Gotta love all the practical applications of IOIYAR (It’s Okay If You’re A Republican).
Okay, start here. Here ya have Mitt Romney, the now-official GOP presidential candidate, pal-ing around with
terrorists fund raiser and self-described political powerhouse, Donald Trump, the yin to his yang, and a guy who’s elevated himself to just one very tiny step below the lunacy that is Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq. (attorney/dentist/real estate agent) and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. And yet Romney not only doesn’t denounce his golden-egg-laying goose, Trump, but he’s pretty much ignored the whole birther debacle. Sure, okay, maybe Romney has expressed a view that President Obama is a U.S. citizen (big of him), but he hasn’t denounced his birther bro, and continues to share the stage with Trump at fund-raising events, complete with guffaws and back slaps In right-wing-land, apparently, there’s no taint for Romney of guilt by association.
My, how things have changed.
Let’s take a trip down the “guilt by association” memory lane as applied to President Obama, shall we?
President Obama, guilty (by association) of rubbing elbows with Bill Ayers, a 60’s domestic terrorist, now a university professor and a guy President Obama had a passing relationship with in Chicago. Fox News hosts probably dream about the guy, they spent so much time with him in their heads.
President Obama, guilty (by association) of worshiping with his family at the church of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a Chicago minister who condemned American practices in a thundering sermon: “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people . . . God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.” For those words, spoken by his long-time pastor, President Obama was condemned as anti-American (and, when added to the Bill Ayers association, an anti-American terrorist lover).
President Obama, guilty (by association) of allowing green jobs czar Van Jones to join the Administration. When it was learned that Jones had loose links to the “truther” movement, had called Republicans names in a speech, had had a youthful infatuation with the Marxist movement and had advocated on behalf of an imprisoned cop-killer, Jones resigned from the Obama Administration. But that didn’t stop the gleeful Fox Newsies from tainting the President with the “guilty by association!” brush – which, coupled with the Ayers and Wright guilt, turned the President into an anti-American, terrorist-loving, committed communist revolutionary in the eyes of righty.
Ah, let’s remember Anita Dunn, the White House communications director who not only took on Fox News directly (accusing them openly of being a communications arm of the Republican Party), but made a passing reference to Mao in a speech – and boom, bam, President Obama was suddenly guilty (by association) of having Maoist ties.
President Obama: An anti-American, terrorist-loving, committed communist revolutionary Maoist.
Kevin Jennings, a gay man and the Obama Administration’s Safe Schools Czar, was the target of a smear campaign alleging that he was a pedophile. He battled it back, and the Obama Administration stood behind him, but that didn’t prevent right-wing pundits and bloggers and crazy people from promoting the “look what whackjob Obama appointed now” meme. President Obama, guilty (by association) of, um, being homosexual? Oh, and shielding a pedophile.
More recently, an old videotape was dredged up of President Obama hugging now deceased Harvard Professor Derrick Bell, one of the originators of the Critical Race Theory (which, for Fox and right-wingers, was evidence that Bell was a wild-eyed radical, and President Obama along with him).
And in Chicago, President Obama was connected to the scandal involving Tony Rezko, the attempted sale of his own Senate seat by Governor Rod Blagojevich, Jesse Jackson Jr. (somehow) and, for all I know, the 60’s mass murderer Richard Speck.
President Obama: 0; guilt by association: 8.
Learn it. Know it. Live it. IOKIYAR.