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Scary Black Man

Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. He was born on August 4, 1961 and as of 2010 his reported net worth was US$ 11.8 million. | Photo: Terry Richardson | Barack Obama, President, Democrat, Liberal,

It's like they're suggesting something about Obama and race.

Sometimes the fears about Obama on the right remind me a lot of the Clinton years.

Accusations of secret conspiracies and vast spidery webs of corrupt scheming. Screams about how the evil Democrat will take away everyone's guns, oppress Christians and go soft on our real enemies. Dark warnings about how government is the greatest threat American freedom has ever known'until a Republican gets into the Oval Office, at which point anyone saying that stuff about the government is a filthy, stinking Commie traitor.

In short, both men committed the unpardonable crime of being elected while Democratic, of forcing Real Americans to live under a president they didn't vote for.

That said, there's one obvious way in which the flak Obama gets is very different: To the best of my memory, nobody screamed about how Clinton was plotting to unleash his evil black armies on white America.

Just recently, Orson Scott Card predicted that Obama (after installing Michelle O. in the White House in 2016 so he can keep control of the country) will establish a new national police force "recruited from 'young out-of-work urban men' and it will be hailed as a cure for the economic malaise of the inner cities.

In other words, Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs, and send them out to channel their violence against Obama's enemies.

Instead of doing drive-by shootings in their own neighborhoods, these young thugs will do beatings and murders of people 'trying to escape' -- people who all seem to be leaders and members of groups that oppose Obama."

Of course, paranoid rantings are nothing new on the right (remember during the Clinton years when G. Gordon Liddy was telling conservatives how to kill ATF agents in body armor?), but this isn't same thing. Card could have warned us Obama would send the FBI or the National Guard after us but instead he specifically accuses our first black president of sending black gangstas to kill his enemies (Card tries to have it both ways by insisting it's just speculation but adding that it "fits the facts we already have.").

In fairness to Card, it's not like he's going where no right-winger has gone before. Right-wing pundits and bloggers predicted race riots in 2008 if Obama lost (National Review's Jay Nordlinger painted this as a liberal threat). Writer Elizabeth Scalia made even darker predictions in 2011: flash mobs were "trained and ready" to create chaos in American cities, enabling Obama to declare martial law and suspend the elections.

Evidence? Well, there's Obama's skin color and did I mention he's not a Republican? That's pretty much it.

I honestly don't know if Scalia, Card & Co. genuinely believe that having a black president is the kickoff for a race war. It's certainly possible they do, but it's also possible they're consciously bullshitting in the knowledge members of their audience will buy it.

The Trayvon Martin shooting showed plenty of people have a disproportionate fear of black violence. As I wrote previously, multiple conservatives insisted after Martin's death that treating black men as criminals is a totally rational response to the threat blacks pose. Scalia and Card may agree. Or possibly they fantasize that beating the"Obama! Black! Race war! Scary black people!" drum often enough will actually influence elections.

Of course, if they're really perfectly enlightened people who just pretend to be raving bigots, that doesn't make them any more decent human beings than if they believe the swill they're dishing out.

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