Recently, Louisiana’s Stupid Party has been attacking Sen. Mary Landrieu(D) in order to upset her re-election bid–and as usual, it seems to all be coming down to race. No, not Landrieu’s race–President Obama’s.
Unfortunately, as much as conservatives insist it’s over, racism still exists in the world today. One popular method of discrediting the incumbent Senator is, of course, for Koch-funded Americans For Prosperity and other similar groups to run ads attacking Landrieu’s support of President Obama. One such ad, since apparently they couldn’t find anyone with a reasonable objection to the President, features paid actors in order to spread anti-Obamacare propaganda. Of the ad, Friends of Mary Landrieu Campaign Manager Adam Sullivan told ABC News:
[box type=”shadow”]“Hiring professional actors to impersonate Louisiana families is low even for the billionaire Koch brothers. If the Koch brothers had even a shred of credibility before launching their latest misleading ad campaign against Sen. Landrieu, they’ve surely lost it now.”[/box]
NPR decided to find out what real Louisiana residents thought of the President, and it wasn’t pretty! Elsa Chang visited with residents in Lafourche Parish where, in November, council chair Lindel Toups attempted to defund a library to build a jail because Mexicans, junkies, hippies, and “food stamps” use libraries. She met with many residents, and found Obamacare to be a touchy issue with many residents–but one particular man stood out!
Beau Broussard remembers the last time a politician stopped by. “He brought some white beans. And, lady, they were delicious. Ooh, I’d vote for him just for them white bean.” Who was the man? What office was he seeking? Broussard isn’t quite sure. “I don’t even remember who – what he running for,” he said.
Obviously a well-informed and responsible voter, Broussard goes on to explain what would cause someone to not receive his vote: supporting the Affordable Care Act, for one. Broussard doesn’t care that Louisiana’s poverty rate is one of the highest in the nation, or that over 15% are entirely uninsured–he cares that the government is forcing people to buy insurance (though he would likely qualify for some fairly generous subsidies). Most of all, he cares that the ACA is President Obama’s signature law. He doesn’t like, nor did he vote for the President in 2008–before Obamacare was even an issue.
When asked why the President did not earn his vote in 2008, Broussard offered his reasoning: ” Uh-uh. I don’t vote for black people, lady. No, ma’am. I don’t vote for black people. They got their place. I got my place. That’s the way I was raised.”
Well, there you have it folks–the President is black, and his blackness affects all who agree with him on any issue at any point. Glad we were able to clear that up.
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