Wednesday, October 22, 2008

All the Nasty Things They've Called Obama: A List


I just couldn't help making a list of all the negative labeling Republicans have attempted to paste on Barack Obama. Why? Because they sometimes make me laugh, other times want to scream in frustration. If readers have more of this nonsense, please add it and I'll update this list. Try to add sources if it's something we all haven't already heard.

First, the oldie goldies:


Socialist

Do any of the nimblewits posting this term in reference to Obama/Biden even know what a socialist actually IS? McCain/Palin have defined it this way: "spreading the wealth around." Whoa! Mommy, there's a socialist under my bed spreading wealth around! Okay, just to help, here's the dictionary definition:

1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2 a
: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
3
: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done. (Webster's)

In other words, people, it's exactly what George Bush just did when he partially nationalized our banks! And McCain's a socialist, too, since he voted yes on this bail-out. By the way, as far as McCain/Palin's own definition, "spreading the wealth around"... uh, that's what taxes do. Like you know, fund building highways or AIDS medicine for Africa or... bombs to drop on Iraq.


Communist

See above. Except worse.


Liberal

Dang. Liberal. Liberal means bad, right? Like they eat people and sacrifice cats in their basements. I think. Well, read the actual Webster's definition:

[O]ften capitalized : a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity b: a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard c: a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties dcapitalized : the principles and policies of a Liberal party.

Hmm. Other than (a) the gold standard, and (b) the essential goodness of humanity, which all politicians believe in as long as we vote for them but none of us fully believe when pondering our ballots, I'd say that's a pretty Hallmark Card definition. Of course, if McCain doesn't like civil liberties, perhaps he could speak up now and save everyone the headache of voting for him come election day. After all, when it turned out Dubya didn't like political and civil liberties so much, it was too late for us to do much about it.


Extreme Liberal

This is a liberal with tattoos and piercings. Sometimes riding a Harley. Wait. Isn't John McCain the one that took his wife to Sturgis, SD, and suggested she run for a motorcycle momma award? Hm, begging for an expose...


Un-American

Everyone knows what this means. Anyone living in America who does not appear to agree with my interpretation of what being an American is.


"Boy"

"I'm going to tell you something: That boy's finger does not need to be on the button... He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country." - 49 yr old Geoff Davis, Kentucky congressman, about 46 yr old Barack Obama
Yep. In 2008. Nice how, no matter what, some things stay the same.


"not one of us"

See above. Almost any of the above, actually.


Antichrist

Coolest evil label ever. We "liberal communist socialist" people also use the word at times, though usually with a touch more irony than our conservative counterparts. The trouble with the label is, of course, that it is usually applied to fairly decent folks. Like Rush Limbaugh.

-=-

Second, some 2008 firsts, for a Presidential election at least:

Muslim
and/or
Arab

The obvious problem with both of these terms is that they contain a double insult; first, that Obama is being called something he is not (either Muslim or Arab), second that Muslims and / or Arabs are Un-Americans by default. Oh, and did anyone clue the Muslim/Arab haters that massive numbers of Muslims are not Arab (Indonesia, anyone?) while large numbers of Arabs are not Muslim. I apologize, however, for being factual.

One more thing, haters: a Muslim American could be President one day, and none of us would have to worry about head scarves or jihads... yep. This Evangelical Christian is telling you, not asking. The vast majority of Muslim Americans actually love their country! What malevolent idiocy to spread these lies or -- just as shocking -- to *believe* the lies! Or, as a 1970s era me would have said, "DUH!" The Bible would say "Love your neighbor as yourself..." but we're not gonna get biblical here because it might require cutting the locks from abandoned minds.


"friend of terrorists"

Bill Ayers Bill Ayers BillAyersBillAyersBill billayersbillayersbillayersbillayers bill -- aw, shuddUP!!

Hokay, well, that's about all I got. But just for fun, let's put them all together:

Barack Obama is a socialist/Arab/communist/Muslim/liberal/extremeliberal/unAmerican/"Boy"/not one of us/Antichrist!!

(And a friend of Bill Ayers BillAyersbillayersbillayersbillayers.)

And there, ladies and gentleman, we have the entirety of the Republican platform for 2008!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Julio Rey said...

Your point about Bush and McCain being socialists like Obama is (which you never denied in your rebuttal) is the very reason why Bob Barr will be getting my vote.

Tom said...

I think you forgot "that one"

I'm voting for that one.

Jon Trott said...

Tom, how could I have forgotten "That One" when I even blogged it... in a manner of speaking:

http://bluechristian.blogspot.com/2008/10/that-one.html

GraceHead said...

Guess who said what about Obama? [Check this out].

Jon Trott said...

