Republicans Are Obstructing King's Dream, Dean Says

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    (CNSNews.com) - On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean accused President Bush and other Republicans of abandoning the civil rights movement and the call of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to fight poverty. "As we mark this anniversary, we should remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King and others who spoke on the Mall in Washington some 43 years ago calling on each one of us as individuals and our nation to honor our obligation to one another as part of the American community," Dean said in a statement. "We have a long way to go in ensuring the dream that Dr. King spoke of some 43 years ago, and Republicans' misplaced priorities are not getting us closer to making that dream a reality," Dean said. The Democrats' message to residents of the Gulf Coast still rebuilding after the devastating storm is that "we have not and we will not forget you. We will work hard to ensure the Gulf Coast has the resources needed to rebuild its communities," he said.
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    As far as Dr King's dream.........
     
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    Everytime Howie opens his blow hole it helps Republicans. I here the Dems have a plan to calm Howie down
     
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    How is it that these white politicians can so blatantly pander to blacks? What the hell has this idiot done for blacks anyway?
     
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    I'd ask that question of the people who have been in power since 2000, no?

    But it is kinda fun to watch the resentment for anything that doesn't focus on rich white males. :gang1:
     
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    How is advocating that all people be treated equal and looked upon for their character rather than skin color preventing America from reaching Dr. King's dream?

    We have an administration where Black, Whites, Hispanics. Asians and any other race you can come up with work together as equals. Yet Republicans are somehow standing in the way of it?

    And yet Howard Dean is an examplar for race relations with how he puts down blacks as unable to get a job outside a hotel staff position.
     
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    Well, ideally, people are judged and have opportunities based on the content of their character and their abilities as opposed to the color of their skin. And, certainly, there is more of that then was the case when King was alive... at least it seems so to me.

    But what is also true is that there are endemic societal problems which affect minorities far more than they would whites. Poverty is one of these and the policies of Republicans, which refuse to address the issue of poverty don't help. Dean didn't say anything off the mark, except that I don't think poverty is a color issue, per se. Dean just said poverty isn't being addressed. And before you go on a rant about "libs"... I'm opposed to affirmative action, but I do think some need a leg up. And like I said, I gotta love the resentment toward anything that tries to look at the problems.

    And I think acknowleding that the people of New Orleans were absolutely failed by their government is a fair start. And before I get yet another rant about Nagin and Blanco and absolving the admin, you tell me what you do with people who live in multi-generational communities, have no cars and no money. Let them drown? Put them into a domed stadium and not give them food, water and medication? Oh yeah... they did.

    And even if Nagin and Blanco were late to the game in decision making, where were the Feds? The Coast Guard was the only system that served these people. The Canadian Mounties got to them before FEMA did. That's just pathetic.
     
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    Nagin? Black man who took care of himself. Here's what you do - you tell those people this:

    "We have 100 city buses. They will be down your street ONCE. If you don't hitch a ride with 2 bags per adult MAX, and 1 bag per child, you will be left on your own."

    Instead, he let MANY city mass-transit vehicles soak up sea-water.

    The federal Gov't didnt fail New Orleans. LA-Government and the people themselves failed new orleans.
     
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    The federal gov't failed New Orelans after local and state government failed them after they failed themselves.
     
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    Actually, the federal government isn't allowed to fail anybody until the state government asks them to help. The federal government is also supposed to coordinate, not provide, disaster relief. Blanco (which, interestingly enough, is Spanish for white) refused to ask for help because the federal government wouldn't give her command of U.S. troops. When FEMA finally came in, they had to build the disaster relief from the ground up.

    What happened is basically like this:

    A guy gets shot. 911 is called. The guy is left there for hours because the emergency dispatchers won't use all their ambulances. When he's finally picked up, the paramedics only transport him, instead of giving him first aid. When he gets in the emergency room, he's laid out on a stretcher and ignored. The chief surgeon asks the surgeon in charge of his case why he's not opening up and if he'll need the aid from a specialist. The doc says no and sits on his thumbs for four hours before finally turning the case over to the chief. The chief sees the catastrophe, so he starts threatening jobs if the guy is not stabilized as he watches the staff sluggishly move to help. He wakes up a specialist and calls him in as the man is prepped for surgery. Sadly, the man dies, mostly because of the time it took before treatment began. All of this on top of the fact that the guy got shot because he was using a loaded gun as a hammer without even engaging the safety. Then, the only people listed in the malpractice and wrongful death suit are the chief surgeon and the specialist, because they didn't take over soon enough.
     

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