Skip to comments."Barack Hussein Obama": How The Name Became A Slur
Posted on 02/28/2008 7:02:25 AM PST by overturnmarbury
Bill Cunningham, certified nutjob hack for the watered-down Dubya wing of the emasculated Republican Party, took our very possible future President's name and with one deftly despicable stroke heaved heretofore hidden (yet smoldering) anti-Obama hate into the light of day for all to see.
The Hate Hillary faithful, while quite privy to the playbook of conventional wisdom that declared Ms. Clinton the much-more-beatable candidate in October, could not have holstered their weapons if Reagan himself were around to try and cool their jets. They helped hoist the former first lady and so-called heir apparent onto her now probable one-way track of electoral doom, but looking up from their fresh kill, they spot the Platitude Express barreling toward Washington.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and it seems that despite any portent of a backlash (which would be apparent to even the most dunderheaded of their ilk), the conservative media have turned to their Emergency Dirty Trick in a Glass Case: the race card. Ah, yes, that wonderful trump card ever in the back pocket of elitist politicians and media types with commercials to sell; conservative or liberal, both often stand to gain much from a racially divided populace. To each his own, they say, and toward a million different ends the imp of racial division is summoned in a million different ways. Jesse Jackson whips up all manner of vitriol to keep his pocketbook fat. The Westboro Baptist Church probably does it for the same reason. When Hillary and her legacy whore husband saw their great White House hope sinking fast, they started in with cute, subtle colloquialisms like "spade work" to remind Dem voters that, horrors, that really was a black guy on their ticket. And now we have the Alamo: the last great standoff that Republican boot-lickers have been carrying up their sleeves since the now-Democrat frontrunner was still a pup fresh out of the Illinois state legislature--three little words: Barack Hussein Obama.
It took a kook like Bill Cunningham to get the ball rolling, but, even shockingly to this writer, the chorus of support for Cunningham from leading conservative media figures shows this dirty cat is now way out of the bag. The initial collective cry of support was a simple one: Cunningham had merely stated Mr. Obama's full name at a political rally. How can anyone complain about that? Why, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt wore their names proudly and by gosh, Cunningham was just reppin' the OHB, yo! The spin on the February 26 episode of Fox News' "Hannity & Colmes" between modern conservative icon Sean "Helmet Hair" Hannity and Cunningham was that no implication about Obama's religion or race was present in Cunningham's use of the Senator's full name. Even when pressed by liberal co-host Alan Colmes about Cunningham previously referring to Obama as "Barack Hussein Mohammed Obama," Cunningham played it off as some sort of mistake. Hannity and Cunningham both argued that the use of "Barack Hussein Obama" was to be taken only at face value, implying a knowledge on the part of both men that anything else would be offensive and inappropriate.
Well, imagine this writer's shock and dismay this very afternoon on the February 27 airing of Hannity's radio show, nationally syndicated out of WABC in Manhattan, where Cunningham was again a featured guest. The segment started with Cunningham and Hannity reiterating the claim that criticism by John McCain for merely using Obama's full name was unwarranted and ridiculous. But the tide quickly turned when, with the aid of fellow guest lib Bob Beckel, Cunningham admitted that his statement was, in actuality, most definitely meant to be charged with insinuations about what many claim to be Obama's ties to the Muslim faith--namely, his father's so-called radical Islamic beliefs, his step-father's supposed Islamic faith, and rumors that a young Obama attended a school in Jakarta, Indonesia run by Wahabists. This, of course, was something those of us with any knowledge of the aforementioned smoldering hate movement against Barack Obama knew all along.
The attempted stigmatization of Obama through the use of his middle name is a trick borrowed from the disgusting internet underbelly of hate, where white supremacists rail in message board posts and YouTube videos alike against the evil "Hussein Obama" and "Barack Obama bin Laden." The writer will spare his readers the blood and guts of verbatim quotes easily obtained through Google searches, but John McCain must have been very keenly aware of Bill Cunningham's muse when this intellectual giant stood on the stage in Cincinnati and finally brought to a national light what was previously hidden under a white cloak. McCain, of course, should be commended for repudiating Cunningham as quickly as possible.
But what was Hannity's reaction to the sudden revelation that Cunningham was, after all of Hannity's staunch defense of Cunningham's lily-white innocence in the matter, actually using Barack Hussein Obama's own name against him in a despicable attempt at fear-mongering and out-and-out hate speech? Laughter. The great Sean Hannity, after the disgusting, low-brow wool had been pulled off of his eyes, laughed.
As someone with very conservative views (more conservative, perhaps, than even Hannity's or Cunningham's), it was with dismay that this writer observed a chorus of many more "Barack Hussein Obama"'s today as the so-called conservative faithful circled the wagons around one of their own. So much for free thought and intellectual honesty. While the fax machines of Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, Mark Levine, et al. were most certainly not whirring today with talking points delivered straight from the desk of some Wizard of Oz with the giant phosphorescent head of Dick Cheney (as some conspiracy theorists might claim), like footsoldiers trained to fall on their swords at the right moment, these conservative demigods "know what to do."
With the passing of Bill Buckley today, one of his greatest disciples, Rush Limbaugh, dedicated quite a bit of time to remembering the great intellectual who was instrumental in creating twentieth century conservatism as a legitimate movement. It's time the tallest figures fumbling to carry Buckley's torch--those so quick to criticize the "ivory tower" intellectuals that often fall into the trap of liberalism--look to true intellectualism devoid of base, cheap, and dishonest character attacks as we try to forge a bright American future. It's a tall order, one that calls for us to revive a Constitution long relegated to life support and to steer the country back to its original principles of individual freedom and limited government. After the developments of the past couple of days, as the petty and immoral political trick of Bill Cunningham has been systematically defended and even repackaged by those claiming to carry Buckley's legacy, this writer doubts they are up to the challenge.
I think I see where this is going!
How is it that this dufus expects to be takes seriously when he refer to the sitting president as “Dubya” in his first sentence?
Even in todays culture of hubris and hypocrisy he stands out.
Yes. While the writer is in a twist about the utterance of Obama’s actual middle name, I’m certain he has no problem with “Chimpy Bushitler.”
Here in Cincinnati we love Bill Cunningham, he has more loyalty to conservatives then McCain ever had.
We think that McCain should stay out of southwestern Ohio for the next week.
Somebody explain to me how "Hussein" is a race.
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