It's fairly obvious if you think about it.
As Scott Wooledge expertly points out on today's front page the Republican Party has embraced being A Deluded Cult trying to take over an Imaginary America
As Pope Buck I details, the Invisi-Obama Attack is actually a wide open window to the Right-Wing Psyche.
When we peel back what is being revealed here, it leads us to only one conclusion, only one understanding of why it is they can't seem to see President Obama as the person he is. They can only see him as a mad composite of Kenyan Anti-Colonialist, Muslim, Communist, Socialist, Terrorist-Sympathizer, Witch-Doctor and America Hating Radical who just happens to be living the American Dream in the process.
And there's a reason why.
I came upon it accidentally when one commenter asked this in my rec'd Dinesh D'Souza Diary.
when?Without any analysis I responded with...
When and where have they even witnessed Obama ANGRY????
Let alone enraged?
Seriously. This guy is ALWAYS cool as a cucumber.
These people believe what they want to believe.
But why do they want to believe he's enraged? I really don't understand this
BecauseAfter writing that it occurred to me, that I was probably more right than even I realized when I typed it.
they can't imagine an aware thinking black man who isn't internally consumed with a burning seething rage at what America has done, and is still doing via profiling, voter suppression et al, to black people. They know history, they know what their. party stands for, it's an expression of their own unending guilt.
While debating Bill Maher, D'Souza claimed that the reason who can't see Obama Angry is because - "it's subliminated".
There’s Clint Eastwood rage –Dirty Harry– and then there’s Charles Bronson rage … vigilante rage. It’s a different kind of rage. It’s sublimated –and you see it in action. Let’s take an example: You had health care.Ok, so the reason you can't see him angry - the reason he rarely losses his cool, is really just because he's keeping his rage inside.
So the congenial, calm, polite, studious and graceful man that we see in the White House - is simply an Act.
No Black Man in America could possibly be that calm, cool and collected - that reflective - after what America has done to Black Men.
This is a view we can see on full display through that Living Walking Full-Sized Unrestrained Pile of Repulican ID - Steve King - explaining why Ethnic Studies are BAD!
I went to the Iowa State website and [...] I typed in “multicultural” and it came back to me, at the time, 59 different multicultural groups listed to operate on campus at Iowa State. It started with Asians and it ended with Zeitgeist, so from A to Z, and most of them were victims’ groups, victimology, people that feel sorry for themselves and they’re out there recruiting our young people to be part of the group that feels sorry for themselves.Ignoring the fact that King was most likely LYING about what he found on the Iowa State webside, I'm sorry, but why exactly should Asians feel "sorry for themselves"? Aren't they doing exactly what the Republicans claim they should doing with their "We Built That" meme as small business owners?
What exactly are they a "victim" of - and who exactly made them victims?
Could it be the internment of the Japanese Americans during WWII?
Could it be decades of fear-mongering over the Yellow Peril?
Why might an American Indian be angry at America?
In 1838 and 1839, as part of Andrew Jackson's Indian removal policy, the Cherokee nation was forced to give up its lands east of the Mississippi River and to migrate to an area in present-day Oklahoma. The Cherokee people called this journey the "Trail of Tears," because of its devastating effects. The migrants faced hunger, disease, and exhaustion on the forced march. Over 4,000 out of 15,000 of the Cherokees died.
During the 1970's the American Indian Movement staged a Domestic Uprising and implemented an Occupation of Alcatraz Island
You don't think Mexicans still have a bone to pick with American after the Mexican-American War? You don't think they still have tiny, teeny little problem with the fact that before that war California, Arizona and New Mexico - Were Part of Mexico!.
There are some Mexican-American families that have been here longer than there's Been an America!
And then of course, there's Black People.
To make this simple - let's just consider Slavery a given. We know it happened. We all know it sucked. But I'll tell you, speaking as a Black man, the thing that really pisses me off is fact that Slavery never really ended.
Ever read the 13th Amendment all the way through? Here it is.
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.So we don't have Slavery anymore, except that we do - for anyone convicted of a crime.
And then you wonder why we seem to have this completely disproportionate situation with Black Men and our criminal justice system. Racial Profiling. Racial Bias in Sentencing. Driving While Black. Laying on the ground handcuffed while Black. Sitting in the back of a squad car after being searched twice and again, handcuffed while Black. Trying to get into YOUR OWN HOUSE when the door is stuck while Black. Walking home from 7-11 with a Skittles and Ice T while Black.
And those persons - who are lucky enough to survive and are merely convicted - lose their right to vote. Sometimes forever.
But then so do people lose their ability to vote if they work and can't get time off, unless they have access to weekend early voting. Or they can legally get registered to vote. Or they can have their vote accurately counted by a electronic voting machine. Or they don't have a government photo ID.
We thought Jim Crow and Poll Taxes were over. Apparently they're not. We thought wrong.
And on of all top of that you have this...
If you're not pissed about all this by now - you're not paying attention.
And the thing is the Republicans know all this. They know what their policies have done, and are doing to vulnerable racial minorities. They know that most minorities know it too.
The thing is, most people, especially minorities, have long ago learned not to linger on their anger. They've learned to turn the shitty hand they've been dealt into fertilizer. Asians have learned this. Native Americans are beginning to thrive. Latinos are growing into a powerful portion of our economic fabric. Black people have pioneer most of America's musical culture from Ragtime to Jazz to Blues to Rock n' Roll to Funk to R&B to Gospel to Disco to Hip Hop, and in many ways are become more and more upwardly mobile in all elements of our society despite the roadblocks and challenges placed before them.
President Barack Obama is shining example of this spirit to overcome.
But In the dead of night, when their alone with their own thoughts and they have no one around to pretend to, no one to lie too, Republicans can't possibly imagine that there's a self-respecting minority person in the country who isn't Pissed as Hell about all of this above. Even if they have managed to succeed, they have to be still secretly angry about it all and to be perfectly honest there are many that probably are.
The question is: what do you do with that anger? Do you strive to lash out at those who you feel caused it, or do you strive to make things better for everyone?
Republicans can only see option one - they can only see Obama as taking angry revenge on the people who implemented all the above which would be (Mostly) Right-Wing Conservatives - they don't believe he might choose option two, they can't even imagine it.
And that's IMO the dark and fevered part of their imagination where Angry Invisi-Obama comes from. He comes from their own Shame, Guilt (and a Healthy Dose of Irrational Fear).