Posted by: alliehope | August 2, 2008

From The Realm of the Truly Idiotic…

I heard about this last night, and I laughed so hard the milk I was drinking at dinner came out my nose. It was a real WTF moment.

Apparently, some Republican individuals are claiming that Barack Obama is “too skinny” to be President. Like I said, WTF?!? (In the interest of fair warning, Keith Olbermann is pretty far left-wing, but he’s hilarious. This is material better suited to any of the late night comedians, but he does a good job of making fun of its utter ridiculousness).

After all, what are we taught as children: “Thou shalt not be ridiculous”. This is beyond the pale of acceptability. (I guess when you can’t play the race card without it being soundly condemned from so many quarters, you have very few options left). As was correctly pointed out in the video clip, it’s an extreme example of the whole “he’s not one of us” card that some individuals in the Republican party seem determined to play against Obama whenever they get the chance.

And if that’s not “playing the race card”, I don’t know what is. It’s so obvious that you can smell it from a mile away, and it stinks. Funny how BS always does. At issue here is the politics of fear, of setting up an “other” who is automatically “bad” because he is an “other”. It’s this kind of fear-mongering that needs to be exposed for what it is: a desperate attempt to maintain the status quo against the real possibility of change and growth. The folks who set up these kinds of “us-vs-them” battles tend to be threatened by change and growth, so instead of embracing it, they seek to destroy it, since it would upset their comfortable little worlds. But maybe they need to have their apple carts upset a little, since it would make them realize that their tactics are childish, ridiculous, and uncalled for.

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