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Thursday, October 16, 2008

GOP News Letter AKA Hate Letter

With the death of John F. Kennedy came the fight from Lyndon Johnson for Civil Rights and a new awakening of America to include all people in our society. When Senator Robert Kennedy and Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. were gunned down, others, many others jumped in to fight the fight that was right. Some were just store keepers or office clerks and not even remotely politically connected to the masses but they did what they could to make our nation a better place to live for all. They were not just Democrats either, Republicans jumped in with both feet as well and our nation has made great progress over the last forty plus years.

Change in this nation has taken a long time and yet the fight must continue so that our children’s lives are not based in racism but in respect of ones abilities as a man or a woman. When you see stories that appear in the news and on the internet like this one it makes you that much more aware that ignorance in the nation is still out there.

The Press-Enterprise

The latest newsletter by an Inland Republican women's group depicts Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken, prompting outrage in political circles.

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."

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. She said she simply wanted to deride a comment Obama made over the summer about how as an African-American he "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."

I would like to be clear that this kind of idiocy knows no political party but it seems that in this political race for President that some idiots are going out of there way to show their lack of respect for all of their fellow Americans. Now more than ever, all Americans need to work together to fix the problems we have. Keeping our eye on the ball of racism while we work on the rest of the garbage life is throwing at us too!

We can all do better and the way to do that is point it out loud and clear and let other people know that this is not acceptable behavior as an American.

*****Chicago Sun Times has picked up this post. Thank You!

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