Election 2012: Issues, not history or race, come to forefront for many concerned for state of country

Published 12:08am Sunday, October 28, 2012

Four years ago, excitement about a charismatic Barack Obama was visible and almost palpable, as young and veteran voters rallied behind the man they believed would bring hope and change.

And then there was the historic aspect of it, the fact that Obama was the first black man to be within reach of the White House.

But four years later, is the excitement still there? Have issues overtaken personalities? Is the electorate simply tired of campaigning?

Democrat Frances Bailey said she believes the enthusiasm about the current race is actually the same, but that it’s not as obvious because the focus is different.

“Then, there was more visible excitement because it was a first,” she said. “I think we are still excited about it — it may just not be as visible.”

Now, she said, people are focusing more the economy and foreign policy.

Local activist Jacqueline Marsaw said the historic nature of the 2008 election and the current one are not lost on many with whom she has spoken.

“How many more times will we have a black president?” she said.

But like Bailey, Marsaw said she has heard more people talking about other issues, and that voters are concerned about the potential cuts to social programs like Medicare and college grants a new administration might make.

Those concerns, Marsaw said, drove many to register to vote at voter registration drives she participated in earlier this fall.

But even while the focus of the election has shifted to policy issues, which voter Wilbur Johnson Sr. said needed to be examined, Johnson said he feels the election cycle has dragged on for too long and too much money has been spent in it.

“It is nerve-wracking,” he said.

Marsaw said she thinks of the last four years as one long continuation of the 2008 campaign.

“As soon as (President Obama) was in, people started asking who was going to run against him?” she said. “There was a lot of interest in that on the Republican side, so it never really ended.”

Republican Pat Dickens doesn’t deny that. She has been waiting four years to vote for Mitt Romney.

“I thought he was a good candidate (in 2008), although he was not the candidate we got,” she said. “Now I feel good (about Romney), and I think we got the best candidate we could possibly get.”

The issues of the election for Dickens, she said, are the economy, the country’s defense and unemployment.

“We have people who have given up hope (of finding a job),” Dickens said. “And we have countless numbers of young college graduates, and they have no place to work.”

Sue Stedman, chair of the local Republican party, agrees that the most important issue facing the country is getting people back to work.

“When you’ve got as many people who are out of work as we do and people who have given up because they can’t find work, I think we need a president who can get people back to work,” Stedman said.

Stedman said she is voting for Romney because she is concerned about the state of the country, particularly the financial situation, and what direction the country is headed in if President Obama is re-elected.

“I think a lot of people are concerned about the financial situation,” she said. “When you have a robust economy, it just solves so many problems and alleviates so many issues.”

But for first-time voters, this election isn’t about the one four years ago and isn’t something of which they’ve become tired.

Instead, it’s an opportunity to fulfill a responsibility and stand up to be Americans, something they’ve learned about for more than a decade now.

For Natchez High School seniors Whitney Jackson and Damian Washington, voting in the upcoming election is a chance for them to participate.

“We are given this right, and it is important we use this right to make our voices heard,” said Washington, the son of Ladine and Francis Washington.

Jackson said it was important to her to have a say in who becomes president.

“I feel like it is time to exercise my right to vote and make a decision on who I want to run my country,” Jackson said.

With college right around the corner, Jackson and Washington said education was a major issue for them.

“Education is most important, because I will be an incoming freshman in college next year,” said Jackson, the daughter of Jerrilyn Banks and Elston “Van” Jackson.

Washington said he was also concerned about the future of the economy and employment.

“Education is important,” Washington said. “But I also want to see more jobs available.”

The students said watching the debates and reading about the candidates online has helped them learn about the candidates and the issues.

Election Day is Nov. 6. Absentee voting is ongoing in Adams County and early voting will end Tuesday in Concordia Parish.

  • highroler

    The election is all about race @hatred for president Obama. People act.like Mr Obama isnt a person. Congress has spent 4 years defeating Mr Obama. The election is all about Jim Crow. Voter Id law in Miss. Another form of poll taxes. Never forget the number of Negroes lynched @beat for trying to vote. Thanks to the 1965 voters right bill. Now, if it was totally left to state of Miss. Blacks still.wouldnt vote Today. Yes it is all about Race@Jim.Crow

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1587620406 Charlie Spiers

    Well Mr. Hiroler your statement is typical of the liberals. Avoid the real issues and start crying wolf. Mr. Obama has been a failure since day one. His economic policies and his foreign policies. It’s time this country removes this spineless person and elect a real leader.

  • Anonymous

    highroler, your entire message is revolting. Is that how blacks feel?? Really?? Do you speak for all blacks?? Did it ever occur to you that maybe people want Obama out because he has done a ROTTEN job? sorry if I hurt your feelings, but Obama is a HORRIBLE president. I voted last time FOR McCain. I will vote this time FOR Romnet, but also AGAINST Obama.
    Now, on your racist rant: I know the majority of my friends and associates would vote FOR a qualified black person. I was fully prepared to support Herman Cain ( you probably don’t know who I am referring to, because black racists NEVER pay attention to black conservatives, often labeling them as ‘Uncle Toms’), and would support Condolezza Rice in a SECOND, as she is smart as a whip, well spoken and very capable. She is also black. I don’t care! I just want a person of principles to lead this country. Obama has displayed NONE of the qualities of a leader. He just happens to be black. I don’t care; he is a disgrace.
    As long as racism exists in this nation we will NEVER reach our true potential. And, highroler, racism exists in the black community as well as the white.
    Get over the civil war and segregation. It is over. The only thing that holds you, and others of your mindset, down is your living in the past.
    And if you cite the sole reason for voting for Obama is because he is black, then you are a racist and living in the constant shadow and fears of the past. Sad.

