Racist Rudy And The Republican Party

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.”

—Rudolph W. Giuliani, at a fat-cat fundraiser in New York for Governor Scott Walker

Thanks, Rudy!

Rudy Giuliani, who now has finally qualified to have his own hate-talk radio show, has done what years of liberal commentary could not do: he has outed the GOP as not only the Stupid Party, but as the official home of 21st-century racists. I personally have spent six long years trying to do what the former mayor of New York City—and a very establishment Republican—did in about a minute. That’s efficiency!

After uttering his stupid and racist comments on Thursday, and after Scott Walker refused to condemn them, and after Bobby Jindal, who has his own history of bigotryjoined in on the fun, Giuliani told Fox’s Megyn Kelly last night:

I’m right about this, I have no doubt about it, I do not withdraw my words.

Bravo! No sense backing away now, Rudy! No sense jeopardizing your future as Rush Limbaugh’s replacement. What next? Are you going to call “Moochelle” Obama a slut? Offer her an aspirin to put between her knees? No sense pretending that you didn’t mean to slander our African-American president. And there really is no sense in denying the obvious, although you told The New York Times:

Some people thought it was racist — I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people. This isn’t racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism.

Let me see. What Rudy said couldn’t possibly be racist because Obama has some good old white blood in him! Thatta boy! Pure genius!

obama and giulianiPerhaps the saddest part of this whole episode is that what Giuliani said should come as no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to Republican politics since 2007, and particularly since The Scary Negro took up residence in the White’s House and the angst-ridden wingnuts starting hanging teabags from their hats.

We have heard this stuff before, and on Fox last night Rudy, after studying all day, rehearsed many of the old lies: Obama is a Frank Marshall Davis communist; he “worked under Saul Alinsky”; he listened to Reverend Jeremiah Wright say “goddamn America!” and stayed in his church; he prefers Muslims over Christians, Islam over Christianity.

When asked about the civility of his remarks, he told Kelly:

I think it was perfectly civil. I think that is a perfectly reasonable opinion, but the president and his comments, if we look at all of his rhetoric has not displayed the kind of love of America, the kind of love of American Exceptionalism that other American presidents have displayed, that he has gone abroad and criticized us over and over again, apologized for us. Every time he does it, it embarrasses me.

Yes, it “was perfectly civil” and “a perfectly reasonable opinion”—for a Republican these days. And that is the point.

I have seen a local Joplin Globe right-wing columnist refer to Barack Obama as a “monkey.” Yet you can still find his columns in the paper.

I have heard convicted felon and conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza say the most vile things about our president—just the other day he tweeted racist remarks—yet many of his ideas are embraced and repeated by Newt Gingrich and other conservatives and D’Souza and Gingrich are still major “intellectual” figures on the right.

I have heard Mitt Romney’s top campaign surrogate, John Sununu, call the president “lazy,” by which he obviously meant to suggest “lazy nigger.” No condemnation from Romney.

I have heard Ted Cruz, a United States Senator for God’s sake, say that President Obama is “an apologist for radical Islamic terrorists.” And Ted Cruz is a hero to a vicious cult of Obama haters in Congress, not to mention his popularity among citizen teapartiers.

I have heard a Republican congressman from Arizona claim that Obama is essentially pretending to want to destroy ISIS. I heard a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania say that our president, the president of our country, is “really working collaboratively with what I would say is the enemy of freedom and individual freedom and liberty and Western civilization and modernity.” He went on to say that that he is reluctant to give President Obama “the authority and power to take action” against ISIS because “he actually might use it to further their cause.” Not a peep out of John Boehner.

I have heard radio and television commentators, night and day, make ridiculous and racially-charged comments about the president, and the money keeps rolling in. Racism, or something very close to it, pays very well on the right, as Rudy Giuliani will likely find out.

In the mean time, President Obama has endured a staggering amount of disrespect from his utterly disloyal opposition and yet he presses on, head held high. It’s as if he knows that, in the end, when the history of his times are written, he will look very big and the Rudy Giulianis and Rush Limbaughs and the other pathetic Obama-haters on the right will look like the pint-sized pricks they are.

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  1. Bbob

     /  February 20, 2015

    “Pint-sized pricks” indeed. We have quite a few of them here in Kansas, too.

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  2. No doubt about it, since the Civil War the vein of racism in the United States has never been far from the surface and with Giuliani’s vitriolic and unsupported outburst, here it is again, exposed to the light. All the GOP has had to do to politically-leverage racism for the last 6 years is to attach the word Obama and the lode is tapped.

