The Slow Motion Lynching of President Barack Obama

I’ve watched liberal and right wing commentators alike blame the president for being lynched. They say “he’s not reaching out enough” or “he’s too cold.” It’s the equivalent of assuming that the black man being beaten by a couple of thug cops must have “done something.”

I am a white privileged well off sixty-one-year-old former Republican religious right wing activist who changed his mind about religion and politics long ago.  The New York Times profiled my change of heart saying that to my former friends I’m considered a “traitorous prince” since my religious right family was once thought of as “evangelical royalty.”

I’ve just spent the last 7 years writing over 200,000 words in blogs and articles in support of President Obama. My blogs on the Huffington Post alone would add up to a book in support of the President of over 300 pages. Weirdly, I just realized that through all my writing, this has been the first time in my life I’ve personally gone to bat for a black man. It just happens that he’s a president. But my emotional stake in his life is now personal.

So I’ve changed from a white guy who used to read news about some black man getting shot or beaten by cops or stand-your-ground types who assumed that the black man must have “done something,” to a white guy who figures that the black man was probably getting lynched. I’ve changed ideology but I’ve also changed my gut intuitive reactions.

I’ve changed because if this country will lynch a brilliant, civil, kind, humble, compassionate, moderate, articulate, black intellectual we’re lucky enough to have in the White House, we’ll lynch anyone. What chance does an anonymous black man pulled over in a traffic stop have of fair treatment when the former editor of the Harvard Law Review is being lynched?

One famous liberal commentator wrote a book on how Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil could disagree and still be friends. Why, he asked on many a TV show promoting his book, couldn’t President Obama be like that? Because, I yelled at the screen, those two men were white Irish Americans and part of a ruling white oligarchy.

Because, I yelled, you might as well ask why Nelson Mandela didn’t talk his jailers in South Africa into seeing reason.

Because, I yelled, the President is black and anytime he’s reached out he’s pulled back a bloody stump.

Because, I yelled, liberal white commentators have been as bothered by a black man in the White House, who’s smarter than they are as much as right wing bigots have been bothered.

Because, I yelled, President Obama has been lied about, attacked, vilified, and disrespected since Day One.

Because, I yelled, this country may have passed laws so blacks can vote and eat in a white man’s world, but in our hearts we’re stuck in a place more like 1952 than 2013.

We’ve been watching a slow motion lynching of a moderate brilliant family man, a father, and faithful loving husband. The Republicans in Congress are so dedicated to lynching the President they’ve been willing to shut down our government and risk the future of our economy.

Evangelical “Christians” have been so stuck on putting a rope around this black man’s neck they have denied their faith and been the backbone of the lying Tea Party who spawned the so-called “birthers” and the rest of the white people driving our news cycle.

Roman Catholic bishops have denied their tradition of helping the poor and been so eager to destroy this president they aligned themselves with white Evangelical bigots and tried to stop health care reform, all because the President wants to give women a fair shake. The bishops even called him “anti-religious” because the president wants insurers to pay for contraception.

This is a slow motion lynching of a black man who is so moderate and centrist that he favored Wall Street enough so that the Left is all over his case. He’s so “radical” and “leftist” and “hates America” so much, and “coddles our enemies” so much, that he killed bin Laden and used drones to kill our enemies. He’s such a “socialist” that he presided over the revival of our economy from the worst recession since the Great Depression, and led us to the present day stock market boom. President Obama is such a “Marxist” that he tried to give insurance – not socialized medicine – to all Americans.

President Obama never answered back to the disgusting southern right wing rubes from the former slave states that have tried to belittle, mock and stymie his presidency shouting “You lie” in a million ways, while actually meaning “You lie, nigger!”

And did the “enlightened” Left have President Obama’s back? No. They carp about his “failure” because a website was slow to get running! The white privileged “progressive” few were too busy blaming him for getting lynched and telling him how to craft policy while a rope was put around his neck again and again and tightened with each filibuster, each lie told on the radio, each self-defeating scorched earth action to stop him from succeeding, even if it meant taking us all down too.

We don’t like to admit who we really are. So we make excuses and blame the victim. I’m ashamed for our country, a country my Marine son fought for in two stupid wars this president has been working to end. And I’m still rooting for the best, smartest and most decent man who has been president in my lifetime. I pray for his health care reform to succeed. I pray for his immigration reform to succeed. I’m amazed he’s gotten anything done, but he has, even while the lynch mob gathers again and again to laugh, lie and spit and claim he’s “failed” while “liberal” commentators nod sagely and talk about his “mistakes” as if President Obama has been playing on a level playing field.

We have a lot to do to heal this country of the damage done by the right wing Obama-haters and the Left wing know-it-all pundits who did not have his back because they don’t have the honesty to admit that we still live in a backward racist swamp of prejudice. Maybe in 50 years our country will be worthy of someone of President Obama’s forbearance again. For now we can just hope that the hatred of the Republican Party for our first black president doesn’t drive us to the brink of ruin again as they strip food from the mouths of the poor, and try to get people to not sign up for health care, just to get even with the black man they swore to destroy from the day that “uppity” black who is smarter than all of them put together took the oath of office.

God bless you Mr. President. I’m praying for you. I am so very sorry. But take heart, in the long reach of history the door you opened will stay open for the millions of Americans of all colors, genders and beliefs who will follow you. They will bless your name. So will history. 

Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book —WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace

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  • Redzilla

    This is what liberals do. You are not allowed to stray from the plantation. If you are black and conservative you aren’t really black. Who is the racist?

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      Translation: “It’s racism when you call me out on my racism!!! WAAAAAAH!!!”

      Typical TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party LIARS and PAID SHILLS.

  • Redzilla

    Hilarity ensues. He lies repeatedly to your face about Obamacare and you still say, “no, he didn’t”. The emperors clothes are beautiful, are they not?

  • Vindicated

    Thank you, Frank for identifying the true idiots of this world. In other words, anyone who agrees with you.

  • eroxors

    How do you separate typical republican dissent from racially-motivated dissent, knowing that political rhetoric has been in decline for decades? I have a very hard time believing that Hillary, for example, would have had it any better. What has Obama done, outside of being elected, that has advanced race relations in the country? What has he done to alleviate poverty? He has outrightly insulted MLK, advanced bank-friendly policies, exhibited an eager willingness to cut safety-net programs, and ignored traditionally “black” issues. MLK believed that combating Poverty and Militarism were crucial to the fight against racism… unfortunately, Obama has a terrible track record on both accounts. http://obamatheconservative.com

    Many conservatives hate Obama for any number of reasons, including his race, but I don’t think that the level of racism can be quantified. It seems to me that the majority of racism against Obama is expressed as an overt “grassroots hatred” at the local level in conservative districts and as a subconscious disdain in the minds of average conservatives. Does this result in more heated rhetoric from elected republicans from those districts and obstructionism? I don’t know… I think many republicans would come up with any number of inflammatory statements about the opposition. Even if that opposition wasn’t a “black intellectual,” I think the obstructionism would remain. Casting blanket blame on racism for dissension from the right AND left, I think is false and simplistic.

    The author confuses roles by defending “Obama the person” from attacks against “Obama the president.”

    e.g.

    “We’ve been watching a slow motion lynching of a moderate brilliant family man, a father, and faithful loving husband.” “The Republicans in Congress are so dedicated to lynching the President they’ve been willing to shut down our government and risk the future of our economy.” <- political "attack"

    again

    "They say “he’s not reaching out enough” or “he’s too cold.” “I’ve changed because if this country will lynch a brilliant, civil, kind, humble, compassionate, moderate, articulate, black intellectual we’re lucky enough to have in the White House, we’ll lynch anyone.”

    Racial motivation toward Obama clearly exists, but there are no examples provided in this article to tie *political* racism with the actions of congress. I, personally, have _no clue_ what it’s like to live day-in day-out as a black american, but I can’t help but wonder why Obama is getting a pass from liberals on supporting policies that prop up institutional racism in this country. This article sheds some light on that question for me.

    “Weirdly, I just realized that through all my writing, this has been the first time in my life I’ve personally gone to bat for a black man. It just happens that he’s a president. But my emotional stake in his life is now personal.”

    Whether or not he “just realized” that he is defending a black man is questionable, but to the author, this has clearly become a mission of justice. He is passionately supportive of Obama, driven by a deep emotional desire. I appreciate his, and other Democrats concern to defend Obama against unjust (sometimes racist) criticism. My problem (and opinion) is that, for many, this sense of justice in the defense of Obama is inflexible and unrealistic. When Obama himself supports and implements policies that are bitterly unjust (war, drug war, doj prosecutions, ICE deportations, economic policy hostile to the poor,) the same Democrats/liberals will ignore it. I wonder if they believe that retreating in their defense of Obama will somehow collapse this portion of their belief system sustained by President Obama and take America two steps back in race relations. I don’t know the answer.

    I believe that it’s just as important to stand up to Obama when he is wrong as it is to stand up to conservatives when they are wrong about him. Giving him a free pass because he’s a “brilliant, civil, kind, humble, compassionate, moderate, articulate, black intellectual” can be just as damaging as obstructing him because he’s a black intellectual. Truth isn’t party/belief dependent and poverty doesn’t care what color the president/fed/bankers are.

    As for the lynching equivocation… I cannot get over how wrong this is, metaphor or not. The author does NOT know what lynching is as evidenced here:

    “So I’ve changed from a white guy who used to read news about some black man getting shot or beaten by cops or stand-your-ground types who assumed that the black man must have “done something,” to a white guy who figures that the black man was probably getting lynched. I’ve changed ideology but I’ve also changed my gut intuitive reactions.”

    Lynching is not simply being beaten or shot by cops… it is a uniquely grotesque torturous violent encounter worse than much of what you would even see in war. Victims do not survive. They are not able to bring a law suit against the perpetrator. It is an expression of the worship of violent destruction of life jointly engaged in by a crowd outside of or supported by law enforcement. (If you are a christian, it can be seen as a celebration of death and rejection the essence of Jesus, an anti-eucharist if you will.) In this country, Lynchings were deeply racist and they were a perfect expression of hatred toward the victim for the simple reason of skin color.

    To compare this type of event to even the worst racially motivated verbal jabs at Obama, is deeply insulting to those three people hanging from a tree, caught by a picture the author flippantly snagged from the internet. He probably doesn’t even know their names.

  • Russ

    Maybe you should review just how you tell ‘your truth’.
    No one is trying to take anything from you, yet you come across as if this is what the poor are doing.
    If you had stuck to the simple entitlement issue, and perhaps offered solutions instead of your ‘I’ve got mine, I busted my butt getting it why can’t they’ contempt for those trapped in a very bad system of dependence on others for their very existence, I might have placed some value on what you had to say.
    The ‘economy’ is not ‘giving away the store’…if anything it’s holding average American families hostage, and then adding insult to injury by accusing them of being whiners, and takers.
    I find it arrogant of you to even presume that you are expected to ‘take on the world to raise’…no one expects any such thing. Those of us who are able, or willing to help a few folks along the way, can do so if we so choose. Social programs (while admittedly often completely out of hand) are there to do what we as individuals cannot, as they should be.
    Condemning those who know, for whatever reason, only that kind of system, don’t need the added humiliation of sneering people like you. If anything, there is a huge need to help direct their lives towards a more productive, and self sufficient, way of living.
    I’ll start believing in conservatives when I see them offering solutions, instead of issuing blanket condemnation of people who are, for all intents and purposes, trapped in that revolving door of being cared for by the system.
    Your statement ‘If I can do it anyone can’ is self serving ignorant, and arrogant.

    If such a thing was true every person currently on the dole, then we would have no need for the dole to begin with.

    • mrky

      Thank you for at least admitting there is a problem. Here you go again with the “people like me” argument. It would be refreshing if you could make your point without the personal insults and trolling.

      Despite your altruistic vision, you must admit that not everyone receiving assistance truly needs it, that there are those who are exploiting the system who possess the intellect and physical ability to be productive, and that there are those whose sole ambition is to remain on government assistance for the rest of their lives. If those people feel humiliated for being called out for who they are, then it is they who need to re-evaluate themselves, not me

      I have nothing against helping people, but you are not helping people by keeping them dependent. I have offered a number of solutions in conversations here with those who replied to me without the need to insult my personal integrity. I agree that there are people who need help to direct their lives – people who absolutely desire to do better. The only way you are truly going to help those people is to provide them with training and job opportunities. Guidelines and methods for doing so were present in the requirements for receiving federal assistance prior to the election of Barack Obama.

      I am not advocating taking the very food out of the mouth of the poor, I am proposing putting an end to the career path of the people exploiting programs intended to assist people temporarily. If you choose to turn a blind eye to the waste, fraud, and corruption present in the existing system in favor of empathy for those who are convinced that the country owes them a living, then you, sir, are misguided.

      • Russ

        I don’t need to insult you…your every word does that for you.
        You cannot seem to get past putting in those extra digs at the poor, and needy folks many of which are trapped in poverty. I can readily see that you are ever ready to twisting words so to bring it all back to your obvious sense of superiority to the rest of us poor slobs.
        Out of a respect for your need to maintain your sense of ‘superiority’ and to have final say in the matter, and no doubt throw in an extra cheap shot of two at the poor…I’ll leave unanswered your last volley of comments demeaning those of us who (at least in your mind) are utterly beneath ‘wonderful you’…….enjoy !

        • mrky

          Typical liberal, continuing to resort to personal attacks rather than debate issues logically. You are part of the problem, and you certainly offer no solutions. Good day.

          • CharlieAdamsInKY

            And YOU, mrky, are part of the 98% of the problem. You did not come here for “logical debate”, you came here to throw barbs at “liberals”, and “the lazy poor” and all the other groups you think are “not worthwhile”. Well, here’s a wake-up call for you, prick: You and your kind all rolled together are worth less than a single poor person doing the best they kind. You can shove your entitled head right up your ass, along with your arrogant, self-aggrandizing opinion of yourself.

          • mrky

            Would it comfort you to know that I AM one of the poor people doing the best I can, and have not a single drop of sympathy for those who refuse to get off their ass and make their own way? You are a perfect example of a liberal who offers NO plan, no advice, no coherent thought whatsoever as it pertains to the problems faced by this nation, but instead resort to personal attacks on those whose opinion differs from yours. So go stick it up your ass.

  • docb

    All the kindergarten rwnut troll graduates out in a swarm..They would not know ‘god’ till he smacked them in the face! Ignore the idiots!

  • Hugh JaSoule

    Many thanks to the author of this pile of horse manure. I needed a good laugh!!
    It never seems to dawn on fools like this that opposition to Obama can be anything other than racial bigotry and “intimidation”.
    Obama is most definitely NOT “moderate and centrist”. He is a radical leftist who has embraced a radical leftist agenda, including homosexual marriage and abortion on demand. Call me crazy, but the bible is rather clear on these issues. Obama’s anemic poll numbers reflect his failures and utter lack of leadership, and his absolute refusal to work with the opposing party. His policies have almost doubled our national debt, and the economic recovery he promised never materialized.
    Or maybe that makes me a klansman for pointing out the fact that the emperor has no clothes…

    • John Masters

      ” Call me crazy, but the bible is rather clear on these issues.” Too bad we’re not a Christian nation, huh? You’re crazy.

      • CCBanks

        No but LIAR OBAMA is allegedly a Christian and his opinions are bound by those in the BIBLE!

        • John Masters

          Well then it’s a good thing Obama isn’t a dictator who makes the laws all by himself then, huh? You’re crazy too. Toys in the attic, truly gone fishing crazy.

    • Che Broadnax

      As a radical leftist, I object to having my agenda likened to Obama’s agenda. Here are some things Obama has pushed that actual radical leftists are not particularly fond of, but in fact, the right has long favored:
      Surveillance.
      Drone Strikes.
      Insurance versus Socialized Health Care.
      Fostering big business.
      Supporting banks.
      Natural Gas.
      “Clean” Coal.
      NDA.
      SOPA.
      TPP.
      CAFTA.

      You don’t have to love Obama. But please don’t call him a radical leftist as you either have no idea what Obama is about, or you have no idea what the Left is about.

      Also, why are you bringing the bible into a political discussion? You know that’s not relevant.

      • Hugh JaSoule

        You forgot Communism, Comrade…
        As far as the religious aspect, perhaps you should extract your head from your buttocks and take note of the website, as well as the author…

        • Che Broadnax

          Yes, the author has a religious background. But you say that “Obama is a radical leftist who has embraced… homosexual marriage and abortion on demand…. the bible is rather clear on these issues.” Again, I’m not sure how the view expressed in the bible is relevant to Obama’s so-called radical leftism. Also, pretty sure the bible does not explicitly reference medical abortion or marriage equality. It does suggest that shaving one’s head or trimming one’s beard are abominations before god, though, if we’re going by that lie with man as one lyeth with woman thing in Leviticus to support the marriage thing.

          So, I’m sorry, are you saying Obama is pro-communist? Because you’re going to have a hard time backing that up. And, you may also be surprised to know that leftist is not synonymous with communist.

          • CCBanks

            OBAMA CLAIMS TO BE A CHRISTIAN, DUMBAZZ. Therefore the views of the BIBLE are MORE THAN RELEVANT since a CHRISTIAN cannot have a DIFFERENT OPINION than that of his LORD on ANYTHING!! But an unbeliever like you wouldn’t know that, now would you?

            Let me give you an example since you don’t seem too bright. As a Christian I can say to gay people, “I Sympathize with you”, to the gays that work for me I could say “I like you personally” and I would never treat ANY of them uncivilly! But if you asked me about Gay marriage I COULD NEVER SAY THAT IT’S OKAY! Even though I STRUGGLE with my attraction to LESBIANS, I’ll let that sink in, I could never say that just because I AM A WEAK MAN who at times has let his flesh win the day, that it is OKAY WITH GOD TO BE A LESBIAN!

