America today: Angry, bitter & partisan

Angry protesors at town meeting.After eight divisive years under President George W. Bush, Americans looked forward to a united nation under the leadership of Barack Obama.

But America today is more divided than ever and partisan bickering, deepening resentment and outright racism have polarized the opposite ends of the political spectrum.

From deep divisions in the health care reform debate to petty bickering over Obama’s "back to school" speech, the rhetoric of political debate is filled with hate, mistrust and hyperbole like never before.

Obama’s election spurred growth of racist militias and white supremacy groups. The new President is publicly scorned as a "socialist." Town meetings turn into shoutfest as even disabled Americans in wheelchairs can’t speAk above the jeers.

America is a divided house and conventional wisdom says a house divided against itself cannot stand.

Writes Steven R. Hurst of The Assocated Press:

The furor over President Barack Obama’s start-of-school speech to the nation’s students — challenging them to work hard, earn good grades and stay in school — typifies the country’s widening rift over politics and social issues.

It’s certainly an unwelcome distraction as the president prepares to address both houses of Congress and the nation Wednesday about his embattled attempt to overhaul the health care system, which has taken a hammering from Republicans and some middle-of-the-road Democrats.

Dating back to his campaign for president, some Obama opponents have tried to paint him as a "socialist." Since winning the White House, the attacks have continued over his attempts to invigorate the tumbling economy with a $787 billion stimulus.

Far-right critics now charge that Obama would use his back-to-school remarks Tuesday to indoctrinate youngsters into his alleged "socialist" agenda.

Fox News Channel commentators Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck have been prominent in attacking the speech. Florida Republican party chairman Jim Greer said he was "absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology."

Even Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, a moderate and potential presidential contender in 2012, said Obama’s speech was "uninvited" and raises questions of content and motive.

Many school districts have decided not to show Obama’s speech, partly in response to concerns from parents.

Comments

  1. woody188

    I have the nerve to call you much worse than lazy. Don’t know why you are always trying to associate me with right wing websites. I assume you believe yourself left wing and therefore anything threatening to your core values must be right wing and kooky. Certainly I’ve stated numerous times that I am a Jeffersonian liberal. Perhaps one day your mind will accept that.

    Here is one so you can stop being a pest:

    “We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”

    David Rockefeller

    Now get out there and Google for yourself smarty.

  2. bryan mcclellan

    Since the obvious defies your imagination;
    I suggest you follow the money Dear.
    And as an addendum;
    Rocks left unturned and undisturbed,emanate little truth as to origin, or what in plain sight,
    lurks beneath.

  3. gazelle1929

    Hogwash. I asked you to name a puppet master, and you foist off this stuff on us and then have the nerve to call me lazy.

    You people accuse Obama of having little rings where the puppet masters could pull the strings and the best you can do to support it is this?

    I’ve remarked on this before. Whenever you see passive voice in a conversation like this you can be damned sure you are being hornswoggled.

    Are often cited. Are often shown. Cited by whom? Shown by whom? Right wing kook websites which mutually masturbate one another and repeat in a circuit the same old unfounded crap.

    Name one puppet master. One. This is nothing but another example of conspiracy theory bull puckies.

  4. woody188

    I’ll do you one better, Goldman Sachs, that has people in and out of government, has been caught cheating via electronic trading, and has been caught manipulating the commodities markets via volume trades. Yet they get bailed out by their former CEO.

    The Rothschild banking cartel are often cited. Also things like the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, and the Bilderburg Group are often shown as such.

    More recently there has been significant increases in activities by AIPAC including espionage and spying into US government activities.

    So there you go, some 6 groups for you to look into. Do your own research lazy.

  5. bryan mcclellan

    To frame it correctly Austin I fear is all too denigrating to the memory and purpose put into print lo those many years ago, and as it goes today we are destined to become too powerless and poor to put flowers by the gravestone marked, R.I.P. USA.
    The days are beginning to run one into another that I wish I’d never lived long enough to see. What will become of our children?

  6. bryan mcclellan

    Woody that has got to be 10 minutes of the wildest shit I’ve ever heard. Without the video I’d have mistaken him for limbaggo. Obviously they slurp at the same trough for their material..WHEW !

  7. woody188

    Thomas Jefferson was probably the most qualified US President. Barack Obama considers himself a student of Jefferson’s works, though he does not follow the ideas behind those works like the Constitution that he is supposed to uphold and defend.

    Most of the rest of your post is actually racist itself. It’s very dangerous of you to lump all opposition of Obama’s agenda into a racist white Christian stereotype when clearly there are many races and ideologies against his fascist policies. Is this one of the “rednecks” you are referring to?

    I honestly thought McCain would have gotten the 2008 selection but I didn’t realize at the time how powerful pulling the “race card” can be towards curbing free speech. Clearly this is the reason Obama was selected over McCain for the end game. It isn’t racist to oppose fascism and world government.

  8. gazelle1929

    Name ONE “Puppet Master” and show conclusive, probitive evidence that this person is indeed such an entity and part of a state, local, national, international or galactic conspiracy.

    One. That’s all I ask. One.

  9. almandine

    Yeah, I read it.

    The statement about his qualifications was the only apparently fact-based point you made, the rest being opinions.

    Come to think of it, though, that first statement is as much of an opinion as the rest, since there are no facts to support it either.

  10. TeeBone

    Did the gist of the post escape your comprehension or are you just making my point by choosing not to respond to it?

  11. TeeBone

    Huh? This is your reply? His qualifications weren’t the gist of the post. Did you even bother to read beyond the first sentence?

  12. AustinRanter

    “The most qualified because the eye hooks were already in place for the puppet masters strings ?” ~ Bryan McClellan.

    Bryan, that’s a wrap, nothing else needs to be said.

    America just can’t seem to grasp that “The Puppet Masters” are the folks the discourse should be about.

    The polticians or wanna be politicians know what the game is about in Washington. They know before their first day at work (or play, if you prefer) They have a lifetime membership to the “Sell-Out Club”. They know that siting behind the desk of a U.S. Representive or Senator…they’ve hit the jackpot of a lifetime.

    Politician who make it to the big tent know going in that they chosen to masquerade as public servants of the people of the U.S.

    Politicians make a conscious decision to use their elected priviledge to serve as an instrument of service to “The Puppet Masters” in which their sole purpose is to create laws aimed at protecting “The Puppet Masters'” best interest.

    The only real discourse about politicians should be how many have been prosecuted for extortion and corruption.

    How many ways could we frame what our government has become?

    Thanks, Bryan…

  13. bryan mcclellan

    The most qualified because the eye hooks were already in place for the puppet masters strings ?

  14. almandine

    Hmmm, the most qualified President in history.

    Too bad we didn’t understand the serious competency problems of his 43 predecessor losers.

  15. TeeBone

    The election of Barack Obama, the most qualified President to reside in the oval office, has created a massive exorcism of racist bigots in the United States to a degree we haven’t witnessed since the days of Bull Connor. Never has the demons of the scorn of abject racism revealed their ugly presence in so many white folks in such a short span. The manifestation of this demonic behavior has become so overpowering even white elected officials, clergy, entertainers and other closet racist can’t contain the true color of theirs necks and are acting out of character of their intellect and sophistication. Say what you will about resenting President Obama policies but it is quite obvious what’s driving this this racist fervor and those affected are engaged in a massive public display of demons being exorcised live at five. In observance of the antics and behavior of the these ugly Americans viewed worldwide it would not have surprised me to have seen and old-fashioned cross burning. (sic)

    Contrary to the “Sleeping Giant” the teabaggers and birthers claim has been awaken I concur what really has awaken is an draconian evil and pure hatred that has simmered and laid dormant until a person of color was elected President of the United States.

    In this show of misguided bigoted ignorance does God Bless America or does God Damn America? Wait…. that sounds familiar!

  16. TeeBone

    The election of Barack Obama, the most qualified President to reside in the oval office, has created a massive exorcism of racist bigots in the United States to a degree we haven’t witnessed since the days of Bull Connor. Never has the demons of the scorn of abject racism revealed their ugly presence in so many white folks in such a short span. The manifestation of this demonic behavior has become so overpowering even white elected officials, clergy, entertainers and other closet racist can’t contain the true color of theirs necks and are acting out of character of their intellect and sophistication. Say what you will about resenting President Obama policies but it is quite obvious what’s driving this this racist fervor and those affected are engaged in a massive public display of demons being exorcised live at five. In observance of the antics and behavior of the these ugly Americans viewed worldwide it would not have surprised me to have seen and old-fashioned cross burning. (sic)

    Contrary to the “Sleeping Giant” the teabaggers and birthers claim has been awaken I concur what really has awaken is an draconian evil and pure hatred that has simmered and laid dormant until a person of color was elected President of the United States.

    In this show of misguided bigoted ignorance does God Bless America or does God Damn America? Wait…. that sounds familiar!