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June 5th, 2009
06:32 AM ET

Avlon: 'Wingnut' liberal calls for Obama's resignation

Editor’s note: John P. Avlon is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics and writes a weekly column for The Daily Beast. Previously, he served as Chief Speechwriter for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and was a columnist and associate editor for The New York Sun.

Ted Rall (L) and Tom Tancredo (R).

Ted Rall (L) and Tom Tancredo (R).

In the wingnut view of the world, there is no accusation too extreme and no problem that can’t be solved with a demand for the president’s resignation. Need new proof? Take a look at this week’s wingnuts – Tom Tancredo and Ted Rall.

The debate over the Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination took an unexpected turn this week, with Republicans on defense after accusations of racism started sounding wingnutty even to some supporters.

Tom Tancredo’s comments were case in point. The creationist former Colorado congressman and self-styled anti-illegal immigrant crusader took to the airwaves and managed to conjure up not one but two howlers in the space of days.

Judge Sotomayor is a member of the National Council of La Raza, the country’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization, which counts among its 300 major sponsors companies like Wal-Mart. Even if you disagree with their prescription for immigration reform, it sounds pretty legit, right? Not in the world according to Tom Tancredo, who took an opportunity on CNN to describe the organization as “nothing more than a ... Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses.”

KKK comparisons are just short of Nazi comparisons in the hierarchy of out-of-bounds political metaphors. The KKK is the KKK – full stop. Unless there are actual lynchings involved, it’s best to back off.

But maybe Tancredo was just having an off moment, spurred by emotional scars from the immigration debate. He quickly surrendered any benefit of the doubt when he was asked by David Shuster on MSNBC whether he thought “the Obama administration hates white people.” Tancredo couldn’t quite bring himself to sound reasonable even in the face of that logical softball, pausing for thought and then saying “I don’t know.” When incredulously pushed again, Tancredo laid his cards on the table: “I have no idea whether they hate white people or not!”

Really? This would be news to the millions of white people who voted for Obama, let alone the white members of his cabinet and staff – to say nothing of the members of his mother’s family. For all the wingnut hocus pocus during the campaign, (remember the “Obama is the anti-Christ” emails?) the closest to this conspiracy theory was the Pennsylvania McCain volunteer who carved a “B” on her face, claiming she was assaulted by a black Obama supporter. Note to Republicans: Give the obsession with race a rest.


On the left, columnist and talented political cartoonist Ted Rall made something of a milestone for himself this week, by becoming the first figure on the left to call for President Obama’s resignation – because he hasn’t been liberal enough.

"The gap between the soaring expectations that accompanied Barack Obama's inauguration and his wretched performance is the broadest such chasm in recent historical memory. This guy makes Bill Clinton look like a paragon of integrity and follow-through…Obama is useless. Worse than that, he's dangerous. Which is why, if he has any patriotism left after the thousands of meetings he has sat through with corporate contributors, blood-sucking lobbyists and corrupt politicians, he ought to step down now–before he drags us further into the abyss."

The prime area of Rall’s anger at President Obama is his continuity with President Bush on detentions of terrorist suspects. Forget the heat he’s taken for announcing the close to Guantanamo without a plan for what to do with the detainees. And forget the fact that much of Obama’s success in closing the perceived “national security gap” between Democrats and Republicans has been due to his bipartisan national security appointments (most recently tapping New York Republican John McHugh to serve as Secretary of the Army) and centrist policies that have depolarized the debate over Iraq and focused our efforts on stabilizing Afghanistan.

For Rall, the absence of immediate reversal of all Bush national security policies is not just an unforgivable hypocrisy but a sign of something much more sinister: “there is something rotten inside him…Obama has revealed himself. He is a monster, and he should remove himself from power.”

These considered words were offered underneath the subheader, “With Democrats Like Him, Who Needs Dictators?” With dizzy and destructive Democrats like Rall, who needs rabid Republicans?

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of John Avlon.


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soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Kelly

    Rydeh–Your views are wildly wrong. I am as white as they come, but I voted for Obama. So did 2 of my 3 siblings (also white), my husband (even whiter than I am), and 14 of my 16 cousins (I'm not gonna say it, but, you know, white).

    June 5, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  2. Charles

    Why do those on the right paint all truthful news writing as liberal. Is it that conservatives are not honest. Wellll, if you take the most recent administration, then no they are not. I guess for the truth you must listen to the "Left" if that is the only right (honest) news....

    June 5, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  3. StevenVA

    Here's a thought for consideration: When you can do a better job than the man you voted (or otherwise voted against) into office, then you can call for his resignation. On that same token, if had you abstained from the vote, then you shouldn't even be complaining in the first place. You made your choice not to get your vote counted in an election where "every vote counts." Let the man do his job for the next 4 years. If someone else better comes along, vote for him/her in 2012. At least he's not invading countries for oil or to find WMDs that don't exist.

    Of course given the source of the article and the extremists that support him, I'm sure you'll all have some concocted conspiracy theory to share with me against which I could provide a stack of documented proof as evidence to the contrary.

    The guy's been in office for less than half a year, folks. Bush was in office for eight years because we LET him serve that term. Who's done the greater amount of damage?

