It has bothered me a lot that today’s Conservatives lie so easily about President Obama.
These Conservatives are quick to call Obama Kenyan, Indonesian, Muslim, Marxist, Socialist, ineligible, European, etc., none of which are true. They distort his record and his words, misrepresent his motives and actions, vilely abuse him and his family, invent lies, and much more. The attacks are clearly intended to de-legitimize, de-Americanize & de-humanize him.
The sheer vitriol of the Conservative attacks on Obama are at a level that has never been seen before in America. They are vile, toxic, utterly disgusting .. and are just about always based upon Conservative fantasies, things taken out of context, the misrepresentation of facts, and just plain fabrications. To these Conservatives, it doesn’t matter how vile or deceitful they have to become to hurt Obama On the face of it, it may be understandable, because, at a political level, they have made no bones about wanting to defeat and destroy Obama and his presidency, at all costs. But, I believe that it goes a lot deeper than that.
There is, clearly, an underlying cause that feeds into and exacerbates the vitriol expressed by these Conservatives. It seems to start with the fact the Obama looks different, as does his family; that he does not fit the mold that somewhat under half of the American people expect their president to look like. The motivation of many of the haters does include elements of racism. But, more so, there seems to be an element of fear; a fear that a popular and well-liked Obama will change America in a way that will be emotionally and socially uncomfortable for many Conservatives. They fear the loss of their dominant position in America and that their vision of what America should be like will be disrupted.
Leaders of the Evangelical Christian movement prey upon this fear and use it to serve their drive toward Christian Dominionism. By and large, they have generated a sense of distrust of Obama amongst their followers, and fanned the hatred. They want to put an end to his agenda of secular change.
Then, finally, we have the rats that the Founders warned us about – the rich masters of corporations who want to dominate America and use her for their own ends; for their own profit. From their actions to date, it is quite apparent that these corporate masters fear that Obama will move them off their pedestals and positions of power, and turn America back into a far more equitable society; the type of society the Founders sought. They use their vast wealth to set up fake grassroots organizations, through which they can spread their two-pronged propaganda – one aimed at destroying Obama’s presidency, by fanning the paranoia of Conservatives, and the second aimed at proliferating their corporatist agenda amongst Republicans and in Republican-led states, by interdicting the unions that are Obama’s base of support.
The source of the lies about Obama are quite clear. Excluding the cynical political agenda, the basis is fear; the fear of having an advantaged position overturned.
And this has proven to be very destructive toward America.