They are not the flag-waving red necks whose bigotry oozes out of every pore. Decent folks who care about the truth need to speak up and speak out against the absurd but dangerous rhetoric coming from the radical right. I feel duty bound not to let the racist charges against President Obama which we hear or receive from our friends and others go unchallenged.
A college classmate of mine keeps sending me anti-Obama propaganda he receives from his far right sources. Usually I read it, because I want to know what the opposition is saying. Then I delete it. But sometimes his material is so blatantly racist and false that I feel compelled to respond.
His most recent post-election offerings have been so outrageous that I had to reply. Here’s what my former friend (I feel it is appropriate that I change his name), sent me from his friend Sam Holliday, whose name I have not changed:
---------- Forwarded Message ----------
To: * Armiger Cromwell Center <email@example.com>
Subject: THE DAY AFTER
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2012 23:27:11 +0000 (UTC)
I do not know who wrote this, but it throws a spotlight on a choice each of us will have to make. Do we accept Obama as our Commander in Chief and go along as best we can with a supreme leader for the next four years? Or do we recognize that he is an existential threat to the American of our Founders, and do whatever we can to prevent the destruction of the American nation? I do not think there can be "maybe this or maybe that"; there is no muddling through a soft middle; there is no time for Hamlet like indecision.
It must be one way or the other. It will not be an easy decision for anyone. There will be both opportunity and danger.
Regards, Sam Holliday
Death of the American Nation
by an Anonymous Patriot
The American Dream ended on November 6th in Ohio. The second term of Barack Obama will be the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of mankind. A coalition of Progressives, Blacks, Latinos, Feminists, Gays, Government Workers, Union Members, Environmental Extremists, The Media, Hollywood, uninformed young people, the "forever needy," the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other "fellow travelers" has ended Norman Rockwell's America. The American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" and world governance.
Traditional Americans naively thought their principles and ideals could be protected by the ballot box. Because of their own negligence and weakness they were proven wrong. Independence, freedom, hard work, risk taking, self-reliance, merit, civic virtues, morality, compassion and courage are not values and attitudes which the Obama coalition consider important. Their leaders seeks power and use takiyya, and the usefully idiots of the coalition seek dependence and free stuff. On November 6th the progressives and post-modern thought defeated the American our Founders established.
Traditional Americans will be politically irrelevant under the centralized power of the Obama regime. Now they must neutralize the aforementioned coalition which has turned its back on our culture, our heritage and our traditions. Americans will never again outvote this coalition. It will take skill, determination, individual acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights Americans have allowed the coalition to take away. It will take Americans who remember that the citizens of the American nation are the sovereign and that American has no King. It will take Americans, not moderates--not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs--to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status.
Each of us will have to become part of the regime or stand up against it. Those who come after us will have to risk their lives, their fortunes and their Sacred Honor--just as our Founders did--to bring back the nation that this generation has timidly frittered away due to "white guilt", post-modern thought, and political correctness.
Here was my first response:
I'm sure West Point is terribly embarrassed by Sam Holliday's seditious racism. If he is still in the reserves he could and should be court martialed.
As for the forwarded article by "An Anonymous Patriot," I can see why no one would dare to admit writing such racist garbage. Thank God there are more decent Americans than there are people like that, and despite the Republican efforts to make it as hard as possible for them to vote, enough did to elect the President to a well-deserved second term!
As an independent thinker I was most gratified by the election results, which renewed my faith in the American electorate. Sheldon Adelson and his ilk and the Republican superPACs were soundly repudiated! They could not buy the election with all their billions, and Romney couldn't lie his way into the White House. Truth triumphed over hypocrisy and deceit, and fair-minded Americans recognized Republican obstructionism for what is.
I hope saner and fairer minds will regain control of the Republican Party that it may become once again the truly conservative and principled party it traditionally has been. America will be the stronger for it.
To which Lucifer replied:
Yes, I admit that there is a racist aspect to the article which Sam Holliday forwarded to me. But, beyond that fact, it is the aspect of the loss of our beloved country which stood out in the article. Yet, we need to be realistic about the fact that Obama has now set things up to make the US a third world nation. The biggest detriment will be Obamacare, under which those of us over age 65 will no longer have proper medical care, starting in 2013. Healthcare treatment decisions will no longer be determined by Physicians, but rather by unknown government bureaucrats. Thus, the idea of prolonging life when faced with the prospect of hip replacement surgery or a disease or restoration of health from an accident will no longer be possible. And, finally, the government will now have a control over many aspects of our lives which will restrict our freedoms. To return us to the country we knew a quarter of a century ago, or longer, will then be extremely difficult to achieve.