    June 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Carl

    Left, right, and centrist doesn't matter in today's America. If you draw out a line. The far right is anarchy. Just to the left was the articles of confederation; our first Constitution. Just to the left of this is our present US Constitution. Just to the left of this are the Ron Paul's of the world.

    Now, travel all the way to the far left, and you have statists/total control governments. Now, just to the right of that are 21st century democrats. Just to the right of that are 21st century neo conservatives.

    Now, being in the center of our "right" and "left" wings in the country doesn't mean anything. They are still way on the left. It's why I'll never vote in this nation ever... unless we see something different.

    June 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Scott in NH

    As a Democrat I outright applaud Tancredo and Limbaugh. The more off the deep end the wing nuts go, the more centrists they drive to our side.

    June 5, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Jim C

    I suppose the liberal wingnut calling for Obama's resignation (right! that's gonna happen) has thought through the consequences of his demand – Joe Biden becomes the president. In what universe is that an improvement?

    June 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Paco - Tucson, AZ

    "With dizzy and destructive Democrats like Rall, who needs rabid Republicans?"

    Here, here!

    June 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  8. Alexis

    Translation of La Raza-

    "The Race"

    What group names themselves this?

    Need I say more.

    P.S. This is coming from a Native American.

    June 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  9. CLIFF

    If Avlon wants to find the real "wingnut" he needs to simply look in a mirror!
    Ofcourse, with people like "shag" following his every word he has a ready-made audience. Liberalism at work...dumbing down Americans by the minute. Truly sad!

    June 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Jim C

    What more proof is needed that Obama is charting the right course when both conservatives and liberals are calling for his head.

    Now I know I made the right choice by voting for him.

    June 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  11. FL Racefan

    Obama is the worst president we have ever had. Jimmy Carter is thrilled to be passing that torch. America is not going to be the same after this bozo gets done. Wait til inflation hits. Food, gas, utilities will all increase along with gas. National security will be threatened. Thanks to all the lemmings that voted for this poor excuse of a leader just because "he wasn't George Bush" You were all so easily brainwashed.

    June 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  12. moonstone

    Relax and watch vicariously. Has it occurred to
    you that the Messiah is here?

    June 5, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  13. tammy

    Why can't we all just be Americans? Why is it always " the blacks" or "the Hispanics"? Racism is alive and well because they are the ones saying it! Just shut up all ready! When the white people become the minority, (which is rapidly approaching), you won't be hearing any of them crying about the poor white people.

    June 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  14. Deb

    Ok so I'm white and voted for Obama so that makes me what?... Oh yeah .. AMERICAN! These rich white republicans screaming racism at the drop of hat are as insane sounding as the anti-gay group calling anyone who stands up for gay rights a " heterophobe" .. seriously how old are these people? .. because the are acting and sounding like 7yr olds.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  15. Madcap

    Why hate for color anyway? Can't we start hating where hate deserves to be used? Stupid people! The stupids lower the bar all over the place taking the rest of us down with 'em!

    Social darwinism would be great for culling the weak from the chaff!

    Recap: Hate the stupid = good.
    Hate the color = stupid.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  16. your mom

    so is this what it boils down to now?someone defames your higher power and now they are discounted as wingnuts? You're a KOOK!!! and use the money you make from these articles and support our trusty leader by donating your earnings towards our worlds economic relief....KOOK!

    June 5, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  17. wishing

    This just shows you that there are bozos on both extremes. Stay the course Mr. President.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  18. Arthur Hass

    Hey Dude:

    It's what he was elected to do. Get a life!

    June 5, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  19. Mike

    All you people crack me up. None of you can debate a subject without it ending the same way, by calling the other side "idiot" or "stupid" just because they don't share your viewpoint, you have to revert to personal attacks. How imature. That shows how insecure you all really are. God help us all.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  20. Tom

    These people are supposed to be rational adults! Why do they have to resort to KKK-style ranting to get attention? Once they stop to take a breath and someone asks a question about their rants, they start looking like the fools they are.

    These guys make Iran's Ahmadinejad look like a serene elder statesman.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  21. CGJ

    I will be glad when things start to get better, and all of this doubt about Obama can be put to rest.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:49 pm |
  22. shawn

    What does describing Tom Tancredo as a "creationist" do for this article other than gain KUDO's from your ultra Liberal reader? I got as far as the sentence that described Tom as a "creationist" and couldn't go any further. Its as you think being a "creationist" is a bad thing? Stick to the facts next time and then I'll be able to finish the article.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  23. Jay

    Many of these comments do make me fearful for the future of America, but I know, that what has made America great for the past 233 years, will allow us to overcome such bigotry espoused in these posts. It's great that we can share such views so openly (though I don't know how "open" a forum with no real associations to the posts is), but it's sad that such views seem to be so rampant.

    Racism is an inherent part of our culture. Racism did not die with the Civil Rights Movement or with the election of our first Black president. Instead of overlooking the inherent racism, we must realize its presence and work to slowly eliminate it. It's been years of racism. It's not going to disappear overnight. Tolerance is so important. Every religion preaches it (at least the centrist versions), but seldom is it actually lived.

    To James, the numbers of Muslims actually varies depending on your source. One study did say 1.2 million, and another says 7 million.

    To those who think Obama has done nothing so far, I would like to know what anyone would have done thus far in this time span. Many of the difficulties our country faces were not sown in mere months so we must not expect them to be remedied in mere months.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  24. GoP

    Wow I like it when I read people accusing others that if you don’t agree with Obama then you must be an Obama hater.

