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I'm Embarrassed for my Nation: We Need to Get Over Race

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Sometimes I'm embarrassed for my nation. I'm not an Obama supporter, for policy reasons, but this type of blind ignorance is frightening: Misconceptions of Obama fuel Republican campaign - 13 Oct 08. Unfortunately this blind ignorance and prejudice has provided fuel to stoke the fires of yet more prejudice, that between the Muslim world and the United States.

I'm a Republican. I have been my whole life. But my fellow Republicans need to get over it. Barack Obama is probably going to be our next president. We as Americans need to make peace with that collective national decision.

Also, those people who demonstrate such ignorance and prejudice need to take a step back and deeply examine the situation. They have allowed a media outlet to make fools out of them in the eyes of the world, and more deeply to damage the perception of our nation in the eyes of many people. (Now, maybe their prejudice is so deeply seated they don't care, or can't see that, which would be even sadder.)

People who harbor these deep seated fears need to take a step back and realize that Barack Obama loves his country too. Conservatives don't have a monopoly on patriotism. Barack Obama in my examination seems to be about like any other person who has risen up in politics. No better. No worse.

To the bigoted and prejudiced I don't know what to say. Our nation used to be anti-Roman Catholic, we got over that with JFK. (We even have a few Roman Catholic Supreme Court Justices now and no one seems to have a serious issue with it.) We used to be anti a lot of things. I'd thought we used to be anti-Black, but apparently some people didn't get the memo on that one. Racism has cost our nation so much morally, spiritually and economically it defies quantification. Get over it.

As I said I'm not an Obama supporter, but that doesn't mean I have to hate Barack Obama. In the last presidential cycle Christopher Hitchens asked those with extreme views to stay home. I think that's good advice today. If you truly hate either of the candidates, think them less than human, possessed of ill intentions for our nation, or I'm afraid to say this, evil, please stay home. Our nation doesn't need your ill informed vote.