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Is this an example of how Hillary Clinton as President of the United States would deal with such blatant racism when in office?

Behind the looking glass

Geraldine Ferraro may have resigned from Clinton’s finance committee today, but that is merely a synthetic attempt to wallpaper over the real issue. What could be the strategy behind her recent public statements? Think about it. Ferraro did not apologise to Obama for her outrageous and apparently racist remarks. She said she intends to continue to raise money for Clinton. And she intends to continue to express her controversial views which according to her, remain unchanged. She even accuses unnamed others of being racist because she is a white person? This is the image the Clinton campaign presents. Where is the DNC?

No regrets and a belated resignation

Let’s be generous. What if we give Ferraro the benefit of the doubt for her first rant. Put it down to inexperience. Only trouble is she said the same thing about Jesse Jackson in 1984 and its on public record. Why then, would anyone without malice, if they made the statement in a fit of pique, then repeat those views in a second interview yesterday, and again on national television today. It doesn’t take a Rhode’s scholar to figure out this old Washington ploy. Australian politicians aren’t exactly saints either! Smear is the paint of the political artist. I just made that up, to cheer you up! And if that is true, then Geraldine is no Rembrandt.

Deep regret and an immediate resignation

A few days ago, Associated Press reported that Samantha Power an unpaid foreign policy adviser and Harvard professor, announced her resignation in a statement provided by the Obama campaign in which she expressed “deep regret.”

Quote: “Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor, and purpose of the Obama campaign,” she said. “And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months.”

The Scotsman newspaper reported the emotive remarks Professor Power made about Clinton during an interview while in London to discuss her latest book. Link. “She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything,” Ms Power said, hastily trying to withdraw her remark.

Having had the opportunity to read the entire article one can appreciate that as a political novice Power was expecting to see a clean nomination contest. Marquess of Queensbury rules and all that British stuff of legend about fair play. However as a lone academic facing for first time the realpolitic of anything goes, her frustration with Clinton obviously spilled over in an unguarded moment. For those who have witnessed what the Clinton’s are capable of, Sam Power’s most publicised remark was probably the nicest thing that’s been said about the former first Lady all year.

Jackpot for a scribbler

The reporter couldn’t believe his luck. With the prospect of a big fat bonus and perhaps a free lunch at one of London’s exclusive Clubs, he showed the Professor no mercy. After all, he knew he would get world wide exposure. Book promotion pieces can’t beat that. Unless of course it’s the next, last edition Harry Potter! Professor Power may have resigned, but she has a bright future and her respected name is still in tact. What a difference in integrity between the two camps!

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Discussion

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  1. Bravo!

    Posted by danielle | March 14, 2008, 5:20 pm
  2. The double standard is just unbelievable. At least Ferrarro resigned at last, but not without taking everyone down with her and leaving a not-so-vague threatening stance.

    She’s like Hillary’s evil twin!

    Posted by Ritz | March 15, 2008, 2:33 am
  3. I wonder how you will update this entry after the recent revelations about the church Sen. Obama chose to attend for 20 years? I am sure this will all be a part of a white conspiracy in your mind but the opposite is true.

    This primary battle has proven beyond a doubt that America is ready, willing and able to vote for a black person to the highest office in the land. They are not willing to elect a black person who follows the reverse discrimination mindset pervasive in much of the black community.

    Sen. Obama has been exposed as anti-white and not particularly pruod of his country. He is entitled to his beliefs and Rev. Wright is protected and entitled to preach whatever he wishes but this is simply not palatable for the leader of this country. His campaign is over and now the dems are screwed because he has the nomination wrapped up and they have to live with him. This is the worst scenario that could ever play out for the libs and dems.

    Posted by Chad | March 16, 2008, 10:19 am
  4. Chad, the great thing about a democracy like the United States, is that under its constitution, it gaurantees the right of every citizen, the right of free speech. Even today, many people around the world do not enjoy this most basic of human rights.

    This site will always encourage people to take advantage of their right to express their views on any subject. i.e. Providing they are neither malevolent or obscene. However please bear in mind that whenever you exercise that right you also need to appreciate that sometimes people will not always agree with your comments.

    In relation to the views you have expressed today, I imagine that would represent just about every decent, racially tolerant, humanitarian in the world. That is my own point of view. Australia is also a fine democracy, we’re usually never short of a word about anything.
    JH

    Posted by John | March 16, 2008, 1:38 pm
  5. I heartily disagree with the statement that Barack Obama’s campaign is over. It is absurd to call a man whose mother is white and was raised by his white grandparents anti-white.. Obama is pro human. He believes that the playing field of America should be equal for all. In attending the church for 17 years he was embracing the part of himself that is black, after all he is biracial and was raised by his the white branch of his family.

    Believe it or not it is helpful as a human to have some feeling of identity in this world. There are some who would not be able to move past their own fear to recognize that it is healthy for a black person to love black people and support the progress of black people. Why does supporting black people equal being anti white? That is an imperialistic mindset that America must move past. We are not only white citizens in America we are all shades and ethnicities and religions. There is nothing wrong with nurturing and helping your own culture as long as we as Americans have the ability to rally around the common goals and values of our constitution. Minorites do not have to assimilate into a “white world” to be patriotic and American. True patriotism is acknowledging not only the strengths and good deeds of our nation, but the weaknesses and wrong actions as well, and being willing to work towards the improvement of these weaknesses.

    Rev Jeremiah Wright served as Marine doing the Viet Nam war. I venture to guess if you like I have would speak to a veteran of that war, white or black, you would not hear a lot of flag waving rhetoric. You would hear real pain and real questions about our Nations actions over seas in many countries. Without true and honest dialogue our country will never reach the realization of the forefathers words. “…..one nation under God indivisible with justice for all..” not just those who assimilate into a standard whiteness as proof of their love for this country.

    I can be black and hurt over this countries racist past and still love this country. This has been proven by the millions of black patriots who have died in numerous war and causes throughout this nations history all the while as they served they knew that the America they loved did not love them without reservation, but only with conditions and only in limited capacities. My grandfather was allowed to serve America as a soldier in World War II but he was never allowed to vote because of the local organized terrorist group known as the ku klux klan that waged war against the black americans in the town he lived in.

    Posted by Angela Phillips | March 16, 2008, 2:08 pm
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