President Obama "thinks he's above the law," he's "ignoring the laws of the land," he "threw the constitution out the window" (again)--and he is conducting "an autocratic reign."
All of that's nuts, entirely untrue, and unsupported by the facts. So you know the speaker must be Michele Bachmann.
When she says stuff like this, she's putting a sniper bull's eye on the back of a President--the President who's already received the most death threats ever. By 2009, Obama was getting 30 death threats a day.
Doesn't matter to Bachmann; she's done this stuff before. With her, this is policy. Almost as soon as Barack Obama came into office she began denouncing him publicly as a "tyrant," trying to put him at the center of the nuthouse right's dark conspiracy theories.
So this belief that "the President is a tyrant" thing is not some conclusion that Bachmann has finally reached by 2012. She's been telling that to hateful right wing nuts since Obama entered office. Telling potential killers that the President's a tyrant--thereby implying that a strike against him would be a blow against tyranny--is a Bachmann policy.
What I want to point out to you today is the right wing outlets in sympathy with these crazy accusations of "autocracy" and "tyranny."
I read Bachmann's accusations at the popular Red State blog. Then I google a sentence from the text. That turned up 27 different right wing websites and blogs. They're reprinting Bachmann's crazy conspiracy theory about "Barack Obama, autocrat"--as if it were gospel.
I know, I know: a lie travels around the world before the truth gets its boots on. And the rest of the world knows that it's nuts to describe Barack Obama as autocrat and tyrant. And the only place in the world that Barack Obama really is considered an "autocrat" and "tyrant" is right here in America--and limited to the tiny, angry brains of the paranoid American right.
But there are so many kooks out there with fantasies of killing the President because of the crazy belief that's represented here, by Bachmann: the insane belief that he's an autocrat, a dictator, party to some kind conspiracy against freedom and the Constitution.
Why does Congress harbor a member who makes a career out of sowing this kind of hatred?