Certainly, I did not refer to anyone here as 'racist' but only wished to point out that some, at least, of the constant barrage of criticism that Obama is exposed to has a racist base, or is contributed to by racism. Over the years, even in my long tenure in universities, I have often been appalled at the racism expressed by colleagues. Like I said, it runs deep. It crept out a few times during the election campaign, but most treated it like the hot potato it is. McCain refused to be a part of it, Rush Linbaugh was right in there making racist waves.There is only one way to lose your U.S. citizenship if you are one naturally born, and that is to renounce it. Thus, Obama could have been given foreign citizenship at the request of his parent or step parent, and that would not remove his U.S. citizenship. I have been told by U.S. consulate members that if I want to hold dual citizenship, just don't make an issue of it to U.S. authorities, but even then they simply might not accept the foreign citizenship as valid, but the U.S. one certainly remains valid - so all this rubbish is smoke and mirrors.My verifiable facts come direct from a horse's mouth, the U.S. Ambassador serving Tonga.The fact that Obama had an American mother gives him American citizenship regardless of what other citizen ships might have been conferred. You can google all sorts of opinion and rubbish these days, and you can even pass it on in the guise of truth, but the law is the law.There is a new generation coming which is far more free in its thoughts than the older ones, but the older ones hold most of the power, and racism plays a part.I can't imagine anything that his lawyers would want to hide, except maybe they wish to keep some modicum of personal privacy for their client.
A "free-thinking" or "truthseeking" person should, IMHO, be more objective in their thoughts. Spoken and written words such as: "the moron who used to be President" or other snide and sarcastic comments like: "BO astinks s President" are indicators of less than free-thinking.Having passion for one's opinions is great as long as flames don't continually burn the threads. Only spouting your side and not acknowledging another doesn't really solve anything. Although it does indicate that we aren't riding motorcycles as much as we should be.
"Where is the openness and accountabillity that a free society demands of its own and is entitled to ?"Ice, this one stuns me. We've just left behind an Administration which Nixon era appointees (a very secretive Administration) ALL agree is the most secretive administration in the history of the United States... and you are now demanding openness and accountability from one that is far more open and accountable? After a prolonged silence from the right from 2000-2008 on this issue? That's remarkable.Very strange. Your protestations sir, are both too late and directed at the wrong Administration. And, I suspect, entirely disingenuous.Once we've gone back and cleared up all the dirty little secrets of the past Administration ... well, then I welcome you to renew your call for openness and accountability - something I very much doubt you demanded during the Bush years...
Bleating about Bush ,Clinton,Carter,Nixon etc. takes the focus off the present. I believe our energies should be primarily focused on fixing the mess we are in now. We are in deep and sinking fast. Fixing the dire situation that is now is the best use of those energies.Not apologizing for, or covering up for, any administration past or present.
Well, my take on it is that Obama already announced a while back that he has no intention of looking into any of the Bush administration "funny-business". So, that's pretty interesting unto itself.And it tells me that this is simply "business as usual", and that more abuses will follow under this administration, who will then expect the next Prez to ignore their "funny-business".I think the common vernacular term would be "institutionalized corruption".And that is the trend which needs to be broken.And if it has to be broken under this administration, some will cry and some will rejoice. But, it needs to be stopped, right now.
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