The Stupid Vote – Racism

While working on a post about lies, I went looking for a bit Christopher Hitchens wrote on Stale.com in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s Bosnian Sniper story.  My google string was weak, but I found a page on logical fallacies that referenced the Hitchens piece and provided precisely the relevant quote I wanted.  It was on someone’s blog – Maggie’s Farm.   There appeared to be some interesting links – as will happen when you stumble onto a fresh site.  One asked, “How can anybody say they know Obama?
I clicked the link and fell into a perfect example of the sort of bullshit that is going to swing this election to the Republicans.  They’ll do anything to gin up the three or four percent they need in the swing states to steal this thing…again.  And the racists are out there doing their part to get out the Aryan Nations vote.

From the thread:

Obama’s Ethnic Heritage
Obama Watch: “Obama is descended from blacks who maintained an Arab identity

Post below excerpted from Kenneth E. Lamb. See the original for links

Sen. Obama’s autobiography is filled with ‘composite’ characters, rearranged timelines, and fantasy events that never occurred. I read that twice in the Washington Post – read Richard Cohen’s columns of Jan. 1, 2008, and March 27, 2007, for yourself.

There are more articles than that, by more authors than just Mr. Cohen, but I wanted to get started by saying that what follows isn’t just something I’m pulling out of thin air. What follows is serious, documented, and not at all what those who want to write history about the election of the first so-called ‘African-American’ president, want in the least to admit is true – and why its truth matters more than their desire to ignore the truth for the sake of their desire to write history.

While his shrill wife objects, the truth is that Sen. Obama’s life, as he wrote about himself in his autobiography, is, in fact, nothing but a fairy tale. Again, don’t take my word for it – read Mr. Cohen’s, and others, articles about it.

Why is the fact that Mr. Obama is only 6.25% African Negro not reported? Because to acknowledge it is to report this devastating truth about him: Mr. Obama is not legally African-American. It is impossible for him to be, in truth, America’s first African-American president.

But no matter what he craves, no matter what he has used to propel himself through life, no matter the racist presumption of seeing his skin and without question calling him black, the hard, cold, genetically inarguable reality remains: he is not an African-American.

Mr. Obama is 50% Caucasian, that from his mother. What those who want Mr. Obama to write history by becoming “America’s first African-American president” ignore is that his father was ethnically Arabic, with only 1 relative ethnically African Negro – a maternal great-grandparent (Sen. Obama’s great-great grandparent, thus the 6.25% ethnic contribution to the senator’s ethnic composition.). That means that Mr. Obama is 50% Caucasian from his mother’s side. He is 43.75% Arabic, and 6.25% African Negro from his father’s side. Put another way, his father could honestly claim African-American ethnic classification. He was the last generation able to do so.”
The question no one wants to answer – particularly Mr. Obama and his supporters, is, “Why do you think he has an Arabic name? Why does his father have an Arabic name? Why does every ancestor on his father’s side have an Arabic name?” The answer is obvious: They have Arabic names because his father’s side of the family tree is Arabic. Need proof? Research the Kenyan records for yourself. You will find that his father was officially classified as “Arab African” by the Kenyan government.
Posted by herbaceous at 4:11 AM

#3 Katy on 2008-08-29 16:33 (Reply)
 
My reply:
That such measurements of “ethnic percentages” might be in any way valid or relevant reveals both a shocking degree of racism and support for a state structure in which such things are measured. Measured, presumably, so as to be given weight in arguments just like yours.
There is one race: The HUMAN race.
The presidency is qualified by three things: Age, citizenship, and persuading enough people to vote for you in a sufficient number of states to win the electoral college.
Muddying up the waters with racist foolishness ought to make thinking people question the neocon shadow government you apparently fear losing even more than their pathetic record and reputation would seemingly require.
This thread asks, “Where are all of Obama’s friends?” Compares him to GATSBY! Jumped up jebus on skis.
George Bush brought all of HIS friends right along with him. Cheney made millions of Haliburton stock with no bid contracts in a war they lied to start; the incompetent Harriet Miers was nominated to the USSC (thankfully the joke was withdrawn); Where’s Rumsfeld books are soon to rival Where’s Waldo; Libby got pardoned; Rove is now pulling the same sleazy shit used to get Bush elected TWICE…and you worry about the fact that Obama ISN’T dragging around an entourage of sycophants and puppeteers?
That you apparently consider yourself a “free thinker” – someone immune to the propagandist manipulations of those who would subvert your great nation, the post which prompted this reply comes off very much like an UNthinking, ultra-right, neo-Nazi regurgitation of blinding foolishness.
#3.1cousinavi (Link) on 2008-09-13 10:39 (Reply)
 
This election, if the Republicans have their way, will have nothing to do with their record over the past eight shameful years, the lies they tell, the means and methods they employ, the paucity of their vision or the cynical, manipulative way in which they tweak and yank at voters they obviously consider stupid enough to respond to the pandering, distasteful, bizarro world crap they keep telling everyone is both delicious and good for us.
And they are out there…looking for two percent of Hillary lovers, two percent of Muslim haters, and five percent of people who say, “Some of my best friends are black!  Obama’s just too inexperienced.”  That’s nine percent, and that will goddamn well get you Ohio and Pennsylvania.  Dirty Rovian fuckers.
Truth and reason be damned. 
Was there ever a time in the history of American electoral politics that suggesting your opponent fucks pigs was NOT an effective strategy?
“I don’t care if the sonuvabitch ever fucked a pig.  I just want to make him deny it.”
 
Update:  Google search for “Obama is a Muslim” yields over 10 million hits; “Obama is not a Muslim” gets 8 million.  There’s no way to really know what that means, but it appears that the liars and racists are working 25% harder.
 
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