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Did anyone else see this story about the parking lot owner in North Carolina who posted a sign saying that Obama supporters and people with Obama stickers on their cars couldn't park in the guy's lot?  It's kind of goofy, really.  I mean, it's a private business, so the guy is free to do with his lot whatever he wants.  He claims it's mostly a joke and he has no intention of having people who violate his directive towed.  But at the end of the piece he says something that made me shudder:

"In the same way I take offense at Mister Obama running for President, then they're [his critics] going to have to stay offended or get over it."

He takes offense at Obama running for President?  Did he take offense when Gore and Kerry ran?  Or did he just oppose them?  You may think I'm reading too much into the comment, but to me his words scream racism.

What about this?



Anyone else find that offensive?  I certainly do.  And for the record, this guy, whoever he is, has an inside track on this week's BOW Award.

The lone service station in my tiny little town is owned by two of the sweetest, kindest, most generous people you'd ever want to meet.  Last week they put up a huge McCain-Palin sign outside their service garage.  This is a small southern town, but it's also a college town and predominently Democratic.  A lot of my friends are now refusing to take their cars to the station for gas or repairs.  To me that's just as wrong as that guy in North Carolina refusing to let Obama supporters park in his lot (although without the stark racism).  All I know is that whenever I've had trouble with my car, these folks have worked me into their schedule and gone out of their way to help me out, even though I have Obama stickers on the bumper.  So if they want to shout from the rooftops that they're for McCain, more power to them.

We are in serious trouble as a nation, and one of these two men is about to be elected President.  The sooner we learn how to work together, rather than screaming at one another or talking past each other, the sooner we'll actually find a way to solve the problems we face.

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kmarkhoover
Oct. 14th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Of course I find it offensive. It's just another way for them to justify their inherent racism.

I know you mean well, but I'm no longer interested in having a "conversation" with these people. I'm way beyond that.
davidbcoe
Oct. 14th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
I understand where you're coming from. But I think the future of our planet (quite literally) depends on our ability to work together, at least on certain key issues.
kmarkhoover
Oct. 14th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
I totally agree people need to work together for the sake of this planet. But, and I'm sorry, I'm going to have to let someone else do that in my stead.

Republicans have called me a traitor. NeoCons have accused me of treason and the GOP said I am unpatriotic because I didn't support their rush to war. Conservatives have accused me of being anti-American because I'm Liberal. They weren't joking when they said these things. They meant them.

No. I'm not going to reach across the aisle. Not after what I've been through.
davidbcoe
Oct. 14th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
I can certainly respect that. For some the process has been so poisoned that there's no going back. I just hope that there are few for whom that's not yet the case.
kmarkhoover
Oct. 14th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I believe there are. That's one reason I'm supporting Obama, I know he's a better man than I am. He will be good for this country and the world; I believe that with all my heart.
arhyalon
Oct. 15th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
I have several friends who feel the same way...except that they are Conservatives. They've been so browbeaten by Liberals, they instantly disapprove of someone just based on their politics, which I think is such a shame.

It is fine to judge particular people harshly because they are rude and idiots, but one should not paint the less rude supporters of the same persuation with their brush. If you do, you run the risk of alienating some otherwise good natured Republican the same way the rude Republicans have alienated you.

(I have family members who are fanatical on both sides of the political spectrum, forces a person to be more tolerant. ;-)
davidbcoe
Oct. 15th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
There is definitely lots of this on both sides of the aisle. I tend to think that the hate spewed by the right has been particularly bad this election cycle, but there is plenty of blame to go around.
kmarkhoover
Oct. 15th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
I keep hearing about these "less rude Republicans", but I haven't run across them. Perhaps it's because I live in the South and was recently in Mississippi where such an animal was as rare as a unicorn. I take your word they exist, however, and I thank you for commenting; I really do appreciate it. :)
shsilver
Oct. 14th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
I tend to avoid doing business with companies which support (usually financially) causes I disagree with. I don't eat at Wendy's, for instance because while I understand why they donate overwhelmingly to anti-choice organizations, I don't support that and don't want my money going there.

If someone has a campaign sign in their home yard, that's one thing, but if they have it at a place of business, then that business is endorsing a candidate and a platform and I won't give the business my money if I can avoid it since I assume some of my money is going to support causes I disagree with.
davidbcoe
Oct. 14th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
I agree with you wholeheartedly when it comes to bigger businesses. I won't buy Domino's Pizza because of their support for Operation Rescue. I've never bought Coors beer and I never will. But this service station is locally owned and locally run, and long after the election is over and the sign comes down, these folks will still be my neighbors and friends. In this case, that's more important to me.

Edited at 2008-10-14 05:14 pm (UTC)
shsilver
Oct. 14th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
I understand where you're coming from and I certainly would cut a locally owned business more slack than a megacorp. How's this...if I didn't already frequent the business (restaurant, gas station, whatever), I'd be unlikely to give it a shot if they advertised an opposing political position. If I did already give them my custom and had a relationship, it would form a much smaller (if at all) part of my decision making process).

After all, I do have business associates and even friends who haven't seen the light. :)
davidbcoe
Oct. 14th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that works for me.
sizztheseed
Oct. 14th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
I think you may be observing less a polarization of issues and associated lack of dialogue than an end to any common ground as the middle way is gained by one party over the other. Seems to me, as the support for the M/P camp reduces, the only people willing to get out and publicly stand for their party are going to be the "core". The Obama core is, as you rightly point out, equally atrocious, but wrapped around that core is a broad swath of reasonable positions. Anyone capable of being convinced through justification is already decided, and I think they've chosen not to vote, to vote in protest, or switched to the Democrats.

My guess is that all the free area is already over. After the years of mismanagement, lying, and abuse, only those who cannot be swayed by reason will publicly display public loyalty to the M/P camp, and they will do so for their own reasons, which almost invariably have nothing to do with the big picture. Yes, sometimes it's racism, but it could be one of several dozen hot-button issues. The uniting characteristic is that they are purely ideological, and therefore cannot be anything but divisive.

To paraphrase Laurie Anderson (and who doesn't want to do that, eh?) When love is gone, there's always justice, and when justice is gone, there's always force, and when force is gone, there's always Mom. Hi, Mom.

So hold me, Mom, in your long arms. In your automatic arms./Your electronic arms./Your petrochemical arms./Your military arms....

[Humming quietly in the corner]

sizztheseed
Oct. 14th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
As a side note, maybe you could make an entry, sort of like you find in the funny pages, "spot the differences" sort of thing. "Can you find the 15 unsubstantiated assumptions in this picture". At least I see only two major grammatical errors... Can you find any others?
crazywritergirl
Oct. 15th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
At least "Muslims" was spelled correctly. Unlike one guy who spelled it "muslin".

Sigh.


sizztheseed
Oct. 15th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
Blessed are the cheesemakers...
crazywritergirl
Oct. 15th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
Amen.
arhyalon
Oct. 15th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
>We are in serious trouble as a nation, and one of these two men is about to be elected President. The sooner we learn how to work together, rather than screaming at one another or talking past each other, the sooner we'll actually find a way to solve the problems we face.

This is so true! Whomever wins, the rest of us are going to have to pull behind him. One can praise the candidate one admires without having to hate the other guys.
davidbcoe
Oct. 15th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks to all for the great comments -- another interesting discussion. Thanks.
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