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Hello, Republican National Committee.

My name is Chris L. Robinson and today, as Part 2 of our three-part series on how you can win over the black community (that I know you won’t heed), I want to talk about  something that you should cease doing immediately. You should, right now, stop wasting precious time, energy, and money attacking President Barack Hussein Obama on anything but the issues. And let me tell you why.

In 2008, a black man was elected the President of the United States. He was the son of a single mother, raised largely by his grandparents.

He went on to graduate from Harvard Law School where he was the President of the Law Review. After graduation, he went to Chicago where he was a community organizer in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city. While there, he met and married a black woman, also a Harvard lawyer, from the city’s South Side.

He was elected state senator. Then, U.S. Senator. Then, after a bitter primary against one of the most popular and respected people in America--one Hillary Rodham Clinton--and a general election against a war hero and elder statesman named John McCain, he went to the White House. In 2012, he was re-elected, by a clear majority of the American people, and with a ton of electoral votes.

Every time you attack this man--by claiming he’s not black enough or doubting his birth certificate or by calling him a Muslim or a Communist or a Marxist or a socialist or traitor--none of which you have absolutely any reason to believe is true-- you expose the truth of your own deception. The truth is that for all of the decades of Republicans arguing that, in America, if a person worked hard, if they stayed in school and stayed focused and positive, anyone could become anything in America--EVEN President, you never really thought it was true.

Clearly, President Obama is proof of the American dream. And you still just cannot believe your lying eyes. How did this happen??  It’s as though you know you said it, and maybe even sometimes, after a few cocktails at the bar hosting the Republican National Convention, you almost believed it. But not really.

Yet here he is, the proof of all you claimed and you refuse to accept him for even one second. After the first election in 2008, I expected to be sick of the number of times I heard Republicans insist that Obama was proof that those that don’t succeed simply don’t want it badly enough, "I mean, look at the President!"  

Instead, I heard that the American dream isn’t really an American. Or just got lucky. Or stole the election. Or simply fooled a majority of Americans, across a broad swath of demographics, into voting for him. Republicans, every time you badmouth the President, you badmouth not just the people that voted for him, you badmouth America, and the potential of Americans.

Maybe that’s why you haven’t been able to win these last two elections, you don’t believe in what America is all about, but Americans do.

Attacking the President on the issues is fine. Attacking him personally has been, and will continue to be, a fruitless deal-killer. And it will reverberate into future elections.

P.S. Stop attacking Michelle Obama, too--she’s more popular than he is!

Originally posted to ChrisLRobinson on Thu May 15, 2014 at 09:04 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kitchen Table Kibitzing, Support Michelle Obama, and Black Kos community.

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  •  Great diary, again! (8+ / 0-)

    I sincerely hope that all your well meaning advice gets to the ears it is meant for.

    You wrote:

    Or simply fooled a majority of Americans, across a broad swath of demographics, into voting for him.
    I really wish that all, on the right and on the left, would understand that the President's election and reelection was NOT due to this.

    It's *Gandhi*, not Ghandi

    by poco on Thu May 15, 2014 at 09:30:44 PM PDT

    •  Denial is not just a river in Egypt. (7+ / 0-)

      Some people don't want to accept that we have a black President. I've never seen the like of parsing of race like I've seen with Obama. Suddenly it matters whether it's your mother or your father that's black. Suddenly, people are double-checking to make sure "mulattoes" are really black.

      Why? Because they don't want to believe America's President is black, because it means THEIR President is black. And there isn't a damn thing they can do about it.

      Part 1 of this series will be put up in a few days. In that, I talk about the "Democrat plantation" nonsense and why President Obama won. And it is not because blacks voted overwhelmingly for the Democrat, as usual.

  •  They Just Don't Get Why They Lost..... (11+ / 0-)

    The majority of this country agrees w/ Democratic policies on healthcare, immigration, minimum pay & women's rights.
    We just happened to have the right man @ the opportune time to represent us right into the WH.

    Instead they waste their time on Kenyan & Benghazi fake conspiracies as well as bogus voter ID nonsense.  Apparently that's all they've got, the only way they think they can win anymore.

