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Barack Obama May Go Down As the Only President Who Excelled In the Face of Racism

ProudProgressive 2013/02/18 17:11:13

Before the Right Wingers unleash their usual civil and reasonable comments about the President, let's get one thing straight - no one is accusing ALL Republicans of being racist or claiming that any opposition for any reason to the President is based on racism. But to deny that racism is part of the Republicans' obstructionist agenda for the last four years is not even worth the time.

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Barack Obama May Go Down As the Only President Who Excelled In the Face of Racism
By: Rmuse
Feb. 18th, 2013

In 1885 a special day was set aside to honor George Washington as the first president of the United States, or as he is referred, the father of this country. The reality is that regardless which Founding Fathers won the highest office in the young democracy, they would invariably be given a special place in history. Today, Presidents’ Day is more a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present, after it became part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act to give Americans more three-day weekends, but little regard is given to the current president regardless who they are. Throughout America’s history, there have been presidents who are singled out for special regard, but it is more due to their actions in troubled times than any extraordinarily noteworthy achievements, and unfortunately little regard is given to the men who supported them in perilous times out of love of country and the people. The current President, Barack Obama, may go down as the only president in the nation’s history who excelled in spite of hostility borne of racism, and an opposition party intent on sabotaging his presidency, the economy, and the government.

No president expects universal support for their agenda from an opposition party, but they assume that despite differences in political ideology and approach to governance, members of Congress have the nation and its people’s best interest at heart. Over the past four years, it is obvious that not only have Republicans engaged in calculated obstruction of this President’s agenda, they have made it their life’s goal to destroy the economy, inflict harm on the people, and subvert the operation of the government out of hatred for President Obama and the American people. What is telling though, is that the increased and blatant Republican attempts to destroy democracy and subvert the government are not solely because an African American man is President, but because after decades and decades of trying, they found support from people who would see America fail before supporting a Black man’s attempt to govern.

President Obama has distinguished himself for leading for the good of the nation, and more importantly, for the good of all the people regardless their socioeconomic status or party affiliation. In his 2008 victory speech, he told the crowd that he would serve all the people, and despite the vile attacks from his detractors in the GOP, conservative think tanks, and various right-wing groups, he has kept his promise. In fact, his due diligence to govern on behalf of all Americans has earned him nothing but heightened outrage and opposition from people so awash in hate that they knowingly support Republican policies that are decidedly against their best interest. Still, President Obama reaches out to Republicans in hopes they set aside their personal animus towards him and is rejected at every turn.

There is much celebration over the Presidents’ persistence and success at getting healthcare insurance reform passed and ruled constitutional by the conservative Supreme Court, and it is a historical achievement, but it was the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) that saved America’s economy and averted a nation-killing depression. Despite creating millions of jobs and injecting much-needed economic stimulus to save a dying economy, it remains Republican’s favorite target for aspersion in spite of their appeals for stimulus money to create jobs in their constituents’ local economies. The measure of the President’s grace and dignity is that he has not assailed the hypocrisy of Republicans for decrying the stimulus at the same time they begged for its funds; a lesser man would never let them off the hook, but the President remains silent.

What sets President Obama above previous leaders is that he advocates for all segments of American society. Little regarded, and rarely praised, is his contention that for America to succeed and prosper as a nation, all the people must be given the opportunity to succeed. Republicans decry his “all the people” agenda as opposition to business and capitalism, but Wall Street is thriving, corporations are posting record-setting profits, especially the oil industry, and despite oil magnates the Koch brothers tripling their worth during his first term, they fund Republicans who harangued him as anti-business and worse, anti-American. Republicans have openly derided the President’s attempt to help low income and middle class Americans succeed with jobs programs, education opportunities, and equal civil rights, and for his trouble conservatives inspire ignorant poor people to deride him as tyrannical and giving “his people” special treatment at the expense of real Americans (read white religious men).

