ROSE NOLEN: Congress refuses to address important issues

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

My aunt said it all the time. The more things change, the more they stay the same. I guess it was as true then as it is now.

I was thinking about Attorney General Eric Holder and how he was being called on to suffer for a group of people who hate President Barack Obama. It’s the one thing that African Americans have known since the days of slavery. As far as racists are concerned, African Americans are interchangeable.  

I wouldn’t begin to try to explain to non-racists how this process works. The mind of a racist defies reason. Obviously, what these people want is a race war. I certainly hope that they will simply wear themselves out.

I’m glad the President has taken a step toward trying to work out our immigration problem. It is unfortunate that the situation has been allowed to grow to such massive proportions. But because a substantial number of congressional leaders have decided that they will not address the nation’s problems, I suppose there is nothing we can do about it.

Actually, what these non-working members of Congress are attempting to do is blackmail the American people. And while they are not doing anything constructive, they have decided to use their time in creating more problems. While our lack of jobs continues to mount, instead of searching for solutions, they are determined to sit the matter out.

I think that while many are suffering from a lack of jobs, it is nothing less than an act of cruelty that their chosen leaders do nothing to comfort them. Members of Congress could at least be seeking ways out of the situation. They could appeal to the millionaires, who are throwing their money into the presidential campaign, to use their money instead to assist the unemployed.

As soon as the election is over, some of us will be getting prepared for slashes in the nation’s budget to pay for the wars. Watching Social Security and Medicare bite the dust and forcing older people to starve and do without medicine will certainly help with population control so that the oil industry can continue to thrive.

Our country is in a terrible shape. The people do not know who to blame. We have a country of millionaires and people in need. The middle class have lost their homes, their retirements and are disappearing, and the politicians have lost their way.

But no, I forgot. I shouldn’t expect those who have grown rich and successful to do anything but enjoy their privileges. It’s not their problem. The poor should have worked harder, or so they say. How about paying their share of taxes; would that help?

Those who survived the Great Depression could have given us some good advice. They would probably have suggested that we work together. Hmm, imagine that.

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Charles leverett June 26, 2012 | 8:42 a.m.

Sometimes when I read you articles I think you have some good points, but lately you have become much more extreme. Last week you declared that because I'm a man, I'm a sexist pig and want nothing more then to oppress all women. This week I'm a racist because I don't support Eric Holder's role in a huge mistake that helped cost an untold number of people their lives.
First let me get this out of the way. I never even considered race (nor do I now) until Holder himself, and now you started playing the race card. I believe that most Americans haven't considered race, though I know you wish it were so.
Second Race, rather white, black, Asian, Latino etc should not protect us from our mistakes. He made a mistake, or perhaps you he didn't try to stop the mistake, and he needs to accept that responsibility. If Holder was white and/or a republican it would make no difference, the outcome should be the same.
It's not about race, perhaps you wish it were, but really it's not. Let stop trying to lie to ourselves and stop trying to tell the country, tell our kids that race does matter, that some races should not be help to as high a standard as others. Instead lets tell our kids that race doesn't matter, that if you are part of a mistake that cost people their lives that you should accept responsibility.

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Jim Michaelson June 26, 2012 | 8:53 a.m.

"The mind of a racist defies reason.". I guess that's why this column makes no sense. How many race cards are there in a deck? Rose is well into her second deck...

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Gary Straub June 26, 2012 | 9:19 a.m.

Funny how the most conservative people are never racists, and preach the race is not an issue theme. Any body who thinks that race is not an issue in President Obama's term is either a prevaricator or has their head in the sand.

Rose, while a bit dis-associated you are very right about our representatives not doing anything to fix our problems. Case number one is the mess the banks got us into and are in the process of doing it again. They have become professional gamblers with a guarantee. They are and have been using our money to place bets on high return high risk deals which often skirt the edge of legality. The congress knows this, yet they will not address it because they are bought and paid for, and they can only focus on removing President Obama from office.

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Charles leverett June 26, 2012 | 9:43 a.m.

And people who think Race is an over riding factor in criticism of Obama are equally as wrong. Yes there are people who see race as an issue that fall on both the left and the right, but it is in the minority, with most people who disagree with Obama doing so because of their principles, not race.
The fact is no one ever claims a black republican meets opposition because of his race, and we shouldn't be claiming a black democrat is meeting opposition primarily because of his race.

And yes it is funny how most conservatives will tell you it's not about race, but it's the liberals that insist it is. It's not an issue of all conservatives are lairs, it's an issue of a mole hill being made into a mountain.

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Ray Shapiro June 26, 2012 | 12:28 p.m.

("Racial Double Standards
Walter E. Williams")
("...“Come on folks, they are not thugs, they are students of YOUR Public Education System,” said Rich of the Albertson’s mob in the comments section of the Oregonian...
But never mind about that. The paper’s willingness to minimize the racial violence seemed similar to how a social worker characterized dozens of violent episodes in Philadelphia, some involving more than 1,000 black people: “That’s just kids blowing off some steam.”)
Rose is just blowing off some steam.

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Gary Straub June 26, 2012 | 1:44 p.m.