    I was motivated to refresh my understanding of “American Exceptionalism” here and Wikipedia has a good page on it, really more dense with concepts than my brain can absorb at one sitting. But one thing about it seems clear to me, that the notion is increasingly at odds with the historically-new realities of the global economy and the internet. All this chest-beating and resistance to self-criticism may well win votes, but to the rest of the world it just looks like hubris and there’s no doubt that’s helping swell the ranks of ISIS.

    In the Wikipedia article I found a summary, headed “Debates”, to be instructive. The battle lines are clear:

    In April 2009, Barack Obama responded to a journalist’s question in Strasbourg with the statement, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”[84] In the same response, Obama noted that “I see no contradiction between believing that America has a continued extraordinary role in leading the world towards peace and prosperity and recognizing that that leadership is incumbent, depends on, our ability to create partnerships because we create partnerships because we can’t solve these problems alone.” Mitt Romney attacked Obama’s statement, arguing it showed Obama did not believe in American exceptionalism.[86] Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said that Obama’s “worldview is dramatically different from any president, Republican or Democrat, we’ve had…He grew up more as a globalist than an American. To deny American exceptionalism is in essence to deny the heart and soul of this nation.”

    In a speech on the Syria crisis on Sept. 10, 2013, Barack Obama said: “But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act….That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional.” In a direct response, the next day, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an op-ed for the New York Times on Sept. 11, 2013, articulated that “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.” He went on to say: “We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

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    • Thanks for that, Jim. It’s funny, but Giuliani referenced that Strasbourg comment Obama made about “Greek exceptionalism.” You see, we Americans are the only ones entitled to feel we are exceptional. Our God is bigger and better, our Constitution is superior, our way of life is supreme, and all those other countries should acknowledge those facts and bend to our every command. Strange how they tend to resist that, though.

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  3. And then there’s this, from today’s Alternet.org:

    Oklahoma is about to ban AP history classes. Under the guise of “emergency” legislation, the education committee in the Oklahoma legislature had an 11-4 vote to advance a bill that would ban the advanced placement history curriculum from Oklahoma schools. There’s not even a real attempt here, as with other conservative assaults on education, to hide that the goal is to keep students ignorant so that they are more susceptible to right wing propaganda. The bill’s sponsor, state representative Dan Fisher, argued that the schools should be teaching “American exceptionalism,” and avoiding teaching parts of American history that are less than flattering.

    Sadly, this push to remove history courses that teach actual history and replace them with a bunch of flattering lies designed to imply that America can do no wrong is hardly limited to Oklahoma. The Republican National Committee has endorsed the idea that AP history courses should teach less strife and present a more rah-rah view of American history. In Colorado, attempts to whitewash the history classes even resulted in student walkouts, garnering national attention.

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  4. ansonburlingame

     /  February 20, 2015

    Duane,

    I disappoint myself responding to this blog. Why bother, again? But, there is always a “but” when such thoughts go through my head. In this case I just can’t understand, try as I might how Gulliani’s remarks fall into a category of racism. Time and time again when someone criticizes Obama it invariably is termed racism.

    Let me try once again to make a point about the unusual nature of Obama’s Presidency. I begin by stating that such opinions have nothing to do with Obama’s skin color. It has everything to do with his political philosophy, however.

    Increasingly I have heard that “President Obama is the most liberal president in our history”. True or not, I am not sure. But certainly in my lifetime he is by far the most “liberal” president that I have seen, heard, watched, etc. But again, that opinion that I support to some degree is not in any way driven by racial animous towards Obama. It is simply political animous, political disagreement with the what should be the role of any federal government in America.

    O’Reilly is now on a different tack in assessing Obama’s presidency, his leadership if you will. He now compares him to President Buchanan, a president that did little to avoid the looming Civil War, according to O’Reilly. Of course O’Reilly does not tell us what else Buchanan could have done to prevent that disaster, a Civil War, but that is beside the point I suppose.

    Now for Giuliani’s remark. Stupid for sure. How can he know what Obama feels in his “heart” for anything???? I could make the assertion that JFK, in his “heart”, was only concerned about the next piece of ass he could entice into the WH swimming pool!!! But why bother as such “feelings” are inrrelevant to what actions am man in the position of the presidencyt takes. We can only judge by what the man says and does, not what his inner most feelings might be!! Is Obama a good “lover”. I could care less.

    You and most of the left feel that Obama is attempting to lead America in the direction you want him to lead it. Fine but I disagree. But such is not a racial disagreement, at least on my part; it is a strong political disagreement instead.

    Too bad I sent you the Ace Lyon’s view on things after this blog was posted. You could have used his rant therein as well. But I could also point out that Ace Lyons was a four star Admiral when the U.S. Navy was dealing with real racism in the fleet and he lead, effectively just such actions to really integrate all men in the fleet. But his approach was decidely different from that of the CNO, probably the most “liberal CNO” the Navy had ever seen to date.

    Anson

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    • I’m not in a position to answer your comments about racism right now (I’m on my phone) but will do so soon. I think this is quite important.

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    • Anson,

      Perhaps if you don’t overtly see racism in Giuliani’s stupid remarks, then it might be possible to look at the remarks in another way that may reveal to you what many of us see quite clearly.

      I have heard Giuliani say, falsely, that Obama is unlike any other president in terms of his lack of praise for our country. As many have shown, Obama has often been effuse in his expression of love and affection for what America represents. That is not even controversial, even though Giuliani tries to make a case that Obama has trouble saying such things to us. So, what is it that is really obviously different about Obama from other presidents, even other Democratic and Republican presidents who have, at times, admitted to some failures on the part of America? Oh, let me see: he’s black and had a controversial black father and has had black experiences and has been to a black church with a fiery preacher who shouted about grievances against America, some of those grievances legitimate. Thus it is his blackness that is the issue for these people like Giuliani, even though, obviously, they aren’t going to come out and say it.

      Second, when Giuliani tried to defend himself against the charges of racism, he referred to “anti-colonialism” to explain what he was talking about. The problem with that is that everyone knows that Dinesh D’Souza became quite famous on the nut-wing right for making the imaginary case for “Obama the anti-colonialist” (a charge that our Founders would find weird, since they were all by definition anti-colonialists). And, as many conservatives now recognize, D’Souza’s commentary is race-based and his racism is pretty much taken for granted at this point. Yet Giuliani made indirect reference to D’Souza’s thesis. Why? Because he is embracing that racism, even though he wouldn’t do it openly. He needs a cover.

      And that’s where we come to American exceptionalism. On occasion, Obama has referred to this concept and affirmed it, albeit not in the same way that, say, Rudy Giuliani or Rush Limbaugh might affirm it. Obama, like other Democratic (and some Republican) presidents, recognizes that American exceptionalism is not necessarily a goal we have achieved, but one we strive to achieve. It is the idea that we are, slowly, becoming the place our Founders only conceived of, our Founders sketching out the idea even though they themselves mostly could not practice it, what with slavery and the subjugation of women getting in the way.

      So, what we have left, after you eliminate all the other reasons, is that there must be some explanation that a Republican in good standing with his party would argue, against the obvious evidence, that our first black president doesn’t love his country, doesn’t believe in its character, and is not like the rest of us, the rest of us being white people like him. And that explanation is that Barack Obama is black, the “other,” and we simply can’t trust him.

      By the way, if you want to read about the kind of family stock Giuliani came from, I direct you to Wayne Barrett’s article in The New York Daily News. It might explain, too, that given Giuliani’s sordid family background and his three wives and what went into the dissolution of his first two marriages, that for Giuliani to question Obama’s patriotism partly on the basis that “He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country,” is just camouflage for a racist attitude.

      Duane

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  5. I regard Giuliani as a high ranking member of the American Taliban and his comments and opinions as mere political snipes. Besides, Giuliani has always been a lightning rod and whatever he says has been fodder for the news media. So he gets more face time to be smug and thrust his holier-than-thou arrogance on those who wish to indulge it. I don’t.

    It’s too bad elected officials can’t sue for slander and libel. For example, the right wing nuts collectively and in unison use the phrase “illegal and unconstitutional” when talking about Obama’s immigration policy. However, no court that I’m aware of has made a determination of the legality or constitutionality of said policy. But the meme is out there and no doubt many believe it’s true. If it was me, I would track down everybody, Republican or not, talk show personalities or not, and sue them for slander and demand an on-air apology.

    It’s really too bad the GOP has lost its civility over the years. You wouldn’t hear the likes of Giuliani’s insults coming from Lincoln, or T. Roosevelt, or Eisenhower, or Ford, or Goldwater, or Dole, or Bush41, or even Reagan, to name a few.

    It is really depressing that the leaders of the Republican party and many of its members have taken to flights of fantasy where the world is all white, carrying guns, wearing t-shirts that say “Jesus Loves Me,” and listening to Ted Nugent.

    Shit.

    Herb

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    • You know, I can’t wait imagine Ronald Reagan ever calling into question Tip O’Neil’s or any other fierce partisan’s patriotism or love for his country. The class has pretty much left the Republican Party and in its place is something so disgusting and nasty and hateful that it is hard to talk about it.

      Duane

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  6. Edwino Rasmijn

    “Advertising may be described as the science of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it” (Stephen Leacock in “The Garden of Folly”). It’s unbelievable how the pimp Giuliani managed to offer himself as a consultant or something, to any of the many republican 2016 presidential hopefuls, by having the hopefuls, and the media (real and fake) swallow his diatribe hook, line and sinker. That was his sole objective by hook or by crook. I was reminded of this very old quote “mundus vult decipi, decipiátur ergo” (the world wants to be deceived, therefore she gets deceived [or go ahead, deceive her]). Someday, those that can, will realize that the government is not the problem; whore-mongering politicians are. It troubles me, that with all the facilities and sources readily available, often a second level of critical thought is absent where necessary; instead absurdity takes its place. Exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, c’est la mėme chose, with a high degree of victimization.

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  7. ansonburlingame

     /  February 21, 2015

    Just counting a few of the comments above. “pint sized pricks, holier than thou attitude, right wing nuts, whore-mongering politicians, high level of victimization (resulting from American actions, historically), overblown American exceptionalism,….” and of course the list could go on and on.

    Use all the terms of disdain you like. But the basic question is Obama leading America in the correct direction? Without calling him any “names” my vote is No he is not. So fire away in response to such a view, four letter words and all.

    As for American “exceptionalism”, I prefer American leadetrship. Since Dec 7, 1941, can anyone point out a better international leader in the form of a single nation than the USA? Be my guest to try. Are we still doing so today under President Obama?

    Anson

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    • “But the basic question is Obama leading America in the correct direction?” If you mean the Obama Administration, fortunately it has, and is, domestically and internationally. In 2009 President Obama inherited a costly, misguided, profligate, disastrous, dehumanizing, capricious war in Iraq, and an bankrupted economy, together with the extremities of the near-collapse of global credit markets, at the end of 2008. According to certain records, about 800,000 jobs were lost during January 2009, the month of his first inauguration. Facing an delusional opposition, conspired to bring President Obama down by hook or by crook , the Obama Administration survived government shutdown threats, a default threat of payments to bondholders, debt-ceiling crisises, a downgrading of the credit rating of the US government by the credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s – the same corrupt credit rating agency that sold its soul to any other soulless corrupt financial body for a fee (a hefty one at that) by according the highest credit rating to complex credit derivatives, that it later contended not to have understood; these GREEDY main credit rating agencies Standard & Poor’s, Fitch Ratings, and Moody’s Investors Services could potentially have closed the door on the financial disaster of 2008, or at least soften the financial hit – an estimated $21 billion government shutdown, the Obama Administration not only managed to stem the downward spiraling economy – a mirage economy after 2000 (according to President George W. Bush and his advisors, the nation had “entered a new era of prosperity, with recessions a thing of the past”) – but also to resuscitate and stimulate the potential moribund economy, by applying Keynesian policies instead of austerity economics (demanded by the opposition), which direction have led the Eurozone to one recession after another. Considering the failed, destabilizing foreign policies of the U.S. in the Middle East of the last 60 years – President Truman rejected a British proposal to invade Iran in 1951, but in 1953 the Eisenhower Administration did the dirty work for the British, executed the 1953 Iranian coup d’état, removed the democratically elected prime minister, and reinstalled the Shah, who ruled as an absolute monarch with the support of the U.S. until his overthrow during the revolution of 1979. In 1980 Saddam Hussein invaded Iran, and the Reagan administration embraced him during the eight years’ war…..and so on – together with the distrust of the U.S. by the international community, engendered in the 2000s, “leading America in the correct direction” will remain a task of Herculean proportion.

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      • Edwino,

        That is as good a summary of the situation President Obama inherited–as well as how effectively he dealt with it considering the “delusional opposition” he has faced–as I have read. And your short but critical retelling of our history with Iraq and Iran says so much Americans need to know. Thank you for going to the trouble of commenting, and I hope you don’t mind if I post this today for all to see.

        Duane

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