Sunday, July 22, 2012

Patriotism or racism?

There is a new group opposed to President Obama. It calls itself "Special Operations for America." You can see its web site here: ( The group is headed by Ryan Zinke, a former SEAL and currently a career politician in Montana.

The organization got caught illegally using U.S. military logos on its sites, and had to be ordered by the military to remove them. (See here.)

The SOFA organization is also using on its web site a digitally altered video of Obama that makes his skin darker and more shadowy, making him look more sinister.

Do this comparison:

The video used by SOFA is on their home page, here ( It's the video embedded on the right side, where you can see Obama with his extremely dark skin. If you open that up in, it is here: Scroll to the 1:00 mark, and watch the next 5 seconds.

Now for the original, which is here: Scroll to the 0:32 mark and watch the next 5 seconds.

Notice the alteration of his skin tone and color. (Maybe they should have added the beat of some jungle drums, too.)

I like to think our active duty military personnel and our veterans are better than this, but obviously some of them don't want to be better, and they are not afraid of displaying openly their racial bigotry toward our commander in chief.

Maybe Mr. Zinke and his buddies were once heroes, but today they are racists, and bring disrespect to the military and to America. This type of despicable behavior is not appropriate for a modern civilized people. It is nothing but an appeal to racists and a promotion of ugliness in a quest for personal political gain. America should be better than that.

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