Azara Blog: Republican craziness partly down to racism

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Date published: 2009/09/16

The BBC says:

Former US President Jimmy Carter says much of the vitriol against President Barack Obama's health reforms and spending plans is "based on racism".

Mr Carter told a town-hall meeting there was "an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president".
Some conservatives have accused the president's supporters of playing the race card.

Angry town hall meetings and a recent taxpayers' demonstration in Washington have been vitriolic towards the president, reports the BBC's Americas editor Mark Mardell.

Many have not just protested against the president's policies but have accused him of tyranny, and have promised to "reclaim America".

"Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national programme on health care," Mr Carter said at a town hall held prior to the Congress vote at his Carter Center in Atlanta on Tuesday.

"It's deeper than that."

This is a "dog bites man" story, which the BBC covers particularly poorly (but most of their American coverage has been extremely poor, ever since Charles Wheeler stopped reporting for them). So, it's hardly news that the Republican Party is full of racist people and has racist supporters. Their main rump of support is white people in the South, and many of them still fly Confederate flags and believe the Civil War was a just cause, and would be only too happy to bring back slavery.

But, to quote Carter but in the inverse direction, it's deeper than that. After all, the Republican Party has been heading downhill for decades (ever since Reagan) and is now dominated by imbeciles and crackpots. They were already showing their collective craziness against Bill Clinton, and since fewer and fewer normal, sane, people support the Republican Party now versus in the 1990s, they have just ratcheted up the insanity somewhat further for Obama. But the race angle is definitely also a factor.

The BBC not only singularly fails to point all this out, they fail to point out why in particular there have been "angry" town hall meetings. First of all, many of these meetings were perfectly civil, and even the ones that were not only involved a handful of screaming lunatics. Of course the media likes to focus on the screaming lunatics because it makes for good television. But the BBC fails to point out why these screaming lunatics were behaving so badly. It is because they were suckered into it by the Fox (so-called) News Network (in reality, a crude propaganda arm for the wilder parts of the Republican Party). Fox News has basically been calling for the violent overthrow of the Obama administration and has fed all sorts of ridiculous and crude propaganda to push its case (so they like to claim he's a fascist, communist, terrorist sympathiser). Well, there is an assorted collection of other crazies, like Rush Limbaugh and most of the right wing bloggers. But Fox is the one pushing the anti-Obama craziness at its worst. Unfortunately, there are no Republicans of any note who are willing to stand up to Fox or the other crazies.

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