Monday, October 14, 2013

Rebel Flag Outside the White House

Why can't some folks get over the fact that the President of the United States is a Black man? He's number 44 and was been elected by the majority of the American people to serve this country for two terms as it's leader, the most powerful man in the world. Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D. C. It is their home.

When Michael Ashmore of Hooks, TX (pictured above) waved the confederate flag outside the gates of the White House, it was just as if he had put on his white sheets and burned a cross on their lawn. He attended the "Million Vets March" which was supposedly to protest the government shutdown and he listened to Republican Senators Mike Lee (Utah) and Ted Cruz (Texas) spew hostility against the President. I guess Ashmore and the others in the Tea Party crowd weren't aware that Lee and Cruz were prime architects of the Shutdown, although they sought to blame Barack Obama. Joining in with her usual toxic speech, ex-Governor(R-AK) and Fox News associate Sarah Palin charged the President with using Veterans for political gain. Of course, that's an old do something, then blame others for your actions.
Needless to say, I was appalled and offended to see the symbol of political resistance and white supremacy, accompanied by a rebel yell, displayed at the home of our President. Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic and Bloomberg  View summed it up by saying "In many parts of America, waving a confederate flag outside the home of a black family would be considered a hostile act".

To add insult to injury, Freedom Watch Founder Larry Klayman encouraged the Tea Party crowd "to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Koran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up." I guess they still "want their country back". They'll never learn that this country belongs to all its people, not just to a select few.
There are always those who find no fault with displaying the confederate flag. They fail to understand that it is a symbol of hate and persecution to people of color, just as the Swastika evokes the same distaste for Jews. They can keep whistling "Dixie" until the cows come home or at least until 2016. Then, all the AWORMs (angry, white, old Republican males) can try to regain the Presidency with the likes of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. What a sad state of affairs that will be.

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