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“Zero Tolerance” means zero tolerance

Righteous criticism of Barack Obama has been made by Hillary Clinton’s supporters and others because of his association with people like William Ayers, Tony Rezko, and Reverand Jeremiah Wright.  He has also been justifiably criticized for the misogyny, sexism and CDS-fueled abuse that has been directed at Hillary and her supporters from the fauxgressive blogosphere.

But what if there was incontrovertable proof that Senator Obama did not share the beliefs of any of the actual individuals involved?  What if he strongly disagreed with the actions and words of Ayers, Rezko, Wright, and the Cheetopians, but merely maintained the associations with them, and/or accrued the benefits of their support, in order to reach the White House?  What if he intended to throw them all under the bus once he was victorious, and then govern as a true liberal/progressive?

I hope you would agree with me that if all that were true, he would still be a hypocritical opportunist who was unworthy of the Presidency.

Freedom of speech, religion and association require tolerance for different beliefs and opinions, but bigotry and discrimination are anethema to liberal/progressive ideology.  To be a liberal or progressive requires that  you have “zero tolerance” for any kind of bigotry or discrimination based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or national origin.  It must be denounced, opposed, and disassociated from.

The meltdown of Progressive Blogosphere 1.0 is due in large part to major “A” list bloggers turning a blind eye to misogyny and sexism because it helped the candidate they supported.  MASSIVE FAIL!

Remember during the February 26th debate when the late Tim Russert asked Senator Obama about being endorsed by Louis Farrakhan?  From Media Matters:

OBAMA: You know, I have been very clear in my denunciation of Minister Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic comments. I think that they are unacceptable and reprehensible. I did not solicit this support. He expressed pride in an African-American who seems to be bringing the country together. I obviously can’t censor him, but it is not support that I sought. And we’re not doing anything, I assure you, formally or informally with Minister Farrakhan.

Following Obama’s answer, Russert asked, “Do you reject his support?” Obama then replied, “Well, Tim, you know, I can’t say to somebody that he can’t say that he thinks I’m a good guy,” adding: “I have been very clear in my denunciations of him and his past statements, and I think that indicates to the American people what my stance is on those comments.”

After some more back and forth between Obama and Russert, Hillary took Obama to school:

CLINTON: Tim, I just want to add something here, because I faced a similar situation when I ran for the Senate in 2000 in New York. And in New York, there are more than the two parties, Democratic and Republican. And one of the parties at that time, the Independence Party, was under the control of people who were anti-Semitic, anti-Israel. And I made it very clear that I did not want their support. I rejected it. I said that it would not be anything I would be comfortable with. And it looked as though I might pay a price for that. But I would not be associated with people who said such inflammatory and untrue charges against either Israel or Jewish people in our country.

And, you know, I was willing to take that stand, and, you know, fortunately the people of New York supported me and I won. But at the time, I thought it was more important to stand on principle and to reject the kind of conditions that went with support like that.

RUSSERT: Are you suggesting Senator Obama is not standing on principle?

CLINTON: No. I’m just saying that you asked specifically if he would reject it. And there’s a difference between denouncing and rejecting. And I think when it comes to this sort of, you know, inflammatory — I have no doubt that everything that Barack just said is absolutely sincere. But I just think, we’ve got to be even stronger. We cannot let anyone in any way say these things because of the implications that they have, which can be so far-reaching.

A political candidate has no control over how people vote, and can only “reject” votes by resigning.  But they can refuse to accept donations from people they disagree with, and they can reject any support or endorsement from those same people.  A liberal/progressive candidate must speak out forcefully against bigotry or inappropriate acts committed in their name, even if they had no prior knowledge or involvement.  Senator Obama failed to do that.

Liberal/progressive individuals, groups, coalitions and/or parties cannot associate with or accept support from bigots of any kind.  They cannot compromise themselves ethically in order to win.  “Winners never cheat and cheaters never win.”

You cannot be a little bit unethical any more than you can be a little bit pregnant.  You either are or you aren’t.  If you find out your group contains bigots, you must kick them out or leave.

And you can’t wait until after the election either.  That’s zero tolerance.

