We’ve Set a Low Bar for “Courage”

Looks like I’m one of the few observers who doesn’t think Mitt Romney’s appearance before the NAACP in Houston was all that courageous.

Yes, he showed up to speak to people who won’t vote for him or any other Republican under any circumstances.  But we’re setting the bar pretty low if just showing up qualifies you as a profile in courage.

Romney had the opportunity to speak truth to power.  But while Democrats will never speak honestly to black people – their white liberal guilt won’t allow it – Republicans won’t tell inconvenient truths, either.  They just don’t have the courage to do it.

Romney talked about turning the economy around, if he’s elected; of putting Americans back to work.  But he could have – and should have – told the NAACP that he’s not going to have much success finding jobs for 15-year old girls who have babies.  And he’s not going to find jobs, either, for boys who drop out of high school because in some perverted way, taking school seriously for them is “acting white.”

Romney should have told his audience that as long as the out-of-wedlock birth rate in Black America is around 72 percent, there’s not much he, or any president can do, for the black community.   He should have told them that dysfunctional behavior – not racism – has put so many young black people behind the 8 ball.

He should have also said that since there’s just so much government can do in this area the burden falls on organizations like the NAACP to turn things around.  Romney can’t walk into South Central LA or Chicago’s South Side and say stop having babies when you’re a child yourself.  If anyone has a chance to change behavior, it’s influential black leaders.  And since we’re constantly being told about the “venerable” NAACP, it’s up to the venerable people in the audience, including the ones who booed him, to do more than they’re doing.

Ask not what government can do for Black America, he could have said, ask what Black American can do for itself.

And to those who say what ails Black America is the result of racism, he could have read to them a short portion of a piece written in 2005 by Walter Williams, the black conservative economics professor, who wrote this:

“In 1940, the illegitimacy rate among blacks was 19 percent, in 1960, 22 percent, and today (in 2005), it’s 70 percent. Some argue that the state of the black family is the result of the legacy of slavery, discrimination and poverty. That has to be nonsense. A study of 1880 family structure in Philadelphia shows that three-quarters of black families were nuclear families, comprised of two parents and children. In New York City in 1925, 85 percent of kin-related black households had two parents.”

The less racist this country has become, the more babies who are born without fathers in their lives.  The explosion in the  illegitimacy rate, by the way, just happens to coincide with the onset of the War on Poverty and its welfare mentality.  Never before in the recorded history of the planet, have so many men voluntarily abandoned their children.  This is not a problem the bureaucrats at Health and Human Services can fix.

Mitt Romney could have said a lot more than he did, though he gets one cheer for at least pointing out that people who finish high school, don’t get married until they’re at least 20, and don’t have kids until they’re married, almost never wind up in poverty, while people who don’t do those three things wind up in poverty nearly 80 percent of the time.

Would Romney have been trashed by the liberal media if he had done what I suggest.  Sure.  But so what?  They’re part of the problem. Treating black people like hothouse flowers who can’t tolerate some hard truths, isn’t doing anyone any favors – and it certainly isn’t courageous.

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  • Brendan Leghorn

    this is a test

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PPL2AXPXJMWPEJWFN34MPC5RNY terry

    IF THERE WERE COURAGE IN D.C.  OBAMA WOULD BE LIVING IN THE GRAY BAR
    HOTEL & THE ECONOMY WOULD START TO REVIVE.

  • BobZiegler

    To anyone who’s arguing only percentages or only real numbers with you, they’re hiding something. You need both figures to arrive at the truth of the argument/discussion. You ALWAYS need both statistics for an honest conclusion.

    • Back Offat

      Yo dog! Thanks for showing me how to combat , this straw man– red herring”‘percentages talking point”.If more people did this,their conclusion will be less racist and more factual.This percentage BS,clouds the water,it allows figures to lie and liars to figure.  I know rich whites would do more to help poor whites if they knew just how poor they really are. In fact this percentage BS hurts the Super Majority poor whites. Can you say Apalachicola… PS you tough this dog a new trick.

  • Kathie Ampela

    A strong black conservative leader to convey an alternative message would be the best way..Condi Rice or Allen West on the ticket? I know both choices are not perfect but it’s a step in the right direction. Neither could be accused of racism although the left would demonize both.

  • Back Offat

    Hey Bernie,I saw you on  O’reilly.Regarding  Romney at the NAACP,At first You were sounding like a Nazi.But  than you mentioned the fact that  poor whites have the same problems as poor blacks,and they were never Jim Crowed. ” The out-of-wedlock birth rate in Black America is around 72 percent”, I wondered why 49% of food stamps go to whites,it’s because way more white  men run off on their kids than black-men!!..” Romney had the opportunity to speak truth”yes many office seekers do,but they don’t because they would be called an Anti-Semite.. ”
    since there’s just so much government can do in this area” oh yeah tell that to Israel who’s gotten billions in welfare from the American government for over fifty years.You know we could use that money in the hood.You mention poor Latinos  and poor whites,yet you failed to mention the fact that Jews are always at the front and center of white collar/money  thief crimes.I mean Jews are the richest people the world,but they always steal  assets.I will name some Dwek,Byers,Boesky,Martin Frankel and Milken.Josh Flagg is from a very rich Jewish Klan yet he stole art from a lady here in Beverly Hills.

    • EddieD_Boston

      Hey brain surgeon, more whites collect food stamps b/c blacks are such a smaller % of the population. Duh.

      Also, where do you come up with “more white men…”. Look at percentages and then get back to us.

      Another point (probably above your intellect): why do Haitian men work and parent the children they father and AA men mostly don’t. Let me know what stupid excuse you come up with. Aren’t Haitians black too? Actually they’re even blacker.

      • Back Offat

        ” More whites collect food stamps   b/c blacks are such a smaller % of the population. Duh.   ….I don’t care what reason you give for these lazy whites,it is a fact poor whites get most of the food stamps..  To anyone who’s arguing only percentages .
         they’re hiding something. You need both figures to arrive at the truth of the argument/discussion. 
        .” Let me know what stupid excuse you come up with.”   why do Haitian men work and parent the children they father ? Duh  . b/c Haitian blacks are such a smaller % of the black  population. Duh.!! And they like all immigrants,   practice nationalism.America blacks don’t,we give all our money back to buy honorary whiteness,that’s not for sale…So I got back to you,I used you words to show you are of  low not thought out intellect.

    • Maureen Chestnut Hill

      You can’t see the forest for the trees or stay on topic,  you missed the point.

  • http://twitter.com/Pundit_Pete Peter Boddie

    Here’s what Citizen Pete had to say about Romney’s NAACP speech, Plus a little bit of advice for a new NAACP message. 
     http://punditpete.blogspot.com/2012/07/on-mitt-romney-and-naacp-citizen-speaks.html

  • Faitgar

    Berni is a senile MF

    • Bob Hadley

      Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!   A moron can actually write!  Rejoice!  The literacy rate is going up!

    • EddieD_Boston

      That’s all you could come up with?

  • Count_E_Limerick

    We need to give Romney some points for tryin’
    For even a few votes, Mitt’s out there vyin’.
    It shows some courage when,
    He even enters their den –
    And leaves for Biden the Courage of the Lyin’.