    It's like they've given up.  They have to chisel & cheat to win an election.  

    In the meantime, the demographics are stampeding toward them.  Minorities are on the march, & old flabby establishment Republicans are on their way out the DC door.  I'd give it one more generation.  

    •  Racism is alive and well. President (7+ / 0-)

      Obama lost the white vote...in all age groups in 46 States.

      We are not powerless!! "Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet."– Alice Walker

      by nocynicism on Thu May 15, 2014 at 10:36:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Related to the "Obama was never properly vetted (2+ / 0-)
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      JoanMar, mungley

      by the media" meme. The implication being, essentially, that "if only everyone knew what we 'know' about Obama, no one would have voted for him and he would not have been elected. He only won because people did not know what we know, because 'the media' did not report it."

      What never occurs is that whatever it is those who say this think they "know," that supposedly was "not reported" by "the media," is not something of which they themselves have first-hand knowledge. If they "know" about it, that means it was reported.

      What also never occurs is that people did know about the things our friends "know," but didn't believe it, didn't think it was important, or did a little research to find it was bullshit.

      That's what sticks in their craw, I think, and why they "just don't get why they lost." They can't imagine how, or why, anyone would not believe their bullshit.

      •  I've seen that meme before about (4+ / 0-)
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        JoanMar, poco, mungley, chrislrob

        "if only people knew what Obama is really about, they never would have voted for him."  The thing is, the people who say that, when you ask them to tell you what about him is so bad, or evil or whatever, they have no response.  If you had asked me when Nixon, Reagan or GW were president what was bad about them, I'd have a list at the ready a mile long.  If you as a critic can't even articulate the bad about him, don't expect other people to dream something up on your say so and let this imaginary evil influence their vote on top of it.

        •  I didn't realize the President was so conservative (1+ / 0-)
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          But, I would have voted for him anyway.

          Excellent point

          "And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over." - John Masefield

          by mungley on Fri May 16, 2014 at 12:27:59 PM PDT

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    •  "It's like they've given up." (3+ / 0-)
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      JoanMar, poco, mungley

      Exactly, they aren't even trying anymore to win fairly. It's pathetic. The key is to remember that what they are doing is the most effective thinks they CAN do. Cheating through gerrymandering and voter suppression is worth far more to them than winning in the marketplace of ideas.

  •  I fear that you are being far too logical. (7+ / 0-)

    They can't hear you!!

    Great job, Chris.

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Thu May 15, 2014 at 09:51:27 PM PDT

  •  Another great diary. (6+ / 0-)
    Every time you attack this man--by claiming he’s not black enough or doubting his birth certificate or by calling him a Muslim or a Communist or a Marxist or a socialist or traitor--none of which you have absolutely any reason to believe is true-- you expose the truth of your own deception. The truth is that for all of the decades of Republicans arguing that, in America, if a person worked hard, if they stayed in school and stayed focused and positive, anyone could become anything in America--EVEN President, you never really thought it was true.
    ^^^^^^^^This, right here.  Spot on!  Guess that whole philosophy doesn't apply to us darker-hued Americans.  

    End the wars! Single payer now!

    by HCKAD on Fri May 16, 2014 at 12:40:38 AM PDT

  •  Thanks but the TGOP need their rabid male white (6+ / 0-)

    supremacist base angry, hate filled & fearful. That is who they are because they vote.

    The Rcons need them to maintain the plantation known as the the good ole USA.

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Fri May 16, 2014 at 06:20:50 AM PDT

  •  They say all those personal things about him (4+ / 0-)
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    JoanMar, poco, mungley, chrislrob

    because they have nothing to offer policy-wise themselves (everything they've implemented since Ford has failed), and they can't criticize his polices without getting a "So, what would you do?" response, so it has to be personal attacks.  They literally got nuthin' else.

  •  Great series. Thank you. (1+ / 0-)
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    chrislrob

    I hope you beyond just three parts.

    "And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over." - John Masefield

    by mungley on Fri May 16, 2014 at 12:24:59 PM PDT

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