Luke Zaleski: Obama broke their minds
I dont think you could overstate how completely Obama broke their minds. The fact that a black man was the most powerful person in the world for eight years and was popular and largely successful absolutely destroyed white power mythology and psychology and was their apocalypse
I always thought Trump was the right's overreaction to Obama, everything he was not. Qutz
And he looked good, even in a tan suit!
Their resistance will just keep escalating until it reaches total absurdity. Until then we just have to stand firm and fight back when necessary cause they are not going to give up easily.
Many will die without accepting the reality. I think that's one of the reasons many bought into the 2020 election lie and continue to believe it.
Its already gone well beyond that point, IMHO. It was one thing during Obamas first two years, but then we had the astroturf movement resulting in all the Klanbaggers in Congress, which gave us the Freedumb Caucus. The absurdity has never stopped..and only seemed to escalate.
'intellectual' leader of the GOP the last 30 years.
all RW radio followed limbaugh's lead and the GOP followed that alternate reality deeper and deeper into the hole that the kremlin increasingly influenced - through limbaugh - since at least 2008. the bushs and mcconnell's and roves that had the establishment lost control of limbaugh and blamed him for losing to obama beccause he wouldn't support mccain until mccain picked palin - set up by manafort/putin. now the nuts are headless - no central messaging.
occurs throughout time and place when POC surpass and outshine wypipo!
Some whites need to put them back in their place in the power structure.
The system is heavily invested in propping up white cis men, and woe be to those who challenge this in any way!!
Then TFG with his disdain for tradition and following rules helped stir up their anger into a cult,,, I don't think we will ever be the same again.
My opinion of people I know, some in my family, even, who voted for him twice & those who still support him, has changed. I'm still polite to them, but I'm not interested in doing anything with them.
We just have to turn on today's news to find RW atrocities.
He didn't even have to put any effort except be himself. My my aren't they weak.
"I'll tell you what's at the bottom of it," he said. "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."
"Oh look at my African-American over here."Trump
it wouldn't have done to elect an honorable, upstanding white man. They needed to prove their worst is better. Therefore everything he did and said, even the ridiculous, had to be accepted and praised.
human being in stark contrast to his opposition of rabid racists, corporate shills, and political hacks.
the black students were allowed in the white schools. But black teachers and principals were often left out -- the white townspeople couldn't allow a black person to be in a position of authority over ANY white person, not even children.
A shame we, as a nation, can't overcome this kind of prejudice.
In my NYC Junior High I had an African-American Woman Science Teacher!
She was my first (but not last) black teacher. My folks (esp my mom) taught me to be anti-racist but at 14 I still had a lot to learn about all the threads, and tentacles of racism.
So I was more excited (since I'd also been observing,
and experiencing sexism as a girl on up) to see a
Woman Science Teacher!!!
Straight White Male culture wont give up its power without a bloody fight, even if democracy has to be sacrificed in the process.
Fortunately, the demographic momentum is on our side. Which makes 2024 critical, for the years that follow will continue the steady decline of their power.
After O was elected their numbers increased exponentially. He did nothing about it, and the Con co-opted them for his purposes. It culminated to what we have today - a country overrun with white nationalists, and all levels of government infiltrated by their members.
We are in O dark 30 till this issue of domestic terrorists are dealt with, and forcefully to retard their numbers and retain democracy.
Either that or they will turn this country into a shitshow of fascist rule.
I wish more Democrats understood this. This is not a 'metaphorical' fight. It is not going to be won with words.
and nothing will convince me otherwise.
Now just wait until Kamala Harris is our first female President, who also happens to be Black and Asian . . . the pukes will completely lose it.
Or Pete Buttigieg. But I think they would tolerate a gay white man more than a Black-Asian woman.
Heck, they would tolerate a gay whiteman better than a straight white woman.
A 77 year old woman myself, it continues to terrify me to realize just how deep misogyny runs. It's more deeply rooted than literally anything else.
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played the margins and won the Electoral College. Jill Stein has much to answer for, behind that smug smile.
Dr. Stein and Gen. Flynn dining with Putin nice.
Please remember who the real enemies are.
and I can't find it right now, but her approval rating was higher than Obama's before they both ran and he won.
Her dropping approval rating in 2016 wasn't from Republican attacks, the damaging ones targeted potential Democratic voters with lies about Hillary and Democrats that we're still fighting and debunking. Only helps Republicans/Russia.
Hillary won the Democratic nomination in a rout. She was the most prepared and accomplished candidate that this party has ever nominated. She won the popular vote by three million votes. Don't blame true democrats for her loss. The Bernie Bros as well as the far left who kept saying that there was no difference between the two candidates played a major role. The same people who called Hillary a corporate shill because she accepted speaking engagements and got paid for them. Other than Hillary which 2016 democratic candidate would have beaten Trump?
I tangled with some people on the far left who didn't see any point in voting for Hillary because she wasn't far enough left, and they were the absolute bane of my existence in 2016. These people were lecturing me about how awful they thought she was, while refusing to acknowledge the nightmarish horribleness of the alternative. "One of these candidates is going to win," I'd say. "It's between these 2, whether you like it or not. If you don't want Trump to be potus, there's only way to keep that from happening." They'd claim they didn't want him to win, but there wasn't any real conviction behind their assertions.
