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article imageOp-Ed: Barack Obama needs thick skin dealing with verbal assaults

By Alexander Baron     Apr 19, 2012 in Politics
The recent rant by Ted Nugent against US President Barack Obama has caused waves, but those who aspire to the highest office must necessarily have thick skins.
Ted Nugent has never been your average rock star, but the consensus appears to be that he should stay out of politics and concentrate on his music, like that classic slow guitar solo, Stranglehold. While most people would put down this rant to hyperbolae, no one should doubt that along with many others, the Gonzo has genuine grievances about the way the Obama Administration has driven a bus through the rule of law, but Obama can hardly be said to have started this.
It was the Bush Administration that brought in extraordinary rendition, kidnapping men in Afghanistan and elsewhere then interning them on American soil in Cuban for years without trial or proper legal representation, and torturing them into the bargain. And other Presidents have done things they shouldn't have, remember Tricky Dickie? No, that does not mean Bill Clinton, as one lady suggested.
One person who doesn't think much of Obama, although apparently he thinks about him a lot, is David Duke. Here is one of his videos that attacks him for hypocrisy on civil rights. Unlike newspaper editor Andrew B. Adler though, he doesn't actually approve of assassinating the President , although he suggests that Israel might. Wait a minute, isn't that the same Israel that has Obama in its pocket?
Others have attacked Obama for his poor grasp of constitutional issues - a bad sign indeed for a lawyer. Here is legal analyst Peter Schiff taking him to task. Does Obama really believe that a majority of 7 in the House of Representatives is substantial, large or even satisfactory? Probably not, unless his grasp of mathematics is even more tenuous than his understanding of American law. Somebody else who is less than impressed is a prominent member of the New Black Panther Party who alluded to him as an Uncle Tom - and worse - for selling out to the white man.
Has Obama sold out? Probably not, like all aspiring politicians he entered the fray with great ideals, and in his case hoped he could make it to the top of the tree and change the world for the better. Now he is there, he has had a reality check; anyone can govern the country in opposition or rule the world from his armchair, but when the buck stops with you, it's a different kettle of fish. Even though he now has the right to order the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial or even their assassination, a president is not an emperor, which is why he is having such a struggle with Obamacare.
Clearly the candidate of change has been a big disappointment, and not just to blacks, but if you want to see how bad things can get, vote him out of office later this year, and watch Mitt Romney raise the retirement age, bring in tougher drug laws, and even, if things get really bad, bomb Iran.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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