It appears that demonstrating with signs showing President Obama with a Hitleresque moustache and calling him a Nazi, a Socialist, and a Communist are not enough. Indeed, for some, packing guns at Presidential speeches hasnt sufficiently delivered a strong enough message. Now we have opportunistic religious conservatives selling t-shirts, bumper stickers, even teddy bears with the slogan Pray for Obama, Psalm 109:8.
That seems innocent enough until you read the verse from the Bible. Psalm 109:08 says May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. Okay, you say, but isnt that the conservatives way of saying that they hope Obama isnt re-elected? You might make a case for that, until you read the verse that follows: Psalm 109:09 says May his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. In other words, the t-shirts are more likely a coded message calling for the assassination of our president.
That should surprise no one. From the time Obama began his campaign for President, there has been an attempt by a percentage of our population to dismiss, demean, and demonize him beginning with questions about his place of birth.
These tactics arent new. For centuries, political movements have used adversity to further their interests and create irrational fear. They attempt to assign blame for our problems – in this case, the recession and burgeoning national debt. By fomenting distrust and anger toward those accused of being responsible, these political movements hope to make themselves look good. So the religious right has portrayed Obama as a Kenyan, Muslim, Socialist radical bent on bankrupting our nation, destroying our Constitution and our way of life. In their view, hes an elitist, an internationalist and, most importantly, not one of us.
So, since the inauguration, there have been angry demonstrations, outrageous attacks by radio and TV hosts, dozens of vicious chain emails containing fraudulent accusations, large increases in gun and ammunition sales, and (according to the Secret Service) a 400 percent increase in death threats to our President.
Given the items now being offered by the wingnut otherwise known as Crusader Patriot, it would seem that the religious right is just getting started.