On election day in a Georgia Middle School, students were asked to participate in the Presidential election in their classes by voting for McCain or NObama, a psychological pun that was obviously meant to indicate that voting for Obama was wrong. The portrayal of NObama and Obama Bin Laden was written in by students who had obviously been influenced by their parents - not particularly surprising in a white dominated Republican area. While angry at the negative portrayal of now President-Elect Obama, I felt it wasn’t worth mentioning because of the mandate that Obama received from the general electorate; I was wrong. Those in the GOP that have forgotten what our constitution embodies and continue to slam a President that hasn’t even taken office are setting the stage to resist anything and everything the American people came out in droves to accomplish - and to remain silent, as the MSM is doing, is another long list of failures of the MSM to expose and chastise racism in the United States. Much to their credit, the teachers attempted to explain how comparing Obama to Osama Bin Laden was wrong, but children are influenced more by their parents than at at school - which demonstrates that racism and bigotry appear to be alive and well throughout the United States.
The school bus in Idaho whose students were chanting “assassinate Obama” were elementary students, again an example of children who were mirroring conversations they had heard from their parents. (IMO) This story appeared on RAW Story, and reading the accompanying comments were almost as bad, if not worse than the story itself! For so-called Democrats, Liberals and Progressives to suggest that “nuking” this den of anti-Obama rednecks is appropriate is mirroring the Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter types that began this extremist dialogue in the first place - and to me, it places them in the same vein of those who we have finally voted out of office. If this busload of children were chanting for President Bush’s assassination, there’s no doubt each student and their parents would have been scrutinized by the Secret Service, but as long as Bush is in office - this appears to be acceptable behavior.
Also, not surprisingly in Vay, Idaho, “The Secret Service is investigating a sign erected by a northern Idaho landowner that advertises a “free public hanging” of President-elect Barack Obama and other political figures.” Unfortunately, the bulk of the comments I have read are blaming these outbursts in Idaho on the Mormons - which I believe is incorrect. I was raised in the Mormon Church, and even though I am no longer a practicing Mormon and quit being active in the 1970’s, none of this behavior is consistent with the teachings of the LDS Church. Mormons are taught they must comply with the “law of the land”, and for the most part, are one of the most strict religions that I’m personally aware of; Mormons are not allowed to drink alcohol, caffeine, and are taught to respect the family unit and care for their own - which they do better than any church in existence, even now some 30 years since I was a member. Travel back to the era of Howard Hughes; his personal guards were almost 100% Mormon, not because they were necessarily the best as far as security was concerned, but because of their legendary morals and honesty. Thousands of Mormons work in Las Vegas Casinos, again based on their morals, their unwavering commitment not to consume alcohol, and their record for being almost beyond corruption. As a whole, Mormons have the reputation of being some of the most honest and dependable employees in the United States - a fact that is unequaled among other religions. A Mormon that supports the assassination of Barack Obama is not a true believer - and therefore should not be labeled as a “Mormon.” While I now disagree with many of the beliefs of the Mormon Church, I still respect the Mormon people who diligently follow their faith - and based on personal knowledge - I can assure you it IS NOT Mormon’s in Idaho that support Barack Obama’s assassination. We should all remember that Idaho has for years been a stronghold of white supremacists - and even though many in the state are Mormons, they aren’t the ones who are advocating harm to our President-Elect. (IMO) The one factor I have never understood about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is their unwavering support of the Republican party; all Christians consider the Mormon religion to be a cult, and when it comes to the Presidency, a Mormon has as much chance of being elected President as a serial killer - yet they still allow themselves to be manipulated by the GOP.
Two days ago, Georgia’s NAACP says Obama’s election has resulted in ‘acts of intimidation and retaliation’. As examples of such behavior, they cited several examples - and below are several examples listed in their report:
— African-American parents are reporting that their kids - from elementary to high school -are being verbally and physically harassed by their white classmates while their teachers turn the other way.
— Teachers and principals have told students that they cannot in any way discuss President-elect Obama and the election or they will face disciplinary action, even though prior to Nov. 4, teachers held regular class discussions on the upcoming election.
— At the workplace, employees are being ordered by their employers not to mention the name Obama or the election.- Advertisement -
— One worker was told to move her car out of the company parking lot because she had an Obama bumper sticker on her vehicle.
— Both African-American students and employees are reporting that they’re receiving all kinds of slights, cold shoulders, and uncomfortable stares from their white classmates and colleagues.
The icing on the cake comes from “A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest who told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him “constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil.” Considering that 54% of Catholics voted for Obama in South Carolina, apparently, thousands of “souls” would appear to be at risk - an idea that is as absurd as the proclamation by the Priest that issued the edict.
You will find few, if any of these stories on the mainstream news media. As usual, the “corporatists” in the MSM prefer to allow the anti-Obama backlash to grow rather than exposing it for the bigotry it is.
It appears the GOP is fostering, by and through their public attack dogs, an atmosphere of hate and disrespect for our President-Elect. As one commenter on RAW Story stated, “I’m sick of the lowest common denominators of society setting the tone of this country.” I share his sentiments; if these remarks had been against President Bush, several people would now rightfully be incarcerated. It’s time for the country to understand the purveyors of hate and racism have been rejected by the American public - and if they keep it up, their actions can only be described as subversive - and that’s a crime under the rule of law which most of us honor and cherish.
NOTE: After this story was written, there was more, and unless it is checked, rather than diminish, it will continue to grow. Those who choose racism and bigotry over equality and our belief in the rule of law, Obama’s Presidency will be derailed by hate and ignorance - the founding principles of the GOP.