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Carp, Carp, Carp: Must The Right Always Fish For Reasons To Attack Obama?

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

I’ve been out in California a few days and I’m constantly hearing people ask: “Why doesn’t the Right ever give President Obama a break?”  What they mean is that literally every day the hosts of Fox News, the Drudge Report, and bloggers on your side of the fence find some new nitpicking complaint to file.

As I was leaving for an event last night, a debate was occurring on cable about whether the President should have accepted a book from Hugo Chavez (that turned out to be about United States exploitation in Latin America) and then shaken his hand?  What should he have done when a world leader hands him something, the contents of which are not even known?  Throw it on the floor?  Spit on the giver?  This would be laughable criticism if it wasn’t part of an incessantly repeating pattern.

Last week, conservatives were upset that the President “took too much credit” for ending the Somali hostage incident.  Too much credit would have been holding a press conference on a naval vessel with a parrot on your shoulder and a banner reading “Pirate Mission Accomplished” overhead.  The President merely explained what decisions he made and commended the bravery of all involved.



And the litany goes on: every health care initiative is “socialized medicine;” every effort to raise a tax or a user fee is “socialism” itself.  Picking a non-rescue dog becomes a breach of faith with the country; Michelle Obamas’s make-up artist was the cause of screeds on overspending.

Here’s
my question. It is a religious one as much as a political one. Everyone
expects that on policy matters people will criticize the President when
he does or doesn’t do what they want.  (I have done this myself,
including on this blog site.)  However, when the issue seems trivial or
it is just a matter of “style,” shouldn’t Christians at least hold
their tongue and show some modicum of respect for the office of the
Presidency and the man himself–at least when he has not even been in
office for 100 days?  

Please, Jay, tell your friends to take a breath occasionally before they send up the ICBMs.

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posted April 21, 2009 at 4:09 pm


I’m not quite sure why you feel the need to bring Christianity into the fold. Various people on the right are varying degrees of Christian I guess you could say, so your generalization is inaccurate. Many of the issues being harped upon if you would read the entire synapsis such as the make-up artist blog post (which happened a while back) had more to do with the left’s hypocrisy when it comes to such matters. In that post it was written that the make-up artist doesn’t matter as much as the way the left tried to make a big deal of Sarah Palin’s wardrobe that was worth $150K last year for her ENTIRE FAMILY not her and for other members of the RNC – which were given to charity when all was said and done. But I don’t hear a peep from the media or the left when something as superfluous and high-maintanence, as a make-up artist and hair stylist (and yes possibly on the tax-payers’ dime), is hired for the first time in history for a first lady.
I have a huge problem with the hypocrisy that’s what that article was pointing out and it’s too bad you don’t grasp that?
We are also spending plenty of time on his policies as well – the issue is that there is just too much to criticize with what he is doing to the country and it’s sad that people are still bamboozled by it all – then again it’s only been 100 days and it’s only a matter of time.
I’m not religious either – I’m conservative/libertarian who believes in the platforms of the origins of Republicanism, namely Federalism and the Federalist Papers as well as the Constitution. However, you want to lump everyone into the “religious” category – that’s very tolerant of you as well.
It’s also amusing since the rest of the liberal media CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, NPR etc. used every excuse they could find to harp about Bush and nit-picked on a daily basis. Protesters on the left were never hard to find either – so what point are you really trying to make here – when your side of the aisle does the same exact thing?



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Lindsay

posted April 21, 2009 at 4:10 pm


Sorry – my name is Lindsay BTW didn’t want you thinking I had to be Anonymous



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Sherri

posted April 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm


“Here’s my question. It is a religious one as much as a political one. Everyone expects that on policy matters people will criticize the President when he does or doesn’t do what they want. (I have done this myself, including on this blog site.) However, when the issue seems trivial or it is just a matter of “style,” shouldn’t Christians at least hold their tongue and show some modicum of respect for the office of the Presidency and the man himself–at least when he has not even been in office for 100 days?”
I see, so the world according to the left is that it is ONLY Christains who should hold their tongue? Leftists, on the other hand can spew their hatred freely and not be held accountable? Witness, the pure hatred spewed by the left’s beloved Janeane Garofalo calling those who protested the government’s deficit spending.
By the way… those who find the government’s excesses abhorrent are from BOTH parties, not just republicans. And those who identify with conservative values are also from BOTH parties and independents. Might wanna check your generalizations at the dorr before trying to make claims such as those in this post.
Oh, and one more thing… the reason people find Obama’s acceptance of that book so deplorable, is because nothing happens at high level meetings such as that one without previous clearance and approval. Every move, every speech is meticulously choreographed. And in that scene, it was our President being made a fool of by a ruthless tyrant. Yes, it IS a big deal.



