Loren asked a question the other day, wondering if the real reason for the anti-Obama sentiment was race related. i'm starting to think that is the most likely cause. the linked article discusses 2 cases of GTP (formerly GOP) authorities caught forwarding blatantly racist Obama hate emails.
additionally, an Alaska man is suing to keep Obama off of the Presidential ballot because he is black, and he believes that the 14th Ammendment was ratified improperly or illegally. (http://www.politiscoop.com/us-politics/wisconsin-politics/760-alask...)
besides the color of his skin, what has Obama done that is so hateable? ok, there is the debt issue. of course, it might have happened no matter who was elected President, but i'll give them that one.
what else? not enough drilling? stopping the Canadian pipeline? oil prices in general? taxes?
i can see not liking the current President, no matter who he is, for all sorts of reasons. but the immense hate that you get from the anti-Obama crowd is delerious. they would vote for the Grand Wizard of the KKK before voting for Obama. actually, the Wizard might beat him in a landslide.
ok, she has to admit THIS ONE is racist (sent this morning):
Some observations on
Homo sapiens Santorensis -- a subspecies of the genus homo sapiens thought to have died out from exposure to the age of reason. It is debated whether this is truly a subspecies throwback. It is also suggested that it is a manifestation of psychopathology within genus homo sapiens stemming from intense indoctrination in anachronistic superstitions.
Such indoctrination often leads to suicidal behavior and substantial psychopathology due to the idea that one is inherently evil (original sin) and that the generally accepted norms of love between individuals is always tainted with evil unless condoned by a contemporary shaman known as a priest.
It also is prone to believe that violence toward those who differ is ordained by a deity conceived of variously as a male, female, or multiple gods. The H S Santorensis example has a rather strange and contradictory conception of a god entity that is male, multiple and singular at the same time.
Actually many very good points have been made here about the nature of the anti Obama perspective. Since the old Dixiecrats all moved to the Republican party, a racist element and undercurrent is inevitable.
However, I will argue that the underlying reality is a Manichean tendency to see an absolute dichotomy of good and evil. The religious tendency which infects so much of society cannot deal with any challenge to the "natural order of things. Obama as African American is part of that and not acceptable. Obama as "other", whether as a Democrat or simply one able to use complete sentences and paragraphs, is not acceptable.
"We have god on our side" so who is on the side of the "other. I think this allows for the absolute vilification of the other. Any characteristic at all will then become part of that vilification. I'm still shaking my head about Michele Obama's "evil intent" in trying to help our children become healthier.
On these pages there is a great deal of qualified criticism and and qualified endorsement of Obama. Such nuance simply does not fit neatly in a bi polar world view. So we can sometimes forget that it is not necessarily religion per se that is the problem but the religious way of looking at the world.
We saw this absolute vilification with Bill Clinton and will likely see it with the whitest of white candidates as long as a dogmatic religious mode of thinking predominates.
Thanks for the new word:
Manichaeism |ˈmanəˌkēizəm| (also Manicheism)
a dualistic religious system with Christian, Gnostic, and pagan elements, founded in Persia in the 3rd century by Manes ( c. 216– c. 276). The system was based on a supposed primeval conflict between light and darkness. It spread widely in the Roman Empire and in Asia, and survived in Chinese Turkestan until the 13th century.
• religious or philosophical dualism.
ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from late Latin Manichaeus (from the name Manes: see above) + -ism .
Raving Hillbilly, you hit the nail on its head. We are, indeed, witness to psychopathology.
I don't know which is more offensive - that this is so racist, or that it's so stupid. I would not get along with your mom.
i'm struggling a bit right now. last night we talked about how i couldn't run for public office because i'm an Atheist. she seemed surprised, so i sent her an email explaining that there are exactly 2 openly Atheist politicians in the US. her response:
"guess that just shows that the majority of people in this country believe in GOD.
Sorryyou are in the minority....
Easy for me to talk. My parents are dead. They did not view themselves as racist, and would be shocked if some-one said they were. They did have views that came from sheltered rural mid-west upbringing, and those views included ideas that we consider racist. My Dad was offended that I criticized the great American president, also known as dubya. There was enough else for us to talk about, and our distance was so great, that we avoided controversy and stuck to the weather, and gardening, and cooking, and history, and which neighbor or relative was ill. When was clear that I had love interest across racial "barriers", they were gracious, but nervous, and cautiously accepting, but not necessarily happy about the situation. Religion was not in the conversation at all - they were so shocked when I went Unitarian that didn't carry it further to discussing that I thought the Unitarians were too religious.
It sounds as though you have to emotionally divorce yourself from your mother, as so many of us have had to do with family and friends if we want to be healthy. So, when you feel the need for a hug from Mom, give yourself a hug and realize "what is, is."
Let me guess, she thinks that this country was founded as a Christian nation.
No Joan, I don't see any knight in shining armor, or heroine on the horizon. We are stuck with nut-cases who hate us, and sell-outs who forgot we really believed them. I'm off to see the Wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz!
And I to my garden! Thankfully, the rain and snow have let up for today ... very cold weather predicted. Crazy weather ... maybe it is the weather that makes political candidates so irrational.