Is GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Based on Racism?

Written by Ralph E. Stone. Posted in Environment, Opinion, Politics

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Published on August 03, 2014 with 1 Comment

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By Ralph E. Stone

August 3, 2014

The Republican-led House approved a resolution last week authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama over claims he abused his powers at the expense of Congress and the Constitution.  Republicans argue Obama’s executive orders in a number of areas were unlawful because it’s the job of Congress to make or change laws. However, the GOP are basing their lawsuit on his handling of the Affordable Care Act.  And there are persistent rumors that the House plans to impeach Obama.

Looking back over Obama’s years as president, It seems clear that racism is a factor in the GOP actions against Obama.  It especially sticks in the GOP’s craw that Obama was able to pass the Affordable Care Act into law.  The Act was later ruled Constitutional by the Supreme Court.  Yet, the House has voted unsuccessfully 54 times in four years to revoke or change the Act.

During a 2009 speech at Emory University, former President Jimmy Carter hit the nail on the head when he said,  “When a radical fringe element of demonstrators and others begin to attack the president of the United States as an animal, or as a reincarnation of Adolf Hitler, or when they wave signs in the air that said we should have buried Obama with Kennedy, those kinds of things are beyond the bounds.  I think people who are guilty of that kind of personal attack against Obama have been influenced to a major degree by a belief that he should not be president because he happens to be African American.”

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby agreed with Carter saying, “I agree with President Carter that racism is playing a role in recent outbursts against President Obama.”

The GOP has turned much of the Obama presidency into a blame Obama debate based partly on racism, rather than focusing on the mess Obama inherited from eight years of George W. Bush.  The GOP are hoping the lawsuit will bring Obama haters to the polls this November.   And the ploy just might work.

Surely, Obama has had successes and failures during his presidency, but criticism of him should be based solely on his performance, not on his race.

Ralph E. Stone

Ralph E. Stone

I was born in Massachusetts; graduated from Middlebury College and Suffolk Law School; served as an officer in the Vietnam war; retired from the Federal Trade Commission (consumer and antitrust law); travel extensively with my wife Judi; and since retirement involved in domestic violence prevention and consumer issues.

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  • Appu Dasa

    I for one do not think that not for one moment one should judge a person by his race, but rather by his acts. As The Enlightened One said, “One becomes lowly or high not by birth, but by ones actions”. But unfortunately here one can clearly see Obama regime adopting double standards. At UNHRC last year in Geneva his regime brought a motion against Sri Lanka on grounds that civilians died due to action of the Lankan forces in 2009 on fabricated stories and concocted articles and films of Channel 4, USA with help of EU got the motion approved. But now while it is most evident with pictures and films about the killing fields in Gaza at the hands of Israel, in Geneva this same US government opposed the motion against Israel with abstaining EU. Why the difference, is it because Sri Lanka is an Asian nation? Also why is it that while all other channels are broadcasting what is going on in Gaza, Channel 4 Macrae is not there to make film against Israel?