The GOP’s Ugly Hatred Problem

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Courtesy of The New York Times:

It is a peculiar, but unmistakable, phenomenon: As Barack Obama’s presidency heads into its twilight, the rage of the Republican establishment toward him is growing louder, angrier and more destructive.

Republican lawmakers in Washington and around the country have been focused on blocking Mr. Obama’s agenda and denigrating him personally since the day he took office in 2009. But even against that backdrop, and even by the dismal standards of political discourse today, the tone of the current attacks is disturbing. So is their evident intent — to undermine not just Mr. Obama’s policies, but his very legitimacy as president.

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…Perhaps the most outrageous example of the attack on the president’s legitimacy was a letter signed by 47 Republican senators to the leadership of Iran saying Mr. Obama had no authority to conclude negotiations over Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Try to imagine the outrage from Republicans if a similar group of Democrats had written to the Kremlin in 1986 telling Mikhail Gorbachev that President Ronald Reagan did not have the authority to negotiate a nuclear arms deal at the Reykjavik summit meeting that winter.

…The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, who declared war on the new president in 2009 as minority leader and used the filibuster to paralyze the Senate, essentially told foreign governments to ignore the carbon-emission goals Mr. Obama was trying to set by international agreement. Because climate-change deniers in Congress and in some states oppose the effort, setting those goals is pointless, Mr. McConnell pronounced last month.

If this insurrection is driven by something other than a blend of ideological extremism and personal animosity, it is not clear what that might be. But it is ugly, it deepens mistrust of government and it harms the office of the president, not just Mr. Obama.

As one commentor put it…

Ana

NYC2 days ago

Thank you, NYT Editorial Board, for pointing out the ugliness of the attacks on President Obama. The hate and hypocrisy from the GOP shows such poor leadership. Sometimes, I look at pictures of these leaders with their families and I am astounded that many of these men are also husbands, fathers, and grandfathers. How can they leave such a destructive legacy not only for their country but for their families?

I just don’t understand that either! How can hatred of one man  cause people to act in a manner that threatens the future for their own children and grandchildren?

20The face of hatred.

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8 Responses to The GOP’s Ugly Hatred Problem

  1. johnmburt says:

    “If this insurrection is driven by something other than a blend of ideological extremism and personal animosity, it is not clear what that might be.”
    Yeah, it’s funny about President Obama and the GOPers. It’s as though they took one look at him and didn’t like the idea of his being President.
    As though there was just something about him . . . something that was as plain to them as the nose on his face . . . some extremely obvious characteristic . . . something that made him different from every President that had come before . . . .

    • irishgirl999 says:

      That uppity, black man is the boss. And they don’t like that. Not. One. Little. Bit.

    • titlewave says:

      “As though there was just something about him . . . something that was as plain to them as the nose on his face …. . some extremely obvious characteristic . . . something that made him different from every President that had come before . . . .”

      Undoubtedly it was the unique color of his nose.

  2. MrsGunka says:

    You are kidding, right? You are trying to say they don’t like him because he’s not white? But yet they are supporting a Cuban and a Canadian/Cuban to replace this not-white President.

    This not-white president is trying to broker peace in the middle east and with Cuba so we won’t have people that hate us so much and we won’t try to go to war over there so they won’t come here to take over our country and make us all Muslims or Catholics. Because freedums and oil and Gitmo……..now I get it. He’s black! But they are not racists. Bibi said so.

  3. lindak1961 says:

    All presidents have had people who hate them, but this is different. What’s different is that the leaders of the opposition party hate Obama, and disrespect him often.

  4. Scarsdale says:

    Look at the lineup they have for their next President. Roll them all together, and they do not equal ONE Barak Obama, not in intelligence, character, or any positive trait. How DARE he even attempt to become President? Little lumpy Johnny McCain was born into privilege, like Dumbya, and the people would not vote HIM into the WH. Rmoney said all the right things, flip-flopped until we were all dizzy, and Rove tried “fixing” the voting machines, yet even he did not make it. President Obama was legitimately VOTED into office by a huge margin. Since the gop has had to fix the elections to get one of their own into the WH, it infuriates them that President Obama made it the HONEST way. The mixed parentage just makes it even harder for them to accept. $carah PayMe has spouted racist views and look at what effect it has had on her looks. All the inside ugly has now affected the outside marginally attractive. UGLY as sin now. When will the citizens of this country wake up? EVER????

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