Remove The Unwelcome Mat Message - And Response (7)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Maybe it is time to remove the headline Chattanooga rolls out the Unwelcome mat for President Obama.  We all know this happened, from our political leaders refusing to meet with the President, to the Tea Party proudly displaying their hateful signs, to the coverage of the Tea Party Leaders taking center stage to newspaper headlines telling our President to shove it.

Yes we all know by now that many in Chattanooga hate this president. 

So how about removing your headliner from the Chattanoogan internet page. It is disgusting to some of us who happen to support this President. 

I personally am still trying to overcome the painful effects of the words of one Tea Party person who said in a loud voice as Air Force One was flying overhead, “Welcome the Chattanooga, you piece of s---.”

We get it. 

Cecilia Lewis
Ooltewah 

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Liberals sure can dish it out but they can't take it.  

Michael Burns 

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Why do some people equate disagreement with hate. I have talked with a number of people and have found none so far that hate the president. Do they disagree with his administrations programs, yes. Many people view the prospect of disagreement to their view as being haters. Well, could they see it both ways, so that if they disagree with others they hate them. This is about as factual as all southerners are racist as are many in the north. Hate and racist is two overworked words that are the first to charge others who disagree with us. 

I have little experience with racial issues except when I was in Africa. In Aba, Nigeria, a city of about 250,000 people I visited with one of the traditional kings. As I was leaving about 10 to 12 boys and girls were across the narrow street calling to their mothers, "Come see the white man, come see the white man." The man I had visited told me I was the first white man the kids had seen in person. I guess this could have been considered racial by some. I saw it as a unique opportunity to grow. I was a guest in the home of a family during my stay in Ghana and their youngest son would sit in my lap and rub my arms to see if the white would come off. I guess it is how a person perceived the occasion. 

I don't hate the president but witnessed hatred in the media and politicians, especially their hatred for Sarah Palin. The scripture states what is in the heart proceeds from a person's mouth. 

N. D. Kennedy Sr.
Ooltewah 

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Couldn't agree more, Mr. Burns. When Bush came here in '07, there was no shortage of protesters outside the convention center, also with no shortage of hateful signs (a YouTube video of the event even shows at least one sign with the word "hate" on it, directed at Bush).  

I know plenty of liberals, both in person and from opinion articles, and I didn't see a single person complain about Bush's treatment. Those of you complaining about Obama's treatment are suffering from severe immaturity and hypocrisy. His was no worse than Bush's. Where were you then to "respect the office of the presidency," as so many liberals have complained about recently. The answer: You were busy doing exactly what you're complaining about now. 

Ms. Lewis, you are "personally (am) still trying to overcome the painful effects of" someone calling Obama a piece of s***? 

You have got to be kidding me. That's not healthy.   Two words: Grow up. 

Sam Horn
Chattanooga 

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The better question is why do some people equate hate with disagreement?  Mr. Kennedy knows not a single soul that hates the President? You've got to be kidding me, unless you just don't get out at all and failed to read any of the incendiary comments on the social media page of one of our local affiliates. They were chocked full of hate and racism, but maybe you just don't own a computer, either.   

I'm fine with disagreement, but I'm not fine with a party (the GOP) that uses fear to whip its base into a frenzy of hate and anger, while constantly wrapping itself in the red, white, and blue.  I'm also not fine with a party the would rather elect "a person we'd most want to have a beer with" than a person with intelligence. Finally, since we somehow mentioned Sarah Palin, I'm not fine with a party that celebrates ignorance. 

Being totally fed up with the absence of GOP class isn't a matter of "not being able to take it."  It's just a matter of being ashamed for your state's behaviour during a Presidential visit. 

Herb Montgomery
Chattanooga 

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Mr. Kennedy, unless you just wanted everyone to know you've been to Africa, there's really no comparison to words and acts of malice verses words and acts of curiosity. Where "Malice is cunning"---Cicero/ De Natura Deorum, "curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics  of a vigorous intellect."--Samuel Johnson. Surely a man of professed "religious" qualities and "moral" classifications would know the difference. I have living kin in present day Africa too. We're not in the dark about what's going on there either.  

Mr. Horn, not since the Civil Rights movement and the old dying out Jim Crow/segregationist south have there been so many racist hate groups springing to life since a black man was elected to the White House. Even much of the world has taken note. Bush never experienced such hate because of his race. Any dissatisfaction for Bush really was about his policies, both domestic and foreign. In fact, I came across quite a few local forums where individuals were discussing how they were going to "overthrow "Obama's government by any means necessary" before the ink even dried at the beginning of his first term in office. Then a second term really sent the raging lunatics over the edge. "How dare he" get a second term. That certain wasn't suppose to happen with all the forces they thought they'd gathered.  

And, please, don't pimp a "loving God" to get your point across. If your crew really believed in such a powerful source and his "wrath," wouldn't you all be afraid of a lightning bolt being sent down to strike you right in your butt? 

Brenda  Manghane-Washington 

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Mr. Montgomery, 

It's humorous to see you and others refer to the lack of class of the GOP, as if you and your fellow liberals are the headmasters of etiquette school. Pot, meet kettle. You're both exactly the same and you don't even know it. 

Ms. Manghane-Washington, for once, I (partially) agree with you. Dissatisfaction with Bush was certainly tied to his policies (as well as the letter "R", denoting his party). How can you possibly understand that, but not understand that dissatisfaction with Obama is also tied to his policies, both foreign and domestic? Many of the very things that you and 99 percent of liberals bashed Bush over, Obama has taken a step further, yet the discontent with him is because of his skin color? You really just don't get it. I concede that there are certainly those who are against him because of his race first, and policies second, but that is the gross minority of his critics. The vast majority are concerned with policies/outcomes first, and race never. The reason you see racism in so many places is because you look at something and see what you want to see; you don't inconvenience yourself with what actually is, or isn't, there. 

Dallas Cole
Hixson 

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Mr. Cole hit the nail on the head pointing out the hypocrisy of the Democrats who support President Obama’s policies that they initially opposed under President Bush.  But it also works the other way around.  It’s baffling to me how Republicans can have such strong opposition to the same policies they touted when introduced by the Bush administration.  They have either had a major epiphany or, more likely, they just dislike them because they're endorsed by a Democrat or by a black man.  In turn, there are plenty of people who only like them for those very same reasons.   

To be honest, most of his supporters and detractors probably have no idea what President Obama’s policies actually are.  As a country, we are so preoccupied with Republican vs. Democrat, black vs. white, male vs. female, that we don’t see what these people are actually doing, or not doing, in Washington.  We turn to the news channel or newspapers that tell us what we want to hear, rather than forming our own opinions and ideas.  Both sides of the media manipulate us with what they do and don’t report and with how they report it.  It’s all just to generate ratings and to distract us from the fact that our current politicians, on both sides of the aisle, care more about making money and advancing their careers than they do about moving this country forward.  And we just eat it up with a spoon. 

Hayley Roberson


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