    I thought the left loved people that descent with the president? Did that change once they got their guy into office?

    Since liberals agree with liberal democrats it does not matter what policy Obama cares to move on because they will stand by him no matter how badly he runs this country.

    And when did these centrist policies depolarize the debate over Iraq and focused our efforts on stabilizing Afghanistan?

    From what I understand the left still wants us out of Iraq at all cost so nothing has changed there. Most liberals would also want our troops out of Afghanistan but as long as the guy they voted for sends more troops they keep their opinions to their selves.

    Obama is doing just enough to keep them from being upset that he has not done what he said he do when he got into office.

    I have yet to hear one liberal be able to point out what Obama has done that made their lives so much better then it was a year ago under Bush. But I am sure they will say hey it’s only been a few months give him more time.

    I’m sure 3 years from now we will hear the liberals and Obama ask all of us again to give him more time and 4 more years. The only problem is our country does not have the time to wait on him to make it worst!

    June 5, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  25. rayshir

    the sooner the better .the 18 letter named hussein barrack obama which is 666 is dethroned. what is it going to take the bible prophecy to be fulfiled before america wakes up. may god forgive those of you that put this joke in power

    June 5, 2009 at 9:42 pm |
  26. Pete Greyghost

    John in Ohio, just what is your point? There were Jews in Germany that voted for Hitler! The fact that you can point to a lot of people that screwed up is no big deal. History is full of people that followed the wrong leader. Just ask the soldiers that were at the Little Big Horn.
    Somehow, I get the feeling that Obama is the USA's Custer. I just hope that I am wrong, but I am not betting on it.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:42 pm |
  27. ST

    @ Ryden

    Clearly you do not know the difference between a Hispanic, a Latino, and a Spaniard. A Latino is not born in Spain, a Latino represents Latin America, which consists of South, and Central America. A Hispanic is a person of Spanish decent (as in from Hispanola), and a Spaniard is someone born in Spain.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  28. republicans hate america

    Yawn.....what a waste of time to call for any resigantion of a president like they will ever listen to a loser like a pundit for that. Obama will not resign and in fact I cant wait until i am part of his re-election. get used to it Obama is here to stay.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  29. richmond

    If Obama is a centrsist then I guess I must be a leftist.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  30. bc in colorado's 6th district

    It was embarrassing to have him as my US Representative all those years. I thought perhaps he would go away after he chose not to run again this past November. But no, he's still around and I continue to be embarrassed. TOM! Get ahold of yourself. You are an embarrassment to far too many people.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  31. aaron, california

    It is all about race, if it was only "demographics" and true populus representation, we'd need a blind, deaf, mute, supreme court justices too, oh wait, we have some on there like that.

    This is the last place, race should be an issue, how can you intepret the constitution and our rights, righteously and justly if you have such biases or skelletons. You can't.

    Sorry folks our wonderful democray is flawed–oh look, there's Canada!

    😦

    June 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  32. reece

    "Why doesn’t CNN just tell everyone what CNN actual political position is
    CNN may not be far, far, far left, just far far left. Just tell everyone the truth if you can."

    Most of the media in the USA are owned by right-wing defence
    contractors – you might want to check into that before assuming anything else. Oddly, the liberals perception that the media is too right wing is consistant with the fact that most are own by right-wing-nuts.
    In Canada, 90% of the media is owned by the Asper family – again check and confirm who owns the media. While you are at it, ask yourself why defence contractors have such a keen interest in owning television & newspapers. Hmmmm.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  33. Sandi

    GOP instill fear,hate and blame everyone else but themselves....seems to be working on all the idiots that believe them as I guess they too are ignorant, because they choose to be affraid and compounded by their own stupidity, is asking for the devil to lead them straight to hell! The irony, you got to love it!

    June 5, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  34. OMG

    Please, far right or far left...les we forget we are not the enemy...but those who cannot abide by the laws of the land should not be given a free pass at your expense...at your loss of job or at the cost of freedom...that I and others have fought to defend but cannot not now get a wage that is sufficent to survive. Stop pandering to those who did not earn the right and recognize the rights under the constitution...In god we trust ?

    June 5, 2009 at 9:34 pm |
  35. Jon

    I'M STARTING TO HATE CNN MORE AND MORER, I agree with all who thinks CNN is creating hate and discomfort amongst race. It almost seems like you watching Fox News with likes of: Campbell Brown ( Yes Bias and a bunch of Bull) and Lou Dobbs a right wing nut case, he will definite fit in at Fox News. CNN, there is nothing Independent about Lou, get rid of this guy he's an Insider for Fox News just like USA Cuba spies.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  36. Lucas

    To Brett from Colorado,

    Doesn't it seem like a lot of extremists are trying to be heard right now? This is a direct effect of Obama's centrism because now, neither extreme is being considered by the administration.

    This is the first I've heard of the leftist extremists mentioned on CNN, but of course you have guys on the other side like Limbaugh trying to get heard too. If this election taught us one thing, it's that extremism of any kind simply doesn't work.

    To the ones claiming racism...

