Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Tea Party Hates Obama Because He's Black

The examples are plentiful: Rep. Joe Wilson shouting "You Lie!" to President Obama from the House Chamber. Rep. Ted Yoho (FL) responding with "I'm not gonna comment" when asked if Obama's a "born American." Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) saying he doesn't want to be associated with Obama because "it's like touching a tar baby." Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) telling supporters "I stood 12 feet away from the guy, and couldn't stand being there." Or Sen. Dick Durbin recalling how a high-level Republican leader told the president "I can't even stand to look at you" at a recent White House meeting. And then there was Newt Gingrich's bizarre statement that we can only begin to comprehend Obama's actions if we understand "Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior." Do I even need to bring up Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh and other Republican leaders?

What does all this point to? A visceral hatred of Obama because he's black. Anyone who refutes this charge is either a racist themselves, monumentally naive, in supreme denial or all of the above. The Tea Party, and even many "mainstream" Republicans I'm sure, are sickened by the fact that a black man lives in the White House. With his black wife. And black children. These are bigoted people who grew up in an America where the only black people walking around the White House were servants. They're disgusted, angry, resentful and frustrated that a black man is the most powerful person in the world; a job that's been reserved for whites since the birth of America.

To be sure, the crippling polarization in Washington isn't a result of typical partisan differences. It goes so much deeper than that. It's rooted in an unprecedented level of bitterness, disrespect and the belief that Obama is neither American nor a legitimately elected president. They can't stand to be near him, or to talk with him, because, to them, he's no more qualified to be leader of the free world than the guy who shines their shoes at DC's Union Station.

Which is why they will never support anything he does, even if he discovers a cure for cancer. Which is why they quite calculatingly branded the Affordable Care Act "Obamacare." If you hate Obama, you gotta hate Obamacare, right? To them this law is nothing more than a black guy giving away hard-earned white money to poor, lazy blacks. And Obamacare is a sly symbol of that racial animus.

The blatant racism in America today is ugly. It's shameful. It's embarrassing. And it sure as hell exists.


Grung_e_Gene said...


Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) is sticking with his story that a House GOP leader told President Obama "I cannot even stand to look at you" during a meeting over the federal government shutdown earlier this month.

Anonymous said...

You bet repubs hate PBO because he's black (1/2 black really). I hear it every day from bitter white people. I'm white and am ashamed of many whites in our country.

dr. luba said...

Do you have a source for the Bentivolio comment? He is my rep (I worked for his opponent BTW), and that makes me even more unhappy.

Anonymous said...

It really has a lot more to do with the fact that President Obama is a DEMOCRAT than the fact that he is black. The Republican party and the deep-pockets funding the Tea Party USE the fact that he is black to encourage the gullible in their hatred, but the same sort of thing has been going on with increasing viciousness since at least Jimmy Carter. (They managed to mock Carter for his religious beliefs even though he is arguably the most sincerely religious president we have ever had even while they were arguing for the country as a "Christian nation".) Have you forgotten just how hard they worked to make sure Clinton would be kicked out of the presidency because he was a criminal? How much of taxpayer money they spent? How they manipulated the judicial system? They managed to take down Gore--once known as a straight arrow and now believed by many right-wingers to be the biggest liar on earth--and Kerry, who actually served in Viet Nam while his opponent patrolled the Mexican border (when he wasn't AWOL). Does "swiftboating" not ring a bell with you? And, oh, yeah, they called Hillary's health care plan Hillarycare.

You're right that blatant racism sure as hell exists, and that it's truly ugly, but in regard to Obama, it is a TOOL. We must all get it through our heads that it is dangerous to keep going on and on about the right-wing and the fact that Obama is black. They will find SOMETHING with which to attack the next Democratic presidential candidate and if he or she actually wins, the attacks will only get uglier. For the right-wing, Democrats/liberals/progressives no matter their skin color or gender or ethnicity or sexual orientation have no legitimacy when it comes to occupying the White House and they will do whatever it takes to agitate Americans against these usurpers of an office that belongs only to them. We must be prepared for the attacks on the NEXT Democratic candidate and senselessly lulling yourself to let down your guard by attributing the attacks to racism is beyond foolish. Stop it.

Anonymous said...

GOP means 'Get Obama Party" that is all they care about,no matter who gets hurt,no matter how destructive it is to the nation as a whole.

Anonymous said...

Nothing of what has been said justifies the hatefull rhetoric that has been around since before Obama took office. No other President has had his citizenship or loyalty as an American questioned,without any evidence,thanks to the hate mongers at Jackal news,and the Joseph Goebells wannabe Rush Limbaugh.

Anonymous said...

I am a Republican and I don't like his policies. It has nothing to do with the color of his skin.m I would not hesitate to vote for Allen West or Ben Carson