Now everyone knows that Rush Limbaugh is a racist, he has made his views plenty clear over the years, so his latest racist rant is no surprise. What struck me about what he said is the alternate reality he seems to be living in. I chalk it up to his drug abuse combined with his racism, the two are a powerful combination. Here is a quote as posted by The Raw Story….
Limbaugh suggested Tuesday that Winfrey and other African-Americans owe their success to their skin color.
“If Obama weren`t black, he`d be a tour guide in Honolulu or he`d be teaching Saul Alinsky Constitutional law or lecturing on it in Chicago,” Limbaugh announced.
“He wouldn`t have been voted president if he weren`t black. Somebody asked me over the — oh, I need to remember. Somebody asked me over the weekend, why does somebody earn a lot of money, have a lot of money. I said it`s because he`s black,” he continued.
Limbaugh then went on to attack Winfrey. “It was Oprah. No, it can’t be. Yes, it is. There’s a lot of guilt out there. To show we`re not racist, we`ll make this person wealthy and big and famous and so forth,” said Limbaugh.
Who is he talking about when he says “To show we’re not racist, we’ll make this person wealthy and big and famous and so forth”. So let me get this right, the American people (whites only I guess) all got together, at a convention I imagine, and decided to show people they aren’t racist by making Oprah famous and Obama president? Really Rush? I can just imagine folks sitting around in their living rooms thinking, “I really don’t like this woman Oprah, but because she is black, I’m going to make myself like her damn it. I have to get rid of this guilt somehow, I must like this woman.” How fucking stupid is that?
During the election, a co-worker who is a right wing hack, made a similar statement that Obama got the Democratic nomination because of affirmative action. It is a similar kind of stupid as Limbaugh’s, rooted in racism. I called him out on it on the spot, it got kind of weird, but there was no way I could let such idiocy stand. Give me a fucking break, you get nominated when people vote. Real Americans going to the ballot box and casting their votes, not some cabal of white people deciding to give him the nomination because he’s black. I lost all respect for that professor when he made that statement.
This sort of fantasy thinking is permeating the right wing these days. It goes right along with Stephen Colbert’s “Truthiness” idea. Apparently these people are fine with fooling themselves, lying to themselves and everyone else, not letting facts get in the way of their fantasy thinking. They buy into the “death panels” and “birther” conspiracies, they cling to every idiotic word that Sarah Palin utters or tweets and they send money to Glenn Beck because someone has to take money from the crazy people in our country, call it affirmative action for dummies.
Of course this isn’t the first time that Rush has some weird conspiracy theory about successful black people, this is from Pensito Review…
When it comes to discussing any topic other than politics, he is clearly out of his league. For example, his one foray outside politics, into sports as a football commentator on ESPN in 2003, ended abruptly when he made a blatantly racist comment about Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb that was very similar to what he said here about Oprah Winfrey.
“I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well,” Limbaugh said then. “There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.”
You wouldn’t want to give the quarterback, the field general, the leader of the team…any credit for the success of the team. And according to Rush, it must be because he is black….apparently the “media” all got together and decided that it was “desirous that a black quarterback do well”. Once again, Rush is living in an alternate reality where groups of people come together and decide they are going to help those black people get ahead, because you know they can’t do it on their own. And the fact that a black man won the highest office in the land, is the leader of the free world, well that just doesn’t compute for Rush in his pea sized brain.
So with Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and many others within the Republican party going to extremes to fool themselves and cling to their racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic and all the rest of the “phobias” out there it seems – where is the media in all this. How can these people keep spouting this crap and get away with it. Are Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow the only ones in the media that see through the bullshit? Is the rest of the media just as stupid as the leaders of the Republican party? It sure seems that way to me.
One of my heroes, The Rude Pundit, has an excellent post up about President Obama’s prowess when it comes to campaigning. I’ve felt all along that the Obama Administration is playing the Republicans like a cheap violin, not responding to the many moronic issues they and the media keep trumping up. It’s kind of funny how the media manufactures an outrage, often sourced from the right, and then they scream because the White House doesn’t play their game. The story then becomes about how the White House isn’t responding to “so many questions” about….fill in the blank. I equate it to getting down in the mud with them. Obama did it masterfully in the primaries and the general election and he is doing it masterfully as president. Anyone who underestimates Obama and David Plouffe’s savvy when it comes to getting elected is a damn fool. From the Rude Pundit…(I always love Lee’s titles)
Is President Obama Ready to Make Republicans Shit Blood Again?:
But there’s one significant measure that the Rude Pundit has decided to await: how much is Obama willing to fight to keep the Congress at least nominally Democratic?
If yesterday is any indication, the answer is: “Oh, fuck, it’s on.”…
First he put out the evidence and explained what they were doing that was so assholish: “Now, you’d think this would be pretty straightforward stuff, but I’ve got to say that lately we’ve been having to wrangle around what used to be pretty noncontroversial things — providing loans for small businesses, extending unemployment insurance when 8 million people lost their jobs during the recession. But lately, there’s a minority of senators from the other party who’ve had a different idea. As we speak, they are using their power to stop this relief from going to the American people. And they won’t even let these measures come up for a vote. They block it through all kinds of procedural maneuvering in the Senate.”
Then he gave it some context for how we got here: “Now, some of this is just politics. That’s the nature of Washington. Before I was even inaugurated, there were leaders on the other side of the aisle who got together and they made the calculation that if Obama fails, then we win. Right — that was the basic theory. They figured if we just keep on saying no to everything and nothing gets done, then somehow people will forget who got us into this mess in the first place and we’ll get more votes in November. And, you know, that will make people pretty cynical about politics.”
Which led to: “Now, let’s be fair though. The other party’s opposition is also rooted in some sincere beliefs about how they think the economy works. They think that our economy will do better if we just let the banks or the oil companies or the insurance industry make their own rules. They still believe that, even after the Wall Street crash, even after the BP oil well blew, that we should just keep a hands-off attitude. They think we should keep doing what we did for most of the last decade leading up to the recession.” That line, “let’s be fair, though,” is just fucking awesome. Calling Republicans “sincere” in their ideology means that, no matter what they say, at the end of the day, there are beliefs that aren’t gonna change.
Then the knife twist: “So their prescription for every challenge is pretty much the same — and I don’t think I’m exaggerating here — basically cut taxes for the wealthy, cut rules for corporations, and cut working folks loose to fend for themselves. Basically their attitude is, you’re on your own.”
Every misstep that the Republitards make is being filed away for later use in the midterms and 2012 elections. For some reason, the Republitards have very short term memories and forget that we have these things called the “internets” and “youtubes” that make pulling up their lies so much easier. It makes producing web ads so freakin easy. There is no shortage of stupid shit coming out of the right wing’s assholes that it’s going to be like shooting ducks in a pond. The Rude One brings it home with this…
The Rude Pundit’s said it before and he’ll keep saying it: Obama plays rope-a-dope with his opponents. He did it with Hillary. He did it with McCain. He wants to see what your best swing looks like before he unleashes. For all his faults, and there are many, the man knows how to make Republicans shit blood at the thought of going up against him. They have to know it’s coming. They just don’t know when. The question, of course, is if it’s too late in the match.
If there was a takeaway from the speech, a talking point for other candidates to use, it was this: “So I want everybody to understand, this debate that we’re having in Washington is not about big government or small government. It’s about responsible government. It’s about accountable government. It’s about whose side government is on. It should be on the side of the American people.”
It’s always nice to see someone rip the corpse of Ronald Reagan out of the earth and smack it around in front of an audience.
Even if you don’t agree with everything he has done, no one can say he hasn’t done a lot. Read some of it below and follow some of the sources, it is astounding how much real change he has made. But first, let’s watch a clip from Rachel Maddow’s show where she lists some of President Obama’s accomplishments. I have more below, there is a lot of overlap with Rachel…
When you really look at what the Obama administration has done….and not what the media has decided to report….but what they have actually done, it is really pretty amazing. I did a post many months ago about his accomplishments to date and he has kept right on rolling, change happens even when there is no one to hear it. I found several sources for my post, the first is from Media Matters…
Passing stimulus, generating jobs. On February 17, 2009, Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus bill into law. In December 2009, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office issued a report estimating that “in the third quarter of calendar year 2009, an additional 600,000 to 1.6 million people were employed in the United States” due to that legislation. According to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, CBO has increased its estimate to 800,000 to 2.4 million additional employed through the fourth quarter of that year. Moreover, a November 20, 2009, New York Times article reported that the “consensus” among “dispassionate analysts” is that “the stimulus package, messy as it is, is working,” citing nonpartisan analyses of gross domestic product and total employment figures by several companies specializing in economic forecasting. Further, a January 25 USA Today article stated that, according to its “quarterly survey of 50 economists,” “[u]nemployment would have hit 10.8% — higher than December’s 10% rate — without Obama’s $787 billion stimulus program,” adding, “The difference would translate into another 1.2 million lost jobs.”
Sotomayor nomination. On May 26, 2009, Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court to replace the retiring Justice David Souter. She was confirmed by the Senate on August 6, 2009, and sworn in August 8, making her the first Hispanic justice, and only the third woman, on the court.
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The first bill President Obama signed into law, on January 29, 2009, was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which expands the rights of workers to sue employers over wage discrimination claims.
SCHIP expansion. On February 5, 2009, Obama signed a bill expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover 4 million more lower-income children.
Public lands bill. On March 30, Obama signed an omnibus public lands bill, which The New York Times reported “allows for 2 million more acres to be declared wilderness… [with] more than 1,000 miles designated as scenic rivers, and adds land for national trails.”
Credit card reform. On May 21, 2009, Obama signed into law a bill providing what USA Today called the “most sweeping changes to the credit card industry in 40 years,” adding restrictions on interest rate increases and fees and restricting the marketing of credit cards to college students.
Transparency. The Washington Post reported that moves by the Obama administration to improve government transparency “included a ban on lobbyist gifts; restrictions on the hiring of lobbyists; publication of White House visitor logs and other records; and a move to bar lobbyists from serving on advisory boards.” A report by Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters, and U.S. PIRG stated that: “The cumulative effect of the Administration’s actions has been to adopt the strongest and most comprehensive lobbying, ethics and transparency rules and policies ever established by an Administration to govern its own activities.”
Tobacco regulation. On June 22, 2009, Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which, for the first time, gave the U.S. Food & Drug Administration the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco.
National service. On April 21, 2009, Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which expands the scope of AmeriCorps and provides opportunities for young people and senior citizens to join in service programs.
Stem cell research. On May 9, 2009, Obama signed an executive order easing restrictions on the use of federal money for embryonic stem cell research.
There is a TON more after the jump, click on the blue Read More…
karoli over at Crooks and Liars had a post yesterday that talked about the many accomplishments that the Obama administration has achieved in it’s first 18 months. With all the doom and gloom in the news with the oil gushing and the economy looking like it is slowing down, which I think is just a blip that will work itself out, it’s difficult for people to reflect on all the good that has happened since President Obama took office. Progressive policies work and will continue to work. No amount of negative spin by the Repubs and the media can really stop it. They can certainly try though and of course influence public perception…so they can take a poll and tell us how the American people “feel” at any given moment. Which in my opinion is a waste of time and money. Now to karoli’s excellent post…
I am by nature an optimist. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the snark and snipe games as much as the next guy, but my natural inclination is to see the good rather than the bad. Despite popular themes, far more good has come out of the past 18 months of the Obama administration than bad. And that good is only now beginning to hatch. Is it as good as it gets? No. Can it be better? Sure, just ask any of the folks who lost their unemployment benefits (thanks to Republicans) or have exhausted them. Even so, what I see is a half-full glass that needs to be filled more, but still offers a refreshing break.
How many of you can count the number of accomplishments this administration has actually delivered over the past 18 months? Some friends of mine are working on a detailed list now, and the number of substantial, documented, quantifiable accomplishments of this President is well over 300. So far…
Here are a few easily-forgotten examples.
- Offshore tax haven closure, which benefited rich investors, outsourcers and corporate tax dodgers. [Reference]
- Reformed Credit Card laws, adding consumer protections against predatory credit card lenders [Reference]
- Doubled federal funding for clean fuel research [Reference]
- Expanded Pell grants, enabling more low-income students to go to college. [Reference]
- Established climate change as a policy priority and set benchmarks for efficient energy standards. [Reference]
These accomplishments stand next to the ones most obvious: Turning the economy around, restoring our international standing, initiating a call for an end to nuclear proliferation worldwide, and getting universal health care passed, to name a few.
I’m glad I’m not the only one who has noticed that a lot of good stuff has happened in the last 18 months. If you have been listening to the special interest groups who are focused only on their own pet projects, it would be easy to think that nothing has happened. For 8 years these progressive special interest groups have had their issues gutted by the ruthless, careless, heartless Bush Republican Party and every one of them wants President Obama to take on their issue first. Well considering the separation of powers within our government and the fact that Congress actually passes the laws, we should be damn glad we that we got anything accomplished in the last 18 months. karoli’s take on it…
For those of you who are already sputtering “but, but, but….” and pointing out how each of the initiatives I listed or mentioned are impure, or somehow flawed from the original vision, I offer this: Legislation is an act of Congress. The health care bill, for example, teetered on the very, very edge of what was legislatively possible given the players in the House and in the Senate. One look at the vote counts should be all it takes to understand what that means. Changing one small provision could have killed the entire effort. Instead, we have a future which includes coverage for all, and subsidized coverage for those who cannot afford any health care, covered or otherwise.
If you were to listen to some on the left, you would think that passing health care made things worse for people. They are so blinded by their own selfish interests that they can actually poo poo the fact that people with pre-existing conditions (including children) will benefit.
I have a theory that some of these people, like Jane Hamsher and Cenk Uygur actually became masochists in the 8 years of Bush. They started to like the punishment and really, started businesses from their misery. They tapped into the anger and frustration of progressives and independents, started raising money from them, started picking and choosing candidates to support or defeat….even if those they were trying to defeat were actually Democrats. And then when a Democrat actually got elected(President Obama), they had to manufacture some anger so that the money keeps flowing into their newly formed business ventures. A perfect example of their idiocy was wasting a shitload of progressive money trying to defeat Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas, one of the most conservative states in the union. WTF were they thinking? I can see taking on Lieberman, he isn’t and never was a Democrat…I could smell the stench from him when he first came on the national scene, thanks a lot Al Gore. But spending valuable money on taking down a fellow democrat, no matter how moderate they are in a conservative state, is just plain fucking stupid. Even though I am an extreme liberal, I am realistic in knowing that in the southern states in particular, we Democrats aren’t going to get a Russ Feingold elected….no way no how!
I’m looking forward to the next 30 months of the Obama presidency, he is determined to get some shit done and so far is doing a great job at ignoring the narrow special interests and opportunists like Hamsher and Uygur. Keep going Barack, you’re kicking some ass.
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