Recently, I’ve been criticized for my counter-attack on the right-wing fear and hate mongering that’s been spreading for the last year and a half, but I will not back down from my stance that most of hate that’s being spewed from the right falls into one of two categories: either emotional knee-jerks from the old money elite who feel threatened by “new blood” getting into the arena or thinly veiled racism from willfully ignorant white people who are terrified of no longer being the majority.
Let me be clear about one thing. Not every person who calls himself or herself a conservative is a racist, but nearly all racist, bigoted, homophobic people out there consider themselves conservative. If you aren’t a racist or a bigot or a homophobe, you probably aren’t one of the people I’m counter-attacking. If you aren’t trying to impose your religious ideology on me, you probably aren’t one of the people I’m referring to.
But if you dislike our current president because of his ethnicity or you feel like this nation should be a Christian state without religious tolerance or you think that homosexuality is a disease that must be cured, you and I have some serious disagreements, and you probably won’t like my opinions. To me, that hate and bigotry is the disease that needs to be cured.
After Tiger Woods won his first Masters Title, Fuzzy Zoeller infamously said, “tell him not to serve fried chicken next year. Got it. Or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve.” That’s racism, bold and unveiled. Glenn Beck is more subtle, but the undercurrent is the same. Signs like, “Don’t Tax Me, Bro!!!” are yet another example of racism from conservatives.
If you want to live in a nation that is a religious state and does not tolerate racial differences, move to Iran or Sudan . Those are the kinds of countries you are looking for. For me, I’d rather live in a Democratic Republic in which the government does not promote one form of religion and allows people to rise from being a poly-racial son of a single mom surviving on meager means to leader of the free world.
In pure economic terms, when the current president took office, the economy was hemorrhaging 750,000 jobs a month and the Dow Jones had lost nearly half its value. Today, under the leadership of this administration, the economy is beginning to create jobs again and the Dow has regained about 60% of what it had lost. Any rational person can look at those two facts and see that Barrack Obama is not a left-wing socialist radical ruining this country. He’s much closer to a moderate reformer who is making great strides at returning our economy to prosperity. And prosperity for the majority, not just the old-money elites at the top.