Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Race Card in North Carolina

Walter Dalton, the current North Carolina Lt. Governor and Democratic Gubernatorial nominee, released this ad attacking his opponent, Pat McCrory, two days ago:

I'm sorry, I didn't realize it was 1960 or that we saw ourselves as victims. First off, any black anger over Voter I.D. laws should be aimed at Democrats for suggesting blacks are too poor and stupid to obtain an driver's license or an ID card. If that doesn't make you angry, then there's something wrong with you. When your hand starts to look bad and you run out of cards to play, you pull the race card. Walter Dalton is about eleven points behind Pat McCrory, former mayor of Charlotte. He's not going to win. Bev Perdue was a mistake. Our state is worse than when she became Governor, and Dalton being Lt. Governor doesn't help his cause. I've seen some despicable campaign ads, but this takes the top prize.

One of the reasons why my mom and my aunt (who is biracial) are slightly racist is because they see themselves as the "other". White people will never understand them because they're black and will never feel their pain, yet they pray to a God who saved us out of love and empathy. They will always have issues in the workplace because they're black and co-workers will forever be intimidated by them and uneasy around them because they're black women. One of the things I learned going to predominately white middle and high schools was that if you see yourself as different, then people will treat you like you're different. So, this "they don't understand our journey/experience" is something I grew up hearing and never identified with or understood. My journey began in 1987 when I was born. My journey took a turn when my father died in 1992. I went to great public schools and I went to a good college. My journey isn't tied to the color of my skin, but it's tied to the opportunities I took advantage of and the opportunities I threw away. It's tied to the people I love and the people I lost. My journey is mine and it's unique. Black liberals on twitter me ask me, in one colorful way or another, "What are the Republicans gonna do for you?" Where did this come from, this belief that politicians have to do something for us? Can we not do for ourselves. Are we so much the "other" we can't see ourselves as Americans? Jim Crow is over and slavery is done. There's no need to put your fate in someone's hands, unless it's Jesus. No one is going to do for you better than you.

Mr. Dalton should be ashamed of himself, pandering to black people saying, "That white man doesn't get you, but this one does." The black community is stuck in a time warp. We'll never progress as a people until we start reaching beyond the color of our skin.

Dear Mom, I Can't Take Care of Myself

Let me start by saying that I can't make this up on my best day.

Remember Julia? The composite girl created by Obama and his people to show how Obama's policies take care of women from the cradle to the grave? Obama seems to love that premise, so he and his campaign created this e-card:

Read it a few times and let it soak in. I used to use birth control, for about six months when I started college. I did it because I felt like I was supposed to, not because I was sexually active or planning on it. Being eighteen and slightly irresponsible, it seemed like the right thing to do. I got it from the student health center and it cost me $10 a month with my insurance. Not bad. So where is this $18,000 coming from, you wonder? Planned Parenthood came up with that number, estimating birth control will cost $18,000 over a lifetime. That's anywhere from $15 to $50 a month, or $180 to $600 a year, assuming a woman will work to prevent pregnancy for thirty years of her life. $50 a month for medication that isn't medically necessary isn't that bad, especially when you have alternatives like the IUD, the shot, condoms or, God forbid, abstinence.

What Obama is trying to argue is that Mitt Romney wants to limit access, which is bogus. Mitt Romney doesn't want to force religious institutions to go against their faith or their conscience, nor does he want to force insurance companies to cover something that will force them to raise premiums. There's nothing wrong with that, unless you're an Obama supporter and you feel people and institutions HAVE to give you things or provide you with stuff.

What irks me about this e-card is it treats pregnancy like a disease and it treats dependency like it's the way to go. I's birth control, not heart medication or insulin. If I don't take an allergy pill everyday, I get sick. What's the worse that can happen if she doesn't get her birth control? She has to stop having sex? Oh the horror! There are cases where birth control helps with menstrual cramps and other lady problems, but our government shouldn't be subsidizing lifestyle choices. You don't want kids right now? That's your problem. Make changes in your life to fit your financial situation. Don't scream at Catholics to keep their rosaries off your ovaries then demand their colleges and hospitals and businesses pay for your contraception. You can't claim you can make decisions about your own body then ask government to pay for it. Financial independence is no longer a feminist ideal. 

