My statement for Black History Month: The Biggest Failure of Affirmative Action

Here at the National Center for Policy Analysis, we analyze and examine policies and ideas that have the potential to change the world. NCPA can boast in its history the creation of health savings accounts and Roth IRAs as policy ideas that went on to become success stories for the American people.

However, in this Black History Month I would like to take a few moments of your time to share my thoughts and perspectives on a policy that has had a negative effect — affirmative action.

The basic premise of affirmative action is that standards and qualifications have to be lowered in order to create an equality of outcomes as a remedy to alleviate a “historical” disadvantage.

It’s based on the belief that the best way to advance is to disregard or alter requirements — as we say in the military, lower the bar. I remember a Black Hat Airborne Instructor once telling us at Airborne School in Ft. Benning Georgia, “if you set the bar low, you will jump low.” Profound.

And so here in 2015 we are witnessing the biggest failure of affirmative action — right in the White House. Yes, instead of seeing Barack Obama as the first African-American president, I see him as the first affirmative action president.

Now, before some of you go and get all “emotional” — which is the essence of what white liberal progressives promote — they enact policies that make them “feel better” — consider this premise a bit.

We sit back all across America and ask ourselves what is happening? How did we get to this point?

It’s simple; standards and qualifications didn’t matter in the presidential elections of 2008 and 2012. We wanted a “feel good” moment and were willing to cast aside any scrutiny. And any challenge or question of qualifications, ability, and capability were met with the vitriolic accusation of racist.

But in actuality, affirmative action is racist in itself as a policy because it admits that due to race, one is inferior and needs outcomes managed. Now, ask yourself, in the areas of sports and entertainment where blacks achieve superior results — are standards lowered?

Go to any inner city neighborhood and watch a pick-up basketball game. A team is chosen based on one single factor: the ability to play, and enable the team’s victory. So why then is there this belief that standards aren’t necessary in other aspects of our society for blacks?

In the case of Barack Obama, everything was handed over to him — the state Senate seat in Illinois, the U.S. Senate seat, and then the presidency. There were no legislative achievements – as a matter of fact, there were countless votes of “present.”

In his reelection there was no examination of his first term record — just the demonization of his opposition. Obama was elected and reelected because his greatest asset was giving speeches and he was “likeable.”

Let’s ponder the recent case of NBC news anchor Brian Williams who has now been cast off the air at NBC for six months without pay for “embellishing” stories — in other words, lying.

And just how many lies has President Obama told in these six years as president? And what have been the consequences? That’s another example of the horrible results of affirmative action — bad behavior is dismissed to maintain a level of “diversity” and the desired engineered outcome.

And what is the result of this inane Pavlovian experiment? The recipient of this blank check feels impervious to any challenge, scrutiny, or standard. He does not believe consequences apply and therefore even after a midterm election debacle in November 2014 takes the stand and mysteriously claims to hear the voices of people who did not vote.

Obama sees himself immune when clearly violating the rule of law in our country, the U.S. Constitution. He takes the stage to chide a nation to get off its “high horse.”

In other words, when you reward bad behavior because you prefer a historical moment or a quota — you get more bad behavior. And a nation finds itself accommodating a new normal in measures of effectiveness in its economy or its national security — after all the focus is on the outcome, an African-American president — not the nation, or an organization.

Think about the fact that just last fall Obama told Americans Yemen was an example of the success of his policies against Islamic terror. Well, just last night we evacuated the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa Yemen — the second U.S. Embassy evacuated in less than a year, after Libya. Yes, that same Libya, where Obama abandoned Americans to die, got on an airplane for campaign fundraisers, and later lied about the nature of the terrorist attack.

And America, he was reelected.

So, I hear all the talk about “impeachment.” But let’s be serious, that is NEVER going to happen. It was “white guilt” that brought us Obama and white guilt is not going to admit it was wrong in this affirmative action endeavor in the highest office in the land. We will just ride this out for another two years with all the ramifications thereof. And President Obama knows that, and that’s why white liberal progressive socialists supported him for the office in the first place. He’s virtually invincible.

