Americans aren’t endorsing a return to the “Red Scare,” when being a union or civil-rights activist could be enough to warrant an appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. But plenty of people are shouting accusations of “communist,” “socialist” and “fascist” from placards and rooftops. At the top of their list is the democratically elected president of the United States.
You would think Obama’s achievements and the life he’s made with his wife and children illustrate the fulfillment of the American dream — a man without family name or fortune rising through hard work and education to the nation’s highest office — even if you disagree with his economic plan or health care law and want to vote him out in November.
But some opponents need to make him a man without a country, to use the ugly language of an ugly time, and to put his supporters in the same boat, preferably one headed away from U.S. shores…
It’s troubling when [Republicans John Sununu, Michele Bachmann, Allen West] and so many others are only too willing to take on the un-American job of deciding who belongs in America, the first and only rule being: Agree with us on matters of politics and policy, or — as West instructed liberals — get out.