I Only Hear Crickets
By: Patti Bankson
Obama talks about how the rich are Bad. But, obviously, thatâ€™s only unless, or until, he needs them. He seems to have no problem being on the receiving end of a $38,800K per person (cozy) dinner at the home of a rich Hollywood producer, James Lassiter, attended by some of the rich, Left Coast â€œVIPsâ€. That gathering was followed by a bigger event at the home of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, both of whom are rich. Of course, if someone were to ask him about the highlight of his time in Los Angeles, Heâ€™d probably sayâ€¦ the No. 9, â€œCountry Boyâ€ I ateâ€¦ the time I spent shaking hands with the everyday folksâ€¦ at â€œRoscoeâ€™s House of Chicken and Wafflesâ€, in West L.A. After all, thatâ€™s who he wants us to believe him to beâ€¦ just a down-home kinda guy, who secretly hates all the frills and thrills that come with wealth. Of course, you just canâ€™t tell by lookingâ€¦ vacations on Marthaâ€™s Vineyard, trips to NYC for dinner, etc., etc. Donâ€™t get me wrongâ€¦ theoretically, I have no problem with someone enjoying the fruits of their labor. I start having a problem when theory flies in the face of reality. In Obamaâ€™s case, I think the reality is that both Obamaâ€™s (he and Michelle), loooove the perks, and enjoy enjoying the fruits of OUR laborâ€¦ donâ€™t really care where the perks come from, as long as they keep on cominâ€™. I think they think theyâ€™ve died and gone to heaven. Thatâ€™s not whatâ€™s â€œshockingâ€ to meâ€¦ what shocks me is the hypocrisy. How can you be so clearly enamored of riches while beating the rich over their heads simply because theyâ€™reâ€¦ rich.
Truthfully, Iâ€™m sick of the â€œAnything to Get my jobâ€ political mentality. Iâ€™m just as sick of the â€œAnything to Keep my jobâ€ political mentality. Saying something thatâ€™s not trueâ€¦ saying whatever pops into your head that you think will further your cause, even if itâ€™s a lieâ€¦ pitting one group of citizens against anotherâ€¦ stirring up racial animosityâ€¦ is reprehensible. I donâ€™t care whether it comes from Democrats or Republicans. Right now, thatâ€™s what the Obama-Biden ticket seems to be all about â€¦ Divide and Conquer. Thatâ€™s putting aside the issue of the President of the United States doing, and saying, whatever he thinks it takes to make this 2012 election a win for him, and his party. If he changed the battle from Rich vs Poor to White vs Black, youâ€™d hear people howling from sea to shining sea. I donâ€™t hear any howls when he, or Joe Biden, say reprehensible, divisive things. In fact, all I hear from the other side of the aisle isâ€¦ crickets.
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