From Rush Limbaugh's public declaration shortly after Obama's inauguration that he hopes the president would fail, to Glenn Beck's incessant Obama-Nazi analogies, to the Right-Wing's constant clamor that Obama is a Muslim, a Kenyan, and now an open violator of the Constitution, how else would America's enemies come to view Obama? I mean let's face it, Obama has a few more enemies in America than he does overseas. And somehow this is okay to his political opposition?
Just this past week, opponents slammed the president for saluting his Marine One guards while holding a cup of coffee in his right hand. Not only did his opponents have a field day on Right Wing Media, but like minded folks flooded the Internet to attack Obama for his blatant "disrespect" for the men and women in the military. Unfortunately for them, the Internet is flush with images of prior presidents engaged in similar gaffes while saluting the guards (see George W. Bush's weak salute while holding his dog). But is that enough to prove the Right Wing engages in petty hypocrisy? Hardly, because it goes so much deeper than a simple "the sky is falling" because Obama flubbed a salute.
So when we read headlines questioning whether Obama "has united our enemies" (as if that was his true and sinister intent all along - not being a real American like those posing on Fox News and the Right Wing wind-bag tunnels), it should give one great pause. Isn't it quite possible all of those attacking the president for "sport" on virtually everything, are really the ones uniting our enemies while dividing our nation?
To set the record straight, I do not agree with the president on many fronts. I especially disagree with Mr. Obama on his positions as it relates to Israel, Russia and Iran. But by disagreeing with him, I do not consider him to be an enemy of the State, worthy of execution, impeachment or exile. After two terms of President Obama and all of the hypocrisy filled rhetoric, will it ever be possible to reunite America? By looking at the potential presidential candidates for the 2016 presidential races, I think not. Hilary Clinton is a figure that clearly will unite the Far-Right and their evangelical base against her (and the negative and false rhetoric against her has already begun), yet the plus for Rick Santorum or Ted Cruz by the Far Right will equally galvanize the Far-Left. Ironically, the politicians and their supporting media have created an atmosphere of distrust, not of our leaders, but of each other.
President Gerald Ford once wrote; "It's the quality of the ordinary, the straight, the square, that accounts for the great stability and success of our nation. It's a quality to be proud of. But it's a quality that many people seem to have neglected." With a media created solely to divide, filling the the ordinary, the straight and the square with hypocritical and virulent rhetoric, the very stability and success of our great nation is being threatened. And with friends like those, who needs enemies? Have a great week!