Friday, February 20, 2015

We Can't Feel the Love

During the tragic hours and fearful days of 9/11, Rudy Giuliani, then the mayor of New York City, comported himself with strength and grace during a very trying time. Giuliani was everywhere throughout the city, a symbol of leadership, a beacon of hope, a promise that yes we would get through this. In many ways, Rudy Giuliani was definitely one of the heroes of 9/11. It is a legacy for which the former mayor should be rightfully proud. 

Too bad he's determined to shit all over it.  

In the years to follow since 9/11, Giuliani has traded on that legacy for political gain in the Republican Party. Unfortunately in the Republican Party that means purveying the snake oil of fear and suspicion. 

Which leads to bullshit like this: 

Rudy Giuliani doesn't think President Barack Obama loves America. 

The former mayor goes on the clarify that he's not questioning Obama's patriotism but isn't patriotism expressing a love and devotion for one's country? I mean, this has got to be the most fucked up thing anyone in the GOP has said about the President. And trust me, there are a LOT of people trying to one up each other in the game of saying stupid fucked up things. 

The response from the White House was essentially "we kind of feel sorry for the guy", noting that Giuliani had made similar statements about Obama back in 2008. 

And here's the thing, others in the GOP have chastised Giuliani for his remarks. His own party is telling Rudy "hey, there's no need to be a total dick about it, OK?" 

But Giuliani is doubling down on his rhetoric, refusing to back down from what he said or apologize for it. He's standing firm with his message: Obama does not love you, America.

Apparently this lack of love manifests itself in Obama's own words that are always (ALWAYS!) saying bad shit about America. Yes, Obama has called out our shortcomings but what kind of leader buries his head in the sand and ignores addressing the negatives. But every speech I've heard (or more accurately the ones I stay awake through) have been mostly positive about the ol' USA. The President does speak on the strengths of America, both in the current real world and in our potential.  

I can't imagine any person sacrificing so much time, effort and money to get the job of President only to preside over a nation he doesn't love. Whatever they're failings, whatever policies or positions I may have not agreed with, I've never questioned a President's devotion to this country. But of course, this is the age of Obama where his political adversaries have done very well in the fear and suspicion marketplace and any damn thing goes.  

So, America, if you don't feel the love, it's Obama's fault. 

Thanks for dropping by. Be good to one another and I'll see you here tomorrow.

Dave-El
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