  • Anonymous

    highroler, your entire message is revolting. Is that how blacks feel?? Really?? Do you speak for all blacks?? Did it ever occur to you that maybe people want Obama out because he has done a ROTTEN job? sorry if I hurt your feelings, but Obama is a HORRIBLE president. I voted last time FOR McCain. I will vote this time FOR Romnet, but also AGAINST Obama.
    Now, on your racist rant: I know the majority of my friends and associates would vote FOR a qualified black person. I was fully prepared to support Herman Cain ( you probably don’t know who I am referring to, because black racists NEVER pay attention to black conservatives, often labeling them as ‘Uncle Toms’), and would support Condolezza Rice in a SECOND, as she is smart as a whip, well spoken and very capable. She is also black. I don’t care! I just want a person of principles to lead this country. Obama has displayed NONE of the qualities of a leader. He just happens to be black. I don’t care; he is a disgrace.
    As long as racism exists in this nation we will NEVER reach our true potential. And, highroler, racism exists in the black community as well as the white.
    Get over the civil war and segregation. It is over. The only thing that holds you, and others of your mindset, down is your living in the past.
    And if you cite the sole reason for voting for Obama is because he is black, then you are a racist and living in the constant shadow and fears of the past. Sad.

  • Anonymous

    When Nixon
    lied to the American people he was already an elected president. Mitt Romney had been caught lying on camera
    many times.

    1. He refuses
    to release his taxes. What is he hiding? Could it be the money he made from out sourcing
    jobs are from buying and closing down companies.

    2. Is he Mr. Flip Flopper? He has been caught on camera? First his own
    position and then he is in love with Mr. Obama’s position. Of course none of
    this matter to his backer. By the way it
    would matter if the other guy did the same. Wonder what other country leaders
    think of this potential president?

    3. No
    interviews with the mainstream media. Go
    figure. Put on your best think hat.

    When the
    senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said “my only duty in the senate is to
    insure Barrack Obama is a one term president”. Was he reaching across the aisle? Did he hear
    the voices of the majority? HELP ME
    FIND ANSWERS TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS.

  • Anonymous

    The bushes was a huge mistake but you guys refuse to see that! 4 yrs wasn’t nearly enough time for Mr.Obama to fix what those senseless no caring bushes messed up, you guys don’t want to face the facts! now here is mitt…. he’s worse than the bushes, only care about the rich love the word POOR, but I tell you this there’s a lot more whites receiving benefits than blacks just sit back and watch how the whites will suffer and trust if mitt is elected he will start a war before a yr in office! there’s GREED in mitts little hatred eyes………..

  • Anonymous

    The bushes was a huge mistake but you guys refuse to see that! 4 yrs wasn’t nearly enough time for Mr.Obama to fix what those senseless no caring bushes messed up, you guys don’t want to face the facts! now here is mitt…. he’s worse than the bushes, only care about the rich love the word POOR, but I tell you this there’s a lot more whites receiving benefits than blacks just sit back and watch how the whites will suffer and trust if mitt is elected he will start a war before a yr in office! there’s GREED in mitts little hatred eyes………..

  • highroler

    I stand by my original comments. Mr. Obama is the best president right behind Lincoln,

    Sent from my Cellular South Galaxy S

  • jaayden

    History seems to be a little confused. Barack Obama can’t technically be called the first black president since his mother is white.When are people going to understand this?

  • highroler

    You are a true racist. Dislike Mr. Obama because he is black but his mother is white.
    Sent from my Cellular South Galaxy S

  • Anonymous

    I voted for Obama in 2008 , fell for his empty rhetoric . Not this time and a lot of blacks will vote against Obama . It’s about race only in your mind . The real issues at stake is a failing U.S. economy , not race . Tell that to college grads who still can’t find jobs and living with their parents . Tell that crap to the people in Natchez who recently lost their jobs , 79 of them . Guy it’s all about the failing economy . Obama promised he would straighten things out from the last administration . He has only made it worse !
    And who do you think got Obama elected to office . It definitely wasn’t black people , we’re 12% of the total U.S. population . Though blacks vote overwhelmingly democratic and historically I might add . It was white people who voted Obama into office . You know this race baiting is probably going to put a lot of nails in Obama’s coffin on election day . The very people who actually took a chance on Obama has found themselves vilified by this administration . Playing the race card is going to cause Obama to lose a high percentage of white votes and Spanish votes on election day . It will cost him the election .

  • joker98053

    I wish people would vote for the party that will benefit them and their community. Not just because of what someone else said or because of skin color. If youre a millioniare and will benefit from the tax breaks of the GW era, by all means vote Republican. If you are a part of the other 95% of americans who work everyday and know what its like to have to budget to make it, vote Democrat. The key to it is to just VOTE. However do a little research first and dont let another persons opinion influence your own well informed decision.

  • Anonymous

    Is the war between the Jews and Arabs over. The civil war is over. Maybe we need the opinions of those who suffer the spirit of war and racism to speak up. Or maybe you will speak for them. Remember what you say is the only thing that matter. Nothing else carries any weight. There is no racism in America. Obama has done nothing during his four years in office. I wonder who are the voices behind those comments. Herman Cain was a joke. Maybe Barnard Madoff paid him to perform.

  • Anonymous

    You do realize Congress is dominated by Democrats, right, and they have majority? You do realize that during his first two years Democrats enjoyed a filibuster proof “supermajority” in both the House of Representatives AND Congress, right? No, I’m sure you don’t.

    It saddens me a bit that you have such a low opinion of your own people that you think they do not have the capability to even go get a free ID for voting purposes. I don’t even know what to call that. I’d say “racism” since those aren’t your opinions but those of white Democrats stupidly parroted by blacks. Have you no pride? You are explicitly saying blacks are not as capable as whites and require special exemption with regard to voter ID. It seems you are the one with the low option of blacks.

    What this is really about I’d that Obama is going to lose and you know it. He is a complete failure and his admin is racked with scandal. Blacks will be voting for him solely because of his race, or half of it anyway. In your simple little minds, since you are voting for him because he is black, those voting against him are doing so for the same reason. You know this is a lie yet you spread it for no other reason than an expression of racial hatred. It’s all you have to “defend” him with. Well, that and your complete ignorance of the political makeup of our House and Senate. The truths and facts are simply not on your side so you lash out at others like an insolent child.

    Back in 2008, threre was concern that white America was not ready for a black president. In reality, what has been exposed is the black America was not ready for a black president. It had exposed many of you as the hateful, race-obsessed people you are and set race relation back decades in this country.

  • Anonymous

    Lincoln was a Republican, just like the leaders of the civil rights movement and the killers of Jim Crow. How do you quantify Obama as “the best”? It cannot be done with facts. We know you consider him so simply becuse he is black, or at lest half-black. Yet you have the unmitigated nerve to call others racists. If whites thought and voted like you do Obama would not be president. What his presidency has accomplished is showing America just how deeply racist many, if not most, blacks are. That is about all.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I love all that nonsensical muttering, there, joker98053. The democrats would just as soon BANKRUPT this country, by means of all their give-away programs to get themselves elected and re-elected. As far as I can determine, the democratic party is as close to socials as you can be without being labeled socialist. BUT !!! if they had a good candidate that spoke the TRUTH on the issues, that would face the issues at hand, I would consider voting that way. But that ain’t gonna happen. SPEND, SPEND. SPEND. GIVE-AWAY. Free cell phones. More welfare benefits. And those liberal nuts that want to espouse their adorations for Lincoln and Kennedy, well…you better do some research on the two. One of the best statements that Kennedy ever made ( beside ‘Ich Bein Ein Berliner’) was ” Ask not what your country can do for you, but , rather, what you can do for your country”. Do YOU think he envisioned all this give-away, entitlement programs and free cell phones??!! Ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    Um, Romney released his taxes almost two months ago. Romney has given interviews to most, if not all, major news networks. You cant even get the most basic facts right. The rest of your screed is unintelligible and only a fool would think you care anything about “answers” which are readily available for anyone willing to go look.

  • highroler

    I didnt disrespect gov. Bilbo,James k. Vardaman or Mr. Ross Barnett. We should show respect for the office of president. Stop hating president Obama. I know that Mr Romney is going to carry the state of Miss.

  • Anonymous

    Your comment is indicative of what is wrong with this country, especially the first sentence. You think the role of government is to “benefit” people. Sad.

  • Anonymous

    Can you post anything that is true? I’d at least be satisfied with something that didn’t appear to come from the keyboard of a grade-school kid. It is apparent from your post you know little to nothing of what led to this economic situation and even less about who gets what in the way of benefits in this country.

    As usual, you can’t come up with anything positive and factual to say about the current president so you make up childish “Dr. Evil” caricatures of Romney, like you were on a playground somewhere. How many ambassadors has Romney left to die then continuously lied to the American people about it. How many cronies has Romney given billions taxpayer money to? Obama’s list of failures nefarious dealings is long and large. That is why he will no longer be our president next year.

  • Anonymous

    Can you post anything that is true? I’d at least be satisfied with something that didn’t appear to come from the keyboard of a grade-school kid. It is apparent from your post you know little to nothing of what led to this economic situation and even less about who gets what in the way of benefits in this country.

    As usual, you can’t come up with anything positive and factual to say about the current president so you make up childish “Dr. Evil” caricatures of Romney, like you were on a playground somewhere. How many ambassadors has Romney left to die then continuously lied to the American people about it. How many cronies has Romney given billions taxpayer money to? Obama’s list of failures nefarious dealings is long and large. That is why he will no longer be our president next year.

  • Anonymous

    Can you post anything that is true? I’d at least be satisfied with something that didn’t appear to come from the keyboard of a grade-school kid. It is apparent from your post you know little to nothing of what led to this economic situation and even less about who gets what in the way of benefits in this country.

    As usual, you can’t come up with anything positive and factual to say about the current president so you make up childish “Dr. Evil” caricatures of Romney, like you were on a playground somewhere. How many ambassadors has Romney left to die then continuously lied to the American people about it. How many cronies has Romney given billions taxpayer money to? Obama’s list of failures nefarious dealings is long and large. That is why he will no longer be our president next year.

  • Anonymous

    I guess I really don’t quite understand about voter ID. Why are people so against showing their ID when they vote? Everywhere you go now days you have to show some form of ID, whether cashing at check at the bank or buying something in a store. I see nothing wrong with making sure a person is really who they say they are when they vote. It will stop a lot of voting fraud and make sure elections are more accurate. Just saying, that’s my opinion.

  • joker98053

    A government elected by the people and for the people should benefit the people. dont take that as should give to lazy people which is what you are ASSuming im sayingngng

  • Anonymous

    And that is why it is opposed. It stands to interfere with voter fraud rackets. Any of the other reasons stated fall flat upon rational inspection.

