Obama is the extremist, not Republicans

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In response to Stanley G. Buford's letter [Perry's Deception: All that glitters ain't gold, Viewpoints, Aug. 24], the only extremist running is your current president. You "regressives" are so far left, President John F. Kennedy would seem like a right-winger to you today. "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country." Ring a bell? Probably not. They don't teach real history in schools any more, just leftist propaganda. I agree with you — America deserves better. Four more years of this dictator and we'll be lucky to have the economy of Cuba. Wake up, people. It's beyond political parties. At some point, common sense should kick in — even for an Oak Parker.

R. Juravic
Oak Park

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From one who knows r juavic  

Posted: September 13th, 2011 10:21 PM

I know for a fact that r Juravic is not a racist...not in the least. Just a frustrated American who feels the president is not doing what is best for this country. Why racism has to come into play with this topic is too predictable.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 13th, 2011 9:41 PM

I cannot help you, stranger. You're on your own.


Posted: September 13th, 2011 5:08 PM

Funny how Coughlin, the King of Labels, doesn't like to be labeled himself. A handful of signs at tea party rallies does NOT mean anyone supporting the tea party is racist, despite what you seem to claim. I also so plenty of hate speech directed at Bush but I believe you guys claimed protesting was patriotic. And its pretty laughable to claim the tea party is racist when they have black members and have elected black members to Congress. You didn't seem as offended by Jeremiah Wright's speeched

JIm Coughlin  

Posted: September 12th, 2011 3:08 PM

@Toni Baxter- You may recall that Color for Change submitted more than 500,000 electronic signatures to companies that were advertising during the Glenn Beck show on Fox News. In response, many withdrew their ads. You should direct your complaints about programming you find offensive to those advertisers. Good luck.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 12th, 2011 2:52 PM

I'm very surprised that you have not heard nor seen any hate speech and racist images direected towards the President Obama and his family, stranger. You might try an internet search if you want to explore the issue.

Toni Baxter from Oak Park  

Posted: September 12th, 2011 12:08 AM

Jim Coughlin, from your post, "That's a bunch of bunk, stranger." You are right about confront those who define themselves with hate speech. With that, I also think they should take the program, Bait Car, off television. 99 percent are African-Americans being arrested and 1 percent Hispanics. That show doesn't help out all. They target only Black neighborhoods. They had the show in Chicago.

Chef Bo'ardee from Oak Park from Oak Park  

Posted: September 11th, 2011 5:12 PM

Jim Coughlin, I meant to ask you before about all of those racist pictures and comments. You write as we all should already be aware of them. I am not aware of any comments, slurs, etc., of racism against a Black man who happens to be our President. Could you elaborate a bit more about where all of this is going on? Also, Hollywood types is grouping people. You should not do that.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 11th, 2011 1:36 AM

Don't tagged me with a label,stranger. I'm not an expert. Though I did win an autographed Dan Mariono helmet in an online football contest. President Obama has been the subject of criticism by Democrats, liberals, the lamestream median and even those Hollywood types. He's been getting it from all sides. We should debate the issues but condemn attempts by those who seek to disrupt the discussion with hate speech. Don't accept that from anyone regardless of race,creed or politics.


Posted: September 11th, 2011 1:11 AM

Coughlin- How are you such an expert at identifying what party someone supports by their comments? Are you claiming anyone who criticizes obama is a teabagger( not knowing this is a derogatory term says a lot about how well informed you are) and that racism is driving some of their criticism? I suppose you logic would mean a black person criticizing bush must have been racist. If allen west or herman cain criticize obama, are they racist? You do know that dems also make racist comments

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 11th, 2011 1:10 AM

That's a bunch of bunk, stranger. Criticism of our elected officials is an American tradition. It's also forbidden in some countries. You're free to express an opinion about President Obama and I support that right. My objection is based on what has been observed. You've seen signs and posters displaying racist images and slogans. We should debate issues but confront those who define themselves with hate speech. Bush was treated harshly but his race was never part of the equation. Not true today


