NYPD · Obama Derangement Syndrome

Conservatives use N.Y. shooting to bash Obama

The Washington Post – Plum Line

The horrifying shooting of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday has brought out the worst in some people. But it also gives us an opportunity to consider how we talk about the way we talk and whether we might do it in a more enlightening fashion. We regularly argue over not just the substance of issues but the way those issues are being discussed; both liberals and conservatives are convinced that their side presents its arguments in reasonable and logical ways, while the other side is prone to inflammatory, dishonest and demagogic rhetoric. When something like this shooting happens, the accusation that it occurred because of the words someone else spoke is almost inevitable. But it’s also almost always wrong.

The venom directed at de Blasio from police union leaders was particularly vivid. “There’s blood on many hands tonight,” said Patrick Lynch, the head of the New York police union. “Those that incited violence on the street in the guise of protest, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did every day. We tried to warn it must not go on, it shouldn’t be tolerated. That blood on the hands starts at the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor.” Here’s a tweet from former New York governor George Pataki:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) seemed to want to say that public officials were not responsible for the murders, but yeah, they’re kind of responsible: “the tone they’re setting around the rhetoric regarding the cops incites crazy people, but I blame the shooter.” And then there’s Rudy Giuliani, who was much more explicit: “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” he said in an appearance on Fox News.

It’s hard to find words to describe what a despicable lie this is. But here’s the truth: Every single time Barack Obama has spoken about these issues, he has stressed that violence of any kind, even when people are protesting over legitimate grievances, is utterly wrong and unacceptable. He makes sure, in all his public statements, to include praise of police officers. If he had ever said anything like “everybody should hate the police,” it would have been rather dramatic, to say the least. But he never said anything even remotely resembling that. For instance, here’s what Obama said after the grand jury’s decision was announced in the Ferguson case:

“I also appeal to the law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur. Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day.  They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law. As they do their jobs in the coming days, they need to work with the community, not against the community, to distinguish the handful of people who may use the grand jury’s decision as an excuse for violence – distinguish them from the vast majority who just want their voices heard around legitimate issues in terms of how communities and law enforcement interact.”

Wow, that is some horrifying anti-cop rhetoric. And what about de Blasio? Here’s part of the explanation for why some in the NYPD seem to hate him so much:

There have been a number flash points between de Blasio and police, including one earlier this month, when the mayor spoke to George Stephanopoulos of ABC News about his fears for his biracial son.

“It’s different for a white child. That’s just the reality in this country,” de Blasio said. “And with Dante, very early on with my son, we said, look, if a police officer stops you, do everything he tells you to do, don’t move suddenly, don’t reach for your cellphone, because we knew, sadly, there’s a greater chance it might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color.”

I get that police officers might not like to hear that, but is there a single sane human being who can say it’s bad advice to give to a black teenager? Or that anyone could take it as encouragement to commit murder?

It’s perfectly fine to call people out on their rhetoric. Everyone fortunate enough to have a prominent voice in public debate should be accountable for the things he or she says. But when someone tosses off the accusation that an act of violence committed by one deranged person was a consequence of words someone else spoke, he or she should immediately be met with a couple of questions, the most important of which is: What,exactly, are you referring to?

So when Rudy Giuliani accuses Barack Obama of saying “everybody should hate the police,” the response should be, “Mr. Giuliani, can you tell us what quote you’re referring to? When did President Obama actually say ‘everybody should hate the police’?” And when Giuliani has no answer, then he ought to be asked whether he’d like to retract the accusation. When Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) says, “it’s really time for our national leaders, the president, it’s time for the mayor of New York, and really for many in the media to stop the cop bashing, to stop this anti-police rhetoric,” he should be asked what exactly the president said that constitutes “cop-bashing.”

To be clear, this isn’t about shutting down anyone’s right to say what they want, even to toss off unsupported accusations. People regularly react to criticism of the things they say with cries of “censorship,” as though the First Amendment not only gives you a right to speak but also removes anyone else’s right to tell you that you’re being a jerk. But if you’re going to say that someone else’s words led to violence, you’d better have a case to make, and that case has to include the specific words that supposedly pushed the violent person over the edge.

Liberals like me certainly spend our fair share of time examining and criticizing the rhetoric of conservative politicians. But when any of us do it, we should follow a simple rule: The more serious the accusation you’re making, the more responsibility you have to support it with clear, specific evidence. If we all followed that rule, we could have a debate about events like this shooting that actually brought some greater understanding.

Or we could just see how angry we could make people, and whether we could use the tragedy to stir up hatred at our political opponents.

Obama Derangement Syndrome

GOP Activist Says Michelle Obama Resembles Gorilla

So, they tell us their hatred for the Obama family has nothing to do with race:

There is no humor in this at all.  Some might ask why even publish this garbage?  To them I say, rhetoric like this has been going around for a couple of hundred years and mostly swept under the proverbial “rug”.  When it does come out in the light of day by some careless racist it should be highlighted.