  • Count_E_Limerick

    To say, “I don’t see you as N’s,” Mitt was needing,
    AA-type interventions? Not a good greeting!
    He thinks it could go quite far,
    Just to know who the CP are,
    To prepare for a later Revival Meeting.

  • Phil

    Perfectly stated, Bernie. But there are some truths you just can’t say in America today, and this is one of them. Had he said it, it would have been cathartic to us, but it wouldn’t have changed anything. Black “leaders” just would have gotten angrier with conservatives than they already are (is that possible?).

  • EddieD_Boston

    For business reason black “leaders” need to perpetuate the myth that it’s all whitey’s fault.

    • EddieD_Boston

      Oooops ‘reasons’…what ever happen to the spellcheck?

    • Bruce A.

      I can’t remember who coined the phrase “Poverty Pimps” but that describes the lkkes of Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson.  Their income & ego thrives on the misery of others.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Pernice-Knefel/593203235 Deborah Pernice Knefel

    I agree we have set a low bar for courage.  Historically, these unpopular truths don’t get you elected.  The seductive untruths of the left keep them in power.  Obama’s election and looming re-election are a testament to what lies and propaganda can do for the least qualified.  One of the greatest and most courageous statesmen of all time was St. Thomas More.  He was rewarded for his courage by a stay in the Tower of London and his severed head on the London Bridge.   I would prefer to see Romney elected.  He can be canonized later.

  • Bruce A.

    Few people in todays USA want to hear or can tolerate the truth.  The truth hurts.

  • FloridaJim

    Asking our leaders to actually lead seems to be asking too much of them Romney is not a powerful speaker nor is he able to confront issues boldly. Why they don’t call a lie a lie or a community that has been killing itself for 50 years a community that must lift itself up by and with the people in the community without their hands out for my tax dollars. Chicago has more killings than Afghanistan this year and Romney can’t mention it.
    We praise the military who goes to face death daily and Romney can’t confront a group of black leaders who have failed the community. Where is Romney’s backbone?

    • Drew Page

      Pretty easy to criticize Romney for not confronting a black audience, face to face, for the failures of black society in general.   When’s the last time you did it?

      • FloridaJim

        I did it many times with only myself and a room full of malcontents of who I had no fear. Just like christie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman
  • ph16

    Good article Bernie! I remember in your book “Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right” you criticized Bush for something like this. Honestly, it’s apparent that the NAACP is in the same echo chamber as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson who are more concerned about grabbing attention, money, and power rather than helping their own. Romney shouldn’t have even bothered with them. With them, it’s heads they win, and tails conservatives (Romney included) lose.

  • Brendan Leghorn

    “Political courage” is an oxymoron. “Political gutlessness” would be redundant. 

    Bernard, I think you are a little off on this column. I think that Romney should focus not on lecturing people like the people of the NAACP, but rather he should ask again and again how these people view the effect that Obama’s policies have had on their communities. Ask the people if they are better off than when Obama took office. Ask them if the education system is getting better. Ask them if they are finding jobs easier. These should be the main focus of his message to African Americans, Latinos, and others. If he tries to lecture people about their own failings he will only make them angry, but if he explains to them how his policies are better for all Americans then perhaps they will at least listen even though it is clear that they will not vote for him. 

    • Brendan Leghorn

      I need to add to what I have written. If I were Romney, I would compliment President Obama for what he represents. I would say that the symbolic and inspirational nature of  Obama’s presidency can not be denied, and I would add that he is and should be an inspiration to many people. I think he represents the greatness of this country, that this is a country that is able to improve itself and learn from the mistakes in its past. After this compliment, I would then argue that though the symbolic importance of his presidency cannot be denied, President Obama’s economic policies are not a success  and that his only solution seems to be higher taxes for the wealthy. This does not seem like a serious solution to the serious economic problems of this country. Taxing the prosperous does not seem like a serious plan for increasing prosperity. I would argue that the country would be better off if their were more wealthy people, and that the president should do things to make it easier for all people to find success, whether economic or otherwise. That there are wealthy people in this country is not a problem of this country. 
      Also, Romney should make basically the same speech wherever he goes. I do not think he can win if he tries to impress certain segments of the society. He should emphasize that we are all American and he should speak to all Americans as Americans first and foremost. 

      • Brendan Leghorn

        There should be a way on this website for people to correct their grammar mistakes in their posts. 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PPL2AXPXJMWPEJWFN34MPC5RNY terry

    WOW !   THE DEMOCRATS ARE SO JEALOUS OF ROMNEY SPEAKING AT NAACP,
                     THEY ARE TRYING TO GET OBAMA TO SPEAK TO THE MORMAN TABERNACLE CHOIR

    • asl3676

      He would but non Mormans are not allowed in Mormon temples…..

      • Drew Page

        Sure he would.  Obama didn’t even have the guts to show up in front of the NAACP, he sent Biden instead.

  • Brhurdle

    I certainly agree with the sentiments expressed by Mr. Goldberg, but Mr. Romney would have been completely ineffective in expressing those ideas to the NAACP. It would have been rejected without thought as racist and condescending – the equivalent of pouring gasoline on a smouldering fire. This message can only be delivered by a black liberal if it is to be heard. There has been much speculation by liberals that Mr. Romney’s intention was to be booed in order to arouse his racist base. The real question is why did the NAACP invite him to speak when there is certainty that they are committed to Obama and would find fault with his ideas.

  • Larbabe

    Here’s a suggestion: Get Bill Cosby to head up the NAACP. He’s one of the few people, (black, white, Republican, Democrat,  or anything else) with the courage to tell it like it is. The difficulty is that the Revs Al and Jesse and their ilk would sooner croak.

    • asl3676

      and who should tell Hispanics like it is? How about Baptists? Jews?

      • Drew Page

        Hispanicss, Baptists and Jews haven’t found it necessary to set up  National Associations for the Advancement of Hispanics, Baptists and/or Jews.  They haven’t found it necessary to blame everyone who isn’t one of them for their state in life. 

        • asl3676

          Ever hear of  La Raza or Young Israel or Haddassah? It’s sad to hear prejudiced and bigoted people such as Bernie Goldberg preach to their choir….

          • Tamahawk

             “…prejudiced and bigoted people such as Bernie Goldberg…”
            ———————————
              You just go ahead and give some examples, boy.

              Failure to do that will be your admission you’re a shallow little punk with no debating skills. 

          • Bob Hadley

            I’ve pointed out instances of Bernie making  bigoted statements on this website.  I don’t think making bigoted statements necessarily makes one a bigot, however.  

             

        • Back Offat

          Are you smarter the a first grader?

    • ph16

       Exactly and honestly his speeches can be applied across the board and across all “races”.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HKATSKEOKBAFZRXE6HQALRY4TA Allan

    Bernie- I doubt you would have said all those things in Romney’s shoes. There would have been a firestorm of academic, moderate, and MSM publicity, and you probably wouldn’t have gotten out of the building in one piece. What is pundit’s prerogative to say would have been dumb politics. When fighting a war, one must pick his battles. History forgets those who were right and lost.

