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Some bristle when words like racist are used here and I understand because I do too. But if you follow the history of Dick Cheney, there is one thing he has not shied away from, is his white supremacy tendencies. Anyone who can publicly denounce Powell, a cabinet officer in his own administration for racist like Limbaugh speaks volumes. Some may say Powell deserves what he get because he a chance to redeem himself but refused to do so. For Cheney Iraqis did not matter. He wanted them annihilated. Do you remember the "Shock and Awe" It was intended to maim as many Iraqis they could. Would he advocate "Shock and Awe" if we fighting Britain? The answer is no. Yes, the title Racist Dick Cheney fits. And if the shoe fits, Dick should wear it

This is one of many reasons

Chenny was one of four republicans that voted against Mandela

When Rep. Dick Cheney voted against a 1986 resolution calling for the release of Nelson Mandela and recognition of the African National Congress, Americans did know this man had been waiting decades for his freedom. In a larger sense, so had all black South Africans. The tenets of American democracy -- one man, one vote -- were denied to the majority of citizens, along with the most basic economic and educational needs.

Yet Republican vice presidential candidate Cheney still defends his vote, saying on ABC's ``This Week'' that ``the ANC was then viewed as a terrorist organization. . . . I don't have any problems at all with the vote I cast 20 years ago.'' What, then, does this tell us about what information Cheney considers before he takes a decision? And what the long-term consequences are likely to be, and on whom?

Pete Botha was a renowned racist and for Cheney to support him then speaks for itself.

In fact, while the United States maintained diplomatic ties with South Africa, former President P.W. Botha ordered the 1988 bombing of the South African Council of Churches in Johannesburg. Twenty-three people were injured. For decades, other government operatives did far worse, killing and maiming everyone from political activists to infants.

Originally posted to Engine 08 on Mon May 11, 2009 at 06:48 AM PDT.

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  •  I don't know if Cheney is a racist... (3+ / 0-)

    I mean, does it count if you aren't human?

  •  Despots make Dick hard. Dick Cheney is not a (2+ / 0-)
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    Arken, satanicpanic

    stable person.

    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Mon May 11, 2009 at 06:52:20 AM PDT

  •  Well you know (2+ / 0-)
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    Dick said they were a terrorist organization so it must be true.

  •  You Are on Pretty Weak Ground Here n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    coffeetalk, mim5677

    If spittle & tooth=vigor & youth Bill-O & Savage won't grow any older If wishes & dreams=bitches & beams We'll all live in skyscrapers bu

    by TooFolkGR on Mon May 11, 2009 at 06:55:17 AM PDT

    •  How is that weak ground? (1+ / 0-)
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      Aprognosticator

      He voted in favor of apartheid and supported P.W. Botha whose racism was not a secret.

      •  I Would Say It's Clear Cheney Doesn't (2+ / 0-)
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        CARE about racism.  In other words if in his twisted sith brain it's in the best interest of the United States to align with racists, he'd do it without a second thought.  In very much the same way that pretty much every President we've ever had has cozied up with the misogynist Saudi Arabia without necessarily hating women.

        Beyond that this diary says Cheney wanted to kill Iraqis for racist reasons... more specifically that he "wanted them annihiliated."  Weak ground.

        If spittle & tooth=vigor & youth Bill-O & Savage won't grow any older If wishes & dreams=bitches & beams We'll all live in skyscrapers bu

        by TooFolkGR on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:00:37 AM PDT

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        •  I think you are misreading. (2+ / 0-)
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          I think the implication is that Cheney was okay with killing lots of Iraqis because he doesn't value the lives of brown people as much as he does white people, not that he wanted to kill them because they are brown.

          •  You are exactly right. (2+ / 0-)
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          •  It's Hard For Me To Read (0+ / 0-)

            "He wanted them annihiliated" any other way.

            I don't believe ANYBODY EVER wanted Iraqi Civilians annihiliated.  I believe that we had plenty of folks that didn't care if they were in the way of national interests, but when you take it to the next level and say anyone desired their annihiliation I'm not on board anymore.

            I respect the alternate interpretation though.

            If spittle & tooth=vigor & youth Bill-O & Savage won't grow any older If wishes & dreams=bitches & beams We'll all live in skyscrapers bu

            by TooFolkGR on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:06:50 AM PDT

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          •  I don't believe Cheney values any life, (1+ / 0-)
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            but his own, and I there is not doubt in my mind he'd invade Great Britain if he thought it politically advantageous, and he believed could get away with it.