Posted: September 11th, 2011 12:58 AM

Nothing more amusing or ironic than self righteous liberals demanding others support their claims with facts while making broad generalizations about someone else's character or flat out exxagerated lies, and of course, throwing in the standard buzz words like Koch, Fox, bush, rush, etc. Coughlin- what facts do you have to support your BS about the Koch's trying to control state's to impose voting restrictions. Of course, calling bush a dictator, or palin a dumb tw*t is fine with liberals


Posted: September 11th, 2011 12:33 AM

John and Jim- Interesting how you defend the US participating/leading the bombings in Libya, an act never approved by congress, yet blame bush for the iraq war, which was approved by both the UN as well as congress. And bush IS irrelevant to the discussion of rendition as nothing more than an attempt to blame bush which is ironic as obama has also engaged in renditions. Not sure why the left can STILL attack bush but attacking obama can only be due to racism, at least according to coughlin

John Abbott from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 11:21 PM

In any event, that's it for me in this little venue. I see little reason to spend time responding to people who lack the decency or courage of their convictions to use their own names. As for R. Juravic, that brave patriot and truth-teller who first warned us of Obama's "dictatorship," I hope that his or her silence these past few days doesn't mean s/he's already been whisked off by jack-booted government thugs to some undisclosed location. Because isn't that what "dictators" do to opponents?

John Abbott from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 11:13 PM

...if you and your ilk actually cared about Libya and its future, and what all these things mean for U.S. policy and security interests, you'd surely have taken steps to try understanding that complex situation a bit more. But clearly your aim has nothing to do with serious policy, everything to do with fashioning simplistic putdowns of Obama. Hey, I've been furious at Obama myself for a lot of reasons. But that doesn't give you, or me for that matter, carte blanche to talk a bunch of nonsense.

John Abbott from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 11:09 PM

Chef, since you are unwilling to use your actual name, your claim to be "just a regular Democrat" strikes me as as irrelevant as it is implausible. In any event, you're misrepresenting nearly everything I have said, and I see no point in defending positions I never took. But yes G.W. Bush is of course relevant to this discussion, as it was his policies of "rendition" that led to the return of Abdul Hakim Belhadj to Tripoli in the first place, back in 2004. If you and your ilk (see continuation).

Chef Bo'ardee from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 10:05 PM

John Abbott, you radical liberals really miss out on things when you aren't willing to accept facts as Obama bombed Libya, under the ruse of NATO, and let Islamic extremist now control it. When facts face you extreme liberals which are just a wacky as extreme right wingers, you are quick to jump to something else, like blaming Bush. Bush had nothing to do with bombing this time. I'm just a regular democrat who won't listen to your radical made up beliefs.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 6:28 PM

Hello, Denise. Hope all is well with you and your family. I certainly do remember the "Question of the Day"! Lots of fun and very interesting. Take care and best wishes.

John Abbott from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 6:19 PM

Not surprising to see how, as soon as the discussion turns to the role of Big Money in government, the supposedly small-government Tea Party folk rush to change the subject. I am a little surprised however to learn that our right-wing friends have such a soft spot in their hearts for Gaddafi, whose cooperation with the CIA for a few years during the Bush years was just about the only foreign policy dividend the Bush people could claim from the Iraq invasion.

Denise Van Dusseldorp from jefferson  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 6:03 PM

hey, jim coughlin...i think your intelligent and cogent comments are the greatest...remember when you tried to get vop employees to answer amusing questions via e-mail? and ruby put a stop to that!...best to you from denise...

