When Obama was elected, my sense was that he was too young but I had great hope that he would be a fast learner. Unfortunately, whatever his learning-rate may have been, it was irrelevant. His presidency was marked by an overwhelming prejudice against him. For nearly eight years now, I have been listening to all the hate directed at him by a wide assortment of people, including most of the Republican leaders.
I do not buy for one moment that they were simply disagreeing with his politics. They tried to shame him for everything he said and tried to block him in nearly everything he did. Even when he favored republican ideas, they called him names and said they would never agree with such nonsense.
The vast majority of opposition to Obama has been so incredibly irrational that I can only ascribe it to plain, old fashioned racism. It is no coincidence that the Republican Party has become increasingly and openly more racist these past few years. They have legitimized blind hatred and the whole country is now paying a great price for it.
Racism has always been a part of America, of course, but it has usually remained an underground stream. Now — especially with Trump shouting his ugly bullying — the Republican party has become a safe haven for the most virulent of racists.
Now the Republicans are offering us a presidential candidate who has been publicly and formally endorsed by several KKK leaders.
I am far from pleased with Hillary Clinton but the level of her flaws does not come close to the deep, deep shame that the Republicans are bringing to our nation. Evil has become one of their strengths. Shame, shame, shame on them.