They knew America would lie down, back off, and accept this policy of equality of outcomes. They were nervous about it succeeding in a subsequent election but with a fawning and complicit media it was possible. However, what America told the progressive socialists was that standards and results didn’t matter — and so now they’re on easy street. The only question is, will lightning strike again, and in 2016 will people say “I’m ready for Hillary.” Why?

Yes, President Obama is our first affirmative action president. That’s not a demeaning proclamation, just a statement of fact. We lowered the bar and we continue to see excuses being made for someone truly unqualified for the position of Commander-in-Chief.

I’m quite sure the hatred and vitriol will be directed towards me — but my resume was built by parents who taught me early on never to see my skin color as a disadvantage — or use it as a crutch.

What’s so great about being a black conservative? We ask for the bar to be raised as high as possible because as my mom, Elizabeth “Snooks” West said, “self esteem comes from doing ‘esteemable’ things.”

And that folks is my message for Black History Month 2015. It is better to earn something through the pursuit of happiness than get something based on the guarantee of happiness. Because frankly, the only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes.

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Rafael X
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Allen West is not black, he’s green with envy.

Andy Martin
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Sounds like you pimp. BTW, Obama is still half white who was raised by a white woman. That must really pizz you pimps off.

memory
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ok my thumb hit wrong button, hit like by mistake. you make satirical comments and make outlandish statements with no explanation or facts. Dont waste my time. get off the Koolaid and present a reasonable evaluation if you want people to pay attention. otherwise, you are viewed as another Facebook pothead

brunnno
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West-haters can’t actually deal with issues, just sass with “envy,” “jealous,” blah blah blah –

Rafael X
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When the “issues” are made up there is ulterior motive.

Rafael X
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What issues?

Uncle Ruckus
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Exactly RIGHT!!!

Andy Martin
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Keep sukkin off your fellow pimp.

Uncle Ruckus
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Another Homosexual reference

Guest
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On the money!

GBretired
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Spoken like the recipient of free food, free housing, free phone and a free education–which you chose to not use. Your inability to understand the truth is most likely due to the lack of paternal presence.

Uncle Ruckus
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This is what I love about you LOONS…..you take opinion as FACT!

GBretired
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Jeepers, with a black out of wedlock birthrate of 72%, welfare rate of 40% and 10 MILLION blacks on food stamps—who looks like a bunch of LOONS! FACTS are a bitch!

Rafael X
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The truth is Obama is President, Allen West has to photoshop his picture in the Oval Office.

http://www.allenbwest.com/2015/02/7-things-id-prevent-oil-crash-address-1600-pennsylvania-ave/

Andy Martin
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Uncle Ruckus
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He did photoshop himself in the oval office…..that was too FUNNY!!!!

carlos
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On the money GBretired!

97E
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Says the racist little pedant that couldn’t have done any of the training, much less the work that either Colonel West or I have.

Take a seat, pissant. You’re worthless, and everyone knows it.

Uncle Ruckus
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Mr West…>RELIEVED OF COMMAND…..nuff said!

lucke1949@yahoo.com
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R.O.E. BS. He SAVED his MEN! Nuff said!

Rafael X
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Another GI-Joe. They also wear uniforms at Mcdonald’s and it does not make them heroes.

Andy Martin
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It must really sukk to know that Obama is whatever he is thanks to being raised by whitey. Don’t it Ruffy?

http://tinyurl.com/q3dv463

Rafael X
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Obama is who he is by his own merits.

Andy Martin
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Obama is who he is because white people raised him after his slimy father didn’t.

97E
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I did not gain respect just for showing up at Basic Training. Instead, I was broken of my teenaged pride, then built back up through hard work and training. I didn’t regain my pride until the moment I was a soldier. I spilt blood on the hillsides of Afghanistan, both the enemy’s and my own. I survived through training, sheer determination (I wasn’t expected to walk or talk again, but I am a stubborn bastard. So while I am still 100% disabled, I am still making 3 miles a day on foot) and the training of my squad makes. Without… Read more »
Rafael X
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Giddy up cowboy.

memory
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I respect you so much! There are so many opinionated dividers on Facebook. It depresses me sometimes. But you are an inspiration.

