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Aright fellas, one last one from me for awhile for you guys to chew over because, I actually got some shooting business to attend. Got to reload some rounds when I get home tonight for some range time tomorrow.

Here's a one that's pro Obama, but pretty disparaging of the old 'liberal guard'.

It's by John Ridley:

"Jesse Jackson's ridiculous comments about Barack Obama "talking down" to black people -- as opposed to Jackson's totally reprehensible comments insinuating violence being committed against Obama (click here to see the video) -- are only the latest in a litany of derisive remarks directed at Obama from stalwarts of the left. Ralph Nader and Geraldine Ferraro and Al Sharpton and Bob Johnson and South Carolina State Senator Robert Ford have all maligned Obama as being everything from a "lucky" black man to not being black enough.

While it's never a shock when operatives of the far, far right have trouble with a person of color achieving stature (though I do believe they play ball better with those in the fold), what a long strange trip this campaign season has been watching so-called liberals fumble the hot potato that is Barack Obama.

Why? Why is Obama of such consternation to the Old Schoolers?

For one, Obama and his candidacy challenge the liberal establishment; by not miring himself in the politics of hand outs Obama elevates blacks above and beyond a herd that was fed the grain of entitlements in exchange for votes. In addition to extolling blacks to take more personal responsibility (a position a Pew research study finds the majority of black Americans hold), Obama has also questioned race-based affirmative action and understands -- again, as the majority of black Americans do -- that what's good for the country is good for all of us. To Jackson that's "talking down" to blacks. To Nader that's "talking white." But to the tens of millions of Americans who helped Obama win the primary (as opposed to Jackson and Nader who have yet to win an election) Obama is simply talking to America.

Moreover, what scares the Old Schoolers is that Obama's potential election removes from them the victim stick with which they flog their diminishing relevance. Obama as president would be empirical evidence that, while there are and probably always will be racists in America, America is no longer a racist nation. There are a lot of liberals who've made good bank stretching out the "you done me wrong, now gimme something" politics of the sixties well into the new millennium.

Obama wants change.

And change for the Old Schoolers ain't a good thing."

What you think?

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There are only a select few in the far left that don't like BHO, but you can bet your bottom dollar that they'll all vote for him on election day.

Jesse Jackson was speaking with jealousy, because BHO is the first person of color to get this far, which Jackson could not attain. While I dislike them both, they shoud be applauded for their accomplishments. Jackson was the first person of race to win a state in a primary and BHO for being the 1st black man to be the Democratic Presidential nominee.

Jackson was also making his statement on his belief that BHO talked down to "black people" that are "faith based." From my understading it was also brought about by BHO's Father's Day speech.

The bottom line is that BHO is on the Democratic ticket for his record as a far left liberal. He is now trying to reinvent himself as being closer to the middle. He voted against the current push in Iraq, because he said it wouldn't work, but uh, oh, it is working. He's also voted for gun control, higher taxes, more environmental regulations and partial birth abortion.

I cannot align myself with his voting record. Therefore, I will be voting for McCain. Yes, I will be voting for the person I dislike the least.......Just like I did during the last election. As with all politician's, they can only please some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all the time.

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Jesse Jackson was speaking with jealousy, because BHO is the first person of color to get this far, which Jackson could not attain. While I dislike them both, they shoud be applauded for their accomplishments. Jackson was the first person of race to win a state in a primary and BHO for being the 1st black man to be the Democratic Presidential nominee.

Jackson was also making his statement on his belief that BHO talked down to "black people" that are "faith based." From my understading it was also brought about by BHO's Father's Day speech.

I think what it is, is the fact that with Obama being as far as he is , it takes the fire out of what jackson and sharpton have been talking about for years. In enqaulity of african americans. The last year has shown different, its hard to make the case that they are repressed if they have a canidate running for office with support of all races. Now, just wait and see the fire storm when he loses.

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I suppose too, that BHO makes Jackson face the harsh reality. It isn't the fact that he is black, it isn't that America is racist, no,he has to face the truth - he didn't get elected to office because he's a lousy politician and America isn't buying his hate-filled BS.

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The comments that got BO in trouble with Jackson are the one thing I agree with him on. If you consider the problems facing the black community today, whether it be single mothers, poverty, incarceration rates, etc, it's tough to keep blaming it all on the government. It's tough to argue that gov't social programs are the answer, when decades of such programs and billions of dollars have failed to fix the problems.

Jackson's answer has been to feed off the disenchanted by giving them a scapegoat on which to externalize their frustration. His agenda is driven more by liberal policies than race, but he uses race to unite people behind them. So he has issues with every African American who rises to a high level and says that the answer lies in family values, education, and hard work rather than social programs.

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That's right I agree. Jesse is one of those activists who is counterproductive and much favors enstewing passion, fear, and hate. Jesse is a huge disservice to his people because he wants all of them to believe they are victims with no responsibility for there actions and lives. Obama is obviously the exact opposite of these views. Black peoples biggest enemy isn't racism or the white anglo saxon protestant these days, their greatest enemy is Jesse Jackson along with puff daddy and pee ditty.

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Obama's rise also brings into question one of the keystones of the left: affirmative action. The Wall Street Journal had a nice write up about the issues about a month ago:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121340482731674019.html?mod=todays_us_no...

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