    • Will Swoboda

      Allen, I believe that Bill Cosby did say something to that effect a couple of years back and he was soundly criticized by other blacks. I have a young black friend from Nigeria who tries to help inner city black kids, especially boys and he was astounded of the 72% out of wedlock births. That is a very negative, life altering problem that can only be changed by black folks and no one else period.
      Will Swoboda

      • Back Offat

        I agree with you to a point,Bill Cosby was right to a point also.But the most successful  blacks are fatherless lets start with Obama, Oprah , Lebron James , most of the NFL,NBA,Thomas Sowell and Clarence Thomas.You can add Micheal Phelps but he is not black  and he is not the only fatherless white man can you say Bill Clinton.Your friend from Nigeria, he is needed way more in Nigeria where tribe and religious wars are going on as we speak,And those of you who are white go help your brothers you left behind in Appalachia they got no jobs,and are running out of hope too.Why are there so many poor whites,the GOP will not speak about this,,,Obama did it!

  • Pasquale1234

    I am glad you have courage, Bernie.  I agree that White Folks do not say more about the negative cultural reality of Blacks in the USA, but like I told you previously I believe too many White people are afraid of Blacks and this is even more of a problem with White politicians.

    Personally I do NOT think Blacks should be called African-Americans.  How about Americans.  No mas Latino-Americans or Hispanic-Americans either.  OR any other hyphenated Americans.  Putting people into groupings is divisive  and discriminatory, not to mention condescending.

    • Cbkaufman

      ExpandAs long as different cultures within the US have problems that are endemic to that culture, it is correct to address the culture itself, regarding the specific issue, and not lump it with the rest of the general population.

  • http://www.facebook.com/buz.chertok Buz Chertok

    The NAACP knows damn well that the vast majority of their births are bastards born of poorly educated women who either do not know who impregnated them or refuse to identify them for several reasons not the least of which is fear. Mitt Romney would have been a fool to chastise them for this disgrace to their race and give them license to disparage him. Besides, he knew that the big bad conservative loudmouths would take care of that detail. He went there and simply told them that the record shows that Obama is hurting them and if they want a friend in Washington they should elect him. That took guts and he should be commended for it. Limbaugh sounded like an utter buffoon when he perjoritively described Romney at the NAACP as a “Snow White wth testicles”and Bernie here doesn’t sound a hell of a lot better.

    • Cbkaufman

      As long as different cultures within the US have problems that are endemic to that culture, it is correct to address the culture itself, regarding the specific issue, and not lump it with the rest of the general population.

  • Carolyn

    Excellent! My God how long are we going to have to “atone” for slaves that no longer exist & haven’t for longer than we have been alive! I am sick & tired of this crap & breaking my back working so lazy baby making useless people can sit at home & moan ! I have never had “white guilt”…for what?  Make your own way in life is it always fair…hell no but that is life, trials & tribulations will come it is character & faith that gets you through it. Blacks will go on & on about  race , slavery & any excuse they can use until there is NO MORE HANDOUTS & NO MONEY LEFT….we are there now ….what will they do then? The war on poverty has put us ALL in the poor house. Get over it  as many  many  Americans know the race card  is old & worn out it has been replaced by disgust & anger . I am an angry American . Education is there for anyone that wants it NO EXCUSES!  Personally I would be offended if I thought anything was “downgraded” so I could pass…you want equal then act like it, you have a brain use it…I don’t think blacks are unequal nor should they. We have many many people of different races that have been a part growing this great nation. Allen West, Walter Williams, Larry Elder ..so many I can’t count. Look to these great Americans for a change instead of fly by night basketball players or idiot hollywood types as an influence. Until they are ready to educate themselves nothing will change. This is the sad reality. Thank you for letting me vent.

  • Hank

    At least Romney didn’t run away after they booed hiim when he said he’d repeal Obamacare.   His message to blacks was no different than  it is to the rest of the country..  So I give him an A for honesty, which Obama earns an F for.

    • asl3676

      He didn’t run away?  Did he take questions? Did he let anyone but Fox News ask him questions?  What are you talking about?

      • Drew Page

        I’d love to see you get up in front of that audience, tell them you are going to repeal Obamacare and then take questions.    

      • James King

        Bernie’s right and you are wrong. You are also one of those A. holes that everyone has. From some of the things you say you left your objective brain behind long ago.

        • asl3676

          I didn’t say Bernie was wrong or I’m right….My point is that Bernie’s opinions on race are not based upon any facts, research or experience…They are based upon his prejudices….

          • ph16

            Name one fact that you believe that is based on his prejudices. From what I can tell, he’s just saying what many people have been saying including Bill Cosby and Juan Williams. I think your problem is with the message rather than the messenger.

          • ph16

            *What makes you think this column is not based on facts or research. The stats on his side in showing that the black illegitimacy rate, for instance, is higher now than it was in the 1950s and that disillusion of the black family is one of the primary reasons that many black people are poor.

  • http://profiles.google.com/exxo03 richard mcenroe

    But dude!  They had forks!

    http://tinyurl.com/869ocgj

  • Wmslaw

    interesting concept however our PC based culture would never get over castigating a  candidate who had the cajones to state this in a public forum

  • LennyPincus

    Why don’t you tell all the white liberals and African Americans you interview on your sports show about your theories?  Start them out with your truisms then segue into your brilliant sports observations.  Truth to Power? Maroon.

    • CCNV

       Maroon??

    • Cbkaufman

      Seriously? It would be right to launch into a political discussion on a sports show to satisfy your need to ignore problems?
      Maroon??? (Maroon is a color, moron.)

    • LennyPincus

       I’d think when Bernie is doing one of his hard hitting sports pieces about a white liberal, that liberal should know what Bernie really thinks of him.  And I’m sure any African American would love to know Bernie’s cultural concepts before he or she exchanges thoughts with him.  Don’t Bernie’s sports pieces “dig deeper”?

      Maroon is slang for a goofball.

    • Paul Courtney

      Yes, as in “what a maroon”, you should attribute Bugs Bunny.  And he does tell them, all they have to do is read his stuff, maroon.  If he started his show with a rant, HBO would show him the door and he’d hafta  hope for…Current?

  • Snoooooozn

    They can’t handle the truth!

  • Bonnie Usrey

    BINGO, BERNIE!  Not that Iagree that Mitt Romney should have said what you said to the NAACP, because he would have been torn to shreds by the media, but SOMEONE should say it and you just did. Bill Cosby tried to tell them also, and he wasn’t called Courageous.
    I have a Yearbook, “The Meharrian” from 1943, the year I was born, from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Most of the Faculty, Staff, and students are Black or  Biracial Race and al the students were studying to be Doctors, Dentists,  Nurses, Medical Technicians. They had Sororities, Fraternities, an Honorary Society. Athletics was just a minor part of the activities. The first Activity listd in the book is Religion. I could go on and on.,…Proms, Musical Groups, Medical Associations…

    Most  people under the age of 50, in this country, think that prior to the “Civil Rights Movement”a Black person could not get an education, especially in the South. WRONG! They have been indoctrinated by the Revisionist History radicals who have infiltrated the American Education system since the 1960’s. 
    The Leftist/Liberal/Marxists took the Justified and Right Civil Rights Movement, coupled it with residual anger about Slavery, and perverted it into ANOTHER form of Slavery. Even back then, they were attempting and have now succeeded in “fundamentally transforming America” and Obama has just doubled down and taken our Country down to the lowest level.
    You once called me a “very angry woman” in response to an email or some comment. You damn right! I watched it all happening, let it happen while I was raising my son and working, going to school, just trying to survive. I hate how the Blacks were taken advantage of and used, and how we as Western “Civilization” let it happen.

