Thursday, February 13, 2014

Let's Put This Whole "Dictator" Crap to Bed for Once and For All

So, for us in America, there is a meme (Memes as discrete units - Richard Dawkins initially defined meme as a noun that "conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation") that President Obama is (a) rogue Dictator that doesn't follow the law and (b) a Dictator that rules by decree.
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Well that is (as the image to the right shows) bullshit.
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Why does it persist?
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Well, it is repeated endlessly by Fox News, Right Leaning Talk Radio and the Republican Party talking points.  If you hear a lie long enough, particularly about someone you hate, you begin to believe it.  But it isn't true.  Instead, it is a way to demonize the valid work of a President which the Far-Right hates.  By describing him in Un-American terms it invalidates his authority.
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However, for those Americans that believe in Elections (both Democrats and MOST Republicans), this is a corrosive development.  Calling elected leaders "dictators" or "illegitimate" tells not just the leader you hate him, but tells everyone who voted for him (over 50% of 2008 and 2012 voters) that we are worth less than they are.  That we "hate" American because of how we voted.
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To which I say, stop it.
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Down that path lies at the least the destruction of society (we have already witnessed the lose of civility).  WE, as a country, are built on the rule of law, not a web of lies.
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Take the "Obama has lost control of the border" lie.  He has deported more people than Reagan, Bush(es) and Clinton combined.  Over 2 million people here illegally - either when they were arrested for anything, or on work places raids.
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The lie that he is soft on immigration is because he has publicly stated that minors brought here as children, with no arrest record and going to college will be allowed to stay.  This makes the President follow the lead of Governors like Rick Perry of Texas and Chris Christie of New Jersey.  Neither hailed as a dictator.
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Look, I did NOT like Bush the Younger.  But I did not say his election was illegitimate.  Or that he was a dictator - even though he had more executive actions (and more "Czars") than Obama.  I could hardly wait for Young Mr. Bush to leave office, but I didn't stockpile guns and spout crazy shit that he was taking over the country by force (or that he was the anti-christ!).
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Please try to calm down.  We think you are hurting the country we love.

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