The GOP is using a “by any means necessary” strategty to undermine, subvert, and distort (to name a few) the agenda of President Obama, his administration, the Democratic Party, and the democratic process writ large. Their aim is not just to distort the facts and outright lie, but they want to stoke fear and trembling in the hearts and minds of their party base and white people (mostly one and the same) of this “Other” president, this African-American president. They are capitalizing on a segment of the population that is still shell shocked about having an African-American as the leader of the free world. Many of the base don’t realize and probably would not care if they knew that the policies of this administration would benefit them more than those of the GOP.
The battle for healthcare reform is raging now as our elected officials break for summer recess and return home to host town hall meetings with their constituents. These are supposed to be bastions of spritied debate and a forum to ask questions and get clarification on this complicated healthcare legistration. Unfortunately, a perfect storm of opposition is working to shut these meetings down. There are the big insurance companies who have a vested interest in the status quo that have funded lobbying groups that masquerade as grassroots movements. Then there are the right wing radio heads like Rush Limbaugh who feed his listeners fresh servings of hate about everything Obama everyday. Fox News is dedicated to Obama bashing. Add to this the mobs who come out strong using racist epithets and imagery. The elected officials do not take the high ground in this. They will not speak out against this. My fear is that there will be violence this month of August. All the ingredients are their: racism, fear, mobs, lies, hate. See how this has been brewing here.