  • James King

    Bernie, congrats! But Republican pols won’t say anything remotely like what you wrote in this article because they are afraid, and that makes them part of the problem. Blacks who are in positions of influence typically won’t say these things either. Oh, there is Cosby and the great Walter Williams and Alan West, but they do not get near the media exposure that phony liberals get, and that makes the media part of the problem too.

    Romney will not say these necessary things. He more than likely believes them, but he will not say them because he would get trashed by CBS, NBC, and ABC, to say nothing of MSNBC because very few people watch them. He should also say these things in the debates, but he won’t, and I think it’s a failure to understand that it really doesn’t matter what he says because he will be trashed.

    It’s a great article. The biggest problem with it is that it will generally be read by those who agree, not by those who need the information stated over and over. Great job!

    • asl3676

      Your right…Bernie is not a politician ..he will say whatever makes Fox News happy….I’m sure he has vast experience into the lives of minorities…What information did Bernie’s article give you?  I saw no solutions only identification of problems…BFD

      • James King

        Reread the article. Solutions are listed in the criticisms. Not written solutions, but they are there.

      • ph16

         You are willing to accuse Bill Cosby of that because he has said some of the exact same things as has Juan Williams, who if you watch Fox News or had listened to NPR when he was working there, he’s no right winger. He may not be as far to the left as people like Michael Moore or Al Franken, but he still leans left on plenty of issues.

        • ph16

           *Are you willing to accuse Bill Cosby of the same thing you accuse Bernie of because…….

        • asl3676

          I didn’t accuse Mr. Cosby or Juan Wiiliams of anything.  Their opinions of the black community have validity because they grew up in those communities. What’s Bernie’s opinion based upon?  His vast knowledge of minority communities? His qualifications as a reporter? The answer is he has no qualifications other than the fact that Fox News pays him to kiss O’Reilly’s butt.

          • ph16

            Well he grew up in the Bronx and currently lives in Miami, he worked as a reporter for CBS News for 28 years (1972-2000), and well he’s a smart knowledgable man who’s well read and aware including people like Bill Cosby and Juan Williams. While his qualifications aren’t as great as Bill Cosby and Juan Williams, I do believe Bernie knows what he’s talking about sadly.

          • asl3676

            Exactly my point..In a court of law Bernie would be qualified as an expert on reporting or News organizations…I’m a born and raised New Yorker and I can tell you that Bernie’s comments on blacks falls under the heading of  “Opinions are like A holes….everybody has one”…

          • ph16

             Well what makes you think the facts he state aren’t correct or he hasn’t done any research? Trust me, if you are a news journalist, one does know how to research and look up the facts. In addition, from what I’ve read, he’s been in those neighborhoods while he was at CBS and has seen what he’s talking about.

          • asl3676

            The only reason you believe that Goldberg has a clue about race relations or minority communities is because you agree with him…Bernie was a reporter at one time…He does good and interesting work for HBO Sports…As an attorney my opinion of the state of college football is my opinion…its not based upon any insight other than reading the reporting of others….Bernie is an older white jewish New Yorker….his only direct knowledge of minority communities comes from the times he gets lost and drives through Miami’s ghettos…

          • Jeffreydan

              If your attitude held water, there would be no such thing as a male OB/GYN.

              I read you’re a 60-year-old attorney in another comment. Was it in law school or at home you were taught never to grow up and respect others?

          • asl3676

            I learned those things on the streets of New York as well as from working on Wall Street…

      • Jeffreydan

          I’m impressed. You manage to fit passive hostility toward FNC, evidence you suffer from either illiteracy or A.D.D., your ignorance about Bernie’s life experiences, and your fear of direct discussion all into a neat, compact little post.       
         

  • RedinDenver

    I think Bernie is wrong on this one. Public humiliation, shunning, etc. is a pretty daunting thing to stand up in the face of.

    Romney’s appearance before what he knew would be virtually FULL of  fervent Obama supporters would seem to me to be pretty courageous.  

    Standing in front of a large group of people and having them resoundingly boo you seems at least somewhat similar to the  public humiliation  suffered by people placed in the Medieval stockades back in the days of the pilgrims where people would walk by and jeer you.

  • floridahank

    I think Romney should have gone to the extreme  and told them that one reason their race and our nation in general is in such trouble is that we have told God to “get lost” that we don’t need His guidance anymore. 
    People who read and believe in the Bible know we have become “our own gods,” and want to do everything we want.
    Many blacks do have a strong Scriptural basis, but no politician will touch this topic in any case. Romney could have made a strong, positive impact if he just had guts to talk about a subject politicans are afraid of.
    Regardless of his Mormon background, he still should have brought God into his talk.

  • Steve Packer

    Does anyone remember the past President named Kennedy??  He came from extreme wealth –which was not a donation from the Boy Scouts. –Yet his wealth was not an issue as it is for Romney.  Kennedy was incredible in handling the lunatic Russian Leader, Krushev who made statements like “We will bury you” or smashed his shoe on a table at the United Nations.  The handling of the Cuban missle crisis was a remarkable achievement for Kennedy. 
    Turn the tables on the wealth issue by referencing Kennedy.

  • http://twitter.com/kevinkmac Kevin McDonald

    I think Obama has dropped the ball on the Black community. Mitt Romney stated the problem as many others do. Its going to take a visionary black man to lead them out. I never look at his speech to the group as “courageous”. I saw it as needed.  It showed the leadship void  in the black community.

  • beniyyar

    Mitt punched his ticket with the NAACP and can now continue to build his lead against Obama.  Mitt doesn’t need to win in July, he needs to win in November.

  • Elaine Coyle

    This time, Bernie, I disagree with you. The MSM twist everything that he says & does
    & he would end up defending himself, AGAIN.

  • Lt Live

    Some of our Founding fathers understood that without character and virtue, education is an invitation to depravity and the secularization of our society and eventually the moral and virtual collapse of our republic. Listen to what one patriot said.
    Benjamin Rush
    (Signer of the Declaration of Independence)
    “The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments

  • Lt Live

    We are is a political and cultural battle with liberals who have lost their moral anchor, if they ever really had one, after all who would vote for such a corrupt and dishonest liar as Barack Obama? The liberals don’t care what kind of character or morals a person has as long as that idiot can push their agenda.

  • asl3676

    Maybe Bernie should show some courage and ocassionally tell O’Reilly that he’s full of it….Never mind, that might cost him some money..

    • Elaine Coyle

      Oh, I don’t think so. O’Reilly would not mind hearing that he is full of
      KNOWLEDGE & COURAGE & A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR.

      • asl3676

        You are right…It’s Mrs. O’Reilly’s job to tell Bill he’s full of crap…LOL

        • Elaine Coyle

          Who tells you?

          • asl3676

            If my wife forgets to tell me my kids fill in for her…..LOL

          • ph16

             Well since your wife and kids are nowhere to be seen, I’ll tell you:  You’re full of crap!

