You'll enjoy this (my responses are in italics):
"Racism in 2008 doesn’t wear a hooded sheet, or come with a shaved head and jack boots. It’s not a “whites only” sign above a public water fountain or a fire hose aimed at civil rights marchers. It’s not a burning cross or the n-word.
Racism today is latent, subtle, insidious. It disguises itself as intolerance wrapped in gullibility and packaged in Internet lies bandied across the ether."
Racism disguises itself as intolerance wrapped in gullibility? That makes absolutely no sense. I won't even argue the ... point.
"Or maybe it’s the parroting of empty bumper-sticker slogans like 'Socialist' or 'Terrorist.'”
Yeah, that was a big factor in the campaign. So big I had to google "obama bumper sticker terrorist" in order to find out that such a bumper sticker even existed. Such the decisive issue.
"Or it’s a fabricated room-service receipt for $447 from the Waldorf Astoria with a forged Michelle Obama signature below a list of such items as lobster, Iranian caviar and champagne."
That's an attack on me for my pointing out that while the Obamas live in the lap of luxury just as Barack's immediate family lives in abject squalor, he calls upon the rest of us to fork over our hard-earned income to help those in need. It's a charge that no Obama supporter, which includes J. Todd presumably, has yet to attempt to refute.
Can you spell the word h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y, J. Todd?
I didn't think so.
"In the past few months, as the most critical presidential election in many of our lifetimes reached its crescendo, millions of Americans – some who read this newspaper – shamed themselves. They shed any semblance of the critical-thinking skills they were endowed with by our creator and took the easy way out: passing around rumors or false Internet attacks..."
Millions, J. Todd? You believe that only if you get your news from Daily Kos. If that's not the case, make the case. Prove it.
And do you really want to include the term "critical-thinking" (which isn't a word; it's two words, J. Todd) in a discussion about Obama?
"In Chicago’s Grant Park, as the hour bore down on midnight Tuesday, 200,000 Obama supporters fell silent and respectful in a split second as a mammoth television screen flashed the image of John McCain, who was ready to concede from Arizona. When Obama, during his victory speech, spoke of McCain’s honor, the throng again shut off the mighty volume of its celebration as if it were tied to a spigot. It was an ode to an American hero and noble opponent.
Contrast that to McCain’s supporters, who booed at their candidate’s mere mention of Obama’s name."
You must be joking. Ever attend or watch an Obama rally before McCain lost? Did you catch the vindictiveness ooze from that crowd in Lebanon toward Sarah Palin when Obama talked about lipstick and pigs? You mean you never heard booing and hissing every time McCain's name came up in one of Obama's or Biden's campaign stops? Are you kidding?
It might do you well on occasion, based upon that picture they have of you in the Herald Courier, to put down one of those hamburgers you're clutching in each fist and pay attention to the TV. There's a world unfolding out there, Mr. Critical-Thinking. You'd be astonished at how your every charge goes both ways.
"The Republican Party has lost its way and is now at a crossroads. Tuesday was a come-to-Jesus call."
Right. It wasn't the economy. Or the war. Or Bush (by the way, why no mention of that psychosis that grips the entire Democratic Party that has to do with Bush hatred so prominent that it has actually been given a formal name - Bush Derangement Syndrome?). It was the bumper stickers and the rumors being spread that doomed the Republican Party.
Come on, man. I've given you a pass up till now because you seemed harmless. But this kind of small-minded (yes, that's one word) idiocy will not keep you in my good graces. Grow up, wise up, and open up.
And get your head out of Obama's ass. Some critical thinking on your part would serve you - and your readers - well.