I almost don't have words...almost:
He said Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled it out. Now that progress has been made, he said, "we can't have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."
In the new post-racial America, brought to us by Barack "don't call me black or white, just call me American" Obama, we have been told our differences are behind us now...just because he exists and... just because he is black. Yet, day by day and speech by speech, this President has done more damage to race relations than any combination of Presidents since Lyndon Johnson...and he, at least, tried to make things better with a sincere heart.
Were anyone else to have been caught on tape making these sorts of remarks, they'd have already been fired and given a 2 million dollar job contract with the competition. Oh wait.
The lack of outrage should surprise no one here. We were told to vote for him... not because he was black but... because he brought with him hope and change and the promise of a color blind society. He has delivered on none of these, instead making race relations worse today than they were before he was elected. Since being sworn in we've been routinely told that any disagreements with his agenda HAD to be because he was... wait for it...
Some of us fall for that drivel, but most of us...and especially the folks pulling levers in voting booths all across America in a few days...know better. A great DEAL better.
Bridging the racial divide in this country will not come from highlighting our differences and throwing these in our faces so we can turn them against each other. And it will most certainly not come from throwing slurs at individual groups or races, or using *dated* ones to make jokes at the expense of others.
It will come from mutual respect and understanding, each of the other. This President has neither, and he is not qualified to lead any of us in the struggle to get there.