Rick Moran and The Anchoress have spot-on posts about Obama supporters’ cynical efforts to tar all opposition to the President – not just racial slurs or the Birther nonsense, but opposition to Obama’s policies – as racist. (The American Prospect: “The right’s animosity toward Obama isn’t about fascism or socialism — it’s about racism.”)
I endorsed Obama, and I may reluctantly endorse him in 2012 if the GOP nominates some nut, but I’ve been decidedly underwhelmed with his performance so far. Certainly I’m not the only backer whose enthusiasm for the President has cooled. Does that mean we weren’t racist in November, 2008, but we are in September, 2009?
Update: Yet another example of why there would be no conspiracy theories about the JFK assassination, had Oswald been a Bircher:
What won’t stop is the bile and lies and hate coming at us from the voices of the right who are always so very wrong.
What won’t stop is the growing hatred toward a young President based on his beliefs and the color of his skin.
It won’t stop until he is stopped. That is the goal of the right.
They’ve done it before.
In the summer months of 1963, the voices of the right were tossing hate bombs at another young President. This time over concerns he was too liberal and his religion was one that frightened a fair number of them, primarily those who lived in the South. There were no Becks, Rushs or Hannitys back then, so the John Birch Society filled the void. They tossed out messages of hate, threats and warnings.
One such warning was for President John F. Kennedy to stay out of Texas.
To stay out of Dallas.
You think what is going on today is harmless? You think it’s just people protesting as is their right? You think all the angry talk and the hate speech are just words?
Well, think again, morans.
Update II: and now, when honest conservatives are trying to fight back against the demagoguery of Carter and Dowd, along comes Rush Limbaugh portraying a disturbing school-bus beating in Illinois as portent to the coming race war. Thanks, Rush!