One likes to imagine what shape America would be in if Republicans had not adopted an obstructionist, anti-government, and anti-American agenda they plotted on Inauguration Day in 2008. Economists have opined that if only the President’s jobs programs had been implemented, instead of blocked by Republicans, the unemployment rate would be closer to 5% instead of 8%, and if the GOP supported rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure instead of more tax cuts for the wealthy, American businesses would be thriving as higher employment means higher consumer spending. One complaint against this President by his supporters who are not EmoProgs is that he does not lash out publicly against Republicans as well as explain to the people what the conservative agenda really entails, but again, that is a testament to President Obama’s character and belief that discourse is preferable to conflict.

Hopefully, for Americans who recognize that today is a day to celebrate past presidents, they will take stock of the current President’s achievements and recognize that although not perfect, Barack Obama stands out among previous presidents for myriad reasons. Of all the good things President Obama has accomplished, what sets him above the rest is that despite a concerted effort by Republicans and their corporate, religious, and racist backers, he continues successfully advocating for America. Possibly the greatest attribute of this President is that when he advocates for America, he includes every American and despite the Republican anti-government, anti-people, and anti-democracy agenda, he was re-elected because a majority of this nation’s people understand what the President means when he says “when all Americans have an opportunity to succeed, America succeeds.” They also comprehend that the President’s enemies are America’s enemies, and after four straight years of Republican assaults on the people, democracy, and equal opportunity for all, they know the only thing standing between religious oligarchy and American democracy is Barack Obama, and for that alone he deserves recognition as a great President on the day to celebrate great Presidents.




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  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2013/02/18 17:24:36
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    +34
    Excelled? LMAO!

    And the comment about "...the only thing standing between religious oligarchy and American democracy is Barack Obama..." told me all I needed to know about this author and his bias.

    Good luck with that Proud.

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  • Soundstorm 2013/03/28 18:44:23
    Soundstorm
    Now it's up to us to excel in the face of this demagogue's obnoxious racial grievance mongering politics.
  • Frannin 2013/03/05 22:27:34
    Frannin
    An excellent article...prophesy actually. Soon the day will come when ALL Americans
    will miss the honor consistently displayed by President Obama. I am an old woman and
    never have I seen a president of our country with a higher level of integrity than Barack
    Obama. His path has been blocked over and over by men far less than this president.
    Do they not know that their names will be alongside his as buffoonish detractors who
    felt their own self importance was greater than the good of our young Nation as it was led
    by this intelligent man? I, for one, am grateful to this President Obama with his spine of
    steel for what he continually tries to do for the American people to whom he remains
    profoundly loyal.
  • monkeyking908 2013/02/24 19:23:52
    monkeyking908
    who know if republicans write the history books then no
  • Bun 2013/02/22 23:17:34
    Bun
    So Did President Clinton Our 1st, First Black President! bill clinton our first black president
  • yabbadabbadoo 2013/02/22 15:51:28
  • WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2013/02/22 12:05:06
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +1
    Good Lord, PP. Am experienced at writing propaganda, but this is a stupendous work excelled only by the Nazi's and Soviets.
  • RH 2013/02/21 11:30:24
    RH
    +2
    Just wondering...

