15 March 2008

Greybeard, Non-Visionary

Who'd a thunk it?

You went out and bought 'WAY more house than you could afford...
Got yourself a mortgage with an interest rate that had your friends shaking their heads and chuckling behind your back. Everyone thought you were the "fool" that is "soon parted from his money."

Look who's laughing now!
Congress wants to protect you from the predators that sold you the home and forced you to sign that usury note, and there is actually talk in some States of making it illegal to foreclose on you.

Stupid, pedestrian ME!
Someone please... clue me in.
How do I get my share of this action?

13 comments:

cary said...

That, and what about the rest of us, who were stupid enough to actually READ the DOCUMENTS and ask questions?

Do we get some kind of no-pay months or anything for being able to afford the house we bought?

Nope, 'cause we are intelligent.

Rodolfo said...

This reminds me of the car loan lenders that targeted kids right out of boot. Lot of guys fell for these scam. It's pretty remarkable that millions of Americans have no basic personal finance knowledge.

Rodolfo said...

Thought this might be of interest to you and your readers. I'd love to hear your interpretation.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGBbKG

Greybeard said...

Folks, for your convenience, Rodolfo's link is here.
If you, like me, watched enough of the speech to get a good feel for it, skip the text and look at the comments... you won't need to read many of those to get a feel for the sentiment either.

You asked for our opinion, Rodolfo?
He's now been shown to be an extraordinary speech writer and speaker. He's also been shown to be an ordinary politician. He was between a rock and a hard place...
Claims to be a Christian, but didn't scold his preacher for the Hate speech. Continued to take his prepubescent daughters to a Church where he apparently knew that sort of atmosphere prevailed. We were fortunate to have company this weekend... a straight-ticket voting Democrat from the "Big City". He's not going to vote in this election.

Obama's now lost a great deal of "moderate" support, both White and Black. Christians have had their eyes opened to the apparent "normalcy" of this inflamed rhetoric in Black Churches... and will be VERY cautious henceforth. The only people commending this speech are those that already were entranced by a man who so far has not revealed much about who he is.

I stand by my previous comment...
He'll continue to be attacked from without and within his party.
My opinion?
It wasn't enough. Barring something unforeseen, he just lost the election.

Greybeard said...

There is no question some Black leaders are truly interested in unifying the country. One of them, Jesse Lee Peterson, will be a guest on Andrea's show tonight (Tuesday) at 9 P.M. Eastern.

Rodolfo said...

Thanks for sharing your input. I think I understand your position a little better now. Peace.

Greybeard said...

Peace indeed, my friend.
And in that one word you have summarized why so many are surprised by Obama's association with Jeremiah Wright, haven't you?
Not rage.
Not hate.
Not lies.
Peace and understanding.

And one more thing about the speech-
Why has the MSM not reminded us of Jesse Jackson's VALID comment?

Rodolfo said...

Why should I be surprised? The Senator is *half* black after all.

It's unfortunate there are many Americans that will not vote for Senator Obama because of his background and former pastor. Some people are simply too rigid and unbending. But everyone has a different story to tell so I don't really hold that against them. But so far I have yet to see any compelling evidence that the Senator from Illinois isn't a true patriot and cannot lead this nation. He took on a difficult issue and confronted it head on. Politically it was a risky move but I think he elevated the discussion to a level we haven't seen the past couple weeks. It's about time a prominent politician spoke to us like we were adults. That's my spin on it.

What does Jesse Jackson's comment have to do with the speech? Senator Obama was trying to explain the truth behind the ANGER and FEAR of both blacks and whites. What good would it possibly do for Fox and CNN to inject more meaningless soundbites into this election.

The MSM did their jobs by distracting us from the real issues Bravo.

Greybeard said...

"Why should I be surprised? The Senator is *half* black after all."

You should be surprised because this man was running as a "Uniter", while apparently averting his eyes/ears to the hate and lies being spewed by his "mentor".

And the Jackson comment is relevant because of Obama's reference to his grandmother's fear...
(which by the way was not portrayed honestly in his speech... she apparently made the comment after she had been threatened at a bus stop.) When a leader in the community can admit to being frightened by his own race, why shouldn't a vulnerable white woman feel the same fear? I'd be surprised if she didn't, wouldn't you?

And tell me sir...
Other than what I learn from his background, to include his personal life, his business experience, and his record as a politician, how do I know whether he is the BEST qualified person for my vote?
Hmmm?

You asked for opinions, then don't like what is offered.
That's too bad.

Peace.

Rodolfo said...

Greybeard wrote:
You should be surprised because this man was running as a "Uniter", while apparently averting his eyes/ears to the hate and lies being spewed by his "mentor".

I’m not surprised for two reasons: 1. I’m fully aware of the fallibility of *ALL* church officials. 2. I’m not easily offended by words.

Let’s look at the big picture. What law did Reverend Wright break? The emotion displayed in those churches is nothing new. And how is he any different from Reverend Parseley? This guy calls for the destruction of Islam. Should we create laws that deny Muslim-Americans their right to worship freely? Why isn’t the media investing equal time on him? The point is we can spin this one issue so many different ways when questions of free speech and religion have already been answered by our Founding Fathers. Meanwhile *REAL* issues get ignored and no progress is made.

Greybeard asked:
When a leader in the community can admit to being frightened by his own race, why shouldn't a vulnerable white woman feel the same fear? I'd be surprised if she didn't, wouldn't you?

I fully understand your point but again how is rehashing these old tired racial storylines moving a country forward? Maybe this is where the disconnect occurs. Nobody’s saying that we shouldn’t talk about these issues but when it becomes the *PRIMARY* issue then we have a problem. What happened to Iraq? What happened to health care and education? What happened to immigration and the economy? Instead we have a country obsessing about he said/she said. Can our country really afford to get distracted this time around?

Greybeard asked:
Other than what I learn from his background, to include his personal life, his business experience, and his record as a politician, how do I know whether he is the BEST qualified person for my vote?
Hmmm?

By examining where he stands on the *REAL* issues. It’s mostly been about race, religion and the frenzy of his supporters around here. I'll always stick around for the helicopters though.

Greybeard wrote:
You asked for opinions, then don't like what is offered.
That's too bad.

I was fully satisfied with your interpretation of the speech and that’s why I didn’t really ask you to elaborate any further. Senator Obama has taken the issue of race head on and now wants to move the country forward. You and many others don’t.

That *IS* too bad.

Greybeard said...

Issues!
You keep using that term.
Sir, you cannot define what the important issues are for me, no more than I can for you. But I can tell you this... the "issues" you think are important... the "issues" you think Obama is addressing, are not "issues" for me, because having the Federal Government address them will inevitably result in another Social Security-type fiasco.
Please, keep the bureaucracy away from my health care... and they've already screwed up the education system so badly our schools are the laughingstock of the world!
An important issue for me? The INTEGRITY and JUDGMENT of the candidate!

I have an advantage...
I'm old. I've had longer to see Government make a total mess of things than you.

20 March, 2008 07:03

Rodolfo said...

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.--Thomas Paine

Greybeard said...

(Smiles and raises his glass...)
Ha. Something we can finally agree on!