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Old February 24th, 2012, 08:01 AM   #1
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By E.J. Dionne



WASHINGTON -- They say that President Obama is a Muslim, but if he isn't, he's a secularist who is waging war on religion. On some days he's a Nazi, but on most others he's merely a socialist. His especially creative opponents see him as having a "Kenyan anti-colonial worldview," while the less adventurous say he's an elitist who spent too much time in Cambridge, Hyde Park and other excessively academic precincts.



Whatever our president is, he is never allowed to be a garden-variety American who plays basketball and golf, has a remarkably old-fashioned family life, and, in the manner we regularly recommend to our kids, got ahead by getting a good education.



Please forgive this outburst. It's simply astonishing that a man in his fourth year as our president continues to be the object of the most extraordinary paranoid fantasies. A significant part of his political opposition still cannot accept that Obama is a rather moderate politician quite conventional in his tastes and his interests. And now that the economy is improving, short-circuiting easy criticisms, Obama's adversaries are reheating all the old tropes and cliches and slanders.



True, some of this is driven by cable television (a venue in which I acknowledge regularly participating). Attacks designed to gin up the conservative base are quickly recycled to gin up outrage within Obama's own base. Moreover, Obama is not the first president caught up in the rank unpleasantness of this particularly unforgiving political moment. A quick Google search will unearth references to George W. Bush as a "Nazi," and Bill Clinton's Republican opponents went so far as to impeach him in a shameful episode of extreme partisanship.



On those Hitler metaphors: Can we please agree to a voluntary cross-party ban on invoking the Fuhrer in the context of American politics? Only dictators who commit genocide against millions qualify for this odious comparison. It trivializes Hitler's crimes to use Nazi references as everyday epithets.



But there is something especially rancid about the never-ending efforts to turn Obama into a stranger, an alien, a Manchurian Candidate with a diabolical hidden agenda. Are we trying to undo all the good it did us with the rest of the world when we elected an African-American with a middle name popular among Muslims?



In my experience, even Americans who voted against Obama were proud that our nation showed friend and foe alike that we are a special place. We know it's wrong to judge people by their race or lineage, and we so value religious freedom and openness that we elected a Christian convert who is the son of a Muslim father and an agnostic mother to lead us at one of our most difficult moments.



Yet many in the anti-Obama camp just can't stop themselves from playing on fears that electing a man who defies old stereotypes was a terrible mistake. Thus did the Rev. Franklin Graham assert Tuesday on MSNBC not only that Muslims regard Obama as "a son of Islam" (because his father was Muslim), but also that "under President Obama, the Muslims of the world, he seems to be more concerned about them than the Christians that are being murdered in the Muslim countries." Thus is a legitimate concern about the persecution of Christians transformed into a slander.



In the meantime, Republican presidential candidates want to take a disagreement over whether and how contraception should be covered in plans issued under the new heath care law and turn it into a war against religion itself. "Unfortunately, possibly because of the people the president hangs around with, and their agenda, their secular agenda -- they have fought against religion," declared Mitt Romney.



It's another breathtaking slander to label Obama's choice as an attack on religion altogether -- and I say this as someone who strongly opposed the president's initial decision not to offer any accommodation to religiously affiliated institutions on contraception. And how strange it is that Obama's critics imply that he's a Muslim and also condemn him as a secularist. He must be terribly clever -- maybe it's that fancy education of his -- to be both.



As for Obama as a socialist, ponder two numbers: 13,005, which the Dow Jones average hit earlier this week, up from a low point of 6,547 in March 2009. Some socialist.



We are blessed with the freedom to say whatever we want about our president. But those who cast Obama as something other than one of us don't understand him, and don't understand what it means to be American.
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So why is unemployment over 9%, actually far more than 9% are out of work, with many having run out of benefits. Gas prices are also on the rise and expected to be way over $4 a gallon by summer. The Middle East is exploding. Debt has tripled under Obama.



Obama is a failure.
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So why is unemployment over 9%, actually far more than 9% are out of work, with many having run out of benefits. Gas prices are also on the rise and expected to be way over $4 a gallon by summer. The Middle East is exploding. Debt has tripled under Obama.


Perhaps because he's a commie-corporatist-socialist-nazi-Muslim-atheist-phonyChristian with a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview? Plus he's a Blah person?
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So why is unemployment over 9%, actually far more than 9% are out of work, with many having run out of benefits. Gas prices are also on the rise and expected to be way over $4 a gallon by summer. The Middle East is exploding. Debt has tripled under Obama.


