OBAMA HATRED AT WORK ON CAPITOL HILL AND AROUND THE COUNTRY
The Washington Post
NOTE: I applaud - while despairing - Senator Richard Shelby's (R-AL) forthright reason for not acting on the Federal Budget: He can't be seen as doing anything that his right wing constituents in Alabama, might be viewed as supporting the President of the United States of America. He might have added: "The Black President of the United States of America" because that is the very heart of the issue. Once again, as I've posted before, this 8% - Tea Party members - of Americans wield a truly outsized amount of power these days. Why? Money. Koch Brothers money in large part, but money from a variety of conservative sources including the 501(c)4 "issue-based" non-profit organizations that have proliferated since Citizen's United. Of course this conservative - liberal warfare isn't solely due to the Tea Party viz The Club For Growth, Heritage Foundation, The American Family Association to name just a few organizations that have been around for decades. And working to undermine the very essence of what we used think America was all about. And Democrats simply have no counterweight to the interlocking web of conservative organizations that have ruled our political, social and economic agenda for decades.
But as Dana Millbank points out quite eloquently in his piece, when Congress, the highest legislative body in the nation, is mired in inaction and obstructionism even when both the Senate and the House have been controlled for two years now by Republicans, the message that this sends and the example that illustrates ricochets across the country is very clear: Don't like the other guys policies? Take any and all measures necessary to shut that guy up from murdering Planned Parenthood employees to strong arming protesters out of your Presidential political rallies.
The Workings of our "Rich Donor Class Democracy" at work.