>A friend just sent me a link to a rather anti-Obama video. It was very obviously biased, and though what they cited as “facts” may be entirely true, they were only one side of a story, stacked to slant in an unfavorable way.
Their first point was that we should never elect someone with the name “Hussein” as president. It happens to be Barack Obama’s middle name.
And, honestly, this is sticking in my craw like nobody’s business. So what – only people with good “American” names like Bush, Clinton, Edwards, Kerry, Carter, Brown, Smith, Jones, Anderson can serve as president? Because that so accurately represents the American people?
Have they looked outside lately? Or perused a phone book? Or made up a roster of any sort? Because at least half the people in my address book have names that don’t sound like that. They’re Italian, Persian, Chinese, Hebrew. And it is terrible to think that none of them could be president, just because of their names.
Or is it just those with Middle Eastern names? Mohammed, Hussein, Abdul?
What kind of crazy prejudice is that – and how can anyone who espouses that view even mildly think that they’re trying to protect what America stands for?
As far as I remember, America stands for tolerance, acceptance, and the idea that anyone can be whatever they want here, as long as they’re willing to work for it. Bootstrap ethics. Not fear mongering and prejudice.
I don’t think Lady Liberty would fall over in the water if someone with the middle name Hussein was elected president. But she just might if the only reason he isn’t elected is because of his name.