GraceHead,

I thought at first you posted that link because of how bizarre it was -- a guy claiming a pipeline to God and assaulting Obama with the DISCREDITED charge that he is Arab, Muslim, or both. I laughed at the site. But then I went to yours and apparently... I hope I'm wrong here... you believe this guy? He's a false prophet, theologically speaking, because he documentably has LIED, which a prophet of God does not do. False prophets do all the time, of course. Anyway, all I can do is *sigh* -- no wonder folks think us Christians are loons.

Jon Trott said...

Julio,

I actually don't think any of them are socialists... I just think it is hilarious for the formerly "laissez faire" Republicans to suddenly see the light re regulation of banks yet simultaneously call their opponents -- who after all have merely been a page or two ahead on this stuff -- nasty names. I respect your choice, but wish I was doing a better job convincing you to vote Obama. (I did love that moment during the primaries when Ron Paul shocked the rest of the Republicans with his adamant stance against the war in Iraq...)

GraceHead said...

You are not talking about this documented lie are you?

Jon Trott said...

GraceHead,

Your lack of discernment is startling. I had only to watch the very beginning of that video -- the bit about the Islamic star being the sign of Lucifer -- to know that we had ANOTHER loon on our hands.

You need a primer on what evidence is, and is not. Hurling insults at someone else's faith because it disagrees with one's own is neither Christian nor logical. Islam has it wrong regarding who Jesus is, and a few other things. But Islam as cartooned by the alleged "expert" of yours doesn't exist!

There is nothing more unhelpful, as well as vile, as spreading lies about others in the name of Jesus Christ.

You need to stop it.

GraceHead said...

THIS is the document.

Item 1 has the name.
Read the rest ... place of birth, date of birth .. .and OH YEAH .. RELIGION. That is item 4 on the document.

In Indonesia, one must declare their religion because prostilization is illegal. He declared "Islam."

So, which lie were you referring to?
Feel free to be as specific as you can.

Thanks,
Trent

Jon Trott said...

GraceHead/Trent,

How much of a conspiracy buff are you? The only trouble with your document is that I have no idea what it is or where it came from, who filled it out, or why they filled it out. I'm sure you can offer me a narrative, but I won't believe you for a fairly simple reason -- er, set of reasons. Evidence is at the heart of those reasons.

If Obama was Muslim, McCain's camp would be out there letting everyone know. If Obama was Muslim, then all of this on Obama's Fight the Smears site -- esp. the links to various independent mainstream organizations -- would have to be disproven. For instance, FactCheck.org, who sometimes has aggressively pointed out errors in Obama's advertising (just as they've done with McCain's) targeted this Muslim thing ages back and labeled the story completely false.

But there's a deeper issue yet here. There are thousands and thousands of Muslims in America. And despite Christians who seem intent on hating and religion-bashing (some witness!), the vast majority of those Muslims love their country, America, as much as any Evangelical white Protestant. It is offensive, then, on two levels for you to continue repeating a lie. One, Obama is a Christian, regenerate since his earlier adulthood when his pastor led him to Christ. Two, if Obama were Muslim, yet otherwise had the same worldview and ideas, why wouldn't we vote for him? We just had an Evangelical in office for eight years, and a whole lot of good that did us!

You have got to work on getting out of the paranoid delusional cartoon land you inhabit and into the real 3d world the rest of us live in. And I say that bluntly because that is really where you are right now. You are doing Jesus no favor by ignoring what is.

GraceHead said...

You said: """He's a false prophet, theologically speaking, because he documentably has LIED"""

Let me know if you ever intend to get around to substantiation of this assertion.

Jon Trott said...

You said: """He's a false prophet, theologically speaking, because he documentably has LIED"""

Let me know if you ever intend to get around to substantiation of this assertion.


Okay... I thought I had already. But --

1. He speaks words -- many, many words -- he says are direct from God about the future. That makes him a prophet... either a false one or a true one. If he says one falsehood, that biblically disqualifies him as a prophet. (Nothing less than 100% truth can come from someone claiming to be a prophet.)

2. He says Obama is a Muslim. That right there is a lie. I mean, between you / him vs. FactCheck.org, CNN, and the rest of the media who actually checked out this story, I'll take the latter.

You might wish Obama was Muslim, just as you might wish Islam is a religion strictly of and for terrorists. Again, these things aren't true. But you can believe them if you'd rather.

corrie said...

hahaha I love your blog! Wish I had discovered it weeks (or months) ago! It's a refreshing contrast to what I usually hear from my family & friends.

bob brown said...

Jon:

"...the vast majority of those Muslims love their country, America, as much as any Evangelical white Protestant."

Why do you bring race into this discussion? Lots of Muslims are "white."

Shades of Mr. O...

"They're gonna say...

By the way, did I mention, He's Black."

Your side has repeatedly brought up race in this whole election cycle while Mr. McGoo's campaign has avoided it scrupulously.

He won't even bring up that glittering jewel of racism itself -Rev Wright for fear of being tarred as racist.

PC rules!

//bb