He’s Just A Nigger!

I entered the United States Army during the Korean War and among the attitudes instilled in those who serve their nation is respect for the office of the president. It makes no difference if I think George Bush is an incompetent bumbler, an inept leader or a spokesman for those with money and power. He was the president and therefore it was my responsibility to oppose his ideas, but not to employ crude and degrading expressions in describing his performance. Police Commissioner of Westboro New Hampshire does not like the president of the United States of America. That is his right. He recently made the following statement: “I believe that I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the White House. For this I do not apologize–he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”

Mitt Romney and town officials have called this comment “reprehensible.” I have continually been critical of the president, but I would never sink to this Republican level of vulgar racism. Fox News and the Republican party for five years have engaged in this vitriolic demagogue form of insult. Yes, Barack Obama has made mistakes. He has also ensured that 40 million Americans have access to health care and, in so doing, has saved the lives of millions.

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