I think I still have ptsd from that election, based on the way my pulse rate started racing when I was typing this response. I swear some of those people wanted her to lose out of sheer spite, no matter what the cost was to this country or the world. Fork them all.
I see no evidence of a mind to break. I saw them mindlessly breaking into the Capitol while Congress was in session.
Obama and Michelle held the rank of world's most popular man and woman also. That had to hurt. That even hurt the fascist dictators across the globe.
Obama was the catalyst, with Fox News fanning the flames and Facebook spreading the misinformation. We tend to forget that even though Fox News was born during the Clinton administration, they really didnt turn into the Republican propaganda network until the Iraq war during Ws presidency. Fox had never had to deal with a Democratic President until Obama came along.
Likewise, Obama was really the first President of the Facebook era. Facebook didnt really become mainstream until 2009. I was astounded at the ease at which people believed outright lies about Obama.
completely for the stated reason and trump riling up his racist terrified followers...and still riled up. Elba of the Napoleon era for him. Cut him off from the whole world. Pathetic rat.
It wasn't that Obama was the most powerful man in the world, it was that this black man was more successful, better liked, better read, a better husband, a better father, better athlete, better speaker, better in every possible way.
To add to the injury he said that in their desperation all they could do was cling to their guns and their religion.
That's why they are happy to vote to make a fractured running back powerful, they can stand a black politician being more powerful but they can't stand one being better in every way and exposing their impotence.
If you promote the view that the white man is the superior race, this is the expected response
Whats more is that he shattered all their myths about the superiority of any races over another.
Turns out that the Slobfather was and is everything they had presented in their caricature of the African male.
the accomplishments of others who don't have white skin are going to rankle.
Just wait until we elect a woman president. Better yet a black woman president.
like they got Bill Clinton, and it never happened. And they still don't know how to process it.
unintelligent POS aka DJ Trump
Oh, and one wife and two loving daughters and ZERO scandals.
because he was the antithesis to everything Obama was, a coarse, crude, unintelligent, proudly ignorant pathological liar who was likely owned by a hostile foreign power---and the white power assholes loved all of it.
I'd say Obama broke their brains, but there really wasn't much there to break.
Dt got impeached twice & LOST the 2nd term and Lost again with his Failed coup.
was simply amazing. Their strength of character and restraint from confrontations was way beyond what I would have been capable of doing. I was ready to fight over and over while they handled it with grace and conviction. They never took their eyes off the goals they had set. Unfortunately, we have a large population of total weirdos that really became evident during those eight years. I never saw it coming. I always knew there was a fringe group of assholes, but I never thought it would become mainstream in a political party.
Trump's world collapsed when he was humiliated by Obama's jokes at the correspondence dinner. Obama could really deliver a joke and throw a basketball. It must have confused them all
matter who he is. Good sentiment!
For me, it was from Sarah Kendzior on the podcast Gaslit Nation.
Every time black Americans gain something in this country, there's a huge backlash against them by angry white racists.
The Tulsa Race Massacre is one major instance. Black Americans were becoming very prosperous, and a number of White Americans got...very very angry and nearly burned the whole thing to the ground.
Same thing with President Obama's election. They were so fucking enraged that they screamed, gnashed their teeth, and then voted for the worst fucking person that has ever held that office.
The Republicans tried "respectable" moderates like John McCain and Mitt Romney. They were angry about losing and having to deal with Democratic policies.
There were ready and primed for an extremist.
Just my humble opinion.
good man, and was a very good President.
I was thrilled to be able to go to both Inaugurations!
So momentous, and exciting!
In some ways the 2nd one was even cooler bc Repugs could have blown off One Term as a "Fluke".
But Barrack Hussein Obama getting elected a Second Time?!!!!! Bwaaahaahaahhaaaaaaaa! 😄
I think in some ways THAT'S what truly
drove them around the bend!!!!
When Clinton won in '92, Republicans were shell-shocked and despairing that they lost.
Then Limbaugh went into full "rally the troops" mode, told them Clinton was only "technically" president because he'd won by a plurality of the popular vote, not a majority (yeah, we know where that argument went), so the thing to do was to dig in and fight the LLLLLLLLiiiibbbberallllll Menace!
Like with so many things, with Clinton they built their launchpad and wrote the playbook with which they'd sink to new depths with Obama.
papers please turned into your papers are fake. Being just as white as he is black didn't help either since he looked "foreign".
Every racist knows what an American looks like. I dealt with birtherism myself while he was in office. It was so bizarre to have people tell me so matter of factly that I may have been born in the US and have a US passport but I'm still an H1B stealing jobs from real Americans.
they're stealing our jobs even at the highest levels!
It shattered their ignorant, racist, hateful beliefs and gave them another reason to hate Democrats. I still find it hard to believe that that ignorant, racist, hateful orange lunatic was our president for four years.