I come from a generation who in the 60’s and 70’s chose to expose the insidiousness of racism, so there’s no way I could “sweep this under the rug” and bypass it from this blog.

Many hateful people have succeeded in keeping their thoughts among “their own kind” but every now and then you have some goofball who wants to look like he’s “one of the guys” and ends up putting his foot in his mouth.  This is one such instance.  Take note of the usual suspect’s non-apology.  He actually goes so far as to blame Mrs. Obama for his racist statement.

If I sound a bit miffed, I am, because there are hundreds like this creep in the United States Senate and Congress and even more GOP supporters who vote for these cretins.  Yes, I’m angry that in this day and age, they feel they have the “right” to call the First Lady of the United States derogatory names.

Addicting Info

No, no, no, Republicans aren’t racist. What on Earth would make you think that? In another “isolated incident,” prominent South Carolina Republican Rusty DePass likened an escaped gorilla to First Lady Michelle Obama on his Facebook page. 

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Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, South Carolina, DePass commented:

“I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”

When DePass was busted by online bloggers, he expressed embarrassment and apologized, saying:

“I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.”

But in classic Republican form, DePass claimed that he was not entirely to blame, but rather it’s Michelle Obama who should be blamed:  “The comment was hers, not mine,” he said, saying that Michelle Obama made recent remarks about humans descending from apes. Funny thing is, when reporting on the incident, The Daily News could find no reference to Michelle Obama making any such claims.

“The comment is reprehensible. There’s nothing funny about it,” said Democratic Mayor of Columbia Bob Coble. “What he needs to do is simply apologize in a straightforward manner.”

Eric Davis, the current chairman of the Richland County Republicans, said DePass should be forgiven and people should just move on. “Everyone says stupid things they regret later. I think the world should move on,” he said.

DePass is the former chairman of the Richland County GOP, and was an early supporter and fundraiser of President George W. Bush and then became the co-chairman of Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 campaign in Richland County, the state’s largest county. He can now join the ranks of other moronic GOP Chairs like Russel Pearce and Todd Kincannon, who is also from South Carolina.

DePass made headlines when, in an Op-Ed in 2007 endorsing Giuliani, he said that New Yorkers became “American again” when September 11 happened:

“Most of us, of course, particularly in South Carolina, never gave a damn about New Yorkers, but somehow the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, made those people Americans again.”

Obama Derangement Syndrome

The Obama Opposition

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The New York Times ~ Charles M. Blow

The president came to Washington thinking he could change Washington, make it better, unite it and the nation. He was wrong. As he ascended, the tone of political discourse descended, as much because of who he was as what he did.

When Obama introduced Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate in Springfield, Ill., he expressed his confidence that Biden could “help me turn the page on the ugly partisanship in Washington, so we can bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass an agenda that works for the American people.”

In his first Inaugural Address, Obama said:

“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.”

He underestimated the degree to which his very presence for some would feel more like a thorn than a salve. The president seemed to think that winning was the thing. It wasn’t. Stamina was the thing. The ability to nurse a grievance was the thing.

The president’s first “I won” moment came shortly after his inauguration. It was in an hourlong, bipartisan meeting with congressional leaders about the stimulus package. ABC News reported an exchange the president had with Eric Cantor this way:

“Obama told Cantor this morning that ‘on some of these issues we’re just going to have ideological differences.’ The president added, ‘I won. So I think on that one, I trump you.’ ”

Then, in a 2010 meeting with members of Congress about the Affordable Care Act, a visibly agitated president quipped to John McCain (who was raising concerns about the bill): “We’re not campaigning anymore. The election is over.”

And in 2013, appearing even more agitated following the government shutdown, the president chastised his opponents across the aisle: “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.”

This idea that Republicans would honor the fact that he was elected — twice — almost seems quaint. It angered; it didn’t assuage.

And in addition to some people being ideologically opposed to Democratic principles in general, others are endlessly irritated by a personal attitude and persona that seem impervious to chastisement or humbling.

Even the president himself has come around to giving voice to this in public. Last year he told The New York Times: “There’s not an action that I take that you don’t have some folks in Congress who say that I’m usurping my authority. Some of those folks think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency.”

Gall here is an interesting word, and a purposeful one I think. It is in line with all the other adjectives used to describe this president’s not kowtowing and supplicating himself before traditional power structures.

Arrogant is another word that gets regular usage by his opponents, like Rand Paul, Paul Ryan and Chris Christie. Some even connect Obama and supposed arrogance to anything and everything he does.

