority vote carried Obama over in 2008. And these people are tired of speeches talking about the problem. His policies gel with black americans, w/o question, for one reason only--we feel the need to ride or die with this half black man. Who likely is NOT thinking about black people that deeply, man has to save his political life. But blacks are so busy feeling attacked on behalf of Obama that we have become unbalanced. This is the main notion I challenge up in here :) This mindless support-I'd be insulted that someone supported me only cause of my color. Do you know see the victim/slave mentality be hind that? Let there be clarity over agreement. That is I'm clear about what I believe in and I state it clearly. I don't hem and haw because i'm afraid I'm going to offend or lose favor with people. I have to work on my tone definitely in order to get people to actually hear the heart of what I'm saying. But know that I'm on this board to challenge you and if I persuade then that is gravy. My goal is not agreement first but clarity and to get us to stop thinking about issues surrounding race. I mean why can't it be possible that Obama is incompetent? Why can't it be that the same thing that happened to Jimmy Carter is happening to Obama? Do you know that Jimmy Carter is white and he faced the same opposition BECAUSE OF HIS POLICIES IN THE LATE 70s. He didn't have the race card to play. But to begin to entertain such a real possibility would force many black people who voted for him and other liberals to admit they reacted on emotion. They drank the kool aid. Noone wants to admit they've were so gullible or wrong about something they held to--especially when they've been such a out spoken supporter or critic. Or it may force blacks who voted for him to admit that they may be the real racist or prejudice ones. I fear we are becoming what we are criticizing in the republicans. If we are unclear about what we believe--we can think we have agreement when we really don't. And I think you guys are agreeing with this man because he has been purposely unclear about what's in these bills. For I think if Obama supporters really knew what was in the health care bill, finance reform, they would say too--DO IT OVER. And if Obama and the Senate refuse to hear the will of the people (as the polls and election prove) and doesn't compromise then the senator who spoke is right, for it is the will of those who voted on Tuesday to fire Obama in 2012. And that is NOT racist that is doing what the people who elected you want you to do! For the Pres and his crew in Senate have to move toward the center to meet the republicans btw. They've been far left and they have gotten ALL THEIR WAY THE PAST TWO YEARS. He and his crew can keep their jobs if they simply DO OVER TWEAK OR WHATEVER. That's all we, THE PEOPLE, are saying. Yet Obama, his crew, his media maids, and his supporters are steady trying to make this about anything other than the obvious ISSUES. i.e. Race, republican opposition..... But the majority of blacks have NO CLUE what's in those bills and are defending a man in ignorance. That's pitiful. You believe a politician without fact checking? You have not checked these things out yourself so as to ask intelligent questions? But trust, informed people who got a whiff of a bit of what's in it (what bit can actually be deciphered)--OPPOSE IT. Blacks, whites, Latinos, Asians, Indians, Christians, Muslims, a wide range of Americans as you can see from the election results OPPOSE THIS. Whites that voted him in in 2008 oppose. Again, it's not about color it's about policy and to keep using this argument reveals how ignorant and in denial supporters are.. What will black people do in 2012, if the first Latino Mark Rubio candidate runs for Pres against Obama? A black and a Latino in 2012? Talk about historic for America? Will people fawn all over him and hang on his every word like Obama? For it's highly likely that this will be the match up. So what will black people do with their race card then? Bet we haven't even heard of this guy Rubio? He just won senate race in Florida. http://www.marcorubio.com/thank-you-2/ Check out his acceptance speech. Also, did you all know that an Indian woman won the governorship in SC? Yes, one of the most white historically racist state in the South. Nikki Haley: http://www.nwasianweekly.com/2010/11/indian-american-sc-gov-elect-haley-... And oh they are republicans. So can the race card legitimately stay the table with the tide turning so swiftly. We are living Dr. King's dream and BLACK PEOPLE OF ALL PEOPLE are still whining race is the issue. The civil rights movement is over. Stop pimping it. yes there are things but black people's thinking are more black people's problem than republicans. And for blacks who like to complain about how bad you have it in this country. Go to live in the Congo right now? Dafur? Rwanda, Haiti? These people would love to trade places with us. Where the roughest ghetto in America is WEALTHY in their country. Why are we so ungrateful. You betta praise God for being born in this country with all its flaws. The only place where you can be poor one year and a millionaire the next. Don't believe me...see Cash Money, Ludacris, TI, Lil Wayne, Russell Simmons and so on. Count your blessings and do like Erikka Badu...renounce the "group think" I guess I need to go run down the street naked now. So you all can shoot me down. Let us please stop trying to save face and get educated on the issues so we can have an intelligent dialogue not these rabbit trail race accusations that are nothing but old news.
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REPUBLICANS ARE WHITE SELFISH