    • Tetonka76

       The comment I hear the most about O’Reilly is that he interrupts people all the time.  This goes for other Fox contributors as well as guests on the right and left.  I guess Bill runs his show as he chooses……I like him even though he has warts like the rest of us.  I do believe he stands up for the “folks”.

      • asl3676

        Bill stands up for what folks the people at Fox News who pay him? He’s made a fortune being a classier Archie Bunker like charachter. What have you ever seen him do for the “folks” other than take their money?

        • Jeffreydan

            Advice you should take if you don’t want to look idiotic: next time you’re thinking about suggesting someone is a selfish phony, look into their charitable activities first.

          • asl3676

            O”Reilly’s known charritable giving is limited to giving money he collects from his cult on his website….What are you talking about?

          • Jeffreydan

             “O”Reilly’s known charritable giving is limited to giving money he collects from his cult on his website….What are you talking about?”
            ————————–
             Sorry, I must have used too many syllables.

              You asked the question “What have you ever seen him do for the ‘folks’ other than take their money?”. That was a petty little snipe meant to insult the man as phony and selfish. It was ignorant. Knowing what he’s been doing for charity over the years, your making such an ignorant statement shows you are either too lazy or stupid to think before you comment, or too big a jerk to care given the facts.

              Goodness, you are really in over your head here.  

      • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

        O’Reilly and the rest of the Fox family have been ordered to never mention the problems brewing for Barack Hussein Obama and his eligibility problems.  Sheriff Joe Arpaio use to be a frequent guest on O’Reilly and Hannity, they both disowned him when they began to look into the possibility that Obama was flaunting forged documents, the April 27th, 2011 computer generated birth record in particular.  They discovered that the birth record is a forgery and the evidence the provided in their first press conference on March 1st was conclusive and thus they ramp up the investigation into a criminal investigation.  They also discovered that Obama fraudulently registered with the Selective Service.  They will have even more evidence presented this Tuesday, July 17th proving Obama is dirty.  If this evidence was associated with a Rich White Mormon Republican  his political career would have been over and reputation destroyed.  My question to Bernie and O’Reilly is why this evidence associated with a Rich White Arab African-Negro Usurper hasn’t ended his political career.  The answer, people like Bernie and O’Reilly and Hannity and Baier and Greta and Huckabee refuse to talk about it.  WHY??

        There is a law suit going on in Ohio where Obama’s SS# has been discovered to be fraudulent as well.  Obama’s place on state ballots is being challenged in numerous states and Bernie and O’reilly and the rest of Fox refuse to cover it.  

        Lord Charles Monckton has put the Brits on notice concerning this fraudulent President and has warned them of the consequences of doing business with us.  Monckton wholeheartedly believes Obama may have usurped the office of the POTUS.  

        • Jeffreydan

            Here’s an idea: try posting something that has to do with the column above.

          • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

            There will be a second Sheriff Joe Arpaio Press Conference tomorrow July 17th that will be live streamed at Worldnetdaily.  This is so much more important than some silly article about “having courage” to address a libtarded NAALCP causus.  This Press Conference will be about the scandal of the century.  

          • Jeffreydan

                “This is so much more important than some silly article about “having courage” to address a libtarded NAALCP causus.”
            ——————————-
              I know, I know, it’s extremely important to you, and you made your point long ago in another column completely unrelated to this little pathological obsession of yours.

               

          • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

            Jeffreydan, lets just say that this criminal investigation that has been going on for 10 months now is able to prove that President Obama is guilty of flaunting a computer generated forged birth record, has fraudulently registered with the Selective Service and they find that he has been in possession of a fraudulent SS#, do you think the combination of these three crimes may point to a corrupt individual that needs to be further investigated by Congress?  Who the hell wouldn’t be pathologically obsessed about a scandal as large as this?  People were pathologically obsessed with Watergate once it was discovered that President Nixon was guilty and thus far this is developing into a much worse situation.  

            You have commented a couple of times about my obsession, my question to you is why the hell you are not obsessed about this?  Do ya think MSNBC, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, NPR, POLITICO, etc would be possessed about this evidence if it were associated with the Rich White Mormon Republican?  Hell look what they have been doing with a known lie about Romney and the Bain Capital connections.  Do lie Jeffrey, give your honest opinion.  

            When we turn on the folks at Fox (O’Reilly, Hannity, Greata) all we hear is one complaint after another about this President.  When we turn on Conservative talk radio all we hear is one complaint after another about this President.  The one item that would end this nightmare faster than Watergate ended Nixon’s career is the fraudulent activity carried on by this President and there is nothing but SILENCE.  Please help me make sense out of this silence Jeffrey.  

          • Jeffreydan

              I will not feed your chronic, rude, space-wasting habit.
             It’s almost amusing, the fact you believe repeating essentially the same long post dozens of times, for ANY reason, is justified. It ain’t. 

              For the love of Pete, get therapy.

          • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

            Unless Bernie decides to throw me under the bus I am here to stay Jeffrey and I will rub you nose in it when this Usurper in Chief is finally forced to resign.  All praise and honor to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his amazing PATRIOTIC investigative team.  

          • Jeffreydan

              Clunker: Obama will remain president until he either loses & hands off to Mitt Romney in a few months (hopefully), or he serves out a 2nd term (God forbid). 
              WHEN you are proven wrong, I will not stoop to your level and rub YOU (sic) nose in it.

  • Tetonka76

    Right on!  People, black and white, don’t want to hear the “inconvenient” truth about behavior and its consequences.  America, overall, has developed a BIG welfare mentality and the Obama groupies perpetuate relying on the government for everything.  Until people are willing to take responsibility for themselves, any old excuse will do for their “lacks”.  A lot of us grew up in poor households, but I believe many in my generation (born right after WWII) have never thought the government should support us.   Black and white “fathers” have abandoned their children along the road to their own selfish desires.  Get with it all of you twits!  Also, until the black community puts the past in the past, there will always be an excuse to blame their ills on slavery and abuse.  There are too many highly educated, successful black persons in the world to say that you can’t make it.  If you feel persecuted, perhaps you should look in the mirror at the problem.  This goes for blacks, whites, Hispanics and the rest of the ethic groups.  Nobody wants to support you, raise your children and provide for you what you refuse to provide for yourself.  I’m, frankly, annoyed, sick and fed up with the belly aching! We don’t feel sorry for you…slavery has ended.  Get off your flabby butt and become a productive citizen.  Otherwise, shut up and, hopefully, move on!

    • ron

      It is important to know your history but also to recognize that attempts have been made and continue to be made to atone for the wrongs that were committed in the past. Also, if the jacksons and sharptons did not try to propagate racism for their own power and fortune, I wonder if the blacks could move on and prosper. I do believe that they would.

      • Tetonka76

        I believe that you are right…attempts have been made to atone for past behavior of our ancestors regarding slavery, and rightly so.  However, I also believe people choose to move on in life or stagnate in whatever pitty pot they’re sitting in.  Even though Jackson and Sharpton harp on past slavery issues as a reason for what they deem to be black oppression, the black citizenry have minds of their own.  Many have adopted the philosophy of racism and find it easier to say “woe with me” than “yes I can”.  Funny how their biggest cheerleader, Obama, seems to perpetuate the illusion of inequality for them, too.  Of course, there’s a pesky election coming up….anything to get votes…….

