Jimmy Carter recently told MSNBC the following regarding Joe Wilson's disrespectful outburst:
"I think it's based on racism," Carter said at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. "There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president."
Ah, racism. Part of our country's history and unfortunately, part of our current problem. And awfully hard to defend yourself against, much like being unpatriotic or un-American. The Right Wingers in this country have been great at making Democrats and otherwise sane people defend things that they shouldn't have to defend -- and for good reason: By putting people on the defensive, you take away their offense as well. With this in mind, the sane majority of this country must put the anti-Obama looneys on the defensive with a simple narrative:
You are all unpatriotic racists. Period.
Being against our President -- during wartime no less! -- is unpatriotic (see reaction to public criticism of Bush during 2001-2008). Being against a Black President during wartime or anytime? Racist as well. No matter what they say, no matter what reasoning they give, no matter what conspiracy they muster, it is all because of a simple fact: They are all unpatriotic racists. Why are there are no "people of color" at any town hall rally, just angry white people? And why are they angry at Obama? Because they are all unpatriotic racists. Glenn Beck? Unpatriotic racist. Michelle Bachmann? Unpatriotic racist. If you are against our President, You are unpatriotic racists. Sure these people hid in the ranks of the Religious Right but now that the RR has lost its muscle, they are out in the open. And guess what? They are all unpatriotic racists.
They don't care if you call them nutty, loony, crackpots or what have you; they don't have to defend schoolyard taunts. But watch them defend their Unpatriotic Racism. Watch them try to go back to their Fox-approved talking points, which do nothing to answer the fact that they are all unpatriotic racists. Defend that, or try to, and you have lost the narrative you have been putting out there. Whatever they are for or against stems from the fact that they are hate-filled unpatriotic racists.
Shove that narrative down their throats til they choke on their own pitiful excuses, non-truths and superstitious conspiracies. Shove it down their throats until they are so busy defending their hate, racism and un-American beliefs that the rest of us can get back to actually repairing our country from the vast wreckage of Republican rule. They are like spoiled teens who demolished the family car and still want driving privileges and a new car. Screw that and screw them. Hate-filled unpatriotic racists deserve no part of this "debate," no seat at the table, no voice for their intolerant trash talk and bigoted drivel.
They say the best offense is a good defense. Our only real defense against this right wing insanity is to put them on the defense and keep them there.