Is this young woman, real or not, such an invalid she can't pay for own birth control and she needs her mom or government to do it for her? Do you see the problem? Our government claiming women can't get the things they want or need without government, that women can't take care of themselves without someone playing White Knight, is a problem. How disgusting to put women in a box as if they only care about their uterus and not the economy or what's happening in the Middle East. Women deserve better than this.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Have You Gotten Your Obama Phone?

Remember what Romney said about the 47%, some people who will vote for Obama no matter what as long as they get handouts? Yeah, he wasn't exactly wrong:

This is hilariously embarrassing. From what I can tell, this lady and a bunch of others are protesting outside of a Romney event in Ohio and she tells us not only why Obama's good, but also why Romney's bad. I have an iPhone I can barely afford and I would probably qualify for food stamps and an Obama Phone, but I love that it's my phone in my name and I earned it. There's something about something being yours because you worked for it. It feels great to do something for yourself, even if it's buying something shallow like a cellphone. This lady personifies what Romney was hinting at regarding the fundamental difference between Obama supporters and his supporters. It's the entitlement mentality vs. the work ethic. Why do better for yourself when Obama will give you free stuff? Why build that self-confidence when Obama will make sure you're okay with your victim mentality? Romney would never get this lady's vote. He wants to give her a decent job, not a free phone.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Right and Wrong

Was it only two weeks ago Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed? So much has gone on it feels like it happened last year. I've been trying to wrap my head around the events and make sense of the administration's reaction, but I still can't put it into the right words. Truthfully, I don't understand it. I don't understand it because I think in terms of black and white. Right and wrong. Holy and sin. No grays. When doing the right thing makes the most sense, my brain has a hard time comprehending a person's actions when they blatantly do the wrong thing, like our administration dodging the truth about Libya. Our President and his administration have been lying to us regarding Libya, and I don't understand why. I do believe it's to protect him in an election year so he can keep his job, but at what expense? It's not enough for me to know without understanding it.

Last week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney finally said it is "self evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack". It was "self-evident" for most Americans when it happened. It only took him a week and a half, but better late than never. Jay Carney finding the light is much better than Ambassador Susan Rice (who we never see) telling everyone the video did it. I, for one, enjoy the irony of watching these people scramble for the right words after they scolded Mitt Romney for "jumping the gun". Turns out, Mitt Romney was right. It's an "ongoing investigation" they tell us. Not enough evidence to conclusively call it a terrorist attack. Let me tell you something: You don't need a full deck of cards to call a spade a spade.

While the rest of Washington is starting to slowly accept reality, Obama is still trying to blame the video. Today, he addressed the U.N. and said this:

"And that is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, where a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.  Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity.  It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well."
I don't know what's worse: Him blaming the video in front of the U.N. or him blaming the video period. It's appalling, but, worse than that, it makes us look like our foundations are cracking. It makes us look fearful and weak, when we should be angry and strong. Is this country standing on a shaky ground? You can't denounce this video, use it as a pawn in the blame game AND defend free speech, but he manages to do it. If the outrage in the Middle East is solely because of this video (which it isn't) then our response regarding this video should be "So what?" But he won't do that. Why? That's what I don't get. What good does it serve to blame the outrage on the video? Does he think it'll stop people from burning our flag, killing our diplomats and our troops, or stop them from making threats? His responsibility is to the American people, not the Middle East. The rest of the world should have a healthy dose of fear and a large amount of respect for the United States of America. Other than that, who gives a damn what they think. Apologizing to the Middle East and blaming it on this movie is a spit in the face to the men who fought and died for our Independence and the men and women who fight and die to keep it. Now, I know this man enjoys the title more than he enjoys the job and he will say and do anything to keep it, but he must know that throwing our first amendment under the bus to cool the boiling blood in another country is wrong.