            Seeking to usurp the RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT OF GOD, with one’s own OPINION is the SUREST WAY to end up BURNING IN HELL! Let me make this more than clear, it would be BETTER for you to actually BE a homosexual who struggles with his sick attraction, who goes to bed at night saying the Lord’s Prayer wherein he asks God to FORGIVE HIM FOR HIS SIN, than it would be to be a HETEROSEXUAL supporter of GAY MARRIAGE who has NEVER engaged in a homosexual act or THOUGHT!!! Why, you ask with that simple look on your face? BECAUSE in the first example the homosexual BOWS TO GOD’S AUTHORITY and seeks MERCY for falling short of GOD’S STANDARD. In the second the person said that the WORD OF GOD means nothing and that HIS OWN opinion has become his “god”. Get it? Got it? Good! The chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!

          • Che Broadnax

            Okay, sure, but, still, like, Church and State. They been separated. Since America Day One, actually. Obama is sworn, in his job, as POTUS, to uphold the constitution, not the Bible. Maybe he goes to bed after praying for forgiveness, I dunno. Probably not, though.

            Because the Bible is filled with a lot of stuff, and a lot, a LOT of Christians seem to pick and choose which bits they’re going to focus on. Pork? Many of the various denominations of Christianity have no problem with pork. No worry about keeping Kosher. But, that’s in that Leviticus business as well. That bit in Deuteronomy about how if a man rapes a woman, he has to pay the father and marry her and isn’t allowed to divorce her? Or, if you capture a woman in battle, after she mourns her family for a month, you can totally marry her. Or those bits in Leviticus that totally are cool with owning slaves (as long as they are not the people of Israel), or in Exodus where you’re allowed to beat a slave, but not to death. Or those tricky bits about erecting an image or statue and not bowing down to it? It’s pretty difficult to reconcile God saying “don’t worship images” with a bunch of people worshiping the image of Christ on a cross. It’s just a little muddled.

            Obama would not be the first person to selectively practice Christianity or selectively follow the word of the Bible. He’s not the first President to do so, either. Indeed, the Bible does NOT trump the constitution as far as running the country goes. He can run his personal life by the letter of the Old Testament, the New Testament, or any other religious text he chooses. Actually, he can do that (so long as it does not infringe on the rights of others) freely THANKS to the Constitution.

          • Pixie Schrimpf

            Normally, I wouldn’t bother with ad hominem, however, In this country we have this little thing that this country was truly founded on; it is called religious freedom. I realize that, that may be difficult for you to understand, but let me say this. it gives every American the right to believe in what they believe in without ridicule and harassment. So obviously to me; it is none of your business or anyone else’s what the President of the United States believes in. The Bible, while written some 600 years after the death of Jesus Christ is ambiguous at best considering that societal rules then do not apply to today’s issues. So your interpretation of the Bible does not conform with the majority of the Christian world. We can all read the same passage and understand something different. That being said; i think you said it best: “Seeking to usurp the RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT OF GOD, with one’s own OPINION is the SUREST WAY to end up BURNING IN HELL! While I am not prone to judging, because I was taught that christians are not to judge, that responsibility lies on God’s shoulders alone. You did open the door and put your own foot firmly in your own mouth. Your opinion is contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ so, I am guessing that leaves you burning in hell with all the hatred that is already consuming you. I will pray for your soul.

          • $1754985

            So, you’re a member of Westboro Baptist Church?

    • eroxors

      He’s certainly not a radical leftist. By most measures, he would be considered a moderate republican if we were in the 80’s.

      • Hugh JaSoule

        Fat chance.
        Gay marriage. Socialized medicine. Lies, fraud, and incompetence. These are classic hallmarks of the Democratic party.

        • eroxors

          Gay marriage… sure, it took Obama 3 years of feet-dragging, but he got there.

          Socialized Medicine… hardly… the ACA was hatched by the conservative Heritage foundation. It’s not even close to “socialized medicine,” like medicare.

          Lied, fraud, and incompetence. I would argue these are hallmarks of the political elite in general, regardless of party.

      • CCBanks

        Yes because Republicans have always supported an end to DON’T ASK DON’T TELL, THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT and they’ve been the staunchest supporter of ABORTION UP TO AND EVEN AFTER BIRTH! They’ve also supported FINES for Americans who don’t go along with their pet projects too, so I see what you mean! Oh, wait, that wasn’t the Republicans, pieces of feces though they may be, THAT WAS THE BABY KILLING, SODOMITE SUPPORTING, AMERICA HATING, DEMOCRAT SCUMBAG PARTY!

        Whew! Thought I had amnesia or something!

        • eroxors

          You mad bro?

        • strangelander

          Troll!

    • 1EdMeadows83

      ” Call me crazy” I don’t have to do that because you just proved your mental instability with your stupid remarks. You really need to listen to people other than Glenn Beck and Mike Savage if you want to be informed. I don’t think you have enough character to make a good Klansman.

    • strangelander

      Okay, you’re crazy. And you’re lying. The bible never addressed abortion. And Christ never had a word to say about homosexuality. Now Paul, the Roman murderer of Christians…he had a lot of hatin’ to do. The Nicene council should never should have let that self-righteous big-mouth be published along with Christ’s words. He injected his own prejudices and pretended they belonged to God….not the first time that men have misrepresented his intent for their own glorification and certainly not the last.
      I have bad news for your far right world view. Most of America believes that it’s none of your business who people love as long as they aren’t hurting anyone else. You need to stop fantasizing about what others are doing in their bedrooms. It’s none of your business and it’s CERTainly not your right to control others.
      Abortion is not murder. It is the removal of a mass of unthinking, unfeeling tissue. Life is not a precious gift. It is a biological process and I’m more than a little sickened by the false tragedy the right is drumming up to control women and tell them THEIR lives are meaningless except as child-bearing uteri. Love is the gift. Life has no meaning except for the love we invest in it and through it. Without love, we are as a sounding timbrel.
      You lie again. Obama’s policies have not doubled the national debt. Reagan’s policies, tripled the national debt. Bush 43 doubled it again. You weren’t squalling about that? Where was your outrage then? Oh wait…you had none. So why now? And it was Bush’s policies, including ridiculous tax breaks for the wealthy which decimated our revenues, and his Medicare Part D, Unpaid for, and his two wars, unpaid for, which the current president put on the books, finally, because honest people pay their debts. This president pulled us out of the Great Recession, precipitated by deregulation and irresponsible spending by Bush 43 and his sabotage of the balanced budget that Clinton handed him. These are facts, backed up by hard numbers you can get from the CBO.
      The economic recovery you whine about?…has been hampered at every turn by the Republican Party…willing to sabotage this country in order to try to destroy a good man and seize power so their oligarch masters can rape the treasury and become kings again like they were when we had a free market over a century ago. THAT worked out so well for workers.
      Your willingness to go along with this patent sabotage of the United States by a racist party of fools is non-sensical and self-defeating. We can only conclude you and your komrades’ hatred of this president is unprecedented and unwarranted by the facts. We can only conclude your motives are more nefarious. I grew up surrounded by racists. I know the code of your thinking. You’ll never admit it…not even to yourself…because you can’t face the evil snake in your own gut. Even the pope is now your enemy because he points out that YOU have no clothes. So you come and troll on sites like this because you crave a fight where you can keep screaming your bullshit so you can convince yourself that you told THEM…yehhh. You sure did.

    • DetroitSam

      Makes one wonder about people who are so absorbed in the sex lives of strangers. Actually, I think we all know the reason. Just give in to your urges and get it over with.

  • Mickey Finn

    Because white liberals can’t win on the battlefield of ideas so they attempt to silence the opposition.

    • Naomi Julius

      Oh yeah. That’s gotta be it. smh

    • strangelander

      Because you don’t disagree. You lie about the facts and then disagree with the straw man you created. It’s a classic error in logic but many emotional heaps like to think it’s a valid debate tactic because it gives their ideological hyperbole a nice, perfectly molded target.

  • Dave Smith

    This moron is REALLY impressed with himself for being a white guy defending a black guy. I guess he never thought he could do such a thing. And if President Obama is being lynched, where does the line form for THAT lynching, cause I AM IN! This is a horribly written article with virtually nothing to teach anyone. This guy should have spent the four days he spent on this article meditating on why he managed to get to be his age without understanding ANYTHING about life.

    • eroxors

      Not a good idea to threaten the POTUS…. also, if you really understood what lynching means, perhaps you would think differently.

    • 1EdMeadows83

      Dave Smith, My friend, you are not only on the wrong side of history, you’re on the wrong side of morality! As a moron, Frank Schaeffer is several degrees above your level of intelligence or the lack thereof.

      • CCBanks

        The man you support approves of the MURDER OF BABIES WHO SURVIVE ABORTIONS, you should go to HELL just for MENTIONING Obama or LIBERALS and “Morality”.

        You are BABY MURDERING SCUM and when you DIE the LORD will SHOW YOU the discarded bodies that you so fervently approved of, RIGHT BEFORE HE SHOVES YOUR STUPID AZZ INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE, which is the second death and lasts FOREVER.

        • eroxors

          Very descriptive… I think you have a bright future ahead of you as a popular novelist.

        • 1EdMeadows83

          Oh my goodness! Now we have a bible thumping bigot checking in. I’m not impressed with your religious invectives nor am I impressed with your threats of a vengeful god. Why? Because there is no god. It always seemed odd that you fundamentalist cretins protest so vehemently about the abortion of unwanted or unaffordable embryos then after the ones you save grow up in crime infested neighborhoods and develop into starving children with bloated bellies, you show no interest in them and work to strip food stamps from their poor mothers. You are pathetic hypocrites who actually hate the Jesus you profess to admire.

        • $1754985

          You, sir, are a complete moron. You clearly don’t know the difference between an embryo and a BORN baby. Get an education, you dumb fuck, and quit being such an ignorant prick. Oh, and for God’s sake, stop typing in all caps. Nobody gives a shit about your ranting. Go away.

        • DetroitSam

          God, caps again!

  • $1754985

    I think it’s time to close the comments here. The right-wing nutjobs have come out in droves and are gleefully derailing any attempts at rational conversation. The far-right idiocy is rearing its ugly head and has to stop.

    • CCBanks

      Just stick your fingers in your ears and yell “La-la-la-la-la-la”! Isn’t that what you usually do?

      • $1754985

        No, that’s what you do, clearly. All you know how to do is rant and throw childish temper tantrums.

  • Buddah Dave

    If all the learned folks so busy trolling this would be so kind as to actually tell us why the central premise of this piece is wrong instead of just being offensive about it, the author and anyone who dosen’t agree with them?

    • eroxors
    • CCBanks

      Obama has LIED to the AMERICAN PEOPLE, I realize that as a liberal you ARE a liar but these type of things MATTER to normal people. It was ENOUGH to destroy the re-election hopes of a WHITE CONSERVATIVE PRESIDENT, when HE made a PROMISE that he couldn’t keep. Here OBAMA WAS LYING THE WHOLE TIME AND IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT HE AND HIS TEAM KNEW THAT HE WAS LYING!!!!

      But it’s all about RACISM to people like you , despite his FAILURES, when a broken PROMISE was sufficient in the past to hate a president.

      What you essentially are saying is this, OBAMA CAN LIE because he’s “your guy” and if anyone objects to his lies over BENGHAZI, or FAST AND FURIOUS or the IRS TARGETING, then they’re just racists! That’s why you and those who think LIKE you, SUCK.

      • eroxors

        CAPITAL LETTERS! me ANGRY! bad LIBERAL! SHOUT SHOUT SHOUT!

      • Lue Blacknell

        I kind of feel sorry for you! That hatred is going to eat away at you & those other trolls like a cancer. But then again-you might be getting paid-to spew your venom. I hope none of your kids or grand-kids marry a Black or Brown person- because I know you all will “blow your brains out.” The world will be a better place w/o you….

        • http://tvnewser.com/ Feliciena

          I wouldn’t care & never have. I believe in God & that we were all created equally.

      • http://tvnewser.com/ Feliciena

        They will never admit that he lied so they blame it on racism. According to them, only white presidents can be criticized. Now that is racism.

  • FreeBird2

    The appalling treatment of the President by so many who think of themselves as beyond racism illustrates your point. He has proven himself more than capable than any president we have seen in our lives and gets nothing but crap for every
    single thing he does. Positive accomplishments are portrayed as failures. People become enraged because he cannot follow through with every campaign promise, as though only he would be able to do what no other president has. He and his family are picked apart to a degree no one else in that position has ever had to endure. It is horrific how naturally that hatred comes out in people who think they are beyond racial thinking and even more horrific that they refuse to see it in
    themselves.

    It is as if the ultra-left thought it would be Christmas when a Democrat was elected and they would get everything on their “want” list–without considering the realities of politics. It is the right’s refusal to negotiate or compromise, two of the main-stays of American politics that have prevented President Obama from doing all that he wants for the American people. Considering the constant push-back President Obama gets, I can’t help but be impressed with what he has accomplished.

    Face it, the Right will always dislike/despise/hate him. There is nothing that will change that.

    • eroxors

      You’re delusional if you think Obama is “progressive.” He lied about so much in his campaign. See this for a debunking of the “impotent presidency” myth: http://www.salon.com/2010/06/21/obama_137/

      and here for a substantial list of broken promises: http://obamatheconservative.com

    • CCBanks

      Dude, do you believe in the tooth fairy too? The ONLY positive thing this guy has done in his entire presidency was kill OSAMA and other high ranking Al Queda, i’ll give him that.

      But what else has he done? EVEN YOUR SYCOPHANTIC BUTT SNIFFING POST failed to LIST one of these IMAGINARY accomplishments!

      • strangelander

        I think you’re lying like a rug about your identity and your political affiliation. You’ve obviously swilled the Fox news horseshit and swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

        Thank you, Frank for saying what the vast majority of this country has been thinking all along.

        Like you, I never met a racist who would own up to it.

        http://whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com/

      • DetroitSam

        For the love of God, stop with the caps. Also, too, buy a book on logic.

  • 1EdMeadows83

    Well “Freeman” you’ve proven that an ill educated, bigot can use large words and seemingly profound phrases. If you’re interested in the truth you would have done a modicum of research into the good this President has done and you would recognize that you should be ashamed of what you have written.

    • Ipsophakto

      exactly why do you use the term “bigot” in your response?

      Do you condone lies and liars?

      • 1EdMeadows83

        No Ipso, I think it’s obvious that I detest Lies, Liars and Bigots. That’s why I am a Democrat.

    • FreeManinAmerica

      Since you have not refuted a single statement in my post and you have not cited an single good President Obama has done, I shall consider your post the squeal of a stuck pig.

      I am proud of Christ’s sacrifice for all mankind, and nothing else. Because I accept His gift of grace, I am ashamed of nothing, because He has washed away our sins.

      • 1EdMeadows83

        Freeman, let me first say, I believe there was a human, probably named Jesus, who walked the earth, said good things, did good things, was executed for the things he did and said, died on a cross and was buried. That was the end of Jesus. I don’t believe in a god, in Jupiter, Mars, Thor, Satan or any other superhuman being. I believe the bible was written by men in an effort to subjugate other men. That’s about it.

        I am basically lazy. I didn’t want to do the research I advised you to do. Apparently you were lazy also.

        Anyway, here’s a partial list of what Obama has accomplished, over the efforts of a racist Congress:

        1. Passed Health are Reform:

        2. Passed the timulus

        3. Passed Wall Street Reform:

        4. Ended the War in Iraq

        5. Began Drawdown f War in Afghanistan

        6. Eliminated Osama bin laden

        7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry

        8. Recapitalized Banks:

        9. Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”:

        10. Toppled Gaddafi

        11. Told Mubarak to Go:

        12. Reversed Bush Torture Policies

        13. Improved America’s Image Abroad

        4. Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program,
        Expanded Pell Grant Spending

        15. Created Race to the Top:

        16. Boosted Fuel
        Efficiency Standards:

        17. Coordinated
        International Response to Financial Crisis

        18. Passed Mini Stimuli

        19. Began Asia “Pivot”:

        20. Increased
        Support for Veterans:

        21. Tightened
        Sanctions on Iran
        Believe me, there is much more. Some you may disagree with. If you want them, you’ll have to look them up. I’m done.

  • 1EdMeadows83

    Well, looking back to the dim days under George W. Bush I can’t recall any racist remarks being used against him. Maybe it takes a black president to bring out the hatred in America. You’re proof of that.

    • strangelander

      There is no other explanation for the level of false witness born against this man and his family or the level of hatred. Even before he was sworn in the right began their attacks. Denying and enabling the sneaky racism of the right is where the embarrassment lies. The ugliness of the right wing in this country brings shame on us all.

      • 1EdMeadows83

        strangelander, you are right and you are wrong. You are right about the hatred Obama has brought forth from the Regressives and you are wrong about the ugliness bringing shame to us all. The Regressives have no shame.

  • 1EdMeadows83

    Well now. That’s a really intelligent statement. It’s obvious that he is American and an author or he couldn’t have written the article. He may not be an author you agree with and may not be a great author but an author he is and, by the way, as an American I resent the word ‘American’ being written with a lower case “a”.

  • Dan Daly

    Why is the author wrong? Because he is equating a political civil war over extreme partisan ideology with RACISM. Because he can’t see any other reason that the right and left are at each others throats except for RACISM. The problem in our political culture is ideological extremism – ON BOTH SIDES! Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil were able to get along because they respectfully disagreed with each other over policy, formed a professional working relationship and became friends. The political climate today is characterized by exactly this kind of article – this ideologue accuses the republicans of being racists who only want to lynch the first black President. The other side accuses the President of being a communist, committed to the destruction of the American dream in favor of a totalitarian central government. And you people buy into it! If America keeps buying into this crap, insists on electing career political elites and continues to support the us versus them/it’s my way or the highway mentality, this whole thing is going to come crashing down…

    • FreeBird2

      This mob mentality and ignorance is just scary. Fifty years from now we
      will read about this time in our history and shake our heads in
      complete incredulous disbelief.

      The unrelenting hysteria and hate that has been pouring from the right since Obama’s election has been unprecedented–and I have been around since Eisenhower was president. President Obama gets criticized for every single thing he does, even something as innocuous as taking a selfie or using an umbrella, doing a fist-jab with his wife ect ect ect!!! ad-nauseum!!!

