Limbaugh’s Racist Fantasies: Obama is Destroying the US to Get Even for Racism

Laura Bassett has a brief piece over at Huffington Post on Limbaugh’s latest racist rant accusing Obama of destroying the U.S. polity and economy (wasn’t Bush in charge when the economy tanked?). She has quotes from Limbaugh:

Who is Obama? Why is he doing this? … I think we face something we’ve never faced before in the country — and that is, we’re now governed by people who do not like the country, who do not have the same reverence for it that we do. . . . So in this interview with J. Christian Adams yesterday talking about [how] he and his line attorneys were told to just drop the case against the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation in Philadelphia, he said that there were people in the office, DOJ, who said, “Well, you know, those people suffered the indignity of slavery, discrimination, segregation and so forth.” He said somebody else said, “This is payback,” meaning, “All right, look. We don’t care if it’s the New Black Panthers or whoever it is. Black people in this country have never, ever had a fair shake…. it is exactly how I think Obama looks at the country: It’s payback time… There’s no question that payback is what this administration is all about, presiding over the decline of the United States of America, and doing so happily.”

So, Limbaugh has lost touch with reality, once again. Obama is said to be getting even for centuries of racial oppression. That is how the extreme version of white-racist framing works today. And this particular case of the New Black Panthers has been investigated at Media Matters, which has knocked down the Adams accusations. It was the Bush administration that first dropped the Panthers’ case.
One commentator at DailyKos argues that this is the

the death rattle of racism. The racists feel it. Their way of life is ending. White privilege is going away. It may take time and there still are many examples of institutionalized racism … but the direction is clear.

While I agree that there does seem to be a trend right now against some of the goals of the Republican Right, which is mostly white, such “death rattle of racism” views are rather premature at best, as the data-based accounts of racial oppression and inequality on this site regularly show.


  1. ThirtyNine4Ever

    Here we go! Adams has been screaming about this for over a year now, just goes to show you if you lie enough eventually it will become the truth. We have one example of voter intimidation going unpunished in 2008 and how many in 2004 and 2000 in Ohio and Florida? I think the big difference is the 2008 incident was just a couple of guys getting a little out of hand whereas the intimidation in 2000 and 2004 was institutionalized and very successful.

  2. No1KState

    I agree that 2004 was institutionalized and very successful.

    But in the 2008 case in question, none of the plaintiffs were from the voting precinct in question. And from the video I saw (and there is every chance I didn’t see all available video. I got tired of looking for video where something actually happens.), the intimidation basically amounts to a couple of black guys were fatigues and looking scary. Nothing there.

  3. ThirtyNine4Ever

    Oh don’t get me wrong, I don’t really think there was much merit to the 2008 incident. I’m saying that even if there was, it’s nothing at all compared to the large scale voter intimidation in 2004 and 2000 that went completely unchecked and unpunished. I think I remember in 2000 some, mostly minority voters were told that if they voted they would go to jail?


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