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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Hey, you over there! If you don't vote for my guy you're racist!

Author and erstwhile Catholic priest Andrew Greeley has a column in the Chicago Sun-Times that uses a lot of words to make the case that people who don't vote for Greeley's preferred candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, are most likely basing their decision on race. What BS! Maybe Greeley is basing his decision on race, but it is BS for him to assume others think like he does. That would be like my declaring that Greeley is supporting Obama mainly because of the candidates extreme pro-abortion position instead of because Greeley is a long time Democrat who believes government social programs should provide the answer to all our problems. Likewise, Greeley should accept that some folks will vote for Obama's opponent, Sen McCain, because he believes in a more limited role of the government in our lives. Or some feel McCain has a better grasp of foreign affairs. Some understand that Obama will hurt the economy with massive tax hikes. Others yet, based on Obama's past associations, strongly feel he does not have the judgment to serve as commander in chief. None of those positions are intrinsically tied to his mixed race heritage.

Regardless of how stupid Greeley's assertion is, get ready for a steady stream of similar columns. They aren't trying to influence the intelligent voter anyways. They are hoping to play on lingering white guilt to elect an unqualified candidate. Sadly, it might work.

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2 Comments:

Blogger bob said...

Instead of telling us why we won't vote for Obama, why don't they tell us why we should.

June 18, 2008 at 1:03 AM

 
Blogger BostonMaggie said...

That's come up for me too here in the People's Republic of Massachusetts. My answer? "I am not bothered by the color of Obama's skin......it's the color of his politics I have a problem with......pinkish-red."

June 23, 2008 at 4:00 AM

 

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