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The Obama Factor

A failure in 1979, Carter thinks he's relavent again

A failure in 1979, Carter thinks he's relevant again. Only one problem, he wasn't relevant then.

Former President Jimmy Carter accused “the overwhelming portion” of Obama opponents of being common bigots.  As a conservative concerned over massive deficits, irresponsible eco-legislation, threats to capitalism, and losing my nice private health insurance policy, I was deeply offended.  My knee-jerk reaction was to become very angry.  After all, this is coming from the worst President in American history*.  Let’s face it no other Administration was able to achieve 7% unemployment concurrent with 13.5% inflation. The relationship is supposed to be inverse. It was like being lectured by Hannibal Lecter about table manners.

I decided not to rush out a reactionary blog essay.  I wanted to wait for President Obama, his cronies in the administration and those in the press to react.  Plus I was very busy in my job.  In this economy it’s best not to let anything – especially a political blog – distract you from work.  Obama reacted appropriately and for that I commend him.  I only wish he would have politely asked the old man to slip quietly off into the sunset.  It’s well overdue.

Having had time to digest the nation’s reaction, I calmed down a bit.  The nation is not overwhelmingly racist.  It was when Jimmy Carter was raised under Jim Crow laws and even when he fumbled through his Presidency, crashing helicopters into the desert and singing “Kumbaya” while holding hands with Sadat and Begin around a Camp David campfire.  But in 2008 the nation turned a corner.  By a margin of 53% to 46% American voters as a whole voted the first biracial President into office.  The black vote alone could not have done this.  Barack Obama won the white vote as well.

Racism on life-support

Does this mean the era of racism is over?  I wish.  Ronald Reagan once said, “fact are stubborn things.”  Racism is waning but its slide into the waste can of history is being jeopardized.  There seems to be an effort to preserve racism in America.  Not just from the skin-heads and rednecks but from unexpected places.  Such as Democrats who want to keep the African-American vote strongly in the “D” column and a press corp who scores viewers whenever race is the story.  Watch them, the press is dying to play race stories.  Race-based news is rushed to headline status whenever it is found.  This is certainly why Carter took the headlines.

The most despicable racists, though, are those who infiltrate the ranks of the Republican party.  They are drawn to Republicans because the Democrats have convinced them that this is their party.  We see their impact in the “birther” movement.  This side show was born from racism, has drawn in conservative conspiracy nuts, and generally been an embarrassment to the party.

Tragically, Obama himself may keep the fires of racism alive.  Had he grown up in a functional family with both his father and mother, perhaps he wouldn’t have grown up confused about his race.  Maybe he would not have been drawn to radical racists like the Rev. Wright.  Maybe he would not have “ceased to advertise” his mother’s race.  It’s even possible he would not have advertised himself in Antebellum terms as a “black” man but rather see himself as a bridge between the races.  He could have been a uniter rather than a divider on this issue.  But he chose to be exclusively African-American and alienated from his white family.  Perhaps not completely but on some level.

An ideologue not an idiot

Obama has rushed head-long and full-speed into social experimentation on a national scale.  His dogma exceeds his common sense.  He and his “evil henchmen” Pelosi and Reid, are working to destroy the engine of American capitalism.  No, not by buying and nationalizing businesses and industries, but through the dogmatic, idealistic, and irresponsible legislation, we call “Cap and Trade.”   This is dangerous and when everyone realizes their cost of living has increased by several thousand dollars per year they might wake up.

Next we have the Obama world apology tours.  He demonstrates to Americans what appears to be ignorance and naivete about foreign policy.  Obama, and by extension, America looks weak and capitulating, both here and abroad.  Racist interpret this as stupidity, congenital because he is “black.”  He is reinforcing their stereotype.  They cannot accept that maybe he is pursuing these policies and taking these actions, not because he lacks understanding, but because he is pursuing his ideological goals – even if those goals might ultimately be harmful to the nation he is charged with protecting.  Missile defense?  Why do we need to protect Europe?  Besides if we just apologize and treat Iran, Russia, North Korea, ect. ect. nicely and show them we mean them no harm, they’ll respond in kind.  Right?  In his mind, perhaps he’s providing the “kinder, gentler America” Bush promised.  Just my theory.

I firmly believe President Obama is an intelligent man, who lacks experience, but is brimming with ideological furor.  I believe he sees America as just another nation among many.  He does not ascribe to the belief that America is special or has any particular global superiority.  He is convinced he is leading America in a post-American world.  One in which America plays a reduced role and is less relevant.  He believes in global warming and has completely swallowed the Gore lie that the world is in eminent danger.  This drives him to take a “damn the consequences” approached on Cap & Trade.  He is completely devoid of trust in capitalism to solve its own problems or to provide for the needs of the masses.  He views government as the only sure trustworthy solution to issues that involve money.  Why shouldn’t he?  Government creates the money and has unlimited power over money.

Civility is dead

Now many will disagree with me and I welcome varied and considered opinions.  Yesterday I might have written a whole different essay on this topic but something happened today.  I clicked on a poll while reading the Washington Post. The poll dealt with Obama’s missile lack-of-defense policy in eastern Europe.  There was nothing special about the poll, however accompanying the poll were comments.  One of the first comments I read referred to the President as a “chimp,” further down one called him a “little black boy.”  My blood ran cold as I read comment after comment from morons who spewed racially tinged hate toward the President.

