Friday, October 17, 2008

GOP Racism

The latest newsletter by a California Republican women's group depicts Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken, pointing to a racist element in the GOP, ignorant of their ignorance. This isn't representative of all Republicans by any means, but coming from a racist GOP background I can with certainty tell you that there are many folks that feel this fine fodder.

The October newsletter by the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated says if Obama is elected his image will appear on food stamps -- instead of dollar bills like other presidents. The statement is followed by an illustration of "Obama Bucks" -- a phony $10 bill featuring Obama's face on a donkey's body, labeled "United States Food Stamps." Amazingly, it's the images of food that most of the media decry as racist, the fact that it's food stamps and therefore pointing to poverty being a black issue, not a white, or Korean, or Hispanic or ...

I'll say I know a good number of white folks that use food stamps to get by and they are glad to have them. If this economy drops much more, there will be many more in those rolls.

The GOP newsletter, which was sent to about 200 members and associates of the group by e-mail and regular mail last week, is drawing harsh criticism from members of the political group, elected leaders, party officials and others as racist.

The group's president, Diane Fedele, said she plans to send an apology letter to her members and to apologize at the club's meeting next week. "It was strictly an attempt to point out the outrageousness of his statement. I really don't want to go into it any further," Fedele said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "I absolutely apologize to anyone who was offended. That clearly wasn't my attempt."

I am no longer surprised by the ability of people to make such transparent apologies for such stupid acts. They rely on Murphy's law of retribution: "It's easier to get foregiveness than permission."

More importantly, following Sarah Palin's lead in "
But there are real changes going on in our climate. And I don't want to argue about the causes." we find the GOP faithful apparently unwilling to discuss things that they have vastly different opinions from the general public about the common good.

Not discussing things is how stuff doesn't get done. Politicians are PAID to discuss things, important issues that affect us all. What's next, "I don't want to discuss the economy because if we do that we lose."?

Oh, right, that has, in essence already been said.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real Christians can't support the democrat party. In the first few sentences I read here was speaking of "all faiths". There is not but one faith. Through Christ is the "only" way to heaven. Entertaining or considering any other faiths suggest unbelief in "The Faith". Must be a lost (unsaved) person writing this blog.

11/01/2008 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I responded to the wrong blog. My apologies

11/01/2008 11:07 AM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

I'll put my same response here as attached to the "My, How Times Change" posting:

anonymous -

I suggest you read Jim Wallis' book "God's Politics" and more of the red letters in the Bible.

As an evangelical Christian, and I am an evangelical actively sharing the good news, I find it much more productive to find common ground with people of other faiths first, rather than berate them for being wrong right off the bat.

Most people I come in contact with that are firmly in another faith, and I'll admit there are more Buddhists and lapsed Catholics but no Muslims among them, have considered Christ from their own experience and perspective. Within that context they have chosen to go the way they have. I make the case for Christ succinctly and, hearing them disavow interest, let it go. Their choice.

You write hateful words, denying me my faith. Who is to say what a "real" Christian is? Are not Catholics, Baptists, Protestants, Lutherans, Foursquare, Pentacostal, etc., all Christians?

If you answered "no" to any one of those denominations as Christian, you speak of divisive hate and are against the teachings of Christ.

11/01/2008 5:27 PM  

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