Obama Derangement Syndrome · Right-Wing Hypocrisy

Impeachable Offenses! They’re All Here! —>

The contrived controversies coming from the right-wing noise machine has reached fever pitch this week.  The following memes express the hypocrisy of the right-wing’s criticism of the POTUS for several perceived faux pas during his time in office

Democratic Underground

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Obama Derangement Syndrome · Sen. Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz: ‘Kitty cat’ Obama should be more like ‘Russian bear’ Putin

This is outrageous.  The name calling, the innuendos aimed at the president’s sexuality and/or political “muscle”  is simply unacceptable in a civil society.

What has become of this nation and it’s unabated disrespect for the POTUS?

The Raw Story

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) took a swipe at President Barack Obama’s foreign policy decisions in a speech on Saturday at conservative think tank Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream summit in Dallas.

According to Business Insider, the Tea Party darling and possible Republican presidential contender for 2016 was enthusiastically cheered by the crowd, who chanted “Run, Ted, run!” and wildly applauded his attacks on the Obama administration.

“Back in Washington there’s a diet that is now very, very popular,” Cruz quipped. “It’s called the Obama Diet. Works very, very well. You simply let Putin eat your lunch every day.”

Cruz further riled up the crowd by taking aim at the Affordable Care Act — also known as “Obamacare.”

“In the year 2017, a Republican president in the Rose Garden is going to sign a bill repealing every word of Obamacare!” he crowed.

He went on to belittle Obama’s decision not to commit thousands of ground troops to containing the spread of radical Islamic group ISIS in Iraq and its neighbor Syria.

“(A)ll across this world America has receded from leadership,” Cruz complained. “Look at Russia right now. Sadly, the state of the world is the Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat.”

“You know what? The United States of America has never been a kitty cat,” he went on. “The reason Putin feels no fear to march into his neighbors, the reason why our allies up and down Europe are terrified of what’s next is because this president, as he puts it, is leading from behind.”

Obama, Cruz said, should position “anti-ballistic missiles in Poland and the Czech Republic.”

Watch the full speech, embedded below via Business Insider:

 

Obama Derangement Syndrome · Rep. Peter King

GOP Rep. Peter King Is Actually Mad About Obama’s Tan Suit

“The suit heard round the world…”

Will these people ever stop exposing their inability to think rationally when it comes to the POTUS?

Mediaite

The overload of coverage over Barack Obama‘s tan suit has led to some unexpected consequences: Rep. Peter King (R-NY), called into The Steve Malzberg Show to rage about how “trivial” the summer suit was.

Summer suits, according to Rep. King, are not appropriate garb for talking about terrorism or ISIS, and especially when the President says he doesn’t have a strategy to deal with the resurgence of terrorism.

“For him to walk out — I’m not trying to be trivial here — in a light suit, light tan suit, saying that first he wants to talk about what most Americans care about the revision of second quarter numbers on the economy,” he seethed. “This is a week after Jim Foley was beheaded and he’s trying to act like real Americans care about the economy, not about ISIS and not about terrorism. And then he goes on to say he has no strategy.”

Maybe we, the media, have covered the tan suit too much. Maybe the joke has spiraled out of control on Twitter. Maybe, by talking about Obama’s horrendous sartorial choices, we inadvertently turned it into a commentary of his character, much like Gerald Ford became notorious for falling over things, or George W. Bush was inexplicably tied with his penchant for making up words.

Nah. Let’s write more bad suit puns.

Watch below via NewsMax:

Obama Derangement Syndrome

Top Anti-Immigrant ‘Expert’ Says ‘Being Hung, Drawn And Quartered’ Is ‘Too Good’ For Obama

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Yes TFC friends…this sort of degradation of the Office and the man has occurred on a daily basis since 2008…

Right Wing Watch

A senior policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies, which bills itself as the think tank of the anti-immigrant Right, told a Florida-based Tea Party group last week that President Obama not only deserves impeachment, but that “being hung, drawn and quartered is probably too good for him.”

The Center for New Community’s Imagine 2050 blog first reported on Stephen Steinlight’s remarks.

Steinlight also said that John Boehner’s lawsuit against the president is a “political loser” and claimed that while Obama deserves to be impeached, such an effort would backfire on Republicans.

CIS describes Steinlight as “one of the nation’s most insightful voices on immigration” who provides “expert testimony” for government panels.

A rash of opinion polls which have come out, not push polls, real polls, including one by Gallup that showed that 65 percent of the American people don’t want any part of an Obama-style immigration reform. But the idea of this [lawsuit] is vintage Boehner, it’s a political loser. There is no court that is going to stop Obama from doing anything. We all know, if there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it’s this guy. Alright? I mean, I wouldn’t stop. I would think being hung, drawn, and quartered is probably too good for him.

UPDATE (7/24): CIS now says that Steinlight has been “reprimanded” for his remarks:

When reached for comment, Steven Camarota, director of research at CIS, distanced the organization from Steinlight’s remarks.

