Sigh, another day, another crazy right wing email. This one was credited to John W. Wallace, a self proclaimed “oathkeeper” teabagger, birther, and far-right activist, but I did not see it on his website, so it may have falsely been attributed to him. It is so full of misinformation, typical FOX “news” innuendo, and outright lies — AND it is so very LONG, that I didn’t really want to take the time to address each and every item.
Being an actual liberal progressive person, I didn’t originally feel that I wanted or needed to defend Obama, since he’s so middle of the road, so compliant to the reich wing, so ready to compromise, and, well, so generally conservative. He’s surely not radical, and if I would compare him to any previous President, it might be republican President Eisenhower.
I’ve never been happy with an American President during my lifetime, so why start now? But the vitrol of the email and its pure stupidity made me decide to start a response. Although written in the spirit of the sports-team mentality of “my guys are always right, the other guys are always wrong”… it’s worse than that. It deceives and misdirects people’s energy. WE the PEOPLE should be helping each other, coming together to force change. Instead we are too easily divided. Obama is a politician, like other politicians. In America, politicians work for the wealthy. Until we change that system, we will continue to have to choose between politicians that the wealthy find acceptable. So I found this email to be damaging, divisive, and false…and felt like I had to address it.
I searched in vain for any other posts or sites that already addressed this particular email, and found none. UPDATE: I’ve since learned that a very smart liberal blogger posted a copy of this email back in 2009, So evidently my reich-wing email sender is way, way behind in his propaganda promotion. So, I’m currently posting this as a work in progress. I may fill in more answers over time, but probably will just move on. Feel free to look up some of the items I’ve not yet addressed, and email them to me via this site if you’d like to update it. I’d love any help I can get in addressing this mountain of misinformation…and will happily credit YOU for your contribution.
Here it is, with replies in bold.
AMERICA IS SLOWLY BEING TURNED INTO A SOCIALIST COUNTRY BECAUSE MANY AMERICANS SAID OBAMA’S PAST AND HIS POST-ELECTION ACTIONS DIDN’T MATTER
Your initial statement is ridiculous. Firstly, exactly HOW is America even close to being a “socialist” country? Right Wingers constantly use this word as a knee-jerk slur, yet few seem to even know what they’re talking about. Can you even define “socialism”? How does it work? What do you find bad about it? And how on earth could the U.S. be considered even remotely socialist? Because we collectively build roads that anyone can use and hire firefighters who will save both the rich and the poor? Oooh, the horror! Come on, this is a meaningless and ridiculous statement.
And, by the way, are you aware that Socialist Democracies top the Forbes list of the globe’s happiest citizens year after year? Why do you think that is? They pay FAR higher taxes, but their government is responsive to THE CITIZENS. For their taxes they get, among other things, free medical care and free education FOR ALL. This results in a healthy, educated society.
Progressive taxation means that a doctor won’t make all that much more than a teacher. This system results in people seeking employment in fields that they LOVE, rather than tolerating a job in a field that detest, just to make a ton of money. The result? High job satisfaction, which equals higher happiness in life. And what about the claim that greed is the only driver of innovation? These countries top ours in the amount of new patent applications, which remains the gold standard of determining the creativity and output of a society.
Further, these Socialist Democracies have lower crime rates per capita, than we do. They demand – and get – better quality food and labeling. Cleaner air. Cleaner water. Higher quality of life. Meanwhile our country is being looted and dismantled by the wealthy elite.
Barack Obama is nowhere near socialist, he is painfully CENTRIST. The right has moved so far right that even Saint Reagan would now be considered too liberal to run for office in the Republican party. The Democrats are boringly centrist. Both parties are in the pocket of the wealthy and the corporations. Progressive, liberals are not even on the political map, but for a few brave and notable exceptions. Let me repeat, President Obama is not even a liberal, he is a centrist like the majority of the Democratic party.