Perhaps because he's a commie-corporatist-socialist-nazi-Muslim-atheist-phonyChristian with a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview? Plus he's a Blah person?


Naw. Looks like more deflection because you can't defend his failed policies.
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So why is unemployment over 9%, actually far more than 9% are out of work, with many having run out of benefits. Gas prices are also on the rise and expected to be way over $4 a gallon by summer. The Middle East is exploding. Debt has tripled under Obama.


Perhaps because he's a commie-corporatist-socialist-nazi-Muslim-atheist-phonyChristian with a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview? Plus he's a Blah person?


Naw. Looks like more deflection because you can't defend his failed policies.

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Obama's policies aren't the topic of this thread - the topic is your paranoid fantasies about a commie-corporatist-socialist-nazi-Muslim-atheist-phonyChristian with a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview.



I can see why you don't want to discuss that since it makes you sound like a nut.
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So why is unemployment over 9%, actually far more than 9% are out of work, with many having run out of benefits. Gas prices are also on the rise and expected to be way over $4 a gallon by summer. The Middle East is exploding. Debt has tripled under Obama.


Perhaps because he's a commie-corporatist-socialist-nazi-Muslim-atheist-phonyChristian with a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview? Plus he's a Blah person?


Naw. Looks like more deflection because you can't defend his failed policies.

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Obama's policies aren't the topic of this thread - the topic is your paranoid fantasies about a commie-corporatist-socialist-nazi-Muslim-atheist-phonyChristian with a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview.



I can see why you don't want to discuss that since it makes you sound like a nut.

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We're discussing Obama. Did you want me to automatically agree with anything you say? This is a quote from you article YOU posted..."We are blessed with the freedom to say whatever we want about our president."



Why don't you just get a parrot.



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We're discussing Obama.


I suggest you read the title of the thread, then explain why you think Obama is a commie-corporatist-socialist-nazi-Muslim-atheist-phonyChristian with a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview.
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We're discussing Obama.


I suggest you read the title of the thread, then explain why you think Obama is a commie-corporatist-socialist-nazi-Muslim-atheist-phonyChristian with a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview.


I never said I think "Obama is a commie-corporatist-socialist-nazi-Muslim-atheist-phonyChristian with a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview."



Those are YOUR words.
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We're discussing Obama.


I suggest you read the title of the thread, then explain why you think Obama is a commie-corporatist-socialist-nazi-Muslim-atheist-phonyChristian with a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview.


I never said I think "Obama is a commie-corporatist-socialist-nazi-Muslim-atheist-phonyChristian with a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview."



Those are YOUR words.

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No, most of those words are from the article and are directly relevant to the topic.



I suggest you read the article so that you know what's being discussed.
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So why is unemployment over 9%,


8.3%, and with net job gains over the past 23 months.



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actually far more than 9% are out of work, with many having run out of benefits.


Underemployment has never been used as a measure of success or failure until Obama, hmmm...



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Gas prices are also on the rise and expected to be way over $4 a gallon by summer. The Middle East is exploding. Debt has tripled under Obama.



Obama is a failure.


Presidents have very little, to nothing, to do with gas prices. Supply, demand, and rampant speculative inflation, unless you're going to tell me Obama is now the King of Oil or something. The Middle East has been exploding for a long time now, and debt hasn't tripled, that's just failure in mathematics on your part.



Obama is only a failure if we start working backwards.
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[quote name='Tony Perkins' timestamp='1330111123' post='385534']

We're discussing Obama.


I suggest you read the title of the thread, then explain why you think Obama is a commie-corporatist-socialist-nazi-Muslim-atheist-phonyChristian with a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview.


I never said I think "Obama is a commie-corporatist-socialist-nazi-Muslim-atheist-phonyChristian with a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview."



Those are YOUR words.

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No, most of those words are from the article and are directly relevant to the topic.



I suggest you read the article so that you know what's being discussed.

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The writer is kinda dumb. It's a fact that in the muslim world if your father is a muslim then your kids are muslims. In fact, since Obama claims to be a Christian, the muslim world looks at him as an apostate and could be the reason they are calling him a "Black Dog". Calling someone a dog is a heavy duty insult in Islam. Obama just can't seem to win these days. He's kinda stupid.
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So why is unemployment over 9%,


8.3%, and with net job gains over the past 23 months.



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actually far more than 9% are out of work, with many having run out of benefits.


Underemployment has never been used as a measure of success or failure until Obama, hmmm...



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Gas prices are also on the rise and expected to be way over $4 a gallon by summer. The Middle East is exploding. Debt has tripled under Obama.



