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SO, OBAMA WANTS TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ON RACE, WELL HERE IT GOES

I am always open to any and all honest discussions about the racial divide in this country.  As chance would have it, the President just called for us to have this discussion once again; but, we need not have the same old discussion yet again.  If you have been alive and living in America, you know this discussion is not a discussion at all, it is a lecture about how we, the white folk, have trampled on the black folk.  Let me point out that I think that time in our history was really wrong-headed; and that I never owned any slaves.  Although, I had a black lady that kept me when I was very young; and from all the stories, we loved each other dearly.  I called her “Nigger Nanny” and of course that was before “Nigger” became taboo.  At that early age, I can only remember some events.  The memory of her is the “Aunt Jamima” type. For all of you that think these are racial memories, let me assure you they are not.  It is a memory of a warm and loving person who always made wonderful memories for a kid. What could be better than “hot pancakes” loaded with warm maple syrup. But, see how easily a “big boy” can be distracted.

For there to be a true discussion, all parties must be honest and not become offended if the other party is trying to make a point.  The latter is what always happens and it leads to someone being called a “racist” and the discussion ends.  In my opinion, the black community in America always wants to play the victim.  Most all of the white community believes that “slavery” was wrong. They also believe that we have tried to make amends for it and have done a pretty good job to date.  At sometime, the black community must pull themselves up by their own “boot straps”.  I was born into a very proud but, let’s say, “financially challenged” family.  To hell with the “PC” stuff, we were “poor”.  Mom made $1.41 an hour, raised two kids, and believe me we did not vacation in the “lap of luxury”.  Sure there were obstacles placed in my way, just like for the blacks, but I did not let it deter me and neither should they.  Stop the bad behavior that keeps you poor, get an education, and get in the game.  “COMMON SENSE” says “it is not a sin to be born poor, just a sin to stay that way”.

I could go forth and try to list all the “ins  and outs” about racial equality. But, I could never accomplish it as well as Bill O’Reilly did recently in his “Talking Points Memo”, or for that matter, as well as Pat Buchanan did with his piece while still on CNN in 2008.  If you have kept up with the news of late, you know nothing has changed and the President wants to have yet another discussion on race.  The piece by Pat is the most honest statement of fact about the racial divide in America that I’ve seen.  He is not trying to down-grade anyone but simply stating true facts and for this CNN took him off the air.  Says a lot about a network when their pundits preach about a “discussion on race” and one of them presents a factual piece and is crucified.  CNN no more wants to present or hear the truth “than the man in the moon”.  Pat was stating what needs to be said and CNN should promote this type of truth and maybe their ratings would improve.  Put Pat back on the air and remove “Wolf” as he would not know the truth “if it bit him in the ass”.  I am taking the liberty and pleasure of posting the following for you to think about and consider.  Please view with an open mind. The full article can be viewed at  http://www.buchanan.org/blog/pjb-a-brief-for-whitey-969

Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America.

Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to.

This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:

First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.

Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.

Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.

Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants.

Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.

We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?

Barack talks about new “ladders of opportunity” for blacks.

Let him go to Altoona and Johnstown, and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for “deserving” white kids.

Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America? Is it really white America’s fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?

Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?

As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?

Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?

We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.

Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago.

Wow, what an honest statement of facts.  The President wants a discussion, well let’s get at it.  These are facts whether you like them are not.  This is what we need in this country, the truth.  After all, it only makes “COMMON SENSE” to state the facts and let each of us make our own informed decisions.

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BOBBY RUSH MAKES A FOOL OF HIMSELF

I just caught a segment on cable where they were interviewing Congressman Rush and he made a complete fool out of himself.  Not only did he show he has no business being on TV, he also verified the fact that he should not be in the Congress. He was an embarrassment to the black community that he was elected to represent.  I do not know if he is too old and the senility has set in, or if he is just uneducated.  I am sorry to be so blunt; but, I know no other way to approach the subject.   This man could hardly hold a thought much less deliver the thought in a somewhat straight fashion.  The interview was, of course, about the Trayvon Martin tragedy and he was grossly misinformed, or he is just a racist, and was telling complete lies.  Let’s hope that he was misinformed; because, I would hate to think that the people of his district are dumb enough to continue to elect a person of this caliber to represent them.