Now back to this ridiculous email:
When Barack Obama wrote a book and said he was mentored as a youth by Frank (Frank Marshall Davis) an avowed Communist, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Sigh. It’s easy to use google, my friend. While Obama briefly mentions his grandfather’s friend, Frank Marshall Davis, (the journalist, poet, and social activist) in his memoir “Dreams From My Father”, NOTHING in the book could lead to the conclusion that Davis was Obama’s MENTOR during Obama’s childhood and adolescence in Hawaii. Obama wrote of imagining him back in the 30s “in a baggy suit and wide lapels, standing in front of the old Regal Theatre, waiting to see Duke or Ella emerge from a gig.” Not exactly sitting at the foot of a raving “communist mentor”! This is just silly.
When it was discovered that his grandparents, were strong socialists who sent Obama’s mother to a socialist school where she was introduced to Frank Marshall Davis, a Black Liberation communist. He was later introduced to young Barrack Hussein Obama. People said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
WTF? This seems like a re-statement of the first accusation, see the above response. Are you accusing people of socialism or communism? The two are NOT the same. Educate yourself, get your facts straight, and get back to us when you make sense.
When people found out that Barrack Hussein Obama was enrolled as a Muslim child in school and his father and stepfather were both Muslims, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER. How very faux news-like to use a clever misspelling of “Barack” and adding the “Hussein” middle name. Why, he must not be a “real Amerikin” like somebody named “Bubba” or “Jim-Bob”!
According to snopes.com, Barack Obama’s FATHER although raised a Muslim, like many people raised as Christians, had rejected his childhood religion and was actually an ATHEIST when he married Barack’s mother. Obama’s mother went out of her way to educate her son in a multitude of religious studies. Obama’s book says,”In our household the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagaved Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology. On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.” In the 4-5 years spent in Indonesia, Obama attended both Catholic and Muslim schools because his mother wanted him to obtain the very best education possible. He never attended a “madrassa”. Barack Obama is a christian and has been criticized because his christian church was “too black”.
I almost wish I hadn’t take this email on…it’s too long, and Obama is too boring.
When Barack Obama wrote in another book he authored “I will stand with them (Muslims) should the political winds shift in an ugly direction”, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Sigh, unsurprisingly – this is taken out of context and misleading. From The Audacity of Hope, p.261,“Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
When he admittedly, in his book, said he chose Marxist friends and professors in college, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
The actual quote refers to a time in college when, like many young people, he was concerned about what his friends thought. As a mixed race guy, he says he didn’t want to appear a “sell-out” to his friends. From Dreams From My Father:”To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.” Nothing scary there, unless you are a right wing wack job. …”Boo!”
When he traveled to Pakistan, after college on an unknown national passport, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Factcheck.org calls this statement “More Birther nonsense” and explains that in 1981, at the time of Obama’s visit, Americans freely traveled to Pakistan without incident, as shown by a travel piece that appeared in the New York Times in 1981, dated June 14. Barbara Crossette, an assistant news editor of the Times, told her mostly American readers they could travel to Lahore, Pakistan, by air, rail or road, adding: “Tourists can obtain a free, 30-day visa (necessary for Americans) at border crossings and airports.” ZZZZZZZZ…
When he sought the endorsement of the Marxist Party in 1996 as he ran for the Illinois Senate, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
OMG, what a load of crap. This was shown false years ago. Party founder denies Obama was member; campaign denies Obama sought party’s endorsement. (Many of us might WISH Obama REALLY WAS a Marxist rather than being under the thumb of corporatist control.) Carl Davidson stated that “Obama was never a man of the left, either in his view or in being a member of an actual socialist organization” It came from a right wing book that’s been laughed at as “throwing the kitchen sink” at Obama. http://mediamatters.org/research/201005070018
It appears that the anti-Obama crowd is terrified of leftists, yet they don’t know what “left” actually MEANS. Obama is center-right.