            I think politics - specifically republican party politics, social classes, and money have a lot more to do with Cheney's decision making process that skin color does.

            "It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion." Oscar Wilde, 1891

            by MichiganGirl on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:21:12 AM PDT

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          •  I think Cheney sees the world in terms of power (0+ / 0-)

            He is only concerned with power and how someone with power is bound to exercise it in a way that maintains that power.  It is most likely irrelevant who holds the power, he just believes that you do what you have to do to maintain power.  If that means supporting racists, so be it.

            To me a story like this is interesting, because it discusses the idea that someone can be considered a terrorist at one point, and then when power happens to change hands, those same people are now no longer considered terrorists.  Which day did they stop being terrorists exactly? Was it a Wednesday that they were all of a sudden not terrorists?  

            The lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience.

            by otto on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:41:37 AM PDT

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    •  pretty weak... (0+ / 0-)

      don't you mean very weak???

      You'd be a lot cooler if you were from Minnesota!!!

      by mim5677 on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:07:19 AM PDT

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    •  If Cheney ever met Jesus, and Jesus started (1+ / 0-)
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      talking all that forgiveness and love stuff, Dick would probably waterboard him.

      Ann Compton to President Obama at next presser: "Is it true that once you go black, you can never go back?" Obama: "WTF?"

      by dlh77489 on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:04:55 AM PDT

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  •  Breaking!!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    The price of racism just fell through the floor.  

    If you want in on racism NOW is the time to buy.  We are experiencing bargain basement prices never seen before in history!!!!

    It can only go up from here ladies and gentlemen, get in on the ground floor.  This is a disappointment considering racisms IPO, where everybody either died or was enslaved for life because of the color of their skin, now merely disagreeing with a person of color is enough, the disagreement does not even have to be related to race.  

    Don't let this recent drop in the value of true racism scare you away, it can't possibly go any lower!!!!!!!!

    bristling

    You'd be a lot cooler if you were from Minnesota!!!

    by mim5677 on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:04:47 AM PDT

  •  Cheney was really the President. We laughed at (0+ / 0-)

    the idea then, but it becomes obvious daily.

    •  I don't know if it was just Cheney (0+ / 0-)

      I don't use these terms lightly, in fact I never do until now, but it just seems like they were the definition of a cabal.  

      A cabal is a number of people united in some close design, usually to promote their private views and interests in a church, state, or other community, often by intrigue.

      It was really a presidency by committee.  Bush was the empty vessel they needed to enact their policies, but in reality they were just running the ideas of a select set of people who were interested mainly in maintaining power for a small group.  

      I don't have so much of an issue with the idea of maintaining power.  When you are in power, you get to call the shots.  It's the idea that we had what amounted to an openly secret group of individuals who were channeling their policies through someone who lacked the ability to think critically or morally on his own.  

      The lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience.

      by otto on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:46:53 AM PDT

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  •  I prefer Michael Jordan to Larry Bird (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm a racist.

    I prefer Bret Favre to Warren Moon

    I just cancelled my racism out.

    You'd be a lot cooler if you were from Minnesota!!!

    by mim5677 on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:09:32 AM PDT

  •  to claim that he's racist is to assume that every (1+ / 0-)
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    white person who does not like a black person is motivated by racial hatred.

    Cheney is criminal that we know but let us not jump the shark.

    he needs Rush because without the fear of a right-wing backlash Obama would have dragged his ass in front of court. The fact that Obama is hiding from Cheney instead of other way around shows the power of Rush and so Cheney is seeking Rush's protection.

    there is a rational reason why he does what he does.

    Jah Bless YOU and keep you from harm.

    by JAHthemosthigh on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:37:03 AM PDT

  •  All groups opposed to dictators like Botha were (2+ / 0-)
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    so-called "terrorist organizations." This was a Catch-22 designed to maintain the status quo in South Africa and as justification for not supporting the ANC.

    A question for Cheney: are there any votes you made in Congress that you DO regret?

  •  I've no love lost for Darth Cheney (1+ / 0-)
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    but I don't think this is proof of racism. If it's proof of anything ( and nothing we didn't already know) it's that he'll favor the authoritarian even fascist leader over anyone else and that  he's intransigent and unbending.

    "It won't surprise you that I don't consider Dick Cheney a particularly reliable source" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    by Vita Brevis on Mon May 11, 2009 at 08:27:03 AM PDT

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