Friday, August 1, 2008

Obama Heckled

Update: Here's another opinion/thought on the issue I think I agree with.

I debated whether or not to blog about this. I feel the hecklers were well intentioned but embarrassingly misinformed.

Now. I have my problems with Barack Obama and his "personal responsibility" rhetoric towards the black community. I wish they had heckled him on that issue. But, as I've said before, other places if not here, Obama is far better in policy for Black America than his rhetoric lets on. That was one of the reasons I chose to support him over Hillary Clinton before the Clintons went all redneck on us.

Of course, the heckling should help Obama with white folks scared of the "Revolution."

And I say all that to lead to this - check out Jack and Jill. They address the issue quiet well.

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This isn't too complicated. If you disagree with me, I'm more than happy to have an honest discussion. I'm quite open to learning new facts and ideas. I'm dying for a conservative to explain their ideas in a sensible way.

But, I do have rules, and they also apply to those who agree with me. They just get the benefit of my already knowing the fact they'll be referring to.

So, here're the comment thread rules:

1 - Use facts.
2 - Refer to policy.
3 - Don't rely on theories and conjectures. Show me how, for example, a public health insurance option will lead to "rationing" of health care.
4 - No unfounded attacks on any entity.

If you break those rules, I will edit your comment to my own whimsical satisfaction.

Lastly, perhaps most importantly, I'm not going to entertain too much pro-white/racism-denying discussion. I want this to be a space to discuss strategies to fight racism, not space where I have to fight racism. I want anti-racists to be able to come here for a mental respite. If what you're interested in doing is attempting to demonstrate the fallacy of anti-racism by repeating the same ole comments and questions and accusations we hear all the time, please do that somewhere else.

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