When he sat in a Chicago Church for twenty years and listened to a preacher spew hatred for America and preach black liberation theology, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Anyone who has been paying attention to the black experience in America and has listened to the sermons in context, knows that 1)the preacher had a point and 2)the right took a couple of quotes far out of context. We won’t even point out the white preachers to tell their followers to hate gays, Muslims, Mexicans, etc. We won’t even bring up the crazy right wing preacher who says that Hitler was sent by “god”. We won’t even bring up the wack-jobs who protest at funerals with signs that say god hates everybody. Nope, don’t need to do it. (Mean, hateful religious people make the case against religion all by themselves.)
When an independent Washington organization, that tracks Senate voting records, gave him the distinctive title as the “most liberal senator,” people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Yawn. If Obama is a “liberal” then I’m George Washington. Being slightly human is not being liberal. I only wish he WERE actually liberal.
When the Palestinians in Gaza set up a fund raising telethon to raise money for his election campaign, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
In a case earlier this year, the Obama campaign returned $33,000 to two Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip who had bought T shirts in bulk from the campaign’s online store. They had listed their address as “Ga.,” which the campaign took to mean Georgia rather than Gaza. When the error was discovered, the funds were returned in full. Another non-issue.
When his voting record supported gun control, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Yawn again. So far, only two gun bills have crossed the President’s desk. Both liberalized gun rights, and both were signed into law by Obama. Many of us disagreed with his allowing loaded weapons into our National Parks, for example, but President Obama supported the rights of gun owners to do so. (Speaking as a liberal, I’m not happy with Obama for this. Many of us felt a lot safer before drunken wack-jobs and wildlife poachers had a free pass to carry guns into our parks.)
However, the NRA and gun manufacturers make a LOT of money by stoking the fears of gun fetishists. Stores sold out of both guns and ammunition after the election because the propaganda was so effective. Yay – just what the U.S. needs…more wild-eyed and paranoid gun owners!
When Barack Obama refused to disclose who donated money to his election campaign, as other candidates had done, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
When he received endorsements from people like Louis Farrakhan, Mummar Kadaffi, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
This is another complex situation that requires actual critical thinking. We’ll have to list each name individually to get to the truth:
1)Farrakhan:Barack Obama denounced the recent support for his candidacy expressed Sunday by controversial minister and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
“I have been very clear in my denunciation” of Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic remarks, Obama said at the Democratic debate in Cleveland, “I did not solicit his support.” Some commentators found Farrakhan’s “endorsement” suspect because Farrakhan knew full well that his endorsement would badly damage Obama. Rumors about that he was paid to make this endorsement, but the question is: by whom? The GOP or the Clinton campaign are likely suspects, but “the truth may never come out.”
Unrelated fact: McCain was endorsed by White Racist David Duke, but did NOT reject Duke’s endorsement, probably out of fear that he would alienate The Base. This is the same “Southern Strategy” Republican politics that has been successfully at work since the Nixon years. But there was no “outcry”. Ah, the game of politics, where one guy with rich backers goes up against another guy with rich backers!
2)Kadaffi did indeed say he preferred Obama over McCain, but his ties with the US, the GOP and McCain specifically have been very close for many many years. Wikileaks cables memorialize an August 2009 meeting between Gaddafi and his son Muatassim, with US Republican Senators John McCain (Arizona), Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Susan Collins (Maine) and Connecticut “independent” Joe Lieberman. McCain took the lead in currying favor with the Gaddafis. According to the embassy cable, he “assured” them that the United States wanted to provide Libya with the military equipment and weaponry it needed.
3)Castro:The subject line of an e-mail from the Republican Party of Florida was designed to deceive and grab attention: “Fidel Castro endorses Obama.” Inside was a doctored phony image of Castro holding a poster of Obama. Above Castro are the words, “I love this guy!”
