(Updated June 17, 2009)< The author of a controversial anti-Obama sign in my hometown explains.
There’s a four foot by eight foot sign on the fence of a house on a well traveled street in my hometown of Middleboro, in the blue state of Massachusetts. On it is drawn a red hammer and sickle and the words "Barack Obama is a Marxist TRAITOR". I took pictures (included here) and called the owner of the home to hear why he put up the sign.
He explained his reasons and agreed to email them to me in more detail (see below) so I could write an article with exact quotes for Capitol Hill Blue.
Then I read Frank Rich’s New York Times column today about how inflamatory rhetoric has led some people to violence, and how he feels it could get worse. This is why I decided to write my column today and let him elaborate in an addendum which I’d be happy to add, or in the comments section, if he chooses to do so.
“Rhetorically, Republicans are having a very hard time finding something that raises the consciousness of the average voter… We’ve so overused the word ‘socialism’ that it no longer has the negative connotation it had 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago. “Fascism — everybody still thinks that’s a bad thing.” New York Times 4/20/09
The word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley’s broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else… almost any English person would accept ‘bully’ as a synonym for ‘Fascist’
… the sizable minority of Americans is irrationally fearful of the fast-moving generational, cultural and racial turnover Obama embodies — indeed, of the 21st century itself. That minority is now getting angrier in inverse relationship to his popularity with the vast majority of the country. Change can be frightening and traumatic, especially if it’s not change you can believe in.
A: I believe Obama is a Marxist.
He’s taking advantage of the current economic crisis to forward his agenda, or to quote Rahm Emanuel, you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. He has continued with Bush’s bad idea of nationalizing the banks. Obama says he doesn’t want to own the banks but has given them more money and will not allow all of them to return the money when they have changed their minds. Obama has fired the CEO of AIG. Since when does a president hire and fire corporate executives?
He has given billions of dollars to G.M. and Crystler making them the second industry to become controlled by the government. The G.M. should now stand for Government Motors. I’m just not sure which one.With Obama borrowing so much money from China you could now say China has a stake in it.
Obama’s administration allowed AIG executives to receive bonus money until the public became outraged. He then has Congress pass a bill to target them and tax back the bonus money. Is this even constitutionally legal? Since when was the government to have the power to go after a handful of people? The implications are horrifying.
If the government doesn’t like a few people, say the Smith family, can they pass a law to target only the Smith family?
He has bailed out the real estate industry. He has forced banks to void mortgage contracts and rewrite them. How does the government have the power to void legally binding contracts and change the terms on them?
Now he’s looking to nationalize health care. If the government controls health care then they can really control your life. I can see it now. Cheese burgers are bad so no one is allowed to eat them. Walking and chewing gum is dangerous so it is now outlawed. Has anyone seen how bad this has worked out in Canada and Europe where treatment is subject to a rationing board who then decides if it’s to expensive to give you the treatment or not. Or where the patient is old and the treatment is deemed to expensive to waste on someone in there golden years.
Everyone thinks it’s great because common drugs are cheap in Canada so Americans buy them from Canada but the Canadians come to the United States to get simple surgeries because there put on a long waiting list were it could be years before you receive the surgery. Would the people that think nationalized health care is good still feel the same way if their mother went to the hospital with breast cancer and the hospital put them on a two year waiting list for surgery or was denied life saving drugs because it was to much money to spend on one person.
If someone you loved died on a waiting list would you still praise Obama for these changes?
Q: Why do you think Obama is a traitor?
A: I think he’s a traitor for turning his back on capitalism and the things I’ve already mentioned.
How about when he wanted the V.A. to abandon veterans with service connected injuries and try to make there private insurance pay for it? How much more perverse and disgusting a thought as to try and wash your hands of returning veterans with service connected injuries to save some money? This was a plan he tried to push until he met with much opposition from veterans groups and politicians from both sides who were disgusted he would even think of it.
If that were to pass who would hire veterans knowing there health care providers would have to pick up the tab for injuries they already had? Obama just paid 200 million dollars to get rid of 17 terrorists which is almost $17 million a terrorist but is unwilling to spend money on veterans. In January Obama lifted the ban on overseas abortion funding. The United States will now be paying millions of dollars for people over seas to have abortions. This is more important than spending money on veterans?
Obama has pledged $100 billion in money to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). One of the countries that the IMF gives money to is Iran. Type in "Iraqi insurgents being trained in Iran" in your web browser and you’ll see a piece done by CNN. It talks about how weapons are coming from Iran into Iraq. And don’t forget they’re trying to develop nuclear weapons.
And after all this the president wants to give money to a group that will then in turn give some of that money to Iran so they can fund terrorists in Iraq. Not a good idea. I think he’s weakened national security. After north Korea tests missiles he announces plans to cut missile defense. That should stop them.
He then decides terrorists caught overseas have rights to the Constitution. Now when terrorists are captured overseas they must be read Miranda rights. How do terrorists overseas get the rights of the Constitution? That should work great in gathering intel. Excuse me Mr Bin Laden you have the right to remain silent. It seems the United States is extremely evil. It must be because the president won’t stop apologizing for us.
Please Mr. President don’t apologize for me. I’m a veteran who’s always been proud of his country. How about instead of apologizing to the Muslim world. You could remind them that we have helped them as well. What about Bosnia? Wasn’t that a war fought against Christians to save Muslims from genocide?
Q: Do you feel such words may incite unstable people to violence?
A: No. I’m just an American expressing my point of view and looking to spread the news about what’s going on. While it’s true that crazy people could use news to justify violence, I hardly think that given up your rights to free speech is the answer. This question could also be put to other writers on this site. I couldn’t help but notice the other headline that says "banging Sarah Palin’s daughters". Sounds pretty inflammatory.
One thing I would like to say: Hal doesn’t go with any questions you have asked. I just wanted to express my opinion on what I beleive is a problem with modern day politics. We have become a society were everybody clings to there party no matter what. Allow me to explain. I believe in the Constitution and the rights of the American people. I believe that big government only gets in the way of these things.
These are my beliefs. I’m a registered Independant because I reserve the right to say any politician stinks no matter what party they’re from if they go against my beliefs. Nowadays people so cling to there party that if someone in their party does something that goes against their beliefs they don’t say anything. And they will even make excuses to defend them. Most of the time I vote Republican because they usually represent my beliefs more than Democrats. But I always vote for Mark Pacheco (Mass. state senator) who is a Democrat. Why? Because every time a bad gun ban is proposed he votes against.
I didn’t agree with President Bush when he passed the Patriot Act. (This is) a piece of legislation that allows the government to do a sneek and peek. In other words, a search of a person’s property without a warrant. I also didn’t agree with him when he gave money to the banks. Most Democrats and Liberals didn’t agree with these things either.
Now that it’s a Democrat with the same mind set Democrats and Liberals think this stuff is okay. I think closed minds that cling to parties and not their beliefs only sell their ideals short.
Note: Jane Lopes, the chair of the Middleboro Historic Commission writes that Christopher Wainright is:
"… not a member of the Historical Commission (appointed by the town manager) but a non-voting associate member (named by the commission). The commission from time to time appoints associates to work on special projects or sit in on meetings and possibly become full members when there’s a vacancy. The commission encourages anyone with an interest in local history to get involved."