They Hate Him Because He Is “Black,” reads the headline of a post from Daily Kos, reprinted on the blog Green Mountain Daily.
I was about to dismiss it entirely, as I think is the proper response at this point to the accusations of racism that follow every single criticism of President Obama by anyone on the right, and even some that come from the left.
I mean, how seriously can we take the prized argument of such intellectual giants as Janeane Garofalo, especially when there is no attempt at an actual discussion of said criticism?
But then, it occurred to me that there is more to this post than intellectual laziness. The left really does not get what’s gotten everyone on the right so worked up about Barack Obama.
Let’s take the post I mentioned above as an example.
They hate him not because of policy or politics. They hate him because of who he is. Not like them. By the color of his skin. It’s time to stop pretending or excusing or evading the obvious. They hate him because he is black!
I am not even sure where to begin with that. Has there been no criticism on Pres. Obama’s policies or politics? I read thoughtful, reasonable criticisms of his policy every day.
So, how did this insightful blogger arrive at this conclusion, that there can be no other reason, except for race, to explain this outrage?
The right did not respond this way to President Clinton. Yes, really, that’s the entire argument.
First the full quote, then I’ll break it down.
They hated President Clinton, and tried to destroy him. But one of their elected governors didn’t talk secession. They didn’t talk revolution. They didn’t attempt (and miserably fail) to launch nationwide protests against him. Bill Clinton was a lot of things. He was not black.
President Obama is no crazy liberal. He is increasing defense spending. Even Alan Greenspan is suggesting economic solutions more akin to “socialism.” Gun lovers have nothing to fear. On policy grounds, we crazy liberals have been criticizing him from day one. The radical right have been lambasting him. With the nation fighting two wars and an economic meltdown, they openly hope he fails. But they are not about policy. They are about hatred. And they hate Obama as they have never hated any president. It’s not complicated.
Rather than succumb to this poor application of Occam’s Razor, let’s look a little deeper at other possible reasons for why this behavior is happening under President Obama, but did not happen under President Clinton.
They hope he fails. This widely misinterpreted Rush Limbaugh quote actually referred to any socialist policies Obama would enact. A point Rush has clarified repeatedly, explaining the ideology that he believes Obama comes from and the policies emanating therefrom that would be ultimately bad for America. To that end, Rush hopes he fails – fails to destroy America.
But this isn’t about policy is it?
Gun lovers have nothing to fear. That is not a unanimous opinion. Most “gun lovers” do think there is much to fear. Gun sales have skyrocketed since Obama was elected. Most people who follow gun control legislation suspect that Obama will enact gun control measures as soon as it is politically viable, that is, after he deals with energy and health care.
Secession. Revolution. Mass protest.
Why are these things coming up now, but not then?
Then, we did not see an increase of government spending of this magnitude. Then, we did not have a national debt of $11 trillion, and growing. Then, we did not have a pork-laden spendulus stimulus bill, passed before anyone could even read it. Then, we did not see the government fire the CEO of a major corporation.
But most importantly, then we had a Republican Party that was able to organize an opposition, formulate a platform that reflected the conservative ideology, and take control of both chambers Congress a mere two years after Clinton was elected.
Does anyone think the GOP can do that now? Does anyone think the GOP has any credibility whatsoever with conservatives?
This spending orgy started with a Republican president. The last Republican presidential candidate’s big moment in the debate with Obama was that he – the Republican – wanted the government to bail out people who couldn’t afford their mortgages.
Conservatives have nowhere to go. There is no leader of the conservative movement. There is no political party that embodies conservative principles. There is no one who can even articulate – on a national level – what the tea party protests were about to the media, for crying out loud.
What are conservatives supposed to do, if not speak out for themselves, talk about revolution, try to organize some sort of protest to let Washington know their views?
And why wouldn’t we want to leave a country that has abandoned its roots of personal freedom and limited government?
This is about policy. It is all about policy.
But, it is true that it is being expressed in an unproductive way, many times as hatred.
And for that, my dear left-wingers, you have yourselves to blame.
You know hatred, boy, do you ever. You have hated for the past 8 years. Some of you even forgot how not to hate and are still spewing hate on a daily basis toward anyone who dares disagree with you.
After Obama was elected, I read time after time on conservative blogs how we had to resist doing what the left did for the past 8 years. The hate. The screeching. The inability to formulate coherent sentences.
Unfortunately, some of us can’t resist emulating what has become the standard in political thought.
So, if anyone on the left wonders why the level of discourse is so base, so visceral, compared to the past, it’s not because he’s black (with or without scare quotes), it’s because you lowered the bar.