A Crisis of Leadership

If Obama would keep his mouth shut, the RNC wouldn't have to make awesome ads such as this one:

Monday, September 24, 2012

No, I Can't.

Mitt Romney is his campaign released a web ad that is FINALLY aimed at someone like me.

Monday, September 17, 2012

2016: Obama's America

I've retweeted support for this movie multiple times, but personally this isn't a movie I was anxious to see. I'm not big on political documentaries, or documentaries in general. The theater is a "sacred" place where I go to escape, not deal with real life issues; so the thought of sitting through an hour and half of something I hear about in the news everyday wasn't appealing. However, people I follow on twitter have been going on about it and won't shut up, so I caved.

"2016: Obama's America" is a brave attempt to answer the question no one asked in 2008: Who is Barack Obama? One of the main reasons I didn't vote for Obama is because he was such a mystery. We knew everything, and too much, about John McCain and Sarah Palin, but asking deep questions about Barack Obama was met with hostility and accusations of racism. That resistance and the media's blatant lack of interest told me something wasn't quite right with him. With Dinesh D'Souza guiding us through Obama's life, childhood to presidency, we're given the opportunity to know things we should have known four years ago. Think about it? How could a nobody senator from Illinois, who spent much of his time in the senate campaigning, become President?

Does D'Souza answer the question? Almost, not quite. He leaves you with more questions because, knowing the America we know, it just doesn't make any sense how we've allowed ourselves to get to this point. He does the best he can placing himself in Obama's shoes and traveling to the places where Obama spent much of his life, using Obama's own words as his guide. We go to Indonesia where Obama lived with his mother and step-father, and Kenya where his father is buried. We even get to meet George Obama, the long lost brother no one wants to talk about. We learn about the man who mentored a young Obama and the terrorist he called "friend." We are given a clearer picture of who he is and why his values are what they are, but for whatever reason it's not enough. However, that's not the point of this film. The point of this film is for us to take a glimpse into the past so we can better understand our future if he is to be re-elected, and that's how the "not knowing enough" is powerful.

In retrospect, I'm glad I waited to see this film because it puts last week's event into perspective. Our weak reaction, our lying administration, it all makes sense. What also makes sense now, because of this film, is the media's blind need to protect him. I have a better idea where our country could go if we re-elect him and I now understand how our plight affects the rest of the world. It's important  for us as voters to consider not only the events that are happening now, but also the hypothetical "what ifs" of the future. "2016" is hated by critics, of course, but it's unexpected success is damaging to Obama's campaign. Americans are a curious people and have a bad habit of wondering what the big deal could be.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

What Have We Become?

I was going to wait and post about all of this when my anger subsided and my thoughts cleared, but I nearly jumped out of my skin when I saw this. What a week this has been. Monday was normal, Tuesday was the 11th Anniversary of 9/11 and everything has gone to hell after that. Our embassy in Cairo was vandalized and our flag destroyed, and four brave Americans were murdered in Libya. Riots have broken out all over the Middle East like an Ebola virus, and our President is weak and spineless. The media wants to jump on Mitt Romney for condemning the administration for sympathizing with those who destroyed our property in Cairo, while Obama's policy of appeasement is partially to blame. Our enemies don't fear us and our allies don't trust us. We're not the America we used to be. We're not the "boot up your ass" America people wouldn't dare double-cross. We're an America that demonizes Mitt Romney for standing up for free speech. We're an America that would rather protect a failing President's "good name" than proclaim the greatness of our country to the world for fear of hurting someone's feelings. This is what we've become, and it disgusts me.

Many in the media, including our President and Secretary of State, would have us believe that this all started because of a video. Early today, Press Secretary Jay Carney went before the White House Press Corps and said this:

They keep saying nothing justifies what happened, but they negate that every time they bring up the damn video. If these acts are unjustified, then leave it at that. No "buts," "howevers," or "let me be clears." Every time they mention that video it makes us look weak, as if we're saying, "We didn't mean to do that, please don't destroy our embassies or kill our ambassadors." WHAT, AMERICA, HAVE WE BECOME!?

