Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fear of a Black President

When you think the pandering to the far right Tea Party crowd of the Republican Party couldn't get any worse than this and this, here comes this tidbit of info.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott directed the Texas State Guard to be deployed and monitor a U.S. military training exercise. This sounds like one of those situations where, for example, the Chinese navy goes in the ocean near Japan to practice navy stuff and the Japanese sends out some boats to make everybody plays nice. This is understandable. There is tension between these two countries over disputed territories. Last time I looked, Texas and the United States of America are not two separate countries. Although maybe they should  be if Gov. Abbott is going to be a douche bag about it.  

"I have no idea what he's thinking," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a news conference. Well, maybe this can offer a clue. Gov. Abbott said, "It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed."

The far right sees the Obama administration as trying to force its will, strip citizens of their arms and impose federal control over states. There have always been "black helicopter" paranoids thinking the Federal government is out to get them. But now some of these nut cases are in power and can lend credence to these crackpot ideas. And it's a paranoia directed not so much at the government as a whole and more towards one person, Pres. Obama.  

Every time I think the depths of the right's hatred and suspicions of the President cannot go any lower, they go lower still. And after that...

Ted Cruz: Obama To Blame For Baltimore Riots Because He 'Inflamed' Racial Tensions

...still lower.  

Click here for yesterday's blog post on the Baltimore riots. Now I hate to take up for Ted Cruz but he is right on one point: Obama has inflamed racial tensions, just not among black people. No, it's the right wing nut cases that form the base of Ted Cruz's supporters who are all in a tizzy because Obama has the temerity to...well, exist. 

How dare he do that?  

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I haven't seen anyone blame Obama for the disaster in Nepal but I'm sure someone will try. (Maybe Pat Robertson?) 

But on a very serious note, the death toll continues to mount in Nepal in the aftermath of Saturday's earthquake. Meanwhile tens of thousands of people remain without shelter, food, water or medicine.  This is the link to Monday's post or you can click direct to this link for info on legitimate agencies that can help.   

In the meantime, be good to one another.  

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