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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 04:28 PM
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Response to Calling a strong Black Man Weak.....or why Maureen Dowd doesn't know shit!
Edited on Sun Sep-11-11 04:29 PM by FrenchieCat
I've been married to a Strong Black Man for 27 years,
so I think I have a better viewpoint than does Maureen Dowd!

Misinterpreting a Mans Strength is Our Weakness, Not His

The strength of a man
isnt in the weight he can lift.
Its in the burdens
he can carry

For the past few months, I have read and heard that our President is weak and doesnt stand up, and has a habit of caving. This claim, in fact, has been a topic of political conversation for some time. I have reflexively rejected this judgement, but I hadnt fully analyzed why until now.

I do ask myself how ironic it is that the strongest black man on the world stage today would be described as a weak man by his critics. But rather than denouncing the name-callers simply out of hand, Im compelled to examine the meaning of this pronouncement and its intent. Are those critics correct in their assessment? What is weakness and what is strength? And who has it, and who doesnt? Whats the measurement to arrive at such an adjective, one that is either a mean-spirited put-down or is the unfortunate truth? How do we judge?

In a society where George Bush was seen by many as forceful, strong and resolute for refusing to negotiate with his foes, and for treating his domestic opposition without respect or due conscience, I can understand why seeing the opposite behavior from the next President could be interpreted as mild, weak and caving. However, does that really make it true, or have we been conditioned to make such analysis without a full understanding of the seriousness of our indictment? What is true is that Mr. Bush and President Obama, although both have borne the title of President, are each as different from the other as night is to day.

George Bush grew up in privilege, while Barack Obama didnt. George Bush was the product of a solid, long-lasting marital union; Barack Obama was not. One had a successful father to emulate; the other, a father who was vaguely distant. One grew up deeply rooted, with a feeling that he belonged, while the other continually adapted to situations of constant change. The fortunate son had everything that money could buy, and the less fortunate had to make do with being as resourceful as he could be. One could hail a cab just like that, while the other might just be made to wait. One man woke up each morning fully aware that the world was his oyster; the other went to sleep knowing that the world would not be surprised if he failed at life. These are some of the reasons that make these two men different, but they still dont answer why one would be described as strong, while the other one would be called weak.

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Liberal_Stalwart71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-25-11 05:57 PM
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1. I can't stand this bitch! She is always going after Democratic Party male leaders
(Recall her attack on Al Gore and John Edwards.)

I simply do not know why anyone pays any attention to her and her quasi-racist, homophobic rants.
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