DenverKitty
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God bless you, 97Echo, and keep you thriving and striving. Thank you, from an old, retired vet, for all you’ve gone through and continue to go through.

Uncle Ruckus
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Seems that someone (ALLEN WEST) is jealous that he can NEVER become president!

majorwiblit
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poor Allen,,, thrown out of the service… a 1 term Mary as people (even in his own party) exactly figured out who they voted for, and what they got… he can’t seem to find his place in the scheme of the universe… I fear for my nation… Did he ever make it to Ferguson??,, or New York?? To sit down with African American leaders of the community, Clergy, Business leaders,,etc?? sit down with the the young disillusioned black youth of those areas and tell his story, and maybe try to show them a better way?? I didn’t see any of… Read more »
Andy Martin
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[[ poor Allen,,, thrown out of the service ]] Poor Obama. Never served but now wants a war. [[ Did he ever make it to Ferguson??,, or New York?? ]] Did you or Obama? Did Obama ever sit with anyone you’ve listed? He sits with Sharpton and other race pimps though. Tell your boy to get his azz off the golf course and come up here to his hometown of Chicago and fix this shooting gallery of his. Instead of worrying about the little league team or bashing Jews, tell your great primate to fix everything wrong with the black… Read more »
carlos
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Was the bar lowered for you too?

memory
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you dont get it

brunnno
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It’s all about jealousy with West-haters, assuming they even know what it means…

Brendan
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i am jealous that he manages to sucker right wing wackos into buying his books and take their money

Rafael X
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Jealous of what? West is a hater and a nutjob who could not hold his seat in Congress. Allen West is also a grifter living off the welfare system for failed conservatives. Like we say in the hood, don’t hate the player, hate the game.

Andy Martin
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Wipe the froth off your monitor monkey.

memory
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typical leftist ignorant hater response. when you cannot reply with an intelligent, factual, inspiring response, you just demean. its so sad that we are such a divided country that an expression of opinion is greeted wuth such derisiveness.

Rafael X
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Typical nutjob empty argument. A black man who uses black history month to bash the black president deserves derision.

Uncle Ruckus
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here here!!

Andy Martin
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Your scum POTUS is half white Ruffy. An inconvenient truth for you banana pullers.

Rafael X
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Those are not opinions they are jokes.

Andy Martin
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The jokes are you and the other West obsessed here.

http://tinyurl.com/q3dv463

DenverKitty
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Raf, go collect your welfare, you lowlife piece of filth.

Uncle Ruckus
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so you are saying because he is black he doesn’t have a job and must get welfare?? MUAHAHAHHAHAHA …you LOONS are FUNNY!!!

DenverKitty
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Ruf, and you are dumber than 2 rocks. LOL.

Uncle Ruckus
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I’ll take that as a yes….MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

carlos
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As usual you message is inspiring and truthful! It is a shame that the bar is lowered even for the office of president. Thank you and wish you would get on the ticket!

Tim Campbell
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You rock Col. West. Airborne All the Way!

Philanthropussy
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I love it when black people say AA is a failure.
Guess what, blacks aren’t the only one’s who go to college thru AA, plenty of whites go to predominantly black colleges as minority students. Even women are minority candidates. Also, West. You are aware the army has their on AA program. I wonder if your military career benefited??????
thanks for the message, 11 days later. Your intern is slow.

memory
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are you talking about Alcoholics Anonymous? I dont get what you are talking about

Philanthropussy
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Affirmative Action (aa)

Miko
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I would like to see a bunch of brothers lower their ball playing skills when playing some white boys.