The truth? Castro actually spent most of his words criticizing a speech Obama made to the Cuban American National Foundation in Miami just a few days before this email was crafted, on May 23. According to Politifact, Castro said, “Presidential candidate Obama’s speech may be formulated as follows: hunger for the nation, remittances as charitable handouts and visits to Cuba as propaganda for consumerism and the unsustainable way of life behind it.”
Not exactly a warm and fuzzy endorsement.
Katie Gordon, press secretary for the Republican Party of Florida, said the whole thing was a “joke”. The “cartoon” image, she said, was “not meant to be taken literally”.
4)Chavez: Chavez said there was no difference between the Obama and McCain, and that US-Venezuela relations would not improve if Obama won in November.
When it was pointed out that he was a total newcomer and had absolutely no experience at anything except community organizing, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
As the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama made history. He also worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. President Obama had plenty of experience in leading, legislating, and working with diverse types of people, and indeed, specialized in getting people of differing ideas to come together and compromise. So, yes, he is quite experienced and equipped to govern — not that a U.S. President is much more than a figurehead. Nevertheless, Obama has some good history. Read more about Obama at Harvard http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/obama-at-hls.html
When he chose friends and acquaintances such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who were convicted revolutionary radicals, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
What should we address first? That Bill Ayers is a retired professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, formerly holding the titles of Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar, or that they’re not “close friends” but barely know one another? Another snooze fest.
When his voting record and lack of taking positions in the Illinois senate and in the U.S. Senate came into question, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.I’m getting bored even responding to this. See the above link.
When he refused to wear an American flag lapel pin, and did so only after a public outcry, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Oh Pull-eeze, not that crazy idea. As if wearing a made-in-China flag pin on your lapel says anything at all, except that your PR person thinks that Americans are dumb enough to be swayed by it.
When people started treating him as a Messiah and children in schools were taught to sing his praises, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER. This one made me laugh!
Latest Right-Wing Ragegasm: School Kids Sing of Obama for Black History Month
So, a school teacher had some kids sing a song about the country’s first black president for Black History Month. Perhaps more partisanship in our education system than one would like, but given the context a relatively minor manner. For normal people, that is — but the video got posted on Youtube and the usual suspects on the right freaked out, screaming of socialist indoctrination and yadda, yadda.
Predictably, there were right supremist death threats against the school’s principal.
Dangerous though they may be, it can be pretty hard to take the kind of people who freak out over this stuff seriously.
By the way, have you watched “Jesus Camp“? The children were encouraged to pray “at” a life size cutout photo of G.W. Bush. Some were crying hysterically. The teachers routinely blended conservative politics, fetishism of Bush and christianity into one unholy mix. You can watch the entire movie at the link above. It is truly frightening.
When he stood with his hands over his groin area for the playing of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance,people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Yeah, posing during every anthem and pledge is a full time job. Someone did manage to snap a photo showing Barack Obama with hands clasped respectfully in front of him (presumably what the author considers “his groin area”) during the singing of the national anthem, which got a lot of right-wing publicity. And, of course, there are multiple photos of Barack Obama with hand over heart during the pledge. Does this matter? Evidently to the author, posing correctly during the entire anthem every time makes the man. Certainly we could find GOP candidates in various positions during the National Anthem, but I doubt that anyone other than a right-wing PR firm would take the time to find such images.
When he surrounded himself in the White house with advisors who were pro-gun control, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage and wanting to curtail freedom of speech to silence the opposition, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Oh the horror! Too bad it’s not true. How I wish it were. One of Obama’s first rules allowed MORE guns into National Parks. Liberals, progressives, animal lovers, and sane people decried this decision, but the NRA loved it, even though they couldn’t acknowledge that they loved it because they make far too much money hating Democrats and scaring paranoid wingnuts.
When he aired his views on abortion, homosexuality and a host of other issues, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Actually, people said it DID matter and voted him in because of it. The majority of Americans are not afraid of gay people and still favor a women’s right to choose.