    If I don't like Obama's Policies, does that make me a racist?
  • Sissy RH 2013/02/22 11:47:41
    Sissy
    +4
    Absolutely not. But to attack and assault him (as well as his family) with personal viscious vindictivness might cause folks to wonder.
  • RH Sissy 2013/02/22 12:26:41
    RH
    +2
    Good to know... been called a racist just because I don't like his policies several times right here on SH.
  • Sissy RH 2013/02/22 12:28:56
    Sissy
    +3
    Exactly. I disliked (some might say even, "detested") the Bush polices but I never even thought to take it to him or his family personally, in my chargrin at all he wrought on this country.
  • Soundstorm 2013/02/21 02:02:56
    Soundstorm
    +1
    He excelled all right. With black racism and white liberal guilt. It still isn't enough to satisfy them. It's stopped having anything to do about racial justice a long time ago. Now the left's racial politics has degenerated into a destructive social pathology.
  • olylift 2013/02/21 01:06:01
    olylift
    +2
    Are you serious? He divided the country on race.
  • BIGNEVERMO olylift 2013/02/21 18:03:07
    BIGNEVERMO
    +5
    HE DID??? His race alone did that...and it wasn't HE that divided the nation...it is the Tpartiers and racsits that did that!...as evidence "birthers"...NO OTHER PRESIDENT been vilified over a Birth certificate...
  • olylift BIGNEVERMO 2013/02/21 23:27:01
    olylift
    +1
    No other president had as shady past as he did. The tea party and racists aren't in the white house though. When you come out and support Trayvon Martin even before the case started, you're going to divide people.
  • BIGNEVERMO olylift 2013/02/21 23:39:23
    BIGNEVERMO
    +4
    Shady past? Not so much...supporting a teenager that was shot during a fist fight?
    This vilifying and race dividing accusations were going on WAY before TM...that said...it was a mistake...but the Tparty started AFTER he was elected and the birth-er crap has been going on for years...the accusations have been flying since the first election...so.. TM is the only thing I see as divisive...I sure dont feel like he is against white people...and yet many whites are against him just for the color of his skin. I know many myself...all Repubs.
  • olylift BIGNEVERMO 2013/02/21 23:51:12
    olylift
    +1
    Political parties don't matter an iota. Obama attended a church that openly stated its hate for white people. How do you explain that?
  • BIGNEVERMO olylift 2013/02/22 01:53:13
    BIGNEVERMO
    +5
    Here is a quote from Rev wright...who btw Obama has been disconnected with for some time.

    "And the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations. When it came to treating her citizens of Japanese descent fairly, she failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When it came to treating her citizens of African descent fairly, America failed. She put them in chains, the government put them on slave quarters, put them on auction blocks, put them in cotton field, put them in inferior schools, put them in substandard housing, put them in scientific experiments, put them in the lowest paying jobs, put them outside the equal protection of the law, kept them out of their racist bastions of higher education and locked them into positions of hopelessness and helplessness. The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, not God Bless America. God damn America — that's in the Bible — for killing innocent people. God damn America, for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America, as long as she tries to act like she is God, and she is supreme. The United States government has failed ...




    Here is a quote from Rev wright...who btw Obama has been disconnected with for some time.

    "And the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations. When it came to treating her citizens of Japanese descent fairly, she failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When it came to treating her citizens of African descent fairly, America failed. She put them in chains, the government put them on slave quarters, put them on auction blocks, put them in cotton field, put them in inferior schools, put them in substandard housing, put them in scientific experiments, put them in the lowest paying jobs, put them outside the equal protection of the law, kept them out of their racist bastions of higher education and locked them into positions of hopelessness and helplessness. The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, not God Bless America. God damn America — that's in the Bible — for killing innocent people. God damn America, for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America, as long as she tries to act like she is God, and she is supreme. The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent.."[21][22][23][24]

    Well?
    I dont agree with this part:""The government gives them the drugs,"