Please, Mr. Carney, tell me again how these TERRORISTS used to love us before that terrible video ruined our Middle Eastern bromance. In order for them to truly believe this is all about a video they would have to think on some level these savages liked us. And Mitt Romney's the one who is out of touch? WE'RE AMERICA! They hate us. They hate everything we stand for. They don't need a reason to destroy our flag, burn our embassies, or kill us. And if this is about a video, then our reaction should be, "So fucking what!?" We shouldn't stomp on free speech to calm their nerves or find a fellow citizen to feed to the wolves hoping it will all stop. We need to stand firm and scream, "We are Americans, damnit, and we will hunt you down if you try us." Barack Obama promised to fundamentally transform America, and he's kept to his word. I don't recognize our country right now and I know this is not who we want to be. It's time to stand up and act like God Blessed Americans and take our country back.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Where Were You?

I was fourteen-years-old. I remember walking off the school bus, down the sidewalk and as soon as I entered the building I felt sick and tired. My normal routine before the first bell was to walk around the school a few times to wake myself up, but I didn't feel like it this time. My book bag wasn't full, but I felt like something was weighing down on me. My body felt heavy. I sat through Geometry, not paying attention because I was tired and for whatever reason I had this feeling. At the bell, I walked out into the hall to meet my friends on our way to English. I remember saying to my best friends, Liz and Jennifer, "Something bad is going to happen to today."

Not even halfway through English class, Principal Cox came over the intercom to tell us two hijacked planes had crashed into the World Trade Center. I couldn't remember ever hearing the word "hijack" and it took me a few seconds to remember what the World Trade Center was. Mr. Mallory turned on the TV, but we didn't get reception. He turned on a radio and we listened to people talking, but we weren't understanding.  A teacher next door invited us to his classroom to watch the news, and there they were. Two buildings I had seen just months before, not far from where my Grandmother lives and my father grew up, were burning. It finally sunk in for us that this was serious and it was bad, but something was connecting for us. It was unreal. I remember watching the towers collapse. It took me several minutes to finally understand those buildings were gone.

I don't think we learned anything those next few days. Teachers wanted to watch the news and students wanted to watch the video over and over again. The phrase "under attack" was strange, yet that's all we kept hearing. By the end of the day I was scared and angry, but I finally understood what it meant to be an American and love my country. Everyone remembers where they were and what they felt on 9/11, it's the one memory that feels like yesterday. It's also the one memory that brings us together as a country, despite our differences. In this election year, the biggest of my short lifetime, I hope we can forget who is red or blue and remember we are all red, white, and blue. I hope we can remember the families who lost loved ones and remember those who died fighting to save others. I hope it's a day for those who are suffering through whatever circumstance to remember the United States of America is the greatest nation in the world. Though the images are terrifying and heartbreaking, we must NEVER FORGET what happened or how we came together as a nation.

Probably the most extraordinary thing I remember about that day is when President Bush spoke these words, "These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat...but they have failed."

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
Pasalm 23:4

Monday, September 10, 2012

"I will never turn Medicare into a"

Remember when Obama said this?

Yeah...About that...
In his convention speech in Charlotte, President Obama vowed to block the Republican Medicare reform plan because “no American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies.”

But back in Washington, his Health and Human Services Department is launching a pilot program that would shift up to 2 million of the poorest and most-vulnerable seniors out of the federal Medicare program and into private health insurance plans overseen by the states.

The administration has accepted applications from 18 states to participate in the program, which would give states money to purchase managed-care plans for people who are either disabled or poor enough to qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. HHS approved the first state plan, one for Massachusetts, last month.
Obama doesn't do well with keeping promises, but I think he's outdone himself this time. It only took him less than 24 hours. What Obama and the HHS i essentially what Romney and Ryan are talking about. The only difference is Romney/Ryan's voucher plan is OPTIONAL. That's the beauty of choice. "Obama’s 2010 health reform law allows experimentation in delivering health care at lower cost through demonstration projects," the article continues to say, but that's the problem with Obamacare. There's no limit to it.

