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  •  What it does is taint the Rethugs (10+ / 0-)
    Do Republicans in and out of Congress really hate Obama? Or do they just hate what he represents, a country that is undergoing dramatic demographic and social change? Vying to make Obama fail may succeed in tainting the legacy of the first mixed-race president.
    It is THEY who have failed.  The biggest collection of filth, pond scum, and ugliness ever to assemble in one room can be found in the House of Reps on Capitol Hill.

    President Obama is not perfect, and those of us who hoped he'd be a second FDR or even a Harry Truman or LBJ are disappointed.  But he'd be far more effective if he had a Congress who wasn't bent on obstructing his every move simply because of his skin color!

    The fact that there's a black man in the White House is what drives these pond scum to vituperative fury.  Perhaps they'll all choke on their own boiling bile.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri May 03, 2013 at 05:17:35 AM PDT

    •  FDR, Harry Truman, and LBJ weren't perfect either (2+ / 0-)
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      President Obama, January 9, 2012: "Change is hard, but it is possible. I've Seen it. I've Lived it."

      by Drdemocrat on Fri May 03, 2013 at 05:28:55 AM PDT

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      •  Wasn't arguing that they were perfect (2+ / 0-)
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        But they did get things done.  You know what FDR did--Social Security.  Harry Truman integrated the U.S. armed forces.  Lyndon Johnson--Medicare and the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

        "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

        by Diana in NoVa on Fri May 03, 2013 at 05:31:10 AM PDT

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        •  Truman was known for being very polite and graciou (2+ / 0-)
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          speaking kindly and gently to people and being patient with them until the understood.


          Truman kicked ass.

          it can be done.

          Pissing around like we see now is disgusting.

        •  President Obama (2+ / 0-)
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          signed health care reform, repealed don't ask don't tell, made huge investments in alternative energy, ended the war in Iraq and will be ending the war in Afghanistan, appointed 2 women to the Supreme Court, created the CFPB.

          It's always easier to see the accomplishments when looking back.

        •  FDR's Social Security (1+ / 0-)
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          excluded most women and minorities, and it was 1950 before most working people were included as beneficiaries.
          Truman integrated the Armed Forces, and dropped two atomic bombs on Japan.
          There are good and bad with every president, people tend to forget the bad things.

          “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

          by skohayes on Fri May 03, 2013 at 06:26:22 AM PDT

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    •  It's not just about race. (1+ / 0-)
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      The Rethugs were building to this with Bill Clinton and they will behave the same with the next Democratic (Hillary Clinton or whomever?) president. They want to dismantle the country for bargain shopping, sadistic thrills and rapture fantasies. This malignancy did not begin with Barack Obama's presidency nor will it end there.

      You show a little grit and you lands in jail.

      by cal2010 on Fri May 03, 2013 at 06:09:05 AM PDT

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      •  The dualistic world of the evangelical (1+ / 0-)
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        Sees no room in the middle for things to simply exist. Everything is seen in black and white, good vs. evil terms. The GOP's evangelical base believes they are right and good. Therefore anyone opposed to them is inherently wrong and evil. They don't have to think, they don't have to use reason. They just have to know that whatever the propose is good and whatever the other side proposes is bad. This is the party that the GOP has wrought by tying their fortunes to the religious right. And now the country is paying the price for it.

    •  I don't know that it's Racism that drives this, (2+ / 0-)
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      Diana, as much as desperation from seeing their power and their philosophy rot away. Oh, it's there all right. I just wonder if it's the driving factor.

      They are desperately trying to build momentum, to hold onto what power they have and build up more. But their base is dying off and many who never were true believers are seeing them for what they are and turning away.

      The polls show it and the last election was no where near what they were expecting. And American brown people keep having babies.
      Someday, the numbers will be so bad that even gerrymandering won't save them. They'd have to make a play for the dictatorship the looniest among them are accusing Obama of secretly planning for.

      The writing's on the wall and they can't unsee it.

      Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Fri May 03, 2013 at 06:09:57 AM PDT

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    •  The second sentence is also a large part of it. (0+ / 0-)

      They may hate Obama because he "does not look like them" and that still applies. I think, based on some recent overheard conversations, the fear that the country has changed is even deeper.

      Reelection, in some minds, was a confirmation someone not of "the club" of white maleness was not just a fluke. That "one term president" thing didn't work, much to their amazement and consternation. They are aware, now more than before, of the demographic changes that make them a threatened species politically. And that is not just the ethnic/racial aspect alone. Their "god given" ideas on race, rights and sexual orientation are passing. All that threatens a certain white male dominance viewpoint is gaining and they don't like it one bit. It is why a predominately white male political movement sees a need to "take back my country" even through "second amendment methods."

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:15:03 AM PDT

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