Following Representative Wilsons outburst during the Presidents address before a joint session of Congress, I believe we have to ask ourselves some questions: Is it a coincidence that the first such outburst was aimed at our first African-American President? Is it a coincidence that the outburst came from a Congressman from South Carolina? Is it coincidence that this is the first President accused of being born in another country despite indisputable evidence to the contrary? Is it coincidence that this President is accused of creating death panels for senior citizens despite the facts? Is it coincidence that this President is accused of trying to indoctrinate our children by merely encouraging them to work hard? And is it coincidence that the number of death threats against our President has increased dramatically?
The conclusion is inescapable. The attacks against President Obama represent more than a mere difference of opinion or ideology.
From the moment he was sworn in, President Obama has been faced with an unprecedented combination of crises a floundering economy, a failed financial system, a collapsed auto industry, millions of foreclosed homes, out of control health care costs, skyrocketing deficits and two wars. These werent crises of his own making. These were crises created under the previous administration. Yet rather than rallying behind the President in the face of these crises as Democrats rallied behind Bush after 9/11, the Republicans have done everything possible to undermine Obamas attempts to right our ship of state.
Granted the attacks against President Obama are coming from a small, angry minority in Southern states. (Okay, okay, I know I just described the Republican Party.) But, in my lifetime, no President has faced such venomous and personal attacks. Not Richard Nixon following the cover-up of the Watergate burglary. Not Ronald Reagan following the cover-up of the sale of weapons to Iran. Not George W. Bush following the lies that led to the unnecessary invasion of Iraq.
Perhaps the real lesson of a Republican shouting You lie! at President Obama in the House chamber is this: Pathological liars often assume everyone else is like them.