The Massive Resistance Movement Against Obama

September 22, 2010  |  

(The Root) — We haven’t wanted to face it. We’ve tried to avoid it. We’ve hoped that last summer’s town halls, the Birthers, the deliberate misinformation about President Barack Obama, the rise of the Tea Party, the refusal of Republican leadership to engage with the president in good faith — we hoped that all of these things represented the temporary growing pains of a nation that was navigating unchartered waters after courageously electing its first African-American president at a time of devastating economic turmoil.

We’ve hoped that, as Obama showed himself to be a pragmatic centrist rather than a liberal firebrand, things would settle down. We’ve watched the president twist himself inside out in pursuit of “bipartisanship.” We’ve seen the president make two careful, moderate picks for the Supreme Court, even as his base clamored for the appointment of more ideologically liberal justices. But as the midterm congressional elections approach and the nation hangs on Sarah Palin’s every tweet, and Glenn Beck bizarrely positions himself as a civil rights activist, it’s time to face up to the obvious and painful truth: We’ve been witnessing what is the equivalent of “massive resistance” to the Obama presidency.

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