February 11, 2011 10:33:00 AM
In the Feb. 9 edition of The Dispatch, Mr. James Clayton Terry questions the effort to clean up absentee ballots and their potential for abuse and misuse, wondering if those calling for changes might not be getting the "benefits" of fraudulent votes.
Could it possibly be those who do benefit from illegal absentee votes are fighting to keep the status quo?
While absentee ballots may not be the primary or greatest opportunity for ineligible "voters" to cast fraudulent votes, it has, does, and will continue to happen. Democracy is one vote per eligible voter. One way to cut down on the necessity for absentee votes is to have early voting with a valid, state-issued, picture ID.
Mr. Terry also questioned the "mythical welfare queen with 10 kids, as obese as the Michelin man, foul-mouthed, chain-smoking Newpo''ts, sporting an ill-fitting blonde wig, who buys 10 push-carts brimming over with groceries, pays for it all with food stamps, and then drives away in a brand new Cadillac."
While Mr. Terry may have never seen her, I have, and so would he if he would take off the politically correct racial blinders. She bought an over-loaded buggy of high-dollar groceries and paid with food stamps. Her husband was next in line with his cart filled with cases of beer and cartons of cigarettes. He pulled out a roll of 20s that would choke a Missouri mule and paid for his purchases. Both loaded their "groceries" into the same, you guessed it, brand new Caddy. Another welfare queen, witnessed, not made up, paid for an over-loaded cart with food stamps, then proceeded to lay those brown envelopes on the customer service counter as fast as she could pull them from her purse. When asked if she hit the jackpot, she said, "Let me tell you, I like to have never got my 3-year-old on dis-bility."
"Whoa! your 3-year-old is on disability! What''s wrong with him?"
"He be 3 and still (pooping) in his pants."
Some people argue that descendants of slaves are owed reparations. I say they''ve been collecting "reparations" for YEARS and will continue to do so as long as they can get away with it. These people are part of America''s economic problem, and they desperately need to get their priorities straight. Today it''s unmarried women with multiple children by multiple men getting all kinds of government (read: taxpayer) aid. If they want to play house without the requisite license and responsibility, let them get "fixed" first so they won''t be a burden on society, spawning future prison inmates.
Mississippi''s ugliest years are, or should be, behind us, but as long as people use past bad behavior to justify current bad behavior nothing will change. Either this is the land of the free and the brave, or it isn''t. Either we are a Republic with democratically elected representatives (public servants and not rulers), or we aren''t. Either you''re part of the solution or you''re part of the problem.
Cameron Triplett Sr.
bay3 commented at 2/12/2011 12:56:00 PM:
This was one of the worse articles/letters/opinions I have ever read from The Commercial Dispatch. I'm ashamed for you....for even printing this. Even though it was obviously written to forward negative stereotypes on blacks and other minorities, it should embarrass everyone from Brooksville to Columbus - regardless of race, level of education, and background.
gogetum commented at 2/13/2011 8:09:00 AM:
It's called freedom of speech. The dispatch published it for the same reason you are allowed to put your holier than thou comments on the www. Mr. Imes calls it "the voice of the people". I happen to admire Mr. Triplett for speaking out. He does not beat around the bush. Why don't you try to counter point his views instead of all the negativity and rudeness.
bay3 commented at 2/13/2011 9:51:00 AM:
Even freedom of speech has limits. That article was offensive and racist. And calling out ignorance is not being holier than thou. Mr. Triplett has a right to think whatever he wants. But I would expect the Commercial Dispatch to not reprint everything that is sent to them, especially if it is offensive, racist, and untrue. As for countering his views...while it may easy and simple to direct him and you to sources such as:
And while I could just as easily write over the top, exaggerated stories about whites and their foodstamp capers at our local Walmart..even that is not the point. We all are part of the most diverse and open society in the world. There is no other country that enjoys America's level of freedom to explore differences in race, religion, ethnicity, cultures, political beliefs, etc. When we respect and embrace those differences, it makes us stronger overall as a people. When we tear each other down with racism and stereotypes, it weakens us. If we have issues with absentee ballots, then let's fix the problem. There is no need for all the extra racist comments such as black women needing to get "fixed" so they won't spawn future prison inmates, etc etc. In the past, no one would say anything about those types of comments, but this is 2011. And even though the rest of the country thinks of Mississippi as stuck in the 60's...I'm one of many Mississippians that only thinks forward. And I believe all of that racist crap is tired and needs to be left in the past.
observer2 commented at 2/13/2011 12:34:00 PM:
bay3, how about telling all that to Louis "the big racist" Faracant!!
I think Mr. Triplett is being honest and sharing facts just to set the record straight. I don't think he was making stuff up and if you will read his letter again with a little more empathy you might find something to even agree on. He didn't mention "race" anywhere in his letter so why do you think it was racist? You're as bad as the congresswoman who has nothing better to do than cry racist about the super bowl pepsi cola commercial. That's one congresswoman who should be recalled in my book. Be a little more broad minded and if the shoe fits then wear it.
You falsely accuse the dispatch and when one makes accusuations without knowing the facts--it's called prejudice, right?
If you can prove anything Mr. Triplett said to be wrong then write a letter to the editor stating his error. Don't just start screaming "racist, racist , racist".
If the shoe fits then go ahead and wear it--
bay3 commented at 2/13/2011 5:47:00 PM:
observer2...I'm not trying to debate anyone on racism. I don't defend anyone's right to be racist. If you read my comment, you would realize that I make the point that ALL racism is bad to our society. I don't even know who Louis Faracant is...but neither he nor some congresswoman you mention has nothing to do with my point.
And to answer your question, Mr. Triplett referred to the people he was talking about as "descendents of slaves", which I'm pretty sure are blacks. And if you don't think that saying black women need to be fixed so that their offspring don't grow up to be future inmates is racist...then I don't know what kind of dope you smoke.
If Mr. Triplett or "gogetum" or you or anyone else wants to talk about absentee ballot issues, then I'm all for it. Black people and foodstamps have NOTHING to do with absentee ballots. White people and foodstamps have NOTHING to do with absentee ballots. If you want to talk about how bad the voting process is or if you want to criticize public officials, then I'm all for it. But if all you want to do is talk about black people and make racist comments about them then you turn off people from your message. And that's for everybody. Racism and racist comments need to stay in the past whether you are white, black, yellow, green or purple. I, for one, am tired of people thinking that I'm some kind of redneck racist when I travel and tell people I'm from Mississippi.
zenreaper commented at 2/16/2011 8:39:00 PM:
"Mr. Triplett referred to the people he was talking about as "descendents of slaves", which I'm pretty sure are blacks."
And THAT is where the problem lies. Do you REALLY think that BLACKS were the ONLY slaves? EVERY race has, over time, been "slaves" to one society or another.
The difference? Blacks are the ONLY race that cannot seem to get past it and move forward. Is that racist, or is that the TRUTH?
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