The social aspect of the 2012 election

Really, no matter who ends up running against Obama, it’s going to come down to one difference: they think Americans are only certain types of people, we don’t.

To the right, there are vast swaths of people in this country (Hispanics, Muslims, gays, atheists, liberals) who aren’t “American” and must be eradicated. To the left, we’re all Americans. I want to put this up again, because although it’s over seven years old it’s still the best thing Obama has ever said:

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3 responses to “The social aspect of the 2012 election

  1. “To the right, there are vast swaths of people in this country (Hispanics, Muslims, gays, atheists, liberals) who aren’t “American” and must be eradicated.”

    Seriously, where do you get ideas like that? Do you know anyone who actually believes such nonsense?

    I know plenty of people on the right, and none of them think that way. On the other hand, I know plenty of liberals who are well-meaning but, well, stupid.

    So which one of us really has the whole Hanlon’s Razor thing figured out, I wonder?

    • @John Galt Either you’re lying or you have a very small circle of right wingers you know. Take a few minutes and read through right wing blogs and boards. Look at the protests against a show about muslims on TLC. Recall Bush senior saying atheists aren’t citizens.

      I’ve seen more comments (and been told) about atheists being ejected from the country, same with muslims, than I care to recount. Gays still don’t have equal rights as citizens, and the right wants to eliminate what they even have on the state level. I’ve been told personally that “socialists like you” should get sent to Europe, or Iran.

      Need I continue?

      • “Either you’re lying or you have a very small circle of right wingers you know.”

        I live in a part of the country where it’s quite mainstream to be conservative. You call such parts of the country “flyover country,” and geographically we’re actually the vast majority of the US. Atheists are not considered un-American here. Hispanics, Muslims and gays are not targeted for “eradication.”

        To whatever extent someone like Bush 41 can personally believe that athiests are un-American, nobody on the right seeks actual policy that would disenfranchise atheists. Such a value system is not a political force, and it would be ridiculous to wage a political campaign against it.

        I read an entire rightwing blogroll that includes no such crap. And if you’ve got some leftwing website that highlights such sites, then I submit you’re being very weak-minded against forces that are trying to control what you think.

        Honestly, Zach, you need to get away from Pittsburgh and see what America is really like. You’ve been cooped up in a blue state a little too long to accurately critique the rest of the country.

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