Lynne Cheney: President Obama ‘Doesn’t Like America’ Because He’s Too Educated (Video)
For all the whining and sniveling from conservative political leaders and their sycophant followers about how Barack Obama is dividing the country you might think they wouldn’t go around all the time looking for opportunities to associate Barack Obama, democrats, progressives, liberals, college professors and other forward thinking folks as something other than real Americans.
What can be more divisive than telling a large segment of the population that there is something fundamentally wrong with their interpretation of America’s past and that their vision for America’s future is profoundly flawed? We hear this hogwash constantly from likes of the supreme windbag of mindless chatter, Rush Limbaugh, and others of his ilk.
But it’s not enough to have college drop outs like Rush and Hannity lambasting the left at every turn. The modern nattering nabobs of negativism include people who should know better. When elected officials such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz convince the uneducated and gullible that the President of the United States is somehow un-American it does great harm to our society. It undermines our unity. It creates, and that is the plan, a hostile environment where folks believe that the men who created our Republic and formed our current system of governance did not approve of government.
Recently Lynne Cheney, yes that Lynne Cheney, the one married to the dark lord himself, former VP Dick (I helped launch a war for profit) Cheney, appeared on The Steve Malzberg Show to promote her new biography on James Madison. But true to conservative form Malzberg and Cheney could not just discuss what has been reviewed as a very nice work on the Father of The Constitution with out pointing out that President Obama “doesn’t like America”.
Malzberg began the interview by stating that he missed the America of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld and noted that “we’re living in a, really, a differently America right now”. Cheney chimed in that Madison would agree and be appalled that the president could change laws with executive orders and choosing not to enforce certain laws like immigration reform and others. I wonder if in her research on Madison she stumbled across the Marbury V. Madison Supreme Court decision. Playing politics and exerting power to one’s party advantage is as old as our nation it self.
Cheney continued to find fault with Obama’s political views and blamed it on his time as a Professor of Constitutional Law. Being an academic makes a person one of the “others” to conservatives and they love to talk about how the educated elite hold a view of society that is not as red white and blue as those held by Cheney and “the rest of the country”. Did Cheney not see the results of the last two presidential elections? The rest of the country voted overwhelmingly for President Obama. They voted for his ideas and his vision of what America can be.
She went on with her right wing propaganda about how dialogue on college campuses these days is “mostly about how this country has oppressed people” and how public schools fail to sufficiently indoctrinate our children into a my country love it or leave patriotic fervor.
This kind of balderdash is especially disappointing coming from someone with Ms Cheney’s credentials. She holds a PhD in 19th Century English Literature and from 1986 until 1993 was the Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is an academic, just as Obama is, and should understand better than most the incredible diversity of the American fabric. We come from various and sundry places and different backgrounds, and we all bring our own understandings of what it means to be American. Our Native American citizens have a story to tell that may differ from the ones told by pioneer families. The descendants of slaves tell a much different narrative than the descendants of wealthy white plantation owners. The European immigrants who teemed to our shores have yet another story and the Asian Americans surely bring another view to the table.
For Ms Cheney to participate in this kind of pandering to the extreme right is beneath her and she should be ashamed for attempting to perpetuate the myth that some of us are not real Americans. Painting half the country as some type of other is to be expected of dim wits like Sarah Palin but for a scholar of Cheney’s stature to stoop to this type of demagoguery is extremely disappointing, but sadly, it is not surprising. When you are the party of no ideas all that is left is to attack the ideas of the other side.
Watch the remarks below.