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Old December 16th, 2013, 07:01 AM   #1
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The Slow Motion Lynching of President Obama

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I’ve watched liberal and right wing commentators alike blame the president for being lynched. They say “he’s not reaching out enough” or “he’s too cold.” It’s the equivalent of assuming that the black man being beaten by a couple of thug cops must have “done something.”

I am a white privileged well off sixty-one-year-old former Republican religious right wing activist who changed his mind about religion and politics long ago. The New York Times profiled my change of heart saying that to my former friends I’m considered a “traitorous prince” since my religious right family was once thought of as “evangelical royalty.”

I’ve just spent the last 7 years writing over 200,000 words in blogs and articles in support of President Obama. My blogs on the Huffington Post alone would add up to a book in support of the President of over 300 pages. Weirdly, I just realized that through all my writing, this has been the first time in my life I’ve personally gone to bat for a black man. It just happens that he’s a president. But my emotional stake in his life is now personal.

So I’ve changed from a white guy who used to read news about some black man getting shot or beaten by cops or stand-your-ground types who assumed that the black man must have “done something,” to a white guy who figures that the black man was probably getting lynched. I’ve changed ideology but I’ve also changed my gut intuitive reactions.

I’ve changed because if this country will lynch a brilliant, civil, kind, humble, compassionate, moderate, articulate, black intellectual we’re lucky enough to have in the White House, we’ll lynch anyone. What chance does an anonymous black man pulled over in a traffic stop have of fair treatment when the former editor of the Harvard Law Review is being lynched?

One famous liberal commentator wrote a book on how Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil could disagree and still be friends. Why, he asked on many a TV show promoting his book, couldn’t President Obama be like that? Because, I yelled at the screen, those two men were white Irish Americans and part of a ruling white oligarchy.

Because, I yelled, you might as well ask why Nelson Mandela didn’t talk his jailers in South Africa into seeing reason.

Because, I yelled, the President is black and anytime he’s reached out he’s pulled back a bloody stump.

Because, I yelled, liberal white commentators have been as bothered by a black man in the White House, who’s smarter than they are as much as right wing bigots have been bothered.

Because, I yelled, President Obama has been lied about, attacked, vilified, and disrespected since Day One.

Because, I yelled, this country may have passed laws so blacks can vote and eat in a white man’s world, but in our hearts are stuck in a place more like 1952 than 2013.

We’ve been watching a slow motion lynching of a moderate brilliant family man, a father, and faithful loving husband. The Republicans in Congress are so dedicated to lynching the President they’ve been willing to shut down our government and risk the future of our economy.

Evangelical “Christians” have been so stuck on putting a rope around this black man’s neck they have denied their faith and been the backbone of the lying Tea Party who spawned the so-called “birthers” and the rest of the white trash driving our news cycle.

Roman Catholic bishops have denied their tradition of helping the poor and been so eager to destroy this president they aligned themselves with white Evangelical bigots and tried to stop health care reform, all because the President wants to give women a fair shake. The bishops even called him “anti-religious” because the president wants insurers to pay for contraception.

This is a slow motion lynching of a black man who is so moderate and centrist that he favored Wall Street enough so that the Left is all over his case. He’s so “radical” and “leftist” and “hates America” so much, and “coddles our enemies” so much, that he killed bin Laden and used drones to kill our enemies. He’s such a “socialist” that he presided over the revival of our economy from the worst recession since the Great Depression, and led us to the present day stock market boom. President Obama is such a “Marxist” that he tried to give insurance – not socialized medicine – to all Americans.

President Obama never answered back to the disgusting southern right wing rubes from the former slave states that have tried to belittle, mock and stymie his presidency shouting “You lie” in a million ways, while actually meaning “You lie, nigger!”

And did the “enlightened” Left have President Obama’s back? No. They carp about his “failure” because a website was slow to get running! The white privileged “progressive” few were too busy blaming him for getting lynched and telling him how to craft policy while a rope was put around his neck again and again and tightened with each filibuster, each lie told on the radio, each self-defeating scorched earth action to stop him from succeeding, even if it meant taking us all down too.

