Demand the GOP be Held Accountable for their Un-American Attacks on Obama

The ideology that involves identification with a nation is nationalism, and it serves to bind individuals together to work for a common goal that benefits a nation and its population. Most Americans are nationalistic and take pride in this country’s accomplishments, values, and philosophy that freedom and equality are the foundation of what it means to be an American.  In conservative circles, a “real American” is a white Christian male who believes in pre-emptive war, American supremacy, and guns, and in its narcissistic point of view, deviation from their beliefs is subversive and unpatriotic. As the tenor of the Republican campaign for president devolves into lies and misinformation borne of no  credible agenda or criticism of President Obama, using the ad hominem attack phrase, un-American is the last resort of a desperate GOP.

Republicans started labeling President Obama un-American during the 2008 presidential campaign, and through various subtle and not-so-subtle statements, have perpetuated the myth that the President is not an American and has no idea of what it means to be American. The GOP have used various descriptors to impugn the President as un-American with terms like socialist, Marxist, Muslim, and extreme leftist, but they are all synonyms for African American, foreign, and not “one of us.”  What is interesting though, is that no Republican can point out one instance where the President is un-American, and base all their assertions on the simple fact that Obama is not following their prescription for governing. In an email circulated by a teabagger group, President Obama is beaten to death in heaven by the Founding Fathers for subverting America during his presidency. The group, Northeast Pennsylvania Spirit of 1776, sent out an email alert in which it imagines the Founding Fathers beating up President Obama in Heaven for being a “radical, socialist leader.” Is the President a socialist, or radical? No, but it is the perception Republicans have purported for four long years and every Republican has joined in assailing the President as un-American.

Yesterday, it was reported here that former vice-president and convicted war criminal Dick Cheney was the latest to impugn President Obama as un-American.  It is not a new low for Cheney because in December 2009, he called the President of the United States un-American, un-patriotic, and a traitor to our country by allegedly “giving aid and comfort to Our enemies.”  Cheney explained his appraisal by stating the President “doesn’t believe in a lot of those things that I think most Americans do believe in, in terms of a strong international role for the United States of America.” Cheney and his neo-con cohort define “strong international role” as dominating allies and enemies alike, unilateral pre-emptive war, and regime change in sovereign foreign nations. However, Cheney and Bush-Republicans began using the un-American moniker long before President Obama came on the national scene.

At the start of, and throughout, the Iraq war, dissidence and questions as to the legitimacy and wisdom of pre-emptive war and regime change was labeled unpatriotic by Republicans and the White House. It was the beginning of Bush’s divisive tactics to pit “real Americans” against terrorist sympathizers who Republicans inferred were complicit in bringing about the demise of the United States. Today the implication that President Obama is un-American identifies his supporters as contributing to America’s decline as the dominant force on the world stage. In fact, over the past few months, there have been more than one instance of a Republican asserting that the highest levels of government are being infiltrated by subversives to change the nature of government and they are reminiscent of Joe McCarthy’s purge of Communists during the 1950s.

Allen West (R-FL) replied to an audience member’s question regarding “what percentage of the American legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists” with, “I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party.” It is no coincidence that there are 80 members of the Progressive Caucus in the House, and since they do not subscribe to Republican’s agenda, West labeled them as communists. Recently, Michele Bachmann sent a letter demanding an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltrating the “highest levels of the Obama Administration,” and it is a repeat of her 2008 demand that the media investigateun-American Obama & Liberals” for anti-American sentiments that prove they hate America. Bachmann, like West, Cheney, and presumptive GOP presidential candidate Romney, are unable to cite one instance of un-American sentiments from President Obama or Democrats, but their purpose is not to ferret out communists from the government, but to inculcate into their supporters minds that any agenda contrary to conservatism is un-American and wrong.

The notion that any opposition to conservative ideals is un-American was best illustrated when big oil testified before Congress about why they needed American taxpayers to continue subsidizing their obscenely profitable business. Last May, when President Obama and Democrats attempted to repeal billions-of-dollars in oil subsidies, one of the world’s largest and most profitable oil companies said it was un-American to cut off their taxpayer-funded entitlements. Republicans have made the President’s “you didn’t build that on your own” out of context statement into proof that he “doesn’t understand what it means to be American” and it prompted Romney campaign advisor John Sununu to state, “I wish this president would learn how to be an American.”  Sununu meant he wishes this president would learn how to be a neo-conservative war-monger who gives everything to the wealthy. In January 2012, Speaker of the House John Boehner called the President un-American for campaigning to help the struggling middle class in what Republicans called divisive class war. The Romney camp has parroted similar statements throughout the campaign and the meaning is that only an un-American opposes the conservative-corporate agenda and believes the wealthy should pay their fair share in taxes.

Political campaigns are messy affairs, but this is the first time in recent memory that an entire political party is questioning whether or not the President of the United States is an American. Willard Romney has asserted that “Obama’s course is extraordinarily foreign,” and that  the President’s plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans “is  very strange and foreign to the American philosophy.” Interestingly, Romney’s hero, Ronald Reagan raised taxes on the wealthy and corporations to make sure “everybody pays their fair share,” and he is highly regarded as the archetype of conservative ideology. The only difference between President Obama’s attempt to raise taxes on the rich and Reagan’s tax increases is the President’s skin color.

