Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday Is For Art: Jackie Robinson All Over Again

I have been around now for 68 years, and for the last 58 years I have taken an interest in our national politics, and yet, I have never seen, read or heard of a President of the United States being criticized for what the country spent for him to visit a foreign country. And yet, that is exactly what we are seeing today. Tell me it is not racism that propels these ugly remarks! Bullshit! The first 43 white men that were president never had to deal with this shit, except perhaps for Thomas Jefferson, who also may have been the brightest man to ever sit in the oval office.

Jackie Robinson broke the modern color line in Major League baseball on April 15, 1947, and during his first season in the Majors, he paid hell for moving this country forward and bringing our rhetoric, that "all men are created equal" in line with our reality, at least on the baseball field. Today, President Obama is the Jackie Robinson of presidential politics, and being the first black man to occupy the oval office is a step many in our country can't handle. There are a lot of people that say that his race is not the issue. Well, show me where another president was criticized for taking a foreign trip to improve relations in an attempt to build trade and grow our exports. The numbers that were reported as the cost of the trip were bogus from the start and yet his critics blasted them across the airwaves without so much as checking their "facts". There is nothing like unsubstantiated nonsense to fuel the propaganda mill of the mentally challenged right.

Stay tuned.

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