      Whatever…there is nothing changing a Racists’ Mind but him/her themselves. The KKK is alive and kicking STILL in the USA….sad but true.

      • Hugh JaSoule

        Damned fool. I feel sorry for you. It must be uncomfortable with your nose up Obama’s buttocks day and night. My guess is that by the end of the day, your face must make you look like you’ve been eating a half dozen eclairs out of a bucket…

        • CCBanks

          “It must be uncomfortable with your nose up Obama’s buttocks day and night”

          smelly too!

        • Kathryn Hildebrandt

          Now there’s a brilliant rebuttal. Completely logical and supported by facts. Moron. But, then, I never have seen an Obama-hater yet who can explain why in any sort of articulate fashion. You only know how to talk about poo-poo. Do they actually allow you to vote?

          • Big RRRRR

            Why so critical of Hugh??? Haven’t you read the “like-in-kind” comments of your buddies?

            Eyes wide closed.

      • Dan Daly

        @FreeBird2 – did you even read my post? I’m not an Obama hater. You know nothing about me. You don’t even know if I am a republican, democrat or independent. Yet, you stereotype me, along with everyone on the right, as racist. I didn’t even mention President Obama’s name. In fact, my post details the problem with extreme political discourse in this nation from the right and the left, which you obviously are part of. President Obama is criticized relentlessly, just like Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, etc, etc. If you look at history OBJECTIVELY, the political rhetoric has been becoming more extreme over time…its a function of the reality of having an elite class of career politicians who don’t represent the people, rather they represent themselves in a constant campaign fund cycle of self service that will guarantee victory at the ballot box. This problem has been building since Johnson began to erode the trust and confidence we had in the office of the President and Nixon broke it. Today, politicians on both sides constantly whip their “base” into hysterical blindness over manufactured crisis after manufactured crisis (playing golf, too many vacations, using an iPod, bla bla bla). What you and the author confuse as Racism, I see as an indictment of corrupt, unethical, incompetent self serving governance that is tearing at the very fabric of the Constitution. What you refuse to hear, is that I do not confine that assessment to the President, Democrats and/or Republicans. There is no common sense in Washington – there is only the warped, inside the beltway, utopian view of how things should be in a Left/Right world. If you really look hard at this President, there is very little that he has done in office, that isn’t a continuation and/or expansion of the policies of the last administration. Until we demand real substantive change in our government, what we have today will remain the status quo. I’m not a racist for dissenting against President Obama’s policies, just like you weren’t a traitor for dissenting against President Bush.

      • Big RRRRR

        The KKK was developed out of the leftist/liberal party. Now you try to hang it on the conservatives. How laughable.

        • CharlieAdamsInKY

          Ahh, THERE’S that old meme, right off of Page One of the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party’s Manual For Paid Liars and Trolls. You need a remedial history lesson, little man – the Southern Democratic Party OF 150 YEARS AGO was a CONSERVATIVE party – Lincoln’s Republican Party was the “liberal” party of the time, and since then? Well, we ALL know that the party ideologies switched half a century ago, even the PAID LIARS who keep trying to spread the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party propaganda.

  • Ipsophakto

    Exactly what do you allege is being “made up” about Obama?

    A lie is a lie, regardless of who is telling it. How is calling out Obama’s lie of the year (politifact gave him that distinction) and the rating of 4 Pinocchio’s from the Washington Post for that same lie, “holding someone to a different standard”?

    I reject the premise that Obama is being held to a different standard. The lies are proven to be willful, emphatic, unequivocal. The proof is in the very “law” register – and furthermore, the Democrats discussed the fact that saying “if you like your plan, you can keep it” – and consciously decided to go with the lies. They even voted on it once the GOP caught on to the scheme.

    Checkmate. Obama is a liar who told the lie of the year.

    As far as I’m concerned, Lie of the century.

    Now, do you condone lies and liars?

    • gimpi1

      What’s made up is:
      He’s not a citizen.
      He’s a socialist.
      He’s a communist.
      He’s a dictator.
      He’s a Muslim.
      He’s not a Christian.
      He hates Christians.
      He’s the Anti-Christ.
      He didn’t write his book.
      He didn’t earn his post at Harvard.
      His wife has been disbarred.
      He has been disbarred.
      He hates America.

      I have read all these things. They are all made up. I don’t remember such nonsense being made up about President Bush.

      As to your “liar’ charge, I’m not convinced it was a purposeful lie, any more than I am convinced that George Bush told purposeful lies about Iraq to lead us into an ill-advised war. I think in both cases the full situation was not fully understood, most likely because of both belief in the plans being put forward and wishful thinking. I don’t consider that purposeful lying. I think the Post was mistaken in that case. Therefore, to me, you question about condoning lies is irrelevant.

      • CharlieAdamsInKY

        Methinks ipsophakto protests WAY too much, no?

        Translation: “It’s racism when you call me out on my racism!!! WAAAAAAH!!!”

        Typical TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party paid shill.

  • Ipsophakto

    I’m not screaming about his birth certificate, or religion, or for him to be killed.

    I’m calling him a liar, as are politifact and the washington post.

    The 42 votes against Obamacare reflect the will of the majority who voted to take back The House. That’s why we voted for those tea party members.

    Obamacare is a cancer on our society – and it is about to metastasize and consume the hosts. We are all the hosts.

    There was no loss of $24 Billion, Period.

    There Will Be No $24B Economic Loss From The Government Shutdown

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffreydorfman/2013/10/22/there-will-be-no-24b-economic-loss-from-the-government-shutdown/

    Look at the polls regarding Obamacare. People want to repealed or amended. Obama is amending it at will, without proper authority.

    If someone somewhere misspelled his name, that doesn’t grant Obama license to lie to the whole country.

    I’m not treating his family as “criminals”, nor is that germane to issue at hand. Obama is a liar. That’s the issue. His lies are wrecking my family, my future.

    That is my reality. Obama’s lies are wrecking my family, my life.

    Now, I’ve dismissed every one of your irrelevant side-show arguments, and focused in on the big lie.

    Criticism is NOT racism.

    Elbert Guillory is criticizing Obama, he’s not a racist.

    Mia Love is criticizing Obama, she is not a racist.

    I’m not a racist either.

    The people defending Obama and projecting racism where there is not are the racists. Period.

  • Ipsophakto

    How is speaking the truth about Obama’s lies “hateful”?

    It is hateful to tell lies, deceiving and wrecking lives to get reelected and to use empty promises to sell false virtue via Obamacare.

    Obama’s lie got an award: Lie of the Year – from Politifact. 4 Pinocchio’s from Washingtom Post. Are those media outlets being “hateful” or truthful?

    How is a lie “good”, and why do you believe Obama’s lies will “triumph”?

  • Ipsophakto

    Here’s someone who disagrees with you:

    “Since Eisenhower I have criticized every American president. They have always been white and I have always been black, and nobody accused me of being a racist.” Elbert Guillory

    https://mobile.twitter.com/sharon8191962/status/409850511375208449/photo/1?screen_name=sharon8191962

  • Ipsophakto

    How is it hateful or racist to call out Obama’s proven lies?

  • Ipsophakto

    One demon is the protection of lies and liars. Obama won distinction as Liar of the year, with his lie of the year.

    Are you concerned about those lies?

  • Ipsophakto

    Is telling lies one of the ways to “maneuver” around the misplaced trust of the people?

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      You should know, since that’s the stock in trade of you professional SHILLS for the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party’s Ministry of
      Sedition and Propaganda…

  • Ipsophakto

    Do you condone lies and liars?

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      No, I’d like to see the entire TeaPubliKKKlan Hate party deported.

  • Ipsophakto

    What moral basis do you have for condoning lies and liars?

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      What moral basis do you have for spreading them?

  • Ipsophakto

    Elbert Guillory is black, I don’t know about your “azz”.

    So, you’re comfortable with lies and liars?

  • Ipsophakto

    Provide an example of “badmouthing with blatant lies.”

    I’ve provided the proven example of Obama’s lies. He won an award for Lie of the Year.

    Do you deny this fact? Do you condone lies and liars?

    Furthermore, you’re economically illiterate regarding the budget. But that’s another discussion entirely.

  • Ipsophakto

    People knew Obama would force Obamacare on the whole country. They knew he was telling lies and making empty promises to sell false virtue.

    This is fully proven now. Obama is a verified liar. There’s simply no way around that fact.

    He was reelected on a string of lies and deception, and abuse of power.

    He lied to the whole country about Obamacare: “If you like your plan…”

    He lied about Benghazi, as did Rice and Clinton.

    He abused political opponents using institutional discrimination from the IRS.

    He used the census bureau to cook the books on the jobs reports leading up to the election.

    These are all proven facts.

    Obama cheated to win the election – he lied his way back into office, and he will reap what he sows.

    You are the one being racist, projecting that ugly, awful, misguided epithet where is doesn’t belong.

    Obama deserves the criticism he’s getting – he brought it upon himself.

    His healthcare debacle is wrecking my family, my future – and he did that by telling LIES. Period.

  • Ipsophakto

    Ah, NOW we see who the racist really is. Lugnut is the racist.

    Uncle Tom? Seriously? Wow, your hypocrisy is so very base, disgusting, hostile. How do you live with yourself – soaking in your own racist hate like that?

    “Since Eisenhower I have criticized every American president. They have always been white and I have always been black, and nobody accused me of being a racist.” Elbert Guillory

    https://mobile.twitter.com/sharon8191962/status/409850511375208449/photo/1?screen_name=sharon8191962

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      Translation: “It’s RACISM when you call me out on my racism!! WAAAAH!!!” Professional SHILL for the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party’s Ministry of Sedition and Propaganda…

  • Ipsophakto

    Got it. So you condone liars and the lies they tell.

  • CCBanks

    Dude. Obama is a POS and I’M BLACK AND HATE CONSERVATIVES!!! Obama is a lying so called Christian who VOTED TO KILL BABIES THAT SURVIVE ABORTIONS! Obama the “Christian” weighed in on SATAN’S SIDE about SODOMITE MARRIAGE thereby condemning his already condemned soul to HELL!

    Obama, who you morons continually tout as the “smartest man in the room”, released a HEALTH CARE WEBSITE THAT NOT ONLY WAS A COMPLETE PIECE OF FECES but that ALSO DIDN’T HAVE A PAYMENT MECHANISM!!! A payment mechanism that’s extremely important since this FASCIST is going to CHARGE YOU A FOKKING FINE IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE INSURANCE THAT YOU CAN’T GET BECAUSE THERE IS NO FOKKING WAY TO PAY FOR IT!!!!!!

    Obama lied about Bengazi and Fast and Furious, both of which would have gotten a Republican impeached! You threw over faith in Christ because you thought that OBAMA’S SIDE represented a better offer???? OBAMA’S GOING TO BURN IN HELL and you will probably be right beside him.

    And no, I am not a self loathing black or whatever other description people like you use to describe those who are not on your “plantation”. I realize that there are a LOT of RACISTS in the Republican party, see Rand Paul who would DENY BLACKS CIVIL FOKKING RIGHTS and TED CRUZ who would PRAISE AN UNREPENTANT RACIST and WISH that the SENATE was full of like minded pieces of feces! BUT THERE IS ALSO PRINCIPLED OBJECTION TO OBAMA’S POLICIES which not only usurp authority of the individual over his life, BUT WHICH HAS BEEN A COMPLETE F-ING FAILURE!!! Does FAILURE no longer count to an ideologue such as yourself!?

    Obamacare has plunged the FUTURE of MILLIONS OF PEOPLE into CHAOS! Not only the MILLIONS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR INSURANCE, but with the hundreds of thousands who have SIGNED UP WITHOUT A PAYMENT MECHANISM and who are currently having their financial data TAKEN DOWN BY FELONS!!!!! Not only might they not have INSURANCE but they MAY NO LONGER BE WHO THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE!!!!! WAKE THE F UP!

    • FreeBird2

      Oh man, you need help in the worse way….

      • mcjonsey

        in the worst way. -sigh-

        • FreeBird2

          I stand corrected. ~sigh~

          • mcjonsey

            lol – so sorry – I actually was agreeing with you. I didn’t even notice the typo. :)

    • hair gassed back

      Ja voll mein trollmeister

    • $1754985

      If anyone’s going to hell, it’s you, you racist prick. May God have mercy on your evil, twisted soul.

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      What is it with the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party? Do you imbeciles really think that you can come on here spewing idiotic claims like “I’m black!!!” “I hate conservatives!!!!” “Blah-blah-bibby-blah!!!”, and people will effin’ FALL for it? Jesus effin’ Christ, you sound like a complete paranoid-psychotic, and your entire post is nothing but right-wing talking points and propaganda. Go crawl back under your rock, troll-boy, and tell your handlers they need a better class of paid liar.

  • Ipsophakto

    No, YOU dwell on labels – without any individual distinction between the affiliation, race, party of a person and their actual real-world behavior.

    You condone lies and liars on the basis of identity politics. You already proved to the whole world you’re a racist – by branding dissent as “uncle tom” behavior. You did it right here on this board.

    You are the racist you aim to find in the world.

    You’re also erupting in strawman delusions, spraying baseless assertions about the “kluxers” and the GOP.

    MLK was a republican, so was his father. You sleep on that – and look in the mirror – because you’re the one making a fool of yourself.

    You’re the one who blindly condones lies and liars – while projecting racism where it isn’t.

  • Ipsophakto

    I agree. Obama is not mean, and I’m sure he’s fun to hang out with, but he’s also a liar.

  • Ipsophakto

    I think you ignored the material at the links I provided.

    By the way, the liberal progressive ideology is delaminating as we speak.

    Do you know why? Because Obama told the biggest lie set of lies in US history to the whole country – and now those lies are coming home to roost in the form of cancelled policies, jacked up premiums, and waves of regret.

  • Ipsophakto

    Wow, there’s a racist remark. So, Obama can lie to your face, and he’s okay with you. Someone can call him out for being a liar, and you call them “white trash”?

    Thanks for confirming that you’re the racist.

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      Translation: “It’s RACISM when you call me out on my racism!! WAAAAH!!!”
      Professional SHILL for the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party’s Ministry of
      Sedition and Propaganda…

  • Ipsophakto

    What “kind” do you assume I am?

    What does race have to do with integrity and credibility? Those qualities have nothing to do with race. Why do you raise race at all?

    Will Obama be held accountable for his now-proven, verified lies?

    Now, do you condone Obama’s lies?

    Do you perceive his lies to be “Nobel Lies”, thus forgivable?

    I’m trying to understand how a racist like you thinks.

    • Lue Blacknell

      FYI-did these so called “black lies” that you segregationists hold on to-kill anyone? Like the Iraq & Afghanistan war has? Has millions been spent in a country that hate our guts?(Afghanistan)Did some of your elected officials-that suppose to represent their constituents-met & united during the President”s swearing in-to conspire, commit insubordination & sabotage the American people? Now run & tell that!

  • Ipsophakto

    Here’s a ray of honest sunshine – contrast to Obama’s profligate lies:

    “Since Eisenhower I have criticized every American president. They have always been white and I have always been black, and nobody accused me of being a racist.” Elbert Guillory

    https://mobile.twitter.com/sharon8191962/status/409850511375208449/photo/1?screen_name=sharon8191962

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      Translation: “It’s racism when you call me out on my racism!!! WAAAAAAH!!!”

  • Ipsophakto

    Nonsense. You’re projecting racism where it isn’t.

    Do you condone lies and liars?

  • Ipsophakto

    Ah, there’s that racism of yours coming from that bad place in your heart.

    Why are you a racist? Why do you hate people who disagree with you? Why do you use a racist epithet to refer to a black man who speaks the truth about Obama’s critics?

    “Since Eisenhower I have criticized every American president. They have always been white and I have always been black, and nobody accused me of being a racist.” Elbert Guillory

    https://mobile.twitter.com/sharon8191962/status/409850511375208449/photo/1?screen_name=sharon8191962

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      Translation: “It’s racism for you to not allow MY racism”, squalls the PROFESSIONAL SHILL for the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party’s Ministry of Sedition and Propaganda.

  • Ipsophakto

    Those are just baseless epithets to silence black conservatives who have seen past the democrat plantation.

    Vote-slavery is enforced by folks like you who condone racism.

  • Ipsophakto

    Yet when Sarah Palin used a slavery metaphor Martin Bashir made a terrible, hypocritical insult about her.

    Slavery as it was is gone. You’re the one wallowing in the past rather than learning from it. Here’s a man who has evolved, maybe you can learn from him:

    “Since Eisenhower I have criticized every American president. They have always been white and I have always been black, and nobody accused me of being a racist.” Elbert Guillory

    https://mobile.twitter.com/sharon8191962/status/409850511375208449/photo/1?screen_name=sharon8191962

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      Translation: “It’s racism when you call me out on my racism!!! WAAAAAAH!!!”

      If you had more than ONE example, it would help make your point – or, what you’re trying to PRETEND is your point. Typical TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party professional shill: can’t function once they go off their posting script.

  • Ipsophakto

    …exactly. That relationship between the democrats and blacks is the indignity of dependency. The democrat plantation isn’t a place, it is a state of mind, and it is no less dehumanizing – but it is accepted tacitly and even defended right here on this board with people actually calling me racist for simply criticizing Obama.

    I absolutely love Thomas Sowell, Elbert Guillory, Mia Love, Deneen Borelli, Anita Moncrief. I get called racist for mentioning these courageous and amazing people.

    Democrats divide people by race, gender, class, then shame them into submission via subtle race card playing, use of epithets.

    It is insidious because democrats in mostly white areas aren’t even conscious of this rotten, ugly system of “cracking the whip” on those who would dare to seek independence. A true conservative looks at people as individuals – and seeks opportunity for all, not handouts to poverty hostages.

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      Translation: “It’s racism when you call me out on my racism!!! WAAAAAAH!!!”

      Typical TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party horse sh*t.