  • ron

    Bernie just gave obama his talking points.

  • Drew Page

    I suppose Mitt could have also gone to a convention of Jenny Craig members and told them all they were weak-willed slobs that needed to get their dead butts off the couch, on the treadmill, and stop gorging themselves and making excuses about their genetics.

    Bill Cosby said all those things that you wanted Mitt Romney to say and I don’t see black America, the NAACP, CNN, MSNBC or any of the MSM beating a path to Mr. Cosby’s door to honor him for his courage.    Think about how black America treats blacks like Clarence Thomas, Walter Williams, Thomas  Sowell, Herman Cain and others who have the gall to espouse conservative values.    

  • Vinbick44

    Right on, Bernie!  Truth hurts, but necessary in all forums.  Mitt has to be bold, straight-forward, and direct with all people throughout his campaign.  The contrast will be striking with the fake who he faces.  Color is NOT an issue; Mitt will win in November because all good folks in our great nation what everyone to succeed.  

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      No matter what Romney may have said or not have said doesn’t make a bit of difference, 95% or more blacks will vote for a Democrat, especially one the perceive as being black.  They fell hook line and sinker for the Obama is our “first black President.”  If you tell a lie often enough to liberals they will believe it to be the truth.  Here is the truth – Obama is 50% White, 43.25% Arab and 6.75% African-Negro, only in a libtard world does that compute to “first black President.”  You can sell the Brooklyn Bridge to these kool aide drinking black folks, they have been severely damaged by their so-called leaders.  The most racist organization in the US is not the KKK but rather the Congressional Black Caucus.  Once these folks shed there racist leaders they will rise up and accomplish great things, until that time they will be trodden under by the very people they think are their friends.  

      • James King

        As much as it pains me I agree with some of your sentiments, especially about the Congressional Black Caucus. Did you ever think of asking them if it would be alright to have a Congressional White Caucus? But there is one part of your statement where I have to add to it, and that is “if you tell a big lie often enough.”

        There has been a big lie told for more than 2,000 years, a big lie told often enough people will believe it, and it confirms that the more outrageous the lie the easier it is to sell it as truth.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    No matter how much else Mr. Romney could have said, it still would have been a white guy telling blacks how to live, and that usually doesn’t go over too well, the substantive validity of the advice notwithstanding. 

    • asl3676

      So what Romney would have said would be substantively valid? To whom..old white guys? What a joke…
      Romney has surely showed alot of courage by evading the draft and not showing his tax returns…quite a guy that Mitt..

      • Carolyn

         quite a guy b hussein not showing his college transcripts or anything else about his past…..except a book most likely not written by him about his father that deserted him …so many  lies so much time…..so little ethic , so little experience…..I could go on & on….

        • asl3676

          How about Mitt’s kindergarten records? What candidate has shown his school records and why do we care about his grades?

          • Carolyn

            we should be able to look at anything we want if someone is running for public office especially the president…..if you have nothing to hide…..& we all know b hussein & his “lovely” wife have plenty to hide& I personally do not want a dumb ass as president however we got one anyway….affirmative action at work….everything dumb down since they can’t learn otherwise. BTW you do know {& he certainly did not tell this} b hussein & moocheele both had their law license taken….do some research dumb ass!  

          • asl3676

            You seem a bit hostile…perhaps you should seek professional help for your hostility toward the Obamas…scary to see the effect Fox News has on its viewers…

          • Carolyn

             I unlike you think for myself  Fox does not influence me , most times it rarely gives me the real news. I research information myself….you on the other hand either take handouts or is a blind kool aid drinker. I don’t always agree with Fox but never agree with libs, I find them closed minded. You are the one in desperate need of professional help as you can’t seem to think for yourself. Hostility….it is more than that I HATE them I HATE EVIL, lying , thugs ….of course most of DC is full of these types, Pelosi, Reid, the whole of DNC. What is scary is the way this once great nation is being run & ruined the GOP has its lying evil thugs as well , do you mind paying{if you do indeed pay} for others to sit on their lazy asses, do you like the way the country is going, do you mind the lies or ignore them, do you like others telling you what to do, what to eat ,drink & so forth? Do you not think for yourself? I for the life of me cannot understand what anyone sees in b hussein other than a meal ticket. Do you not understand this country is broke? The idiots in DC print money but it might as well be counterfeit there is nothing to back it! Just what is it about commies  that you like? If you like it so much why not move? Cuba is NOT that far & I am sure would welcome your views with open arms. Perhaps you should give up your home & belongings ,savings & half your money if it would make you feel better. As for me I work hard & have for many years so what I have worked for is mine & mine alone to do with as I please NOT as the govco would have me do with it, but by all means feel free to share or give all you have…..wait long enough & vote for that POS again & you won’t have to they will TAKE it from you. Do you own your home if you sell it the gov now will take 3.8% of the sale as capital gains…like that it was in the healthcare bill, like taxes…get ready for more of your money to go…………….READ, EDUCATE YOURSELF don’t take anyone’s word for it…trust yourself, it only takes a little work but then again you may be opposed to that. I really pity you following “the crowd”. If I did indeed seek professional help it would not be for the hatred I feel for this fool occupying the WH , it would be for the grief I feel at losing my country to a bunch so called  do gooders that never put their money where their mouth is , this minority that cheats & lies its way into office & infiltrates normal peoples lives because they think they know what’s best . Like electric cars…great for the EPA nuts…what did they do without electricity in DC …guess they had to walk ….god forbid you use any gas, GOD made this world for us to use but then again I am guessing you don’t have a relationship with our Creator ,I put my total complete trust in His hands only . He is a forgiving God He has forgiven me many times  as He knows we are far from perfect, you should try it. It is refreshing…just as there is the good & pure love of God there is also satan to contend with….EVIL..on a large scale & DC is full of evil if I can do nothing but vote & voice my feelings so be it. I just pray I will still be able to do that, if b hussein has his way along with his so called czars Jarrett{muslim} & the many commies he has in tow that will be a thing of the past. Better start reading up on your buddy & the friends he keeps…many many like me are aware of what he is & you should open your eyes & ears …see for yourself…do you hate this country & freedom that much? why? Romney is not the perfect choice for me but I will back him & vote for him…he is a sight better that what is there now.SO GO THINK OF THE CHOICE CUTE  WORDS TO SEND BACK TO ME…THEY WILL BE MEANINGLESS AS I AM TIRED OF GAMES Grow up & get a real life!I respect the office of the President not necessarily the person that holds that title…….I can do that you know it is my right!

          • asl3676

            It’s difficult to get older and not be bitter, hostile and cynical..Sounds to me like you’ve gone a little overboard….I have no idea what you believe the government is doing to you but what counts is you and your fanilies welfare. The governments job is too look after the general welfare of the country and its citizens….Dont be a hater….its very unbecoming.

          • James King

            Government has in my lifetime (73) only worked for the specific welfare, not of citizens, but of politicians.

            A moral government is to protect citizens with an army, police force, and a court system. Nothing else, including taking money from some citizens to be used for the so-called “need” of other citizens. And yes, this includes food and shelter.

            We don’t have a moral government for more than 100 years. Politicians only work to help themselves, and have learned that if they “give” some people things they will vote for them, and that is what every politician is about–votes. There are a few this does not apply to but they can be counted on two hands.

