Sunday, September 13, 2009


Let there be no dissention, no discourse (civil or uncivil), and no debate. Peace marches and union rallies are attended by patriots, but when Americans fill the streets of Washington to protest the direction of the current government, those marchers are xenophobes and racists.

As an American, if you disagree with President Barack Obama's policies, question his take over of the health care industry, the auto bailouts, and putting the next two generations of Americans into debt, you must be a racist! ...At least, that's what the New York Times' Maureen Dowd opines:

The normally nonchalant Barack Obama looked nonplussed, as Nancy Pelosi glowered behind.

Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.

But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!


I’ve been loath to admit that the shrieking lunacy of the summer — the frantic efforts to paint our first black president as the Other, a foreigner, socialist, fascist, Marxist, racist, Commie, Nazi; a cad who would snuff old people; a snake who would indoctrinate kids — had much to do with race.

I tended to agree with some Obama advisers that Democratic presidents typically have provoked a frothing response from paranoids — from Father Coughlin against F.D.R. to Joe McCarthy against Truman to the John Birchers against J.F.K. and the vast right-wing conspiracy against Bill Clinton.

But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted “liar” at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.

Well, apparently, up to two million racists and xenophobes marched on Washington yesterday, as the President fled to Minnesota to push his plan for nationalization of health care; a plan that, according to Ms. Dowd, means you must be a racist if you oppose it.

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