  • Ipsophakto

    Is perpetual vote-slavery really “helping” someone? It is better to give people opportunity and allow them to flourish with their own ambition than to spoon feed them into being dependent and resentful. You misrepresent what republicans are trying to do.

    You equate handouts with compassion, and ignore the debt of indignity.

    You also misrepresent the facts. The GOP has cut tax rates across the board, which raises tax revenue. That’s a fact, and one Kennedy understood very well.

    When a store wants to raise revenue, do they double prices on everything, or do they put things on sale and control costs? Cutting taxes works if done right. The bottom 60% pay not federal income taxes at all. In fact, on average they pay NEGATIVE 9%. I’m not complaining, I’m just showing that you’re wildly incorrect about the GOP “rewarding the rich” and “hurting” the poor.

    Republicans and conservatives are proven to be the most individually, privately generous people in the world.

    Liberal democrats give the least amount of money to charity, because they like to farm out virtue and charity to the government and keep it at arms length from them. Not all of them, but MANY. I’m right in the thick of that where I live.

    I assert that the Democrats are the worst thing in the world for the poor. The party simply exploits and perpetuates poverty in cyclical fashion to keep generation after generation on the vote-breast.

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      “Liberal democrats give the least amount of money to charity, because
      they like to farm out virtue and charity to the government and keep it
      at arms length from them.”

      Yeah, you keep telling yourself that. All your “statistics” REALLY mean is that more “conservatives” give where other people can SEE it, and make sure that other people DO see it so they can get credit. Frankly, you’re a blatant LIAR.

  • Ipsophakto

    More insults? Do you have anything besides insults in your heart?

    • MrBritesnide

      Ipsophakto

      More insults? Do you have anything besides insults in your heart?
      ___________________________
      Mewling VICTIMIZATION doesn’t suit you.
      Just another false pose.

  • Ipsophakto

    Is it “christ-like” to condone lies and liars?

    Obama’s lies are wrecking my family and my future.

    You’re okay with that?

    Note that you don’t know what the color of my skin is or isn’t – nor do I care about that feature of anyone else. I care about how people treat me and others.

    Obama is treating me to a raft of lies that are hurting me very deeply.

    How do you feel about that? Is there love in your heart, concern, sympathy, or something else?

    • Brother O

      I see that you don’t have a lot of experiences with multiple cultures. What is the difference between a treacherous person and a wicked person? The wicked will be destroyed and the treacherous will be ripped from the Earth according to what is written in the Bible. If you ask me about how I feel in person, I may be able to answer your question more sincerely, but since you are not, your family is probably the one that will strip me from my right as a father and a husband and deemed me not worthy to live here. I don’t know, I am just saying.

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      “Obama’s lies are wrecking my family and my future.”

      Bull. Sh*t. Unsupported claims “truth”.

  • Ipsophakto

    You confuse greed with ambition. Ambition makes our healthcare the very best in the world. Our “system” makes it bad because the government touches it.

    • Brother O

      You have the funds to use the current healthcare industry. Therefore you are confused as well from my point of view. “The rich shall get richer and the poorer shall get poorer.” Sign of the times. We are not on the same level. You might have your hand in the pot. Sure you would benefit from it. I probably would have the same disposition if I was benefitting financial from the current healthcare industry as well.

  • FreeBird2

    Oh oh….

    Fox News caught in another Benghazi lie.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2013/12/16/ap-benghazi-story-challenges-fox-news-stand-down-scoop/

    The GOP is the party of “knuckle-dragging Neanderthals,” says this GOPer: http://onmsnbc.co/B396FS

    The only thing more inane than the comments made by the hatemongering, holier-than-thou so-called christians is the fact they are proud of their antisocial and racist behavior.

  • strangelander

    Uhhh…what? The Catholic church killed millions. The Christian Crusades killed millions. Stalin wasn’t progressive or left at all and he killed 20 million of his own people. Hitler wasn’t progressive or left at all and he murdered more than 11 million people. I don’t think you’re capable of critical thinking. Not even a nice try.

  • keep_n_real

    I’m glad that lynching picture was removed. To use that picture to support these baseless claims of racism and lynching is abusive of the lives and the heritage depicted in that picture. Both Schaeffer and Obama are from white privilege and have no stake in the American black experience, except what they falsely exploit.

    • maggy

      I’m betting you are white. And a GOper too. Did I get that right?

      • Big RRRRR

        Ohhh… that’s right. You get “The Bad” label if you have a differing opinion or point of view that doesn’t match up with yours.

        How pathetic you are.. you intolerant hypocrite

    • http://seanhuze.com/blog Sean Huze

      Obama was “from white privilege”? While I agree with you that the lynching photo was too much and think that it is more than racism, though racism does factor into the equation, to suggest Barack Obama is from white privilege proves you know nothing about the man’s background. He is truly an American success story who is only topped by President William Jefferson Clinton when it comes to a “rags to riches” story.

      Mr Schaeffer, I would like to point out that President Clinton arguably had a considerably rougher start to his second term. Reagan and Nixon with Iran-Contra and Watergate respectively, have a strong argument that they were not exactly coasting their last four years either. Of our last 4 POTUS’ who were elected for a 2nd term, two were impeached, one left office in disgrace, one came dangerously close to impeachment, and one left office with the lowest approval ratings of any of his predecessors throughout history! Second terms are always tough and while racism plays a part with this particular president from a small segment of society THROUGHOUT this nation (skinheads in LaLa Land were far more violent over the past thirty years than the redneck Klan was… in fact the South has gotten better in my opinion while the rest of the country has taken a step backwards), it’s not Obama’s problem.

      The Tea Party forcing Boehner to the right, Eric Cantor, the backstabbing, manipulative, thorn in the Speaker’s side who has sandbagged multiple deals he and President Obama worked out candidly, and the legitimate threat of career-ending primaries hanging over all moderate GOP pols has made it impossible for them to work with the President. That is truly without precedent and I don’t think it has much to do with race at all. Until we figure out what really is the driving force behind that movement we, much like our president, will continue to be plagued by their obstinance and vitriol.

      • $27334126

        For high school he want to the elite private Punahou School. Tuition there today is $20,000 a year.

  • maggy

    He has sent laws to congress to do away with the subsidies and GOP congress votes no, every time. Check the votes.

  • maggy

    He did just that.Pretty embarassing to go on and on about something, and your premise is completely false.

  • maggy

    Missed the point.

    • mrky

      I didn’t miss the point at all. The responder is suggesting that I am a bigot based on the fact that I identified the black voter base as black, rather than “disenfranchised voters”, and summarily volunteers that, from this point forward, any commentary I may provide will be met with disrespect and a general lack of consideration. Quite a prophetic statement considering the further responses I have received from this individual.

  • atsme

    (excerpt) It seems that Arthur Davis, former co-chairman of President Barak Obama’s presidential campaign, who seconded his official nomination at the 2008 Democratic Convention, has seen the light. Davis was the sole member of the Congressional Black Caucus to vote against Obama’s health-care legislation in 2010. A couple of days ago, he resigned from the Democratic Party. “Wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities,” Davis said. ”Frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country. I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again. I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured.” http://pjmedia.com/mihaipacepa/2012/06/04/the-socialist-mask-of-marxism/

  • gimpi1

    You are aware there are over a billion muslims on the planet, right? The idea that he would be associated with a terrorist because he as a youth looked into Islam is about as likely as George W. Bush being a clan terrorist because the Clan was active in Texas when he was growing up.

    He was not born in Kenya. He was born in Hawaii. That has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. His father was born in Kenya. The “statements” by his grandmother were a mistranslation, the product of confusion by questions being translated to her poorly, then poorly translated back.

    This sort of innuendo should have died a natural death long ago. Personally, I think if he was not a democrat and part black, they would have.

  • gimpi1

    Thanks for the warning. I’ll ignore him post-haste.

  • Joanne

    I got much flack for posting the article with the picture of the lynching and I defended it. I am particularly “offended” by my liberal friends being outraged by things that mean nothing – as if they mean something. I must have missed where we can moved through this life and not feel uncomfortable by what we see when it is essential that we remember that we HAVE seen. I don’t care a whit what conservatives feel, because it’s cleat what the party has dissolved into, so will not respond to any expected garbage from that “side” and their trollish minions.

    This was my response:

    I have gotten some harsh “How dare you post that!” comments about the article I posted yesterday connecting how both the Right and the Left are participating in a slow-motion lynching of Obama. I thought it was one of the most brilliant articles I have read on what we have allowed to happen to arguably one of this country’s finest Presidents. Many messaged me or posted to the article itself their “horror” at the image that came along with the article (I did not choose the image – it was chosen by the author intentionally and showed several African-Americans hanging from a tree.) I think it’s a dangerous perspective to have, personally and I will use parts of a response to another person’s post (Someone who is, ironically, in the “spiritual business”) to respond here.

    In terms of social awareness and advocacy the “I don’t want to SEE images that!” comments are the most distressing to me when it comes to articles like this. You don’t want to see these images? How about LIVING these images every day? Still? IN 2013? How about living systemic racism since the day your ancestors bodies were thrown up onto the shores of a New America? You don’t want to see these images? Seriously. Grow a freaking backbone. You want to live a life that tells you ONLY that life is HAPPY and all is WELL and if we only THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS we will be HAPPY. And, you wish to choose to ONLY SEE things that support that ridiculous perspective – so back off with the “horrific” images! I only want to see images of courage and hope! Ow! Ow! It hurts!!

    Life in the United States is NOT hopeful to a hell of a lot of people – and we are watching systemic racism take a foothold in these country in ways that we haven’t seen since the 1800’s. And, I blame many of the people who turn away because they “Don’t want to see images like this!”

    The irony, if you’d actually read the story – or, if you did read the story – you would have understood the author’s intent – you would have understood the necessity for grabbing people who think like this by their freaking collars and say, “LOOK at this! This is where we are headed back to being – and if we get there, it’s going to be YOUR fault and no one else’s.” It’s the privileged whites who have any power at all in this country (which is most of us Whites) telling us all that we “Don’t need to see images like this on Facebook” that frustrate me the most, I think. Again, It’s just such a dangerous perspective. Not seeing images doesn’t make the issue disappear, for God’s sake. To be outraged over a picture? Well, not much chance you’re going to outraged over what is actually HAPPENING.

    Personally, images (such as the one attached to the article) make me feel courageous, because people are still being lynched (I would believe that Trayvon Martin’s mother would say her son was ‘lynched’ in February 2012.) and that makes me angry – and afraid – and motivated – and brave – and makes me want to acknowledge and CHANGE what is happening. I don’t give a damn, really, if an image makes me – or you – sick or upset. Some images should make us all sick and upset – not OFFENDED. If an IMAGE is horrifying, you haven’t stepped a inch close to the reality of what this article is expressing. Not a freaking inch. My opinion.

    • hair gassed back

      FLAK nitwit

    • $7170342

      Yes we have a black president and this country is going back to the stone age with race issues that makes sense. Obama promised to balance the budget he instead increased the deficit more than any president in history of the world. He promised to end lobbying and make government more transparent he did the opposite and meets with lobbyists constantly. He promised to close GITMO end indefinite detention and protect our rights. GITMO Remains as we force feed muslims who are on hunger strikes under this president. Obama has authorized more drone strikes that have killed more people including women in children not involved in terrorism then any other president. I VOTED for OBAMA, but I voted for the man who said he would end Drone Strikes ( Instead he killed an American Citizen with a Drone with no due process) the man who was supposed to stand up for our constitution and our rights the anti-bush. He instead bailed out wall-street, Goldman Sacs, GE- Over a billion in tax breaks, at the same time payroll tax increases for the middle class. Bailed out big pharma and health companies with Obama care> HE is big business. You voted for an idea, you got a corporate puppet. Luckily for him our education system is so inadequate none of you are aware of what’s going. And you bring up Trayvonn, you mean “NO LIMIT NI**A” because that was his twitter handle. Do you think he started beating Zimmerman’s face after he was shot dead or do you think he would have to attack Zimmerman before he shot him? That’s how self defense works sorry. Next time I recommend someone in Trayvonn’s case call the police instead of acting like a GANGSTER. You discredit people who were lynched for nothing by adding his name when he picked a fight. What about the white man murdered by a black guy when he was found in his yard at night. No charges were pressed it was considered self-defense. Too bad reverned al isn’t worried about that. This country is sick because of ignorant people like you. White people elected Obama yet were still racist, give me a break. How can race have anything to do with Obama when he is just as much white as he is black. I believe honestly that black people are the new racists and bigots in this country. White people have moved on I don’t think blacks have.

      • yogiman

        Sorry, I hate to tell you this, but we don’t have a black president. We don’t even have a president today, we have a usurper in the office who refuses to identify himself.

        What is the man’s name, Barack Hussein Obama or Barry Soetoro? Or possibly some other name. We don’t know, do we?

        • CharlieAdamsInKY

          Birther = Racist. Also, Birther = brain-dead imbecile who should be locked up with a Thorazine drip and a jacket that buckles in the back. Birthers are NOT sane, and should not be allowed out in public.

          • yogiman

            I’m afraid you’re exposing your arrogant ignorance, CharlieAdamsinKY. You call me a racist; what race am I? You call me a “birther”. Who initiated the “birther” title?

            Offer proof that Barry is in that office legally and I’ll gladly let you put me in that “jacket”… if you will let me put you in that “jacket” if you can’t prove you’re right. Fair enough?

            If Barry was born in Kenya with a British subject his father, how was he born as a natural born American citizen? Because his mother was an American citizen? Could it be because he “changed” his birthplace to Hawaii after advertising he was born in Kenya for 16 years?

            Study the laws of 1961 and try to learn what you obviously don’t know.

          • CharlieAdamsInKY

            All the proof you claim to want has already been presented. You know that, and all the other birther LIARS know that. The proof you want is readily available, but you refuse to see it because it not only proves that President Obama is and always has been an American citizen and as eligible to hold office as anyone else. It also proves that YOU, little man, are a RACIST LIAR and a wannabe TRAITOR to the United States. Not that it’s needed, as you expose yourself with every post.

    • racer

      I also don’t really care what you think, actually people like you frighten me. And people like you act the way you do in Christ’s name and any one who objects is called racist or intolerant. You yourself are more racist and intolerant than those you condemn. How sad.

    • azjen

      I agree with you!! it’s time that people wake up to all the possible complications that people may expect in life. I am not ignorant in that I think that life is more involved than having such a simplistic attitude.

  • lorimakesquilts

    “The house would have passed ANY legislation he offered.” Bwhahahaha Have you been in a coma for the last forty years? Anti-corporate bills do not pass, who has the majority doesn’t matter.

  • Carlos

    There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
    Søren Kierkegaard

    The Liberal Left is so enamored with the idea of vindicating the idiocies of a portion of “white Americas’ past” that they regard any criticism of this president or administration as “racism”. Truth of the matter is, all of the USA , both the Left as well as the Right, wish he was a better president. I pray for our children and the generations who will inherit this disaster.

  • franktrades

    Need another reason? Need a place to cut more? How about the US funding that supports this:

    When a Palestinian is convicted of an act of terror against the Israeli
    government or innocent civilians, such as a bombing or a murder, that
    convicted terrorist automatically receives a generous salary from the
    Palestinian Authority. The salary is specified by the Palestinian Law of
    the Prisoner and administered by the PA’s Ministry of Prisoner Affairs.
    A Palestinian watchdog group, the Prisoners Club, ensures the PA’s
    compliance with the law and pushes for payments as a prioritized
    expenditure. This means that even during frequent budget shortfalls and
    financial crisis, the PA pays the terrorists’ salaries first and
    foremost — before other fiscal obligations.

    Bush’s fault?

  • peachyorchards@gmail.com

    I bet your gullible enough to believe in evolution

  • Sod Buster

    “We’ve been watching a slow motion lynching of a moderate brilliant family man, a father, and faithful loving husband. The Republicans in Congress are so dedicated to lynching the President they’ve been willing to shut down our government and risk the future of our economy.”
    .

    While ‘b o’ was collecting a paycheck in the U. S. Senate, when he actually voted other than ‘present’, his voting record was to the left of the self avowed socialist senator from Vermont.
    .

    That is not ‘moderate’.
    .

    Suggest you author a new book about left wing religionists and entitle it, ‘Backwards, Sectarian, Soldiers’

  • Dennis Richardson

    It is obviously too bad but since I heard Francis Schaeffer speak substantially more than Frank Schaeffer, I have no other alternative but to disagree with the younger Schaeffer. Barack Obama is not being lynched. He has violated the Constitution and he is taking orders from powerful people to injure the United States of America, purposefully. He is willing to do so because Obama and the younger Schaeffer do not know right from wrong. Socialism is not defendable. Andrew Napolitano is correct, taxation is theft and these two men do not obey God’s word. It will be of great interest to me who are going to be left out of the Kingdom of God because they do not obey 1 Corinthians 6: 9 & 10.

  • http://tvnewser.com/ Feliciena

    Every President gets attacked & Bush was attacked than Obama. What he is saying since Obama is black, we don’t have the right to attack him & considers these attacks base on racism. Very annoying.

    • Goldstein’s Nephew

      Obama is only half black. His mama was a white atheist.

    • DetroitSam

      Cite some evidence of where Bush was treated with the total disrespect shown to President Obama. Somehow all of the posters depicting Bush as a witch doctor with a bone through his nose, or as Hitler, etc., have escaped my attention. Perhaps you can supply a link to them?

      • http://tvnewser.com/ Feliciena

        Where were you when Bush was in the White House as he was called all kinds of names. I still see the Hitler mask. Good grief man open your eyes. How can you be such a partisan. I came close to voting for Obama the first around until I did some research on him & his voting pattern in Chicago & as senator. I was all excited about him running until that time.

        Do you actually I think I save this crap & I don’t even know how to set up links. I’m a senior & not a computer savvy but I do follow politics. I criticized Bush also but he was definitely better than Obama. Obama is ruining this country but I have never personally attacked him as I don’t care about race. I would vote for anyone who I mostly agree with & I don’t care if they were purple.

