Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Obama #2

I'm not quite sure whether to feel as if I've been threatened or bludgeoned with stupidity.

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Tuesday that the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse a "quiet riot" among blacks that threatens to erupt just as riots in Los Angeles did 15 years ago.

The first-term Illinois senator said that with black people from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast still displaced 20 months after Hurricane Katrina, frustration and resentments are building explosively as they did before the 1992 riots.
These scenarios sound suspiciously familiar to those of losing parties around the world recently. One must wonder, then, is Barack prepping his followers for similar actions when he loses? What a defeatist attitude!

At any rate, this pandering to those who believe that the disaster in New Orleans was Bush's fault is simply ridiculous. At this point, anyone who blames the subsequent suffering on anyone other than the state and local government is beyond the reach of reason. Furthermore, I have little sympathy for the voters of New Orleans because not only did they elect Kathleen Blanco and Ray Nagin to lead them, they also had the sheer inertia of stupidity to reelect Nagin as mayor. Give me a break.

And if we're going to talk about Rodney King, lets talk about a guy who was already on parole for armed robbery leading cops on a high speed chase and then resisting arrest even after cops tackled him, hit him with batons and tasered him. A guy who was doped up on PCP which gives you the feeling of unlimited strength, numbs pain, and causes violent or suicidal tendencies. A guy who threw cops off of him when they tried to restrain him, and was charging police officers. The cops that got thrown to the political wolves for using "excessive force" didn't get convicted - and in allegedly racially motivated case it becomes important to note that the prosecutor that failed to get convictions was black.

"Those 'quiet riots' that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths," Obama said. "They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across this country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get any better."

He argued that once a hurricane hits or a jury renders a not guilty verdict, "the frustration is there for all to see."

Yes, frustration with the rule of law and acts of God is a very good reason to riot. Killing and injuring over 2000 people and causing untold amounts of property damage is excellent form.

A presidential contender encouraging or even tacitly condoning such behavior is simply ridiculous.

7 comments:

bob said...

It appears Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), a front-runner for the Democrat Party presidential nomination, has stolen a page from the campaign playbook of Segolene Royal, the French Socialist Party candidate who lost the French presidential election to Nicolas Sarkozy early last month.

In a Bob McCarty Writes™ post May 4, I reported that operatives of Senator Obama and his chief rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), would be paying close attention to the results of the presidential election in France. A day later, I wrote and published a post about Royal’s warning to her countrymen — or, as she would say, “country-persons” — only 48 hours before election day that violence would erupt in the streets of France if she lost. And it did.

Now, according to an Associated Press report, Obama tossed out words like “Katrina” and “Rodney King” before accusing President George W. Bush of doing nothing to defuse a “quiet riot” among blacks that threatens to erupt just as riots in Los Angeles did 15 years ago.

Sounds like a threat to me. Moreover, it sounds like he’s targeting the same segment of the Democrat Party base at which people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton tend to direct their oft-divisive, race-bating efforts, such as “No Justice, No Peace!” Worst of all, it sounds as if he’s hoping those targeted will actually resort to violence so that he — Obama — can try to lay the blame for the social unrest at the feet of Bush and, more importantly, his Republican opponent in the 2008 general election.

If I was Senator Clinton, I would be eating this up, satisfied that the junior senator from Illinois had blown his chance and, in so doing, improved hers.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, yes, the bigots come out. According to our redneck friends, Obama is threatening riots by militant blacks.

Of course, reality is much different. Here is the full text and context of what Obama said:

Many of the folks in this room know just where they were when the riot in Los Angeles started and tragedy struck the corner of Florence and Normandy. And most of the ministers here know that those riots didn't erupt over night; there had been a "quiet riot" building up in Los Angeles and across this country for years.

If you had gone to any street corner in Chicago or Baton Rouge or Hampton -- you would have found the same young men and women without hope, without miracles, and without a sense of destiny other than life on the edge -- the edge of the law, the edge of the economy, the edge of family structures and communities.

Those "quiet riots" that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths. They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across this country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get any better. You tell yourself, my school will always be second rate. You tell yourself, there will never be a good job waiting for me to excel at. You tell yourself, I will never be able to afford a place that I can be proud of and call my home. That despair quietly simmers and makes it impossible to build strong communities and neighborhoods. And then one afternoon a jury says, "Not guilty" -- or a hurricane hits New Orleans -- and that despair is revealed for the world to see.


What Obama says is true and it's a reality the rightwingers won't acknowledge. Nothing in this text is scary or threatening; instead, it portrays reality.

--Jadegold

k2aggie07 said...

Maybe its true in your reality. In my reality I understand that there is no such thing as hopelessness in the United States. It has nothing to do with Bigotry or being a redneck. It has everything to do with his lack of condemnation for what amounts to the rape of an entire city.

That jury saying "Not guilty" was the right thing to do. That hurricane was an act of God. This justifies killing 54 people and injuring 2,000? Causing millions in property damage?

This is a segue for the next trigger for a "quiet riot" to turn into a real riot. All he has to say now is "and then one November day racism kept me out of office" and voila! Rioting without guilt!

The common thread between Barack Obama, Segolene Royal and Lopez Obrador isn't race -- its socialism.

Matt said...

Kaggie... I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I truly, honestly think that you're batshit crazy.

k2aggie07 said...

Look, Obama is a politician. Therefore I conjecture one of two things is occurring here:

1.) He's a good politician and is therefore cognizant of what he's saying -- and, by corollary, understands that this would be interpreted by many as a thinly veiled threat. Anyone against you is bound to twist your words. This was a prepared speech.

OR

2.) He's a terrible politician and it never occurred to him that this speech would be taken and presented in this manner.

In either case I don't want him as president. 1 because threats of violence in a democratic society are tasteless and infantile, and 2 for obvious reasons.

Crazy like a fox, you see.

Matt said...

Yes, and repeatedly shouting from the podium at each and every public press conference, meeting and interview that if you vote for a democrat, "terrorists will come and kill you and your families" is much more tasteful.

k2aggie07 said...

Right, because...you know...that happened.