I know that I generally write about sports, but there has been something happening in politics over the past several days that I just can’t ignore.
Formerly relevant former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani has recently begun to say that President Obama does not love America. As he’s gone around trying to justify his comments, he’s spoken in circles and pretty much presented absolutely no evidence to back up his claim.
Mr. Giuliani has said things like:
- “Honestly, I don’t and you don’t know what he truly believes”
- “He’s a patriot, I’m sure,”
- “But I don’t hear from him what I heard from Harry Truman, what I heard from Bill Clinton, what I heard from Jimmy Carter, which is these wonderful words about what a great country we are, what an exceptional country we are.”
- “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country,” This one was said at a Republican fundraiser.
- “Not the slaughtering of the Christians, not the slaughtering of the Jews, not the slaughtering of the Syrians, but Ferguson.”
So I want to get this straight: You can be a patriot, but if you don’t love Rudy Giuliani, and you don’t love Republicans, and you don’t sound like Jimmy Carter and think that America is always great and exceptional, then you don’t love America. If you speak out for the American citizens of Ferguson, but don’t speak out against Christians being killed abroad. then you don’t love America.
By the way, Obama has spoken out against the slaughtering of Christians:
Remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.
That’s right: President Obama compared the atrocities of ISIS to other atrocities.
How anyone could think that he meant anything other than “These things are really horrible, just like other horrible things that have happened in our past” is beyond me.
Oh, I know why: Those things we did weren’t real atrocities, because they didn’t happen to REAL Americans. You know, the white Christian ones.
Of course Republicans and Christians were offended by it:
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, called the president’s comments “an unfortunate attempt at a wrongheaded moral comparison.”
That’s right, Mr. Moore was somehow offended that President Obama compared the brutal killings of Christians by ISIS which were based on wrongheaded religious beliefs held by Muslim extremists to the brutal killings of African Americans which were also based on wrongheaded religious beliefs held by racist white Americans. How dare he compare Muslim extremists to racist Christian extremists! I’m glad the Mr. Moore was eager to jump up and defend our “heritage”. (I hope you can sense my sarcasm there).
Maybe President Obama isn’t so eager to paint all Muslims with the same brush for the same reasons we shouldn’t paint all Christians with the same brush. I guess the President’s mistake is to assume the right wing would be smart enough to know what he’s saying.
Anyways, back to Giuliani. I think White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest got it right today:
I can tell you that it’s sad to see when somebody who has attained a certain level of public stature and even admiration tarnishes that legacy so thoroughly, And the truth is I don’t take any joy or vindication or satisfaction from that. I think, really, the only thing that I feel is I feel sorry for Rudy Giuliani today.
I can’t believe the Republicans have now turned me in to an Obama apologist. Look, there are plenty of reasons to dislike or not even support President Obama. This is clearly not one of those reasons.
Perhaps Marco Rubio said it best:
I don’t feel like I’m in a position to have to answer for everyone in my party who makes a claim. Democrats aren’t asked to answer every time Joe Biden says something embarrassing. So I don’t know why I should answer every time a republican does. So I will suffice it to say I believe the President loves America. His ideas are bad.