Yes, America, it's true. Your president, the leader of the free world...is a black man. Right-wingers can point to baseless conspiracy theories all they want. They can completely distort the facts in an effort to discredit Obama's leadership. But at the end of the day, for many of these folks, what it all really boils down to is that they have a (GASP!) black man as their president.
MSNBC this morning has a story about the incredible rise in the militia groups since Obama was elected in 2008. Militia groups, hate groups, what MSNBC calls “patriot” groups (HAH!) all have experienced dramatic increases in numbers. The story cites the “fear of a black president” as one reason for the initial rise, and “increasing fear of a Obama re-election” as a reason numbers continue to rise.
What…the…HELL…do folks have to justify that “fear” of Obama, or a continued Obama presidency? What do Repubs and conservatives in general have to complain about with regard to Obama? Obama inherited the worst economy, the worst recession, since the Great Depression. Despite woes continuing in Europe and elsewhere….the American economy is turning around. The American auto industry was saved, thanks to the decision to ignore the ignorant public who vehemently opposed the auto industry bailouts. Obama made a daring decision to go after Bin Laden on foreign soil, something you KNOW conservative hawks would be CROWING about…if it weren’t a black, democratic president that made the call. Obama pushed through a health care bill that the (ignorant) public hated, but like the auto bailout, public opinion is turning. Even REPUBLICANS can’t ignore the facts forever, and the facts are that ObamaCare provides health insurance coverage for 25 million more Americans, AND non-partisan analysis shows it will SAVE money over the next 10 years.
So what is it, right-wing nuts? What do you REALLY have to complain about? You’ve got many on the right calling this the “worst presidency” in the history of the Nation, despite the obvious successes Obama has had. When the contraception “debate” bubbled up over the last few weeks, you had Newt Gingrich saying that the MOMENT Obama is re-elected, he will “declare war on the Catholic Church”. You’ve got these right-wing, hate-mongering wackos noted in the MSNBC story who are “fearful” of what a continued Obama presidency would do.
OK, Repubs, PLEASE tell me how America has seemingly fallen apart under Obama’s reign, in your eyes. Do you have ANY actual facts to support that opinion? Right-wing religious wackos…PLEASE tell me how Obama has undermined religious freedom in ANY way. Gun-totin’, militia wackos…PLEASE tell me how Obama’s presidency is bringing about the end of civilization as we know it.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at how overboard the Right has gone in terms of the obvious hate, fear, and paranoia. When folks like Rush Limbaugh are spewing hateful messages day in and day out, when you have Fox “News” banging the drums of hate for all things “liberal”, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the right-wing wackos have (again) simply ignored reality and made up their own little conspiracy stories regarding Obama.
I also guess I shouldn’t be surprised that 3 years into a Obama presidency, you STILL have wackos like Sheriff Joe Arpaio who are insisting Obama has a fake birth certificate, and really isn’t a U.S. citizen. After all, Obama is (GASP!!)…Black!! Yes, it’s true!! We have a BLACK president!! I have NO DOUBT that for a VERY large number of folks involved in the hate or militia groups, that it’s simply a matter of good ol’ fashioned bigotry. I have NO DOUBT that for a VERY large number of the Republican electorate who have a “problem” with Obama, that the “problem” stems more from Obama’s skin color than what he’s actually done as president.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at all the right-wing fear and paranoia. But I’m definitely disappointed where these folks have taken American civility, decency, and respect for your fellow-man.