20 Responses

  1. miqx2u: Excellent post! So true but unfortunately nothing was ever seriously discussed or investigated. He sailed through this primary season virtually untouched while she had to hold down fire for the simplest utterance. This is such a shame.


    I’m having ZERO tolerance of BS and voter fraud and “Stonehenge of Hopium” at Invesco field.

    AMEN. PB 1.0 was about wanting to be a MSM star-f*ckers. Have you read Jeralyn’s post on Talk Left? She sounds like a gushing teenager. “ooooh I’m hanging out with Jane from FOL and we just talked to Ariahhhhna!” Giggle Giggle

    PB 2.0 is about TRUTH.

  3. Great post. The bottom line, is you gotta believe in something. And ya gotta be willing to stand up for it. We haven’t figured out what that thing is for Obama, yet.

  4. Myiq – Great post! I didn’t even understand Obama’s response. As usual, Hillary was crystal clear!

  5. Great post and I completely agree. You can’t privately disagree but stand by while sexist, racist, or any other discriminatory -ist person or statement is made in your presence. You can’t EVER let it pass (unless the person is super old and can’t hear and you REALLY ARE related to them – by blood! )

    The public pass comes from people not speaking out. Leaders must hold themselves to an even higher standard.

  6. Myiq2xu,

    Interesting and well thought out post. The only support I have heard Obama reject was that of Charlie Rangel, and that appeared to be a deliberate slight because Rangel had supported Hillary. It is interesting that Obama has been vindictive in ways that could hurt him in the future, i.e., attacking those who support another candidate but whose votes he might need in the future. At the same time, he has hesitated to reject people like Farrakhan, Wright, and Ayers.

    I confess that I still have no idea what Obama really stands for, if anything. As far as I can tell, he has no ideology or core belief system beyond gaining more power and money for himself.

  7. Also, glad to see you here – I was concerned after your last comment yesterday.

  8. Thumbs up.

  9. I got a comment deleted at TL for suggesting that the convention pass given to Jeralyn was wasted. I expected some real convention blogging from her but all we get is second rate photos of the “stars”. Although she said that Biden as VP was a deal breaker, it’s not. TL=TM these days. And the corker is that although she isn’t sure she’ll actually vote for Obama herself, she thinks it’s time for the rest of us to stop being irrational and get on board the Obama train.

  10. BB: I think the vindictive streak is standing in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton. He continues deliberate stabs at her while she hits the road campaigning for him.

  11. Thanks, myiq. I was on RD’s news post and missed this earier one.

    I have Zero tolerance for cheating. Zero tolerance for stupidity. Zero tolerance for incompetence. I have Zero tolerance for faux-gressives.

    I have 0-tolerance for 0-bama.

  12. Might I add, you can’t be a little bit Obot or not. Obotism must be categorically rejected!

  13. The Convention is showbiz.. Reality is another thing. And a big reality check is on its way. Via Repubs and “other” well informed sources. A lot of people do not know yet who O is really. But when that s@$# will hit the fan….

  14. This post ties together a lot of loose ends — Obama broke a lot of rules of the core values for Liberals/Progressive/FDR Democrats.

    Who is Obama and What does he Believe?

    I have zero tolerance for pathological con men.

  15. Zero tolerance for disenfranchisement of voters wherever it is discovered is one of my basic principles. That is why I will not support the Democratic Party this election.

  16. oh SNAP!
    I was wonderin where you were going with this…. 🙂

  17. Great post, speaking pics, and nice capture from the debate. Bam!

  18. Amazing. I will have to tell people about this. You actually cut out my post because it was not in step with the stepfords. The Nation doesn’t cut out right wing whackos who submit comments, but the Hillary PUMA site does. Amazing.

  19. […] What Deeky and myiq2xu […]

  20. So Stephen Drinkard, you are a right wing whacko? Good to know! None of us here are.

    I’m left of Hillary, way left of Oblahma and McCain (peas in a pod, those two, except one lies more than the other). AND I own my vote, and who I vote for is personal, but it won’t be Oblahma of the Greek Temple, he of two races, raised to the stars on the shields of the corporate media, supported by the pillars of his corporate masters, bumbling fumbling status quo defined as change in a lie we’ve seen before with Bush II.

    No, thank you. Move along now, right wing whacko.

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