Has-been fiddle man Charlie Daniels would just like to make a very, very important point that no one has ever noticed before: It is possible to disagree with Barack Obama because of your heartfelt convictions without automatically being a racist. We would just like to go on the record as stating that we fully agree with Mr. Daniels. Of course, when your heartfelt convictions are a bat@!$%# crazy stew of John Birch Society tropes, why would you need to throw racism in on top of everything else?
Mind you, we would add that Mr. Daniels can plausibly be called at least a teensy bit racist, considering he penned a dumb post-9/11 anthem that goes
"This ain’t no rag, it’s a flag and we don’t wear it on our heads.
It’s a symbol of the land where the good guys live."
But on the whole, most of Mr. Daniels’ public statements are just mainstream right-wing paranoia and half-truths...And so, let us examine Mr. Daniels’ careful attack on a straw man...
..."I believe that, as the entitlement society grows under Obama’s watch, they will become a monolithic political force and will elect local and federal candidates who will give them more and more."
Only a maniacal ideologue would hear a dog-whistle here. He did not say that the poors who will bring about tyranny belong to any particular demographic group, after all!...
...Daniels continues on with a nightmare scenario in which a 3-point increase on the marginal tax rate on incomes over $400,000 brings all investment and economic growth to a halt, the world economy crashes, and then
"the federal government will one day suddenly run completely out of funds. It won’t be able to borrow any more and, when the entitlement checks and food stamps don’t go out, there will be mass and uncontrollable rioting in the cities."
Again, no dogwhistles here. Mr. Daniels is fully aware that the majority of food stamp recipients are white, and it’s only logical that the riots will happen in cities, because the rural poor just don’t come together in big enough concentrations to riot...
..."I believe that martial law will be declared, posse comitatus will be ignored and federal troops will be used on American soil to quell the violence, which means a complete collapse in American society.
"That is my problem with President Obama. Don’t confuse my heartfelt convictions with racism.
"What do you think?"
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