Sep 17, 2009

This is Nancy Pelosi, fretting over the incivility in our country at the moment. Nancy obviously has forgotten the drumbeat of Bush=Hitler that we heard for most of his eight years. People who equate an American President with Hitler, be it GW or President Obama, have no understanding of the monstrosity of Hitler's crimes and do a disservice to those he murdered. Merle Wayne Sneed has been around for awhile. I voted for Mr. Obama and I hope the best for him, but I get that many other people are becoming uneasy with where we are headed. I was born when Harry S. Truman was the President. For those keeping score at home, that was 11 Presidents ago, 12 if you count Truman. This is what I know for sure; Not one of those guys was beloved by one and all. In fact, substantial numbers of people hated each and every one of them and said rude and hateful things about them. Many people really hated Bush, seeing as how he was stupid and a liar and all. Shoot, there we signs in the street saying as much. Clinton on the other hand, was beloved. Wait, some people hated his guts because he was a serial womanizer and a really big liar. Plus, Hillary was kind of unpopular at times, too. The first Bush was a popular guy. Unless you subscribe to the idea that he was part of a grand scheme to keep the American hostages in Iran captive to screw with Carter. Oh yeah, and there was that "Read my lips, no new taxes" business. That really, really pissed people off. Reagan was a dunce and that made a lot of people hate him. That's widely known. Carter nearly killed the economy. That displeased virtually everyone so much that Reagan beat him in a landslide. And you may recall that many people thought Reagan was a dunce. Ford was an unelected incompetent, according to many. And clumsy to boot. We disliked him so much we hired Carter. Nixon? Enough said. Johnson made a mess of Vietnam and even the Democrats hated him. Kennedy was a rich boy who got where he was because his old man was a rich crook. Plus he was a Catholic bent on turning America over to the Pope. Eisenhower was a military general and certainly not the sort intellectuals wanted in the White House. Truman was not popular, even with Roosevelt, who made him his VP. Truman was a first-class hard ass and lots of people resented that. So when President Carter or others say that the criticism of President Obama is based upon racism for the most part, I have to doubt it. There are some people who didn't want a black President and still don't, but for the most part being President means pissing off a substantial portion of the citizens, regardless of race, creed or color. Nancy is right in saying that a more civil tone is in order. Fanning the old flames of racism doesn't help much. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

7 comments:

Barbara said...

If all those people could be putting their energies into fixing what's wrong with this country instead of complaining about the President, we'd all be a lot better off. There are plenty of things each and every one of us can do every day without getting the White House involved. That's just my 2 cents.

Kurt said...

I don't remember anyone comparing Bush to Hitler, though They say it happened.

It may be because I'm not old enough, but it seems like when people in the old days said critical things about the president, they meant them, whereas now it is mostly political maneuvering.

Steve said...

Merle, you always make so much sense. Will you please run for president?

Seriously, I think there's a tone to the Obama criticism that stems from racism -- perhaps not even detected by those who spout the vitriol. I don't think, for example, that congressman from South Carolina would have yelled "You lie!" at a white president. There was a disrespect there that transcended the individuals involved.

Megan said...

I'm pissed off at Congress more than I am at the President.

This is an excellent post, sir.

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mouse (aka kimy) said...

love your thumbnail analyses

I have to agree to megan, personally congress makes my blood boil! although I won't be uncivil about it....

Pauline said...

This post should be on the front pages of newspapers, dubbed over Glen Beck's voice and aired on major networks - maybe it would remind us of what we're really like. It puts me in mind of the George Bernard Shaw quote: "Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history."