I had an interesting dust up on the old Facebook page a couple of days back. One of my friends asked on his page whether it was possible to criticize Obama without being called a racist. This caused a high degree of consternation on the accompanying thread. And when I tried to respond separate from it by posting this old piece on his page to provide some perspective, it resulted in another (Now apparently former.) friend telling me to “Eat a bowl of Dicks”.
This just goes to prove Internet Film Critic Scott Weinberg’s adage, “Arguing on Facebook is like setting time on fire”.
I bring this up to remind everyone that just because someone criticizes Obama, it does not mean the person is being racist. A good chunk of the time, it mean they have a legitimate difference of opinion on a policy issue.
I bring all this up also to remind everyone that the reason many of my friends on my side of the fence are overly sensitive on this is because of shit like this! (Via Talking Points Memo.)
“Dreams From My Real Father,” a 97-minute film narrated by an Obama impersonator, weaves the narrative that Obama’s grandfather wasn’t a furniture salesman but an undercover CIA agent who convinced Barack Obama Sr. to marry his teenage daughter to hide the fact that she was impregnated by a 55-year-old communist named Frank Marshall Davis.
The fake Obama narrator sets up the tale as the “the story I would have told if I were being honest with you.” Built through archival black and white footage, the film’s disclaimer states that it includes “re-creations of probable events, using reasoned logic, speculation, and approximated conversations in an attempt to provide a cohesive understanding of Obama’s history.”
Using that disclaimer, the filmmakers assert that Obama had a nose job ahead of his 2004 run for Senate, that his mother posed for naked photos when she was five weeks pregnant with him and that Bill Ayers nurtured Obama’s career.
The video clip attached to the article doesn’t embed so you have to follow the link above to view it. But it’s worth viewing once, if only to get a pure shot of craziness. Seriously, it’s like a John Bircher version of an Oliver Stone film. It manages to take all the crackpot stories about Obama and pours them into one pure bundle of crazy.
And the icing on top, they call his mother a whore.
If I was President and someone said this shit about my mom, I’d be flipping a coin to decide between drone strikes or Seal Team Six.
In conclusion, if someone criticizes Obama on a policy issue, it ain’t racist.
But if they criticize him for lying about his birthplace and having a mommy who blew Stalin…totally fucking racist!!!
I hope this clears things up.
EDIT: 9:02 P.M. Fixed a typo.