    He is also vitriolic...but the core of what he says is true...Indians, Japanese all of that was accurate...I am not saying i agree with the vitriol...I do not...but what he says is sad but true...The US does not have a clean past...not by any stretch...but we strive to make it better..and I am proud to be an American...the Constitution sometimes is a bitch...The 1st Amendment especially...I also am not black...so I cant say how I would feel about this if i were...can you?
    (more)
  • olylift BIGNEVERMO 2013/02/22 02:15:51
    olylift
    +1
    Of course I can, I'm irish.
  • ☆Ed☆ olylift 2013/02/22 05:36:56
    ☆Ed☆
    LOL, he apparently ran low on bs to spew!!!
  • olylift ☆Ed☆ 2013/02/22 07:02:30
    olylift
    +1
    Do what?
  • ☆Ed☆ olylift 2013/02/23 06:56:47
  • olylift ☆Ed☆ 2013/02/23 08:16:46
    olylift
    +1
    Ah indeed! Many don't know/understand the plight of the Irish. We don't really make a big deal about it...unlike some people!
  • ☆Ed☆ olylift 2013/02/23 08:22:01
    ☆Ed☆
    EXACTLY my friend!!! My heritage is Irish/Scot.
  • olylift ☆Ed☆ 2013/02/23 08:35:03
    olylift
    +1
    A fine lineage sir! It's a shame in America they say squat about our heritage; I can remember we spent two weeks on the slave trade, and not once was it mentioned that slavery in America was started by a black man, and then perpetuated by Africans.
  • ☆Ed☆ olylift 2013/02/24 04:55:16
    ☆Ed☆
    I couldn't agree more!!! It is always humorous when many of these same nitwits start whining about the "white slave owners" of the South, and then STUPIDLY spew their drivel about the "large percentages" of Southern whites that owned black slaves, never knowing the TRUTH, that there was a LARGER "percentage" of BLACKS that OWNED BLACK SLAVES, than the "percentage" of whites that owned black slaves!!!
  • olylift ☆Ed☆ 2013/02/24 10:32:21
    olylift
    +1
    I blame the school system. Not once do they speak of any of the topics you enumerate.
  • ☆Ed☆ olylift 2013/02/25 05:51:21
    ☆Ed☆
    EXACTLY!!! But considering that the libs run the education system it explains a lot. To actually teach the TRUTH would DESTROY every bit of the LIES they've worked so hard to spread!!!
  • olylift ☆Ed☆ 2013/02/25 07:26:41
    olylift
    +1
    Absolutely. I was in high school when Obama got elected the first time. Everyone talked about how great this was for the country, no one talked about his plans.
  • ☆Ed☆ olylift 2013/02/26 05:01:33
    ☆Ed☆
    I'll bet that when they talked about "how great this was for the country", they were specifically talking about the idea of having a black man as POTUS, and that idea alone is RACIST!!!
  • olylift ☆Ed☆ 2013/02/26 05:35:18
    olylift
    +1
    That was the only thing that was talked about!
  • ☆Ed☆ olylift 2013/02/26 05:35:55
    ☆Ed☆
    +1
    That figures!!!
  • BIGNEVERMO olylift 2013/02/22 12:48:19
    BIGNEVERMO
    +3
    so am I...you have NOT lived through ANY discrimination!! i cant believe you are trying to make that kind of comparison... lived discrimination comparison
  • olylift BIGNEVERMO 2013/02/22 20:48:13
    olylift
    +1
    And blacks of today have?
  • BIGNEVERMO olylift 2013/02/22 21:06:26
    BIGNEVERMO
    +1
    HELL YEAH... You really have to ask that? OMG!
  • olylift BIGNEVERMO 2013/02/23 03:12:23
    olylift
    +1
    Of course I had to say that. They act like they are victimized when they don't make the effort to help themselves.
  • BIGNEVERMO olylift 2013/02/23 04:52:23 (edited)
    BIGNEVERMO
    yeah "they" dont make any effort...NONE OF THEM...yeah OK...keep up your hate! :(
  • olylift BIGNEVERMO 2013/02/23 08:18:04
    olylift
    +1
    They have higher unemployment rates and are far more likely to commit a crime. Listen, you can stay in your fantasy land all you want, but when you get mugged in a big city, I think you'll be the most racist one out of all of us.
  • BIGNEVERMO olylift 2013/02/23 13:14:30
  • olylift BIGNEVERMO 2013/02/24 02:08:32
    olylift
    +1
    I never said they were bad, just statistically disadvantaged. They have higher unemployment rates because the minimum wage forces employers to discriminate, often against the black race. The very system you seek to support is in fact working against you. Am I a racist because I stick to facts rather than emotion?
  • BIGNEVERMO olylift 2013/02/24 04:47:56
    BIGNEVERMO
    No you are a racist because you say
    "they act like they are victimized when they don't make the effort to help themselves."
    its when you say "they" that you reveal yourself to be racist!
    And you have cited NO FACTS! ...only your racist opinion!
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