Why is this so hard to understand?

United States
September 22, 2009 1:11pm CST
Every single elected official in the history of the United States of America has been subject to scrutiny and criticism. If it was not racist to do hold THEM accountable for their words and deeds, why is it suddenly racist to do so NOW? To exempt the new president from the same scrutiny that has been applied to every single politician preceding him simply because of his race would BE racist!
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@coolcoder (2020)
• United States
22 Sep 09
You know what's really bad? There are now going to be T-shirts circulating around that say "Respect the President" on them. I wanted so badly to scream at the computer...where the hell were these shirts when Bush was president? The hypocrisy is disgusting.
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• United States
22 Sep 09
How about a T-Shirt that says "Respect the PEOPLE who the president's JOB is to serve"?
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@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Sep 09
hi angrykittymv well since we well never agree about Obama I willstill respect your views and your right'to have them. also yes its easy to remember we as Americans 'do have the right to hold any and all presidents' accountable for their actions including the slimy ex president Bush. So here I must agree with you aS 'a sane intelligent thinking person. We need to 'dump all the damn biases against both democrats'and republicans and remember this is supposed to be The United States of America and maybe unit on a few issues, I mean it would not hurt republicans to acknowledge that sometimes Democrats are right, and Democrasts to acknowledge'that sometimes Republicans are right. instead here we all declare open 'warfare on each other.
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• United States
22 Sep 09
I'm not what one could consider a stereotypical Republican, I vote democrat when I think they have thee better candidate (voted for Bill Clinton TWICE and have been known to even occasionally vote for a democrat or independent candidate in my local and state elections), I am technically pro-choice, and I have no problem whatsoever with gay people wanting to get married. I likely agree with you on many things. The biases on both sides against eachother is waaayyyy out of hand, as is the viciousness on BOTH sides, on this I also agree with you, my friend. It does more harm than anything else when people are so blinded by their stereotypical assumptions of how all people in one group or the other feel and it gets in the way of ever getting anything productive done. I am aware that I too can get nasty with people, but I generally do not do so unless I am provoked, and when some people call me a racist or some other horrible false assumption about me simply because I oppose some things I see as detrimental to my country, I see that as provocation and the gloves come off. Thank you for your thoughtful reply to my discussion, I appreciate it.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Sep 09
BRAVO to you both! If you two, who I know have some very different political views and Kitty and I can be friends and treat each other with kindness and respect why can't everyone? The three of us are part of the "real Americans" in the REAL world. In the real world it's not so important whether something gets done by the Democrats or the Republicans, just that it gets done the right way for all of us. Annie
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@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
23 Sep 09
I hope I haven't been labeled a nut case lately.... Even if I have been....I have to agree with you on this one. I honestly can say that I've voted my conscience since I was 18 and allowed to vote. (I'm 52) Isn't that what we are SUPPOSED to do? At least it was what I was taught in civics class. I would also like to say...it is the OFFICE of the presidency that has my respect...not necessarily the MAN who sits behind the desk.
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@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
23 Sep 09
One more thought....what was that that Rev. King said about judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin ????
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Sep 09
No argument from me here, Kitty! I only wish there wasn't so much personal hatred and anger from either side. I've been following politics since before many here at myLot were even born and it's never been as bad as it's been the past 15-20 years. I'd thought we'd seen the worst of it when Clinton was in office but unfortunately that was nothing! George W. Bush took quite a beating, too, but in the wake of the 9/11 attacks there were also a large number of people who defended him and tried to make anyone who criticized the Administration feel like they were unpatriotic or worse. I know there are many here who will disagree with me, and that's fine, but I just wish things like the town hall meetings and the march on Washington didn't have to be tainted by the few very angry and hateful people carrying signs that do nothing bu promote anger and hate. Some of them are downright threatening and dangerous, in my opinion, like the one that read "We came unarmed - THIS TIME!" I have NO problem with anyone speaking out against this or any other President or any member of Congress but that doesn't mean it's OK to be disrespectful, does it? Wouldn't we get a lot more accomplished if we treated each other more civilly and respectfully? Annie
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• United States
23 Sep 09
Simple manners can go a long way in making things better all around, I completely agree. The crazies on BOTH sides are making us ALL look like morons. Too bad we can't send ALL the lunatic fringe on the left and the right to one deserted island and let them all do what they will so the REST of us could try to actually make this a better place. The minority of nutjobs are the ones getting all the press and it's embarrassing to think people will see them and associate them with me, I bet you've felt the same way about some of the lefty loonies out there too.
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@jb78000 (15173)
23 Sep 09
spot on kitkat. scrutiny is an essential part of a democracy.
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