"I'm gonna pray he (Obama) dies and goes to hell".
~Pastor Steven Anderson
President Obama as he approaches the conclusion of his first year in office, has galvanized the wackos in America. From the most stupid to the agenda driven opposition on the Right and far right. The right wing media has virtually called for the assassination of Obama with their hate speech and coded language of racism and support of the "take back America," theme. We can hear it from Rush Limbaugh, to Hannity, O'Reilly to the king of stupid, Glenn Beck. These sick bastards are racists and while they are careful to couch their language they fuel the Fascist like hate mongers on the Right.
On the Right there has been a convergence of interests. Frank Schaeffer said it best. "[T]he reactionary white, rube, uneducated, crazy American far Right,combined with the educated but obtuse neoconservative war mongers, religious Right shills for big business, libertarian Fed Reserve-hating gold bug, gun-loving crazies, child-molesting acquiescent "bishops", frontier loons and evangelical gay-hating flakes found one thing to briefly unite them: their desire to stop an uppity black man from succeeding at all costs!" No argument here, Frank does have a way with words. He also clearly stated the challenges facing President Obama as he took office at the beginning of 2009 that were not of his making but inherited from a disastrous Bush administration.
- "An ideologically divided country to the point that America was really two countries
- Two wars; one that was mishandled from the start, the other that was unnecessary and immoral
- The worst economic crisis since the depression
- America's standing in the world at the lowest point in history
- A country that had been misled into accepting the use of torture of prisoners of war
- A health care system in free fall
- An educational system in free fall
- A global environmental crisis of history-altering proportions (about which the Bush administration and the Republicans had done nothing)
- An impasse between culture warriors from the Right and Left
- A huge financial deficit inherited from the terminally irresponsible Bush administration…"
Few presidents have faced such an array of challenges and dealt with them with such a cool deliberate demeanor as President Obama. He has moved America away from the disaster that was the Bush administration. America is once again respected around the world. He has pushed for a reform of health care that if passed by congress, although a flawed bill, will begin the process of making sure that all Americans can have access to medical care without going bankrupt. He is addressing Climate Change, resolved the banking crisis, and is addressing the mortgage failures, all issues that the Bush administration made worse or precipitated. The right to criticize the president and our government is a right of every American citizen but what has passed as criticism has become an unprecedented attack on the man based on lies, ignorance, racism, religious intolerance, corporate greed and dishonesty.
Ultimately history will be his judge and given the challenges faced by President Obama he may well go down in history as one of the best presidents in the history of the United States if not one of the most decent and intelligent.
Worth a Look
Every fire breathing Right Wing supporter of the Republican idiocy needs to listen to this and know that if "Fact Checked" Cheney and the Republicans come off bigger hypocrites than ever. Facts are a hard thing to refute. Ignorance of the real facts is Republican bliss.
Science and Environment
The past decade has brought the dangers of climate change into sharp relief, often most clearly through images.
The hottest decade ends and since there’s no Maunder mininum — sorry deniers! — the hottest decade begins.
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