  • joker98053

    If you feel that a cell phone give-away is a problem. Just wait if rombo is elected and see him give away arms to terrorist countries. Then take your money and mine to finance a new war. Id much rather an old american lady have a cell phone, than a young terrorist a new U.S. paid for rifle that was made in china. What did romney do for his country and he has 5 sons? nothing

  • highroler

    People hate Mr. Obama because he is black. He has did a.good job.come Nov. 07 Mr Obama will begin his mother 2nd term in Office. Congratulation in advance.
    Sent from my Cellular South Galaxy S

  • Anonymous

    I asked you to quantify that. In what way has he done a good job? Foreign relations have been a nightmare. Domestic policy has left us nowhere with real unemployment around 11% and almost twice that in the black community. More people on welfare than anytime in history. Billions wasted on political cronies in failed companies in the green industry. Race relations set back decades. Gas prices are twice what they were when he took office. America is about to be hit with the largest tax increase in American history and Obama has run the debt and deficit to unprecedented levels with spending more than every other president combined,

    But, hey, if you want to think its because he’s black, half black or whatever, go ahead. You only make yourself look the fool.

  • Anonymous

    Obama is already giving arms to terrorist countries as well as Mexican drug lords, ala “Fast and Furious”. Benghazi happened because the admin gave arms to “Libyan resistance fighters” who we’re in actuality, terrorists. The admin was also trying to round up some of those weapons to send the Syrian rebels, also largely Muslim Brotherhood folks, via Turkey. That is what his lies on the subject are meant to cover up.

    The Ignorance of current events and recent history by Obama supporters here is staggering but not at all unsurprising.

  • Anonymous

    The government does not exist to benefit anyone. One man’s benefit is another man’s burden. It exists to protect our rights and administer our national affairs. When government exists to benefit, it is only those with clout who tend to see said benefits. Government exists to protect and ensure, not benefit.

    I didn’t have to assume anything from your post. You were perfectly clear. You assume government is there to do for people. Your claim is that Romney would do for the 5% at the expense of the other 95. There is no other way to read that than that it is about taxpayer money and where it will go. Will it stay in the hands of those whomearnedmit or be confiscated and given to those who didn’t? You apparently favor the latter because government can’t benefit anyone financially without first taking money from those who earned it.

    Government benefits me best by staying the hell out of my way.

  • Afro

    People have been voting for centuries. I’m curious as to why this is such a big issue once we have an African American president? Why was there a clandestine meeting between Republicans discussing ways to see that Obama is a one-term President? One thing I’ve learned is that self-righteous people are charlatans and not reasonable people. So it’s basically a waste of time and energy conversing with such ones.

  • Afro

    Crakalakin, I’m African-American and I disagree with your assertions. Bush was a failure. Romney and Ryan are liars. You people are so sellf-righteous that you assume if one doesn’t see issues your way they are less educated than you. The past does affect the present. Were African-Americans always treated equally? Have we always been able to vote? Your comments are ignorant because you speak about issues that you have very little knowledge of – being black.
    So I would assume Colin Powell endorsing President Obama is done simply because of his race as that chunky idiot affiliated with Romney said on TV. To claim that race is not an issue is what is expected of people like you.
    And you were right that YOU were not ready for a black president in 2008 and 2012, which conflicts with your statement about blacks using race, lol. It’s the poor uneducated majority in Mississippi that keeps electing people who treat them like minorities but because YOU want to belong, you parrot them. Why is Mississippi at the bottom of everything, being that we are a RED state?

  • Anonymous

    If you knew anything about our government you’d know voter ID laws have been an issue for well over a decade, before anyone had ever heard of Barack Obama. The first federal voter ID laws, though weak, hit the books in 2002. Sorry, try again.

  • Anonymous

    If you knew anything about our government you’d know voter ID laws have been an issue for well over a decade, before anyone had ever heard of Barack Obama. The first federal voter ID laws, though weak, hit the books in 2002. Sorry, try again.

  • Anonymous

    And he went back several years . Which is more than what was actually required . How about Obama taking Donald Trump on his five million dollar offer to release and un-seal his college transcripts . If Obama has nothing to hide this would be an easy five mill to take . But he hasn’t responded and it’s been several days . I’ve studied Obama’s past extensively since being duped by this guy in 2008 . Obama has a shady past and anyone with a brain can easily research everything about this character . The reason it’s not in the open is because of the mainstream liberal media . I don’t think the liberal media is in love with Obama . I think it has more to do with them not wanting the public to know how Obama and his crooked political Chicago machine made a$$e$ of them about who he really was . They were duped by Obama but rather than expose this guy they do their absolute best to sweep all the dirt under the rug and hidden from the public . Take the recent attacks on the American embassy attack in Benghazi where the consulate and several others were killed . The mainstream media did very little if any coverage . This should have been major news by all media in this country . Why ? because nothing like this has happened in almost 50 years at an American Embassy . Another sweep under the rug job by the media . The bad thing about this is that the consulate requested military help and never received it . Obama knew about this , as did Hilary Clinton . They all knew about the plea of these people and no one did a thing to aid them . The government has it all on tape in real time , the actual attacks and deaths of these Americans . Talk radio is the only media that’s telling this story . You’ll never get it from main stream media . Fox univision might be the only media that tells the truth about this so called president . People have woken up to the deceptive practices of the lying liberal media and their desire to hide what this president does . This will come back to bite them . They fail to see that people are inquisitive and will seek the truth . Obama will be defeated and it’s all due to being dishonest with the people and the media .