Obama is a failure.


Presidents have very little, to nothing, to do with gas prices. Supply, demand, and rampant speculative inflation, unless you're going to tell me Obama is now the King of Oil or something. The Middle East has been exploding for a long time now, and debt hasn't tripled, that's just failure in mathematics on your part.



Obama is only a failure if we start working backwards.


Unemployment is back over 9%.



If Presidents have very little to do with gas prices, then why did Senator Obama blame Bush for gas prices?
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So why is unemployment over 9%,


8.3%, and with net job gains over the past 23 months.



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actually far more than 9% are out of work, with many having run out of benefits.


Underemployment has never been used as a measure of success or failure until Obama, hmmm...



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Gas prices are also on the rise and expected to be way over $4 a gallon by summer. The Middle East is exploding. Debt has tripled under Obama.



Obama is a failure.


Presidents have very little, to nothing, to do with gas prices. Supply, demand, and rampant speculative inflation, unless you're going to tell me Obama is now the King of Oil or something. The Middle East has been exploding for a long time now, and debt hasn't tripled, that's just failure in mathematics on your part.



Obama is only a failure if we start working backwards.


Unemployment is back over 9%.



If Presidents have very little to do with gas prices, then why did Senator Obama blame Bush for gas prices?

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It isn't , and he didn't.
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[quote name='Tony Perkins' timestamp='1330106470' post='385517']

So why is unemployment over 9%,


8.3%, and with net job gains over the past 23 months.



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actually far more than 9% are out of work, with many having run out of benefits.


Underemployment has never been used as a measure of success or failure until Obama, hmmm...



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Gas prices are also on the rise and expected to be way over $4 a gallon by summer. The Middle East is exploding. Debt has tripled under Obama.



Obama is a failure.


Presidents have very little, to nothing, to do with gas prices. Supply, demand, and rampant speculative inflation, unless you're going to tell me Obama is now the King of Oil or something. The Middle East has been exploding for a long time now, and debt hasn't tripled, that's just failure in mathematics on your part.



Obama is only a failure if we start working backwards.


Unemployment is back over 9%.



If Presidents have very little to do with gas prices, then why did Senator Obama blame Bush for gas prices?

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It isn't , and he didn't.

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Yes, it is. Disability claims are also going through the roof. People are running out of money and can't find a job so there is a drastic increase in mentall illness disability claims because they are the hardest to turn down.



Yes, Obama did Blame Bush in 2008 for high gas prices. Bush's failed energy policy. All of the left was blaming Bush for high gas prices in 2008. Where were you?
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[quote name='Tony Perkins' timestamp='1330106470' post='385517']

So why is unemployment over 9%,


8.3%, and with net job gains over the past 23 months.



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actually far more than 9% are out of work, with many having run out of benefits.


Underemployment has never been used as a measure of success or failure until Obama, hmmm...



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Gas prices are also on the rise and expected to be way over $4 a gallon by summer. The Middle East is exploding. Debt has tripled under Obama.



Obama is a failure.


Presidents have very little, to nothing, to do with gas prices. Supply, demand, and rampant speculative inflation, unless you're going to tell me Obama is now the King of Oil or something. The Middle East has been exploding for a long time now, and debt hasn't tripled, that's just failure in mathematics on your part.



Obama is only a failure if we start working backwards.


Unemployment is back over 9%.



If Presidents have very little to do with gas prices, then why did Senator Obama blame Bush for gas prices?

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It isn't , and he didn't.

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Yep he didn't, but he should have. On Inauguration Day, Bush could have rescinded his father's 1991 executive order banning offshore oil exploration in promising areas. He could have blamed both Bushes and been on solid ground.
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Yes, it is. Disability claims are also going through the roof. People are running out of money and can't find a job so there is a drastic increase in mentall illness disability claims because they are the hardest to turn down.


No, the unemployment rate is 8.3%.

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000



Disability claims are an entirely different topic, and an older one to boot. When Clinton signed welfare reform into law back in the 90s, a lot of folks instead of going into workfare or looking for a job, decided to start filing disability claims based on something insignificant or totally made up. It's actually rather prevalent in northern Michigan. Whenever entitlements start to dry up, some folks somehow just aren't motivated enough to find work or won't "lower" themselves to a job that wasn't a glamorous as their last place of employment. Some of those people will file for some other form of government assistance, rather than go out and look for a job. Disability requirements were loosened in the mid 80s, which makes this program unfortunately easier to exploit than others.



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Yes, Obama did Blame Bush in 2008 for high gas prices. Bush's failed energy policy. All of the left was blaming Bush for high gas prices in 2008. Where were you?