Let's not imitate the idiots that made this

I disagree with the President on nearly everything but such disrespect and overt racism was deeply offensive to me.  It reminded me of Michael Moore and the idiots and how they insulted G.W. Bush.  USAToday ran a story entitled, What Happened To Civility? Civility died long ago.  Perhaps it began to die when we shamed parents for spanking their children.  Perhaps it began to die when Clinton disrespected the Oval Office with an intern.  I do not know, but I know it was officially dead when liberals showed no shame in calling the President of the United States an idiot.  I wonder if George Bush had been an African-American would they have hurled the “n-word” at him?  I would bet they would have been no different from the scum bags commenting on the Post’s poll yesterday.

*(Second worst, as a history buff I can’t dismiss Buchanan who really was the worst.)

The idiots come out of the woodwork

Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about the charge from that President Barack Obama was not a natural born citizen.  Like Gibbs, I do think the people who claim this would be satisfied if there were videotape with a GPS coordinate burned into the tape.  The mere fact that his father was an alien and his mother moved him to Indonesia seems to foul the air.

The Politico covers Inhofe's comments

I think this is an issue that paints Republicans in a poor light.  Especially when a Republican Senator like James Inhofe (OK) who grants that the so-called “birthers” have a point, follows up by saying, “My focus is on issues where I can make a difference to stop the liberal agenda being pushed by President Obama.”  The Politico is the only source at this time, but it reads like Inhofe sees any issue or argument valid if it helps to stop Obama.  That is not the message or tactic Republicans should be taking.  Rather they should be putting forward sound alternatives to the insanity Democrats are trying to ram down our collective throats.

CNN never shy about giving Obama a boost, titled their Political Ticket story, Gibbs Shoots Down “Birthers”. That is hardly what happened.  While for the first time I find myself agreeing with Gibbs, he certainly shot nothing down.  He flailed and acted arrogant as he always does.  My favorite line was when he said, “Here’s the deal. If I had some DNA, it wouldn’t assuage those who don’t believe he was born here.”  I must digress just a bit here because this is a humorous statement.  First DNA does not yield any clue as to where you were born.  DNA would only prove Obama’s heritage.  No one is debating that, Robert.

Back on point, Gibbs offered no proof or any argument to refute the charge.  He simply did what Liberals do when they got nothin’ more, he hurled insults.  He brushed off the entire topic as beneath his office.  On this point I agree.  These “birthers” need to produce the evidence Obama is not a citizen before Obama must take this seriously.  He already produced a birth certificate and that wasn’t enough.  However, all that aside, it is the responsibility of the accusers to prove wrong-doing not the accused to disprove it.  Now, should there be a proof of birthplace law for Presidential candidates?  Sure but I am unaware that one currently exists and if one did exist a birth certificate would most likely be the required evidence.

Bill Maher told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that America is basically a stupid country.  Bill Maher is himself an idiot so it’s basically a case of the pot calling the kettle…  However, Bill is extremely frightened of Sarah Palin because he bought into his own rhetoric.  But that is another topic.  My point here is that I found evidence that Mr. Maher is correct and it has nothing to do with Sarah Palin it has everything to do with the “birthers.”

All one must do its read through the 300 comments CNN collected at the bottom of their story, Gibbs Shoots Down Birthers. The idiots abound.  It appears many liberals do not understand the phrase, “natural born citizen.”  In the event you are one of them, it means the President must have been born on U.S. territory, not naturalized, not a citizen due to parentage, or any other form of citizenship.  This is the basis of the “birthers” claim.  they are not disputing his citizenship but the “natural born” clause that is spelled out in the Constitution.  But, hey, liberal don’t read the Constitution, they misread it.

I would like to quote a few of the dumbest comments found below CNN’s story.

  • “At least President Obama was born ON U.S. soil……. McCain was born in PANAMA!”   Panama was a U.S. territory in 1936 when McCain was born, thus he was a naturally born citizen. -aai
  • Shouldn’t you share the wealth with your fellow human beings?  Stop with the greed, take a few steps back and try to live a normal life. Look at how many vacation days they get in Europe. Americans should get some more time off. Share the jobs with others, so there are less unemployed.
  • Hey Birthers:   1. MOVE ON!   2. Don’t go away mad – just go away…  Open minds like this abound.  -aai
  • In order to be a “natural born citizen” a person has to either be born to at least one parent who is a citizen and/or be born in the US or on a US military or other installation.  Pres. Obama’s mother was a US citizen (born in Kansas) and he was born in Hawi’i (a US state in 1961). He therefore fulfills both possible requirements. This is nothing but a witch hunt.  Ah, WRONG.  If you’re going to define something for everyone you should look up the definition first!  Apparently many had the same misconception.  –aai
  • ALMOST 70 MILLION VOTED FOR OBAMA. DEAL WITH IT.  Wow, I guess it’s settled now, let’s all go home.  70 million mostly government educated people can’t be wrong.  –aai
  • okay Obama is a bad president; so what, there have been many of them including the prior one; Americans don’t question the location of his birth, idiots do! HUH?  So is this guy saying not to question just follow blindly?  Alright.  Thank you for straightening me out Chairman Mao.  –aai

I think this whole issue takes our eyes off the real issue, stopping Obama from turning America into Amerika.  Two hundred years of freedom is slipping through our fingers as government swoops in to gobble up our businesses, our health care, and our very lives.  Come on Republicans – FOCUS!

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