    A lot of people don't consider this simple fact: even if Sotomayor is "racist", she still has to compete with the rest of the members of the Supreme Court. She won't be giving a so-called "racist" ruling all by herself. She'd need help, right? So, stop being so paranoid about it.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:31 pm |
  37. Jonathan

    Why do people on the Internet continue to try to label every one else on the 'far this' or the 'far that' rather than admit that how far something is generally relative to where one stands?

    I'm referring more to the other comments on this forum than to the commentator in the article.

    Are we really center blind?

    June 5, 2009 at 9:31 pm |
  38. Douglas

    Nobama is a 1 term president only. The GOP will take back the White House in 2012. The Bush clan is a dynasty and Jeb has to get his turn in the White House. Jeb can and will clean up the mess nobama is creating. Jeb Bush 2012! America is changing; Democrates are in control, however not for long, 2010 election Gop wins back Senate control.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:31 pm |
  39. CWS

    I wonder if the writer has ever been to an event where La Raza has protested. I know I have, and it was an utter disaster. They were loud, obnoxious and wouldn't let the speaker start speaking for 20 minutes past when he was supposed to start.

    Then, one of the individuals affiliated with the group pulled a fire alarm to further attempt to disrupt the speech.

    All in all, it was shameful how the members of La Raza acted at this particular speech. The use of such tactics is why they get painted with the same brush as the KKK or the Nazis.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:30 pm |
  40. walker

    Just another fat whte male pontificating about his need for white supremacy. Go inhabit an island with Limbaugh, the KKK, Drudge, Beck, Gingrich, et all. Wingnut says it all. Please just screw yourself on some wing and fly away.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  41. David Esteppe

    Everytime I read this blog I have to giggle. I picture 99% of the people writing on it to be holed up in a darkened windowed trailer surrounded by fastfood wrappers and empty Little Debbie snack boxes and a spaceship hovering over the trailer sucking any ability to reason right up through the thin tin roof. Is there a high school diploma amongst ya? For heaven's sake this blog is so embarassing. All I ask is that the educated world not judge all United States citizens by the inane comments and observations of this crowd.
    For the 1 % of the bloggers here who are coherent be strong but do get out and breath fresh air and get some sunshine before you become one of the pod people too. Good luck to all in either case.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  42. valwayne

    A full 1/2 percentage point leap in unemployment. The highest since 1983. 1 in 10 Americans is out of work in Obama's America and we're nowhere near the end. But if you read the mainstream media we didn't lose as many job as expected......the news is great. Can you imagine if unemployment had ever been 9.4% under George Bush? If Obama had trusted the people and cut taxes for individuals and small business we would be turning around now. Instead he relied on massive debt and printed money. As the President of the European Union said....."we are on the road to hell". Obamanomics: You work for the Government, you work for a union with a company owned by the Government, you are unemployed.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:18 pm |
  43. Wow

    For a long time, I have thought that we have misrepresented extreme liberalism and extreme conservatism. It is not a spectrum with liberals on one end and conservatives on the other, it is more of a circle with nut jobs like Rall being right next to nut jobs like Tancredo, Limbaugh, and the rest. The extreme "left" is really no different than the extreme "right".

    June 5, 2009 at 9:17 pm |
  44. Sandy

    I was a swing voter until the last election, now I am Republican because I could see how obvious it was that the media was lying about Republicans and building Obama up to something he isn’t.

    The only reason the man is in Office is because of his skin color.
    His Mother (white) and Grandparents (white) raised him and who gets the credit for him now? The loser Father does. Is this racist or what?

    My husband and I have decided to call ourselves German American and Scottish American, no such thing as American anymore, not in this country.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:17 pm |
  45. Tom

    I like all you stupid whities who were dumb enough to vote for Obama.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  46. Lee

    The problem with all of you is either you're racist or elitists. If you were truly neutral you'd be able to see that you describe things from your own personal bias. I'm looking for a person who can help this country. I don't mind them helping another country as long as we benefit as well. I would hope that same person would work on our justice system and make criminals pay for their crimes appropriately. Take religion OUT of politics and create a system of thought that benefits ALL.

    As long as you run your home in a way that causes no harm to anyone, then it is NOT my place to tell you how to live. Pay your taxes, help your community and environment and inevitably... Die.

    Wake up people! Most of you are sheep and the rest of you are too ignorant to see that you're probably part of the problem also.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  47. Ashley

    BUTTACAVOLI:

    It's people like you that give white people a bad name. The first Colleges were for white people if you didn't know and black people had to establish our own institutions because we were not given the opportunity to attend those "white colleges." As far as the jokes go, no matter what type of joke it is, it is likely to offend somebody. But when it comes to racist remarks coming from a public figure or politician's mouth of course its WRONG. Secondly, the economic problem cannot be fixed over night it takes time to fix eight years of mistakes. So give Obama a break! He has not even been in office for a full year, so who are you to judge. Move to Canada if it will make you feel any better.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  48. Sandy

    I was a swing voter until the last election, now I am Republican because I could see how obvious it was that the media was lying about Republicans and building Obama up to something he isn't.

    The only reason the man is in Office is because of his skin color.
    His Mother (white) and Grandparents (white) raised him and who gets the credit for him now? The loser Father does. Is this racist or what?

    My husband and I have decided to call ourselves German American and Scottish American, no such thing as American anymore, not in this country.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  49. sigh

    I've read the comments before mine and some of them are so absurd that it's hard to believe that the person putting forth the ideas really believes them. If they believe their misguided, twisted logic... *shaking head*.. I just hope the percentage of folks like that is very low, like .0001% of the population. The one premise that is so unbelievable to me is that 'Obama hates white people'. Evidently that is because he labels himself as African American. Consider this: if you saw Obama walking down the street, and he was an unknown person, would you think he was black or of mixed-race? When you see a young black male walk down the street do you consider that he may be mixed with other races? Why would it make a difference one way or the other? The answer: your perception guides how you treat people. And that is called RACISM. Way before you and I were born, the majority (white people) in America said that if there is one drop of black blood in a person they were black. These people of a few black drops of blood were rejected by mainstream (white) society. And NOW you say it is BLACK RACISM??? Un-be-liev-able!!!!! Sometimes I hope to hasten my generations demise so that the young people can build on their new vision of color-blindness.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  50. david

    Obama,

    What a hard working young ambitious guy. He is turning out to be better than i had hoped. His dedication and convictions inspire me.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  51. hope

    Rasmusen is another wingnut.....

    extremism on either side and in any country is a dangerous
    thing.............so many people are so illogical, angry, and nasty
    it is very scary............

    June 5, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  52. Stella

    What's sad is that real issues regarding Ms. Sotomayer are being obscured by all this nonsense about race (although Spanish are Caucasian, so not even really race). The fact is, she ruled IN FAVOR of Bush administration policies more often than not, affirming virtually all of his anti-choice measures on abortion, including the Mexico City rule (no money to social services that provide abortion counseling, even it the money given isn't actually used for abortions). She also was principal in the Ricci vs. DeStefano discrimination decision, which has to be one of the most legally indefensible court decisions ever made by a judge. She clearly does not respect the law she is supposed to uphold; she is the Rose Bird of this generation and no one is paying attention. Everyone just keeps talking about the significance of her "race" and supposedly racist comments, which is ridiculous in the face of actual problems.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  53. JD

    Hate to break it to you liberals, but Tancredo is right. Anyone who's bothered to learn even a little Spanish can clearly understand that "La Raza" means "The Race." And the true meaning of La Raza is best spelled out in their racist motto, which reads (and I quote): "Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada!" In Engish, this is, “For the race everything! For those outside the race nothing!"

    If that isn't racist, then kindly tell me what IS!

    June 5, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  54. Carl Justus

    With nuts like Tom Tancredo, Ted Rall, Alligator mouth Limbaugh, along with McConnell of Kentucky who needs the KKK or the National review, or any other so called "left" or "right" magazine, newspaper, or any other radio personality to tell us what we and our leaders should do.

    People like them along with some millions more is the reason we do going down the path to becoming a split nation and will be able to do little for ourselves or the world

    June 5, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  55. Phil

    Most of but not all of the nation is WAY past being racist.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  56. BabyD

    Seriously, what ever happened to unbiased news? CNN you continue to baffle me with your loud proclamation of "No Bias" by putting out stories like this with a clear political viewpoint.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  57. mh

    hey John in Ohio. Not everyone is a dumb as you!!!

    June 5, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  58. David in San Diego

    I just LOVE it. The self-destructive Republican't party in CA has spread its self-ridicule nationwide. Tancredo is a joke, but the more he talks the more I LOVE him (but not in THAT way). With public faces (and voices) like Gingrich, Palin, the fat drug abuser, the Faux News papist, and Tancredo, the GOPhers have won the trifecta of "don't even think of putting our types in charge." It is the gift that keeps on giving.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  59. Edwin

    @Freddie Keyes, you wrote "I cannot understand why CNN would continue to air these type of comments..."

    It is really very simple - CNN is in the business of making money. Straight news has NEVER made as much money as emotions like anger and hate. Just look throughout history.

    I'll bet many more people read the comments of crazed haters than would read the comments of normal sensible people. So they post the crazed haters.

    (Plus, sensible people post less often than the enraged and disenfranchised.)

    June 5, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  60. Joe

    Every time you pay attention to the crazies, you empower them. Ignore them. Spend your time and energy on something worthwhile. If your neighbor's dog was barking, would you go out on all fours and bark at it until it stopped? Or would you shut your door?

    June 5, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  61. Kevin

    Hey Brett....
    if you do not like America then get out.
    and there was no racism involved in that statement.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  62. rexx

    CNN just goes on and on with is far left agenda. all the window dressing to show how "neutral" you is frankly a joke. You should be embarrassed by it all. Obama is NOT a centrist. Oh but don't wary you leftist bigots change is REALLY coming in 2010.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  63. Jennifer