When he said he favors sex education in Kindergarten, including homosexual indoctrination, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
False. A McCain-Palin campaign ad claims Obama’s “one accomplishment” in the area of education was “legislation to teach ‘comprehensive sex education’ to kindergarteners.” But the claim is simply false, and it dates back to Alan Keyes’ failed race against Obama for an open Senate seat in 2004.
Obama, contrary to the ad’s insinuation, does not support explicit sex education for kindergarteners. And the bill, which would have allowed only “age appropriate” material and a no-questions-asked opt-out policy for parents, was not his accomplishment to claim in any case, since HE WAS NOT EVEN A COSPONSOR – and the bill never left the state Senate.
When his personal background was either scrubbed or hidden and nothing could be found about him, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER. What? His background is everywhere, in his book and tons of chidhood photos online. That’s just silly.
When the place of his birth was called into question, he initially refused to produce a birth certificate, then produced one that is an obvious forgery, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Bwaaa-ha-ha! Oh, sorry, we’re not here to laugh at the birthers. Snopes.com, Politifact, and factcheck.org have called the entire birth certificate “question” a joke, including the charge that the long form is somehow a forgery. We’ll file this under “loonie bin”.
When he had an association in Chicago with Tony Rezco-a man of questionable character and who is now in prison and had helped Obama to a sweet deal on the purchase of his home, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
When it became known that George Soros, a multi-billionaire and Marxist, spent a ton of money to get him elected, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
George Soros is not a Marxist, but is a philanthropist and human rights champion, and has helped bring down three communist governments. He has stated that he will no longer support President Obama because Obama’s policies are so conservative, and more resemble a republican of about 30 years ago than a democrat, much less a liberal democrat. By the way, the Koch brothers control far more money than Mr. Soros, and outright have purchased many, many republican politicians and continue to use their vast wealth to influence elections in multiple states. One of the worst corporate polluters in this United States, they continue to destroy our lands, air, and water while they also actively attempt to destroy the middle class in America. These guys are power-hungry despots, while Soros is an acclaimed author, a philanthropist and human rights champion world-wide.
When he started appointing White House Czars that were radicals, revolutionaries, and even avowed Marxist/Communist, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
WTF? We WISH. Instead he appointed the same old guys from Goldman Sachs and the Fed, just like Bush and Clinton before him. C’mon, Geithner and Summers etc. represent the people holding the purse strings. No populist socialist radicals need apply.
When he stood before the Nation and told us that his intentions were to “fundamentally transform this Nation” into something else, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Ooh, “something else” sounds scary. Let’s use real descriptions: How about this? “Into a better, stronger nation, more fair, with a stronger middle class”. However, his continued compromising with corporatists who are intent upon looting our country, has made any kind of “transformation” impossible. Don’t worry, your corporatist masters are still safely in control.
When it became known that he had trained ACORN workers in Chicago and served as an attorney for ACORN, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Acorn, a wonderful organization that has helped the poor and disenfranchised to register to vote and to gain some help in America for decades, was the target of a dishonest right-wing activist who edited tapes and created false impressions. Fox “news” and its acolytes hammered this false story into the ground, and Congress rushed to de-fund Acorn – even while all charges against them were proven false and malicious. Sadly, this champion of democracy in America did not recover and to no one’s surprise, the poor, minorities, the elderly and the sick have lost a voice.
When he appointed cabinet members and several advisors who were tax cheats, marxists and socialists, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
WTF? Politicians are ALL tax cheats, because they’re all wealthy and they’ve written their own loopholes. As for the “marxists” and “socialists” claim…WE WISH.
When he appointed a Science Czar, John Holdren, who believes in forced abortions, mass sterilizations and seizing babies from teen mothers, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
PolitiFact Gave Rumor A “Pants On Fire!” Rating, the rating reserved for the biggest lies.