  • Anonymous

    And he went back several years . Which is more than what was actually required . How about Obama taking Donald Trump on his five million dollar offer to release and un-seal his college transcripts . If Obama has nothing to hide this would be an easy five mill to take . But he hasn’t responded and it’s been several days . I’ve studied Obama’s past extensively since being duped by this guy in 2008 . Obama has a shady past and anyone with a brain can easily research everything about this character . The reason it’s not in the open is because of the mainstream liberal media . I don’t think the liberal media is in love with Obama . I think it has more to do with them not wanting the public to know how Obama and his crooked political Chicago machine made a$$e$ of them about who he really was . They were duped by Obama but rather than expose this guy they do their absolute best to sweep all the dirt under the rug and hidden from the public . Take the recent attacks on the American embassy attack in Benghazi where the consulate and several others were killed . The mainstream media did very little if any coverage . This should have been major news by all media in this country . Why ? because nothing like this has happened in almost 50 years at an American Embassy . Another sweep under the rug job by the media . The bad thing about this is that the consulate requested military help and never received it . Obama knew about this , as did Hilary Clinton . They all knew about the plea of these people and no one did a thing to aid them . The government has it all on tape in real time , the actual attacks and deaths of these Americans . Talk radio is the only media that’s telling this story . You’ll never get it from main stream media . Fox univision might be the only media that tells the truth about this so called president . People have woken up to the deceptive practices of the lying liberal media and their desire to hide what this president does . This will come back to bite them . They fail to see that people are inquisitive and will seek the truth . Obama will be defeated and it’s all due to being dishonest with the people and the media .

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE ALL OF THE EXCITEMENT GOING ON. IF THERE’S ANYONE OUT THERE THAT DON’T KNOW WHY SO MUCH EXCITEMENT BEHIND THIS ELECTION, THEY GOT TO BE LIVING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. DO YOU THINK THIS MUCH EXCITEMENT WOULD BE GOING ON IF THE PRESIDENT WAS A WHITE-DEMOCRAT? IS THIS THE FIRST PRESIDENT ELECTION IN AMERICAN HISTORY THAT VOTER-I.D. HAVE BECOME A ISSUE ? YOU HAVE NO IDEAL HOW I FEEL TO BE LIVING DOING THESE TIMES. I JUST HOPE MY FATHER WAS LIVING TO SEE THE TURN-OVER. THE-RACIST-WHITE ARE COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET WITH THERE HOODS OFF THERE HEADS LIKE ROACHES, LOL. THAT’S JUST HOW BAD THINGS HAVE GOTTEN FOR THEM. I’M ENJOYING EVERY SECOND OF IT. NOW, YOU HAVE TO REALIZE, THE CLEAR-THINKING, INTELLIGENT, COMMON SENSE WHITE PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THOSE FOOLS JUST LIKE WE ARE. THOSE RACIST KNOW ONE THING FOR SURE: IF THE PRESIDENT IS REELECTED, IT WILL BE ALL OVER FOR THEM. THEY WILL BE STANDING ALL ALONE. ALL OF THE HISPANICS, BLACKS AND CLEAR-THINKING WHITES AND ALL OTHER MINORITY WILL BE ROCKING AND ROLLING. I THOUGH I WOULD NEVER LIVE TO SEE THIS DAY. THE UNITED STATES FIGHT ALL OVER THE WORLD GETTING RID OF THE DICTATORS. NOW IT’S TIME FOR THE DICTATORS HERE AT HOME TO GET ON THERE KNEES AND BITE THE DUST. THOSE SUCKERS HAVE HELD THIS COUNTRY BACK FOR YEARS. NOVEMBER, 7th WILL BE A NEW BEGINING ONE WAY OR ANOTHER: IF MITT CHEAT/STEEL AND WIN, IT WILL BE A DARK CLOUD NOT ONLY OVER THE U.S.; BUT OVER THE WORLD. IF THE PRESIDENT IS REELECTED: JOY WILL FLOURISH ALL OVER THE WORLD.

  • Anonymous

    Correct, Crakalakin, in your statement that the idea of voter ID has been around for awhile. It is the arrogance and paranoia of Obama and his supporters that THINK this idea revolves around HIM. Get a grip.

  • Anonymous

    Government should only serve to protect it’s citizens . Too much government is alway a bad thing . It leads to socialism/communism and eventually a totalitarian state in which humans killed on any whim by the government . Too much government in an business environment is extremely bad . Business strives when there’s little government intervention . When there’s too much government as in this administration , “business suffer horribly and even dies ” ! You have people living in lala land aka/Obama supporters and those who exist in the real world . In the real world the economy is a mess and Obama and his administration can’t fix it and shouldn’t be allowed four more years to screw things up worse . Obama is simply a career politician who has never had a real job in his entire life . He doesn’t know how the American economy works . This is why things are so bad . He’s simply out of his league . It’s all about the economy ! Democrats are the only ones making it a race issue .

  • Anonymous

    Afro, please. Your statements do not hold ANY water. NONE. You will ALWAYS be black because YOU WANT to be seen BLACK. I don’t want to see black, white, red or yellow. But when a persons action make me realize what color they are, and then start dredging up slavery and the terrible mistreatment of minorities, I TUNE OUT. That tells me you have o (zero) respect for yourself. You want the white society to bow down and placate you because of our forefather’s sins. BULL ROAR!! I feel ZERO GUILT. NONE. ABSOLUTELY NONE. If you want to live in the past, so be it. But I WILL NOT treat you preferentially because you feel your race “desrves it” because of the past.

