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“Barack, you ignorant slut”

Posted by trumanesque on September 10, 2009

President Obama just can’t win with some people.  By “some people” I mean the distinct minority of members of Congress who are Republicans, their conservative shadows whose views are way overrepresented in mainstream media, and the 21% or so of the country who identify as Republicans.  If there was ever any pretense of willingness to work with, or even respect, a Democratic president, this past week has blown it away.

It’s bad enough to spend a month just making stuff up to scare people away from no-brainer health care provisions.  Now the conservatives are bashing even the most innocuous actions the president takes.  A message to school children, for crying out loud.  A pep talk to work hard and stay in school.  “Indoctrination”?  Where do they get these people?  And Harford County Public Schools, by buckling to these unhinged conspiracy theorists by refusing to show the president’s speech live, has embarrassed our county.   

Now Rep. Wilson of South Carolina, by his intemperate outburst during the president’s speech, has finally shown the country what this Republican minority is all about:  pure and intense opposition to everything Obama and everything Democratic.  If Obama commenced it, they’re against it.  If he single-handedly captures or kills bin Laden, the Republicans would say Obama was wrong because his mission cost too much money and grew the deficit.  It’s just like the Saturday Night Live Point/Counterpoint segment with Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtin.  It’s knee-jerk, it’s personal, and it brings out the worst in that minority.

Which raises the question, why is anyone listening to these people?

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6 Responses to ““Barack, you ignorant slut””

  1. ced said

    much like the democrats have done under republican presidents. for example the democratic majority congress booed President Bush in 2005 at the state of the union address, far worse than one man calling b. hussein obama a liar. or how about this, no republican congressman or senator has been invited to the white house to discuss any policy let alone health care. how can conservative views be “way overrepresented in mainstream media” when the majority of the media outlets are liberal and back even lobby for the democrats, liberals and the president.

  2. ProudDemocrat said

    Ced… you must be kidding. Booing is one thing (if you think booing if rough, watch Parliament for a while). But calling the President of the United States a liar during an address to Congress is simply too far, and Mr. Wilson using this lapse of judgment as a rallying call to constituents is even worse. The leaders of Congress should have done much more than just slap him on the wrist, and his continued use of his diatribe to excite voters is akin to making a mockery of our political system.

    Ced… you must be kidding even more. Liberal media? You are REALLY blind. Fox, liberal? CNN, liberal (you know, the channel with Lou Dobbs and his birther movement)? Tribune papers, liberal? About the only news outlet that you can consider liberal is MSNBC, and even then you need to separate the news delivery (which is not left-leaning at all on MSNBC) from the commentators, which generally are. FOX is a travesty of news reporting because there is no separation of commentary and news delivery. Your unwillingness to see this shows just how mislead you are when it comes to news coverage. The worst part of the news situation is that almost nobody actually analyzes what is being reported effectively. Charges and counter-charges are often made on the news, with no evaluation of the facts behind the charges. In this way, it does not matter who is covering the news, the news is ineffective at delivering reality to its viewers/listeners. About the only news institution that seems to get it anywhere close to right is NPR, which is saddled by the Republicans as being left leaning, but as I listen to the hourly news reports I see that even they are simply playing excerpts from Republican nay-sayers to the Democratic plans to reform health insurance.

    And finally, Ced… you are one of those people that loves to augment the President’s middle name in an effort to ‘Muslim-ize’ our President. Now, I for one can see no big difference between somebody who claims to be a follower of Islamic teachings and a follower of Christian teachings; they are both religions that have a devastatingly destructive effect if misused (many many more people have been killed by conservative Christians than have been killed by conservative Muslims). This is why the more main-stream Muslims and Christians must work harder at educating the world about their respective religions, and not sit idly by while people like you bastardize what they stand for.