          • asl3676

            I assume you dont refuse social security, medicare benefits, student loans for your grandkids etc.
            Would you rather live in a third world country in which there is massive homelessness and poverty and that the old are left to die because of a lack of medical care. I’m amazed when people of faith appear to be so selfish.

          • Cbkaufman

            Yes, of course, anyone who doesn’t want to hand their money over to the government to be given to others is a hater. Now THAT is very unbecoming (and silly).
            The government’s job is to provide for the GENERAL welfare, not the welfare of all its citizens. If that were the case, there would be no end to the government’s obligation to buy us a/c, food, transportation… It is the ‘takers’ in society that expect the government to just give them stuff.

          • Carolyn

            DIPSHIT THE GOV IS TAKING MY MONEY & GIVING IT TO ILLEGALS, WELFARE QUEENS & SOCIAL SECURITY IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT YOU DUMBASS THAT IS OUR MONEY THE GOV PONZI SCHEME STOLE! I AM FINISHED WITH YOU YOU STUPID FOOL I HOPE YOU LOOSE EVERYTHING IF THAT POS BASTARD GETS IN AGAIN….YOU WILL HAVE TO LEARN THE HARD WAY AS FACTS MEAN NOTHING TO YOU. HOPE WHEN YOU GET OLD ALL YOU GET IS A PAIN PILL & I HOPE IT IS JUST ASPRIN ! BTW I AM NOT THAT OLD JUST OLD ENOUGH TO TO KNOW A SHEEP & DUMBASS WHEN IREAD THEIR POST….GROW UP & GET OUT OF MAMA’S  HOUSE….GOD HELP THE WOMAN THAT IS MARRIED TO YOU OR MARRY S YOU….YOU SOUND LIKE THE TYPICAL 30 SOMETHING WIMP! iF OLDER OR YOUNGER YOU ARE STLL A WUSS SO GO BOTHER SOMEONE ELSE BETTER STILL GO PLAY WITH YOUR SCREWED UP LIB FRIENDS…IT WILL MAKE MORE SENSE TO YOU.

          • asl3676

            I’m a 60 year old attorney and I would suggest you get back on Xanax…You’re mad at someone or something and you’re letting your anger effect your thinking…..STOP WATCHING FOX NEWS…IT”S BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH

  • http://www.pixiespinktasticproofreading.com/ Pixie

    It’s easier for people (of any color or ethnicity) to blame others for their problems than it is to blame themselves. Not taking responsibility for one’s choices/decisions is the root of the one of the many problems in our society.

  • soundnfury

    Did Romney miss his opportunity to deliver a Sister Soulja speech? Perhaps, but that speech has been delivered ad nauseum numerous times. Romney would have been accused of playing to his base & attempting to be Clinton 2.0. Dealing with this crowd is like trying to negotiate a peace agreement with the Palestinians. They are not interested in negotiating peace. No, they want only concessions.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QLKOCJDL325PA5HNCEEWP5EDYM Eloise

    Yeah, Bernie, all true, true, true.  But honest to God, this was not the time or place to make that speech, doncha think?

    • Tomsemiterrific

      When then?

  • Farthgum

    They don’t want to hear the truth.

  • Bob Hadley

    You seem more interested in blame-shifting than in problem solving. 

    I’ve listened to many pundits who apparently don’t think Gov. Romney’s NAACP speech was courageous.  They speculate that Romney was using the occassion to appeal to his conservatie base.

    I hope you’re aware that a lot of black leaders, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, have for decades (if not longer) been going into inner city and black communities lecturing, preaching, admonishing and even begging to end the dysfunction to which you refer. 

     I’m fairly certain that most or all of those in Gov. Romney’s live audience are well aware of this dysfunction and are concerned about it.  They might not admit it, however, on a national broadcast, just like you might be reluctant to publicly admit to any dysfunction within your own family – that is, IF there was dysfunction in your family.

    If he gave the speech you suggested, conservatives would love it.  A lot of moderates might also nod in agreement.  Where’s the courage? 

    If Gov. Romnety were truly interested in promlem solving, he mght have given a two part speech asking to, if elected Pres., form a partnership with organisations dealing with low income and inner city communities, and especially with black communities.

    The first half of his speech could be devoted to laying out his responsibilities in the partnreship: 1) doing whatever he reasonably could to establish and maintain open lines of communication and dialogue with these orgs; 2) to do whatever he reasonably could to provide and encourage opportunities to those in the low income and inner city communities, esp. in the black communities, and to make those opportunities known thruoghout these communities; and 3)  to do whatever he reasonably could to help these orgs deal effectively with dysfunction within these communities.

    The second half of his speech could be devoted to the responsibilities of the various orgs in the partnership:  1)  doing whatever they reasonably can do to keep up the diologue with his administration (and perhaps he could appoint a Czar, uh um er, I mean a cabinet member for this puropose); 2) communicate their ideas and opinions as to what his administration could be doing or could be doing better to  provide and encourage opportunities to their members and to those they serve and to make those opportunities better known; and 3) intensify their efforts to work with his administration or even to work separately to transform dysfunction into function with the communities they serve. 

    Gov. Romney could conclude his speech by saying that sometimes there would be disagreement over methods and style within the partnership.  Any members of the partnership could act alone outside of the partnership.  But that the agreed upon goal of the partnership would be to work together whenever possible to  expand accessible opportunities and aleviate dysfunstion in inner city and low income communities.  The agreed upon method of the partnership is to find areas of agreement or consensus and to pursue those areas vigorously. 

    If Gov. Romney gave such a heart-felt speech, there’d be a lot for liberals and conservatives to both love and hate.  Gov. Romney might be called a white oreo, a sell-out or any number of names.  He might also be complemented as setting forth a bold, new plan.  But it might benefit everyone, if Romney is elected and keeps to his word.  Who knows?

    I think Gov. Romney could win over a lot of moderates with such a speech.  Would such a speech be courageous?  Who the f—k cares?

    • Farthgum

       The “blame” rest entirely on the Blacks.

      • Bob Hadley

        When has fault-shifting ever solved a problem?

    • Jrawl

      What a bunch of crap!  They got themselves into this mess (with the help of our “benevolent” government.  Only they can extricate themselves, and nobody seems to want to.  Once you get addicted to “free stuff”, it’s hard to give it up.

      • Bob Hadley

        Then maybe they can get themselves out of this mess with the help of our “benevolent” governement.  The problem affects the whole country

    • The DA

       I think the speech you proposed would have been a big winner.

      • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

        Romney should have went in there and told them that their make believe “black” man (50% White, 43.25% Arab, 6.75% African-Negro) usurped the office of the POTUS.  He did so with fraudulent documentation of his roots and fraudulent documents that enabled him to slip through the cracks of those who have no idea of how to “connect the dots” (FBI/Homeland Security/Secret Service).   It will all come out soon and these poor folks will be very angry with whitie rather than their failure to recognize a fraud when they see one.   Romney should have prepared them for the storm coming their way like a good and honest Presidential candidate should be doing.  If Romney is afraid to confront the truth right here in the homeland he is certainly not prepared to deal with a radical insane religious system bent on destroying the US and Israel.  