We've Heard it All Before (2012 DNC Edition)

I listened to Obama's speech at the DNC on Thursday night and, like many Americans, I was disappointed. I heard a lot of promises and goals (hiring more teachers, cutting tuition in half), but no way of getting there. Obama and his people spent a great deal of time criticizing Romney for not presenting a clear plan at the RNC, but Obama didn't give a plan either. To me, the speech came off as a regurgitated 2008 speech, but without the soaring rhetoric. Truthfully, it reminded me why I didn't vote for him in the first place. Apparently, I'm not the only one who thought his speech sounded old. The RNC has updated their "We've Heard it All Before" ad comparing old 2008 speeches with Obama's latest.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Democrats Amend Their Platform...Again.

Yes, that actually happened. For whatever reason, no one really knows, the DNC removed the word "God" and Jerusalem as the capital of Israel from their party platform. I'm not sure what purpose that serves. It sure doesn't help Israel who is probably going to go to war with Iran. Removing "God" or "god-given" is probably to seem more inclusive and politically correct, but get over it. People left England and, came to the New World because of faith. It's in the history books, it's why America is here.

Either they caved into pressure or someone realized they were being stupid, but the DNC had a vote and God and Jerusalem are back into platform and how do those Democrats react...they boo.

Change of Plans...

I've lived in Charlotte since I was eight-years-old. My aunt lived here before we moved, so I've been very familiar with Charlotte my whole life. The weather is up and down, PMS as I like to say. It can rain one day, and snow the next. We'll be in the middle of a heatwave, then have three days of sixty degree weather. Charlotte weather is "you never know". Late summer is when we have a lot of rain before it starts to get dreary and dry, but again you never know. Winter isn't always winter and summer isn't always summer. When planning an event as large as the DNC, I would think you plan for the "you never knows" of life such as rain or a hurricane.

If you're planning for the "you never knows" and you want a massive crowd to show the world the President is still loved, then why oh why would you choose a football stadium without a dome. When I first heard they were using Bank of America Stadium my first thought was, "What if it rains?" I always thought Time Warner Cable Arena was big because it sits like a pimple in the middle of Uptown Charlotte, but it's actually very small for something like this. Because of the way it's setup, they're only using 75% of the arena, if that. Where am I going with this?

Barack Obama was supposed to give his big speech tomorrow at Bank of America Stadium, but they had to move it indoors because of rain. Some say they were having trouble filing those seats and the rain was a great excuse. Either way, it's 50,000 or so less seats for people who volunteered and waited to get tickets and it was bad planning on their part. Charlotte in general is too small for something like this and they're starting to figure it out.

The DNC started with issues. The Monday event was supposed to be at Lowe's Motor Speedway outside of Charlotte, but they moved that to the middle of downtown Charlotte and it got rained out. It's ironic to me how they spent all their energy refusing to call the stadium by it's name and they won't even be using it and now the "most open and accessible convention in history" is forced to shut people out.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I Got 16 Trillion Problems...

It's official, our national debt has reached $16 trillion dollars, just in time for the start of the DNC. It hit that milestone a little after 4:00pm EST. It's 4:30 right now and debt has already gone up $50 million. Right after that sentence usually comes the typical "blame bush," so let's put it into perspective. Bush, ran up the debt, no doubt about that. Two wars and a host of other bad decisions.

Bush nearly doubled the debt from $5.76 trillion to $10.62 trillion. Obama went from that to $16 trillion. One could say Bush did worse, and one may be right. However, Bush's debt was accumulated over eight years, not three years and seven months like Obama. On average, Bush added about $607 billion every year. Obama has added over $1 trillion every year. Either way, Obama has accumulated more debt than Bush and he did it in less than half the time. Unless you live on the other side of the looking glass, $16 trillion is not better than $10.62 trillion. The "blame bush" isn't going to work. Save it.

