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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dear Mitt Romney: I was pleased to hear that you have accepted an invitation to speak in July before the 103rd convention of the NAACP in Houston. In anticipation of that event, I have taken the liberty of writing a speech for you. It’s only a beginning, space limitations being what they are, but it should get you off to a solid start and you can take it from there. So, here it is:

“Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for inviting me to speak before the nation’s oldest and most storied civil rights organization. I propose not to waste this moment by filling it with the usual vague promises and platitudes. Instead, I want to try something politicians almost never try. It’s called straight talk.

“I am not unmindful that, because of my party affiliation, many of you view my presence here with a certain amount of skepticism. Nor am I unaware that the Republican Party has often seemed to go out of its way to earn that skepticism. The examples abound.

“There was, for instance, the time in 1996 when Sen. Bob Dole refused an invitation to speak before you, saying your then-leader was trying to set him up. In 1994 when Jeb Bush was running for governor of Florida, someone asked what he would do for black voters if elected. ‘Probably nothing,’ he said.

“Nor do we have to go back to the ’90s to find justification for your skepticism. In this very day, we see members of my party seeking to gut the Voting Rights Act and questioning the legality of the Civil Rights Act. We have seen them accused and even convicted of voter suppression. And, yes, we have seen my party provide a haven for those whose animus against the president is motivated not by honest political differences, but by simple, malignant bigotry.

“So, yes, I am aware that my party has done much to earn your skepticism. It is my hope that today we can begin the process of earning your trust. To that end, I propose a complete reset of the relationship between African-American voters and the Republican Party. Today, I serve notice that we intend to do something we have not done for more than 50 years: compete for your votes.

  • montanabill

    Leonard, you are no more an “African American” than I am a “German Irish English Whatever American”. If you must isolate yourself with a label, then black American will suffice, but many of us would just as soon we all become ‘Americans’. I don’t want Romney to look for anything special to do to pander to black Americans, or brown Americans (although I do have a nice tan) or white Americans. I want him to put forth policies that will allow each of us to achieve whatever our individual dreams happen to be without the strings that come with government largess. That includes equal ‘liberty and justice for all’. I agree with you that he does need to provide specifics. Last time, we all got caught up in platitudes and I hope that doesn’t happen again. You also have to ask yourself if the black community has done enough to change the culture of anti-education, dependency, thuggery and blaming someone else for keeping them down. Maybe if the NAACP concentrates on this issues without becoming part of some political party, the goal you seek can be achieved. I suspect it can never be achieved with ‘identity’ politics.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Good afternoon, montana! Haven’t caught up with you in a while. I hope you are well.

      Well stated post, my friend. I keep wondering when black Americans are going to wake up and notice that despite voting as a virtual monolithic block for the DemocRAT party, their economic standing has continued to decline with a social disorder that now includes nearly 70% of black babies born to single mothers, high school graduation rates below 50%, extremely high rates of incarceration, and urban environments like Detroit (and hundreds of others) that are veritable war zones. All of this over 40+ years of supporting DemocRAT politicians and policies.

      If you have not read Star Parkers article on the “Uncle Sam’s Plantation”, it’s a great read. Google it. You’ll find it. She’s figured it out and likens dependency to a subtle form of slavery.

      It pains my heart to see the other side demonize us on the right without realizing that we really want the most and best for ALL Americans, black, brown, orange, white, yellow, purple, polka dotted, whatever. I don’t see a man’s color. I look for the content of his character like MLK said he did. I wish everyone did the same.

      Have a great day, montana!

      • Miranda

        Wingnuts are so funny.

        • ObozoMustGo

          Mir… while I appreciate the complement for my sense of humor, this post is entirely factual and serious. What is it about my post that you dispute?

          Have a nice day!

        • montanabill

          Read above Miranda, and stop making assumptions.

      • montanabill

        Despite my handle, Obozo, I mostly live in a very mixed community. I don’t see my neighbors or golf buddies in colors. We are people. I can say, however, that we are people who have worked to escape the entrapment of stereotypes. My neighborhood is the kind of place that is the American aspiration, people of all colors living the American dream. It is possible!

