First, a few words from David Horowitz
' new OpEd
, 'Obama Derangement Syndrome':
Conservatives, please. Let's not duplicate the manias of the Left as we figure out how to deal with Mr. Obama. He is not exactly the anti-Christ, although a disturbing number of people on the Right are convinced he is.
I have recently received commentaries that claim that "Obama's speeches are unlike any political speech we have heard in American history" and "never has a politician in this land had such a quasi-religious impact on so many people" and "Obama is a narcissist," which leads the author to then compare Obama to David Koresh, Charles Manson, Stalin and Saddam Hussein. Excuse me while I blow my nose.
It has been a tough stretch for conservatives in America since last November. Not only did Barack Obama win the Presidency in an electoral landslide, liberal Democrats also seized significant majorities in both Houses of Congress. As a conservative Republican myself, I can hardly say I'm thrilled with these developments. Yet the American people have spoken, and loudly. For better or worse, Barack Obama is now my president, too.
That is how it works in America. In fact, I called the Secret Service not long after Mr. Obama's election to inform them of a possible critical security vulnerability, to which the Secret Service agent I talked to informed me they were already well aware of. Some matters go way beyond politics.
But not for the tinfoil hat right wing in America, it seems. Even today I still get emails from places like World Net Daily
, asking me to sign petitions
re Obama's birth certificate, a matter which the US Supreme Court has already struck down, by the way. In fact, these particular tinfoil hats on the right even have a name: Nirthers
, just as the left-wing nutjobs who adhered to the 9/11 Inside Job conspiracy theory were called Troofers
. In fact, these Nirthers are even starting to irritate the judges handling their legal challenges, as in this memo
from US District Court Judge James Robertson dismissing the latest Nirther afterbirth:
“This case, if it were allowed to proceed, would deserve mention in one of those books that seek to prove that the law is foolish or that America has too many lawyers with not enough to do. Even in its relatively short life the case, has excited the blogosphere and the conspiracy theorists. The right thing to do is to bring it to an early end,” he wrote.
In the entertaining five-page memo, Robertson also describes the lawyers pushing the case as “agents provocateurs” and their local counsel as “a foot soldier in their crusade,” and requires that he prove why he should not pay Obama’s legal fees for filing a complaint “for an improper purpose such as to harass.”
I'm with Judge Robertson. Make 'em pay. Idiots should have to pay a price for stupidity, especially when they're clogging up important courts' dockets with deranged political crusades like these
One other disquieting note. In some of my most recent searches on President Obama for articles here at DJ, I found out almost too late that the article I was about to link to was actually on a White Supremacist website. Contrary to popular opinion, true conservatives are just as offended by the Klan and Aryan Nation as liberals. Yet in all the time I've been reporting for Digital Journal, this is the first I have found myself on White Supremacist websites while doing research on either candidate or President Obama.
Yet another disturbing trend.
In short, My Fellow Americans and Civilized Human Beings Everywhere, the far right wing of the American conservative movement is drifting into very dangerous political waters. Not only that, their tinfoil hat manias, and possibly worse given all the Aryan Nation-type linkages to Obama articles I'm finding now, reflect on me personally and are affronts to all I believe in as a conservative, an American, and a civilized human being. It appears David Horowitz also feels the same way. So do 99% of most other conservative pundits.
In fact, here's Rush Limbaugh
on the subject of President Obama's birth certificate:
Once again, folks, I don't care about Barack Obama except for one thing: his ideas. I don't care about his age. I don't care about his sex. I don't care about his sexual orientation. I don't care about his gender. I don't care about his wife. I don't care about the kids. I don't care about what his middle name is. I don't care where he was born. I don't care what his birth certificate says or doesn't say; he is my president, and I don't like his ideas.
Much as it was for most sane liberals vis-a-vis President Bush, and as it is today for most sane conservatives vis-a-vis President Obama. Thus has it always been throughout America's contentious political history: the Party in Power vs. the Party of Dissent.
You can read more of Mr. Horowitz' great writeup on the subject linked up top.
In closing, I know many of you may not be able to reconcile both my defense of President Obama here, and my unrelenting political attacks on both the President and his new administration as of late. First of all, Barack Obama is now President of the United States. Most important, is was the American people who put him in the Oval Office. His presidency is the continuation of a political process, and system, that is the envy of many around the world, and has been for well over two hundred years. I respect that in full measure.
Yet America being a free country I am allowed to speak out, even forcefully, when I believe the president or our government is not acting in the best interests of America, both as a nation and a people. Yet even I have given the President the benefit of the doubt, as in this DJ OpEd
, when certain reasoning and opinions prompted me to do so. The President deserves a fair shot when it's called for, just like everyone else.
Unlike the extreme tinfoil hat right wing in America appears to be doing today, I will base even the harshest of my judgments toward President Obama and our government by the facts on the ground as I see them, not on blind hatred or prejudice, which has no place in civil American political discourse and never has.