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May 01, 2012

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LC

Most Conservative/Republicans dislike Mr. Obama because of his politics. It has nothing to do with skin color. His ongoing class warfare, and divisiveness, will only become more shrill as the election nears. Those same commentators you perceive as racist, will be first in line to vote for a conservative person of color, witness Alan West, Herman Caine, etc. You Sir, have bought into the Liberal pap, hook, line, and sinker.

larry smith

Racism is often advanced as a motive for much of the criticism of Obama from the right because it is so extreme. Ever since he was elected with a large national majority critics have been trying to paint him as a communist/muslim traitor who is not a citizen. He can't even claim credit for Osama bin Laden's death (yet we all remember "Mission Accomplished" after the fall of Saddam Hussein). Criticism of George W Bush from the left built up over eight years and trillions of dollars of war. His term in office began with a court order and ended with the fall of the global economy, yet no mainstream Democratic legislators/commentators suggest W is a traitor. As for divisiveness, the uncompromising vitriol of Republican legislators/commentators since day one has been truly astonishing.

Harbinger

One can agree that the communist/muslim traitor who is not a citizen comments should be dismissed, but to ignore the similar negative comments about George W. Bush from similar extremists in the Democratic party is unreasonable.
Bush was painted as Hitler, a racist etc.
If the discussion centered around Mr. Obama's policies as opposed to what was being recommended these days by the Opposition, a sensible debate might unfold.
"The uncompromising vitriol of Republican legislators/commentators" is no more harsh than the side opposite. It is uncalled for, but neither side will lay their arms down.

larry smith

Well, here's a 2009 post from Real Clear Politics ( a website which claims to be a response to anti-conservative media bias):

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/08/08/nancys_nazi_shock_did_she_forget_the_bush_years_97812.html

This is the most mainstream commentary they could find:

"Both Senator Robert Byrd and billionaire Democrat George Soros said Bush reminded them of Herman Goering."

The 'communist/muslim traitor who is not a citizen comments' have come from mainstream Republican leaders.

Ex-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann accused Obama and his wife of "anti-American views" and called on the media to investigate Democratic members of Congress to determine if they were anti-American, too.

Rep. Allen West of Florida recently declared that "about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party (in Congress) are members of the Communist Party."

Putative Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he doubted Obama was born in the US.

Former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich just called Obama "the most radical leftist president in American history". In the past he said this:

"What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?" Gingrich asked. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior."

Mitt Romney has politely said on several occasions that "Obama doesn't understand America".

And Speaker Boehner has said Obama is "almost un-American."

I never heard of Bush being painted as racist - he and condeleeza were supposed to be close friends.

But I do take your point. We could go on forever like this.

Philip Smith

LC/Harbinger is engaging in willful blindness by comparing the racist vitriol coming from much of the right to anti Bush protests. The willingness to depict Obama as a monkey in a family portrait; a turban wearing muslim, with his radical “black power” wife on the cover of the New Yorker; a dead chimp in the New York Post; as a cartoonish Uncle Ben’s character on a box of fictional waffles (get it?); his wife as a gorilla, or a cheetah; Obama as just a pair of eyes against a black backdrop; a t-shirt/ bumperstickers reading “Don’t ReNig in 2012” and of course an e-mail showing Obama as a witch doctor. For the most part main stream republicans have winked knowingly at their less refined brethren, but they’ve done little to face up to their ugly rhetoric. If you dislike Obama and his policies why resort to racist imagery and name-calling? Stop dodging the truth and admit that the post racial America is far from a reality. You're slips (or sheets) are showing.

larry smith

I don't think mainstream Democrats face up to the nonsense spouted on the far end of their spectrum either.

The point about the mainstream Republican comments is that implying obama is an un-American, communist, muslim traitor is covert racism.

Harbinger

The vitriol is pointless and useless. Whether from Republicans or Democrats.
Having witnessed racism first hand, it's not something I enjoy being accused of.
Objecting to Mr. Obama's programs does not make a person a racist.
You willingly overlook the fact that Mr. Obama was elected by an overwhelming majority of Americans, so if a few racists as you refer to the Republican leadership continue on with this approach, wouldn't it marginalize them?

larry smith

Like I said, we could go on forever.

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