Monday, July 30, 2012

Vox Day really doesn’t like President Obama

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Theodore Beale (aka Vox Day)
Vox Day

I tend to avoid our dear friend Theodore “Vox Day” Beale’s WorldNetDaily columns like the plague because, well, he’s Vox Day and it’s the WND, which really tells you all you need to know. But upon recently realizing that Joseph Farah’s repository of far-Right wingnuttia might not be the choice venue for intelligent and substantial discussion (as much as those terms apply to anything Vox has ever written), he’s apparently decided to appeal to the lowest common denominator around with a new column that’s entirely about how President Obama is so bad, bad, bad in every way, and it’s just way too amusing to pass up.

For instance, consider the very opening paragraph:

Obama is bad. Not in the reverse meaning of the term, by which one indicates that an individual is actually cool or intimidating or otherwise superlative in some manner, but in the simple and straightforward negative sense. He is a bad president. He is a bad black man. He is a bad socialist. He is a bad peacemaker. He is a bad American. And most of all, he is bad for America and the world.

I’m not sure whether that second sentence was meant facetiously or whether it reveals just how disconnected the man is from any kind of reality, but it definitely sets the tone for the entertainment that follows.

Now, to be fair, I’ll be the first to admit that Obama has been anything but an ideal President, especially taking into account the enthusiastic hopes I and others originally shared as he first took office. The man has been a persistent and utter disaster on issues of civil liberties and executive power, and he’s been even worse overseas, where his approach to fighting supposed terrorism has long reached levels of bloodthirsty warmongering.

That, at least, is (in part) why I consider Obama to have been such a massive disappointment in so many regards, his undeniable progress on social issues aside. Now, what are the reasons why Vox thinks he’s been a sub-par head of state?

Even many of those who supported Obama and who voted for him in 2008 will agree that he has been a bad president. Contrary to his grandiose claims during his successful presidential campaign, the oceans have not begun to recede and the planet has not begun to heal despite the fact that we have entered the fourth year of his presidency. Of perhaps more interest to Americans is that the national debt has not begun to recede and the U.S. economy has not begun to heal, either.

Oh. Nothing but inept strawmen. Okay, then.

But the following on why he’s also a “bad Black man” will undoubtedly bring a smile (no matter how derisory) to your face:

Obama is also a bad black man. While I am not qualified to pronounce judgment on these matters, here we can rely upon the considered opinion of Chris Rock. The black comedian recently declared that “we ignore the president’s whiteness, but it’s there, it’s there.” And let’s face it, despite Obama’s well-known love for basketball, the man dances with all the urban smoothness of the average white girl attending one of the Seven Sisters.

Ah, so some random Black comedian said Obama tries to appeal to White Americans, or something, and his moves aren’t sufficiently appreciated by one Vox Day, ergo, Obama’s an embarrassment to Black people everywhere?

Told ya you wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face.

Now, Vox then makes some relatively good points against the President and his administration’s deplorable unwillingness to go after the known financial criminals on Wall Street who triggered the quasi-destruction of the U.S. and global economies, along with his aforementioned knack for launching several new wars despite being a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. But of course, Vox couldn’t just stay focused on bad things the President has actually done:

To say that Obama is a bad American is not to cast doubt upon either his citizenship or his birthplace. While the inept forgery that the White House attempted to pass off as his birth certificate does tend to raise questions, the larger problem is that the erstwhile eater of dogs appears to have a more tenuous grasp on America and what it means to be an American than the average European whose only exposure to the country was MTV and re-runs of “Dallas.”

Once again, I have to wonder what Right-wing pundits would have left to talk or write about if they were forbidden from using the same, tired old canards. But then, Vox is trying his darnedest to appease the sub-intellectual monkeys of the WND, here, so I suppose one can forgive his obligatory references to his venue’s favorite talking points, no matter how widely and thoroughly discredited they may be.