When African-American actress Stacey Dash announced her support for the GOP Romney/Rytan ticket, she received a barrage of hate-filled tweets, much of it racially based. Speaking to CNN host Piers Morgan, she related,
“I really don’t understand the fury. I don’t understand it. I don’t get it… I am shocked. Sad, not angry. Saddened and shocked. Really shocked. But you know what, you can’t expect everyone to agree with you… (It was) pretty harsh… It is my right as an American citizen. It’s my constitutional right to have my choice of who I want to vote for for president… And I chose him not by the color of his skin but the content of his character.”
Of you thought that Tuesday’s election would have ended the hate, you would have been wrong.
When the president was re-elected to a second term Dash tweeted out condolences to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as follows:
The haters and the unglued this was an invitation to renew their attack. The following are but a few examples:
Readers will recall that when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in New York, he requested a face-to-face with President Obama over the escalation of Iran’s nuclear program. Although the president lacked the time for this meeting, he was able to shoehorn in a few hours for a fundraiser at the New York apartment of Jay-Z and Beyonce. Ever the gracious winner, she tweeted a photograph of a wall upon which was painted the words, “Take that, Mitches.”
The president was supposed to be the one to reach across party lines and bring everyone together. Remember the phrase, “No red states or blue states but rather the United States”? What happened to that?
He apparently reset the tone in January of 2010 when U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Obama’s 2008 presidential opponent, complained that the health care bill was not produced in the open, but “behind closed doors.”
Rather than answering McCain’s concerns, the president responded, “we’re not campaigning anymore. The election’s over.”
Perhaps everyone else is just following the president’s lead.
William F. Buckley, Jr. once observed, “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.” Ain’t that the truth.