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Even Rush Limbaugh and Beck are not disputing ben Laden is dead. But dueling conspiracy theories offer options on which to hang public disbelief. Here’s part of the anti-Obama buzz. A comment opened the dispute:
“I always find it surprising how many hate the president because he is half white”
Wrong, he is despised by people in the know because he is ALL incapable and totally inept. Even this could be forgiven if he wasn’t supremely arrogant on top of it all.
There is NOTHING worse then someone who simply doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. This is the single most glaring character flaw of this pathetic wannabe leader.
He brings nothing to the office of president and under his (lack of) leadership we have languished in a lengthy recession and due to his insane policies we have seen the price of gasoline skyrocket to about $4.15 per gallon.
He is laughed at; ridiculed for his arrogance and pomposity and look upon with amazement for his total tone deaf political stances. The political bump he gets off the backs of the great military will be short lived and when we go to fill our cars up and have to pay over $80.00 his numbers will be again where they deserve to be, in the toilet. When people see again and again as they shop for food how the prices have shot up they will be reminded of how empty this presidents suit really is.
Strikingly, both comments are apolitical. The writers ignore the President’s wish to rise taxes on the rich, penalize fossil fuel consumption, regulate Wall Street, or openly accept same sexual orientation in the military—or invade a foreign country with a small military team hoping to find Usama ben Laden, without knowing for sure he was there. They seethe at Barack Obama’s “arrogance and pomposity.” He is “despised” because he is “supremely arrogant,” “pathetic,” “incapable,” and a “flawed” “wannabe.”
I’ve learned that people express what matters; and it’s him—Barack at the top is “NOTHING.” They seem—inconsolable, empty of trust and filled with loathing and fear.
Last week, Barack disarmed the ludicrous with the playful, chiding Don Trump. Trump’s scatological cursing of the Chinese and feudal claims of oversight of the Middle East burned up Twitter before ben Laden’s death. Obama played the dozens on The Donald’s pride and clowned on Trump’s prowess, suggesting he find Biggy and Tupac.
Across the internet is bad news with bad karma hovering over a bad, failed person, Barack. The echo of counterfeit truth in these statements is not about Barack. It is about those in our company who fear him beyond race because of race. Race would make him real, like us, sharing dreams, grieving, loving. Barack has to be beyond grief or love. So with confidence, they declare race isn’t it. Nor can he be tender or fearless.
Many in our midst seethe at his (I’m quoting from this week’s NYT comments) “arrogance and pomposity.” He is “despised” because he is “supremely arrogant,” “pathetic,” “incapable,” and a “flawed” “wannabe.” Inconsolable, empty of trust and filled with loathing and fear, across the internet such formulas echo of counterfeit truth.
Many fear him beyond race because of race. While declaring race isn’t it, Obama must be diminished: he wears the thousand masks of our fears. We must make him a victim. He laughs at us as we condemn what lies in our own hearts. Having been socialist, Muslim, a taqiyya, by what new insanity can he chose, a scholar asks, “laughter over lamentation, making fun of his refusal to conform?” Even his innocence is double edged. Obama gets the joke: weare burdened by his yoke. His laughter resists on our behalf, but it compromises the social order; Trump called it “inappropriate.”
Conservatives are making every effort to numb the national conversation by making the attack intense, singular and personal, and increasing the tension and blame. Their talking points mask their psychic flaw: the greater the falsehood the more the canting person believes it to be true. “Disgusting,” Glenn Beck wildly called the President’s plan to visit Ground Zero. His revulsion reminds us that fear has one important political utility: fear feeds on itself.
What we are witnessing is classic textbook class warfare; economic battles fought in cultural and political terms. The unemployed are the new lupen; the budget, the new declaration. But read the document. Look at the numbers. The war is conducted for the singular goal of profit and power put out of the common reach.
After Obama’s surgical strike, conservatives are making every effort to numb the national conversation. The talking points mask the blind parts of its psychic flaw: the greater the denial and contradictions, the more the character invests in its beliefs. In other words, the greater the falsehood the more the canting person believes it to be true. That’s why conservatives ignore the fact that it was an act of state sponsored assassination that raised the threat risk around the world.
“Anybody can give the order,” the comments run. By this calculus, ben Laden wasn’t important since both he and Obama did the same thing: give the order for others to kill. “Disgusting,” Glenn Beck called the President’s plan to visit Ground Zero. His revulsion reminds us that fear has one important political utility: fear feeds on itself.
A reader writes below of the countermeasure: “it adds faith that Obama is taking this fire from us and keeping the flame alive in his heart.”
A truly scary thought is that Obama’s “arrogrance” may stem from his rock solid comfort with his own humilty.
Better grab a clutch of pink flamingos.