REPUBLICANS ARE WHITE SELFISH MUTH***KERS WHO ONLY CARES ABOUT STEALING FROM ANYONE AND GETTING RICH AND MORE RICH!!
Anonymous's picture

I'm not sure if these was

I'm not sure if these was mentioned yet... What just happened on the 11/2/2010, just guaranteed President Obama's re-election in 2012. If he couldn't "make a change" in the two years they allowed him. What makes the tea-baggers think that the Republicans that they voted in will do any better? Its going to be a stalemate for the next two years and nothing will be accomplished. All that is going to happen is once piece of legislation is submitted, the other party will vote against it. So the quasi tea-baggers will flip flop back to the democratic party, realizing that they made a bad decision by giving the GOP majority rule. Thus re-electing Obama. Honestly this rinse and repeat cycle has been going of for decades and it makes me sick. What would seal the deal even more if what i mentioned happened and Sarah Palin runs in 2012. Thats an automatic win.
Anonymous's picture

sorry I meant in 2012

sorry I meant in 2012
Anonymous's picture

I'm not sure if these was

I'm not sure if these was mentioned yet... What just happened on the 11/2/2010, just guaranteed President Obama's re-election in 2010. If he couldn't "make a change" in the two years they allowed him. What makes the tea-baggers think that the Republicans that they voted in will do any better? Its going to be a stalemate for the next two years and nothing will be accomplished. All that is going to happen is once piece of legislation is submitted, the other party will vote against it. So the quasi tea-baggers will flip flop back to the democratic party, realizing that they made a bad decision by giving the GOP majority rule. Thus re-electing Obama. Honestly this rinse and repeat cycle has been going of for decades and it makes me sick.
Anonymous's picture

The sad thing about of all

The sad thing about of all this is the Republicians are going to be more concerned with getting Pres. Obama out of office that they will be shooting down possibly great ideas for the improvement of America. Unfortunately these politicians are forgetting the big picture WE NEED A BETTER AMERICA it doesn't matter which party helps achieve that... Problem is everyone wants to take the personal victor in turn just leaving "us" Citizen in the turmoil while they play the "My party is better than yours games"... smdh
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ok, i must say that i am very

ok, i must say that i am very disappointed in the majority of these comments. us turning against each other isn't going to solve anything, especially at a time like this we need each other's support more than anything. i feel really bad for President Obama cause they are pissed at this man just because he's black and the white man just can't accept that a black man is president right now and it's to the point that they have turned to radical extremtist. they have made it obvious that they rather see this country in ruin than to see a black man succeed in office and it's pissing me off more than ever. people think that just because President Obama was elected into office that racism is no more but the moment he won the amount of racism i experienced shocked the hell out of me and i'm from missouri
Anonymous's picture

I didn't vote this election

I didn't vote this election and part of me feels bad because it's my civic duty but the other part of me doesn't. I felt like I didn't know the issues going into this election, the only thing I knew was that one of the candidates for the governor of Ohio apparently worked on Wall Street and allegedly made old people go broke. I didn't want to vote just to say I voted and choose a name by eeny-meeny-miny-mo or choose a name just because they are democratic or republican.
collegeGIRL's picture

You know I am glad you are at

You know I am glad you are at least honest enough to come forward and say you didn't know about the issues or the candidates. Yes there are tons of resources and websites you can refer to if you have any questions, all you have to do is google the name of the candidate and more than likely they will have a web page with information about them and the issues they stand for. Also if you are a registered vote, at least here in the state of California I don't know about any other states, we get a sample election ballot like 4 months before the election with detailed information on the propositions being voted on and the candidates. I also agree that you shouldn't be voting just for the sake of it really educate and know the issues before heading to the polls.
Anonymous's picture

I've been hearing a lot of

I've been hearing a lot of people say "I didn't know, I didn't know". When I don't know something I look it up. I was seeing several political ads on the television but I still went to each canidates website and looked at their agendas. The same way I come this site for celebrity gossip is the same way I research anything that I want to know. No one was asking you to blindly vote based on party affiliation. You can always ask if you don't know something. This is advice for life and not just politics. Please, educate yourself.
MissThang's picture

Well said! There are too many

Well said! There are too many resources available like the most powerful world wide web. If you can take the time to come to the YBF surely you can take the same time to visit a candidate's web site to learn where they stand on the issues. This is just sad. And hell yes, I VOTED.
Real Talk's picture

It is your civic duty to know

It is your civic duty to know what's happening before you go vote. Your President asked for your support and you did not give of it...how many "working" Presidents have you reeeally known in your lifetime operating from a grassroots level...THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR IGNORANCE
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I am a DC resident & I voted

I am a DC resident & I voted early even though my vote does not count for senate,house or congress (because DC has know Representation....the highest thing to vote for in DC is probably Mayor & Education..please correct me if i am wrong..thanks). With that said I still went out and voted!!! Most of us saw a line and said "oh no this line is 2 long (20 min wait tops) and left. No line is never to long when you are making a difference in how YOU will be affected in this country. smh So don't complain when "THEY" shoot down EVERYTHING that OUR President worked so hard for in the past 18 months to help ALL People!!! You think stuff is bad now....wait until January (that's when they will take control)!!! If OUR President does not get anything passed b/f January with the House Members he has now...only God knows..Keeping all of you in my prayers..even the one's who did not vote!
sunshine's picture

I can't believe black people,

I can't believe black people, that's why black people can never prosper they just don't know how support each other. You say that Pres O is a bad president and so was Bush but white poeple still voted for him the second time around. Sometimes things are just about race, white people are laughing at you right now. sad very sad.
Pissed 's picture

Not only white people voted

Not only white people voted for President Bush. There are black Republicans as well as black Independents. It should not be a race issue, President Obama is BI-RACIAL.
Lisa's picture

I agree they haven't given

I agree they haven't given this man a chance. Bush had 8 years to f it up now Obama has less then two years to fix it WTF?
504gal's picture

Shit Obama is just as white

Shit Obama is just as white as bushh!!! And he pushing the same fucking agenda , you can't deny this!!! fuck the both of them. Barack obama was praised by black folks that he havn't addressed or did shit for yet....If so please tell me ...Ill wait....I mean the fool addressed the gays and lesbians, he addressed the Latino's and Mexicans, he addressed the whites.... only people he scared as fuck to address and create some shit for is BLACK PEOPLE..That fool was raised by white people and suckled on a white titty all his life he whiteee and he have the whites agenda/mindset..Don't blame this shit on black people we got the fuck out and voted its just this system is set the fuck upppp can you not see that alreadyyyy
Letgetitt's picture

STUPIDITY IS A DISEASE....You

STUPIDITY IS A DISEASE....You are one of these diseased people that keep talking and aint nothing coming out....IF PEOPLE WOULD TELL THE FACTS AND NOT WORRY ABOUT THIS MAN'S COLOR, IMPORTANT INFORMATION WILL BE KNOWN...He has helped with the educational issues, he as increased people's pay checks (over the course of each pay check), he has helped with credit card issues and healthcare reform, but nobody will talk about that...The Bush (both daddy and son) and the republician party wants to keep the rich people rich and poor people poor...what was done to all the CEO, etc of different companies that spent thousands and millions of dollars on theirselves and family? a slap on the wrist...GET REAL!!! This man addressed everybody...STUPID PEOPLE, LEARN HOW TO RESEARCH, STUDY AND DO SOMETHING!!
Anonymous's picture

What i don't get about black

What i don't get about black people is that, why do they think voting is going to somehow change our situation "IT NEVER HASSS!!!" Shit is just a illusion put on you fools. We talking about democrat "That mostly Klans was for " and Republicans different party SAME GOVERNMENT.. Same government that have you Negros in the position that you are in today YES THEY PLAY A PART IN IT!!!!They benefited and shut any establishment DOWN by black people even to thisss dayyyy so how the fuck would you think voting for this damn corrupt system would help us out ...IT'S NOT!!! Only way you would see change in this country is if you demand some shit to be done go out in these streets and create some shitttt, then watch this same government come out and try to shut it down!!!!....BARACK OBAMA IS A BITCH MAN how the fuck you are you going to say "i wouldn't have my children in the public school, black kids need to inspire to be more than lebrons and lil waynes" I see something wronggggg with that shittttttttt, why the fuck you think public schools would be good for us if it wouldn't be good for your own children???change the situation here in the black community and you won't have children inspiring to be just lebrons and lil waynes but shit that's better than being on the block all damn dayyyy ....create some fucking alternatives or shut the fuck up ....because Obama aint doing shit but playing poliTRICKS he know what going on man!!!THE BEST WAY TO TURN SOME SHIT AROUND IS GET OUT HERE CREATE,DEMAND,AND WORK FOR SOME SHIT.....YOU SEE HOW THESE WHITE TEA PARTY MEMBERS OUT HERE PROTESTING AND DEMANDING SOME SHIT.....YOU SHOULD BE DOING THE SAME EXACT THINGGGGG
Letgetitt's picture

