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  •  Chris and I are about the same age (14+ / 0-)

    We're old enough to remember when this stuff was a lot more explicit, and to understand the subtext of this crap.  My immediate reaction to the garbage about removing the work requirement from welfare (which Obama DIDN'T do) was that the subtext was "this black President is going to take money from hard-working white people like you and give it to the lazy black welfare recipients."  Never mind that the charge was a lie and that most welfare recipients aren't black.  

    That's also the subtext, although Chris didn't bring it up, of the garbage about Obama "stealing $716 billion from the Medicare trust fund to pay for Obamacare."  Again, it's "hard-working people like you built up that trust fund, and now Obama is stealing it to pay for Obamacare, and we all know who THAT'S going to benefit, don't we?"

    The birther thing, the European thing -- it's all to emphasize that he's DIFFERENT -- "other Presidents have looked like you and me, and he doesn't."

    I think you have to be of a generation where people openly told racist jokes in polite company, and maybe to have told a few of them yourselves in your youth before realizing how odious they were, to have the kind of visceral hatred for this kind of politics that Chris has.

    This kind of stuff was what drove me out of the Republican Party.  I'd been an active, albeit liberal, Republican, but when Ronald Reagan chose to open his general election campaign in Philadelphia, MS, of all places, and to do so with a speech that included a glowing paen to "state's rights," I had to face the fact that this was no longer the party of Lincoln, and that there was no place in it for me.  (For those who are young enough not to realize the significance of that location, it's the county seat of Neshoba County, which is the county where the horrific events depicted in the excellent movie Mississippi Burning took place.)

    Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

    by leevank on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:18:40 AM PDT

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