Lima from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 5:53 PM

Jim Coughlin John Abbott, have you listened to all of the supposedly credible possible maybe kind of sort of possible attacks to happen on 9/11? It's for the masses of asses to keep them afraid. No terrorist is going to attack when security is at the highest. 9/11 is an easy number to remember. Coincidentally, that's the number you call for emergencies. Are we any better off 10 years later, other then all of the securities and cameras to spy on American's and cause mis-trust amongst America

Brian Biscolie from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 5:46 PM

Jim Coughlin, if we kept out of it, then the rebels who are Islamic extremists and fought in in Afghanistan would not be in charge of Libya now. Gadhafi cooperated with us, and the now military power Belhaj, has intentions of suing the CIA because he was in their custody being questioned and the CIA made sure that his human rights would not be violated. So now we have Libya being operated by who we have been fighting against for 10 years. What a big insult to our Military Men and Women.

T from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 5:42 PM

John Abbott, when the rebels started,if you were paying attention, no one, not even our government who supported their efforts knew were they stood. But some how Belhaj, is not the big military commander. Do you doubt that as fact? Do you doubt fact that Gadhafi was working with the CIA against terrorists? Do you doubt that the bombings took place during Obama's watch? What are you really missing besides pointing at everyone and screaming racists. It is not racist.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 4:10 PM

We are on the same page, John. Every citizen should be concerned about how these multi-national corporate interests are seeking to weaken the Voter Rights Act. The Koch brothers are using their billions to gain control of state legislatures in order to impose strict and severe restrictions for voter eligibility. I hope our Justice Department is able to successfully challenge these actions in the courts but worry that the judicial system has also been compromised.

John Abbott from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 3:40 PM

Jim, I couldn't agree more. Now let's see if R. Juravic and friends have anything to say about this issue -- to my mind by far the most serious threat to the republic and its democratic process. If there's a clear & present danger to American politics -- and here "dictatorship" is a frighteningly relevant word -- it lies precisely in the obscene use of wealth, whether private or corporate, to pollute and degrade our political process. So how about it, dittoheads? What say ye about this?

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 3:16 PM

Corporate influence in the process threatens the republic. The only solution is real campaign finance reform. We need to see this at every level of government.

Violet Aura  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 2:52 PM

LOL! Hilarious commentary, dude! Good one! Now please tell me you are not serious! Obama is a corporatist. He is in bed with Goldman-Sachs. I don't even think I would call him a moderate Republican. I no longer consider myself a Democrat, thanks to Obama. He proved that a Dem could be every bit as fascist as a neocon. Why Americans accept the "Patriot" Act, TSA fondling, civilian deaths in our name by unmanned drones & other evil doings is beyond me. He DOES have a dreamy Pepsodent smile, though

John Abbott from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 2:39 PM

Brian Bicolie, are you serous? As you say, Belhaj was handed over to Gaddafi by the CIA. And on whose watch did that occur? Are you capable of thinking these things through? And do you intend to argue that Gaddafi's rule was an asset for U.S. security? (That became the position of the Bush administration -- yet another disastrous foreign policy call). These are complex issues, and your only interest is in turning them into fodder for simple-minded political blame-mongering. A waste of time.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 2:27 PM

Brian, President Obama's foreign policies certainly deserve a debate. You'll get no argument from me regarding US involvement in Libya. It's a very tricky and difficult situation and you are correct that the call was made on Obama's watch. I'm sure we'll agree that Gadhafi is a tyrant and the country has suffered greatly during his reign. What happens next should be of great concern. I would be interested in reading what you think is the proper response. Keep out of it? Support the rebels?

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 2:12 PM

Do you own homework, stranger. Gather the information you need to support your position and present the findings.

T from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 1:05 PM

Jim Coughlin, you couldn't find those numbers, could you. You find the numbers you want and that's all you want to know. If you feel compelled to give out information, don't later decide when you are challenged to back down with some lame excuse.

Brian Biscolie from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 12:58 PM

Jim Coughlin, on Obama's watch, he has allowed the bombing of Libya. You know who the new top Military commander is now? Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, the wanted Islamic militant who CIA handed over to Gadhafi. Many of the rebels who fought to oust Gadhafi have jihadist ties. So why did Obama let that happen, because it was on his watch.