We don’t like to admit who we really are. So we make excuses and blame the victim. I’m ashamed for our country, a country my Marine son fought for in two stupid wars this president has been working to end. And I’m still rooting for the best, smartest and most decent man who has been president in my lifetime. I pray for his health care reform to succeed. I pray for his immigration reform to succeed. I’m amazed he’s gotten anything done, but he has, even while the lynch mob gathers again and again to laugh, lie and spit and claim he’s “failed” while “liberal” commentators nod sagely and talk about his “mistakes” as if President Obama has been playing on a level playing field.

We have a lot to do to heal this country of the damage done by the right wing Obama-haters and the Left wing know-it-all pundits who did not have his back because they don’t have the honesty to admit that we still live in a backward racist swamp of prejudice. Maybe in 50 years our country will be worthy of someone of President Obama’s forbearance again. For now we can just hope that the hatred of the Republican Party for our first black president doesn’t drive us to the brink of ruin again as they strip food from the mouths of the poor, and try to get people to not sign up for health care, just to get even with the black man they swore to destroy from the day that “uppity” black who is smarter than all of them put together took the oath of office.

God bless you Mr. President. I’m praying for you. I am so very sorry. But take heart, in the long reach of history the door you opened will stay open for the millions of Americans of all colors, genders and beliefs who will follow you. They will bless your name. So will history.

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Old December 16th, 2013, 08:17 AM   #2
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There it is, the race-card. When all else fails rest assured the Left will play their last resort-card. Never mind that he was an absentee Senator and an absentee President. Never mind that he spent hard earned public tax money like he'd just won the lotto. Never mind that he did nothing but expand the dependency class. When you can't defend him with positive facts, defend him with negative racism. No amount of racist rhetoric can cover up the historic ineptness of this guy.
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What a moronic thread. The OP should be 'pointed'. Really, I mean it. Outrageous on every level.
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There it is, the race-card. When all else fails rest assured the Left will play their last resort-card.
The left?

What a shame you didn't read the article you judged, as it was clear the author blamed both sides of the aisle.

But, rest assured, given a chance, we all know you'll come out with some kind of anti-liberal anti-liberal claptrap.

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The Slow Motion Lynching of President Barack Obama



I’ve watched liberal and right wing commentators alike blame the president for being lynched. They say “he’s not reaching out enough” or “he’s too cold.” It’s the equivalent of assuming that the black man being beaten by a couple of thug cops must have “done something.”

I am a white privileged well off sixty-one-year-old former Republican religious right wing activist who changed his mind about religion and politics long ago. The New York Times profiled my change of heart saying that to my former friends I’m considered a “traitorous prince” since my religious right family was once thought of as “evangelical royalty.”

I’ve just spent the last 7 years writing over 200,000 words in blogs and articles in support of President Obama. My blogs on the Huffington Post alone would add up to a book in support of the President of over 300 pages. Weirdly, I just realized that through all my writing, this has been the first time in my life I’ve personally gone to bat for a black man. It just happens that he’s a president. But my emotional stake in his life is now personal.

So I’ve changed from a white guy who used to read news about some black man getting shot or beaten by cops or stand-your-ground types who assumed that the black man must have “done something,” to a white guy who figures that the black man was probably getting lynched. I’ve changed ideology but I’ve also changed my gut intuitive reactions.

I’ve changed because if this country will lynch a brilliant, civil, kind, humble, compassionate, moderate, articulate, black intellectual we’re lucky enough to have in the White House, we’ll lynch anyone. What chance does an anonymous black man pulled over in a traffic stop have of fair treatment when the former editor of the Harvard Law Review is being lynched?

One famous liberal commentator wrote a book on how Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil could disagree and still be friends. Why, he asked on many a TV show promoting his book, couldn’t President Obama be like that? Because, I yelled at the screen, those two men were white Irish Americans and part of a ruling white oligarchy.