  • Anonymous

    Is that the best you can do? Bush was a failure and R&R are liars? How about some supporting facts to back up those assertions? How can you call anyone a liar with a straight face after the many lies Obama and his people have told about Benghazi? Good lord, people were murdered, they did nothing then lied to cover it up.

    Colin Powell endorsed Obama in 2008 and in 2012 because Obama is black. Period. Powell made grandiose claims about Obama in 2008 that have been utterly eviscerated and dreamy cult worship with none of Powell’s predilections about Obama being seen by the people. In fact the exact opposite has come to pass and yet Powell endorses Obama again this cycle claiming the economy? Straight up BS. It is a completely race-based endorsement and John Sununu and millions of other Americans know it. I suspect you know it too, which is why it was brought up.

    No, I don’t know about “being black”, But what I do know that you don’t is “seeing black” and “hearing black” from the perspective of someone with no skin in that game. What I see is complete ignorance to history, current events, politics and how government works. I see everything based on race and an inability to fathom the fact that not everybody “thinks” that way, if one can even call that thought. If a thing or subject isn’t sufficiently “black”, there is little to no interest from blacks. Your world revolves around your race, by choice, yet you have the nerve to call others racists.

    I did not vote for Obama in 2008 but after his election I still viewed it as a net positive. I thought that at least we as a nation could put years of racial discord to rest and that it would likely be good for the nation to do so. Well, that did not happen, quite the opposite. When folks like me expressed displeasure with his policies, we were called racists. Any criticism of Obama was met with screams of racism. That is the real social tragedy of his election. Not that he was black but that surrogates like you opened a gaping racial wound in this nation and poured salt in it by calling any and everyone who did not share your worship one of the worst things you can call white people in modern America, short of “pedophile”. That demonstrated that blacks simply were not ready for a black president as they could not construe any criticism of him from outside of a racial lens and they would stop at nothing to silence those who dared to criticize what Oprah Winfrey called “The One”. That says it all and is so sad.

    Why is MS last in everything? Examine racial statistics on crime, illiteracy, out-of-wedlock birth rates, drop-out rates, low test scores, marriage rates and rates of imprisonment. See which race leads the nation, by FAR, in these negative metrics. After you do that, look at the racial makeup of MS and then get back with me.

  • joker98053

    Muammar Gadafi had to go.Of course all hell broke loose in Libya, especially after going from being a people controlled under the rule of a dictator to zero guidance. He is dead and we got it done cheaper than the search for Saddam. That in itself is another story. Maybe you dont remember who we were initially looking for after 9/11 yet the attention went to the WMD only to kill Saddam. Its a good thing Obama made sure we didnt forget why we were there in the first place, BIN LADEN (also dead)…… Do you really think that the US government has to TRY to round up anything to send to anywhere? really…… All GOP lies…Grand Old Party. Exactly what it means is what the repubs stand for, the ways of old. This is a new era and the ingorance you speak of my friend must be a reflection. So spew your well spoken, yet misinformed rhetoric, to someone who has no nose and cant smell the cowpatty. You and I may agree to disagree. However, if a war is ever brought to this great soil, I would have your back to protect our freedom to have this conversation. God Bless You and God Bless America

  • Anonymous

    So essentially the best you have is “Bush did it too”? Well, Bush didn’t leave a power vacuum in Iraq to be filled by terrorist groups as in Libya. We were fighting a war on terror in Iraq while chasing Osama and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Perhaps it is you who doesn’t remember. Yes, the US was trying to round up some arms they had given to terrorists in Libya who went there to overthrow Gadafi. They were going to be used against us, as came to pass, but more importantly to the issue at hands, they were intended to be sent to Syria without the knowledge of Russia who staunchly oppose the overthrow of Syrian leadership. They oppose it because they rightly suspect that terrorist organizations will take the help and seriously threaten Russian interests in the area.

    I can sympathize that you don’t have an understanding of the Middle east. I’ve studied it a great deal for 12 years. I once thought that democracy in the Middle east would be great and that the overthrow of dictators there was the way to go. I was wrong. Democracy in in the Middle East largely equals a Muslim Brotherhood, terror-sponsoring government. The “Arab Spring” was largely an “Islamic Awakening”. Secular dictators were overthrown and hard-line Islamists were “voted” in. I once thought Muslims wanted freedom like I do. I was wrong. In the Middle East they largely want Islam. I know it is difficult to fathom that a dictator can be better than democracy. When the people are largely Islamic fundamentalists with a seething hatred of Jews, Christians and the West in general, they will vote in radicals who promise to harm us. As counter-intuitive as it seems, the dictators were better. They did a fair job at keeping the fundamentalism in check. Now we don’t even have that.

    If there is one thing I am not, that is misinformed. At times I kind of wish I were as ignorance can indeed be bliss.

  • Anonymous

    Well said, GH.

  • joker98053

    Either way it will be confiscated and given to those who didnt earn it. There will always be lazy people in this world. However it makes more sense to have more of the “confiscated finance” come from those who can afford to have it taken.The middle class families make this economy function. They work and spend daily and that is what keeps businesses alive and creates growth. Why shouldnt the top earners pay what is expected of them? They make more but pay less taxes which in my opinion makes them more of the (entitlement) group than any other. By the way, the government ensuring our safety and rights as a country and providing that protection is a benefit.

  • Anonymous

    None of what I said is true?

  • Anonymous

    Mit Romney is a clean-cut guy.