The below article by Joseph Farah gives credence to the fact that the re-election of Obama to the POTUS was accomplished by voter fraud. This is all beginning to come out as the dust settles from the election procedures.
And as to the credibility of Sam, I got to know him from church activities, living in the same community, being members of the same section of a Men's Conversation Group in Chapel Hill, and serving together on the Board of a local section of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). His leadership & knowledge stood out in all areas. He and his wife moved to a retirement community in Atlanta about five years ago in order to be closer to a son and his family.
Hello again, Lucifer!
You and I have known each other since our college days, and I really appreciate our being able to exchange our views honestly and without malice. But I have to wonder how you can believe all the stuff you send me?
All of these right-wing extremists impugn the President's motives with no evidence whatsoever to back up their accusations. They completely ignore his record. If he were guilty of the sinister kinds of things of which they are accusing him, do you think those closest to him would not know it? Would he have the kind of trust and respect from his colleagues, including his campaign workers, the cabinet, the White House staff, the press corps, and from the tens of millions of Americans like myself, who follow the political scene very closely? Michelle would never have married him, if he were that kind of person, and she knows him better than anyone else.
As for Obamacare, are you advocating that we revert to the time when thirty to forty million Americans had no health care insurance, and when insurance companies could arbitrarily deny coverage to persons with pre-existing conditions? The President and the Democrats have admitted the Affordable Care Act has some flaws that need to be worked out and they are ready and willing to do that. Most of those flaws incidentally, were the result of the President's efforts to compromise with the Republicans, who even when their demands were met, still refused to accept the plan, simply because they didn't want the President to succeed at anything. But the things you have said about Obamacare are simply not true, Lucifer. You are repeating the same old falsehoods, which if they were true, the bill would never have been passed in the first place.
Your indictment, moreover, is not just of the President, who succeeded in accomplishing what no President before him had been able to do, but of everyone who had any part in drafting the legislation ---Democrats, Republicans, and impartial professional experts alike. Whatever needs to be fixed can be fixed, but it would be a horrible mistake to throw out the baby with the bathwater. Millions of Americans are already benefiting from the provisions of the Act, including some of my grandchildren, who now are still covered under their parents' health care policies, and countless people with pre-existing conditions, and women whose preventive care needs are now covered, and many, many more.
Turning to the election, the idea that it was stolen by voter fraud is utterly ridiculous! The restrictive I.D. laws, the purging of rolls, the misinformation about voting requirements and voting times and places, the limiting of early voting times, and other suppressive measures by Republican state officials, like Jon Husted, were supposed to be correcting a problem that all reputable researchers agreed simply didn't exist. There has been almost no individual identification fraud. For example, here's a summary of the conclusions drawn from the extensive research of the Brennan Center for Justice Center at the New York University School of Law:
* Fraud by individual voters is both irrational and extremely rare.
* Many vivid anecdotes of purported voter fraud have been proven false or do not
* Voter fraud is often conflated with other forms of election misconduct.
* Raising the unsubstantiated specter of mass voter fraud suits a particular policy agenda.
* Claims of voter fraud should be carefully tested before they become the basis for action.
It is no coincidence that these restrictive measures in every case impacted predominantly Democratic voters. The efforts backfired, however, for they simply made African Americans, Latinos, and other targeted groups all the more determined to vote. So they stood in line for hours to exercise their fundamental American right. They refused to be disenfranchised!
As a Christian I want to vote for candidates whose words and actions, policies and practices, conform most nearly to the teachings of Christ. Jesus hated hypocrisy. He demanded truth. He was on the side of the poor. I have never seen a President so viciously and dishonestly maligned, as Barack Obama has been. His opponents have done everything possible to keep him from succeeding. They have tried to paint him as unAmerican. They question his birth, his faith, his patriotism, his intentions, and in so doing they ignore or deny his accomplishments, which are amazing, considering the persistent effort of the Republicans to keep him from succeeding. They have put their partisan interests above the good of the country. Shame on them! Shame on them for being so disrespectful of the President of the United States and so deceitful about his accomplishments! They call the lie to everything we say we are as a nation.
And shame on all those right-wing, red-necked extremists who try to wrap the flag around their racist views.They are the real danger to our democracy! Their hate-mongering is appalling, and my prophetic faith impels me to speak out against the evil they personify. I and many others disagreed strongly with George W. Bush, when he was President, and I was strongly opposed to his preemptive invasion of Iraq. America lost the high moral ground at that point. But I prayed for President Bush and I wanted him to do well for the sake of our country. I disagreed with his policies, but I never questioned his patriotism or his faith. President Obama deserves no less from his opponents, who need to learn some lessons from his very impressive reelection.
I have stated my convictions, Lucifer. I'm always willing to listen to yours.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!