President Obama doesn’t love us.
What’s worse, he doesn’t love America either.
That’s because former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani tells us so.
This is what Giuliani said at a dinner in honor of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a presidential contender and cocky union-buster.
“I do not believe the president loves America,” Giuliani told his audience. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up or I was brought up – through love of this country.”
Let us be grateful how we, the true Americans, were not brought up. Thank you, God, that we were born in New York or Minnesota and not in Hawaii or – heaven forbid – in Kenya, that dark and evil African country.
By the way, how does Giuliani know our president doesn’t love you? Or me? Does Giuliani love us? Should he? Do you care? Do I care? No, I assure you I don’t.
Next day, under fire after his speech, he tried to walk back his cheap-shot lunacy, saying his comments weren’t racist, that Obama was the son of a white woman, raised in white schools and so therefore his anti-American attitudes must be attributed to socialist or anti-colonialist tendencies. That’s what Giuliani said in a verbal back-flip, landing him in deeper doo-doo. Our president, he explained, is patriotic, but he doesn’t love his country.
Wanna try another back-flip, Giuliani.
Republicans, lusting to win the next presidential election, have become tone-deaf to the very mistakes that will keep them from winning the prize.
Foremost among those mistakes is to keep harping on the America-hating socialist-communist Barack Obama. Even the most rabid right-wing Republicans don’t, in their hearts, believe that dead trump card, yet they keep using it. And voters don’t buy it either, except for a few ingrown-toenail types who thrive on conspiracy theories and hatred of anything at all – especially hatred of this president.
Giuliani has always been a savvy politician, an inspirational mayor after that horrible day when the Twin Towers fell. What a shame such an American icon stooped to vilifying our president. It’s the oldest dirty trick in the book – impugning someone’s patriotism. As the great English critic and all-around genius Samuel Johnson said in 1775, “(False) patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”
You would think the baseless slurs against Obama would have stopped now that he is in his second and last term.
When he was first elected, a wave of adulation swept the nation. Our first black president! Then the mindless attacks began. There were (are) nasty racist undertones and overtones against our president, as we saw in some Tea Party groups, some of whose members held up disgusting posters portraying Obama as a monkey or as Adolf Hitler.
This chorus of insane accusations gathered like poisonous clouds: he’s not American, he was born in Kenya, his mother faked his birth certificate, he’s an Arab, he’s a Muslim, he’s a communist, he’s a socialist, he’s the anti-Christ, he doesn’t love this country.
Make no mistake: Not all of these haters were (are) fringe-idiots. Many were (are) opportunist Republicans, who knew better but who courted – at what they thought was a “safe” distance – the flakes, nuts and bigots who were (are) spewing such hatred. They did so (do so) to appeal to an anti-government party base.
And now, once again, these opportunists, whether they like it or not, “are dancing with them that brung them.”
There are so many intelligent Republicans and Independents to appeal to. Why do leaders like Giuliani keep pandering to the nuts?
When will the GOP get the point – that trying so foolishly to de-legitimize Obama is a futile tactic, especially as the economy improves (surprise, surprise!) and other Obama successes get chalked up.
Republicans won the U.S. Congress handily in the last election. Now, as they so-long promised, it’s their turn to man up and to do something for this country (for a change) and then to run in the presidential election by pointing to their legislative achievements (if any) that help the middle class and the working poor (a tall order). If they think they’re going to win the presidency next time around by blaming Obama for everything, they are wrong once again. You can’t win by being against everything; you have to win by being for something. Now they’ve won Congress, their excuses for their inaction are already sounding hollow, as boring as last season’s dumb food trend. This year’s entrée is not going to appeal to next year’s diners.
As of now, here’s the ol’ three-step recipe for defeat. It’s called Bully Beef au Giuliani: keep hating the president; keep doing nothing; keep losing.