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Fwd: Obamanation

July 5, 2011

 

So here’s a petty, vindictive little number to cloak your racism with.  You can send it to all your fellow klansmen friends:

OBAMA STOPS WOUNDED SOLDIER FROM SPEAKING!! *THIS MAN HAS GOT TO GO*

Sent by Retired Vice Admiral Bob Scarborough, of Arlington, Va.:

“I wanted to give you all some disturbing information on our wonderful president.  I work with the Catch-A-Dream Foundation, which provides hunting and fishing trips to children with  life-threatening illnesses.  This past weekend we had our annual  banquet/fundraiser event in Starkville.  As a part of our program, we had  scheduled Sgt. 1st Class Greg Stube to come; he is a highly decorated U.S. Army Green Beret and inspirational speaker who was severely injured while  deployed overseas and didn’t have much of a chance for survival. Greg is stationed at Ft. Bragg , NC and received permission from his commanding officer  to come speak at our function. Everything was on go until Obama made a policy that NO U.S. SERVICEMAN CAN SPEAK AT ANY CHRISTIAN FAITH-BASED PUBLIC EVENTS ANYMORE.  Needless to say, Greg had to cancel his speaking event with us. Didn’t know if anyone else was aware of this new policy.  You’re just starting to see the Obamanation. This is just how the Nazis did it in the  1930s —  slowly, one step at a time.  This should be forwarded to  everyone  regardless of party affiliation!

Whew!  Boy, talk about your Nazis.  Note the ominous threat of “disturbing information” about our “wonderful president.”  I’m angry already!  But as it turns out, the part that’s supposed to upset me (in red) is utter bullshit.  In typical fashion.  That’s what right-wing political strategists do with their Nazi-style propaganda: start with a little bit of truth and build a horrifying lie out of it. There is no such policy regarding “faith-based” events; the dude wasn’t permitted to speak because those crazy lefties at the Department of Defense have a policy of not endorsing charities.  So, to recap: the policy doesn’t exist, and nothing ever had anything to do with Obama, but that won’t stop the people who write this shit from comparing Obama to Nazis.  Because the more scared you are of that black man in the White House who’s not like you, the more likely you are to give money to and/or vote for incompetent nutjobs.  And that’s what this is really all about.

Stats from my inbox:

Number of inboxes this appeared in prior to mine: At least 229

Number of forwarders (direct lineage): 9

The Republican Fake Census

May 9, 2010

I’ve obviously been remiss in getting this project off the ground. My apologies. It’s certainly not for lack of content! It’s basically been lack of time, but who wants to hear excuses?  As I continue to build this up, it’s important to keep in mind that the focus of this idea is not the egregiousness of any one particular email (although that will certainly be explored), but rather the cumulative effect of the daily bombardment this has on the general population.

Now that I’ve set that up, I immediately depart from the concept (hey, it happens sometimes) to bring you an actual printed piece of propaganda: one of many versions of a fake censusy-looking document the national Republican Party has been mailing over the last several months. Read more…

The Philosophy

January 9, 2010

Before I begin posting examples for discussion (and believe me, I have an enormous backlog of examples) I thought I’d kick it off with a quote from Lee Atwater discussing ways to mask right-wing ugliness when manipulating people:

Questioner: But the fact is, isn’t it, that Reagan does get to the Wallace voter and to the racist side of the Wallace voter by doing away with legal services, by cutting down on food stamps?

Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me—because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

Altogether. Now.

August 1, 2009

This will be a collection of radical right-wing propaganda I have become aware of, mostly in email form, with the intent of shining a light on just how aggressive, angry, and widespread a movement it is.  If we don’t speak up and challenge this stuff, we lose our right to challenge it.