Philanthropussy
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Yes, it’s called training for the season. It happens all the time.

memory
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i dont get your point. Ok . i just realized you dont have a lucid one

Miko
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Apparently you didn’t read the article. Whites are supposed to lower their standards to fit in with the new black america. . Blacks would never concede while playing ball with inferior whites.

Kathy Oliver-Vandiver
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Kathy Oliver-Vandiver

HAAA I WAS THINKING ABOUT “MIKE” I bet there are some white boys wishin he had lower those ball playing standards just a wee bit!! Just a little joke there please don’t crucify the white woman! Especially one who firmly believes Micheal Jordan was the best basketball player to ever play the game!♥♥♥

Philanthropussy
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When it comes to athletes , whites don’t care. Just as long as they can breg about the player.

memory
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what does this have to do with Allen Wests article?

Rafael X
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Romney and McCain did their best not Obama’s fault they sucked.

Andy Martin
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Not anyone;s fault your race pimp POTUS sucks either.

memory
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have no idea what your comment implies

Rafael X
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Not surprised.

Frances Maddox
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Correct, but the truth of the matter is: Obama has proven himself to be a man without principles and that is no ones fault except Mr. Obama’s. Potus has sold “we the people” down the river. All of his failures have been on purpose, his oath of office was an absolute joke both times. Another embassy of ours closed in Yemen because our Marines were ordered to lay down their arms. Next time Obama will have everyone waving the white flag that gets in Iran’s way. The negotiating with Iran over nuclear weapons is the biggest joke of all, Obama’s… Read more »
Rafael X
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If Allen West or anyone can do better they are all free to run.

Uncle Ruckus
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Allen West run for president?? 2 problems with that…HE KNOWS he can’t win AND the horrible end of his military career!!!

Frances Maddox
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I do not understand why every American is not furious because of what Obama has been doing to this country. He only got elected because of lies and deceit. Do some want Sharia Law, where women can be disfigured or even killed if they choose a mate that is not Muslim??? Freedom of choice and speech will be no more, these are the very foundation of the principles set forth by our Founding Fathers. These principles apply to everyone and has lifted our country to the heights that all nationalities want to come here, then when they get here they… Read more »
Andy Martin
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Your half breed POTUS ran because he said he could do the job. All he wanted was to get an expense account and free golf for 8 years. Typical welfare queen.

Rafael X
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Don’t hate the player Mr. West, hate the game.

Andy Martin
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Typical kune response.

Brendan
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Before you post some weird sexual reference… if you hate black people so much, why do you post here?

Andy Martin
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Before you cop Ruffy’s knob again, I don’t hate black people. I hate thugs and their apologists which makes them kunes and every other vile word for such animals. Now if you don’t like my posts punk, ignore them and polish some primate pork.

DenverKitty
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That was a powerful article, (Lt) Colonel!

memory
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OK KEN. Keep the conversation on as near a respectful level as you can, otherwise the concerned Americans on rhis site who respect Allen West’s brilliant article will just assume you are either ignorant, a far Leftist,
a hater, or a drug addict, or all of those

MotherBatherick
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Col West, you are spot on!

B. Hussein Obama -Worst Affirmative Action President Ever (wouldn’t want to be him)

Don Bothwell
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Your words were taken to heart Mr. West

Andre Lamont Pickens
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Thank you Sir. for having the courage to tell the truth!

Rafael X
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What time is dinner served at the big house?

Uncle Ruckus
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MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Andy Martin
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Hey Obama fellators. Your boy was raised by a white people. What the hell would Obama know about black history?

Stanley Armour Dunham (March 23, 1918 – February 8, 1992) was the maternal grandfather of U.S. President Barack Obama. He and his wife Madelyn Payne Dunham raised Obama from the age of 10 inHonolulu, Hawai

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/06/19/article-2161817-13B18084000005DC-177_638x421.jpg

Rafael X
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Who cares? Inbred white trash.

Andy Martin
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[[ Inbred white trash. ]]

Sounds like Obama you dumb n!quer.