“Steve was speaking figuratively and hyperbolically, obviously, for effect. In that respect his intemperate comments were similar to those who are often critics of President Bush, and I would say like those comments, they are ill-advised,” Camarota told The Huffington Post. “I would also say that the Center for Immigration Studies does not in fact support drawing and quartering the president.”

CIS officials also said Steinlight had been disciplined and instructed to avoid similar rhetoric in the future.

“I reprimanded him and put a reprimand in his personnel file,” said CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian.

CIS is an organization that advocates reducing immigration into the United States. Steinlight has said that Hispanic immigration would lead to the “unmaking of America,” and that Muslims should be banned from immigrating to the United States because they “believe in things that are subversive to the Constitution.”

“Steve sometimes has used impolitic language and I admonished him to choose his words more carefully in the future,” Krikorian said.

Obama Derangement Syndrome

‘N*gger’ Op-Ed Author on CNN: People Still ‘Think of Obama as the N*gger’

Mediaite

James Collier, the author of a controversial pro-Obama op-ed with the headline “The N*gger in the White House”, explained that rather strong wording on CNN tonight, telling Don Lemon that “a great many people in the United States continue to think of President Obama as the n*gger.”

Lemon told Collier he had no problem with the word being used in that manner, the issue he had was that Collier did not once mention the word or explain why he used it in the op-ed, and so it looks like it was just done for the sake of being provocative.

Collier insisted “it was an appropriate title” for a piece that that’s pointing out “racism exists in the United States and there’s no getting around it.” He repeatedly insisted that while there are of course people who hate Obama for reasons that have nothing to do with race, but there are a serious number of far-right individuals who hate Obama solely for his race.

Watch the full interview here, via CNN:

Obama Derangement Syndrome

Newspaper Ran Op-Ed About Obama With N-Word In The Headline (PHOTO)

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West View News

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“The simple truth is that there is still in America an irreducible measure of racism,” the op-ed said. “America’s increasing tolerance of far-right opinion has made racism more acceptable.”

The New York Post printed an image (pictured) of the headline with the n-word blurred out.

The West View News also ran a column below Collier’s by Alvin Hall, an African-American columnist, titled “This headline offends me.”

According to West View News editor George Capsis Collier was able to convince him to print the headline even though the editorial staff had reservations.

“The editorial staff continues to object,” Capsis told the Post. “In this article, however, Jim reminded me that The New York Times avoids using the word which convinced me that West View should.”

Collier, according to Capsis, wanted the headline to “shock us into accepting that there are people who believe and use this outrageous word.”

See the full page with both op-eds below:

West View News

(H/t: Yahoo News)

Obama Derangement Syndrome

ABC cuts off Rick Perry’s conspiracy rant about Obama, immigrants, drones, and hurricanes

Rick Perry speaks to ABC News today | no attribution

Funny, when all the same things were occurring  under President Bush, people of Perry’s ilk and the person who just happened to take over George Bush’s governorship, had nothing to say on the very same issues that existed from 2001 to 2008.

By the way, Fox News would have relished the conspiracy theories being thrown at the Governor…

The Raw Story

ABC News host Martha Raddatz on Sunday cut off Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) after he spent four minutes defending a conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was plotting to fill up the United States with undocumented immigrants.

Speaking to Fox News last week, Perry had asserted that the president was responsible for the growing crisis of women and children immigrants coming across the border.

“We either have an incredibly inept administration, or they’re in on this somehow or another,” Perry opined. “I mean I hate to be conspiratorial, but I mean how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?”

During a Sunday interview on ABC News, host Martha Raddatz gave the Republican governor a chance to back away from his conspiracy theory.

“Governor, do you really believe there’s some sort of conspiracy to get people into the United States by the federal government, by the Obama administration?” Raddatz asked.

“When I have written a letter that is dated May of 2012, and I have yet to have a response from this administration, I will tell you they either are inept or don’t care, and that is my position,” Perry said, doubling down on the theory. “We have been bringing to the attention of President Obama and his administration since 2010, he received a letter from me on the tarmac… I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from.”

The former Republican presidential candidate added that his theory was proved by the fact that the president had not responded to his letter, and had not deployed drones to the border.

“Unless we secure our southern border, this is going to continue to be a massive amount of individuals that are coming to the United States,” Perry warned. “And, frankly, we don’t have a place to house them as it is. And if we have a major event, a hurricane that comes in to the Gulf Coast, I don’t have a place to be housing people who are displaced because this administration…”

At that point, Raddatz interrupted Perry and ended the interview.

“Okay, Governor, I’m going to have to stop you there,” she said. “But thank you very much for joining us.”

Watch the video below from ABC’s This Week, broadcast July 6, 2014.