Sunday, September 20, 2009

Bob Herbert on present danger

“We’re heading into nut country today.”
Bob Herbert’s latest column, which here quotes John F. Kennedy, says what must be said.

When Elaine and I suggested to an aide of Congressman Timothy V. Johnson (R, Illinois-15) that Johnson and other principled Illinois Republicans might make a statement to address the claims of those who dispute President Obama’s citizenship, the aide claimed to have no idea what we were talking about. Birthers? Huh?

comments: 2

macon d said...

I like Herbert's column too. It's amazing how much racism clearly does fuel opposition to Obama (along with much else), and how absolutely most Republicans deny that. Maybe even, in many cases, to themselves. There's danger in that there denial.

Hmm. "Cases" indeed. Paging Dr. Freud! Or anyone else who could convince these people that there's such a thing as the unconscious. And how about a Marxist too, one who could school them on the realities of false consciousness.

Way too much to hope for, I know, I know.

Michael Leddy said...

This short film from the September 12 gathering documents the incoherence and irrationality of some of the opposition. That any politician would seek to benefit from this sort of support is appalling.