Brendan
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Apes, monkeys, ni##ers, c##ns… your posts always have such predictable racist language.
And sadly, Mr West and his editors will likely let your racist drivel stand because, while they don’t like to say it out loud, they know who their supporters are.

And this is where you respond with some vulgar sexual comment about me to show your weird obsession.

If you hate black people so much, why do you post on Mr West’s page?

Robert North
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Again your point shows your ignorance Brendan. You just stated that Allen Wests supporters are racists, yet Allen West is an African American. You should simply stop talking as you have no idea as to what it is you speak. Andy Martin does not seem like the brightest of bulbs but that doesn’t reflect everyone who follows Allen West. Yet a bigot like yourself would classify everyone into the same category. It is a shame that you can’t just take Allen West as an intelligent man without taking racism into it. Oh well its who you are.

Brendan
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Yes… Allen West tolerates racists.
And yes, some of his supporters (not all) are racist.

And take some time to read… i did not bring racism into this… Andy did.
funny that you took the time to criticize me and not him.
Please explain, if you can, how me pointing out that West tolerates racist supporters makes me a bigot.

Robert North
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Well Brendan why don’t you explain who “their supporters are” and you will likely answer your own question

Brendan
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Their supporters are the far right fringe, who have some racists among their numbers.

Robert Nortj
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So to you all of the far right fringe ate racists because they diffuse to state it or loud correct?

Are* refuse*

Brendan
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How did you get any of that from what I wrote?
When I wrote that they have SOME racists among them, how did you translate that to me saying they were all racists?
Do you understand the word “some?”

Andy Martin
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When it applies, I sure as hell use it. Get over it. Just as you suck terrorist azz, I call out these animals and their defenders whenever I see them.

Uncle Ruckus
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Previous post was brought to you by….ALLEN WEST!!!!

Andy Martin
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Suk ballz @pe lover.

Rafael X
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Most black conservatives are blowhards and professional haters. Black history month doesn’t need you to address it Mr. West.

CheetoBuster
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This is the year 2015! Special treatment for certain race or sex is no longer needed! It’s time we unite instead of constantly letting the democrats separate us for some reason! Great article as usual Mr. West!!

Uncle Ruckus
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ALLEN WEST mission in life is to please as many white people as possible by putting down the entire black race!! I wear allen west’s real name with HONOR!! UNCLE RUCKUS!!! no relation

Pamella Duke Varnon
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You sir, are a racist!

Uncle Ruckus
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I state the obvious….doesn’t make me racist!

jfsjal; fjaja
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typical conservative amnesia, remember the dude that left the economy in shambles?

Pamella Duke Varnon
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The economy was left in shambles by a Congress that forced lending institutions to make loans to those who did not deserve them…oh right….more affirmative action!

Brendan
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Mr West… comparing elections to affirmative actions shows that either you don’t understand what affirmative action is or what elections are… or perhaps you don’t understand either.

Pamella Duke Varnon
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Brendan, if you can’t say something intelligent, why don’t you just keep quiet. That way people don’t know that you’re ignorant. Just a little piece of advice.

Brendan
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Sorry Pam. You disliking what I wrote does not make it ignorant.
Comparing elections to affirmative action is absurd… and ignorant.
Because of his race, was the system rigged to give Obama bonus electoral college or popular votes?
No.
The comparison to affirmative action is stupid… and suggesting it only shows an unwillingness to accept the simple fact that he received more votes.

So unless you can explain how an election can be compared to affirmative action, your calling me ignorant was just you lashing out with an insult simply because you didn’t like what i wrote… not because i was wrong.

CMore
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No Brandon. No one is saying Obama was elected because of affirmative action. West is saying it was essentially affirmative action because the same thought process was applied. Instead of American voters looking at qualifications, they elected Obama on irrelevant factors. . . twice.

ewljr
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“Affirmative Action” is nothing but a perpetual crime to drag all Americans down to the level of the lowest American of 1960. Instead of trying & convicting & punishing those guilty of discrimination, the courts joined with those criminals to punish all current & future generations of White Americans for the crimes already committed by others.

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