This election is shaping up to be one based entirely on race. Republicans have questioned the legitimacy of this President from the start of his tenure and it continues unabated. They cannot accuse the President of raising taxes because tax rates are at their lowest levels in 60 years, and unlike 7 different Republicans, the President has not raised taxes on the wealthy. Republicans also cannot claim out-of-control spending because Obama has spent less than Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and in fact, is also at its lowest level in 60 years. Cheney questioned the President’s Americanism because he “doesn’t believe in a strong international role for the United States of America,” but the President has been exemplary in foreign policy without invading a sovereign nation to depose a leader like Bush did in Iraq. With no real criticism except that the President is not obeying Republicans and following the neo-con model, they are left accusing him of being un-American.

The Romney campaign, and Republicans in general, are appealing to racists and pseudo-patriots who are looking for any reason to oppose President Obama, and in lieu of legitimate criticism have sunk to the lowest form of attack and it informs that if there are any un-American politicians in this country it is the Republican Party. It is, in fact, an indictment of America that instead of discourse and debate, Republicans have reverted to McCarthy-like innuendo and false accusations leveled at a legally elected President who also happens to be Black. These accusations that the President is anti-American began in 2008, and after four years they are escalating to include members of Congress and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aide, and it portends a dangerous repetition of McCarthyism that pitted American against American that is not reflective of nationalistic pride, but of suspicion and eventual witch hunts touching every American.

It is an incredibly sad commentary that a political party resorts to leveling charges of un-Americanism at a sitting president because he fails to subscribe to conservative policies, and is the wrong race to hold the office of the President. For all the progress so many Americans celebrated at the election of an African American man as president, America is still a racist country where the color of one’s skin is the determining factor of whether they are American or not. What Republicans need to answer is; exactly what this President has done that is un-American besides being Black, or not being a hardline conservative? He rescued the economy, cut taxes, cut spending, decimated al Qaeda, saved Detroit, presided over 25 straight months of job growth, enacted legislation to insure 30 million Americans, and raised this nation’s standing in the world after 8 years of degradation by Bush-Republicans. However, it was anathema to Republicans and to reverse the progress over the past four years, they are using any means to install a true un-American in the Oval Office who will do exactly what Dick Cheney thinks a real American should do; return to Bush-era economics, more tax cuts for the rich, and start wars in the Middle East.

17 Replies to “Demand the GOP be Held Accountable for their Un-American Attacks on Obama”

  1. Why don’t the Dem’s get Harry Reid to apologize for that horrible lie he is spreading about Romney? Why don’t you ask your leader to stop spreading lies about Romney with his horrible commercial about the woman who died of cancer 7 years after Romney left Bain. How dare he make people believe that lie!!!

  2. What lie Harry Reid is telling? The Romney campaign is screaming “lie, lie”, but haven’t provide a bit of proof. Do you have any proof Harry is lying? I happen to believe it is likely he really was told Romney has not paid taxes because of all the tax loopholes the rich enjoy.

  3. Cast aspersion on liars? Target Willard.

    Willard invites suspicion because he is a pathological liar.

    Willard can prove Senator Reid wrong by releasing at least 10 years of tax returns.

    Willard was at Bain much longer than he claims.

    Willard eliminated healthcare for thousands of Americans, he is responsible for many deaths.

    Willard under-tithed the Mormon cult in two years he released partial tax information.

    Horrible lies, horrible commercials are Willard’s purview. Here’s an epiphany: our leader is your leader. It’s how America works.

  4. The totalitarian chickens bred during the cold war and after September 11, 2001 are now coming home to roost.

    When one looks at the characteristics of totaltitarian regimes one sees an odd similarity to the way the republicans spread propaganda, offer magical solutions to long term problems, and use racism and socioeconomic classism to create a movement among the rural populations and to a degree the urban educated. Our corporate state system is actually an inverted totalitarianism where the corporatists control the levers of political power through campaign contributions. While the democrats also kow-tow to the corporate masters they understand that this is a fight to maintain a viable middle class and reject cruelty, brutality, and indifference hiding behind corporate anonymity.

  5. Are we to assume as you assume?
    The world has an abundance now. Yes?
    They are using any means to install a true un-American in the Oval Office who will do exactly what Dick Cheney thinks a real American should do;

  6. Hy Lynn did we miss something? Are you holding Romney responsible for Karl roves PAC ads?

    Also as soon as you demand joe Wilson apologize (two years in the waiting) for you lie! And all republicans apologize for lie if the year in 2010 and 2009 if death panels and calling Obama hitler, fascist Muslim whi doesn’t love America, get back to us. Until then kiss your own two faced butt.

  7. Lynn @ 1st comment, there are two people that could prove Senator Reid’s statement false: Mitt and Ann Romney. The Romneys are either unable or unwilling to do so.

    Unable means that Senator Reid is correct and they, the millionaires, didn’t pay taxes for 10 years.