Charles, here in very liberal Columbia I agree, but since Obama was elected president I have traveled all over the South and have seen and heard first hand the racial tensions which are rising. I know many people who regularly vote Democratic who would not vote for him. However, since he was elected by a good majority I have to agree racists are in the minority.

Ray, do you not see that your last sentence was very racist? If Ms. Nolan did not have dark skin then your comment would have no meaning.

Racism is like a weed, a plant is a plant until some human decides they don't like it and then they label it a weed. People are all of the same species only people divide them up.

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Ellis Smith June 26, 2012 | 2:55 p.m.

We must divide humans into distinct, separate groups*. Then we can deal ONLY with the group and not with individuals within that group.

An individual has no place in modern society, except to blindly do what he/she is told.

There must be some group to hate, less as individuals but definitely as a group. That is very important. The group may be ethnic, religious, economic, racial, tall, short, or any desired subdivision of humanity. At present hate of economic groups seems to be in vogue.

All classes (groups) of humans are per se "victims;" some just purport to be greater victims than others. Perhaps the various groups can take turns.

What a colosal crock!

*-As if they have been formed as one cuts out cookies.

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Mark Foecking June 26, 2012 | 4:07 p.m.

Where do we get from a contempt vote, which may have little racial motivation and far more political motivation, to unemployment, Medicare, and oil companies?

Focus, Rose. I think you'll make better points.

BTW, unemployment has dropped about a percentage point over the last year, and as far as "fair share" goes, the top 1% of income earners pay 40% of federal taxes. Plus, the middle class, as a rule, tends to do a poor job at managing their money. Putting priorities like retirement and education first (over a bigger house, newer cars, frequent restaurant meals, etc.) would go a long way toward solving the home loss and retirement problem that you mentioned.


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Richard Saunders June 26, 2012 | 5:26 p.m.

Rose, I find it odd that someone who goes on and on about all of the divisiveness in society fails to recognize that they are the source of it locally.

I realize that the sizzle of "divide and conquer" sells papers. However, to utilize it as a method while pretending to oppose is down right disingenuous.

After stopping myself many times from falling into this trap of divisiveness by responding at your level (instead just leaving the page and ignoring the battle in the comments), I've finally gotten to where I don't even read your inflammatory prose any longer. Instead, I skim the article, noting the hatred contained within, then glance at the comments to see how much damage your latest bombshell has caused. Then I'm saddened at the loss of decency it engenders.

I'm beginning to realize that there's nothing new at all concerning the trolls on the internet, as it's obvious that they were here all along, posing as editorialists. So with that said, I have to ask, Can't you do something constructive/productive, instead of resorting to constant verbal warfare?

See, I used to be an activist, right up until the day I realized my actions were working against my stated intentions. What I finally recognized was that, as long as "I'm fighting the good fight," I'll never have the chance to establish common ground with those who may not share my perspective. All I did instead, is to strengthen their resolve against me. As for any fellow supporters, well, they supported the idea already, so any actions/words fail to be anything other than "red meat" for the dogs of war (think protests).

With every word you write, you too move the solution further and further away, while only increasing the hostility. Is this really your goal?

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Gregg Bush June 26, 2012 | 9:00 p.m.

Papering over
The Little Rock Nine doesn't
Make race go away.

George Wallace's speech
From his inauguration
Finds it's echoes here.

Remain steadfast, Rose.
The pushback reveals their fear
That you speak the truth.

Seventy years since
Rosie the Riveter. Now
Rose the Riveting!

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Gregg Bush June 26, 2012 | 9:03 p.m.

Agitator: it's
In the washer's center and
It gets our clothes clean.

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Charles leverett June 26, 2012 | 10:45 p.m.

Let me try a different approach. Rose makes the claim that everyone, or at least the majority, of people (at least in congress, perhaps the senate, but since it is controlled by the democrats I doubt she means them) who want Eric Holder to resign does so because they are racist, not because of the simple fact he approved a program that purposely put guns in the hands of violent drug lords and their thugs.
Ok so where's the proof? Even with editorials you should be able to provide proof, be it a survey or some other statistic.
If almost everyone who didn't vote for Obama did so because they are racist, where is the proof? You're making the claim, now prove it.
But you can't. Like I said before there is racism in this country, I've even seen it. I've seen it one both sides. But let's be honest with ourselves. If Obama was white and followed the same course of action as he has in his term as president his poll numbers would be about the same.
I am so sick of indirectly being called a racist, or having my friends or family called one because I don't support many of the policies of our current president, or want the current AG to resign. So enough is enough. PROVE IT. If you can't, maybe it's time to actually bring up a constructive argument.

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Ellis Smith June 27, 2012 | 6:09 a.m.

Ain't haiku wonderful?

One can imagine William Butler Yeats spinning around in his grave (unless Yeats' body was cremated).

I'll take a Golden Apple, thank you. Perhaps a Silver Apple too, if that's not too much trouble. :)

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Ray Shapiro June 27, 2012 | 12:58 p.m.

("Gary Straub June 26, 2012 | 1:44 p.m. Ray, do you not see that your last sentence was very racist? If Ms. Nolan did not have dark skin then your comment would have no meaning.")
I thought it was circumstantially poignant.
Do you also consider Walter E. Williams article racist?

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