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It’s just racism

It is actually pretty simple. Without getting overly anecdotal, and to put in very simple words, what President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday was racist.

I’m pretty comfortable in saying most of America has not experienced racism, as to the effect of it being directed at oneself. Racism is where someone is discriminated upon by someone of another race because that person thinks thinks their race is superior. It’s that racism that was directed toward four congresswomen by our president of the United States of America.

If you haven’t seen or heard, the specific tweet which inferred the congresswomen said in full, “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how…”

I could make a list of everything that’s wrong with that tweet, but I guarantee racist would be at the top of it. In so many words, the president said “go back from (where) you came” which would tell someone that they are not wanted in a free country in which they live. And from the long history of decades, centuries where American’s have heard that same phrase, it was because someone of another race thought they were superior enough to say they belong in this country more so than them.

I know when I have heard that phrase, directed at me, in general, or someone like me, the first thought that pops in my head is racist “WHITES ONLY” signs made infamous in the Jim Crow era, where the mindset of America was to treat people of color as second class citizens. While that’s what I think of, some people think worse. Some people hear more hate speech after that, some people see attacks after that, and to some that “go back to where you came from” could have been the last thing they heard before they were murdered because of their race.

Who knows what other images of racism horrified Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib when they heard that from our commander in chief. All of whom, by the way, come from America and popular cities of New York, Minneapolis, Boston and Detroit respectively. So in another inept fallacy, the president has labeled their government (his government) a complete and total catastrophe, broken and corrupt.

So here we are later in the week where President Trump is disavowing a chant of “send her back” said by thousands of supporters at a recent campaign event in North Carolina. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the same disavowal of his own comments. So can we assume he knows better? Or at least he was told better?

But then again just moments after chant the president started telling his audience to “tell them to leave”. Lesson unlearned. And if not unlearned then disingenuous after the fact.

The chant has been blasted by both sides of the aisle. Even Republican leaders and some in Trump’s own White House have spoke out against the chant. And just to be clear, several of them have called on the president urging him to disavow, clarify and apologize for the comments in the original tweet. But, clearly we aren’t getting any of that. Which makes this attitude against the chant at his rally worthless, seemingly making him stand by his initial statement of “go back to where you came from”.

It’s blatant racism. And to be honest, to not speak out against it kind of makes you complicit.

 

Someone’s upset: Cantor defeated in Primary

Eric CantorThe House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been upset in Virginia’s Republican primary.

Results are still coming in, but several agencies are reporting that the political newcomer, economics professor Dave Brat went up against Cantor Tuesday in the 7th District Republican primary and pulled out the impossible. Continue reading Someone’s upset: Cantor defeated in Primary

Americans killed by drone strikes? Don’t worry, they’re terrorist.

The United States government has acknowledged that four Americans were killed by counterterrorism drone strikes since 2009. The announcement was made in a letter written by Attorney General Eric Holder to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy. In the letter, Holder stated that only one of the four was specifically targeted, but the administration were fully aware of the other three deaths.

Since 2009 the United States has been conducting counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda and other associated forces outside of areas of active hostilities. These four deaths, that were kept classified until now, were apart of those operations in Yemen and Pakistan. Many conclusions can be drawn just by looking at the headline of “four Americans killed in drone strikes” but these so-called Americans were not friendly with the country that they were aligned.

The four individuals that were killed were clearly being labeled as associated with al Qaeda or other terror groups and actively planning to kill Americans. The one direct target of a drone strike on a U.S. citizen was Anwar al-Aulaqi, who was named as a senior operational leader of al Qaeda. In addition to various other planned attacks, al-Aulaqi was also involved in assisting the attempted attack of an airplane headed to Detroit on Christmas 2009.

Three others also killed were Samir Khan, Adul Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi and Jude Kenan Mohammed. It’s being reported that Khan was killed in the same drone strike that killed al-Aulaqi, the 16-year-old son of al-Aulaqi was killed in a strike two weeks after his father and Mohammed was killed in another strike in Pakistan.

This is just the most current step taken by the Obama administration to keep the public updated on counterterorrism operations. President Obama made a pledge in the State of the Union to ensure more transparency to the American people and to the world in our country’s efforts to combat terrorism. That’s a pledge that will likely be reiterated by the president in a speech planned on Thursday.

Despite the letter, Holder agrees that there still may be some unanswered questions that may be addressed when the president speaks publicly about this and other counterterrorism efforts in the speech.

Not for nothin’ but the threat of terrorism is real. We recently faced a terror attack in Boston, but we are still at war with al Qaeda. If anything, it confirms that we should be more vigilant. Terrorist can and will come in all different shapes and forms. They could be European, Middle Eastern or American. At at times of war, it may not be opportune to capture enemies, but to use lethal force against anyone who poses a continuing, imminent threat to Americans. What’s the problem with that?

IRS taxed

IRSThe Internal Revenue Service is feeling the heat after admitting that they unfairly targeted some conservative groups when applying for federal tax-exempt status. The political profiling primarily leveled at the Tea Party, is now seeing its share of investigations, congressional hearings and full-blown scandal in just a few days of being publicized.

Wednesday, President Obama held a news conference relating how upset he is with the controversy, vowing to find who’s responsible. Also in the wake, acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller will be stepping down, months after knowing of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups but denying it when questioned before an oversight committee.

Officials with the IRS say some applicants applying for tax-exempt status were reviewed with further scrutiny than others if they were affiliated with the terms “tea party” or “patriot” in their name. Several Tea Party groups reported stalls and an unreasonable amount of questioning in regards to their applications. Complaints came in droves and the IRS had little left to do, but admit the wrong.

After the apology, the excuse that it wasn’t politically motivated followed with claims that it was done as a shortcut were given to save face. “Rogue” employees are being blamed for the overly aggressive handling of request from Tea Party groups. Now Republican leaders are accusing the whole Obama administration of being involved in the allegations.

This is just the newest scandal brewing in the current administration’s second term, but this type of political profiling has been seen before. A quick Google search shows the use of IRS as a political weapon in targeting opponents go as far back as the 1930s. Typically it manages to escape from congressional oversight, but Tea Party representatives are calling it out and U.S. Attorney General has ordered a criminal investigation.

While the allegations of the corruption initially came from the Cincinnati office, conduct of IRS offices nationwide will be looked at. An investigation by the FBI could potentially include civil rights violations, false statements and violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees in taking part in partisan political activities.

Not for nothin’ but, does “a few bad apples” apply in this situation too? We heard the Tea Party movement give that answer in response  to charges of racism, nationalism and bigotry. Sounds like a little turnabout is fair play. There have been several instances where we’ve seen supporters and even founders of the movement display questionable behavior. It’s kind of ironic to hear them say they’re being profiled. Not saying that the IRS is warranted in their unfair treatment of any group, that shouldn’t be tolerated. Unfair behavior of any kind to anyone, shouldn’t be tolerated.