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Why I can't take Obama criticism from the right seriously

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During his campaign and after, the accusations against Obama have just been over the top.  The way that some people (a vocal minority) are intent that this President MUST fail is crazy to me.  It's a vocal minority because his approval rating is still pretty good (over 50%) even though it's as low as it's been.

Some things Obama has been accused of:

 

  • Not being American
  • Making the US a socialist state ala North Korea
  • Being a Muslim
  • Being a radical christian that wants to strike against whitey
  • Being a fascist
  • Planning on starting up re-education camps for the indoctrination of our youth
  • Making people serve in a domestic thought police army like the SS
  • Being a terrorist
  • Consolidating executive power by offering public health care
  • Rashid Khalidi is a foreign policy advisor to Obama
  • Bill Ayers and Obama were good buddies and Ayers was part of the plan for Obama's executive run
  • Obama takes advice from Fannie Mae
  • Obama is in favor of infanticide (the "Born Alive" bill)
  • Obama is going to kill our grannies with death panels
  • Obama is going to tax water
  • Obama refuses to say the pledge of allegiance
  • Obama was an ACORN community organizer
  • Obama is related to Raila Odinga of Kenya and sent him money
  • and numerous others that have slipped my mind right now

 

Thad even mentioned the racist slants in Obama's books.  I've only read Audacity of Hope and don't have an interest in reading the Dreams about my Father book.  In the interest of being informed before I talk about it, I looked it up, first on a righty website and then on a leftish one.  Although Thad couldn't think of a specific example, he did say that he got the impression of racism against whites from the book.  Here are some of the quotes from the Dreams book that suggest racism:

 

I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mothers race.

There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.

I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didnt speak to my own. It was into my fathers image, the black man, son of Africa, that Id packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.

I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

 

The first quote is just not in the book.  Nowhere.  The rest are both quoted ridiculously out of context and misquoted.  About 1/2 of the third quote is from the book, but the other half is fabricated and used to pervert the sentence's meaning.  The last quote is saying that if Muslims are rounded up into internment camps like the Japanese were in World War 2, he would advocate for their rights.

There is so much bullshit... obvious bullshit being slung against Obama that any real criticism against him is hard to take seriously.  I mean, he's a politician.  There has to be legitimate slams against him.  You can't work in that dirty, dirty profession without being tainted.  But it's impossible for me to take any criticism of him seriously due to his critics destroying their own credibility with craziness.

Seriously... re-education camps?  Don't tell me you don't remember. 

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