And your ignorant attitude is

And your ignorant attitude is exactly why some black folks are where they are--NOWHERE. Go away with stupid self. You're probably one of THE problems in our society. Talk is cheap--whatcha doing other than blasting the President?? And what the heck makes you think that black people can't do BOTH--vote and create something for themselves? Why do they have to choose one over the other? Please go back to school and get educated before you spout your ignorant nonsense. And for your information, I vote straight Democratic, not for my sake because my salary actually fits the Republican agenda, but because I care about helping those who need it so if my taxes are a little higher because it offers something to somebody less fortunate--I'm game.
Anonymous's picture

Speak on it!!! you shole know

Speak on it!!! you shole know what to say...
Anonymous's picture

I wonder how many people, out

I wonder how many people, out of the 40 million blacks in America, are eligible to vote. It is definitely time for us as African Americans, to make our voices heard and stop waiting for something to happen for us. We can continue to complain about the injustice in this country, but if we are not making active steps to change it , we don't have a right to complain.
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Anonymou's picture

Sarah Palin will run in 2012

Sarah Palin will run in 2012 which is a good thing. IF she runs, then Obama could get re-elected. Let's hope for that. And black people make sure you vote!!! Dont sit on your ass and expect someone to do it for you. Vote!! Make a difference.
Anonymous's picture

I would like to add Terri

I would like to add Terri Sewell made history in the state of Alabama and is even an alumni of my high school. So we say congrats to her!
H2009's picture

Everyone has a right to say

Everyone has a right to say what they feel! But one thing @Rurnaway... Are you one of those African American or a wolf in sheep clothing that will do anything to get ahead to fit in with with people of no color or lie about how you really feel to get ahead! If there was any other great black men that could run this country, where are they? You say your saying the same thing Dr. King, Malcom X  would say! Really?? I think they wouldnt be talking about him like he's "shit & then try to blame him for everything that has happen to the U.S."' People loved to talk about President Obama when he won! But when shit hit the fan they are qiuck to turn on him! But everyone has an opinion! So my opinion of you from reading your post is.. Do I think your a republican operative? Maybe an (Allen Keys) type of person, but your on the sideline. Nothing you could say to me would make me believe a damn thing that comes out your mouth! I'm a liberal and I voted for President Obama, and I also voted on Nov 2nd. And I  believe he's is doing the best he can right! I don't know what the next 2yrs hold, but things change fast in this country! And I'm going to ride for President Obama until the end. So make sure you post your blog on "Fox"! The republican’s and teabaggers would go apeshit over it!     
Q's picture

WELL SPOKEN!!!

WELL SPOKEN!!!
Anonymous's picture

Everyone has a right to say

Everyone has a right to say what they feel! But one thing @Rurnaway... Are you one of those African American or a wolf in sheep clothing that will do anything to get ahead to fit in with with people of no color or lie about how you really feel to get ahead! If there was any other great black men that could run this country, where are they? You say your saying the same thing Dr. King, Malcom X  would say! Really?? I think they wouldnt be talking about him like he's "shit & then try to blame him for everything that has happen to the U.S."' People loved to talk about President Obama when he won! But when shit hit the fan they are qiuck to turn on him! But everyone has an opinion! So my opinion of you from reading your post is.. Do I think your a republican operative? Maybe an (Allen Keys) type of person, but your on the sideline. Nothing you could say to me would make me believe a damn thing that comes out your mouth! I'm a liberal and I voted for President Obama, and I also voted on Nov 2nd. And I  believe he's is doing the best he can right! I don't know what the next 2yrs hold, but things change fast in this country! And I'm going to ride for President Obama until the end. So make sure you post your blog on "Fox"! The republican’s and teabaggers would go apeshit over it!     
Q's picture