        • ObozoMustGo

          montana.. I am the same way. Nice neighborhood in PA with every stripe of human living in harmony. I not only think it’s just possible, but in reality the way it is in most places across America, except the urban centers. But without the race card, the left has lost one of the major arrows in their quiver, and the race hustlers are out of business. They MUST trump up the charges of racism to make us all believe in an America that, while it may not fit our lives, it MUST exist somewhere else. It’s a myth! This myth is a powerful tool of the left. Unfortunately. I just laugh at them when they throw the race card at me. It’s so old and trite it doesn’t mean anything any more.

          That’s my 2 cents.

          Have a great night, montana!

          Keep fighting the good fight.

    • Miranda

      *sigh*…….yeah, advice from that great bastion of diversity Montana. Sure.

      • montanabill

        Don’t make judgements by handles Miranda, you could be very wrong.

        • ObozoMustGo

          dont be quick to judgement…. Miranda could be a dude!?!?!?!?!?!!!!

          I’m just sayin…..

    • joyscarbo

      Wow, Bill, that is extremely insulting. You can’t even put down your neo-conservative cross long enough to understand the simple truth: not everyone is having the same, charming American experience that you’ve had. Try looking beyond the end of your nose. Even the most successful minorities will tell you that they paid extra dues and put up with a measure of discrimination to get where they are. Justice is doled out differently for people of color in America and that’s a fact that many white people just don’t want to believe. You can’t know what a man experiences until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. Quit telling African Americans that their experience is somehow wrong because you don’t get it. Equality has come a long way but it’s certainly not because republicans have done anything to help it along.

      • montanabill

        You certainly are capable of making a lot of assumptions about my life history. Has it ever occurred to you that certain groups, even in a mostly white community, are subject to a similar kind of discrimination? You also generalized when you state that for people of color, justice is doled out differently. All colors? All income groups? Discrimination can occur along many facets. Life isn’t fair…and never will be. But what you do about your situation can change everything. All you really need is the desire and freedom to make changes.

        • ObozoMustGo

          montana… by definition, their views of the world are jaded by the spectacles of victimization. It’s a religion to these people. The Holy Trinity of the Left: Race, Gender, Class. Everything falls into one or more of those 3 categories and someone is always oppressed. It’s just the way it is. And I actually like Joy and rustacus, as well. But they are blind. They’ll never understand that EVERYONE in this world has challenges, and the real measure of a man/women is in the struggle to overcome them.

          Have a great day, montana!

      • rustacus21

        Baby, please xcuse him! He probably doesn’t get out much, especially to the library or book stores, where there are wonderful readings on multiculturalism, self-help (to get rid of phobias & pathologies) & simply meet people, for the sake of socializing w/a more diverse, SANE crowd. He didn’t know that when the NAACP was started, it was during the period when lynchings of Black, Brown, Red & Yellow peoples was at its highest in U.S. history, or that successful communities of color were regularly burned to the ground b/c they were financially & economically successful (see > http://wwwdottherootdotcom/views/legacy-greenwood http://digitaldotlibrarydotokstatedotedu/encyclopedia/entries/T/TU013dothtml <), or that people of color had so little economic power individually, to combat institutional racism, that the NAACP filled the breach, collectively, in response. Living in caves, in back woods or holed up in a lonely apartment – ALONE – does things to the minds of the fearful, anxious & paranoid. U'r point of people of color gaining success & paying an xtra heavy price is no more evident than what's happening to OUR nation's president & OUR nations Attorney General! Its pathetic. It's sad. Its racist. But don't xpect Romney to call out racists, who are the base of his supporters – even in front of people of color…

  • And if someone will ask him what makes him think he maybe a better President than the present he should say because he ………..or why does the Black vote matters to him at this moment he should say…….

    • Leave all that to his keepers.. They’ll eventually tell him what to say once they can think up some whoppers then you can compare flip-flops. Passing on all the issues then nagging about Obama’s red sox quip? (tacky).

  • ObozoMustGo

    NUMBER FOR THE DAY ——– 14

    The number of prominant DemocRAT politicians that are running from Obozo and the DemocRAT convention for his 2nd party incarnation ceremony. They are smart!!!