All the time I hear "Obama inherited..." and whatever else. Obama didn't inherit a bad situation. He bought it with campaign money. He asked for it, asked America to give it to him; and on January 20, 2009, he accepted it. Obama's the boss now and it's his responsibility, not Bush's. It's time to move on from that and treat Obama like an adult and hold him accountable. Giving Obama four more years isn't going to make things better because Obama fails to see what he's done wrong.

It's about 4:50pm EST and the debt has increased a little over $25 million.

Oh, Mercy!

So...Nicki Minaj upset the masses yesterday. In a song titled Mercy, a remake of Kanye West's song, Nicki "rapped" this, and I quote:
"I'm a republican voting for Mitt Romney/you lazy bitches are fucking up the economy."
I have one Nicki Minaj song on my iPod from before she signed with Lil Wayne, I've never heard Super Bass in it's entirety, and whenever she's on TV I have to ask someone, "Is that Nicki Minaj?" She's someone I would have found appealing in the sixth grade, but all the extras and the gimmicks and alter egos don't appeal to me. Without a doubt, she's talented and I have a lot of respect for her, but she is not my cup of tea. However, I don't have to listen to her lyrics to know to take what she says with a grain of salt. Is she serious? I don't think so. I think this is her saying a line just to get attention or mocking him and his supporters or being someone else, but I won't think she's serious until she comes out and says it. If she is serious, she'll probably cave to pressure and go back in the closet like so many do. Such a shame. Either way, the reaction on twitter was/is hilariously typical: 
"If Obama looses this election, it is yo fault. Your fans are out here talking about they're Republicans now. Stupid hoe."

"As if you needed another reason to hate nicki minaj, bitch is a republican. Uncle Tom-ass bitch"

"Nicki Minaj just said she voting for Mitt Romney on the mercy freestyle on dedication 4.smh” Lmao! Her uncle tom sellout ass"

"Nicki Minaj is a sell out. After a while she will stop making music for ppl of color."
I've yet to find a word that accurately describes how this makes me feel. Not angry. Not upset. All I can do is shake my head. It's sad people can be so hateful, ignorant, and misguided. It's as if parents don't teach their children respect anymore, or a sense of individuality. I'm no fan, but she doesn't deserve to be treated this way. Adam Levine is an uber-liberal, and a bigot if I'm going to be honest, but I still listen to his band's first three albums (I thought this new one was crap) and I've seen them in concert twice. I've been a fan of the Dixie Chicks for years and Natalie Maines is a liberal Democrat. James Taylor, who was in Charlotte performing yesterday, said he would do anything for Obama. He can say whatever he wants as long as he stays awesome. Musicians are there to provide me with good music; I could care less what their political views are. Is Nicki Minaj not free to have her own political views? Do they have to reflect the masses? I don't think she's voting for Romney, but it is something to see her get the black conservative treatment. I wonder how she'll respond.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Condoleezza Rice at the RNC

Screw Oprah! Without a doubt, Condoleezza Rice is the most successful black woman in this country! She's smarter than anyone I've ever met, well versed in foreign affairs, and she can speak Russian (which is so random). When she speaks she has an eloquence and a power in her voice and all you can do is listen. I was liberal for most of Bush's presidency and for whatever reason it never dawned on me she was a Republican. All I knew was that Bush's "right hand man" was a black woman and I thought Bush was cool for that. When I finally realized she was a Republican, my liberal brain thought she was different and heroic and I loved her that much more.

What Condoleezza Rice teaches us is that there's no excuse. Where you come from doesn't define where you're going, and no one's stopping you but you. America isn't what it used to be. We've let our financial troubles control us Her speech at the Republican National Convention was jaw dropping and inspiring, so take a listen.

We've Heard It All Before

The RNC has released a new ad called "We've Heard it All Before", paralelling Obama's speeches from 2008 and 2012. One word. Damn.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Why I'm Not Voting For Obama

People ask me from time to time why I'm voting for Romney or why I'm not voting for Obama. I could write a long detailed post, and maybe I will one day, but I think this picture sums it up for me:

If you don't get the gist after that, then I probably can't help you.

(photo courtesy of @NanValler)