  • Anonymous

    Rocking and rolling in food stamps , cell phones and other entitlements until they run out . Then you’ll have chaos and riots in the streets just like in certain European countries whose citizens have gotten used to their entitlements that ran dry . If you don’t think the same thing can happen here then you’re truly in a dream state .
    Guy ! How will joy flourish all over the world ? Explain what you’re talking about . You have no idea how dangerously close this administration is to triggering a thermal nuclear war in the middle east , with Russia and China on the fringes . One of the main tenants of this new world order that Obama has signed into is to decrease the world’s population by 2.5 billion . And how do you suppose that is going to happen ? Oh , and don’t forget Obama’s puppet master , the Queen of England . Obama is just a puppet . This is who your president really answers to with this new world order deal and wealth re-distribution worldwide . If this is your idea of joy then it’s absolutely sick ! Obama supporters would never know this because they are spoon fed a constant diet of lies and deceptions by the lying liberal media . With the internet there’s no excuse for being such blind sheeple . Oh ! and don’t forget , if Obama is re-elected he’s going to tax the internet and a host of other things dealing with the net . Everything he does will limit your freedom exponentially . Is this the joy you’re talking about . You people better go and study the laws Obama has signed , many of via executive order . Did you realize that he signed a law that makes it a crime to protest in front of a politicians office or in clear view of them . You can be charged and imprisoned or possibly be charged with a felony . Obama detests free speech . You liberals will never learn until communism aka dictatorship is right in front of you .

  • Anonymous

    Obama is the best president in the history of this country ! None of what I said is true . LOL!!!

  • Anonymous

    None of what you said is accurate. What McConnell said was a response to the President’s repeated refusal to allow Republicans a seat at the table during policy negotiations. The Republicans repeatedly reached out with budget and healthcare plans which were refused without even being read. Obama said, “I won” and refused Republicans any input. The people in Republican districts deserve representation too but the president and the senate were not having it.

  • Robert

    oh an idea only, save that bull#%@& for the ppl who still trust your kind. It’s the arrogance of ppl like you which had led this country to a AA rating, ppl losing their homes, a waste of lives and money because of imaginary weapons of mass destruction. You ppl can’t be trusted.

  • Robert

    I concur, amazing how rich whites despise poor whites and the poor whites still parrot them to only be laughed at and manipulated , smh, sad indeed.

  • Robert

    idiot, more whites are on government assistance than blacks.

  • Anonymous

    EXACTLY , getalifenatchez!!!!!! EXACTLY !!!!!!!!! WOO-HOO !!!!!

  • Robert

    You are very astute, I lied. LOL.

  • Robert

    I agree. You have to remember these ppl are uneducated, self righteous, hypocritical, charlatans. You cannot reason with such ones.

  • Robert

    sorry, ppl like you Burnley don’t matter.

  • Anonymous

    LMAO !!!! Thanks, Robert. And that remark is probably the best you can do. And if I don’t matter, then you are IRREVELANT.

  • Anonymous

    On a per capita and ratio to proportion basis you’re wrong imbecile . You’re dumb comment doesn’t surprise me . Dummy !

  • Anonymous

    You’re a moron . I didn’t lie . LOL!!!

  • Anonymous

    Actually, according to the last census, welfare payments to blacks and whites is about equal so the “more white people are on government assistance” meme isn’t even true based on just numbers. The percentage of whites on assistance has actually fallen while the percentage of blacks on assistance has risen. It’s something like 40% of welfare dollars go to both races. Whites are almost 80% of the population and get 40% of the welfare dollars. Blacks are 13% of the population and get 40% of the welfare dollars. Staggering and that doesn’t even count grants, quotas and other stipends that only blacks qualify for outside of actual welfare payments.

    Dude’s trying to change the subject, though. What he doesn’t realize is that the housing crisis and subsequent credit crisis/depression was largely a result of government pressure on banks to lend to blacks with poor credit. Guess which community organizer championed such? Yep, Barack Obama. He led the charge, picketing financial institutions and lobbying government to ease credit requirements for home loans to minorities. This resulted in many people with poor credit borrowing money they could not or would not pay back and making mortgage-backed securities worthless. It also created a housing bubble with the onset of such easy credit, making artificial demand skyrocket the value of real estate. In short, the primary reason for the crash was an attempt to raise minority home ownership rates through manipulation of credit markets. When the borrowed money was not paid back, the credit and housing markets crashed, plain and simple, and people holding mortgage backed securities lost billions.

  • Anonymous

    Did you watch the debates? Romney said other countries should carry more UN load and gave particulars on how out of whack our share is.

    We are not a democracy and we were never intended to be a democracy. Somewhere along the way we as a nation forgot that. We are a Republican form of government with the states actually doing the electing of presidents. The people of the states use a democratic process, voting, to determine who their state will support for the presidency. There was a time when people did not vote for Senators, they were appointed by state legislative bodies. As we move closer to pure democracy, the more we will fail. It has been shown time and again that pure democracies are destined to fail. That is why our founders avoided it like the plague. We ignore that at our own peril.

  • Robert

    lol, blah blah blah, I forgot you’re so self righteous and arrogant that you truly believe only minorities have poor credit, lol. Blame others, never take responsibility.

  • Anonymous

    Nope, not at all. However, Obama and his ilk were not picketing banks and lobbying government to increase home loans to poor whites with bad credit. There were no government programs with the intent of raising white home-ownership rates. The purpose was to raise black home-ownership rates. In doing so, the credit floodgates were opened to all with lower credit scores and lower incomes who could not have previously qualified for a loan.

    I think you may need to look up the definition of “self-righteous”. You appear to be confusing that term with “knowledgable”.

  • Anonymous

    Dang, Robert. You are getting schooled!! And owned!! Maybe you just need to take your toys and quit while you are behind!

