Remember When?

The mantra of the neo-cons used to be something along the lines of “You have to support our President! We’re at war!”?

I do.

And we’re still at war.

Sooo…where’s the rabid “support the President” talk now?

When I look at the constant attempts by those on the Right “prove” President Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim Socialist-Communist-Fascist-Nazi, I become more and more disheartened by the wealth of misinformation being reported as “news.” Some might say that this post is untimely and that this is a non-issue, but I would disagree wholeheartedly. This is something that needs to be addressed, and not just by me, but by the supposed “liberal media.”

The Supreme Court today turned away another–yes, another–case trying to challenge the citizenship of the President. Allow me to set the record straight on this. The President asked the State of Hawaii to produce a copy of his birth certificate. They did, but the Birthers weren’t happy with it because it wasn’t a paper copy. The State of Hawaii moved all of their records to electronic data storage. The baloney being spread about the ability for Hawaii to make a fake birth certificate in order to “legitimatize” the President’s citizenship is just that–baloney. Were he born somewhere else, why would his birth announcement be in a Hawaiian newspaper? Was all of this part of a conspiracy put in place in 1961 to ensure the election of him as President? And by the same thinking, wouldn’t the election of John McCain also been an issue considering he was born in Panama?

Next, to the effect that the President is a Muslim. I remember that a big deal was made in 2008 about his connection to a radical Christian pastor. Once that was quelled, the cries of him being a Muslim became rampant. Above all else, why does it matter what religion a President is?

The biggest thing that irks me, however, is the combination of the terms Socialist, Communist, Fascist, and Nazi that are used to describe the President. Allow me to call it “Socommufascizism.” Do the people making these claims even know what these terms mean? For those who are unaware, I will refer to the Oxford English Dictionary’s definitions of these terms:

  • Socialism: A theory or system of social organization based on state or collective ownership and regulation of the means of production, distribution, and exchange for the common benefit of all members of society; advocacy or practice of such a system, esp. as a political movement. Now also: any of various systems of liberal social democracy which retain a commitment to social justice and social reform, or feature some degree of state intervention in the running of the economy.
  • Communism: A political doctrine or movement based on revolutionary Marxism, seeking the overthrow of capitalism through a proletarian revolution, the social ownership of the means of production, and the creation of a classless society.
  • Fascism: The principles and organization of Fascists. Also, loosely, any form of right-wing authoritarianism; the advocacy of a particular viewpoint or practice in a manner perceived as intolerant or authoritarian.
  • Nazism: The political doctrines evolved and implemented by Adolf Hitler and his followers, esp. those asserting Aryan racial superiority, or promoting totalitarianism and the expansion of the German state; the German Nazi movement. In later use also more generally: right-wing authoritarianism.

What one can see clearly from these is that two are more “liberal,” whereas the other define forms of “right-wing authoritarianism.” Does this mean that the President is an extreme liberal AND an extreme conservative?

One other thing to mention is that, were he as “socialist” as the Righties want you to believe, more liberals like myself would be happier with his job performance. The President’s health care bill, for example, is very similar to one that President Nixon proposed. And which side of the left-right spectrum was Nixon on, I implore? Oh, wait. The Right.

Now, there is all this talk of halting and/or repealing that bill altogether. What kind of people are the Republicans if they feel it’s better for people to die of diseases just because treating them isn’t profitable for the insurance companies? Do Republicans, who pride themselves on being the “family values” party, feel that children should die because their parents cannot afford insurance? Why is it that they believe that people don’t have the right to have proper care because of the socio-economic class they were born into?

Remember when it was “unpatriotic” to question the actions of the President?

I do. The President might not be the liberal hero that the left elected, but he still, nonetheless, is the President. And he’s a helluva lot better than his predecessor.

(In an unrelated note, may actor Leslie Nielsen rest in peace. His roles in Airplane! and The Naked Gun are some of the best moments in comedy history.)