        • Danielle Spears

          Surely you did not say that Bush was a better president. Were you conscious during his terms in office?

          • http://tvnewser.com/ Feliciena

            I wasn’t exactly pleased with him but after Obama, he doesn’t look so bad. Obama is as bad or worse than Carter.

      • azjen

        I would like to see examples of this as well. And Feliciene, my husband & I are also seniors & that should have no relation to our ability to being a computer savvy. You should be able to set up links & do things on a computer if you own one. No one is expecting you to be a research librarian; however, when you make the statements that you do, you should be able to back up what you say. From what I have seen so far, Obama is related more to the Hitler mask than was Bush. Many folks had it in for Bush b/c he had gotten us in a war in the Mid-East, but he needed to stand his ground or other countries would not have much respect for us. He should have tried to get out of it his second term & yet he didn’t. I hear people claim this is b/c this is what his Father walked away from. I would say at this time in the game, it’s like water under the bridge or over the dam. We really cannot change what has happened. You were smart in that you researched Obama before you gave him your vote. I wish that others would have done this b/c they would have discovered that he wasn’t the panacea to all the problems in the world. Having grown up in IL & being familiar with where our current president & his wife came from; neither my husband nor I would have given him our votes.

        • $27334126
          • azjen

            This was not a response from Feliciene. Being a big girl (a senior) she should be able to stand up for herself. Sending these pictures was childish. In fact, I’m sure there are some out there that resemble Barack Obama. Of course, that’s what one gets from the Huffington Post b/c that newspaper is strictly leftist & is known for their liberal slant. It always strikes me funny when the Dems cannot come up with an intelligent response. They never are able to forget the president that came before Obama. Therefore, if something goes wrong, blame it on Bush.

          • $27334126

            You said “I would like to see examples of this as well.” I gave you some.

          • azjen

            Yes, you did. However, I was agreeing with someone else that I wanted a response from Feliciene. She was quick to open her mouth & dish out her opinion(s) b/c after all she’s a senior & I guess that protects her for having to give examples of what she has said. She said things that made sense & I agree with her in many ways. However, she should have thought about what she said before she made the comments that she did. From what I can tell, Mr. Galton, you like to copy & paste, but you are very negative in how you use your talents. If I don’t care for someone, I do not compare them to a terrorist & I certainly do not compare them to an animal. Guess that’s b/c you haven’t grown up yet. Enuff said!

          • $27334126

            You should ask them to adjust your medication.

          • azjen

            That’s strange b/c I was about to suggest that to you if you continued to bother me any more.

          • Lori Nalette

            The monkey pics actually came after bush was out of office, I believe.

      • $27334126
    • azjen

      Once again, the name of Bush comes up. Just what does Bush have to do with Obama..of course, other than coming before him as president? I wish people would get off the kick of racism. Yes, Barack Obama has black skin & yet that has nothing to do with all that is going on. If you want to get down to it, Barack Obama’s Mother was black & his Father was Arabian. Thus, when people refer to Barack Obama as an African American, they are totally wrong. However, that has no connection to any kind of “so-called” attacks.

    • CleverBev

      1. When Chicago was not considered as a finalist for the 2020 Olympics, a roomful of Republican Operatives applauded. Had Democrats done that we would still be hearing about it on Faux News.
      2. Outright disrespect from the vile Joe Wilson by being called a liar during the State of the Union Address.
      3. Paranoid white Americans feel that a sitting President of the United States does not have the “right” to address their children with a simple televised “do well in school” message.
      4. The President’s statuesque wife is called unflattering names. (Yeah, I know, Hilary Clinton was called unflattering names, too, but there was no hostile racial component.)
      5. Republican members of Congress openly snubbed the President’s invitation(s) to the White House, then bragged to their constituents that they had rebuffed him.
      6. Castigated for simply enjoying the same privileges as other Presidents, including, horror of horrors, TAKING THE OCCASIONAL VACATION!
      7. Perhaps before you assert that people “bring up the race card” to defend the President, you should simply consider that what Frank Schaeffer is saying is true. One of the adjuncts of “The Peter Principle” is that super-competence is more odious than incompetence. Most whites, viscerally, whether they acknowledge it or not, find super-competence of blacks to be terrifying, and, yes, odious. And oh, are they making the President pay–along with many Americans who deserve humane social and economic policies, but too many people are willing to cut off America’s nose to spite the President’s face. Your willful ignorance is very annoying.

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      You’re either a complete idiot, or another TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party Shill – but I repeat myself.

  • libtardsRus

    Vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit vomit

  • SecureTheUS

    Hilarious b.s. column. centrist??? LOLLOLLOLLOL. Two words… Divisive Extremist

  • nater21

    What occurred in this “historic presidency” is massive expansion of debt, and massive deterioration of liberty. Massive expansion in the drone program, and more active than his predecessor in all theatres in the middle east. It is bad policy, not racism that draws the criticism.

  • Dennis Richardson

    Before Francis Schaeffer died he was aware that his son Frank was not following a biblical view of right and wrong. Frank opposed his father’s work. There are many people in our society who are saying that America is trying to achieve a police state as England already has. Webster Tarpley is a very well informed man regarding European history. Any one that really wants to know what is happening in America read Tarpley on You Tube. Zbigniew Brzezinski has expressed his concern that America is waking up. Spread the news when you read Webster Tarpley; Brzezinski is concerned that the American people are going to stop him and his colleagues serving the Old World Order. The Venice Genoese banking family efforts were transferred to England 500 years ago. The New World Order is future, it is not now.

    • $1754985

      Frank follows Jesus more closely than his father ever did.

      • Goldstein’s Nephew

        You gotta be kidding.

        • $1754985

          Nope. Only a fundamentalist like you would think Frank Sr. was Christlike. Jesus is ashamed of you and all who think like you.

    • David

      Sorry, mate, you lost me at the ‘police state as England already has’ bit. Many of us in the UK are (in spite of some in gov’t) trying to avoid following the USA example of racism and totalitarianism.

  • Goldstein’s Nephew

    Well, Frank, at least you are continuing to claim he ended the wars.

    • yogiman

      If he ended the wars, why are we still in a war?

      • Eboni Williams

        I’m pretty sure he said working to end.

        • yogiman

          You’re correct, but why has it taken five years to end a war? I’ve never known of it taking so long to end a way when the “executives” want it to end; because when the war ends, some body ain’t gonna make no more war mongering money.

          • Eboni Williams

            At least we know the war was started for money.

          • Danielle Spears

            And Saddam tried to kill Daddy Bush.

  • libertees

    Hyperbole much?

  • Gamera

    I have NEVER read an article so filled with tired old cliches in my life. How pathetic!!!

  • Plantsmantx

    I disagree.

  • Steve

    It seems to me that if you’re not talking about an act of violence, then you ought not bring up the specter of lynching. To compare harsh, rude, unsavory verbal criticism to lynching cheapens the human rights abuse that lynching really was. That comparison isn’t yours to make.

  • tim_in_seattle

    Absolutely!
    ALL disagreement with President Obama’s policies is based on the fact that he is black.
    What else could it possibly be?

  • Prof321

    I would say that there are people who strongly disagree with Pres. Obama’s positions. Republican hate Obamacare because once it’s entrenched, they’ll never get rid of it. I dislike his poor treatment of Israel, and his “line in the sand regarding” Syria, Thank goodness we got out of going to yet another war over that. Jimmy Carter too is a decent family man, but he was not a good President. And the friendship between Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan is a total fabrication sprung forth from Chris, I can’t shut up” Matthews’s fevered mind. I recommend the New York Times’s review of his book for anyone interested in pursuing this.

    • Lue Blacknell

      If America did not have a long history of racism- & white entitlement ( even though everyone knows that Pres. Obama’s mother was white)but he “looks Black”-like most biracial people-& some of you too) & the fear most of you have of losing your white supremacy-& being treated like you have treated minorities……only give credit to your hatred & evil toward the President & other minorities…….irregardless of what you say.

    • emjayay

      God forbid that we are joining with every other more advanced nation on earth (who all did it already up to a half a century or even over a century ago) in providing health care to everyone, even if we did have to do it with the most conservative free market complicated inefficient costly way possible as invented by the Heritage Foundation.

      • Prof321

        I happen to support Obamacare strongly, and wish it were a single payer system. I was just trying to give some insight into what motivates the Republicans. It’s not that I agree with them.

  • Lori Toupal

    This article is so full of half-truths, misrepresentations of reality and liberal bias it’s absolutely ridiculous. Obama has kept us ‘safe’ with drones by killing dozens of innocent bystanders. There is no real economic recovery – it’s all fuzzy math tricks and economic slight of hand. The stock market is a nothing more than a bunch of gamblers who bet on who they hope will win the race and the only reason they aren’t freaking out and running is because of the aforementioned slight of hand and fuzzy math. There are fewer American adults, percentage-wise, in the workforce now than since the 1930’s. There are more American living in poverty than ever before (well, at least since they started keeping records). Economic recovery? Bull! What a ridiculous pack of lies and manipulation of facts. Typical liberal garbage intended to marginalize and demonize anyone who dares to disagree with their ‘Messiah’. I, for one, could not possibly care less how much melanin is in Obama’s skin. I am multi-racial, myself. I despise him because he is a pathological liar, a tyrant in waiting and plays fast and loose with the Constitution of the United States. I can hardly wait until his presidency is history. Then maybe we can start undoing some of the damage he’s done – if it’s not too late.

    • Danielle Spears

      You sound utterly ridiculous. There aren’t any jobs because that inane Trickle Down Economics concept doesn’t work. The tax cuts for the ultra-rich or as Republicans like to call them job creators only made them richer as they continue to send jobs overseas.

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      I can hardly wait until the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party’s racist liars and traitors are all history. Wish y’all would hurry and get your little “second Civil War” started, so that day will come.

    • Michael Nosal

      And such vile hatred and animosity you have. Let’s talk about liars. Bush II was the biggest liar this country has seen and his lies cost us LIVES.

  • David Isler

    Thanks for naming it.

  • CaMaven

    You are clueless, Mr. Schaeffer

    Obama Impeachable Offenses (partial listing- tell us more!)

    – Illegal Libyan war

    – Possible illegal wars in Mali, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere

    – Illegal firing of Inspector-General Walpole

    – Failure to Enforce immigration law

    – Failure to enforce DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act)

    – Ignoring two orders to resume Gulf oil drilling permits

    _ Unreasonably sequestering offshore and federal lands energy development

    – Unreasonably inhibiting coal industry and coal-fired power plants

    – Ignoring multiple orders to stay Obamacare implementation

    – Violating 1st Amendment freedom of religion in implementing Obamacare

    – Failing to enforce election laws

    – Illegal loan to Petro Brasilia on terms unfavorable to USA

    – Multiple illegal EPA orders on CO2, enforcement of made-up regulations not backed by Congress

    – Illegally overturning Black Panther voter intimidation conviction via DOJ

    – Possibly bribery to buy Obamacare passage votes

    – Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal

    – Overturning centuries of commercial law during auto industry takeover

    – Ceding rights over control of our economy to IMF, via “Special Drawing rights”

    – Possible complicity in over $16 trillion in illegal commitments by Federal Reserve, involving U.S. obligations

    – Felony Document/Identity Fraud

    – Circumventing Congressional oversight via unprecedented scope of “Czars” and illegal recess appointments

    – Illegal arrest, torture, killing of American citizens, without warrants, charges, habeas corpus, trials and other due process

    – Illegally held a foreign office as UN Security Council acting head

    – Illegal and/or imprudent financing to Lightsquared, electric car companies and solar companies, such as Solyndra.

    – Multiple illegal “Executive Orders” and “signing statements”

    – BenghaziGate treason and cover-up

    – Interfering in Kenyan politics, in violation of the Logan ActCollecting data on fellow Americans who oppose healthcare reform with flag@whitehouse.gov and now, through a new Obama campaign website, again collecting data on fellow Americans who disagree with the Administration

    – Placing the U.S. Census Bureau under the supervision of the White House Chief of Staff, by law the Department of Commerce.

    – His Justice Department’s smuggling of weapons, that the President signed off on funding for.

    – Manipulating jobs by hiring and rehiring Census workers.

    – Creating false districts and assigning stimulus funds to those districts.

    – Violating tax codes by releasing private tax details to the public when attacking Koch Industries.

    – Creating a taxpayer-funded position, Director of Progressive Media & Online Response, to promote Obama’s incumbent candidacy, in violation of the Hatch Act.

    – Obama’s filming of a campaign ad in the White House in violation of FEC laws.

    – Illegal harassment, delay of non-profit status to Tea Parties and other Conservative organizations

    – Illegal electronic spying on Americans

    – Illegal surveillance/wiretapping of AP Reporters

    – Illegal “Executive Orders” and agency actions violating the Second Amendment.

    – Failing make IRS enforce action on illegal use of Social Security numbers for fraudulent employment of illegal aliens.

    • SophieCT

      Why don’t you just admit that it’s because he’s a Democrat. You guys think being an Democrat is an impeachable offense–the rest is just your cover.

      • Observer

        No sweetheart, this is what we are concerned about:

        Impeachable Offenses (partial listing- tell us more!)

        – Illegal Libyan war

        – Possible illegal wars in Mali, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere

        – Illegal firing of Inspector-General Walpole

        – Failure to Enforce immigration law

        – Failure to enforce DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act)

        – Ignoring two orders to resume Gulf oil drilling permits

        – Unreasonably sequestering offshore and federal lands energy development

        – Unreasonably inhibiting coal industry and coal-fired power plants

        – Ignoring multiple orders to stay Obamacare implementation

        – Violating 1st Amendment freedom of religion in implementing Obamacare

        – Failing to enforce election laws

        – Illegal loan to Petro Brasilia on terms unfavorable to USA

        – Multiple illegal EPA orders on CO2, enforcement of made-up regulations not backed by Congress

        – Illegally overturning Black Panther voter intimidation conviction via DOJ

        – Possibly bribery to buy Obamacare passage votes

        – Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal

        – Overturning centuries of commercial law during auto industry takeover

        – Ceding rights over control of our economy to IMF, via “Special Drawing rights”

        – Possible complicity in over $16 trillion in illegal commitments by Federal Reserve, involving U.S. obligations

        – Felony Document/Identity Fraud

        – Circumventing Congressional oversight via unprecedented scope of “Czars” and illegal recess appointments

        – Illegal arrest, torture, killing of American citizens, without warrants, charges, habeas corpus, trials and other due process

        – Illegally held a foreign office as UN Security Council acting head

        – Illegal and/or imprudent financing to Lightsquared, electric car companies and solar companies, such as Solyndra.

        – Multiple illegal “Executive Orders” and “signing statements”

        – BenghaziGate treason and cover-up

        – Interfering in Kenyan politics, in violation of the Logan ActCollecting data on fellow Americans who oppose healthcare reform with flag@whitehouse.gov and now, through a new Obama campaign website, again collecting data on fellow Americans who disagree with the Administration

        – Placing the U.S. Census Bureau under the supervision of the White House Chief of Staff, by law the Department of Commerce.

        – His Justice Department’s smuggling of weapons, that the President signed off on funding for.

        – Manipulating jobs by hiring and rehiring Census workers.

        – Creating false districts and assigning stimulus funds to those districts.

        – Violating tax codes by releasing private tax details to the public when attacking Koch Industries.

        – Creating a taxpayer-funded position, Director of Progressive Media & Online Response, to promote Obama’s incumbent candidacy, in violation of the Hatch Act.

        – Obama’s filming of a campaign ad in the White House in violation of FEC laws.

        – Illegal harassment, delay of non-profit status to Tea Parties and other Conservative organizations

        – Illegal electronic spying on Americans

        – Illegal surveillance/wiretapping of AP Reporters

        – Illegal “Executive Orders” and agency actions violating the Second Amendment.

        – Failing make IRS enforce action on illegal use of Social Security numbers for fraudulent employment of illegal aliens.

        • SophieCT

          Thanks for missing the point and repeating the same garbage you already posted.
          And so that no one here is confused at all: I am NOT your sweetheart.

          • Observer

            What planet are you from? Every one of those items is a documented impeachable offense committed by Obama or someone in his illegal administration who he is responsible for.

          • iw

            Yeah you copy pasted all this rubbish from a tea party website forum. You missed about 20 others though. Why so few? Just copy the whole list already!

          • CaMaven

            Well, which items do you specifically dispute?

          • iw

            All of them. This is a laundry list of offenses put out by the tea party. Anyone can make a list. They have to provide some evidence in support. Impeachment is for high crimes and misdemeanors. For example filming an ad in the west wing of the White House was not illegal, the FEC did not say it was and even if it was, the punishment would have been a fine, not impeachment. Ignoring orders to resume oil drilling is not impeachable. As I said any fool can make a list and apparently a bunch of them have.

          • CaMaven

            You just proved that you’re ignorant or lying., Even some on the left acknowledge some of these offenses. Flouting a court order is impeachable, you fool, as is everything else on that list. A President is charged with carrying out the laws, not ignoring them or making up his own. You obviously have no idea of what a Constitutional Republic is, what it means, or perhaps you merely reject it.

          • iw

            And you have no idea what evidence or proof is. Typical ignorant tea bag lout! Apparently constitutional republic means impeaching Obama.

          • CaMaven

            Since he refused to uphold the law in dozens of cases and gives every indication he will continue or intensify this, yes, we could help restore a constitutional republic by impeaching him.

            Whether or not the Senate removes him, his power will be greatly diminished by all the toxic things that will be brought out in the impeachment hearings.

          • iw

            Nonsensical argument! He has refused to uphold many laws according to your BS tea party blather. Which laws? Moronic list written by people with IQs lower than 5 yr olds or should I say elderly guys with too much time on their hands. Even the language is laughable “Unreasonably sequestering offshore and federal lands energy development”, or “Unreasonably inhibiting coal industry and coal-fired power plants”. OMG !The president is being unreasonable! Lets impeach him for being unreasonable! He has broken the law of reasonableness! Dear lord with logic like this I wonder if you even have the ability to put your pants on straight.

