So we have one question from last week from the lovely and talented John Alcott.
Mr. Alcott asks:
why oh why are so many (apparently) folks turning against obama???? am i missing something here??? hasnt almost every single newly elected president, attempted health care reform in their first year in office??? why are town halls held with sooo much anger and irrational fear?? WHAT IS GOING ON??!!
A: This is a fascinating question of course. And it's a weird one for me to answer, because oddly enough, I listen to right wing radio. The radio is how I get most of my news since we are no longer cable TV watchers (god I hate the local news, really). So as far as I'm concerned, everyone hates Obama so much they can barely stand to say his name. it's weird, I just assume everyone can't stand him because I listen to Hannity and Limbaugh. Old habits die hard people and I have been listening to WLS my whole life, don't judge me!
Now, why do the hate Obama so much? In order of importance:
1. He's black.
I'm sorry, I'm sure that's the "easy way out" for a lot of people, but he is, and some people really hate it. Are we surprised by this? No. Is that what they're going to say when asked why they hate him? No. They're going to call him a socialist and everything else before they ever admit they are racists. Racism ain't dead, that's for sure. I heard one lady on the news say "he just doesn't look right" I couldn't believe it.
2. He's a liberal
Oooh, we all knew it didn't we? I knew it, that's why I loved him. This man is as liberal as they come I think. I don't even believe he's that religious of a person necessarily, all that Rev. Wright stuff? Obes just needed a cool, street cred place to go to church. I would guess he's all for gay marriage, gays in the military, women being able to make their choice whenever they see fit and to help the poor and the needy. Damn liberal. Taking away all the money from the rich. I heard another lady on the news say (in regards to the school speech) "we just believe in freedom, he doesn't" I find this fascinating. What do they think Obama stands for? Not freedom? Slavery?
Although Obama seems to be a fairly unemotional, logical human being, he is all about emotion. We all attach something to him, it's easy to, he's black and a liberal (heh). But for all the emotion he elicited on the good side (mine for example, never much followed all this stuff anyway) there has to be an equal reaction on the bad side. Oh man they must HATE this guy with all the fire of their souls. He makes me people care, he makes people mad, for some reason it's just easier to put our wishes on this man be they good or bad.
In all honesty, I think it's because he's black, and because he won. Would another democratic president get this kind of ire if he were white? Maybe, but not this severe. Although, thinking about it, imagine poor John Kerry in this day and age. They would HATE him I bet, maybe it's not so much a black thing, there would be just as much ire from Limbaugh and Hannity, but maybe not as much general fear from the public. I believe that these people honestly think Obama is a muslim out to destroy this county.
So let me add one more behind "black" as a cause: