Actor and Democratic Party activistsays that there is only one reason President Obama is not running away with this election, and in fact, may actually lose: the color of his skin.
“If Obama was white, he'd be up by 17 points,” the actor tweeted last month. "Certainly things could [be] better w this economy," Baldwin added. "But this [administration] saved it from going off a cliff."
, the true leader of the Republican Party and well-known fighter for human and civil rights, took issue with Baldwin’s statement. He responded on his radio show that, “You wanna know the truth? If Obama were white, he'd be down by 20. If Obama was white, this election would be over. If Obama was white, it wouldn't be a contest. Alec Baldwin is 180 degrees out of phase. It would be Carter, it would be the second term of Carter and there wouldn't be a shred's difference. And there wouldn't be all this talk about hope and change and all these slogans."
Hmmm. Now there’s a real schism. Whom to believe? Who do you think comes closer to the truth here?
Well, let’s do something radical during this election season: look at some real evidence.
One measure of the president’s “likeability” that is rarely published is the fact that death threats against him have increased 400 percent from the 3,000 a year against President, according to Ronald Kessler, author of "In the President's Secret Service."
Again, only a few are made public because the Secret Service fears doing so would only increase copycat attempts. So, let’s see, then. That’s an average of 30 death threats a day against Obama. (Nothing “racist” about that, right? Move along…nothing to see here).
Another indicator of the president’s popularity, especially among Tea Partiers, “conservatives,” and Republicans is that many of the very same policies that they have advocated for years, even generations, become anathema when espoused by Obama. Let’s take “guvmint”-run health care, for instance. It was Presidentwho was the first Republican president to propose a universal (single-payer) health care system back in the 1970s. The plan that Obama finally managed to get through congress was originally proposed by former Senator and presidential nominee Bob Dole. Obama’s embrace of the Dole plan, however, was as good as the kiss of death for most Republicans.
Then there is the well publicized fact that before Obama served even one day as president, Republican Party leaders were plotting to sabotage, obstruct, block, deny, disavow, and just plain stop his administration from achieving any success in any matter whatsoever. Again, “race” certainly had nothing to do with such a stance. Republicans do this with every Democratic Party president before he even takes office.
I could go on, of course, but the point is made. When it comes to “credibility” between Limbaugh and Baldwin, there really is no contest. Sure, Baldwin has had his own set of issues of late, but none of them involved race-baiting, name-calling, outright lying, homophobia, and misogyny.
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