Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Barack Obama: The 1st Black President to be Re-elected?

I have been very cautious in my real life to not jinx Barack Obama from being re-elected so that he can serve another term as President of these here United States.  The reason for me being so cautious, is that I was under the impression that the Republican nomination would have been figured out by now.  I actually thought that Rick Perry was going to sweep through the Republican nomination process and there wouldn't even be a debate about it.  Since Rick Perry couldn't survive the gauntlet of debates the Republicans put together, he was out pretty quickly. I assume that Mitt Romney will win the nomination although I guess there is a chance of Rick Santorum running.  I don't have anything personal against either of these men.  In fact, I'm sure they're good people.  They will be running against America's first black president and it's going to be a long, dirty, expensive campaign.  By both sides, make no mistake.  Here are some arguments that people will throw out to try and make you seem like you're an idiot if you support President Obama.  I will provide you with counterarguments.  As always, this is part of a series.

1. Barack Obama is not an American citizen thus he is not eligible to be President of the United States.

Response: A) This is an implicit racial remark.  You are psychologically predisposed to think of your race moreso now than you ever were with any other president.  Because of the uncomfortableness you feel about having to think about your race's lack of superiority or monopoly on the job of president, you are looking for ways to show how Obama is different than you or I.  Instead of coming out and saying it is because he is another color and race, you are instead trying to pinpoint a location of his birth which flies in the face of conventional wisdom and logic.  By stating that he is not an American citizen and thus not eligible for being President of the United States you are implying that since he is black he is not worthy of being president.
That's what I would like to say but usually I go with choice "b".
B)  President Obama has released his long form birth certificate, you can see a copy of it on www.factcheck.org 's website.  In 2008, he released his certification of live birth. The State of Hawai'i releases the certification of live birth when citizens request for a copy of their birth certificate.  The Department of State acknowledges the certification of live birth as verification for citizenship and obtaining a passport.  The claim that Barack Obama obtained foreign aid scholarships as an undergraduate student at Occidental College is a hoax, an April Fool's joke, whatever you want to call it.  The Americans for Freedom of Information does not exist and is not a real group.  If you go FactCheck's website, you would be able to find this no problem, as well.

2. Barack Obama is a Muslim.

This is not true.  Even if it was, it doesn't matter.  The Constitution, in the 1st Amendment, allows us to have Freedom of Religion and guarantees that the country is not to pass any law which establishes a national religion.  Further, in the requirements to be President, there is nothing written that says that a president must be a Christian in order to be president of the United States.  It is certainly the case that a number of the Founding Fathers were not Christian or certainly not Christian enough for many evangelical Christians today.  For instance, Thomas Jefferson translated the New Testament and made Jesus a much more humanistic person by taking out all of the miracles.
But anyway, Obama is certainly a Christian he is a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ of Chicago.  His pastor made some controversial remarks during the 2008 campaign and Obama came under fire.  When he was sworn into the Senate, he did not swear in on the Koran.  He got sworn in with his own Bible and Dick Cheny swore him in.  There is a picture of it.  On National Public Radio on 28 March 2012, the religion of Islam in America was discussed.  It turns out that President Obama has not set foot in an American mosque during his time as President.  If you are claiming that he is a Muslim because he has apologized to Middle East Leaders, then George W. Bush is a Muslim, too.
By calling Obama a Muslim, you are resorting to using a racial slur that is still alright to say in American society today.  If you just called President Obama, black, like you want to, you would be more accurate and less likely to fall into the traps of misinformation. 

3. President Obama went an apology tour for America.

This claim makes absolutely no sense.  Let's forget what actually happened for a second.  Why does it matter if he went on an apology tour around the world to apologize for our actions?  Do we really believe that we have not done anything worth apologizing for?  Let's imagine a scenario where there is a president who does not apologize for things that we have done in the past.  What good arises from this?  Are we able to make new allies or fix relationships without apologizing for things that we have done wrong?  Forget being a president.  In any relationship, is it possible to have a healthy relationship in which one person does something wrong but never apologizes?  That's part of what builds a relationship is how people react when the going gets tough.
Enough hypotheticals.  There are two other points. 1. If he went an apology tour, he was certainly not the first president to do so.  George W. Bush apologized to the Jordanian King as the wars in the Middle East were happening.  He also explicitly apologized for the actions of America and its citizens.
2. President Obama NEVER went on an apology tour.  He never said I'm sorry or said regret.  He stated that the U.S. would not torture and was critical of the foreign policy under George W. Bush but did not apologize.  If a presdent is said to apologize every time that they are critical of foreign policy under another leader then it would be non-stop apologies.  You can read more here.

I've worked myself into a frenzy.  Hopefully, someone uses these points to you in the next couple of days before I post the next three arguments against President Obama.

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