When he appointed Cass Sunstein as Regulatory Czar who believes in “Explicit Consent,” harvesting human organs without family consent, and allowing animals to be represented in court, while banning all hunting, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
The campaign against Sunstein has largely written itself. One of the most regularly cited legal scholars, the author, co-author, or editor of dozens of books — two of them published since he was nominated to run OIRA — Sunstein has left a trail of theoretical writings and speeches that have provided plenty of ammo for conservative opponents– and frustrated his many conservative and libertarian supporters. StopSunstein.com, a Website launched by the American Conservative Union, is festooned with out-of-context quotes (“We ought to ban hunting”) and fake newspaper headlines written as if Sunstein’s opinions had become law — “Guns Banned!” and “FCC Pulls Plug on Limbaugh!” Much of the damaging material comes from “Nudge,” a thoughtful 2007 book Sunstein wrote with the University of Chicago’s Richard Thaler, which investigates the possibilities for “libertarian paternalism,” not government control, to encourage good behavior. This, for example, is where the conservative CNSNews.com drew its damaging allegation headlined “Obama Regulation Czar Advocated Removing People’s Organs Without Explicit Consent.”
In January, the libertarian blogger and law professor Glenn Reynolds wrote a hearty endorsement of Sunstein, telling readers that the nomination “shows that the Obama Administration is perhaps willing to look at new and less intrusive approaches to regulation.” Today, he sees the lengthy campaign against Sunstein as an unflattering example of “how the messed-up appointments process works.”
By the way Sunstein is not only a friend of many conservatives, but is well respected and has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations, including Ukraine, Poland, China, South Africa, and Russia. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Sunstein has been Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia, visiting professor of law at Harvard, vice-chair of the ABA Committee on Separation of Powers and Governmental Organizations, chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the ABA Committee on the future of the FTC, and a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters.
When he appointed Kevin Jennings, a homosexual, and organizer of a group called gay, lesbian, straight, education networkas Safe School Czar and it became known that he had a history of bad advice to teenagers, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
False. In an interview with Media Matters, the young man in the center of the controversy said the charges against Jennings isn’t true:
Since I was of LEGAL CONSENT consent at the time, the fifteen-minute conversation I had with Mr. Jennings TWENTY-ONE YEARS AGO is of nobody’s concern but his and mine. However, since the Republican noise machine is so concerned about my “well-being” and that of America’s students, they’ll be relieved to know that I was not “inducted” into homosexuality, assaulted, raped, or sold into sexual slavery.
In 1988, I had taken a bus home for the weekend, and on the return trip met someone who was also gay. The next day, I had a conversation with Mr. Jennings about it. I had no sexual contact with anybody at the time, though I was entirely legally free to do so. I was a sixteen year-old going through something most of us have experienced: adolescence. I FIND IT REGRETTABLE THAT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE COMPASSION AND INTEGRITY TO PROTECT OUR NATION’S STUDENTS ARE THEMSELVES IN NEED OF PROTECTION FROM HOMOPHOBIC SMEAR ATTACKS. Were it not for Mr. Jennings’ courage and concern for my well-being at that time in my life, I doubt I’d be the proud gay man that I am today.
When he appointed Mark Lloyd, as Diversity Czar, who believes in curtailing free speech; taking from one and giving to another to spread the wealth; who supports Hugo Chavez, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Since the FCC appointed Mark Lloyd as the agency’s Chief Diversity Officer/Associate General Counsel on July 29, conservatives have made him their new target in the ongoing campaign to baselessly warn about the reemergence of the Fairness Doctrine. Too bad corporate America will never let us bring back the Fairness Doctrine. So far we haven’t even been able to slow down the monolopies that control all media in this country, much less enforce any kind of fairness.
