by Alice Chao, Staff Writer
Fellow conservative, can you relate to this quote? “If I have anything to say against Obama it’s not because I’m a racist, it’s because I don’t like what he’s doing as President and anybody should be able to feel that way, but what I find now is that if you say anything against him you’re called a racist,” actress Angie Harmon told Tarts.
Angie Harmon, I could not have said it better myself! And let me say this out loud and in print, there is NOTHING wrong with disagreeing with Obama and letting it be known (this is America!). The man is woefully inexperienced, had no previous executive experience, never even ran a town, and played hooky a lot while he was in Congress. It is in no way disrespectful to Obama to point out this simple fact. For this I should not be called names and accused of being disrespectful just because disagree with a President that happens to be half-black, for I would say the same things I am now if the man were white or Asian (like me) and a Republican conservative (also like me)!
After all, respect does not equal agreement, or have we forgotten that in this in the era of ambiguous “Change”? We as conservatives should not have to fear others opinions of us and should not have to be called names by supposedly “tolerant” liberals. We should not fear sharing our opinions, such as criticizing the actions of our President who thinks it’s okay to appear on late night television rather than trying to figure out what to do with Iran, etc.; after all, criticism is good way to see what is wrong with you and hopefully improving on it.
As Harmon put it, “if W or John McCain or Reagan would have gone and done a talk show, the backlash would have been so huge and in his face, and ‘What is our president doing? How tasteless!’ But Obama does it and no one says anything.” And no one seems to criticize Obama for not taking his job seriously enough.
If Obama is good enough to be our President, then let’s not insulate him from criticism just because he’s “special” and half-black. After all, many non white Americans do not hesitate to ruthlessly makes fun of President Bush, some would call the epitome of WASP-y privilege; and lest we forget, racism and prejudice is indeed a two way street. It’s not just majority prejudiced against minority, it often becomes the other way around too. Honestly, if color is all we see, then we are missing out on lots of things. We miss out on appreciating the fact that Alan Keyes, a Reagan era official and another black man ran for President at least two times, including 2008, and no one cared or noticed; we miss out on the fact that Kennedy was the first President with an Irish Catholic background, that Lincoln was our first Republican President; that Elaine Chao, who served under both Bushes, was the first Chinese American and the first Asian American woman to be appointed to a President’s cabinet in American history. And the list goes on. Come on, America!
We, as Americans, should not fear speaking our mind. After all, if America thinks we’re past the ghosts of racial implications/stereotypes, then one should be able to criticize Obama’s dangerous lack of governmental experience without fears about being called names for pointing out the obvious. We, as Americans, should not fear pointing out there were far better choices that a neophyte Senator who has now become our President; with that said, let’s move past this dilemma and start mobilizing behind candidates with the necessary experience that Obama lacks. Let’s use this new few years to sharpen our debate skills, define ourselves, and keep on a lookout for those we can stand behind in order to win back the White House.