  • Anonymous

    The other tribesmen who sold their own kind into slavery those 50-75-100-200 years ago don’t seem to be hated….much like Obama is selling them into slavery nowadays. Slaves to handouts, not self sufficiency.

  • Robert

    dang you, did you not know that you and cracker are what we called “charlatans?” why don’t the two of you look that up. Charlatans are good at rhetoric. How abt me owning the two of you. lol.

  • Anonymous

    Rich white people do not despise poor white people. That is completely non-nonsensical. Rich white people give more to charity to help the poor than any other group. They start foundations, charities, scholarship funds and hospitals specifically to cater to the poor. What world do you live in? Certainly not the same as one as me.

  • Anonymous

    Rich white people do not despise poor white people. That is completely non-nonsensical. Rich white people give more to charity to help the poor than any other group. They start foundations, charities, scholarship funds and hospitals specifically to cater to the poor. What world do you live in? Certainly not the same as one as me.

  • Anonymous

    And that is part of “your” problem, Robert. You are part of the “we”, which you refer to. Is the “we” a referance to the black community? And if it is, why does the “we” feel like the rest of civilization is your enemy, and are conspiring to keep you down. The “we” is its’ own worst enemy. Quit looking to take what the rest of the cititzens have! We EARNED it. We didn’t sit and wait for the government to GIVE us anything. AND… we don’t expect it to.
    GOOOOoooooo Romney!!!

  • Anonymous

    By “charlatans” do you mean me or Obama? You are correct in that they are good at rhetoric as that is how the charlatan Obama got elected. The thing about charlatans, though, is that when the rubber meets the road their rhetoric is useless, which explains the last four years.

    What I say to you is not rhetoric but documented fact. Promises of “hope” and “change” are rhetoric. Intangible, emotion-based nothing. No answers, no solutions, no substance. Merely a charlatan’s rhetoric. Now it’s “forward”, the slogan of communists for 100 years. Same charlatan of four years ago, using the rhetoric of Stalin, Lenin and Mao.

  • Anonymous

    What exactly is expected of top earners? The top 10% already pay 70% of the taxes in this country. The bottom 10% actually GET PAID by the taxpayers whereas they get back more than they paid in. Just who is and is not paying their fair share? The 10% who pay 70% of the taxes or the 10% who receive more money than they paid in? The bottom 10% actually get about 8% of their reported income, over what they paid in taxes, back every year. How is that any incentive to do better in life? Seriously, is that right? Everyone should have some tax burden and NOBODY should be making a profit by filing their taxes. Again, the top 10% pay 70% of the taxes while the bottom 10% TAKES more than they paid in. Tell me about who the entitlement group is again?

  • highroler

    Mr. Obama has restored the country from a recession

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  • Anonymous

    Oh my goodness. Just Google “Obama recovery” and read how pathetic this “recovery” is and how long it is expected to last. Graphed it it shaped like an L. The recoveries under Reagan and Clinton were shaped like a V when graphed. As recoveries go, it is the worst in American history. That it is technically barely a recovery at all is despite Obama, not because of him.

  • Sally Hart

    I’ve read all the blogs and from what I’ve learned there are still some who will vote for the descent of America regardless of how bad all other issues are. Some do not want to listen to rhyme or reason. Some do not want to hear the truth of reality. They are buried deep in their hatred. So I can see they are voting ‘race’. They do not see him as a dark skinned Muslim, sired by a Muslim man, born of an American white woman. Yes, history has been made, we now have a Muslim dictator as president of our beloved nation with all intent of destroying America. It’s a shame it could not have been a dark skinned American man who loved America and wanted only the very best for America. OH YES, we have made one BIG blunder for the history books, to the shame of all pure bloodied Americans. His clan of voters can only see color and not the real true issues at hand. They do not care as long as they can vote for what appears to be a ‘black’ man. It is no longer ignorance of the true facts about this person, it is sheer stupidity. Thank God we have a lot of intelligent ‘Black’ Americans who realize what this creature has done to America. They’ll all be voting for the ‘White’ man. A lot of them are friends and neighbors of mine. I love and respect them dearly.

  • john smith

    Bet it was not one of my people that commited the arm robberies over the weekend and bet it was not one of my people that shot a man multiple times either. People are losing every thing they have because Obama is throwing us FURTHER into debt and its people like you that still want him in because he has a black daddy. Grow up you racist piece of crap.

  • Guest

    Yeah but whites get off of it when blacks want it forever

  • john smith

    Your mother is a wh*re Robert and I am sure you don’t know your daddy but he is scum. Did your grandparents beat you while growing up because I am sure they raised you while your mother was on a street corner turning tricks for crack

  • john smith

    your stupidity amazes me

  • john smith

    @highroler:disqus
    You are so stupid it is not even funny, your mother should be ashamed of you

  • john smith

    @highroler:disqus
    You are so stupid it is not even funny, your mother should be ashamed of you

  • Robert

    Did I pull your chain you mutt? your days of privilege are over, so accept it like a man. Better yet, kill yourself, lol.

  • Robert

    my mom told me you have a di*k the size of an infant. Oh, yo momma still on meth? and is yo grand pappa still in prison for molesting yo sister? do me a favor, hold your breath until I respond to your next message you trailer trash redneck.

  • let us be civil

    I am glad to be a US ctizen. God bless America.

  • let us be civil

    We will be one whoever win the election. Mr Romney wl win Miss.

  • let us be civil

    God is in charge. Let us love each other@bury all the hate@ill will

  • let us be civil

    We will all feel better when the swelling go down