Black/White-Dem/Rep None of

Black/White-Dem/Rep None of that should make a difference... Regardless our government is meant to work for us... We as a people have to start sending a clear message to our government you either work for us or else... I read an article in my Economics class that in France they see to it that their government is always working for them... Even going as far as millions gathering threating to burn France down if what they feel is right or better for them isn't done... I'm not suggesting we go that far, but we really need to send the message, u will not just tell us anything and think it'll fly, we don't give a damn who funded your campaign in the end you work for us the American people... We can't continue to sit back and have conversations in the comforts of our homes about how unfairly the average American is treated... We have to take action...
Anonymous's picture

To Rurnaway's

To Rurnaway's comments------>You sound like a hater and actually somewhat clueless......It's great some white republicans helped you,but this bigger issue here is , Black people need to stop worrying about whether something is Republican or Democrat or Independent ....and start worrying about us as Black/African-American people in this country. If you think this mid-term election was not about race and blah,blah, blah...then I got box of sand to sell you ! The Black community needs to be concerned about President Obama and our community,this is not a time to divide ourselves over party affiliation, we might want to worry about supporting this black man, the FIRST black President of these united states, as to blatantly put it white people are angry that a black man is in a position that has ALWAYS been held by a white man.....yesterday's elections was a message and that has everything to do withe Race,no matter how you try to ignore it , down play it.....there was a message sent yesterday....."They want us to know BLACK MAN WE ARE COMING FOR YOU, WE DON'T WANT YOU THERE,BUT WE WILL ACT LIKE IT'S ABOUT OUR ECONOMY OR THE HEALTHCARE BILL"......I'm tired of black people acting like race has no factor in this situation, just because a black man was elected in 2008, does not mean this country's racial problems is gone, it has exposed how far we have not come and exposed alot of people....that's apparent by the lack of respect that has been shown since President Obama was sworn in ......The same crap the republicans/tea partiers were spitting since day one is still going on, this mess , propaganda was started before the man could even move in the white house......white folks be darned if this black face gone tell them what to do and think he's equal........He has not really had a chance to do anything as everything is a constant battle, ie Healthcare bill...you had all these folks (white) about to bust their pancreases because they wer soo angry over "healthcare" I think not. I'm not a person thinks everything is racial,but this is what it is and black folks and other ethnic groups who think race is not an issue and think they have arrived , you might want to PAY ATTENTION. When people would rather follow a person like S.Palin (no substance,not really intelligent, could not even name a book ,newspaper,or magazine),than work with an intelligent, highly educated, diverse individual,then there's a probem ! NO one would even know who or what the tea party was if a white man was elected president in 2008 ? People pay attention.....the tea party /repub. claimt hey have such a problem with spending , big government ? Well if that was the case ,they would have been holding rallies and protesting while Bush was in office for 8 years...so they are full of it.....people pay attention !! And I don't care if President Obama grew up in the ghetto, suburbs, main street or whatever.....doesn't mean he or others don't know and understand about being broke or having money problems.....you don't have to grow up in the ghetto to know about struggle.........and so what if his grand-mother was a bank president,does not mean she was rich; and having a PH.D. does not make you rich either.....there are folks with PHD's mopping floors , so what's your point ? Intelligence does not equate to $$$$$... What I do know is , black people better start paying attention and stop being passive about these elections, because it's open season on our community ......we should have seen that coming when President Obama was elected. And if you have your heads in the cloud and think race has nothing to do with the vicious, crazy, out of control environment in this country, then you might want find out who Rand Paul is and what he stands for and ask yourselves how did he get elected to the Senate ?....Rand Paul has an problem with the Civil Rights ACT of 1964 people, amongst other things that all people of color should be keeping an eye on, this man was ELECTED .....some of you might think everything is all gravy and it's 2010...don't sleep!!! AS A BLACK PERSON, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA ABOVE ALL..REGARDLESS TO WHAT PARTY YOU ARE WITH (OR IF YOU HAVE OPPOSING VIEWS ON WHATEVER), YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS BLACK PERSON...HE IS THE FIRST TO GO DOWN THIS PATH/BLAZE THIS PATH AND THIS IS CRITICAL FOR OUR COMMUNITY (AND ACTUALLY THE WORLD) ON SOO MANY LEVELS.......HE'S DEALING WITH THINGS/ISSUES THAT THOSE BEFORE HIM NEVER HAD TO DEAL WITH IN THIS POSITION & WOULD NOT & WILL NOT EVER UNDERSTAND.
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