On Hating President Obama
(This is to voters who claim to hate our President, Barack Obama, as well as to voters who hate him, but who don’t own up to their hatred, or wish to deny what it is.)
Yeah, we get it. You hate him. You hate everything he stands for. We see it in your face when his picture pops up. We see it in your letters to the editor, in your Facebook postings, in your tweets. We see it in the incredibly hostile energy you project.
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Make no mistake. We’re not disputing your RIGHT to hate him. The Constitution doesn’t explicitly protect hate, but surely it counts as protected ‘speech.’ You can believe whatever you want about whomever you want. You can represent those beliefs openly, in public, as, indeed, you do. You can vote against our President, you can encourage others to do the same.
I’d like for you to think about this, however. I’d like for you to think about how your hatred of our President ‘plays’ in our Democratic world. I don’t agree with everything President Obama has done, either. To me, he is TOO willing to compromise, to give Republicans a voice, a say in the governing of our country, when they have proven time and again that they don't care about governing. That (giving the opposition a say, a voice) is not something the most recent Republican president did with Democrats. But that person cared little for accomplishing things for our people during his time of power. He cared nothing for the 47% (or more) of our citizens who disagreed with him. He cared less than Romney does, and it is crystal clear from the honest video that Romney doesn’t care at all.
We see clearly that your motivation in this election has nothing to do with supporting a candidate you believe in. It has nothing to do with working TOWARD anything or for accomplishing anything at all. This is about opposing, voting AGAINST. It is negative to its core. It’s driven by hatred. If the ballot was printed more accurately:
Barack Obama, Democrat... you would choose 'Other.' We get it.
Republican ad initiatives in this election ignore the Republican candidate, too, as there is NOTHING good to say about him. Even they admit it, in the thrust of their ads. All of the ads are negative, with the objective of feeding your hatred of President Obama, growing it, making it contagious for those “not ‘there,’ yet.” What a cynical, cowardly effort it is! Isn’t there anything conservatives are FOR? Other than hitting gays, undermining reproductive rights, destroying health care possibilities for our citizens, eliminating Social Security, Medicare and public education ... What is their vision? With their clamoring for war with Iran or Syria or North Korea, with their interest in unlimited funds for prisons, unlimited tax breaks for the obscenely wealthy ...
They don’t want to talk about what they’re FOR, because their philosophy of ‘governing’ is to govern not at all, to continually prove the thesis that government is worthless, when all it really proves is that they are incompetent, against the welfare of our country and our citizens in every way that matters.
Let go your hatred of our President. It reflects TERRIBLY on you. Take a look with clear eyes, for once, at the man we’ve chosen to run our country. Look at the respect he shows for our citizens, look at his heart, free of the biased lenses provided by Fox News and other Obama haters. Look at how hard he works, how hard he tries, how much he cares, even for those who don’t like themselves very much. Take the time to check the facts YOURSELF, to see through the lies being spread about him. There isn’t any greater measure you can take for your own credibility, for your own integrity, and most importantly, for the betterment of our country. Unless you are a very wealthy (and probably comparatively young) white male, President Obama is the best presidential choice for YOU, too. Whether you want to admit that or not.
Let go your hatred. It isn’t good for you. It isn’t healthy, it isn’t attractive, it isn’t credible. Let it go because you can’t afford it. And neither can we, your fellow Americans. Choose love and compassion, instead. You’ll be glad you did. That’s a promise.
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No hatred here! I'm all about the love... and I don't hate the other side, either. Just am not going to be voting for them :).
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Top Mojo for yesterday, October 9th, first comments and tip jars excluded. Thank you mik for the mojo magic!
1) This place is so crowded... by Bob Johnson — 119
2) How do you spell "coward"? W-E-L-C-H. by MJB — 109
3) "God may send you to hell by rexymeteorite — 108
4) According to Paul Krugman, that would be LIAR. by ChiTownDenny — 102
5) thank you by Supavash — 101
6) Hobby Lobby can kiss my.... by alliehope — 98
7) Some of the merely misinformed by Cali Scribe — 98
8) I personally think they're trying... by detroitmechworks — 98
9) I don't think that Romney has the electoral math by weatherdude — 93
10) By the way, I agree. by Bob Johnson — 91
11) Alternate spelling by quaoar — 91
12) Jinx! by stef — 86
13) Now can we all breathe? by LaurenMonica — 84
14) Obama, Biden & surrogates need to make the case by FishOutofWater — 83
15) Tell them you're dropping them and why by radical simplicity — 82
16) sing it! by Cedwyn — 81
17) child molestors go to heaven & gay people to hell by Anton Bursch — 79
18) That letter has more than by satrap — 79
19) Best first sentence of a diary. EVER by voracious — 77
20) I also like this quote from the Fortune article by JVolvo — 74
21) This is good information. by luckylizard — 73
22) That is such bullshit. What the hell by lighttheway — 72
23) Mark Twain had it right. by vacantlook — 71
24) I find it more mafioso-like by stef — 70
25) It blows my mind that one off night by aaraujo — 69
26) Pew doesn't skew. by FishOutofWater — 66
27) I disagree with banning polls. by stunzeed — 66
28) No one has ever answered that question for me: by GreenMother — 65
29) Credit Chris Matthews for exposing teh stoopid by llbear — 64
30) Chris Kluwe is all win! by RfrancisR — 64
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