Because, I yelled, you might as well ask why Nelson Mandela didn’t talk his jailers in South Africa into seeing reason.

Because, I yelled, the President is black and anytime he’s reached out he’s pulled back a bloody stump.

Because, I yelled, liberal white commentators have been as bothered by a black man in the White House, who’s smarter than they are as much as right wing bigots have been bothered.

Because, I yelled, President Obama has been lied about, attacked, vilified, and disrespected since Day One.

Because, I yelled, this country may have passed laws so blacks can vote and eat in a white man’s world, but in our hearts are stuck in a place more like 1952 than 2013.

We’ve been watching a slow motion lynching of a moderate brilliant family man, a father, and faithful loving husband. The Republicans in Congress are so dedicated to lynching the President they’ve been willing to shut down our government and risk the future of our economy.

Evangelical “Christians” have been so stuck on putting a rope around this black man’s neck they have denied their faith and been the backbone of the lying Tea Party who spawned the so-called “birthers” and the rest of the white trash driving our news cycle.

Roman Catholic bishops have denied their tradition of helping the poor and been so eager to destroy this president they aligned themselves with white Evangelical bigots and tried to stop health care reform, all because the President wants to give women a fair shake. The bishops even called him “anti-religious” because the president wants insurers to pay for contraception.

This is a slow motion lynching of a black man who is so moderate and centrist that he favored Wall Street enough so that the Left is all over his case. He’s so “radical” and “leftist” and “hates America” so much, and “coddles our enemies” so much, that he killed bin Laden and used drones to kill our enemies. He’s such a “socialist” that he presided over the revival of our economy from the worst recession since the Great Depression, and led us to the present day stock market boom. President Obama is such a “Marxist” that he tried to give insurance – not socialized medicine – to all Americans.

President Obama never answered back to the disgusting southern right wing rubes from the former slave states that have tried to belittle, mock and stymie his presidency shouting “You lie” in a million ways, while actually meaning “You lie, nigger!”

And did the “enlightened” Left have President Obama’s back? No. They carp about his “failure” because a website was slow to get running! The white privileged “progressive” few were too busy blaming him for getting lynched and telling him how to craft policy while a rope was put around his neck again and again and tightened with each filibuster, each lie told on the radio, each self-defeating scorched earth action to stop him from succeeding, even if it meant taking us all down too.

We don’t like to admit who we really are. So we make excuses and blame the victim. I’m ashamed for our country, a country my Marine son fought for in two stupid wars this president has been working to end. And I’m still rooting for the best, smartest and most decent man who has been president in my lifetime. I pray for his health care reform to succeed. I pray for his immigration reform to succeed. I’m amazed he’s gotten anything done, but he has, even while the lynch mob gathers again and again to laugh, lie and spit and claim he’s “failed” while “liberal” commentators nod sagely and talk about his “mistakes” as if President Obama has been playing on a level playing field.

We have a lot to do to heal this country of the damage done by the right wing Obama-haters and the Left wing know-it-all pundits who did not have his back because they don’t have the honesty to admit that we still live in a backward racist swamp of prejudice. Maybe in 50 years our country will be worthy of someone of President Obama’s forbearance again. For now we can just hope that the hatred of the Republican Party for our first black president doesn’t drive us to the brink of ruin again as they strip food from the mouths of the poor, and try to get people to not sign up for health care, just to get even with the black man they swore to destroy from the day that “uppity” black who is smarter than all of them put together took the oath of office.

God bless you Mr. President. I’m praying for you. I am so very sorry. But take heart, in the long reach of history the door you opened will stay open for the millions of Americans of all colors, genders and beliefs who will follow you. They will bless your name. So will history.

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As opposed to the left Wing haters of Bush?
And the Right wing haters of Clinton?
And the left wing haters of George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan?

And so on and so forth for the past 237 years of Presidential criticism.