The most absurd attacks have come from pundits like right-wing radio host Michael Savage, who has called Lloyd a “neo-Nazi” and “piece of garbage” intent on closing down “conservatives in the media.” He said that Lloyd’s title — Chief Diversity Officer — is “code word for the KGB.” For the record, Lloyd has a distinguished career on communications policy issues. Most recently he was a vice president at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He taught communications policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, served as general counsel to the Benton Foundation, worked as a communications attorney at a major D.C. law firm, and has nearly 20 years of experience in journalism. Obviously, the right-wing noise machine continues unchecked and its lies continue to go uncorrected in the corporate media.
When Valerie Jarrett was selected as Obama’s Senior White House Advisor and she is an avowed Socialist, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Valerie Jarrett is NOT a communist, although it is rumored that her husband’s father was once affiliated with them. How do these lies take hold? This one was invented in the conservative World Net Daily, and then repeated ad nauseum by Glenn Beck on Fox “news”. WorldNetDaily’s smear-monger-in-chief, Aaron Klein, ran an attack piece on Valerie Jarrett, the president’s senior adviser, accusing her of Communist ties. It’s Beck candy, wrapped up with a big, fat, racist bow.
His lead: “Was Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama’s closest advisers, introduced to the president’s political circles by her father-in-law, a communist sympathizer who worked with the radical Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis?”
The icing: “Jarrett reportedly interviewed Obama’s former environmental adviser Van Jones for his White House position from which he resigned this past weekend. WND exposed Jones is an admitted black nationalist and radical communist. Jarrett defended Jones after his appointment in March. She stated in an interview that the White House staff were ‘so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House.’”
Klein goes on to claim that “Jarrett’s family background and her initial introduction to Obama may tie her to Jones’ radical ideology” because her father-in-law worked with Davis, whom Klein describes as “the controversial labor movement activist who has been identified as an early influence on Obama.” As well as Jarrett’s own work with—gasp!—lots of black people in Chicago. By the way, WorldNetDaily’s board of directors is mostly comprised of secretive, powerful California conservatives — plus a man on the lam for tax evasion.
When Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director said Mao Tse Tung was her favorite philosopher-and the person she turned to most for inspiration, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER. This was false, of course. It was spread by cult leader Glenn Beck. I’m almost too bored to enter the link, but here it is.
When Barack Obama, as president, refused to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, unilaterally declaring it unconstitutional, the people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Thank any gods and goddesses! Maybe we can finally stop appeasing the religious theocratic dominionists and move out of their craziness. They had far too much influence in the Bush administration and nearly destroyed our country with their backward attempt to force their ideas on the rest of us. The citizens are slowly (some would say glacially) moving forward into a more conscious and open reality. Our species is evolving. Politics follows the people, not the other way around. We’re growing out of the “freak-out” over the simple fact that consenting adults fall in love, make love, and might want to marry. Get over it.
When he appointed Carol Browner as Global Warming Czar, and her being a well known Socialist working on Cap and Trade as the nations largest tax, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
I am tempted to make a rude sound here. Cap and Trade was originally a republican idea.
When he appointed Van Jones, an ex-con and avowed Communist as Green Energy Czar, who since had to resign when this was made known, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
There was no such thing as a “Green Energy Czar.” Van Jones was not an ex-con. Van Jones is not a communist. He is a rather amazing man who cares deeply about America, who advises us to “keep the love” and “work for the best”. To read a good de-bunking of the bull about Van Jones, visit http://www.grist.org/article/2009-09-02-cleaning-some-of-the-fox-off-of-van-jones
When Tom Daschle, Obama’s pick for health and human services secretary could not be confirmed, because he was a tax cheat, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Ooh, we found a true statement! Yes, Tom screwed himself — and perhaps us – by owing taxes on unreported income and the use of a car and driver provided to him. He would have probably made a decent health and human services secretary. Too bad so many wealthy people ‘forget” to pay what little taxes they owe…on both sides of the aisle. We look forward to the day when an open, participatory form of government (not manipulated by wealth) evolves. It will, as long as we continue to be dissatisfied with the status quo and strive for something better.
