Leaving aside the usual suspects--the terrorist factions round the world, the seething Middle East mountain and desert folk--who are President Obama's worst enemies? The Republicans who saw it as their mission to keep him from winning a second term but failed? Those 30 members of the House and the Tea Party now holding the country hostage over an already approved health care plan nicknamed after this president? The Religious Righteous? The far Left disillusioned? The whites-only-as-long-as-they're-not-women crowd?
Let's face it, the possibilities are endless. This president has enemies. Some of them would have been his enemies no matter where or what, but many others--too many others--didn't think to hate him until someone else told them to.
They're the ones I worry about. When someone like Larry Klayman, the head of Freedom Watch, tells a Tea Party crowd we have a president who "bows down to Allah" and then says, "I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent
revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president
leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees,
and to figuratively come out with his hands up," that is not a Martin Luther King-inspired call to reason, it's a call to insurrection.
There are people out there who will hear that and it will sound to them like a call to action, not against the government but against this one man. This man who, they've been led to believe, is so all-powerful he has managed to gain control of a country that is not even his. With that crowd he is and always will be unworthy, a usurper. He does not belong and the haters will never get over having that man, that black man, in the White House.
They'll deny that it's about race, but it's about race. A glance at any Right Wing website's comment section should be enough to scare the bejeesus out of anybody, including Barack Obama. They don't just want him gone, they want him dead.
Pick a demagogue--Palin, Cruz, Paul, McConnell, Bachmann, Gohmert. Any one of them. He or she, I guarantee you, will not repudiate a single word coming from the Right Wing Tea Party ranters. The ranters are useful. They spread the fear and bring in the votes. But if anything bad ever happens to this president, those agitators fueling the fire will be shocked. . .shocked, I tell you!. . .that something like this could happen. They will not have seen this coming.
But we will have. The haters are in a rage over Obama's win of a second term. Now the cries for impeachment, the only other legal choice, are swirling. If that doesn't work--and it won't--what then? The foaming masses have been conditioned to go after Obama, to stop him, no matter what it takes. In their minds something must be done.
And it only takes one.