This isn't a political statement, but it is an observation of politics at this moment in our history and involving this particular President, his wife and their family, who are African American. or black, or mixed, because he is half caucasian, or white. He's a blend. For me, the observation comes from frustration. I'm sick of the meanness. No matter what he does or says, no matter what they do, or where they go, the haters are on it, and in a way that is disrespectful, rude, crude and designed to inflame. Why? I think it's very simple. It's racism. That's all.
We're not supposed to use that word, I know. The haters have marked it as a lefty buzz word, but I'm not a lefty. I'm down the middle. Independent, registered and in my politics, too. But you have to be blind not to see the subtext of racism that comes from Republicans in general and the extreme right in particular, and not always "sub."
Speaker of the House Boehner was plain rude in the way he behaved about the President's planned jobs speech before a Joint Session of Congress, but anybody could see it coming the moment Obama asked for the date and time. Did Boehner mean to appear uncouth? Does that appeal to the base? I fear so. He's treated President Obama in this off hand, dismissive manner since he got the job. He gets away with it, appealing to this awful racial ignorance and anger that the Speaker of the House should instead be trying to erase rather than inflame. I don't know why the media don't call him out.
Nobody talks about it publicly, but it's always there. Whether Mrs. Obama takes a holiday, or an official trip, or she and the President go out to dinner, or they take a trip with their daughters, or wear certain clothing, or happen to be golfing when an unexpected earthquake happens, and on and on and on. No matter what they do they get slammed.
Criticizing a president is fair game in our system, but the GOP snipe in an unrelentingly demeaning tone, and in code, as if our president and his wife have been "uppity" and need to be put in their places. No. It's the racist complainers who need to be put in their places.
It didn't start with Boehner. It started in the presidential campaign as soon as Obama began to gain ground. The fear of him incited those who can't accept racial equality. It got wind from, of all people, Bill Clinton, and then was played to mercilessly by John McCain and Sarah Palin, a pattern later picked up by others, particularly Michelle Bachman and Boehner.
The tone the haters set came through loud and clear in the hateful rants I heard on that 100,000 watt FM station in Shreveport, where the hosts repeatedly called the President a "jack ass" a "communist" and a "criminal." I wanted to find the station, go into the studio, and unplug their power cords...at the very least. But I doubt anybody would try to get away with this talk unless they knew they could.
Boehner and his ilk are a bunch of big racist babies. Any opportunity they get it's "Waaaah, waaaah, waaaah, it's the black man's fault."
This is only my opinion, but please, can we have some simple human courtesy. Decency. Adult behavior. Decorum. It's supposed to go with the job as an elected official.
LATER, an appropriate and decorous email about this post, putting the example to argument: