Questions every birther should be asking

The American right wing is full of hypocrites. Silly hypocrites at that. They strain at a gnat, and then swallow a camel.
Earlier this year the Arizona Secretary of State warned that he would not permit President Barack Obama’s name to appear on that state’s 2012 ballot unless the Prez jumped through a series of impossible hoops with his birth certificate in hand to prove that he is indeed a citizen, and eligible to serve as president.
As recently as mid-July, an Arizona sheriff threatened to arrest the president or some such because this duly elected, Deputy-Dudley-Do-Right-cop believes the birth certificate Pres. Obama has released to the public is a forgery. If such madness had even a kernel of truth in it, how in heaven’s name could such a conspiracy be kept a secret all these years? Continue reading

The Bain-pain, the bane of the Romney campaign: he’s hiding something

Conventional wisdom says 2012 will be a close presidential election, and it probably will be. But the fact of the matter is that Mitt Romney has already lost.
The race is close for one reason and one reason only: Mitt Romney is not Barack Obama. President Obama appears to be in trouble because…well, because he is Barack Obama.
If Pres. Obama was a White incumbent, who passed a healthcare reform law that none of the previous presidents going back to Teddy Roosevelt could get passed, and which was upheld by the Supreme Court; AND who managed to take out America’s arch-enemy Osama bin-Laden, who had eluded his immediate predecessor for seven and a half years, then he would already be a shoo-in for re-election. But I digress. Continue reading

‘Obamacare,’ Brown v. Board, Social Security

Right wingers are so predictable.  They are against anything that even appears to benefit ordinary people, especially if ordinary Black people are seen as potential beneficiaries. Their ambition, very simply, is to tilt the balance in behalf of the well off; the “landed gentry;” folks they would describe as our “betters.”
Racial identity politics in America has made it easy for the right wing, the chauvinists, the jingoes, the Romneys, the Republicans, to dupe ordinary White people into supporting their plutocratic schemes by selling them the line that the lowliest White person has it better than each and every Black person, but: “Watch out. Those ‘coloreds’ are gaining on you!” Continue reading

‘Obamacare’ now really means ‘Obama cares’

Who would have thunk, back when the Tea Party faction of the Timothy McVeigh Party (Republicans) coined the expression “Obamacare” as a pejorative shorthand reference to the Affordable Care Act which was signed into law by President Barack Obama, who would have thunk back then that the derisive term would one day be the Law of the Land, upheld by the Supreme Court?
Who would have thunk that conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, who was so flustered looking into the eyes of the first Black president that he would stumble over the words of the Oath of Office, who would have thunk that the Chief Justice would be the decisive vote along with the court’s four liberal justices?
Well that is exactly what happened on June 28, and now–though the Obama-haters may be averse–the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, or whatever you may want to call it is now settled law. Die in your rage, Obama haters! Continue reading