Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rudy Giuliani: President Obama doesn’t love America

From Politico:

Rudy Giuliani went straight for the jugular Wednesday night during a private group dinner here featuring Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by openly questioning whether President Barack Obama “loves America.”

The former New York mayor, speaking in front of the 2016 Republican presidential contender and about 60 right-leaning business executives and conservative media types, directly challenged Obama’s patriotism, discussing what he called weak foreign policy decisions and questionable public remarks when confronting terrorists.

More here.

All these vague sort of "decorum" oriented right-wing attacks on, well, pretty much anybody they're attacking in this way, but particularly a president from the presumed "liberal" party, are always total bullshit. Saluting the flag "properly," honoring, say, veterans or soldiers in an "acceptable" way, saying the "right" prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast, being "un-presidential" during public service announcements, not being "patriotic" enough, and on and on ad nauseam, all these things are just mean-spirited asshole attacks without any meaning at all.

There are no rulebooks for how presidents or citizens are supposed to love America. No Constitutional citizenship or office requirements to speak or behave in particular ways at particular functions. It's all total bullshit, always, all the time.

Consequently, the only real response necessary when such attacks are made is this: that's bullshit; go to hell. No need to explain anything. No need to defend oneself. I mean, I'm tempted to say that one should just ignore this kind of crap, but conservatives have turned meaningless rhetorical attacks into something of a high art since Newt Gingrich taught his tribe to scream continually the rhetorical equivalent of "nanny nanny boo boo" at the top of their lungs, and the pathetic corporate news media appear to buy into it all, so I think the bullshit should be called out for the bullshit it is. Always.