    Have a nice day!

    • ExPAVIC

      OBOZO

      Speaking of rats, how is the world’s dumbest rat, YOU

      • ObozoMustGo

        Ex… aside from being a racist and a bigot, you’re also a stone-cold idiot!

        • ExPAVIC

          TAKE YOUR PROZAC DRUGGIE

          • ObozoMustGo

            Ex… aside from being a racist and a bigot, you’re also a stone-cold idiot!

          • ExPAVIC

            TAKE YOUR PROZAC YOU DUMB AMERICAN TALIBAN REPUBLICAN DRUGGIE

          • ObozoMustGo

            Ex… aside from being a racist and a bigot, you’re also a stone-cold idiot!

          • ExPAVIC

            IDEA

            So like OBAMA TOLD YOU, go out and get some health insurance. That should keep you supplied in PROZAC.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Ex… aside from being a racist and a bigot, you’re also a stone-cold idiot!

          • ExPAVIC

            WHAT?

            Come on Mr. smart mouth you can do better than that.

            How about a condolence card for Mittens RoMoney about putting his mouth in gear before engaging his brain.

            Hmmm, that sounds a lot like you

          • ObozoMustGo

            Ex… aside from being a racist and a bigot, you’re also a stone-cold idiot!

          • ExPAVIC

            SENILE OLD FART

            YOU KEEP REPEATING YOURSELF. ARE YOU SENILE TOO?

            HOW ABOUT THAT SUPREME COURT? NOW POOR PEOPLE CAN HAVE THE SAME HEALTH CARE AS THE RICH AMERICAN TALIBAN REPUBLICANS.

            WHAT NOW?

            THE AMERICAN TALIBAN IS GOING TO SHOOT ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADES AT THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING?

          • ObozoMustGo

            Ex… aside from being a racist and a bigot, you’re also a stone-cold idiot!

          • ExPAVIC

            COME ON YOU CAN DO BETTER

            Say something else stupid and show how dumb RoMoney backers really are.

    • ExPAVIC

      WHAT?

      More bogus information from the drugged up mind of OBOZO. Please take your Prozac.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Ex… aside from being a racist and a bigot, you’re also a stone-cold idiot!

    • rustacus21

      Mr. Bozo – good of U 2 get out again!!! I saw this @the “Bank” article… Check ME out there 4 mine… Sheer Shakespeare if I say so myself (LOL!!!!!!!!) & have a Gr8 day!!!

      • ObozoMustGo

        hahahahahahahahaha…. uhhhh… rusty… you have a way to go before you can consider yourself “Shakespeare”…. hehehehehehe…..

        You crack me up, dude. I gotta hand it to you, you do have balls!!! hehehehee 🙂 It’s one of the reasons that, despite our opposite views, I actually like you and enjoy our exchanges. Keep em coming.

        I’ll post a response. Look for it.

        Have a gr8 day, rusty!

        • rustacus21

          SEE!!! I knew there were literate bones in that tired old conservative body of U’rs (LOL!!!!!!)… I knew if nobody else on here, U’d get a good laugh out of that & if nothing else, appreciate the effort (hahahahaha) & a G’day 2 U 2…

  • All romney has to say is that vote for Him …Romney and the Republicans would never sponsor or listen to race baiting haters and liars like Al Sharpton , Jesse jackson and most iomportantly racist MURDERER Eric Holder . He should say the if the NAACP is really concerned with racial equality and being seen as equal partners in America rather then just good loyal sklaves for their slave master in the Dem Party the should distance themselves from the Dems and these people …It’s hard to believe that the left labels others as intolerant or that they play the race card when they have people like this in their ranks ..The left is Hypocrites and Liars . They are Haters who are intolerant and the truth hurts