I was listening to Obama, unlike you. He didn't blame Bush for the price of gas and you have yet to prove otherwise.
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Yes, it is. Disability claims are also going through the roof. People are running out of money and can't find a job so there is a drastic increase in mentall illness disability claims because they are the hardest to turn down.


No, the unemployment rate is 8.3%.

http://data.bls.gov/...ies/LNS14000000



Disability claims are an entirely different topic, and an older one to boot. When Clinton signed welfare reform into law back in the 90s, a lot of folks instead of going into workfare or looking for a job, decided to start filing disability claims based on something insignificant or totally made up. It's actually rather prevalent in northern Michigan. Whenever entitlements start to dry up, some folks somehow just aren't motivated enough to find work or won't "lower" themselves to a job that wasn't a glamorous as their last place of employment. Some of those people will file for some other form of government assistance, rather than go out and look for a job. Disability requirements were loosened in the mid 80s, which makes this program unfortunately easier to exploit than others.



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Yes, Obama did Blame Bush in 2008 for high gas prices. Bush's failed energy policy. All of the left was blaming Bush for high gas prices in 2008. Where were you?


I was listening to Obama, unlike you. He didn't blame Bush for the price of gas and you have yet to prove otherwise.


Energy Policy

Obama has been critical (AP) of President Bush's energy policy. “Saying that America is addicted to oil without following a real plan for energy independence is like admitting alcoholism and then skipping out on the twelve-step program,” Obama said in 2006. In August 2008, Obama unveiled his "New Energy for America" plan, which includes measures to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and to provide "short-term relief to American families facing pain at the pump" due to high gas prices. According to the plan, Obama would impose a windfall profits tax on oil companies and use the proceeds to provide a $1,000 tax rebate for married couples and a $500 tax rebate for individuals. Those rebates would "offset the entire increase in gas prices for a working family over the next four months; or pay for the entire increase in winter heating bills for a typical family in a cold?weather state," Obama said.



http://www.cfr.org/experts/world/barack-obama/b11603#6



The average price for a gal of gas when Barky took office was $1.84 a gallon.



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The writer is kinda dumb. It's a fact that in the muslim world if your father is a muslim then your kids are muslims. In fact, since Obama claims to be a Christian, the muslim world looks at him as an apostate and could be the reason they are calling him a "Black Dog". Calling someone a dog is a heavy duty insult in Islam. Obama just can't seem to win these days. He's kinda stupid.


No, actually you're whatever religion you think you are and what you practice. What religion your parents consider you to be is irrelevant, but I can see you've got the whole scary sekret Moooslim thing going on.
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Yes, it is. Disability claims are also going through the roof. People are running out of money and can't find a job so there is a drastic increase in mentall illness disability claims because they are the hardest to turn down.


No, the unemployment rate is 8.3%.

http://data.bls.gov/...ies/LNS14000000



Disability claims are an entirely different topic, and an older one to boot. When Clinton signed welfare reform into law back in the 90s, a lot of folks instead of going into workfare or looking for a job, decided to start filing disability claims based on something insignificant or totally made up. It's actually rather prevalent in northern Michigan. Whenever entitlements start to dry up, some folks somehow just aren't motivated enough to find work or won't "lower" themselves to a job that wasn't a glamorous as their last place of employment. Some of those people will file for some other form of government assistance, rather than go out and look for a job. Disability requirements were loosened in the mid 80s, which makes this program unfortunately easier to exploit than others.



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I was listening to Obama, unlike you. He didn't blame Bush for the price of gas and you have yet to prove otherwise.


Energy Policy

Obama has been critical (AP) of President Bush's energy policy. “Saying that America is addicted to oil without following a real plan for energy independence is like admitting alcoholism and then skipping out on the twelve-step program,” Obama said in 2006. In August 2008, Obama unveiled his "New Energy for America" plan, which includes measures to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and to provide "short-term relief to American families facing pain at the pump" due to high gas prices. According to the plan, Obama would impose a windfall profits tax on oil companies and use the proceeds to provide a $1,000 tax rebate for married couples and a $500 tax rebate for individuals. Those rebates would "offset the entire increase in gas prices for a working family over the next four months; or pay for the entire increase in winter heating bills for a typical family in a cold?weather state," Obama said.



http://www.cfr.org/e...-obama/b11603#6



The average price for a gal of gas when Barky took office was $1.84 a gallon.



Are you gonna tell me next that Obama didn't promise to close Gitmo?