John Abbott from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2011 8:45 AM

Jim, you may be right. But here's the problem as I see it: you're addressing a group of know-nothing ignoramuses who wouldn't know policy from a hole in the ground. Their interest in politics is all about attitude, resentment and rage. In fact they have nothing to say. When you label them racist, however, they suddenly feel themselves Very Important Persons, with yet another alleged grievance to nurse. And then the whole pointless "discussion" cycles forward, illuminating absolutely nothing.


Posted: September 9th, 2011 9:48 PM

Juravic needs a civics lesson. Like it or not Obama is the President of the whole nation. It's what's called a democracy. It's messy. Hardly anybody agrees with everything that goes on. Interestingly enough, its the converstation about the substance of the issues (as opposed to name calling) that moves the country forward.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 9th, 2011 8:17 PM

Please don't hand out homework assignments, stranger. Do the research yourself and get back to us with the facts. You need to improve your reading comprehension as evidenced by that far out claim of what you've noticed regarding my writings. Glad to read that you are able to judge the President's performance without allowing prejudice to obscure the truth. I do wish that were true regarding all criticism directed towards Mr. Obama and his family but sadly that has not been the case.

T from Oak Park  

Posted: September 9th, 2011 7:40 PM

Jim Coughlin, what are the numbers of people who voted? The number of Blacks who voted, and the number of White who voted. When your counting numbers, what is the percentage of White's and Black's who disapprove of Obama. I have noticed in you writings, you have a real problem with thinking everyone is doing wrong towards Black's so try not to go there with this. I could care less the make up of a President. I care what a President does. Learn to take the race equation out if you want equality.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 9th, 2011 6:11 PM

You don't have your facts straight,stranger. 55% of white voters favored John McCain while 45% cast their ballots for Barack Obama.

T from Oak Park  

Posted: September 9th, 2011 5:43 PM

Jim Coughlin, do you know why Obama was elected? It was because white folks wanted a African-American President, and he offered nothing more than any other democrat running for the job. So stop with your stupid racist garbage.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 9th, 2011 5:23 PM

John, it is impossible to ignore or dismiss the racist images and hate speech that has been directed towards President Obama and his family. I will accept that not all criticism of the President is racially motivated but feel that racism has played a significant role in how this dissatisfaction has been expressed.

John Abbott from Oak Park  

Posted: September 9th, 2011 3:24 PM

I suspect I'm not alone in wondering just to do after reading the sort of argumentation found in R. Juravic's letter. There's little point in refuting these overheated assertions, which strike me as borderline psychotic -- and yet many Americans nowadays seem to share the author's dittohead delusions. It doesn't seem smart however to imitate Juravic's style of baseless accusation by assuming s/he's a racist; there's no overtly "birther" argumentation here. But geez what a waste of time.

I h8 the Packers.....  

Posted: September 8th, 2011 2:24 PM

Wow! I'd like to know what "this machine kills fascists" thinks of the Wisconsin tv stations that are showing Packers pregame shows instead of the President's speech tonight. Betting he/she thinks the station managers should be tried for sedition and shot by a firing squad!

Your hatred is cliched, but also amusing  

Posted: September 8th, 2011 1:40 AM

Obama is not the greatest thing since sliced bread but he's no extremist either - unless R. Juravic has an idiosyncratic definition of "extremist". Mr./Ms. Juravic, your regurgitation of right-wing canards makes you somewhat amusing, even while it indicates your lack of political imagination and intellectual autonomy.