    When Obama took office there were two wars going on, the credit/mortgage crises had been going on for over a year if not longer, the auto manufacturers were already on shakey ground thanks to the high price of oil, (speaking of which, spiked incredibly high long before Obama took office), people were already losing jobs thanks in part to outsourcing, health insurance rates had been increasing steadily for several years, and the wingnuts on both sides of the spectrum were still screeching back and forth at each other. This is just a small list of the problems that Obama faced when taking office. So my question to you, my fellow commentors who are not happy, what are your solutions to any of these problems? Anyone? I tell you what, I don't envy the president, be he black, white, brown, green, purple or blue. Why don't you try being the leader of the U.S.? What, exactly, is it you would do and how would you go about it?
    The thing is no matter what belief you ascribe to, you are NOT going to please everyone. There is ALWAYS going to be someone who is just not going to be happy.
    According to the Population Clock, there are approximately 304,059,724 people in the U.S. alone. Think about that number for a bit...now think about all the different races, cultures, religious beliefs, backgrounds as well as the geographical locations. Now considering just that small list of factors, do YOU think you could come up with a solution to any of our nation's problems and please every single human being in this country? I don't think so.
    So, until you can actually come up with a POSITIVE solution to any one of the nation's problems, shut your mouth. If you think you can do a better job than one of your elected officials then fill out the proper forms and throw YOUR hat in the ring and run for office. We have a saying in Indian Country (that's the Native American community by the way...): "Walk your talk." (aka put up or shut up)
    I reiterate: If those of you who are complaining don't like what's going on, come up with a solution yourselves; one that will benefit the entire U.S. and does not involve hatred, vitriole, name-calling or finger-pointing..in other words...something POSITIVE. If you can't think of anything then shut your trap. Plain and simple.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  64. Edwin

    @BUTTACAVOLI, you said "he’ll never get all those white votes again. we are not that stupid."

    Well, I am white and I think he is doing a very good job so far. Not great, but definitely good. I am glad he is president, and I would vote for him again in 2012!

    Not all white people think like you...

    June 5, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  65. Andy

    To Ryden:
    Going off topic here, but the term "latino" does describe people born in central and South America, and for that matter all over the world.

    There's no such thing as a true or false latino. The term comes from the Latin language and it is used to describe people and countries who speak languages which descend from the Latin language. Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Romanian, etc, are all Latin sponsored languages, thus making their people Latin.

    The term "Hispanic" has recently (since the 70's) been adopted to describe Spanish speaking countries of north, central and south America, differentiating them from Spain. People born in Spain are Spanish, not Hispanic. Brazil is the only Portuguese speaking nation in the Americas, they're not Hispanic, but they are still considered Latinos, just like the Hispanics, Spaniards, Italians, Portuguese, French, etc...

    June 5, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  66. The Veteran

    Funny how the right wing wants Obama to resign after just a little over 4 months in office.

    What they really are afraid of is his success. They know that when he succeeds, all of their rhetoric about other races is forever toast. All of their stereotypes are history. Nobody will ever believe that crap again. Our children will finally grow up loving and respecting people for who they are, and not the color of their skin.

    That is probably the most horrifying thing in the world to most Right Wing Nuts. United we stand people.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm |
  67. Candy

    The whole 2008 election was totally racially tipped toward Obama. Everyone but him had to keep quiet. Sure, he won. Sure, the less informed blacks and whites voted for him. What has the Democratic party ever done for the African-American community besides USE them? I wish the minorities would wake up and see themselves as the true pawns they are in the most important chess game that this country has ever played. He's using you!!!

    I'm deeply offended that my president is flying around the world apologizing for the horrible American people. Let's see....should we ever travel again lest we be targets? This won't really stimulate the global economy much. Could he at least mention the fact that we have liberated more Muslims, fed more countries or provided medicine and care to 3rd world countries? This man is ashamed of this country and full of hatred and anger. Of course, Democrats thrive on anger so that shouldn't be a surprise.

    Obama is lying to the American people at every turn. The state run media doesn't report it, thus most of the people in this country don't even know who the real man is. I remember him saying he wasn't going to raise taxes. Oh, really???? Liar, and I don't care what race you are.

    I do agree that there is not a strong ethical republican OR independent out there that could garner the massive votes it would take to de-throne the narcissistic Obama. We hope they emerge and are hatching their plans to undo all the damage Obama has done in his first 6 mos. What a mess this president and administration has created that will last for generations. And the poor thought Obama would be their savior. Has he saved you yet? Oh, he just hasn't had time because he's been so busy overseas and shaping our corporations right up. I wonder how many of them will vote this man back for a 2nd term after he spanked them hard? Sentiment is waning and it's likely Obama will be a one-termer. I believe that MOST Americans are not that stupid that they would make the same mistakes twice. I lump all races in this category in hopes that they all wake up and see that Obama is not and will not make their or their lineal descendants lives better. Quite the opposite, as you will soon see. I hope I haven't used too many big words here....

    You kool-aid drinkers won't believe the imminent destruction until it's dumped in your laps. Lucky for you, that time will be soon enough. How many ways can you serve dog food to your kids? The train wreck of all time is heading our way. We are all on our own. Lefties don't have a clue as to what or why to prepare. It's just as well....survival of the fittest and brightest will cleanse the nation. This is what Obama wants....chaos, and plenty of it. All's well, right? He's got it all under control with his "executive power."

    Heading for the hills with plenty of ammo...

    June 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm |
  68. Shane

    Stop giving these people airtime, your just fueling there moronic theories.
    These type of people are not worth the air we breath

    June 5, 2009 at 8:44 pm |
  69. John

    Why do people from the left claim not to be racist and that all people are equal, yet they continue to only talk about skin color. I am just confused I guess because if we are all them same then what does skin color have to do with anything liberals? Get your story straight.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  70. that1guy

    The only "recall" needed is a retroactive one...Bush & Cheney in jail, where they belong.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:42 pm |
  71. Titor

    CIVIL WAR!!!

