A friend recently sent me a piece done for Forbes, and featured as it’s cover story. “How he thinks; the root of Obam’s Big Problem with Business”, by Dinesh D’Souza. We read it and really couldn’t believe that this was printed by a serious business publication.
This is how it begins.
“Barack Obama is the most anti-business President in a generation, perhaps in American history. Thanks to him the era of big government is back. Obama runs up taxpayer debt not in the billions but trillions of dollars. He has expanded the federal government’s control over home mortgages, investment banking, health care, autos, and energy. The Weekly Standard summarizes Obama’s approach as ominipotence at home and impotence abroad.”
According to the theory in the article, Barack Obama’s deceased father and his (alleged) anti-colonialism drives every decision Barack Obama makes. The last sentence is; “ America today is increasingly ruled by a ghost”. The vitriol and raw statement s made in this article leave the author looking foolish and sounding like a complete nut case. In Forbes magazine.
For the record, Forbes is now being forced to “fact check” it’s cover story now in distribution.
We note this today for you to consider. Consider how extreme the reaction by varied right-wing factions has become that this kind of smear journalism is set up for public consumption as serious content.
We can only conclude from this type of reporting and publishing that the attacks from the right will continue to sink to new lows as we approach November 2nd. We fully expect that the “He is a muslim” assertion will gather more steam. As if being a Muslim was some sort of crime. This, in itself, is travesty and a incorporation by media into allowing racial and religious criticism to somehow become accepted in American discourse.
Last week, our friend Congressman Keith Ellison returned from a trip with several Imam’s and Rabbi Bemporad to Dachau and Auschwitz. The Rabbi said,
"The same patterns that I studied teaching Jewish history, with respect to anti-Semitism, are now occurring with respect to anti-Muslim," Bemporad said.
"It's the same propaganda, it's the same character assassinations, it's the same dehumanization, it's the same de-contextualization. [Jews] have to be the ones, because of our history, have to stand up against what's happening to the Muslim community."
Congressman Ellison, who is a Muslim himself, said he traveled to Auschwitz as a college exchange student and said "that had a transformative effect on me," It was one of the main reasons he got involved with the group who took part in the briefing. He said further
"What they did was help maintain America's level of liberty and freedom, where nobody has to fear who they are based on whether they have a kufi on or hijab on or a yarmulke, whether you're a Mormon or a Hindu, you can still worship as you please. It's your business, and you don't have to fear."
If you want to clearly understand what we are working for this fall, here it is. Raw hatred, religious prejudice, character assassination of the President in Forbes, all the province of right wing ideologues who dominate the GOP/Tea Party. This is what we saw throughout the Bush years, as hatred in all its forms was allowed to grow, and promoted by those in power, as a way to keep power. Where fear of other was used as tool to start and expand two wars.
Tomorrow morning, when you rise, and consider the next 37 days, consider this. The Party of Just Say No is dominated by those who seek to use fear as a political weapon, and would divide us for political gain.
What stands between them and Nov 2 is a immoveable object. Our secret weapon.
When you think you are tired of the battle for America’s future, and it’s heart, remember what we knew two years ago. Hope wins over fear. Change wins over division. You can make the difference over the next 37 days.
See you out there.
We Stand, With You, For Hope and Change
Lou & Carol Frillman