    • rustacus21

      The “Left” that U refer to has made it possible for there to BE an America!!! Do U know whose “side” the “right” was on during the Revolutionary War? During the Civil War? During Reconstruction? During all the years of jim crow? How about the 140 years it took for Women to be legally “RECOGNIZED” as equal to men? During the post Civil War period of lynching of Americans – but particularly African Americans? How about the Civil (or more PROPERLY – Human) Rights era? MayB U need to figure out why there’s an NAACP in the 1st place (see < http://wwwdotpbsdotorg/wnet/jimcrow/stories_events_naacpdothtml http://endotwikipediadotorg/wiki/ATF_gunwalking_scandal <), or U'd know the only "lies" being covered R the 1's under executive seal by the last administration, to keep the truth from U & the rest of the American public, from knowing why this INSANE program was ever begun & WHY THIS PRESIDENT ORDERED the A.G. Holder to SHUT IT (fast & furious) DOWN, once it was discovered!!! I began w/a question: the answer of which is the "right" has "ALWAYS" been on the side opposing Constitutional guarantees, rights & provisions to ALL Americans! B/c they don't teach that in schools anymore – thanks to Nixon putting the ax to Civics education – many Americans don't know alot of Civic & political or any other kind of history. My advise: READ MORE & change to a different channel other than Fox!!!

  • ExPAVIC

    Suggestion

    Maybe Mittens could tell the group how he and other rich American Taliban Republicans really hate blacks and won’t let them live in their gated communities.

  • You are living in a dream world if you think anyone at the NAACP would believe this speech. Romney and the white Repubs. will always look at blacks as inferior. They could care less how many black men are in prison. Romney’s liberty and justice for all does not apply to blacks or any other minority. He could never relate to black people; latinos…you name them. He probably has only seen black people when he fired them. Discrim. is still alive and well 150 yrs after the Civil War. We hide it better now. The Right Wing is his base which he will never stand up to.

  • ExPAVIC

    THERE’S MORE

    So if you think that the current Supreme Court is liberal, after the election Obama will get to appoint THREE more justices.

    That should set the American Taliban Republicans into a tizzy. Also will be enough to persecute the Taliban and make the Tea Party illegal.

    Bye Sarah, it’s back to the salmon cannery for you.

    Maybe Mittens will get a job as neighborhood surveillance watchboy.

  • rustacus21

    Sometimes, B4 posting, I like to scroll the comments & “Disappointed” seems to hit nail after nail rite on the head. I’m 2 am getting from Romney an air of condescendence & this feeling he wasn’t there w/the audience & I distinctly remember the exact same speech coming from other Republicans, pitting they & the Democratic party against each other in similar fashion, while still unable to overcome &/or xplain the legacy of Nixon & Reagan & the Bush’s – all of whom have, combined, implemented obsticles, hinderances & roadblocks to opportunity, simply by virtue of 1 single policy – tax cuts for the wealthy alone. This leaves out 98.9% of African Americans, but more, w/the cutting of K-12 & higher ed funding (both cut savagely between the 4), w/the realization that education is THE primary means of attaining the American dream & beyond, in building legacy wealth enjoyed by the 1%. Especially if Romney carries thru on his promise to “privatize” America’s Public Education system?! This entire oximoronic exercise is quite shallow & not very well organized, as all the African Americans I’ve discussed the differences between Liberal/Progressives & conservatives always address this point, that the frustration of making educational & economic gains during administrations such as Carter & Clinton, only to see them reversed under the pretenses of faux crisis, is pretty much developed into an already prearranged script for Republicans. Somehow, someway, conservatives find a way to sabotage the nation, so opportunities can be curtailed & all those promises again go hollow. The real shame here is Romney, like the Bush’s, like Reagan, like Nixon, never believed any of that hogwash, intending to do xactly what they eventually did, from the very beginning. After all, can it be an accident w/4 consecutive Republican administrations, that the nation – “just by chance”, happens to fall into crisis during their terms? This is getting pretty old & it’s no longer non-Whites who are being hurt exclusively. Do they need Romney to recant “THEIR” (conservatives) failures @governance? Please read this again, consider who he’s addressing & ask U’r self, if there’s nothing new here, he essentially is, as “Disappointed” said, hiding well the reality he plans to leave things just as they are. He is, after all, speaking as a 1%’er. & where are his loyalties? U be the judge…