Fighting lies and prejudice
The battle to unseat President Obama commenced shortly after his inauguration, and the tactic of appeal to basic prejudice was resorted to early in the game. To sum it up: Obama was a Muslim, Kenyan-born socialist with Nazi tendencies, married to an uppity black woman who did not disguise her hatred for whites. The constant drumbeat of these blatant falsehoods worked; they helped spawn the Tea Party.
The GOP candidates are actually bereft of real ideas for job and economic growth: as US corporations are sitting on trillions in unspent profits, cuts in either taxes or regulations will not spur growth.
The candidates know the president’s race is an electoral vulnerability as the result of the inherent prejudice of their constituency. They have obfuscated the truth in several areas to manipulate the opinions of their minions.
Gingrich, the alleged intellect among the group, who gets high praise from the press coverage of his debate performances, is the master of racist double-speak. First it was black kids, who then morphed into all poor kids, who should be given the opportunity to relieve janitors (portrayed as overpaid) of their livelihoods so they could earn money and develop a work ethic. This concept, loudly applauded by the mob, is so evil on so many levels, it would require an article by itself to do justice to its racist stupidity.
All the candidates deride Obama as the “food stamp” and “unemployment insurance” president. Again, this appeals to the underlying belief that the poor and minorities are lazy and would work if the government did not coddle them at the expense of everyone else.
The payroll tax cut is also derided as an increase in the deficit and ineffectual in job creation as measured by the fact that there is still high joblessness.
So now hear this, GOP candidates and their constituents: food stamps, unemployment insurance and the payroll tax cut have done far more to keep our economy alive than the job creators whose incomes continue to soar and corporations, who sit on immense cash reserves.
The fact that there exists consumer demand at all is a credit to the payroll tax cut; and the current holiday sales figures testify to that fact. The proceeds of food stamps and unemployment insurance flow directly into the economy.
These programs have kept millions from economic ruin and starvation; most of those suffering and who have been helped by the president are white; the Republicans can cut these programs only at everyone's peril.
The president will be able to make the truthful case that he has helped alleviate economic suffering for many and kept the economy alive for us all. The Repubican candidates debate in the insular world of racist appeal to their prejudiced base.
Jan 17 2012 - 12:45pm