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MarcM

posted April 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm


“In that post it was written that the make-up artist doesn’t matter as much as the way the left tried to make a big deal of Sarah Palin’s wardrobe that was worth $150K last year for her ENTIRE FAMILY not her and for other members of the RNC – which were given to charity when all was said and done.”
So then, the conservative/libertarians are not hypocrites for accepting Palin’s excesses but complaining about Obama’s?
Yeah…right



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Cara Floyd

posted April 21, 2009 at 7:20 pm


Why are we speaking out and writing about christianity? Well, to answer your question, we are told to go into all the world and preach the gospel. We care about people and where they are headed, their eternal destination is denied into heaven when they reject the Lord.
Cara Floyd



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The Rev

posted April 21, 2009 at 7:46 pm


Mr. Lynn (I refuse to call you “Reverend” — you blaspheme the title),
We don’t have to look for things upon which to criticize Mr. Obama. They are many and obvious. They are treasonous as well.
Sincerely,
The Rev



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The Rev

posted April 21, 2009 at 7:53 pm


MarcM:
Palin’s expenses won’t have to be paid off by my grandchildren. You might want to think about that one — because your grandchildren are included as well.
The Rev



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daniel rotter

posted April 21, 2009 at 9:02 pm


How does Barry Lynn “blaspheme” the title of “Reverend?”
“They are treasonous as well.”
Who/what “are treasonous as well?”



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DSJulian

posted April 22, 2009 at 4:01 am


Come on Daniel… Don’t you know that Barry blasphemes the title of Reverend because he refuses to believe all the David Barton Christian America outright lies; “they” are treasonous, yet it is the Welsh-Irish Gang (Hannity, O’Reilley, and Limbaugh) that are spouting off this unAmerican rhetoric about revolutions. Feel some compassion for them, Daniel. If they keep this up, after the next election cycle there won’t be any more Republican Party of “No”, just neoNazi’s, White Supremacists, and Christian Reconstructionists remaining in opposition to progress. And Rupert Murdoch can go back and crawl under that Australian rock he crawled out of…



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cx

posted April 22, 2009 at 6:10 am


The one thing you have to remember is IOKIYAR.
It’s OK If You’re A Republican.
Republican hysteria over such minor points as mentioned here is OK.
Distorting reality is OK If You’re a Republican.
Hysteria and outrage are just drugs the conservatives love to take. It gives them rushes far beyond those from narcotics, and helps them to new heights in their lust for power.



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David Costello

posted April 22, 2009 at 12:11 pm


Mr. Lynn, when President Bush was in the white house, I heard daily from the left wing bias media about what they preceived as a mistake. Guess who’s turn it is now?



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MarcM

posted April 22, 2009 at 1:28 pm


“Mr. Lynn, when President Bush was in the white house, I heard daily from the left wing bias media about what they preceived as a mistake. Guess who’s turn it is now?”
So what you are saying is that the conservatives are no better than the liberals.
Cool. Then there is no reason to vote for conservatives.



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The Rev

posted April 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm


How can a revolution be unamerican, when America was FOUNDED by Revolution?
Mr. Lynn blaspheme’s the title of Reverend because his beliefs and opinions are generally in direct opposition to the teachings of Christ, and Biblical morals. (Mine are not.).
And if you don’t understand who/what is treasonous, then you need to read the post again.
The Rev



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posted April 22, 2009 at 4:15 pm


John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.



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daniel rotter

posted April 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm


“How can a revolution be unamerican, when America was FOUNDED by Revolution?”
So ALL revolutions are American as apple pie? Not all revolutions are the same (proceeds to shake head at having to point out the obvious).
“Mr. Lynn blaspheme’s the title of Reverend because his beliefs and opinions are generally in direct opposition to the teachings of Christ, and Biblical morals…”
And those “beliefs and opinions” that are “generally in direct opposition to the teachings of Christ, and Biblical morals” are…?
Also, ironically, I would think that a belief that “the teachings of Christ” and “Biblical morals” are two SEPARATE things would itself “blaspheme the title of Reverend.”
“And if you don’t understand who/what is treasonous, then you need to read the post again.”
I did “read the post again” and I found no “things upon which to criticize Mr. Obama” that can in any way be described as treasonous.



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Boris

posted April 23, 2009 at 12:33 am


The Rev said: Mr. Lynn blaspheme’s the title of Reverend because his beliefs and opinions are generally in direct opposition to the teachings of Christ, and Biblical morals. (Mine are not.).
Boris says: Mr. Lynn is an ordained minister. Are you “Rev”?



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Boris

posted April 23, 2009 at 11:42 am


Barry,
Let the right wing nuts complain about the government and enjoy and brag about all their civil disobedience. According to the Bible they are consigning themselves to hell.
“Everyone is to obey the governing authorities, because there is no authority except from God and so whatever authorities exist have been appointed by God. So anyone who disobeys an authority is rebelling against God’s ordinance; and rebel must expect to receive the condemnation they deserve” – (Romans 13:1-2).
This is just one more example of how most Christians pick and chose what they are going to believe in the Bible (a young earth), what they cannot or refuse to accept (a flat immovable earth and Rom 13:1-2).



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posted April 24, 2009 at 5:55 pm


One of things that disturbs me about the ACLJ is that it appears to me that much of its of its discourse seems to be very shrill and accusatory. OK, so you dont’t agree with Obama on some issues. Fine. But why is it necessary to go around sounding like a macho bully in the schoolyard.
Also, John McCain, who should know a few things about torture, is on record as saying that the United States should not practice torture and that the United States should close Gitmo.
Finally, concerning religious liberties, a church is free to have “end-times” doctrine in its belief system; but if these beliefs result in harm to others then the State has an obligation to step in and protect its citizens.



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N. Lindzee Lindholm

posted November 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm


I think Christians living in America have an extra duty to exercise their mouth and rights given in the First Amendment, that of Free Speech. Maybe you and Pres. Barack should not take things so personally.



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