Other than his skin color as a mode of defense, what makes Obama special that any criticism from any corner of the political spectrum is completely off limits? He deserves to be criticized as much as he is supported. Otherwise, let's just tear up the constitution and get on with the fucking socialists dictatorship of one man, one party rule in the US. That seems to be where we are going regardless of who or what party sits in the white house!

Obama is a well meaning buffoon who was and still is ill prepared for the Presidency. How he won, rather than his merits which have been ignored (Excepts for those racists whites /Snark), seems to be to his voting supporters that skin color meant more to their personal psyche than his qualification, which i don't deny, he does have many obvious good qualities but light political qualifications for higher government office. But that was never the issue. The issue surrounding everything about him has been on his fucking skin color, the damn past and not on our freaking future and dammit all to hell.... i am sick of it all!
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He was elected because of his message ... some which has come to fruition, some has not. We're still waiting for Guantanamo to close and Afghanistan to be over.

But, mainly, he was elected to get Universal Health Care enacted - and he did it.

That's an enormous effort which other presidents have attempted and failed at achieving.

Is he perfect? No. Is he the best we've had in a while? Since Clinton, yes. - and quite a while before that.
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He was elected because of his message ... some which has come to fruition, some has not. We're still waiting for Guantanamo to close and Afghanistan to be over.
Guantanamo will not be closed anytime soon. Camp X-ray however, was the issue, and the bane for Bush too close because of peoples apathy towards him and his efforts of repatriating the obviously innocent back to their homes countries. You should know also.... that Obama, rhetoric aside and the fantasy the left have of him, still carries out the majority policies of his predecessor, such as rendition, The escalation of the drone campaigns and the war on terror by doing away with the title while leaving most of the policies in effect. Issue such as these having dried up the day Obama took office, which i no longer have much of gripe against so much as i do against the moral hypocrisy on the left

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But, mainly, he was elected to get Universal Health Care enacted - and he did it.
Enacted? Enacted! More like forced upon us. The word rape of a public en masse, doesn't often come to my mind, until now.

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Pffft. It was easy. The Democrats just did it, even against working with and over coming the concerns of the opposition. But when people aired their concerns, complications arose after the enforcement of ACA and people started complaining, they cried racism and blamed it all on republicans and their efforts of obstructing bills that they felt were contrary to the Constitution. And hear me now... If the Republicans had done the exact same thing to the US, you and i wouldn't be having this disagreement.

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Is he perfect? No. Is he the best we've had in a while? Since Clinton, yes. - and quite a while before that.
The best we've had is a matter of political conjecture based on a personal belief. Speaking of which, here is mine, he is the most politically naive President we have had in a long time, even worse than Carter.

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He was elected first because of "Hope and Change". He did change the healthcare system all right. But the jury is definitely out as to whether it was an improvement.

He then was re-elected when the GOP did a truly amazing, unbelievable, unpredicted, stupendous job of snatching defeat from the jaws of a no-brainer victory.

But more to the point, both the picture and the title of the piece is truly offending and disgusting. You're better than this, Tristan.
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I have been on the record many times citing what I believe to be the ruthless and disrespectful treatment of our President by those from the Right. That said, I cannot in good conscience support this thread for two reasons. The first is fairly apparent, the picture is inappropriate. The second is because I've criticized the Right almost daily for this approach. I do not support extreme and disproportional analogies. The history of lynching in our country is sad and serious. This President is not being lynched in any honest race loaded meaning of the word. We know the history of that word, he's been treated pretty disrespectfully in my mind but not "lynched" in any figurative sense. This is no better than saying that shaking hands with Raul Castro is tantamount to Chamberlain shaking hands with Hitler. Over the top vitriol like this is out of bounds in my mind regardless of Party affiliation.
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I'll accept that criticism (let me reiterate, I didn't write the article, nor add the accompanying photograph), Camelot.

But, I do believe the bulk of the essay is true and spot on target (no pun intended).
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