  3. Melinda said

    People areentitledto their own opinions, and others reserve the right to respond to that opinion. The problem lies when people (on both sides) respond with anger and out of anger. There is a reason humanity abandoned Hamurabi’s Code- “an eye for an eye, and the whole world goes blind.” From what I’ve found after allwas said and done with Bush’s presidency people were more outraged at how gulible he was, and the anger they had directed to him shifted to, well I think everyone knows that story. And part of the problem now is that some Republicans are sore because of Bush’s devistatingly low approval rate that they are taking it out on President Obama-because he is a democratic president. Personaly, I’m a democrate,but that doesn’t change my opinion that both sides are to blame in this. But that has been goignon for years, and most likely will continue forever. When people don’tget their way, it’s humannatureto lash out and generally be pissy, and while it doesn’t excuse what anyone has donein this matter, it makes it understnadable. Maybe if we stopped blaming eachother, because Lord knows I’ve doneit too, we could actually run this country-in harmony.

    • trumanesque said

      Thanks Melinda, for your hopeful comments. I’d really love for it to be true, that we could run the country in harmony. Unfortunately, the events of the past year have disabused me of any hope of that. When I see Republicans railing against the stimulus bill, then praising it when money comes to their districts; when I see Republicans doing everything they can to kill a health care bill that reduces the deficit, that incorporates all their ideas, and that has no public option; when I see Republicans voting against a bipartisan deficit commission that some of them proposed; well, I just have to conclude that Republicans are not interested in policy, they’re not interested in good government, they’re only interested in power, in winning the next election. That should be obvious to anyone paying attention. Even President Obama, while he once again reaches out to the Repugs for bipartisan support, has to know that it’s a fool’s errand. They are the party of Limbaugh: they hope he fails.

      I respectfully disagree with your assessment that “both sides are to blame.” For what? Partisan sniping? After 9/11, the Dems stood by Bush–they supported the invasion of Afghanistan, the Patriot Act, and the Iraq War resolution. Too many Dems gave him the benefit of the doubt in No Child Left Behind, the tax cuts, the Medicare drug bill. The Dems’ reward was fewer of them in Congress and a second Bush term. Nice job guys! All of these policies proved to be disastrous, at least as carried out by Bush. The problem is not too much finger-pointing, it’s not enough finger-pointing. Our only chance of turning this country around is to continue reminding the country how we got here: how the GOP drove us into a ditch and how the Dems are towing us out, as they have in the past.

      There’s no compromising here. This is war. It’s not a war we wanted, but if we love our country, we’re going to have to fight for it.

  4. Ricardo Quintanilla said

    I’m sorry but Obama may be historical but if you like to leave in a country like Cuba he is taking us that way. He is way to the left of John F. Kennedy. Pass Cap and Trade and you can kiss this country good-bye. Also pass immigration laws and you will see the drug business going up with more crime in our streets. I worked on TRa (Trade Adjustment Act). You young folks beware because you are going to be the worst off with this president’s agendas. I you think the media is one sided, it is all pro Obama except Fox. As a former Democrat I am worried that we are becoming more like a socialist communist country and people are asleep. Read real history not what is being thought by the elite liberal profesores in you colegios. I agree in part with the anti war statements but practically almost everyone in the UN (101) resolutions) and most of congress agreed about the weapons of mass destruction were there and my Iraqi friends tell me that while the UN was haggeling they were sent to Jordan and on to the Syria. Keep an eye on the Sundan. Thank You, Ricardo
    Please excuse my spelling. I love this country.

    • trumanesque said

      I love this country too, Richard, as I’m sure do 99 percent of all Americans. That’s why I want want our President and Congress to succeed in providing health security for all of us, starting to reverse climate change, securing our banks so there’s not another financial crisis, creating more jobs, etc. There’s a lot to deal with, and you can take issue with how Obama and the Dems are dealing with them, but at least they’re trying. Obama said how he would address these issues during the campaign, and he got 53 percent of the vote. Should he have abandoned his campaign promises? Oh and guess what? We already have cap and trade. It’s worked to curb sulfur emissions significantly, cutting down on acid rain. And the world didn’t fall apart. Conservatives should love cap and trade, it’s a market-based way of solving a known problem. (Would you rather have just a cap?) There are way, way, way more liberal ways to deal with these problems, and not much more conservative ways (sorry, if you’re concerned about the deficit we can’t afford another tax cut). To suggest that Obama is to the left of JFK, even if accurate, means little. It was a different time. On a number of points, most Republican members of Congress are way to the right of Reagan. And every Repub is way to the right of Eisenhower. So what’s the point? I think you are misinformed on a number of issues, although I welcome the dialogue.

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