In my mind’s eye, I sometimes get a picture of the average pathological hater of Barack Obama:
He’s a white guy, middle-aged or older, not especially well-educated, a devoted and gullible consumer of right-wing media (Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, the Drudge Report, et al), a self-styled patriot, and perhaps a sucker for every conspiracy theory that comes down the pike.
To be sure, this guy is not to be confused with your more respectable opponents of Obama’s political philosophy or style of governance. No, I’m talking about a fire-breathing hater, whether or not he’s also a racist.
I imagine him at this date, four weeks after Obama’s election to a second term as president, seething with resentment, utterly unable to understand what’s happened to the America he claims to love. He keeps asking himself how a man as despicable as the former Barry Soetro could be elected even once, let alone twice.
Over and over again, he mulls the facts, as he sees them, in his mind:
Obama was not born in America, is a Muslim who only pretends to be a Christian, got a free ride to fancy schools only because of his race, was (and perhaps still is) a dope addict, silently assented to the anti-American statements of his so-called pastor for 20 years, launched his political career in the home of a bomb-throwing radical, is an avowed Marxist, pals around with Louis Farrakhan, sympathizes with Islamic terrorists, hates Israel, runs around the world apologizing for America, bows to dictators, doles out taxpayers’ money to shiftless layabouts, foisted socialized medicine on an unwilling nation, schemes to take away our guns, plots to put his critics in concentration camps, emulates Hitler and Stalin, hates the U.S. Constitution and, in countless other ways, represents evil.
[If I left anything out of the foregoing litany, there's a lot more such stuff in THIS MOTHER LODE of anti-Obama extremism.]
This typical Obamaphobe now faces the unhappy prospect of four more years of the Great Satan in the White House, and he doesn’t know what to do about it. He had thought that the big Tea Party uprising of a few years ago would bring an end to Obama’s reign, but it hasn’t worked out that way. He thinks there are plenty of good reasons for impeaching the man, but he doubts that congressional Republicans are up to the task. He sympathizes with the New Secessionists, but he figures theirs is a lost cause. He’d like to see an actual revolution, but he doesn’t expect that to happen either. How are you going to mount a revolution against a regime that just got re-elected despite all the glaring evidence of its treason?
My mind’s eye doesn’t provide a picture of where this guy is likely to go from here, but I figure he’s got three basic choices: 1) He can come to the realization, if only belatedly, that frustration is part of the American political process, and you have to learn to live with it; 2) He can rethink his Obamaphobia and decide that much of it has been unfair and unfounded; or 3) He can sink even deeper into the muck and mire of right-wing extremism.
If he goes for that third option, heaven help him (and perhaps us, too).