“Why is Senator Rand Paul saying this about our first black president? Here’s the Kentucky Republican in a New York times interview.
Quote, ‘the first African-American president ought to be a little more conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of domestic spying. Martin Luther King was spied upon. Civil rights leaders were spied upon. Muhammad Ali was spied upon. Anti-war protesters were spied upon.’
…who is Rand Paul to make this point? A cynical use of race from some on the right. When the president talked about being sensitive to issue of race, like he said after the Trayvon Martin verdict, the right attacks him for it. But it’s interchangeable. They attack him for not talking about issues of race too. And when Rand Paul talks about being conscious of race when it comes to spying, what about Condoleezza Rice? She works for President Bush known for surveillance of U.S. citizens and where does he get off talking about race in civil rights at all. This is a man that once said he would have modified the civil rights act if he had been a senator at the time.”
“They are mean, racist people. Now why do I say that? Because in those red states, they’re the same slave-holding states. They had the Confederate flag. They became Dixiecrats; they had the Confederate flag. They’re now the Tea Party; they still got the Confederate [flag]. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. There is nothing the president can do–not love of country, not love of party–that they’re not prepared to kill themselves to get to him.”
“I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it’s indelibly printed in the pages of American history. A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man. To render him inferior and unequal and to diminish his accomplishments.
President Obama has been labelled with this word by his opponents. And at first he rose above it, hoping that if he could just make a cause for what he achieved, his opponents would fail in making their label stick. But no matter how many successes that he had as president, he realized there were still many people for whom he’d never be anything more than that one disparaging word. A belief he knew was held not just by his political opponents, but also by a significant portion of the American electorate.
And so he decided, if you can’t beat them, you’ve got to join them. And he embraced the word and made it his own, sending his opposition a message they weren’t expecting — ‘if that’s what you want me to be, I’ll be that.’ Y’all know the word that I’m talking about. Obamacare. That’s right! I said it and I’m not ashamed and neither is President Obama. Because he knows that of all his victories over two terms in office his legacy is ultimately going to be remembered for this one single word.
I mean, what do you call the president who rescues the U.S. auto industry?Obamacare. What do you call the president who finally eliminates Osama bin Laden? Obamacare. What do you call the president who ends Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? Say it with me! Obamacare.
Heard the one about the president who pulled us out of the greatest recession since the Great Depression? Yep. Obamacare. And what about the one, you know, about the president who reduced drug sentencing disparities? Obamacare. Stop if you have heard this one. A group of underpaid women and the president, who passed the pay equity law, walk into a bar — okay, so you can see where I’m going with this.
Short of bringing about world peace before he leaves office, the Affordable Care Act will loom large in the president’s legacy as the singular accomplishment of his two terms. And now following the relaunch of the new and improved and fully operational Healthcare.gov website, the president is not only owning it, but doubling down and putting a great spotlight on the Obama in Obamacare.”
“We end this week in the way it began – with America’s resident dunce, Sarah Palin, scraping the barrel of her long deceased mind, and using her all-time favorite analogy in an attempt to sound intelligent about the national debt…
When Mrs. Palin invoked slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.”
“Does the majority will still matter? There’s the fact that he is President. Is it paramount? Is that to be respected? You look at Cruz’s face. He doesn’t respect the election of President Obama, the reelection of President Obama. You look at Mike Lee. They all run around as if we got all of these white people out this little minority of the country. ‘But they’re better Americans than the rest and we represent them.'”
“Highest level of racism was showed yesterday when Republicans forced a shutdown of our government. Mostly because our President is black.”
“There is a sort of Neo-Confederate thread that runs through these sort of pro-gun movements and the NRA movement.”
“It’s been obvious that [Republicans]’re doing everything they can to make [Obama] fail. And I hope, I hope — and I say this seriously — I hope that’s based on substance and not the fact that he’s African-American.”