    June 5, 2009 at 8:41 pm |
  72. Mark

    The lunatic fringe is beginning to show themselves as what they are, senseless and unworthy of our attention. Their ideas are not helpful to the country or society in general. I suppose we should be aware of their existence so we are wary and they can be stifled before we have Brown Shirts or a country ruled by someone’s religion, just like the Taliban.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:41 pm |
  73. E. Elliott, Orlando

    Oh, Rydan, not really. Real Latins are Italian, duh.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:41 pm |
  74. Jim

    Brett,
    Colorado went democrat when all the leftist Californians started moving in. They move to Coloardo to get away from all the crime and pollution, just to bring it with them. Colorado is not what it used to be, it is far far worse.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  75. E. Elliott, Orlando

    And to think that I admired Tancredo for standing up for American workers despite his affliction with the far right. He is a discrace. Obama is leading the right way. It will be tough, not fast and the recovery will last a generation. But for his errors on immigration and a thing or two more, it is refreshing having a real President again.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:39 pm |
  76. Catherine

    Please can we use "fair minded words" in our media, in our conversations, and in our politics. Think what we could do as a country if we did! We are just shooting ourselves in the foot each time we engage in demonization. I am all for freedom of speech, and transparency and assertive dialog but that's not what we have been engaged in for some time. Those who are reasonable should not accept the unacceptable when it comes to false witness. Words matter.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  77. notamerican

    wow. I don't even know where to start. I'm not an american, and it's times like these that I realize that a lot of americans are'nt even american. There was a wonderful period before, during and after the second world war when america had the love, respect and wishes of almost every other nation on earth. there was nothing america couldn't do. Now look at you. You're tearing yourselves apart from the insides out. You will never accomplish anything even remotely close to greatness again until you find a common purpose. The extremists on both sides of these debates are destroying your country, weakening it, and hampering progress in a huge way. The bickering and infighting has to stop or you are well and truly doomed. It isn't even about racism all that much. this debate is political, and racism is an undercurrent. Open your eyes and realize that if the country fails, you fail and vice versa. And to James and anyone who thinks like him: a polite INDIVIDUAL apologizes for simple missteps like bumping into someone on the street, and if they don't theyre deemed ignorant. However a country has no duty be be polite, considerate, educated, or any such thing? That line of thinking brings the rest of the world to its greatest fear. That the world's greatest super power, no matter how diminishing, how torn asunder by partanship or discord, is really a spolied intemperate child at heart. I hope for your sake that people like James are not policy makers. The rest of the world doesn't hate you, america, or wish you harm. At least not anymore than you do yourselves.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  78. Emma

    I'm with you Louee – what troubles me is the amount of these horrid people that LOVE to hate. I just have to wonder what they get out of such a mindset. They must be such miserable souls.SAD.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  79. Kass

    It's not just republicans that need to lay off of Race, it is EVERYONE... of all races... I am sick and tired of it and I think I speak for a lot of Americans and races when I say that. Can't we all just be Americans and stop using the race card?

    June 5, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  80. Erick

    People tends to forget the last 8years when Bush brought them in war, recession violation of the constitution and so on... I'm not a politician, I don't buy all that crap but I respect opinions.
    We are in the 21st century and when I read all these comments I'm scared for our humanity. It seems like nobody try to learn about the history of the world where slavery, holocost, genocides have been because of some people who wanted to think they are superior.
    Why we can't be only human being?

    June 5, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  81. Marc

    Why are most of these posts racist, while decrying racism? For that matter, why are most of these posts made by people who seem to have abandoned school at a very young age?

    I'd be embarrassed if I was American.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  82. Rick

    Got my vote, Finally glad to hear others call Obama the anti and show that Obama and most of his administration are racist against the white people. Its time for the Whites to start scrreaming DISCRIMINATION.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  83. Doug

    Get back on your meds ed!

    June 5, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  84. Indeoendant Vet

    louee , WE SEE YOU ARE AS CLOSE TO BE A MUSLIM AS IT COMES.

    MOST ALREADY KNOW THAT OBAMA IS EVIL FROM THE CORE OUT. NOTHING BUT LIES. AN MANY OUT THERE , HEARD THEM OVER AND OVER . SO THEY BELIVED IN HIM.

    STOP , AND LISTEN , PUT LAST BRAIN CELL TO WORK . ONE OF OUR GREAT GENERALS AFTER WORLD WAR 2 , STATED THAT , AMERICA WILL BE TAKEN OVER SOME DAY WITH OUT A SHOT BEING FIRED, AND BEWARE OF OUR ENEMY FROM WITH IN .

    NOW , WITH ALL THESE FLY ABOUTS, AN BOW'S TO FOREIGN LEADERS. ARE YOU GETTING THE MESSAGE .

    BEWARE . THIS IS YOUR CHANGE.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  85. Eileen

    Obama has done nothing for this country. He is a fraud. He will never get elected again. White people are already waking up to this liar.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  86. grace Araujo

    This the first time in years that we have a President with a good head on his shoulders. It is clear that he wants peace. We should all stop criticizing and give him the support he deserves. Why must we always make differences about religion, race, soical status,etc. We still are a free democratic country and should strive to do our best to make the USA proud once again and be the world leader it has always been.
    Let's recognize that the President was elected by a large majority, not crazy people as some of you think. God bless America!

