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If You Don’t Have Something Smart to Say…

Call it the Sports Edition. Adrian Peterson on the NFL’s labor issues and lockout:

It’s modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too. With all the money … the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money. I understand that; these are business-minded people. Of course this is what they are going to want to do. I understand that; it’s how they got to where they are now. But as players, we have to stand our ground and say, ‘Hey — without us, there’s no football.’

Now that I’ve read the whole quote, I really, really want to extend him the benefit of the….nope, can’t do it. Because there’s a hundred different directions he could’ve gone to communicate the same message without equating it to slavery-“modern-day” or otherwise. You say “slavery” these days, and child labors/soldiers and human trafficking comes to mind…not million(billion?)aire athletes.

This from a man known as “Purple Jesus.” That’s a whole other blog post.

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Written by Coby Dillard

March 16, 2011 at 8:20 am

If You Don’t Have Something Smart to Say…

Damnit, Haley:

“In interviews Barbour doesn’t have much to say about growing up in the midst of the civil rights revolution. ‘I just don’t remember it as being that bad,’ he said. ‘I remember Martin Luther King came to town, in ’62. He spoke out at the old fairground and it was full of people, black and white.'”

I get what he was trying to say. And last night, I tried to make the point that he was speaking from his vantage point in his home growing up. I get that.

However, upon further review…stupid.

Scratch Barbour off the presidential contender list, because this statement will be hung around him like a two-ton ball and chain. Anyone who thinks they can make a statement like this, and expect to win an election against an incumbent black president needs to have their head examined.

As I keep saying, we’re our own worst enemy at times. Damn shame.

HB2DF,

Coby

Written by Coby Dillard

December 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Our Own Worst Enemy

Lastly, as an African American conservative who wants to see his party do a better job of reaching out to blacks and minority communities, I feel that this is a major setback. From my perspective, it’s a lot harder for me-or any other black conservative/Republican-to knock on doors to spread our message AND preserve our personal credibility and that of the party. These are the type of stunts that make people want to tune out the Republican Party, regardless of whether our message can benefit them or not. The reality for the GOP is that if we continue to poke fun or “satirize” the very people we need to win elections, then we have to accept that –ideology and beliefs aside-they will continue to abandon us at the voting booth.

I wrote the above in 2008, after an inappropriate attempt at “satire.

Almost two years later, we still haven’t learned the lesson. How many times are we going to keep doing this to ourselves?

HB2DF,

-Coby

Written by Coby Dillard

October 19, 2010 at 9:29 am

If You Don’t Have Something Smart to Say…

I could also title this “stick to what you know….”

“This remark is the equivalent of using the ‘n’ word. It shows contempt for middle America, expressed knowingly, contemptuously, on purpose, and with a smirk. It is indefensible to use this word. The president knows what it means, and his people know what it means. The public thought we reached a new low of incivility during the Clinton administration. Well, the Obama administration has just outdone them.”

That’d be Grover Norquist of ATR fame, comparing the use of the term “teabagger” to the use of the n-word. And I’m sorry, but as one who’s been called both (once in combination), it doesn’t compare.

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Written by Coby Dillard

May 6, 2010 at 10:20 am

If You Don’t Have Something Smart to Say…

Really, Tom?

Speaking at a rally in Greenville, S.C., on Saturday, Tancredo cited remarks Michelle Obama made earlier this month in which she called Kenya was the president’s “home country.”

“If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don’t we just send him back?” Tancredo said, according to the Greenville News.

…and I’m supposed to tell blacks they should vote Republican-or that the tea party movement shares their values-with people saying stuff like this?

An autographed tea bag to the first person who tells me how.

HB2DF, Coby

Written by Coby Dillard

April 20, 2010 at 10:34 am

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Two Words

“You lie!”

Takes about a second to say.

Yet, in that second, the momentum we on the right had built up since the first tea parties in February, and especially during the townhalls in August, died.

I pride myself on being a strategist of sorts; I always try to see the big picture before saying something or making a move. And I think most of my friends-from both sides of the political spectrum-would agree that I at least take time to think things through before shooting my mouth off (they’d also say that the times I haven’t have not ended well). So, looking at last night from that “big picture” perspective, here’s what really happened.

As I said in my rant last night, Rep. Wilson screwed himself. He should be censured, and most likely will not be reelected next year. I’m not going to demonize him, as losing his seat because of this will probably be punishment enough. That’s all I’m going to say on him here.

For the majority of this year, conservatives/Republicans have held the role of the “loyal opposition.” We’ve supported on the few things we could (the military action in Afghanistan being a good example-and maybe the only one). But at the times we couldn’t, we were able to channel our opposition into a movement that could counter the president’s plans and policies with a rational argument: stop spending our kids’ future, and make sure whatever you’re doing in constitutionally justified. Even with the few crazies here and there (open carry laws aside, carrying private weapons around the President is just asking for trouble!), we were able to make a clear, coherent case to the American people. Not just the conservative-leaners, but independents as well.

That changed last night.

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Written by Coby Dillard

September 10, 2009 at 9:21 am

If You Don’t Have Something Smart to Say…

…then don’t yell “you lie!” in the middle of a presidential address to Congress.

I may have more to say on this in the morning…but that was stupid.

Update at 10:32: No, I think I’ll say it now (strong language follows):

That was f–king unprofessional….and the more I think about it, the madder I get. Who the hell yells in the middle of a Presidential address? On the floor of Congress, no less? This ain’t the 18th-19th century, where that type of behavior may have been acceptable. That ship’s sailed, dude. I’m all for dissent, but all you succeeded in doing is make yourself look the fool.

I’m not going to touch the implications of this for the GOP as a whole. It’s too late at night to write that post, and frankly, I’m too mad to write it coherently. But know that you’ve done a disservice to damn near everyone who can make a coherent argument against the President’s healthcare plan, without resorting to the “death panel”-esque talking points.

You’ve probably earned censure, at a minimum. God help me, but I’d agree with Speaker Pelosi if she chose that route. And, yeah, you should apologize. 

You aren’t a hero. I’m going to stop short of calling you a villian.

But that wasn’t helpful. At all.

HB2DF,

-Coby

Update: edited language, for a variety of reasons.

Written by Coby Dillard

September 9, 2009 at 9:57 pm