When as President of the United States , he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia , people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
When he traveled around the world criticizing America and never once talking of her greatness, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER. Yawn.
When his actions concerning the Middle-East seemed to support the Palestinians over Israel, our long time ally,people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
When he took American tax dollars to resettle thousands of Muslim Palestinians and Somalis in the United States, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
When he upset the Europeans by removing plans for a missile defense system against the Russians, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
When he played politics in Afghanistan by not sending troops early-on when the Field Commanders said they were necessary to win, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
When he started spending us into a debt that was so big we might never be able to pay it off, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Excuse me? What planet are you living on? Is anyone, anywhere not aware that George W. Bush wracked up the highest debt in the history of the United States? Even with budgetary trickery such as moving Social Security Funds and not entering the costs of his TWO WARS into the budget, Bush is still on record as the biggest spender of any administration, EVER.
When he took a huge spending bill under the guise of stimulus and used it to pay off international bankers, Wall Street donors, socialists organizations, unions, and individuals that got him elected, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
When he took over insurance companies, car companies, banks, etc., people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
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When he took away student loans from the banks and put it under the control of the government, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
When he designed plans to take over the health care system and put it under
government control, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
What? Despite the fact that most citizens favored the public option, President Obama took it “off the table” and left the private corporate insurance in charge – NOT the government. His painfully modest bill address a few of the insurance companies most onerous and cruel policies, for example:They must now spend 80% of what they take in on the customers health rather than ever higher CEO pay. (Ooh, that’s so scary!) They are no longer allowed to drop a customer when they become ill and require treatment (so un-American!). They cannot refuse to accept a person with a pre-existing condition.(Isn’t this anti-capitalism?) To reiterate, the government of THE PEOPLE is still not in control of health care in America. Not even close. Much of this bill was originally drempt up by republicans. We the people favor the PUBLIC OPTION> Liberal citizens are frustrated and disappointed with Obama over this, as well as many other policies.
When he claimed he was a Christian during the election and tapes were later made public that showed Obama speaking to a Muslim group and ‘stating’ that he was raised a Muslim; was educated as a Muslim; and that he is still a Muslim, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
When he set into motion a plan to take over the control of all energy in the United States through Cap and Trade regulations, people said IT DIDN’T MATTER.
Cap and Trade was originally a republican idea.
My fellow freedom-loving Americans, add these up one by one and you get a phenomenal score that points to the fact that Barrack Hussein Obama is determined to turn America into a Marxist-Socialist state. Yawn. Wall Street, Banks and Corporations are in control until We THE PEOPLE stop giving them our cash. There is NO CHANCE of a Marxist state.
If Barack Hussein Obama and his communist associates are allowed to continue on our current path, he will be able to complete his promised transformation of America into a Socialist State, without a shot beig fired. When the sheeple finally do wake up, it will be too late.
Sheeple believe everything they read in anonymous forwarded emails like this one. Luckily for them, I’ve take the time to google a few things to give ’em a jump start on FACT CHECKING.
All of the items in the preceding paragraphs have been put into place. Just about all of Kark Marx ideas are now in place in America. All of the above items can be documented very easily. Before you disavow the above, do an internet search.
If you are an Obama Supporter don’t be angry with me because I think Barrack Hussein Obama is a maxzist. Far too many facts support he is indeed a Marxist.
If you seek the truth, you will be richer for it. Don’t just belittle the opposition and call them names like “birthers”, “truthers” and “right wing radicals.” Search for the truth. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Constitutionalists, Libertarians all need to stand together to save our great country, or stand by separately and watch the demise of our great Republic.
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You and I will write that paragraph in 2012. Will it read as above or will it be a more happy ending for most of America ?
Pray for Americans to seek the truth and take action for it will keep us FREE.
Our biggest enemy is not China , Russia , North Korea , and Iran …… our biggest enemy is a contingent of politicians in Washington DC . The government will not help, so we need to do it ourselves.