          • CaMaven

            He has deliberately withheld or dragged out approval for drilling on federal lands, There is no legal justification for it, It is hurting our strategic energy supply and our economy.

            Breaking so many laws he is sworn to uphold is impeachable,

            Ditto with coal mining and coal plants. But there are dozens of others too- ignoring court orders, refusing to uphold laws- immigration, etc.- all violations of oath.

          • CharlieAdamsInKY

            What I reject is the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party’s claim to be “patriotic ‘Murricans”. You are neither; what you are is a slavering pack of LIARS and wannabe TRAITORS.

          • CaMaven

            You lost the battle the moment you started your name calling/ad hominum attacks. You have nothing. Those are legitimate charges made.

          • Michael Nosal

            Warrantless Wiretaps

            On December 17 President Bush acknowledged that he repeatedly
            authorized wiretaps, without obtaining a warrant, of American citizens
            engaged in international calls. On the face of it, these warrantless
            wiretaps violate FISA, which requires court approval for national
            security wiretaps and sets up a special procedure for obtaining it.
            Violation of the law is a felony.

            While many facts about these wiretaps are unknown, it now appears that
            thousands of calls were monitored and that the information obtained may
            have been widely circulated among federal agencies. It also appears that
            a number of government officials considered the warrantless wiretaps of
            dubious legality. Reportedly, several people in the National Security
            Agency refused to participate in them, and a deputy attorney general
            even declined to sign off on some aspects of these wiretaps. The special
            FISA court has raised concerns as well, and a judge on that court has
            resigned, apparently in protest.

            FISA was enacted in 1978, against the backdrop of Watergate, to prevent
            the widespread abuses in domestic surveillance that were disclosed in
            Congressional hearings. Among his other abuses of power, President Nixon
            ordered the FBI to conduct warrantless wiretaps of seventeen journalists
            and White House staffers. Although Nixon claimed the wiretaps were done
            for national security purposes, they were undertaken for political
            purposes and were illegal. Just as Bush’s warrantless wiretaps grew out
            of the 9/11 attacks, Nixon’s illegal wiretaps grew out of the Vietnam
            War and the opposition to it. In fact, the first illegal Nixon wiretap
            was of a reporter who, in 1969, revealed the secret bombing of Cambodia,
            a program that President Nixon wanted to hide from the American people
            and Congress. Nixon’s illegal wiretaps formed one of the many
            grounds for the articles of impeachment voted against him by a
            bipartisan majority of the House Judiciary Committee.

            Congress explicitly intended FISA to strike a balance between the
            legitimate requirements of national security on the one hand and the
            need both to protect against presidential abuses and to safeguard
            personal privacy on the other. From Watergate, Congress knew that a
            President was fully capable of wiretapping under a false claim of
            national security. That is why the law requires court review of national
            security wiretaps. Congress understood that because of the huge invasion
            of privacy involved in wiretaps, there should be checks in place on the
            executive branch to protect against overzealous and unnecessary
            wiretapping. At the same time, Congress created special procedures to
            facilitate obtaining these warrants when justified. Congress also
            recognized the need for emergency action: The President was given the
            power to start a wiretap without a warrant as long as court permission
            was obtained within three days.

            FISA can scarcely be claimed to create any obstacle to justified
            national security wiretaps. Since 1978, when the law was enacted, more
            than 10,000 national security warrants have been approved by the FISA
            court; only four have been turned down.

            Two legal arguments have been offered for the President’s right to
            violate the law, both of which have been seriously questioned by members
            of Congress of both parties and by the nonpartisan Congressional
            Research Service in a recent analysis. The first — highly dangerous in
            its sweep and implications — is that the President has the constitutional
            right as Commander in Chief to break any US law on the grounds of
            national security. As the CRS analysis points out, the Supreme Court has
            never upheld the President’s right to do this in the area of
            wiretapping, nor has it ever granted the President a “monopoly over
            war-powers” or recognized him as “Commander in Chief of the country” as
            opposed to Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy. If the President is
            permitted to break the law on wiretapping on his own say-so, then a
            President can break any other law on his own say-so — a formula for
            dictatorship. This is not a theoretical danger: President Bush has
            recently claimed the right as Commander in Chief to violate the McCain
            amendment banning torture and degrading treatment of detainees. Nor is
            the requirement that national security be at stake any safeguard. We saw
            in Watergate how President Nixon falsely and cynically used that
            argument to cover up ordinary crimes and political misdeeds.

            Ours is a government of limited power. We learn in elementary school the
            concept of checks and balances. Those checks do not vanish in wartime;
            the President’s role as Commander in Chief does not swallow up
            Congress’s powers or the Bill of Rights. Given the framers’ skepticism
            about executive power and warmaking — there was no functional standing
            army at the beginning of the nation, so the President’s powers as
            Commander in Chief depended on Congress’s willingness to create and
            expand an army — it is impossible to find in the Constitution unilateral
            presidential authority to act against US citizens in a way that violates
            US laws, even in wartime. As Justice Sandra Day O’Connor recently wrote,
            “A state of war is not a blank check for the President when it comes to
            the rights of the nation’s citizens.”

            The second legal argument in defense of Bush’s warrantless wiretaps
            rests on an erroneous statutory interpretation. According to this
            argument, Congress authorized the Administration to place wiretaps
            without court approval when it adopted the 2001 resolution authorizing
            military force against the Taliban and Al Qaeda for the 9/11 attacks. In
            the first place, the force resolution doesn’t mention wiretaps. And
            given that Congress has traditionally placed so many restrictions on
            wiretapping because of its extremely intrusive qualities, there would
            undoubtedly have been vigorous debate if anyone thought the
            force resolution would roll back FISA. In fact, the legislative history
            of the force resolution shows that Congress had no intention of
            broadening the scope of presidential warmaking powers to cover activity
            in the United States. According to Senator Tom Daschle, the former
            Senate majority leader who negotiated the resolution with the White
            House, the Administration wanted to include language
            explicitly enlarging the President’s warmaking powers to include
            domestic activity. That language was rejected. Obviously, if the
            Administration felt it already had the power, it would not have tried to
            insert the language into the resolution.

            What then was the reason for avoiding the FISA court? President Bush
            suggested that there was no time to get the warrants. But this cannot be
            true, because FISA permits wiretaps without warrants in emergencies as
            long as court approval is obtained within three days. Moreover, there is
            evidence that the President knew the warrantless wiretapping was
            illegal. In 2004, when the violations had been going on for some time,
            President Bush told a Buffalo, New York, audience that “a wiretap
            requires a court order.” He went on to say that “when we’re
            talking about chasing down terrorists, we’re talking about getting a
            court order before we do so.”

            Indeed, the claim that to protect Americans the President needs to be
            able to avoid court review of his wiretap applications rings hollow. It
            is unclear why or in what way the existing law, requiring court
            approval, is not satisfactory. And, if the law is too cumbersome or
            inapplicable to modern technology, then it is unclear why the President
            did not seek to revise it instead of disregarding it and thus
            jeopardizing many otherwise legitimate anti-terrorism prosecutions. His
            defenders’ claim that changing the law would have given away secrets is
            unacceptable. There are procedures for considering classified
            information in Congress. Since no good reason has been given for
            avoiding the FISA court, it is reasonable to suspect that the real
            reason may have been that the wiretaps, like those President Nixon
            ordered in Watergate, involved journalists or anti-Bush activists or
            were improper in other ways and would not have been approved.

            It is also curious that President Bush seems so concerned with the
            imaginary dangers to Americans posed by US courts but remains so
            apparently unconcerned about fixing some of the real holes in our
            security. For example, FBI computers — which were unable to search two
            words at once, like “flight schools,” a defect that impaired the
            Bureau’s ability to identify the 9/11 attackers beforehand — still
            haven’t been brought into the twenty-first century. Given Vice President
            Cheney’s longstanding ambition to throw off the constraints on executive
            power imposed in response to Watergate and the Vietnam War, it
            may well be that the warrantless wiretap program has had much more to do
            with restoring the trappings of the Nixon imperial presidency than it
            ever had to do with protecting national security.

            Subverting Our Democracy

            A President can commit no more serious crime against our democracy than
            lying to Congress and the American people to get them to support a
            military action or war. It is not just that it is cowardly and abhorrent
            to trick others into giving their lives for a nonexistent threat, or
            even that making false statements might in some circumstances be a
            crime. It is that the decision to go to war is the gravest decision a
            nation can make, and in a democracy the people and their elected
            representatives, when there is no imminent attack on the United States
            to repel, have the right to make it. Given that the consequences can be
            death for hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of people — as well as
            the diversion of vast sums of money to the war effort — the fraud cannot
            be tolerated. That both Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon were guilty of
            misleading the nation into military action and neither was
            impeached for it makes it more, not less, important to hold
            Bush accountable.

            Once it was clear that no weapons of mass destruction would be found in
            Iraq, President Bush tried to blame “bad intelligence” for the decision
            to go to war, apparently to show that the WMD claim was not a deliberate
            deception. But bad intelligence had little or nothing to do with the
            main arguments used to win popular support for the invasion of Iraq.

            First, there was no serious intelligence — good or bad — to support the
            Administration’s suggestion that Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda were in
            cahoots. Nonetheless, the Administration repeatedly tried to claim the
            connection to show that the invasion was a justified response to 9/11
            (like the declaration of war against Japan for Pearl Harbor). The claim
            was a sheer fabrication.

            Second, there was no reliable intelligence to support the
            Administration’s claim that Saddam was about to acquire
            nuclear weapons capability. The specter of the “mushroom
            cloud,” which frightened many Americans into believing that the invasion
            of Iraq was necessary for our self-defense, was made up out of whole
            cloth. As for the biological and chemical weapons, even if, as reported,
            the CIA director told the President that these existed in Iraq, the
            Administration still had plenty of information suggesting the contrary.

            The deliberateness of the deception has also been confirmed by a British
            source: the Downing Street memo, the official record of Prime
            Minister Tony Blair’s July 2002 meeting with his top Cabinet officials.
            At the meeting the chief of British intelligence, who had just
            returned from the United States, reported that “Bush wanted to remove
            Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of
            terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed
            around the policy.” In other words, the Bush Administration was
            reported to be in the process of cooking up fake intelligence
            and facts to justify going to war in Iraq.

            During the Nixon impeachment proceedings, I drafted the resolution of
            impeachment to hold President Nixon accountable for concealing from
            Congress the bombing of Cambodia he initiated. But the committee did
            not approve it, probably because it might appear political — in
            other words, stemming from opposition to the war instead of to the
            President’s abuse of his warmaking powers.

            With respect to President Bush and the Iraq War, there is not likely to
            be any such confusion. Most Americans know that his rationale for the
            war turned out to be untrue; for them the question is whether the
            President lied, and if so, what the remedies are for his misconduct.

            The Failure to Take Care

            Upon assuming the presidency, Bush took an oath of office in which he
            swore to take care that the laws would be faithfully executed.
            Impeachment cannot be used to remove a President for maladministration,
            as the debates on ratifying the Constitution show. But President Bush
            has been guilty of such gross incompetence or reckless indifference to
            his obligation to execute the laws faithfully as to call into question
            whether he takes his oath seriously or is capable of doing so.

            The most egregious example is the conduct of the war in Iraq.
            Unconscionably and unaccountably, the Administration failed to provide
            US soldiers with bulletproof vests or appropriately armored vehicles. A
            recent Pentagon study disclosed that proper bulletproof vests would have
            saved hundreds of lives. Why wasn’t the commencement of hostilities
            postponed until the troops were properly outfitted? There are numerous
            suggestions that the timing was prompted by political, not military,
            concerns. The United States was under no imminent threat of attack by
            Saddam Hussein, and the Administration knew it. They delayed the
            marketing of the war until Americans finished their summer
            vacations because “you don’t introduce new products in August.” As the
            Downing Street memo revealed, the timeline for the war was set to start
            thirty days before the 2002 Congressional elections.

            And there was no serious plan for the aftermath of the war, a fact also
            noted in the Downing Street memo. The President’s failure as Commander
            in Chief to protect the troops by arming them properly, and his failure
            to plan for the occupation, cost dearly in lives and taxpayer dollars.
            This was not mere negligence or oversight — in other words,
            maladministration — but reflected a reckless and grotesque disregard for
            the welfare of the troops and an utter indifference to the need for
            proper governance of a country after occupation. As such, these failures
            violated the requirements of the President’s oath of office. If they are
            proven to be the product of political objectives, they could constitute
            impeachable offenses on those grounds alone.

            Torture and Other Abuses of Power

            President Bush recently proclaimed, “We do not torture.” In view of the
            revelations of the CIA’s secret jails and practice of rendition, not to
            mention the Abu Ghraib scandal, the statement borders on the absurd,
            recalling Nixon’s famous claim, “I am not a crook.” It has been well
            documented that abuse (including torture) of detainees by US personnel
            in connection with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has been systemic
            and widespread. Under the War Crimes Act of 1996 it is a crime for any
            US national to order or engage in the murder, torture or inhuman
            treatment of a detainee. (When a detainee death results, the act imposes
            the death penalty.) In addition, anyone in the chain of command who
            condones the abuse rather than stopping it could also be in violation of
            the act. The act simply implements the Geneva Conventions, which are the
            law of the land.

            The evidence before us now suggests that the President himself may have
            authorized detainee abuse. In January 2002, after the Afghanistan war
            had begun, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales advised President Bush
            in writing that US mistreatment of detainees might be criminally
            prosecutable under the War Crimes Act. Rather than order the possibly
            criminal behavior to stop, which under the Geneva Conventions and the
            War Crimes Act the President was obligated to do, Bush authorized an
            “opt-out” of the Geneva Conventions to try to shield the Americans who
            were abusing detainees from prosecution. In other words, the President’s
            response to reports of detainee abuse was to prevent prosecution of the
            abusers, thereby implicitly condoning the abuse and authorizing its
            continuation. If torture or inhuman treatment of prisoners took place as
            a result of the President’s conduct, then he himself may have violated
            the War Crimes Act, along with those who actually inflicted the abuse.

            There are many other indications that the President has knowingly
            condoned detainee abuse. For example, he never removed Defense Secretary
            Rumsfeld from office or disciplined him, even though Rumsfeld accepted
            responsibility for the abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib, admitted hiding a
            detainee from the Red Cross — a violation of the Geneva Conventions and
            possibly the War Crimes Act, if the detainee was being abused — and
            issued orders (later withdrawn) for Guantánamo interrogations
            that violated the Geneva Conventions and possibly the War Crimes Act.

            More recently, the President opposed the McCain Amendment barring
            torture when it was first proposed, and he tacitly supported Vice
            President Cheney’s efforts to get language into the bill that would
            allow the CIA to torture or degrade detainees. Now, in his signing
            statement, the President announced that he has the right to violate the
            new law, claiming once again the right as Commander in Chief to break
            laws when it suits him.

            Furthermore, despite the horrors of the Abu Ghraib scandal, no
            higher-ups have been held accountable. Only one officer of any
            significant rank has been punished. It is as though the Watergate
            inquiry stopped with the burglars, as the Nixon coverup tried and
            failed to accomplish. President Bush has made no serious effort to
            insure that the full scope of the scandal is uncovered or to hold any
            higher-ups responsible, perhaps because responsibility goes
            right to the White House.

            It is imperative that a full investigation be undertaken of Bush’s role
            in the systemic torture and abuse of detainees. Violating his oath of
            office, the Geneva Conventions and the War Crimes Act would constitute
            impeachable offenses.

            Next Steps

            Mobilizing the nation and Congress in support of investigations and the
            impeachment of President Bush is a critical task that has already begun,
            but it must intensify and grow. The American people stopped the Vietnam
            War — against the wishes of the President — and forced a reluctant
            Congress to act on the impeachment of President Nixon. And they can
            do the same with President Bush. The task has three elements: building
            public and Congressional support, getting Congress to undertake
            investigations into various aspects of presidential misconduct and
            changing the party makeup of Congress in the 2006 elections.

            Drumming up public support means organizing rallies, spearheading
            letter-writing campaigns to newspapers, organizing petition drives,
            door-knocking in neighborhoods, handing out leaflets and deploying the
            full range of mobilizing tactics. Organizations like
            AfterDowningStreet.org and ImpeachPac.org, actively working on a
            campaign for impeachment, are able to draw on a remarkably solid base of
            public support. A Zogby poll taken in November — before the wiretap
            scandal — showed more than 50 percent of those questioned favored
            impeachment of President Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq.

            An energized public must in turn bear down on Congress.
            Constituents should request meetings with their Senators and
            Representatives to educate them on impeachment. They can also make their
            case through e-mail, letters and phone calls. Representatives and
            Senators should be asked specifically to support hearings on and
            investigations into the deceptions that led to the Iraq War and
            President Bush’s role in the torture scandals. Senators should also be
            asked to insure that the hearings already planned by the Senate
            Judiciary Committee into warrantless wiretaps are comprehensive. The
            hearings should evaluate whether the wiretaps were genuinely used for
            national security purposes and why the President chose to violate the
            law when it was so easy to comply with it. Representatives should
            specifically be asked to co-sponsor Congressman John Conyers’s
            resolution calling for a full inquiry into presidential abuses.

            Finally, if this pressure fails to produce results, attention must be
            focused on changing the political composition of the House and Senate in
            the upcoming 2006 elections. If a Republican Congress is unwilling to
            investigate and take appropriate action against a Republican President,
            then a Democratic Congress should replace it.

            As awful as Watergate was, after the vote on impeachment and the
            resignation of President Nixon, the nation felt a huge sense of relief.
            Impeachment is a tortuous process, but now that President Bush has
            thrown down the gauntlet and virtually dared Congress to stop him from
            violating the law, nothing less is necessary to protect our
            constitutional system and preserve our democracy.

          • CaMaven

            Wake-up call- Bush is gone 5 years. I was no fan of him either. We have someone even worse now. Work on getting him impeached.

          • CharlieAdamsInKY

            What planet are YOU from? Oh, yeah – the planet of TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party LIARS and wannabe TRAITORS.

          • Michael Nosal

            I think your tin hat is on too tight.