Find from Oak Park  

Posted: September 7th, 2011 8:12 PM

Why is anyone saying R. Juravic is a racist? He doesn't like Obama, he thinks he is a dictator and school now only teach left wing ideas. I'm a Democrate, and don't find anything Juravic says offensive. I do find it offensive that a Democrate who could bring back rights to the American people that Bush/Cheney took away will not do it and will follow in the footsteps of Bush/Cheney what they put into power, and cover it with 9/11 attacks. I would expect more from a Democrate.

this machine kills fascists  

Posted: September 7th, 2011 7:44 PM

For all those who pretend not to hear the obvious dog whistles coming from Juravic, I'll come right out and say it. Juravic is a racist son of a bitch. And anyone who doesn't defend the President against him and his anti-American traitorous ilk, are the same. And if the moderators delete this comment, they better sure as hell also delete Juravic's letter insulting the President and all the real patriotic Americans who voted for and support him.

Ken from Oak Park  

Posted: September 7th, 2011 5:26 PM

I agree that accusing Juravic of racism here seems unfounded, but he discredits himself by throwing around baseless terms like "dictator" and "extremist." Obama has headed to the center on many issues: Wall St. bail outs, extending the Bush tax cuts, Iraq and Afghanistan, the latest debt ceiling deal..... Politics aside, this piece is a mess. I don't see what value it adds to any discussion. I would expect the WJ would have higher standards than publishing drivel like this.

C Kowalke from Oak Park  

Posted: September 7th, 2011 4:53 PM

Good comments Juravic! When the left runs out of things to say, it always comes down to the racial issue. Some things never change!

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 7th, 2011 2:36 PM

@TalkAbout Extremism- I searched the Urban Dictionary and could find no mention of the word being used as a gay slur. There's no reason for me to provide you with factual evidence regarding the sexual activity of Tea Party members. It's none of my business. Ask them yourself. However, there are countless examples of racist attitudes expressed by Tea Pots and displayed at their rallies. Senator Demint recently said about President Obama, we have to "break him". That's a term used by slaveowners.

P from Oak Park  

Posted: September 7th, 2011 12:45 PM

Here Come the Loons. History has shown Bush/Cheney were destructive. History is showing Obama is following in their footsteps. Patriot Act is still in full force. Spying on American's is still in full force. What has this democratic President done?

Tom from River Forest  

Posted: September 7th, 2011 9:16 AM

If this is not satire, my guess is that Mr. (or Ms.) Juravic gets most of his or her news not from Fox but rather from the incessant voices in his or her head.

Here Come the Loons  

Posted: September 7th, 2011 8:14 AM

Barack Obama may not be an extremist, but I don't think he is a very good president either. Only history will be able to judge, like it has for Jimmy Carter.

Talk About Extremism...  

Posted: September 7th, 2011 8:11 AM

I find it amusing that Mr. Coughlin enjoys using a slur normally reserved for male homosexuals in a newspaper that supposedly serves a more liberal village.Then he cant help himself by throwing out the "if you don't support the president you must be a racist" argument. Unless you are able to "provide any factual evidence" that tea party members engage in some kind of sexual activity or are racists (as a group,we all know individuals on both sides that are racists) go rant at moveon.org.

Carol from Oak Park  

Posted: September 7th, 2011 7:05 AM

ROFL! This letter is obviously satire, because no one who has actually lived through the past few years could really believe that Obama is a leftist extremist. Good work R. Juravic.

this machine kills fascists  

Posted: September 7th, 2011 3:33 AM

R. Juravic is yet another anti-American traitor unable to accept that an African American man is the duly elected President of the US. Why is the WJ even printing this seditious trash?

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 6th, 2011 11:33 PM

You need to back it up or back off, R.J. Are you able to provide any factual evidence of "leftist propaganda" being taught in schools? I notice that you are tossing out the "Obama is a dictator" rant that is so popular among teabaggers. It's quite possible that your racist beliefs are the actual motivating factor for making such an ignorant statement.

Hoffa 2.0 from Oak Park  

Posted: September 6th, 2011 10:14 PM

Better watch out, R. People here will claim you're getting too much Fox News in your diet. It's the standard Oak Park knee-jerk retort when the facts can't back them up, which is most of the time.

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