Dems & Repubs: common prohibited activity = critical thinking

Posted on June 13, 2011

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Viewpoints: Racist cartoon of Obama forces me to leave GOP – Sacramento Opinion – Sacramento Editorial | Sacramento Bee. This definitely needs to be filed under “good news”:

Over the past two years, we have seen Republicans use long-held racist imagery in portrayals of Obama. The president has been depicted as a communist witch doctor, a man inclined to plant watermelons on the White House lawn, and we watched in disbelief as his face was placed on an “ObamaBuck Food Stamp” along with stereotyped pictures of fried chicken, barbecue ribs, Kool-Aid and the obligatory watermelon.

What does any of this have to do with public policy or conservative values? Here is a man who excelled academically at the finest schools in the world, has a wonderful in-tact family, worked hard and rose to become president of the United States. Yet in spite of his accomplishments, the president is still labeled an illegitimate, socialist, African witch doctor and has his face superimposed on a chimpanzee.

I think its rare to see anyone breaking ranks from political affiliations these days, but this is particularly poignant. And it gets better:

These behaviors also raise larger issues for African Americans and other minority groups within the GOP. How can I look my parents in the eye and tell them I’m a Republican in spite of these offenses? If he were still living, could my Latino father-in-law be proud that his daughter supports the GOP, in spite of the constant anti-Latino rhetoric that comes from the party? Can gay family members reconcile my support of a party that seeks to strip them of their basic human rights?

These are not issues which pit moderate against conservative views, but rather consequential matters which transcend political positioning and speak to universal human values.

But the icing on the cake:

Having now been active in both major political parties, I’ve discovered the common prohibited activity is critical thinking.

and we have a winner. I like this guy! And of course I vibe with his sentiment that both parties are full of it, and playing by zero-sum rules is futile, and fatal.  I think he’d make a good political candidate in California, we need some non partisan sense up in there!

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