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You keep trying and falling flat on your face, it is sad. That remark came as a rebuttal after President Bush said "America is addicted to oil." back in 2006, at a time when gas prices weren't at their 2008 highs. You say Obama blamed Bush for high gas prices, specifically in 2008. I ask for evidence, and you provide something from two years before gas prices skyrocketed that wasn't even a criticism about gas prices.



As for the current situation, you remind me when some Democrats did blame Bush for the price of fuel, like he had some sort of magic pricing lever in the Oval Office. Gas prices fell hard because of the economic crash and the subsequent, steep drop in demand for oil in the latter half of '08. As the economy improves and global demand rises, oil and gas prices will naturally climb. Situations like in Iran will also help the increases.
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By E.J. Dionne



WASHINGTON -- They say that President Obama is a Muslim, but if he isn't, he's a secularist who is waging war on religion. On some days he's a Nazi, but on most others he's merely a socialist. His especially creative opponents see him as having a "Kenyan anti-colonial worldview," while the less adventurous say he's an elitist who spent too much time in Cambridge, Hyde Park and other excessively academic precincts.



Whatever our president is, he is never allowed to be a garden-variety American who plays basketball and golf, has a remarkably old-fashioned family life, and, in the manner we regularly recommend to our kids, got ahead by getting a good education.



Please forgive this outburst. It's simply astonishing that a man in his fourth year as our president continues to be the object of the most extraordinary paranoid fantasies. A significant part of his political opposition still cannot accept that Obama is a rather moderate politician quite conventional in his tastes and his interests. And now that the economy is improving, short-circuiting easy criticisms, Obama's adversaries are reheating all the old tropes and cliches and slanders.



True, some of this is driven by cable television (a venue in which I acknowledge regularly participating). Attacks designed to gin up the conservative base are quickly recycled to gin up outrage within Obama's own base. Moreover, Obama is not the first president caught up in the rank unpleasantness of this particularly unforgiving political moment. A quick Google search will unearth references to George W. Bush as a "Nazi," and Bill Clinton's Republican opponents went so far as to impeach him in a shameful episode of extreme partisanship.



On those Hitler metaphors: Can we please agree to a voluntary cross-party ban on invoking the Fuhrer in the context of American politics? Only dictators who commit genocide against millions qualify for this odious comparison. It trivializes Hitler's crimes to use Nazi references as everyday epithets.



But there is something especially rancid about the never-ending efforts to turn Obama into a stranger, an alien, a Manchurian Candidate with a diabolical hidden agenda. Are we trying to undo all the good it did us with the rest of the world when we elected an African-American with a middle name popular among Muslims?



In my experience, even Americans who voted against Obama were proud that our nation showed friend and foe alike that we are a special place. We know it's wrong to judge people by their race or lineage, and we so value religious freedom and openness that we elected a Christian convert who is the son of a Muslim father and an agnostic mother to lead us at one of our most difficult moments.



Yet many in the anti-Obama camp just can't stop themselves from playing on fears that electing a man who defies old stereotypes was a terrible mistake. Thus did the Rev. Franklin Graham assert Tuesday on MSNBC not only that Muslims regard Obama as "a son of Islam" (because his father was Muslim), but also that "under President Obama, the Muslims of the world, he seems to be more concerned about them than the Christians that are being murdered in the Muslim countries." Thus is a legitimate concern about the persecution of Christians transformed into a slander.



In the meantime, Republican presidential candidates want to take a disagreement over whether and how contraception should be covered in plans issued under the new heath care law and turn it into a war against religion itself. "Unfortunately, possibly because of the people the president hangs around with, and their agenda, their secular agenda -- they have fought against religion," declared Mitt Romney.



It's another breathtaking slander to label Obama's choice as an attack on religion altogether -- and I say this as someone who strongly opposed the president's initial decision not to offer any accommodation to religiously affiliated institutions on contraception. And how strange it is that Obama's critics imply that he's a Muslim and also condemn him as a secularist. He must be terribly clever -- maybe it's that fancy education of his -- to be both.



As for Obama as a socialist, ponder two numbers: 13,005, which the Dow Jones average hit earlier this week, up from a low point of 6,547 in March 2009. Some socialist.



We are blessed with the freedom to say whatever we want about our president. But those who cast Obama as something other than one of us don't understand him, and don't understand what it means to be American.
Gee I wonder what you had to say about Bush and Cheney. We conservatives see Obama for what he is and we base this on his policies. He is a socialist through his own words of redistribution and his actions of forcing through socialized healthcare. You can try and deny the obvious but what else is new.
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