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Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:28 PM

Martin Sheen Slams Romney And Ryan, Says Conservatives Turning To Racial Attacks On Obama

Source: Huffington Post
By: Joshua Ostroff

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Martin Sheen Slams Romney And Ryan, Says Conservatives Turning To Racial Attacks On Obama

“What is happening is that the Republican candidate has shown his true colours and the voters are saying, ‘Wait a minute, this guy is really not on our side’ and it’s becoming increasingly clear that President Obama is on our side. That is making all the difference,” Sheen said backstage at Free The Children’s We Day youth rally in Toronto last Friday.

“But I don’t think is going to leave without a ferocious fight in the last five weeks, including the debates. That is where he has focused a lot of his attention and energy and a lot of his possibility for success. If he does well in the debates — and he’s obviously prepared and realizes that nothing is really more important from here on out than those debates — he may close the gap. But I don’t think he can win.”

It remains to be seen how well Romney will do in the three presidential debates, which kick off Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET in Denver, but the ugliness Sheen predicted took only a few days to roll out.

Tuesday, both Drudge Report and Fox News’ Sean Hannity began eagerly pushing a 2007 video posted to Tucker Carlson’s website The Daily Caller. Addressing a group of black ministers, Obama praised his then-uncontroversial pastor Jeremiah Wright while decrying the treatment of the predominantly black victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Sheen said the campaign’s racial dog whistles — like Romney’s race-baiting (and factchecker-disproven) welfare ads — demonstrate a willingness on the right’s part to use prejudice to win votes against the country’s first black president.

“It’s just fundamental racism,” Sheen explained. “It’s still there, you know. It is just something, who can explain it? It’s just part of our national culture, our heritage, our reality, you know. There are a lot of well meaning but misguided people who, without them thinking of themselves as such, are racist. Their conservative stance, it’s like fundamentalism is theology without imagination and racism is politics without foundation.”

Sheen expects these sorts of race-based attacks will only increase — whether Romney and Ryan want them to or not — because in an era of Super PACs and Fox News, the GOP candidates simply don’t have the conservative sway to contain the attacks.

“I don’t think there is anything that Ryan or Romney can do to stop it — neither one of them has a powerful enough commitment to the base. It’s just not who they are. It’s not where they come from. These are white, very, very over-privileged men who have never done the work necessary to embrace leadership. Neither one of them has ever done anything that really forced them to grow or change in a way that would make them a desirable leader.”

Speaking of over-privileged, Sheen is not at all surprised that in a post-Occupy election year, in which income inequality has become an issue, the Republican ticket boasts a pair of multi-millionaires from wealthy backgrounds.

“It’s a reflection of who they are, where they come from, what they stand for. They have a totally different take on the country and it does not include the middle-class or the poor, the people on the margins. They don’t speak for, they even admit it, the 47 percent. They think of them as being spongers, as people who don’t make any contribution but get everything they need for nothing and that’s just ludicrous.”

Sheen does think the presidential race is “a lot closer than people realize,” but believes Romney’s own videotaped exposé dismissing almost half the populace as free-loaders will ultimately doom his campaign.

“He hasn’t done himself any favours, Mr. Romney. His whole thrust from here on out is kind of a desperate one.”

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Blue Belle Oct 2012 OP
LiberalAndProud Oct 2012 #1
flamingdem Oct 2012 #2
Staph Oct 2012 #3
Blue Belle Oct 2012 #6
zeemike Oct 2012 #4
OldDem2012 Oct 2012 #7
bluesbassman Oct 2012 #5

Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:38 PM

1. fundamentalism is theology without imagination and racism is politics without foundation

I am committing that phrase to memory. Profound truth right there.



p.s. Blue Belle, please edit your excerpt to 4 paragraphs to comply with the fair use guidelines. Thank you for this.

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Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:54 PM

2. I like hearing from Martin Sheen

especially when he's hammering Romney!

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Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 05:45 PM

3. Thank you, Mr. Sheen!

A large part of what got me through the early 2000s was my personal assumption (or perhaps delusion!) that Jed Bartlet was the President of the United States.



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Response to Staph (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 06:21 PM

6. Me too...

I really miss the West Wing...

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Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 05:49 PM

4. And that comes from someone who had a privileged life himself.

Which shows you not all of them are just self centered snobs concerned about their self and their money.

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Response to zeemike (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 06:35 PM

7. Just to clarify, Sheen came from a 99% background....

Martin Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Mary-Ann (née Phelan; 1903–1951) and Francisco Estévez Martinez (1898–1974). Both of Sheen's parents were immigrants, his father from Parderrubias, Galicia, Spain; and his mother from Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland. After moving to Dayton in the 1930s, his father was a factory worker/machinery inspector at the National Cash Register Company. Sheen grew up one of ten children (nine boys and a girl).

At age 14 he organized a strike of golf caddies while working at a private golf club in Dayton, Ohio. He complained about the golfers: "They often used obscene language in front of us. . . . we were little boys and they were abusive . . . anti-Semitic . . . And they, for the most part, were upstanding members of the community."

In a 2003 Inside the Actors Studio interview, Sheen explained, "Whenever I would call for an appointment, whether it was a job or an apartment, and I would give my name, there was always that hesitation and when I'd get there, it was always gone. So I thought, I got enough problems trying to get an acting job, so I invented Martin Sheen. It's still Estevez officially. I never changed it officially. I never will. It's on my driver's license and passport and everything. I started using Sheen, I thought I'd give it a try, and before I knew it, I started making a living with it and then it was too late. In fact, one of my great regrets is that I didn't keep my name as it was given to me. I knew it bothered my dad."

Sheen may be wealthy and privileged now, but that wasn't always the case. He has obviously never forgotten his roots.

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Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 06:16 PM

5. This quote really sums up Romney/Ryan:

“I don’t think there is anything that Ryan or Romney can do to stop it — neither one of them has a powerful enough commitment to the base. It’s just not who they are. It’s not where they come from. These are white, very, very over-privileged men who have never done the work necessary to embrace leadership. Neither one of them has ever done anything that really forced them to grow or change in a way that would make them a desirable leader.”

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