We’ve heard the right wing spin machine call President Obama a King who has brazenly attempted to usurp power. A Christian Publication said our president is deceitful and added this:
(President Obama) …behaves like a king, a dictator – someone who believes that his own pronouncements have the force of law, and who thinks he can dispense with the law’s enforcement when he deigns to do so. And those of us who object? How dare we? Racists!
Three recent events prove this accusation of alleged royal conduct are rather false. First, the Republican House has erased any transparency with regards to disclosure of benefactors who fund “political” trips. Second, The Supreme Court has decided corporations can determine when life begins. And finally, two billionaires have used their money to successfully back a new segregation movement, Jim Crow-style, in states where they can buy politicians who will support their agenda.
The bill to eliminate disclosure of lobbyists’ gifts of travel was passed behind closed doors with minimal fanfare. This bill eliminates disclosing who paid and how much did they finance. Congress, when selfishly motivated, can quickly pass any bill they wish.
The move made behind closed doors and without public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal.
In the ruling of the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court decided not to cover certain forms of birth control, but rather classify some as abortifacients. The problem with this line of thinking:
This court has given corporations the power to decide when life itself begins.
Yes, corporations now have more decision making-ability than a woman herself when it comes to reproductive health matters.
Lastly, the Koch Brothers, the embodiment of Libertarianism served with a large side of unfettered capitalism, have ingrained themselves through ALEC into public education. Their efforts are directed towards increasing the inequality we tried to erase through the Civil Rights Movement. The drive to end segregated education was the most radical and revolutionary aspect of the civil rights movement. Alas, we learn this.
ALEC-endorsed candidates outspent their opponents hardily thanks to Koch dollars and took over the school board. They enacted ALEC-backed policies, even going so far as to resegregate the schools. (Emphasis mine)
Every time I hear a right winger refer to President Obama as a “King,” I’m immediately struck with the realization they are simply projecting their own guilty admissions onto Barack Obama. Hey GOP, meet kettle.