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September 18, 2009

Cause for Concern, cont. by Janus Kane

Filed under: In the News — marchbooks @ 1:20 pm
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I am just ruminating on why there is such a dramatic rift between Obama supporters and those who are against the Obama presidency. It seems to be a disturbing trend. More and more, these two camps are solidifying. On one side, you have the people who like Obama (but are no longer over the moon about him) and on the other side, you have the people who hate our new President. Yes, you heard me right. Those who are opposed to Obama seem to have developed a deep, seething hatred for our current President and his policies.

One good thing, perhaps the only good thing, about George Bush is that, by the end of his presidency, he had pretty much unified people in their discontent over his performance. Even hardcore Republicans were finding it hard to get enthusiastic about Bush’s presidency. I wouldn’t call people’s dislike passive, but everyone seemed to be very clear on Bush’s incompetence. People seemed to be resigned to the fact that the nightmare was almost over and that Bush was more of a pawn than a player.

Things are different with Obama. I’m not sure if it is racism, thinly disguised, religious fervor, or the result of the new President’s strong presence, but the rumor mill has been working overtime.

 http://www.care2.com/causes/politics/blog/extremists-at-home/

The pervasive attitude among the malcontents seems to be that Obama’s politics are malicious and filled with subterfuge. No one is questioning his competence, but adversaries seem to think that his presidency is calculated to undermine our government, our ideals and our basic way of life.

I am not sure if it is a ‘chicken or the egg’ dynamic but the prevailing Obama hatred seems to revolve around an ever growing supply of propaganda (at least I hope it is just propaganda) about the new presidency. The claims get more outrageous every day: Obama is not a US citizen, Obama’s new health care bill supports the murder of infants and the elderly, Obama is trying to set himself up as a dictator, Obama is unpatriotic and subversive. So far, I have not found any substance in these claims. There is no evidence that Obama’s new bill is advocating the euthanasia of 2 year old children with disabilities or the elderly. Although Obama admits to having several Czars in his administration (an unfortunate choice of terms, in my opinion), this is and has been, a common practice since Roosevelt. Bush also had ‘Czars’ but I don’t remember anyone holding his feet to the fire about it.

There is also much talk about how Obama hates America and is only interested in subverting our way of life. Again, there has been no substantiated evidence of this. I am, in fact, relieved that Obama has taken to the network to confront these allegations head-on. I can only hope that conservatives will open their ears, set aside their prejudices and actually listen to what he is saying. Conservatives are clamoring that the majority has spoken and Obama is acting counter to the majority vote. Well, the majority voted Obama into office. Now we need to give him the opportunity to do what we asked him to do, lead this country.

The task has fallen on Obama’s shoulders to guide this country through the most trying times we have seen in decades. He is trying to do that. Let’s give him the opportunity and the support to be successful.

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