The politics of hate

By Tom Quiner

The Obama campaign is reduced to hate.

It’s really that simple.

His economic record is terrible. His signature achievement, Obamacare, is opposed by a majority of Americans. His foreign policy record is a mixed bag.

He offers no vision for tomorrow other than to increase taxes on the folks who are already footing most of our bills (the rich) and to borrow more money from China to hire more teachers.

That’s it. Tax hikes and teachers.

For the record, our student to teacher ratios have never been better.

And for the record, hiring teachers is supposed to belong to the states, not the federal government (remember the 10th amendment?).

So we’re left with hate and racism. That’s the only reason someone could vote against Barack Obama according to the vacuous voices from the Left.

MSNBC’S Chris Matthews’ post-debate hysteria was chart-topping even by his prodigious standards:

Chris Matthews: Accuses you of hate if you vote against Obama

“I think they hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy Al Qaeda. Their No. 1 enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred, hatred for Obama. And we can go into that about the white working class in the South and looking at these numbers we’re getting the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases … this isn’t about being a better president, they want to get rid of this president.”

I would like to respond clearly as a practicing Catholic. I love Barack Obama. He is my brother in Christ. Whether he is a Christian or not, and I take him at his word that he is, he was made by God. And God has called us to love our neighbors.

So let us clear the air: I join the chorus of conservatives who love Barack Obama as one of God’s children.

I do not love his politics, his policies, his principles.

On foreign policy, I do not like the fact that Iran is four years closer to developing the bomb. I can’t think of a worse scenario in the history of U.S. foreign affairs.

That a Jew-hating and America-hating country that already supports terrorists could soon be providing nuclear weapons for terrorists is nightmarish.

Iran is close to achieving their goal, and it is on Barack Obama’s watch.

By the same token, I don’t like the way North Korea is exporting their nuclear technology, again on Barack Obama’s watch.

I don’t like the way Barack Obama bows and scrapes to our enemies at the same time he insults our allies, like Israel and Poland.

I don’t like the spread of fanatical Islam throughout the Middle East on Barack Obama’s watch.

You may ask, would Mitt Romney have done anything differently? My sense is yes. That doesn’t mean that he disagrees with Barack Obama on everything he did. He doesn’t. But I trust Mitt Romney’s instincts more than Barack Obama for a simple reason. I think Barack Obama views America as being basically bad. I think Mitt Romney views America as being exceptional.

If you view America as being basically bad, as does most of the political Left, you will like Barack Obama.

If you view America as being exceptional, you’re more likely to appreciate Mitt Romney’s take on foreign policy that views us as liberators instead of dictators.

Hate and racism has nothing to do with it. I think Barack Obama is a lousy president when it comes to foreign affairs, to domestic affairs, and to social issues.

His record is one of malaise and retreat. He thinks small. And he comes across as a small man.

Mitt Romney is the candidate who looks to the future and presents a vision for a return to American exceptionalism. What I’ve learned about his personal life is that he is a large man with a large heart.

Obama supporters can sputter all they want about Romney supporters voting against Obama out of hate and racism.

It’s all nonsense. I love Barack Obama. Even more, I pray for Barack Obama. But I sure as heck won’t vote him. He has been an abject failure as President of the United States.

[This is Quiner’s Diner 1000th post! Thanks for being a reader. If you liked today’s post, forward it, e-mail it, or put it up on your Facebook page. Thank-you!]


  1. irishsignora on October 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Congratulations on your 100th post, Mr. Quiner, and thank you for penning a piece worthy of the milestone. Peace be with you, sir. — Kelly

    • quinersdiner on October 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Irish Signora. Always a pleasure to hear from you. I had my 5 month old grandson, daughter-in-law, and two granddogs over the weekend, so I know what you mean. I was back in “tribe” mode. Each dog was the equivalent of two kids in terms of work. But boy it was fun, especially with my grandson. God is good.

  2. Bob Zimmerman on October 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    For four years I’ve tried to understand how ANYONE can look at ANY aspect of this man’s policies or principles and say “Yes, this is the man to lead the free world!” The last four years have proven beyond doubt that he has failed in nearly every aspect of leadership. His compounded lies and deception are well documented, yet are somehow swept under the rug my the MSM. And now, mired in unprecedented debt, with our precious freedoms evaporating before our eyes, we approach what will certainly be the most important election in our country’s history. At least at this point in time, we are STILL able to freely vote for our elected officials without fear of being dragged from our homes and killed, or snuffed by armed goons on motorcycles while waiting at the polls.

    Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit will move in the hearts and minds the American voter, for the conviction and clarity to change the course of our country.

    • quinersdiner on October 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Amen, brother!

  3. justturnright on October 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Way to go, sir! That is exactly right: hate the policies, not the man. What does it say about those on the Left that they will not allow an intellectual disagreement with President Heartthrob, and will instead INSIST that racism, always & forever, is responsible for our dislike?

    I believe the term is “projection”, if I recall my freshman year psych class correctly.

    Nice post.

    • quinersdiner on October 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Thank-you. “Projection” is certainly the correct word!

  4. Shawn Pavlik on October 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I am still amazed that the man was elected. This man coming into office was the least experienced president since probably US Grant. Was our electorate simply stupid? I understand the draw of “hope”, or even “change”, but you have to back that up with meaningful action. Now that Obama actually has a record to run on, how is this election this razor thin close? It makes no sense to me! Is it an anti-Mormon bias?

    • quinersdiner on October 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      I’m not hearing much about the Mormon religion. My sense is that it is a smaller issue than I thought it would be. In addition, I think this campaign is mirroring 1980 and that Romney is pulling away for a decisive victory.

  5. Tom Maly on October 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Come on Tom, how do you REALLY feel about President Obama!! ;o)
    i think you have pegged it exactly! “The left” e.g. Chris Matthews et. al., cannot accept that the president’s policies can be that off putting to so many of us and end up resorting to name calling. It is sad indeed.