        • James King

          Are you a Manchurian Writer? Oh, I forgot. Just a religious bigot who doesn’t want to admit that your book is fiction. As for your last line, “insane religious system” applies to all religions because they sell fiction as fact to people who can’t concieve that mommy and daddy lied to them. When Santa is pointed out the response very frequently is, “that’s different.”

          • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

            James, I know you are trying to draw me into a “religious” debate, not happening bud.  I am 66 years old, I have had a personal relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for 26 years.  I abhor “religion” it was “religion” that put the Savior (Messiah) on the cross.  It is “religion” that cause splits (denominationalism).  I was a stone cold pagan, evolutionist, pro-everything I wanted to do without conscience, etc prior to trusting that it was indeed Jesus Christ who fulfilled all those OT prophecies.   I went on a personal mission to examine most “religous” systems and determined that false religions were more dangerous than atheism to the human spirit.  God calls those that have decided “in their heart” that there is no God, fools.  Some have their own contrived view(“head knowledge”) about what they perceive to be God and there is still hope for them but once the issue is settled in the heard you become  a “fool.”   Never, never debate with a biblical “fool”, it is a complete waste of time when there are so many others who are open to the AMAZING grace of God.  Just a small note here, generally speaking “bigots” are in good company when it comes to absolute truth and that would be the God of the Bible.  

          • James King

            How do you know these things? That’s how do you know, not what do you think?

    • Tomsemiterrific

      This is more nonsense involving the government and OPM–creating another sink hole for tax payer money to vanish into. 
      People cannot be helped unless they’re ready to help themselves. Until then you’re wasting your time and putting your own self in peril–like trying to rescue a drowning man who is resisting you  and dragging you down. 
      Enough with committees and planning boards and conferences and enough with welfare enablers who provide the basics so people can continue with  corrupt behavior. The black community, like all communities, if it is to be reformed, must be reformed from within. 
      Bernie is absolutely right
      A few good first steps don’t involved money or government programs or anything of the such. It starts with attitude adjustments by the formers of the youth. 
      They must stop
      1. Telling their kid to blame every difficulty and problem they have on “the man.”
      2.Telling their kids that if some one has a dollar (especially if he’s white) he’s deprived you of a dollar.
      3. Telling their kids they don’t have to obey the teachers or learn in school, because if they do that’s selling out to whitey and the system.
      4. Telling their kids the government and America owes them a free ride and that living off welfare is “getting back” at America.
      5. Telling the kids that a black who is successful, like Clarence Thomas, is an uncle Tom and a sell out. (I recall Al Sharpton say in a speech once, “Black faces in his places do not impress me, like our supreme court justice. He’s my color, but he’s not my kind.”) That kind of rhetoric is poison and must end.

      Welfare should be cut off at the spigot. Then, THEN the black community would upright itself. Right now blacks are addicted to welfare and are conditioned to being handled with kid gloves. If I were black I would consider it an insult that every politician that faced me pandered to me and disrespected me to the point they could or would not speak plain and necessary truth to me. 
      As long as this situation prevails things will only continue to deteriorate and the whole nation will be brought down by the madness of politicians and the malice of the black community. They are not getting revenge on whitey by their rhetoric or their actions. They are cutting off their noses to spite their faces. But that is what people who hate long and hard enough are willing to do.

      • Tomsemiterrific

        Sorry, the quote is: “Black faces in high places….”

    • Drew Page

      Why do we need a cabinet post to get Americans to behave decently? 

      • Bob Hadley

        I didn’t say we actually need a cabinet post.   This idea was off-the-cuff.  If you think it may have merit, why don’t you be constructive and improve upon it?  Can you make it better?  Or do you just want to whine?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B25TOB3D4KNOZGBAFIYMHBUSDE Blutarski

      A well intentioned and thought out comment.  I think it might be best if Romney were to wait until his administration begins to lay out such a plan, lest he be considered a panderer by the liberal elites.  Strange how Obama has his political roots in the inner city but has done nothing for the Black poor except offer more welfare.  You’d think he would have that conversation with the Black organizations, but unless you’re a union leader or major donor, forget it.  Blacks have been taken for granted since LBJ, leaving more time to come up with lies
      about your opponent, whether it be Romney, McCain or Hillary.

  • bonaparte3

    You nailed it, Bernie, especially identifying ‘white liberal guilt’ and what I (and Bill Cosby) identify as ‘thug culture’- education is ‘the white man’s tool,’ the preference to pimp or deal drugs rather than work, and the rap music (an oxymoron) that celebrate ‘poppin’ a cap on a cop’ and abusing ‘hos’. Yes, Bernie, if Romney had addressed these issues he would have shown courage- but he would probably also been run off the stage because ‘thug culture’ has been assimilated into the mainstream such that many are blind to it.

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      Bernie and the entire Fox news network is on the “white conservative guilt trip” and they prove it everyday that goes by when they fail to mention the criminal activity that Barack Hussein Obama has been participating in by the use of fraudulent documents and fraudulent family history.  Bernie and Bill O’Reilly and the rest of Fox have one more chance to do the right thing and report the news so we can decide for ourselves.  Sheriff Joe Arpaio is holding a second news conference on July 17th and this evidence added to the first stack of evidence they released on March 1ts, 2012 first press conference is will be a portion of the biggest scandal of the century committed by the POTUS and his Democrat enablers.  

  • Johnnie in Atlanta

    This is “spot on”. We need to see this kind of courage and fighting spirit from Romney, if we have any hope of winning this election. Thanks for this great article

  • robin in fl

    To many(not all) of them having babies while they are still kids is a job for them and the more they have(kids) the more money they make and that’s how they were taught …sad but true…but if a person speaks that kind of truth they are labeled a racist now a day.

    so people are suppose to ignore the obvious and pander to people and only say what they want to hear…God forbid if someone speaks the truth now a days.They will be villainized.
     
        robin in fl

  • Jim

    Mr. G, Very good insightful observations. I feel the problem for Blacks in America can be best represented with the interview Bill O. did this past week with the NAACP rep. in Texas. With that man’s attitude to be representitive of the majority of blacks, we are in and will continue to be in a unharmonious relationship with blacks. I have been brought up for the past 61 years hearing blacks wallow in self- pitty and how bad off they are because of the white man.  I am now to the point where I feel white soceity needs to step up and move forward and if blacks can keep up fine, if not, so be it but we’re not dragging you along. Get over it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CEFJNBT5D5VNIGJQ4ZI7H2ECPU DYN

    If he had been that direct he would not have been booed…he would have been shot!

  • Monty Mathis

    Outstanding Bernie, many leaders in our country lack the intestinal fortitude to “tell it like it is” to the black community or any community for that matter. Joe Paterno and his administrative cronies at Penn State by lacking the moral courage to speak up when wrongs are done. The black community and especially the NAACP is quick to throw blame but glaringly absent when it comes to identifying it’s own communities issues. Refusing to look at yourself first is the first part of the problem. Great article.

  • RonKean

    I agree.  But it seems futile.  Their leaders have to know what you’re saying but it seems like they don’t care.

  • montanachick

    Very good column.  I wish all politicians were more courageous. I know, though, from personal experience that many times telling the truth is considered mean.  I suspect that if Romney had done what you suggest, no one would have heard him over the booing.

  • Gary

    Great report.