He stated that Mr. Zimmerman quoted things from his mouth that were racial thus proving that he, George Zimmerman, was a racist which he, Bobby Rush, said justified the pursuit of civil rights charges.   That probably would be correct and prove Rush right if it were true.   But, alas, it is completely false only proving that Bobby Rush is a liar who knows better or he is a bigot.  My personal opinion is that he is both a liar and a bigot. The Martin family, their attorneys, and the Attorney General of Florida, that filed the charges, have said it is not and was never about racism, period.  He and all the race baiters, such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, are the problem when it comes to race relations in America.   They do not want the word “Nigger” or “Nigga” used but there they go acting like one.   I grew up playing football with a black kid named “Preacher” and we called each other names all the time.  I was “whitey” or “cracker” or “honky” and I sometimes called him “nigga”.  All these terms were “terms of endearment” and we had many good laughs.  Notice, he had more names for me than I of him.  I remember  once we got into a fight after a game, and he and I stood back to back to defend ourselves.  By the way, I had it worse than he because I happened to have one of the guy’s, that I beat on, father for civics class.  I do not remember my grade, but he was hard on me afterwards.

Folks, we need to get over this race stuff.  I have no problem with other races as long as they get educated, get a job and take care of their families and do not want my help in the raising of their kids.  If they act like a man, I’ll certainly treat them like a man. I am no better than or worse than any other race as long as the person of that race stands on his own two feet and behaves as “GOD” intended him to do.  I know some have, or will have, a problem with my bluntness; but, I truly feel it is the only way to over come this nonsense of a racial divide in this country.  They have to quit playing the race card to try to win arguments; and when we find racism, we have to help stomp it out.  We must learn to live and let live and the “haters be damned”.  After all, it only makes “COMMON SENSE” to do so. If we want this country to be as great as it can be, we must be as “brothers in the foxholes of war” and have one another’s backs.

A DAD’S INFLUENCE WITHIN THE FAMILY

I know we all say that the Dad’s role is important to the family. but in today’s world, do we really believe it?  The reason I question, what should be a well understood fact, is that today we do all sort of things to diminish not only the father’s role but the role of parents altogether.  I always felt it my duty to guide my daughter and to lead by example.  Never wanted her to see me cheat in business, all the while preaching to her about honesty.  Never wanted to allow her to see me dishonor my Mom/Dad, all the while preaching to her about how one “should honor thou Mother and Father”.  I think you get the picture. And, by the way, aren’t both part of the “TEN”?  (For you heathens out there, the “TEN” is a reference to the “Ten Commandments”.)  What a great place to live this world would be, if only everyone would live by them.  I never really knew if I had succeeded, other than my daughter grew into a woman with great character, until recently when she gave me my Father’s Day card.  It was a profound moment for me and I’d like to share the text with you.  I am sharing this not to bolster my image, but to express in a “COMMON SENSE” fashion just how important Fathers are in their children’s  lives.  Hope this will drive home that point as solidly with you as it did with me. ENJOY!!!

Father’s Day is a time to say “Thank you” to the most important men in our lives.

And, Dad, you deserve to hear it twice—

Once for being a wonderful, warm-hearted father who coached and counseled and cared for me. And once again for being the patient good-humored, attentive grandpa who adds an extra layer of love to our lives.

Seeing what a wonderful grandpa you are touches my heart in a way I never thought possible.

I’m a lucky daughter to have you for my dad, and my family is lucky to have you for their grandpa…and we all love you so very much.

Happy Father’s Day

Now, that should shine a bright light of truth on why Fathers are so important.  You might have noticed that their influence also extends out to a second generation, grand children. I, myself, had not realized that fact until I read the card.  I always knew that the only grandfather I knew made a difference; but, I guess it just went over my head.  You see, this “COMMON SENSE” thing effects everyone including myself.

All that know me personally know of the absence of my father.  As it turned out, my granddad passed away early in my life.  Everything I did was new and experimental;  but, with the help of a strong willed “Mom” and a few friends, I grew into what I am today. I can tell you from experience that it can be done, but is much easier if you have a role model to follow. It would certainly be better if fathers were not absent for any reason and we just might get a better class of men.  They could perhaps instill that pride and respect for the family name that I received from my Mom.  She taught me that the “Wood” family name meant something and that I should never dishonor it with bad behavior.

I can remember teaching my daughter some of life’s lessons such as honesty, integrity and loyalty which I have covered in recent blogs; but, you never really know if you are getting it instilled to the core. Now, for those of you have not kept up with each post,  you have some homework.  Just keep going back and read them all.  I guess from this card’s message I still have a purpose and have not become as useless as I thought.  I can now strive to help impart the same morals/ethics into my grandkids as I did with my daughter.  So, in the future, when you hear some liberal saying that Fathers are not important in kids lives, you can refer back to this blog and know that  not to be true.  After all, it only makes “COMMON SENSE” that Fathers have a real role to play in a child’s upbringing.  You know, this “COMMON SENSE” stuff really works!!!

**Above insert taken from a Hallmark Card.

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