    June 5, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  87. Winkzilla, Tucson

    We use to call nuts – nuts, and move on.
    Now we give them air time, as if they have something important and realistic to say.
    But then, it is not the nuts' fault that they are given air play.
    So we have to ask ourselves, just who are the real nuts here?

    June 5, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  88. Pete

    "Obama is a genius compared to any republican administration let alone the last one that destroyed every american principle including the republican principles."

    Truth from a Texan? Things ARE looking up!!!

    June 5, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  89. brett

    how does it feel being part of obamas state run media?

    June 5, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  90. Brandon

    I'd have to second Freddie's comment below regarding the reporting style of not only CNN, but nearly every news network in existance. I understand that CNN is a business, and needs to make money. I also understand that to do this they must sustain their ratings. I also understand that this country is so lazy that they too often rely on the television, sometimes even NEWS networks, for entertainment. Hence, reports on murders, plane crashes, and people getting raped have become the standard.

    Monkey see monkey do.

    Focus more on the positive things that are happening. This negative reporting reinforces the belief that this is a world full of terrorists, racists, other-language-speaking-idiots, and murderers. I'm not saying these people don't exist, but I am saying that they are the exception, not the rule.

    For the record, I believe CNN does very well for the most part... they are just keeping up with modern journalism.

    Cheers.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  91. Bobby

    Personally, i don't think Obama is prejudice. 93% of his staff is white. He didn't hire a bunch of black folk in his office. His mother was white, and his grandmother was white whom he was very close with. People want to assume that Obama is prejudice b/c he's a black man. He's also mixed with white. You can't deny that.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  92. TrueIndependent

    The level of ignorance of quite a lot of people in our country today is truly staggering. No wonder all our jobs are being shipped out.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  93. Patti

    Leonard, I realize everyone is entitled to an opinion... But, are you really calling CNN far far left for one of their Columnists calling someone who refers to a civil rights organization as the KKK, a wingnut? La Raza ensures that everyone is treated equally... The KKK wants to kill every race that isn't white. Maybe you should Wikipedia both of the, you seem a little confused.
    As for Sotomayor being a racist... all she ruled for the the Connecticut case was for the state to re-evaluate the examination to make sure that it was fair! Anything that qualifies whites only for raises seems a little fishy anyways.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  94. Marin

    FYI – There were quite a few blacks that didn't vote for Obama. So sorry, not all blacks vote for blacks, and not all latinos vote for latinos, and so on.

    Now I do agree that everyone can be racist to some degree. When it comes to comparing yourself to another race, do you think you're better because of your color? Do you think one race is superior over the other? Do you prefer a certain person over another b/c of their color? Ask yourself those questions, then answer honestly if you're racist.

    People pls remember, we were all created in the image of God. No one is better than the other, whether you're white, black, brown, etc,...

    June 5, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  95. Fred

    After he was so rudely shouted down by protesters this last semester at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I entertained the notion that perhaps I should take some time to examine Tom Tancredo’s arguments. His recent statements have disabused me of that notion. I now find it quite difficult to take anything that he says seriously.

    I have enjoyed much of Ted Rall's work in the past - both his writing and his cartoons. But it seems that he has forgotten the notion that "The perfect is the enemy of the good enough." Some extremist ideologues - on both the left and the right - brook no compromise whatsoever. They would rather sacrifice appreciable progress toward the goals they espouse than taint their perfect plans with any flexibility. Unfortunately, the real world is imperfect enough to require - more often than not - just that sort of flexibility to succeed in advancing one's agenda. But that is not good enough for these ideologues. All or nothing, they say. Personally, I would prefer much of something to nothing. Alas, it seems that I am ideologically impure. Somehow I will just have to find a way to survive.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  96. Steven S.

    The fact of the matter is white men have always thought the WHITE House was theirs. Arrogane, hate and ignorane are a dangerous combination. They can't stand the fact that a BLACK man is POTUS, period. Many, not all, whites believe black people should stay in "their place". If blacks could be a fly on the wall to hear the atrocious things said by ignorant whites say behind closed doors...

    Hey President Obama.....I'm happy we have an actual adult in the WH now.

    Those who can't....hate. Let 'em!

    June 5, 2009 at 8:17 pm |
  97. Andrew

    "KKK comparisons are just short of Nazi comparisons "
    Umm, where was this anger when people were calling George Bush Hitler? Or clamoring for his resignation because Congress fell asleep at the wheel and approved a war without doing their homework?

    June 5, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  98. Steven Monaco

    Kudos to realistic, he is right. We are being seperated like never before. right vs. left, Republican vs. Democrat, white vs. black, etc. The media is feeding it to us, we are swallowing it. What we all are is American, and we enjoy freedoms unlike any other country. It's up to us to keep them.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  99. Brandon - Charlotte, NC

    And seeing the animosity here from those on the left towards any other group, including us centrists, to be rather disheartening...

    Who knew that by voting for Obama we'd be enabling a horde of fanged and otherwise closeted leftwingers to run amok while somehow remaining more-than-vaguely reminiscent of the right wing loonies of the past 8 years they profess to despise...

    June 5, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  100. Mobius

    The fact that there's no difference in end game for DEM or GOP pretty much kills a lot of the argument here.

    The premise that there exists ANY material difference in the two parties is pure fantasy.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:11 pm |
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