I have to admit that I've been more than a little puzzled by the political discourse regarding Obama. Yes, I know political discourse is always marked by exaggeration and hyperbole, but the stuff around Obama has just seemed over the top. There still are accusations that he is not an American, born in the USA. There are still prominent folk who claim he is really a Muslim. There is the constant buzz that he is a Socialist. Others say that he is the biggest threat to US security in the history of the nation. Simply put, none of the above is remotely true. Love him or not, he was born in Hawaii, is not a Muslim, is not a Socialist by any reasonable definition, and is clearly not the greatest threat to US security ever.
Many, especially in the African American community, have blamed the over the top hatred on race. Many on the right protest that they are not racist and his race has nothing to do with their disdain of Obama. Now, I know many folk far right of center who would never vote for Obama who are not racist and for whom race does not have any relevance. Still, I cannot help but think that the depth of invective against him is out of proportion to his policies. Indeed, most of his policies are literally continuations of those begun under the Bush administration. If that isn't about race, then what in the world is it?
And then today I saw a photo of a bumper sticker... it had the Obama logo with a circle and a line through it with the tag line - "Don't Re-Nig 2012." At first I wondered whether it was something made up by an Obama supporter to inflame the base so I googled it. I found a vendor selling the stickers along with other far right slogans. If that's not about race, then I have no idea what is.