Ordinarily I am pretty happy to delete stuff in my inbox without comment to the sender if I think that it is just junk that has been forwarded to death. I even had a YouTube forwarding session/intervention with one friend who thought it was awful that Obama was not hand on heart in the middle of a Iowa farm field even though the others on the stage were not facing the flag, but the audience for the cameras with their hands over their hearts. The YouTube video clearly showed Obama singing along with the national anthem, but that was not good enough for some.
In all the continuing rumble about how Obama is "different" in religion or practice of patriotic observance various strange things have been said and done by various GOP groups interlaced with groups that have names like: "White Pride World Wide."
Obama Loves America Like OJ loved Nicole
Well, this time I received a mailing with all one hundred plus forwarding email addresses to my inbox with the title:
Obama 'explains' why he doesn't salute the American Flag
This piece was attributed to LTG Bill Ginn ASAF retired. He has denounced it as untrue personally on "The Truth Cops" citing his own experience at assisting in integration of the Air Force Leadership School and his great respect for the Tuskeegee airmen with whom he has worked. The general has further decried the use of his name by some one lacking the guts to use their own.
Referencing the general's outrage, and linking to the site, I also sent the following to all who received this email from a single sender:
I think that it is time to admit what truly bothers you about Barack Obama. Instead of half truths and unsupported myths why don't you admit it? Why don't you have the honest with yourselves to admit that you would rather have a Caucasian? Why don't you form a party designed around not be inclusive?
The obvious fact is that you wouldn't like Colin Powell either. There will be a minority president someday soon. Would you prefer that it be a heavily indoctrinated polarizing candidate or are you suspicious of a man who was raised by his family overseas? John McCain was born overseas on a military base in, as I recall, the Panama Canal Zone. He was a Navy brat who traveled the world and was exposed to other cultures. What are you afraid of...exactly?
When Americans take it upon themselves to determine or suggest that someone is not patriotic or "American Enough" to be president it is reminiscent of a very dark time in our history where:
"Irish need not Apply"
"Jews Dogs and Niggars on the back of the bus"
"Roman Catholics are a pawn of a foreign potentate"
"Segregation Now, Segregation Forever"
We are a nation totally of immigrants. Now if minorities frighten you so you have options, but they are not good ones. You can give the country back to the Indians we stole it from, or you can do you best to be true believers in the power of an inclusive republic.
If you were to discuss issues rather than dance around skin color you would be forced to ask yourself the one and only important question surrounding the campaign. Ask yourself if you are better off now than you were before Bush II came to office. Be honest with yourself, can you say you are better off or the country is better off? Can you say you are better off with Mr. Harvard "Skull and Bones" or would you prefer the fellow who was editor of the Harvard Law Review with the "foreign" name Obama.
Would you prefer a repeat of the C student (John McCain admits to be fifth from the bottom in his graduating class) or would you prefer a graduate with honors? Would you prefer a gent who admits he doesn't know a lot about the economy? If so, John McCain is your man and he is so very Caucasian he has the skin cancers to prove it and would be the oldest man ever to become president of our country. Somehow, considering the challenges of this time, I do not find that comforting. I also do not find it comforting that he does not know how to use the internet. If you are old enough to remember the last four years of the Eisenhower presidency it should bring you no comfort as well to imagine a chief executive impaired by what can only be called "drift."
I have always flown the American Flag, but patriotism is about deeds and not appearances. A flag pin is not a flag, but it has become a symbol for all the talking heads who have displayed a false patriotism while sending YOUR money to Haliburton Corporations and various "war" related no bid blind contracts that YOU are paying ten Billion dollars a month to support. Your social security, your domestic tranquility, your choice, but make it on real issues.
Interestingly none of these one hundred plus people have mailed me back.