            Hear that?

            The Zombie Apocalypse is here……

          • CaMaven

            and you’re obviously part of it.

          • Michael Nosal

            Former Attorney GeneralRamsey Clark’s Articles of Impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and Attorney General John David Ashcroft:

            Seizing power to wage wars of aggression in defiance of the U.S.
            Constitution, the U.N. Charter and the rule of law; carrying out a
            massive assault on and occupation of Iraq,
            a country that was not threatening the United States, resulting in the
            death and maiming of tens of thousands of Iraqis, and hundreds of U.S.
            G.I.s.
            Lying to the people of the U.S., to Congress, and to the U.N., providing false and deceptive rationales for war.
            Authorizing, ordering and condoning direct attacks on civilians,
            civilian facilities and locations where civilian casualties were
            unavoidable.
            Threatening the independence and sovereignty of Iraq by
            belligerently changing its government by force and assaulting Iraq in a
            war of aggression.
            Authorizing, ordering and condoning assassinations, summary
            executions, kidnappings, secret and other illegal detentions of
            individuals, torture and physical and psychological coercion of
            prisoners to obtain false statements concerning acts and intentions of
            governments and individuals and violating within the United States, and
            by authorizing U.S. forces and agents elsewhere, the rights of
            individuals under the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments
            to the Constitution of the United States, the Universal Declaration of
            Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political
            Rights.
            Making, ordering and condoning false statements and propaganda about
            the conduct of foreign governments and individuals and acts by U.S.
            government personnel; manipulating the media and foreign governments
            with false information; concealing information vital to public
            discussion and informed judgment concerning acts, intentions and
            possession, or efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction in order to falsely create a climate of fear and destroy opposition to U.S. wars of aggression and first strike attacks.
            Violations and subversions of the Charter of the United Nations
            and international law, both a part of the “Supreme Law of the land”
            under Article VI, paragraph 2, of the Constitution, in an attempt to
            commit with impunity crimes against peace and humanity and war crimes in
            wars and threats of aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq
            and others and usurping powers of the United Nations and the peoples of
            its nations by bribery, coercion and other corrupt acts and by
            rejecting treaties, committing treaty violations, and frustrating
            compliance with treaties in order to destroy any means by which
            international law and institutions can prevent, affect, or adjudicate
            the exercise of U.S. military and economic power against the
            international community.
            Acting to strip United States citizens of their constitutional and
            human rights, ordering indefinite detention of citizens, without access
            to counsel, without charge, and without opportunity to appear before a
            civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the
            discretionary designation by the Executive of a citizen as an “enemy combatant.”
            Ordering indefinite detention of non-citizens in the United States
            and elsewhere, and without charge, at the discretionary designation of
            the Attorney General or the Secretary of Defense.
            Ordering and authorizing the Attorney General to override judicial
            orders of release of detainees under INS jurisdiction, even where the
            judicial officer after full hearing determines a detainee is wrongfully
            held by the government.
            Authorizing secret military tribunals and summary execution of
            persons who are not citizens who are designated solely at the discretion
            of the Executive who acts as indicting official, prosecutor and as the
            only avenue of appellate relief.
            Refusing to provide public disclosure of the identities and
            locations of persons who have been arrested, detained and imprisoned by
            the U.S. government in the United States, including in response to
            Congressional inquiry.
            Use of secret arrests of persons within the United States and elsewhere and denial of the right to public trials.
            Authorizing the monitoring of confidential attorney-client
            privileged communications by the government, even in the absence of a
            court order and even where an incarcerated person has not been charged
            with a crime.
            Ordering and authorizing the seizure of assets of persons in the
            United States, prior to hearing or trial, for lawful or innocent
            association with any entity that at the discretionary designation of the
            Executive has been deemed “terrorist.”
            Institutionalization of racial and religious profiling and
            authorization of domestic spying by federal law enforcement on persons
            based on their engagement in noncriminal religious and political
            activity.
            Refusal to provide information and records necessary and appropriate
            for the constitutional right of legislative oversight of executive
            functions.
            Rejecting treaties protective of peace and human rights and
            abrogation of the obligations of the United States under, and withdrawal
            from, international treaties and obligations without consent of the
            legislative branch, and including termination of the ABM treaty between
            the United States and Russia, and rescission of the authorizing
            signature from the Treaty of Rome which served as the basis for the International Criminal Court.

            Source: Impeach Bush, 2003.

          • CaMaven

            Memo to Liberals, Socialist, Communists: Bush- gone for 5 years. Focus your efforts on articles of impeachment for Obama. He badly needs to be removed.

        • Michael Nosal

          Knowing our country was to be attacked by terrorists and doing NOTHING to prevent it. Bush II

          Starting a war based on a lie. Bush II

          Spending the surplus from the previous administration. Bush II

          FYI: the ‘spying on Americans? Bush II created that.

          Many of what you are talking about began before Obama took office.

          But you will believe what people say and not actual facts.

          • CaMaven

            Actually, I’m no Bush fan either, but Obama is by far the worst ever.

        • Michael Nosal

          Hey! Watch what I can do:

          Former Attorney GeneralRamsey Clark’s Articles of Impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and Attorney General John David Ashcroft:

          Seizing power to wage wars of aggression in defiance of the U.S.
          Constitution, the U.N. Charter and the rule of law; carrying out a
          massive assault on and occupation of Iraq,
          a country that was not threatening the United States, resulting in the
          death and maiming of tens of thousands of Iraqis, and hundreds of U.S.
          G.I.s.
          Lying to the people of the U.S., to Congress, and to the U.N., providing false and deceptive rationales for war.
          Authorizing, ordering and condoning direct attacks on civilians,
          civilian facilities and locations where civilian casualties were
          unavoidable.
          Threatening the independence and sovereignty of Iraq by
          belligerently changing its government by force and assaulting Iraq in a
          war of aggression.
          Authorizing, ordering and condoning assassinations, summary
          executions, kidnappings, secret and other illegal detentions of
          individuals, torture and physical and psychological coercion of
          prisoners to obtain false statements concerning acts and intentions of
          governments and individuals and violating within the United States, and
          by authorizing U.S. forces and agents elsewhere, the rights of
          individuals under the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments
          to the Constitution of the United States, the Universal Declaration of
          Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political
          Rights.
          Making, ordering and condoning false statements and propaganda about
          the conduct of foreign governments and individuals and acts by U.S.
          government personnel; manipulating the media and foreign governments
          with false information; concealing information vital to public
          discussion and informed judgment concerning acts, intentions and
          possession, or efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction in order to falsely create a climate of fear and destroy opposition to U.S. wars of aggression and first strike attacks.
          Violations and subversions of the Charter of the United Nations
          and international law, both a part of the “Supreme Law of the land”
          under Article VI, paragraph 2, of the Constitution, in an attempt to
          commit with impunity crimes against peace and humanity and war crimes in
          wars and threats of aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq
          and others and usurping powers of the United Nations and the peoples of
          its nations by bribery, coercion and other corrupt acts and by
          rejecting treaties, committing treaty violations, and frustrating
          compliance with treaties in order to destroy any means by which
          international law and institutions can prevent, affect, or adjudicate
          the exercise of U.S. military and economic power against the
          international community.
          Acting to strip United States citizens of their constitutional and
          human rights, ordering indefinite detention of citizens, without access
          to counsel, without charge, and without opportunity to appear before a
          civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the
          discretionary designation by the Executive of a citizen as an “enemy combatant.”
          Ordering indefinite detention of non-citizens in the United States
          and elsewhere, and without charge, at the discretionary designation of
          the Attorney General or the Secretary of Defense.
          Ordering and authorizing the Attorney General to override judicial
          orders of release of detainees under INS jurisdiction, even where the
          judicial officer after full hearing determines a detainee is wrongfully
          held by the government.
          Authorizing secret military tribunals and summary execution of
          persons who are not citizens who are designated solely at the discretion
          of the Executive who acts as indicting official, prosecutor and as the
          only avenue of appellate relief.
          Refusing to provide public disclosure of the identities and
          locations of persons who have been arrested, detained and imprisoned by
          the U.S. government in the United States, including in response to
          Congressional inquiry.
          Use of secret arrests of persons within the United States and elsewhere and denial of the right to public trials.
          Authorizing the monitoring of confidential attorney-client
          privileged communications by the government, even in the absence of a
          court order and even where an incarcerated person has not been charged
          with a crime.
          Ordering and authorizing the seizure of assets of persons in the
          United States, prior to hearing or trial, for lawful or innocent
          association with any entity that at the discretionary designation of the
          Executive has been deemed “terrorist.”
          Institutionalization of racial and religious profiling and
          authorization of domestic spying by federal law enforcement on persons
          based on their engagement in noncriminal religious and political
          activity.
          Refusal to provide information and records necessary and appropriate
          for the constitutional right of legislative oversight of executive
          functions.
          Rejecting treaties protective of peace and human rights and
          abrogation of the obligations of the United States under, and withdrawal
          from, international treaties and obligations without consent of the
          legislative branch, and including termination of the ABM treaty between
          the United States and Russia, and rescission of the authorizing
          signature from the Treaty of Rome which served as the basis for the International Criminal Court.

          Source: Impeach Bush, 2003.

      • scriptysandra

        Hahaha!!! Yes.. all these offences are ‘just a cover’. Blind liberal idiocy.

  • Frdmftr

    Seems to me the only reason he is being “lynched”
    is because his Marxist backers have infiltrated the U.S. Senate and made it
    impossible to prosecute him legally with impeachment for treason and many, many other high crimes and misdemeanors. The man is a incompetent Marxist sock puppet, and has made V.I. Lenin’s “useful idiots” out of half the U.S. population, including this guy, whose entire argument is based on personal value systems without a shred of principle in the lot.

    • emjayay

      That’s just too insane to even comment on.

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      And YOU and your TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party cronies are wannabe TRAITORS who want to overthrow the legitimately elected government. I wish to hell you fools would hurry up and try that little “second Civil War” you’ve been having wet dreams about; we can’t put y’all down too soon to suit me.

    • jan

      “Marxist backers” – what century are you living in?

  • $27334126

    You should get mental health counseling before you harm yourself or others.

    • Michael Jones

      Is this supposed to be funny or are you just showing off your middle school education?…you actually spelled counseling correctly, CONGRATULATIONS!!

  • David

    Mr Schaeffer, I am far from your biggest fan, but I have to say I think that this time you’ve hit the nail squarely on the head. Establishment figures, left and right, are having to struggle to treat a man as President whose skin colour instinctively makes them think he should be cleaning their shoes.

  • Eric Scoles

    Mandela did talk his _jailers_ into seeing reason, sort of. By the end of his stay, he was treated respectfully and even protected to some extent, because he’d forced them to think of him as a human being by doing that to them. But he had 27 years to work on that, and more or less nothing to lose. And his literal jailers — the men he had access to on a daily basis — weren’t the people empowered to make change.

  • Rudolph

    So well written, Mr. Schaeffer, thank you. Your piece is so honest and straightforward that it makes people cringe – which is evident in some of the comments. You are perhaps the first person (that I know of) who had the guts to put it the way it is. With you I also pray for the President and thank him for his leadership.

  • Guest

    It seems lynching denotes being race minded, which is what you are being
    here. I am opposed to this President, but I do not appreciate being
    compared to a participant of a lynch mob when I oppose his far left
    stand, his lying ways, and his “do what is politically expedient instead
    of what’s right” thinking. I believe he should be fired for
    incompetency, and his 5 year performance as President, and his
    socialistic and UN-American views. The man has about 1000 Executive
    orders and he would do more if he could. No President has abused power
    as Obama has, no President has so misunderstood the meaning of the word
    “Republic” as Obama does. No President would or should accuse his
    detractors of being racist and then make known racial statements himself
    at delicate times – that is just not Presidential. Obama needs to
    return to being a community organizer although I doubt he was ever good
    at that either. His color however, has no bearing on my opinions.
    Lynch him, no, fire him, yes.

    • Heather Corbin

      Oddly, it is commentary such as yours that the author is metaphorically calling “lynching.” Using a race minded term may be shocking and offensive, but the truth is that the people on the right don’t listen to moderate arguments against their extremist stances. What specifically has President Obama done to make your life worse? Which of the 167 (yes, 167, no “about 1000”) Executive Orders that he has signed (which are indeed less than President Bush’s 291 or Clinton’s 364) has specifically targeted you or anyone you know? Which of his policies would you argue is “socialistic”? The ACA? It’s about as unsocialistic as they come – it requires people to purchase private insurance (a conservative idea until Obama used it – then it’s suddenly socialist). If you truly despise Obama for his policies and not for his race, then you despise American values, because that is all his policies embrace. His policies are no more un-American than his predecessor, who instated policies that restricted no less than FOUR of the ten Amendments in the Bill of Rights. I’d call that a much larger abuse of power than the current president, which pretty much nullifies your argument. Good day.

    • Vik Verma

      Who cares what you appreciate or not?

      Thank you for this piece, Frank

    • iw

      You’re full of lies yourself. Obama is not a socialist. Just because you believe it to be true does not make it so. Obama has issued 167 executive orders till date not 1000. BTW Bush gave 291 executive orders, Clinton 364 and Regan 381. So you’re lying about this as well (go for a more believable lie, 1000 just makes you sound like an idiot). According to you “No president has abused power more than Obama” Really?? Not Nixon who resigned in disgrace, otherwise he’d have been impeached. Not Bush who actually lied about WMD to get us into a war with Iraq? Not Iran Contra scandal Regan? Manufactured scandals such as Benghazi do not count. If there was the slightest evidence of wrongdoing in Benghazi, impeachment would be happening now. There is zero evidence of abuse of power by Obama and links to right wing talking heads count for squat. You say “No President has misunderstood the meaning of the word republic as Obama has”. You have no idea of what the word means either, because as far as I know Obama has won the Presidency twice in the exact same way as other two term Presidents. He has not been declared a monarch. So the question is do you know what the word republic means? The reasons you have given for not liking Obama are all provable lies. You dislike Obama for no real reasons and claim not to be a racist. There are only two possible reasons either you actually are a racist or just an ignorant fool. I’m thinking you’re both.

      • yogiman

        You’re right iw, Barry isn’t a socialist, he’s a communist. Check his history: He was raised as a communist by his mother and his maternal grandparents; and as a Muslim by the paternal side of his heritage, including his stepfather.

        • iw

          And you are actually a mental defective and need to see a psychiatrist ASAP.

          • yogiman

            I hope you guys will enjoy living in a communist nation with Barry as your dictator if he can get it pulled off.

            Why do you think he has fired over 200 high ranking officers in our military while building an “in house” service force like Adolph Hitler had?

        • Michael Nosal

          communism |ˈkämyəˌnizəm| (often Communism)
          noun
          a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs. See also Marxism .

          Know the definition of a word before you use it. Seeing as how we have such a high unemployment rate, that make Obama the worst communist ever.

          Nice try.

        • Mark Travers

          Paul Wade, just utter nonsense. The economy is back on the mends and the Stock Market is doing great so Obama is one awful ‘communist’ if he is one.

    • CharlieAdamsInKY

      Nichols, if there are any LIARS in this, it’s you and your TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party buddies.

      • yogiman

        Tell me Charlie, what makes Barry your favorite liar? Could it be because he refused to wear an American flag lapel pin before he usurped the Oval Office?

        Did you admire him when he stood with his hands clasped over his ‘crotch’ when the National Anthem was being played? Did that get him your vote?

        What did his wife mean when she said they had to take certain medical shots so they could go back to his homeland of Kenya?

        What nation’s passport did he use to to visit Pakistan when Pakistan would not allow American citizens in their nation? Could it possibly have been his Indonesian passport because he was an Indonesian citizen at that time? When did he become an American citizen… or has he ever?

        Are you sure we don’t have an Indonesian citizen in our Oval Office? Didn’t think so.

        • Michael Nosal

          Gee, so when did winning a national election TWICE become ‘usurping’?

          • yogiman

            Read the definition of “usurp” Michael. You can’t win a [race] with 100% of the votes cast by idiots if you aren’t legally eligible to enter the race.

            Barry didn’t “win” the race twice, he usurped it.

    • scriptysandra

      This is the left’s last line of defence (or offence) – to say that anyone who opposes Obama is a racist. It’s desperate and weak and blatantly not true. Besides, he is as much white as he is black – no?

      • Michael Nosal

        No. This has been the Right’s first line of offense. Playing on the hatred, fear, and prejudice of every American.

        Yes, he is as much white as he is black, but nobody looks at him and says “Barrack Obama: Mulatto President”, do they? they fixate on the color of his skin tone. This is what the right-wingers and Bible-thumping hypocrisy feed on.

        Then there are those like you that claim that mentioning his race is some sort of last ditch effort. That alone shows your own ignorance. That is the first thing that is brought up, not the last.

        When Congress decides to try and sabotage his first term, the Left immediately brings up race as the issue. Not as a last line of defense, as you would so ignorantly wish to be true.

        Healthcare reform stalemating? Race.

        Government shutdown? Race.

        So, you see, it is actually ignorant people like you that make comments like yours above the actual last line of defense. Why?

        Because you know that that is the real reason behind it and nothing more, but if you make that comment, you have justified your ignorance by feeling superior and bemoaning that all the Left is doing is “crying race”

    • Michael Nosal

      I guess the term of “symbolism” is lost on you. Fired for his incompetence?

      He wasn’t the one that sent our soldiers to die in a war based on a lie, did he?

      He was not the president at the helm when intelligence informed him terrorists would attack on American soil, was he?

      He was not the one that pissed away a surplus of money, was he?

      He was not the one that drove this country into an economic quagmire, was he?

      Abused power? Bush II had more executive orders passed than Obama, but Obama has abused his power?

      If that were the case, then we would not be having these constant pissing contests with Congress.

      But yes, let us focus on what he has not done and then claim your distrust and animosity about him has never been about his skin color.

