Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Various Repots: Obama is the Preident! Get Over It

And now, time for an LC21 News tri-fecta.

This all centers on the notion of Obama not being eligible/worthy of being president, and flat out rebellion against the President of the United States. We start with the article that exposed me to this triplet of news alerts.

From the "Attywood" blog in the Philadelphia Daily News:

It was just one year ago that right-wing martial arts guru Chuck Norris was a sought-after "get" for the GOP presidential candidates like Mike Huckabee, who paraded the star of "Walker, Texas Ranger" around the nation after the anti-abortion actor endorsed him in the primaries.

But now it's 2009, Barack Obama is in the White House, and the inventor of chun kuk do is preaching the martial art of insurrection against the U.S. government. He also wants to run for -- and no, I'm not making this up -- "the president of Texas.":

The call by some right wing leaders for rebellion and for the military to refuse the commander in chief’s orders is joined by Chuck Norris who claims that thousands of right wing cell groups have organized and are ready for a second American Revolution. During an appearance on the Glen Beck radio show he promised that if things get any worse from his point of view he may “run for president of Texas.” The martial artist/actor/activist claims that Texas was never formally a part of the United States in the first place and that if rebellion is to come through secession Texas would lead the way.

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Yes, you read that correctly. Chuck Norris is talking about seceding from the United States. Literally "let's quit the country because we don't like Obama." Yes, if you're wondering, this is how the Civil War got started.

So, then I thought, "What's this about military personnel refusing their commander in chief's orders?" Here's what I found out (from The Examiner.com):
Alan Keyes' rant that soldiers should refuse orders given by President Obama has produced at least one tangible example. World Net Daily reports that Scott Easterling a U.S. soldier on active duty in Iraq has called President Obama an "impostor" in a statement in which he affirmed plans to join as plaintiff in a challenge to Obama's eligibility to be commander in chief.
The statement was publicized by California attorney Orly Taitz who, along with her Defend Our Freedom Foundation, is working on a series of legal cases seeking to uncover Obama's birth records and other documents that would reveal whether he meets the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.
"As an active-duty officer in the United States Army, I have grave concerns about the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to hold the office of president of the United States," wrote Scott Easterling in a "to-whom-it-may-concern" letter.
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Yeah, seriously. All of a sudden, he needs to see the President's birth certificate before he believes that Obama's really the president. I wonder if he saw Bush's.

But wait, there's more. This is from the Colorado Springs Gazette, but really from the Associated Press:
Civilian workers at an Air Force Base in Colorado have filed a union grievance over the removal of a portrait of President Barack Obama from the base commissary.

Obama's photograph was on a sign at the Peterson Air Force Base commissary in Colorado Springs listing the store's Presidents Day hours for Feb. 16, commissary employee Lavonda Bacon said. She said it was replaced Feb. 10 with a sign with no picture.

Bacon said the store's director, Andrew J. Brookes, told employees that a customer had complained that Presidents Day was meant to honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, not current presidents. Bacon, who orders store merchandise from suppliers, said she believes the day honors all presidents and that she and other workers suspect racism was behind the complaint.


Twenty-three workers and customers signed a separate petition demanding that Obama's picture be posted at the commissary and other public places at Peterson.

It also asks for an investigation into whether there is "a systemic pattern of hostility toward people of color" at the base. The petition alleges that military contractors or their employees have used a derogatory term to describe black commissary workers, that a white commissary worker dressed in blackface on Halloween, and that at least one employee's formal civil rights complaint has never been addressed.

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Now, you may be wondering, why I have taken up so much space posting articles from elsewhere. I will be giving my own analysis on this in a little while, discussing how these three separate incidents tie together. What I want to do with the LC21 News feature is to give a sampling of what's going on in the area of race relations. So, enjoy the blurbs and check back for analysis.

1 comment:

rockync said...

If Texas secedes from the union, I say build a big wall around it and I'll be happy to volunteer some of my time to do border patrol duty to keep them out of MY America.
Mostly these are incidents largely unsupported by the majority of citizens (since the majority voted for Obama) but they do serve to bring front and center the issue of racism in America although I don't like the word "race."
This is just another ethnic prejudice like Italian "guineas", Irish "micks" and Jewish "kikes". Those who have hate in their hearts will find an outlet for it no matter what.
But for those who believe that we have somehow gotten past this and that equality reigns, it is time to take a hard look inside and outside.
President Obama did an extraordinary thing. Perhaps in a time of less economic and social upheaval, this would not have played out as it did.
For me, the issue was never about color, it was about the message, and I simply found Obama to be more in line with my views and I found his plan to be well thought out and intelligently organized.