Here’s the stupid thing wingnuts are freaking out about today.
Hey look! Pres. Barack HUSSEIN Obama shook hands with Raul Castro at Mandela’s funeral! Clearly, this is the end of America.
Of course, Obama gave a speech at the funeral and this section was obviously aimed directly at leaders like Castro:
We know that, like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took sacrifice — the sacrifice of countless people, known and unknown, to see the dawn of a new day. Michelle and I are beneficiaries of that struggle. (Applause.) But in America, and in South Africa, and in countries all around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not yet done.
The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality or universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important. For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger and disease. We still see run-down schools. We still see young people without prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs, and are still persecuted for what they look like, and how they worship, and who they love. That is happening today. (Applause.)
And so we, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. (Applause.) And there are too many of us on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.
But you know, calling out oppressive government leaders to their face is meaningless if you shake their hand too. Obama should’ve lifted a page from Ronald Reagan, who beat Mikhail Gorbachev mercilessly every time he saw him or — or Donald Rumsfeld, who once killed Saddam Hussein dead.
You can only see this as some sort of pro-Castro move if you ignore everything Obama said at that event and ignore how it was meant to publicly shame Raul Castro and others like him. As always, the Wingnut Outrage of the Day is weak, dishonest, and tiresome — but this time especially so.
Comment thread for Breitbart obit for Mandela devolves into racist hatefest pretty much immediately.
From the comment thread to Nelson Mandela’s obit at Breitbart.com:
- One less commie in this world.
- Will his estate still get royalties for the use of his image on boxes of rice?
- Another One Bites The Dust !
- Prepare to see whites fawn all over this man for the next few days.
- Nelson Mandela: Communist, Terrorist, Liar …
- I heard he had the AIDS…
- This guy was more zero than hero. South Africa use to be an advanced society and is still the only country to have ever given up nuclear weapons. They have been taking the farms from the white s and now the country can’t even feed itself. You should see the pictures I have from SA. They aren’t pretty and we’ll have the same thing here very soon. People will be living behind barb wire, electric fences, and have weapons always at the ready.
- Fawning, whining and gnashing of teeth from “white guilters” in 3…2…1…
- The Prawn of District 9 have lost their greatest advocate.
There’s much more, but you get the idea. If these are the sort of people who celebrate your passing, then you’ve lived a very good life.
I’m a conservative. I’d be a Republican if I was down in the states, so I don’t believe in all this public-funded healthcare.
It was you that turned Starbucks into a political battleground. It was you that couldn’t just take the victory of Starbucks saying it would abide by local laws rather than ban guns. It was you who had to push the limits and do things utterly unacceptable among almost any normal community in the United States just so you could brag to your equally moronic Facetwit buddies. You did this. You gave the entire Second Amendment movement a huge black eye. You just educated America, all right, you educated them into believing that gun owners are a bunch of retarded monkeys who’ll throw feces the first chance they get if it’s legalized.
Gun enthusiast site Pistol-Training.com, in an open letter to open-carry extremists who politicized Starbucks and wound up getting guns kicked out of the chain.
This whole story actually backs up a long-standing theory of mine; that a lot of people are conservative because it gives them permission to be jerks. These clowns weren’t parading around with assault rifles and shotguns to make some sort of point, they were doing it to rub peoples faces in it. They’re just contrary children who, on being told to go to bed, cry and shriek that they’re never going to go to bed ever again, nevereverever! They want to be allowed to carry guns everywhere; but not because they think Starbucks is an especially dangerous place, but because they think it makes liberals mad.
And that’s what’s going to screw them in the end, as it’s screwed them here. Assholery is not rewarded, because no one likes assholes. As Pistol-Training.com explains, “You can croon about how you’re educating the public all you want, but it’s bullcrap. And here’s a perfect example. Did you convert the average American? No. But you scared enough soccer moms, kids, and coffee jockeys that Starbucks was forced to take action.”
They forced this setback on themselves. And it’s going to keep happening to them, as long as they use the Second Amendment as nothing but an excuse to poke liberals with a stick.