A few things that have been sticking in my craw:
I would take any of the GOP presidential contenders over Barack Obama with the exception of Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman. My issues with Paul are too numerous to list, but Huntsman lost me just with his sneering dismissal of climate change skeptics. That's not to say I think Bachmann, Santorum, or Cain would be ideal, they would just be better than Obama. Gingrich places just above a potted plant and I don't know enough about Gary Johnson yet to say. It doesn't really matter though, because none of the people I've mentioned has a chance. It will be Romney or Perry.
A couple of people booed a gay soldier's question at the last debate and this has set off every political pansy in America. First of all, it was a couple of guys out of an auditorium of 5000 people. Second, they didn't boo him when he stated he was gay, they booed him when he came down on one side of a political issue. When did soldiers become untouchable when they voice a political opinion? The only issue of real substance was how badly Rick Santorum botched the answer. The new policy does not carve out any special place for homosexuality in the military.
I'm sick to death of the false accusations of racism that are being hurled at Obama's political opponents. Morgan Freeman recently made this astonishingly childish statement:
Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What’s, what does that, what underlines that? “Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here.”
Shocking! One party wants to limit the other to one term in office! It can't be because that party sincerely believes that it is Obama who is screwing the country, it must be racism! And that sort of thing is not just coming from entertainers, it's been coming from black elected officials for more than two years now as well. Presumably they represent their constituents.
If an individual does something racist by all means criticize him for it. But these blanket accusations are corrosive and I think they are doing far more damage than is visible today. If the aim is to try to guilt or intimidate people into silence I don't think it will work, especially in these economic times. Instead, I suspect Freeman and friends are sowing a quiet crop of indifference among people who would much rather help.
And what exactly is being set up for election night 2012? If America votes Barack Obama out of office what will the black community see? Democracy in action or racism? If it's the latter what will be the natural response? I do not think that President Obama understands just how much he is playing with fire with his class warfare rhetoric combined with his allies screaming racism at every turn.