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  •  ahistorical nonsense (4+ / 0-)
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    Bill W, dougymi, nocynicism, PhilJD

    Bigotry is no more than a tool the Republicans use to divide the electorate; they're not particularly choosy about the particular kind of bigotry they use. Their exploitation of bigotry will not disappear just because Obama leaves office. They will merely exploit a different kind of bigotry.

    If a gay Democrat is in power, they'll use homophobia. If a Muslim, Islamophobia. If a woman, sexism. They even attacked the Southern white male Baptist, Bill Clinton, as a draft-dodging, pot-smoking womanizer with no impulse control. Whatever weapon is at hand, they'll use.

    Perhaps you are unfamiliar with this infamous right-wing "wanted poster" that appeared in Dallas just before JFK's assassination. The accusations they hurl against JFK are no different in their essentials than what the Tea Party spouts today about Obama.

    1. Betraying the Constitution (which he swore to uphold):
    He is turning the sovereignty of the U.S. over to the communist controlled United Nations.

    He is betraying our friends (Cuba, Katanga, Portugal) and befriending our enemies (Russia, Yugoslavia, Poland).

    2. He has been WRONG on innumerable issues affecting the security of the U.S. (United Nations - Berlin wall - Missile removal - Cuba - Wheat deals - Test Ban Treaty, etc.)

    3. He has been lax in enforcing Communist Registration laws.

    4. He has given support and encouragement to the Communist inspired racial riots.

    5. He has illegally invaded a sovereign State with federal troops.

    6. He has consistantly appointed Anti-Christians to Federal office; Upholds the Supreme Court in its Anti-Christian rulings.

    Aliens and known Communists abound in Federal offices.

    7. He has been caught in fantastic LIES to the American people (including personal ones like his previous marriage and divorce).

    The Republicans have run the same playbook since Nixon's day. They just make some cosmetic adjustments to keep up with the times, is all. Divide and conquer, fracture the electorate into tiny little pieces so they can sweep them all up. Whatever the tribal fault lines are--class, race, sex, religion, favorite football team, whatever--they will find them and exploit them.

    To believe that they are going after Obama particularly hard simply because he's black is to take it way too personally and to fundamentally misunderstand what the GOP is about. It's not about Obama's race, it's about power.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:04:28 AM PST

    •  Why are you so uncomfortable (2+ / 0-)
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      Of course JFK was hated. But do you truly believe that any other president in American History has faced the hatred and rage that Obama has had to put up with.  If you're looking for statistical verification of my point, maybe you ought to talk to the Secret Service.  The fact that JFK was killed and Obama is still alive is not a reflection of how much effort has gone into trying to assassinate our first Black President.  

      Constance Hilliard is a professor, who blogs at Soul Wisdom:

      by Constance Hilliard on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:15:11 AM PST

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      •  And what statistical verification... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...would the Secret Service provide?

        •  Let's compare numbers of assassination attempts (0+ / 0-)

          If you're confused about whether the Secret Service could provide data on how many thwarted assassination attempts and threats have been made on various American presidents, I have an even easier measure for you to use.  Please research the number of times Jacqueline Kennedy was publicly referred to as "a monkey."  

          Constance Hilliard is a professor, who blogs at Soul Wisdom:

          by Constance Hilliard on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:53:10 AM PST

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          •  If I'm confused... (0+ / 0-)

            ...I suspect it's because you keep changing the subject.  I thought we were talking about the Secret Service and threats against the president. You brought that up, and now you'd rather talk about racist epithets being used against the First Lady.

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