  • Ms. Pris

    I am a liberal. I think that the right-wing opposition to Obama is almost entirely based in racism. However, to call this “lynching” is hyperbolic and disrespectful. Lynching involves murder, torture, rape, terror. Lynching still happens, though typically not in the US. Comparing political opposition and character assassination to murder, torture, rape, and terror, is thoughtless and extremely inappropriate.

    Maybe you should think about that, Mr. MIddle-Aged White Man, before you toss that word around.

    • yogiman

      Priscilla,

      If you would pay a little bit of attention as to what is being said by Barry, and what is going on in the USA, you would have to conclude Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama in the biggest racist in the USA today… and Eric Holder would be right behind him.

    • Cynthia D

      Priscilla this is a spiritual lynching of not only this President, but everything he stands for. They are punishing everyone, while they go on to live lavish lifestyles with hefty salaries and benefits for the rest of their lives, while they deny rights to the people who they swore to represent. God will have the last say as you see a lot of them go out of office in not only disgrace, but know as the worse group in history. Who does not vote to extend unemployment benefits to families in ruin, while they go off on vacation? They are not only lynching this president, they are lynching America.

      • Ms. Pris

        He stands for the same things “they” stand for: corporate interests and governmental control. I’m certainly not a fan of the right wing, but to call this a lynching of the President (especially when HE is not the one who is suffering) is ridiculous and extremely insensitive.

        • grace

          “HE” is suffering and has suffered through these many, relentless, hate-filled years of attack. This bright, compassionate, and learned man won his presidency on the promise of Change and the revival of HOPE for a better tomorrow in an America all but shattered, battered and broken after eight destructive years of Republican over-spending and corporate-driven legislating: his first sin. They were NOT going to permit this ‘upstart’ to come in and fulfill his promise of restoring Hope to a beleaguered Nation now, could they? That might have elevated the President to a God-like status inconceivable to his opponents – already in a tizzy that a Democrat had taken the White House, much less a Black one!! So, they crushed HOPE before the election was even over and have OBSTRUCTED “change” every minute of every day the do-nothing Congress has sat their do-nothing slug butts in their Congressional and Senatorial (to a lesser degree) seats!
          I see the pain behind that wonderful man’s eyes. One has to look hard to find the pain….the sadness; for before the pain sits Courage, Nobility, Restraint, Integrity, Compassion, Love and Hope. Yes, I believe our President may still have a light of Hope lit deep in his soul. He is a better, stronger person than I. The level of hatred leveled at this one man would have destroyed my spirit. But I pray for our President, as do millions of others all over the world. We pray for the restoration of his spirit, the calming of his heart, the healing of the wounds his soul has born; as he has stood so bravely, compassionately, and equitably for ALL, as President of these United States.

  • indybeckih

    You have posted that same link to every thread. That’s getting close to being spam. It cost you a click.

  • WakeUp

    Give me a f*cking break, with all the racist distractions. So some Americans are bigots? Are you surprised at that?

    Meantime, the middle class is collapsing, military spending continues to rise while the national infrastructure is collapsing, Detroit is bankrupt, college grads have mortgage-sized debts and no jobs, a “constitutional scholar” President is presiding over the gutting of the fourth amendment, we are bombing countries every week with no accountability or declaration of war, politics has been corrupted by money like never before, millions are out of work AND out of money with no safety net, the too-big-to fail banks are even Bigger, local police are increasingly sadistic and militarized, ….

    Need we go on? If you fixate on bullshit like Obama’s race, you deserve the country you are getting.

    • vwcat12

      except congress makes laws. not the president.

      • CharlieAdamsInKY

        Don’t confuse the right-wing bigots with *facts*. It only makes their heads hurt.

        • scriptysandra

          The same could be said for left wing nuts.

      • Walrus

        He has used his veto power how many times??

      • Walrus

        While the bigots hate on Obama for his race, the left ignores the NDAA, the drone strikes, the growth in military spending, the NSA spying…etc…etc

        • yogiman

          I’m afraid the democrats love Barry for his race. I’ve talked to a many people and the only reason anyone has given me as why they vote for him was because “he’s black”. It had to be race because they don’t even know his legal name. If it’s Barack Hussein Obama, when did he change it from Barry Soetoro?

          • Jeanne Uitto-Williams

            If he was born to MR. AND MRS. OBAMA, how could he change his name FROM Soetoro, the name of the man his mother married 6 YEARS AFTER HIS BIRTH? Oh, I forgot. Obama-haters don’t have to make sense.

          • ben28

            I agree. Even as they deny hating him for his race, they assign blame to him for conditions caused by laws he has opposed or that existed before he became POTUS.
            Even as they vote for their “beloved GOP” slugs who won’t pass job creation bills but will pass bills giving billions in subsidies to corporations, they Blame Obama for the results of their own stupidity. Things will change only after these slovenly slugs and their friends pass on.

        • ABS

          As if those things didn’t happen during Republican tenures?
          What about Nixon’s “lists”? What about imaginary WMDs?

    • Walrus

      I agree with you, which is why I agree with this article. Little has changed from Bush to Obama. All the things you listed here have been progressing unchecked for years regardless of who the President is. The hatred of Obama is based on something else, and a lot of the evidence points to his race. I dont think the Conservatives want to stop or reverse the trend, they fight tooth and nail to preserve corporate welfare, military spending and corporate personhood. They have chosen for some reason to lay the blame solely on Obama and repeatedly refuse to acknowledge the long term trend. Racially motivated hate for Obama, AND the opposition to that BOTH serve as distraction from the trend that continues.

  • Patricia Shannon

    I think the Republican leaders are opposing the president for political reasons, and getting power from racist voters. Look what they did to President Clinton. I don’t think they would cooperate with any Democratic president. President Obama’s race is a handy tool they are able to use.

  • vwcat12

    Sorry conservatives but, while you call the president a socialist, democrats in general, because they want to build roads, feed the hungry and provide our children with an education – you don’t stop to think that if socialism is because of government money, then the right is socialist as well.
    You use government money to pay for billions in corporate and wealthy people’s welfare.
    While slashing money for education, stopping money to pay for Meals on Wheels to feed the elderly, taking food out of children’s mouths with deep cuts to food stamps, all that money goes into the pockets of oil companies, multi-national corporations that use it to take our jobs overseas and put into the pocket of Paris Hilton.
    So, if its socialism for the government to spend money to help the most needy and keep our country in repair, then it’s socialism when that government money goes to pay for the wealthy and corporations.
    Its just the left’s goes to help those who truly need it.

  • CleverBev

    I heard a wonderful saying recently–“One snowflake does not believe itself responsible for the avalanche.” Human “snowflakes” need to accept responsibility for the avalanches of race privilege, and, yes, racial hatred, that accompanied the election of President Barack Obama and the installation of a black family as the United States’ First Family. A lynching was not only violence against a particular individual; it was also a warning to other uppity-minded blacks (or Jews, or Spanish-speakers, or members of colonies ruled by Europeans or Russians, or Chinese…you get it.) Any black politician who would ever want to be the US President must surely be dissuaded of doing so by now–look what the power structure does to those it doesn’t accept. What many white Americans don’t get, and I don’t see how they continue to miss it, is that while the President is being slowly throttled, poor and working-class Americans, many of whom are white, are also being suffocated by those who use their hatred of one man to deny right to the many. Maybe it’s not too late for those people to wake up. Thank you, Frank Schaeffer, for admitting what too many people (not only white people) are either afraid or unwilling to say. Yes. It’s about race. It’s about race. Pretending otherwise will not make it otherwise.

  • John A Gulsby

    In my opinion, Obama has tried very hard to be a centrist who wants to work with Americans who are Democrats and Republicans. Unfortunately, the Republicans treat that as weakness. I’m coming around to that feeling. Stand up for what you want to Mr. President, and shove it drown their political throats!

  • Kylie

    Obama will go down in History as the most amazing, kind, humane President America ever had. The world adores him & he will forever be regarded as a wonderful human being. Shame on those who constantly try to bring such a wonderful man down. He knows that we normal & compassionate people out there are truly grateful for his presence.

  • Bill Grove

    Well written, and heartfelt it seems to me, and I thank you for putting into words what I have believed all along but do not have the skill to put on paper. By the way, I have also believed the Republican party, as a result of their fear and prejudice, have completely missed an opportunity to achieve many of their historical goals with this President who is a true centrist and one who seeks compromise and consensus.

  • Cathy Trappier Gamble

    TOUCH THIS MAN AND NO ONE WILL BE SAFE. THERE ARE SOME GOOD WHITE PEOPLE OUT THERE BUT I HAVE TO SAY NO ONE WILL BE SAFE!!

  • Tom Chang

    Thanks for this insightful article.

  • David Benoit

    Thank you

  • ABS

    These are the same points I have been arguing for over 5 years. Of, course, it doesn’t help to have a well-rounded, educated, intelligent viewpoint on this issue. Bigots don’t want to hear you.

  • Trollhunter

    Excellent! i I to have been guilty of being over reactive when our POTUS has done or said something I don’t agree with, slowley I have come to realize the man is a master politician, exceptionally smart and very dangerous to the old school conservatives that shook hands with the devil in the form of the Tea Party and extremist Right wing Evangelicals, not that you can tell them apart anymore.
    I will be honest when I say he is not perfect and has made a few decisions I don’t like but overall he has kept his eye on the prize and against all odds he has been very successful in his attempt to bring about the change he campaigned on.
    I campaigned for him, I votes for him and I will continue to support him and what he stands for.

  • HapKlein

    Fantastic and accurate article. I have suspected most of the rhetoric is racial at its base but Schaeffer is entirely correct, the opposition has been more resolute than negative reaction it is a lynching in slow motion!

  • xbj

    Exactly as the impeachment of Clinton was the culmination of a slow-motion castration. That is what the opposition does, and why they are the absolute evil and the greatest threat to Democracy this country has ever faced; probably will ever face.

  • ron lovelett

    Frank schaeffer, short and sweet you are flat out wrong in everything you said

  • Aanna1123

    Beautifully written! As human beings, we may not always agree with one another. But, on the whole, President Obama has been doing what is good for the American worker. As a 56year old disabled woman, I love how he has backed women and leaving them open to their own choices. How sad the republicans and liberals seem to find fault and lies in everything he does. It is unfortunate that he can only serve two terms! Mr. President, I support you 100%

  • CharlieAdamsInKY
  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    We don’t have to be “tolerant” of deliberate liars and wannabe traitors. Deal with it.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Translation: “It’s racism for you to not allow MY racism”, squalls the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party’s PROFESSIONAL SHILL.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    A stupid comment such as dina replied to deserves no “counter argument”, since there is nothing in it but opinionated hogwash being passed off as fact.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Translation: “It’s racism for you to not allow MY racism”, squalls the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party’s PROFESSIONAL SHILL.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Wrong. However, it’s obvious that the most vocal of his detractors ARE being racist. Including the ones on this page.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Translation: “It’s racism for you to not allow MY racism”, squalls the PROFESSIONAL SHILL for the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party’s Ministry of Sedition and Propaganda.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Of course not. Shawn, like so many of the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party’s goose-steppers, has absolutely no interest in protecting women’s lives – or any others, for that matter. His crocodile tears for the innocents are just a smoke screen. It’s all about control.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Fewer executive orders than either Bush or Clinton, you LIAR.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    You certainly do, since you obviously work for the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party’s Ministry of Sedition and Propaganda.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    “But love your Obama and he and you can spend eternity in hell.”

    I’ll save you a seat right beside the furnace, you sorry SOB.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Thanks for calling out the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party with their own words. I hope no one is fooled by the mealy-mouthed piety offered by the professional SHILLS posting here.

  • dzag45

    Excellent read! I could not agree more!!!

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Translation: “It’s racism when you call me out on my racism!!! WAAAAAAH!!!”

    Typical TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party propaganda shill.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Translation: “It’s racism when you call me out on my racism!!! WAAAAAAH!!!”

    Typical TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party “concern troll”, posing as a “disillusioned liberal Obama voter”. Can’t count the number of those I’ve run into; they all expose their true colors sooner or later.

    • Isa Kocher

      so obama dıd not appoınt geıtner summers alan simpson and a series of anti-new deal anti-social security wall street shills to run his economics policy? obama d’d not immunize wall street corporate executives from prosecution for the biggest fraud in usa history. obama did not appoint immelt [the person who has off shored more us jobs than all other us execs together] as special advisor on jobs? obama has not prosecuted more whistle blowers of criminal wrong doing than all previous us administrations together and has not run the most opaque administration in usa history? obama did not fire shirley sherrod while she was driving her car home by text message without even bothering to be curious whether the libelous accusations by breitbart were true? she did not reject his apologies to her personally and his offer to give her her job back with contempt they deserved? obama did not prosecute and convict a tortured 15 year old child despite international geneva conventions against torture and against criminalizing children. obama did not FAIL on the one project he had to get right HealthCare.gov . cuz he just didn’t care. how many other obama personnel did obama abandon? how many other obama people did he deliberately abandon: it is the obama white house who called progressive liberal leftists FUCKING IDIOTS for not dropping health care reform when the white house decided to drop it. It was progressives who went ahead with it after he threw in the towel. He abandoned DOMA. he abandoned DADT. he called us professional liberals with contempt. it was republicans who repealed DADT. while Obama’s under oath testimony in court was that gay people were biologically inferior and a threat to national security. and when the judge asked point blank about obama’s state of the union speech, under oath the DoJ testified that the speech was talk but the inferiority psychologically morally and biologically were the facts of obama policy. it is obama’s administration which has repeatedly lied bald faced lied in sworn testimony under oath about NSA while seeking the most draconian punishments in history of truth telling whistleblowers. it was obama who has systematically conducted the most brutal oppression of occupy in usa history. What was done to Occupy under the coordinated direction of obama nationwide is the most brutal campaign against dissent since Haymarket. How many were murdered disabled punished non judicially by obama’s campaign against Occupy nationwide. It was obama who applauds subsidizes approves and abets the execution of unarmed bound underage usa citizens by IDF and the deliberate torture of USA disabled veterans by IDF. It is Obama who applauds abets subsidizes the genocidal IDF wars on Palestinian refugees in Gaza. Including the killing of Americans. It was Obama who approved of the execution of an underage usa citizen in Yemen.

      so calling me names really does not matter. tell it to the mothers of the children burnt to death by illegal immoral phosphorous weapons while they sat at their desks in school. tell it to all the mothers of all the children left homeless by obama’s friends in wall street employing robosigning to take away the homes of hard working americans while obama’s friends in wall street are piling up their highest profits in history totally derived by public giveaways to wall street.

      whatever you need to do to sleep at night do it.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Translation: “It’s racism when you call me out on my racism!!! WAAAAAAH!!!”

    Typical “concern troll”, posing as a “disillusioned
    liberal Obama voter”. Can’t count the number of those I’ve run into, and they all expose their true colors sooner or later.

    • Isa Kocher

      have you got anything at all based on actual reality to say. or is any list of actual actions by this president, any factual account of this president racist. saying it was obama who chose the most anti-new deal financial advisors ever is racist. obama’s white wall street failed anti-new deal, anti-social security financial advisers who themselves created the 2007-2008 wall street crash appointed to preserve the worst in wall street while conspiring with wall street to make richard nixon’s plan for health care law to enrich wall street. call it what you want.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Typical TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party “concern troll”, posing as a “disillusioned liberal Obama voter”. Can’t count the number of those I’ve run into; they all expose their true colors sooner or later.

    • Isa Kocher

      yeah. you’re right. all the way to the right even of calvin coolidge. enjoy.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    LOL!!! I knew you’d crack eventually. Typical TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party “concern troll”, posing as a “disillusioned liberal Obama voter”. They all expose their true colors sooner or later.

    • Isa Kocher

      you are right. saint obama. how could i have been so leftist progressive agnostic non-believer in god’s own salvation. god save us. how could i have missed your sanctity.

    • Isa Kocher

      god help you. really. no joke. you have my prayers… but all that calling me all those names: whom does it help. what is the point. how does it help our country our planet our fellow humanity. how does all that hate help you. god give you some peace.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Translation: “It’s racism when you call me out on my racism!!! WAAAAAAH!!!” “Some of my best friends are n– er, black people!!”

    Birther = racist. Muslim “truther” = racist. Sounds like another Typical TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party “concern troll”, posing as a “disillusioned liberal”.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    His claim “Based on my own research of his life” exposes him for the bigot that he is. Here’s a tip mrky: reading a list of bullsh*t propaganda on theblaze.com and StormFront “research”.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Now you devolve into being simply another damned right-wing LIAR. So much for your bullsh*t about “reasoned debate”, huh, LIAR?

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Another TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party “concern troll” pretending to be a “disillusioned liberal”.

  • CharlieAdamsInKY

    Are you a complete imbecile, or did you just sleep through history class?

    Oh, wait! That’s right – the TeaPubliKKKlan Hate Party doesn’t believe in history, either.

  • Kathleen01930

    Thank you, Frank. You are, as always, spot on. I could not agree with you more.

  • Letitgo

    Thank you Sir, for you have spoken from the heart about the ill-will and bigotry that pervades our Country. We can only hope that the light of reason can outshine the darkness in the hearts of those who spew hate and lies about our President.

  • Dmmyles

    Turns out republican operatives inside the web site companies, sabotaged the ACA website… Expect the Koch brothers to be indicted…

    I got this from the same reliable sources most republican charges stem from – that is to say I pulled it out of my ass…

  • Brian Fender

    So true and I have spent much time over President Obama’s presidency whipping myself up into a frenzy in response to the rights backhanded ploys. But if you look at from a sociological perspective, the white, christian, conservative population have been cornered and are stark raving mad, and their venom is just proof of their death as our population grows and their antiquated ways get obliterated by osmosis. President Obama just happened to be the first significant symbol of a change in the Monopoly. I like you think he should be commended for maintain his composure and as you point actually getting some very significant things accomplished under so much pressure. But I think if you ask any Black person in this country that had to compete to be successful they would tell you it’s par for the course. Great article thank you for laying it out so beautifully.

  • Dmmyles

    I’ve been calling it the polite lynching

  • GBJames

    Well said, Frank.