Those of you, including Tea Partiers, Christian conservatives, Trumpites, and "angry white men" (and women) who have been bashing President Obama since 2008 and telling lies about him should soon be satisfied. In January, we will have a new president and Obama will be out of office. You should all be ashamed.
For the last eight years, you have engaged in disinformation, misinformation, and lies about our first African-American president. You have called him everything from a socialist to a Marxist to a communist and it is doubtful that many of you even understand what those terms mean.
You keep whining that Obama has not accomplished anything. Actually, his administration has gone a long way in cleaning up the mess left by its predecessor. And, anything that he has not accomplished has been largely due to people like YOU. Obama has reached across the aisle many times only to get his hand bitten.
You perpetuated the lie that he was not born here in spite of the fact that that claim has been thrown out of every court and election board in the country. You told this lie even when it was never brought up in Congress when it ratified the Electoral College's decision and even Senator McCain, who had a lot to gain from this lie, called it a lie. It is sad that now your believe that now that even Donald Trump said he was born here.
Even in the Lakes Region, a former state representative made a fool of himself and embarrassed the state by making thinly-veiled threats to members of the Election Commission over this matter. For those Obama-bashers who claim the name "Christian," I believe that bearing false witness against one's neighbor violates one of the Big Ten.
You attacked his religion. Some of you who claim he is a Muslim extremist were the same people who were attacking his CHRISTIAN pastor! I guess George Orwell would call the "doublethink." Ask yourselves: would a real Muslim extremist host Jewish holiday celebrations for his Jewish staff in the White House?
Then there was Obamacare. Originally, the ACA was supposed to have an affordable public option but Congress let the insurance companies have their way and that was taken out due to politicians in the back pockets of insurance companies and Big Pharma. You confused the issues even more by screaming that there were "death panels" on in the ACA which was compete lie. You also scared a lot of elderly people in the process.
And then you blamed many of our recent tragic shootings on Obama. Many of you said that he was behind it so he could declare martial law and seize your firearms! If Obama was really going to do that, would he not have done it earlier? Of course, you did not understand the constitutional standards required for martial law and, of course, he never did it. But, the gun manufacturers and dealers loved that lie and laughed all the way to the bank!
Still others, while constantly calling Obama a "traitor," have hoped for a military coup to topple Obama. Such an act would actually constitute "treason," according to the Constitution!
Some of you descended so low as to pick on his wife and children. You passed around photo-shopped pictures that made Michelle look ugly or even transgendered. You have even questioned her patriotism.
This writer is sure that to call this "racism" will outrage you but that is what it is. At the very least, it is racial discrimination because you treated our first African-American president much worse than you ever treated a white candidate. So let's just call it what it is: racism.
Many of you did not like Bill Clinton either but none of you ever questioned that he was born in Arkansas. You held Obama to standards you would never expect of a white president just as many of you are now holding Ms. Clinton to standards you would never expect of a male president.
Hopefully (although it is doubtful), you will treat the first female president better than you treated the first African-American president. Shame on you!
(Scott Cracraft is a citizen, taxpayer, veteran, and resident of Gilford.)
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