    Unwilling makes them cowards that have worse than 10 years of not paying taxes to hide.

    But, beat that drum of willful ignorance, Lynn, as unbecoming as it is; there’s no law against being a fool. I, on the other hand will, “Demand the GOP be Held Accountable for their Un-American Attacks on Obama” with my ballot on November 6th.

  8. I find that is so easy to name call someone un-American with no truth to back up the misinformation. If it is the color of a persons skin that is the issue then say it and don’t hide behind lies. You want to blame someone for your losses in life so you jump on board that someone else is at fault. Lies are lies and the truth so much easier to explain. It is time for the extreme right wing republicans to go away and climb back under the rock they came out of. We need leadership that will lead without a hidden agenda to give away our country!

  9. Hey Lynn, you just exposed yourself as a brainwashed idiot who doesn’t bother to investigate facts. Get yourself Deprogrammed and then come back and we can have a conversation about whether willard romney the sociopathic, pathological liar should release his tax returns for the American voters or not.

    The gopropaganda machine relentlessy accuses Dems of their own gop guilt. How American is keeping your millions in the Cayman Islands or perhaps not even paying taxes and leaving the burden on everyone else to help pay for the military,First Responders, roads, schools, hospitals, tax cuts for greedy billionaires, etc, etc? Hmmm?

    Willard needs to show his fucking tax returns like every other person running for President. He’s not as dawg damned special as he thinks he is.

  10. What lie? Romney can’t produce tax forms because he didn’t pay taxes. Romney wins, America loses again.

  11. The one with the lies is m romney, and the fact that you don’t know that, leaves me wondering if you ever do any research on the subject. The ad about the woman dieing of cancer was relevent because it shows the kind of charactor that romney is and also the low down dirty kind of business bain is. The fact that romney has hidden his money in not one but seven different countries and also has a million dollar ira doesn’t bother you? Reid is most assuredly telling the truth, since romney showed mccain his last 12 years of full tax returns and then mccain chose palin. If there was nothing bad in his returns, then why has he not showed them. We have Ann romney with her ‘you people know all you need to know about our finances’ and that if they showed those returns, it would cause questions that would damage their campaign. We don’t need royalty we need a president.

  12. Why do you think they are lies? Mitt is hiding something otherwise he would show his tax returns like every candidate in recent history has. I believe Mitt is hiding something and I want to know what it is before the election is held.

  13. The point of the video is to show that when Bain took over the company that the guy worked for, he lost his job and his insurance. Romney walked away without a second thought about the devastation he had left on his path to earning another dollar to store in an offshore account. The truth is the truth. Romney is a cold-hearted b*st*rd, a money-grubbing fool, and a shyster and con of the worst sort. He smiles pretty, gives a little chuckle and lies his azzz off, and you fall for it. It makes no sense for me or anyone else to try to explain to you why Romney isn’t presidential material because you’ve bought into his entire act. I know you’re frustrated, and I think I know why–Romney isn’t the man you thought he was, but you can’t accept the fact that he is a real loser when it comes to anything except being a vulture capitalist. Also, the fact that you come here and try to defend him is a “tell” that you know he’s a big zero! Why can’t he get his act together? What’s his problem? Why does he keep saying stupid things? If he’s supposed to be so competent, why does he have one of the worst-run campaigns in recent history based entirely on lies? Liberals/democrats were right about President GW Bush, and we’re right about Romney. And, BTW, why isn’t “W” a featured speaker at the Republican Party Convention?

  14. Whine whine whine. That is politics for you. The GOP does just as bad or worse and if the Dems even try to play it at their game they shout “un fair.” Total baloney!!

  15. Romney isn’t setting any kind of a precedent as far as rich republican politicians not paying taxes.Anybody remember Nelson Rockefeller?They found out he didn’t pay any taxes in 1970 or so.Of course he promptly coughed up a million or so and paid up.I think he was running for vp at the time.The ting is he was a much more principled person then Romney but then again who isn’t.These republicans are all a bunch of the most greedy rotten to the core pukes you’re ever going to meet.They shold all be recalled and the tea party banned as an unAmerican organization

  16. @Lynn, John McCain saw Willard’s tax returns(23 years worth) & he didn’t come out & call Harry Reid a liar. Hmmmm… Maybe McCain knows something that we don’t. That Mittens & Queen Ann didn’t pay any taxes for at least 10 years. Your leader???? The last time I checked President Obama was the leader of ALL Americans, talk about showing disrespect!! That ad was NOT saying that Mittens killed that lady, but because Mittens was the reason the guy lost his job that contributed to her not having healthcare & not finding the cancer in time to save her life.

  17. Lynn is so typical of the problems America faces. The ad doesn’t say Willard Milhouse was responsible for the death, but was a major contributor to the guy losing coverage. I lost 2 back to back jobs due to leveraged buyouts in 86 and the next job lasted till 93 before the same fate befell the company. And though neither one was Bain capital, they were the same brand of private equity vampires. People like her are either too branded in the party, too racist, or just really uneducated on the politics that have been going on for 40 years by republicans, and that could cost all Americans unfortunately.

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