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Fox News Contributor Dr. Keith Ablow Attacks Barack & Michelle Obama’s Patriotism

Reported by Priscilla - October 26, 2010 -

The meme that Obama hates his country was a staple feature of the 2008 campaign. It was a talking point promoted by “great Americans” like Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Fox Nation and other members of the radical right who now want to “take their country back” from our first African American president. This theme of an “uppity” black politician who didn’t seem to be sufficiently grateful to the white, male, and right wing masters of the American universe and who doesn’t hew to the right wing message of American “exceptionalism,” seemed to have disappeared; but now that it’s close to an election, that’s all about visceral hatred for Barack Obama, it has reared its ugly head. Surprisingly it’s not coming from the usual pitchfork crowd of right wing hate mongers; but rather, from a member of the medical “elite” – Fox News favorite psychiatrist, Dr. Keith Ablow, who is a Republican and who was last seen on Fox’s Megyn Kelly show where he deplored the creeping nanny state that monitors the body mass of American school children. He also provides validation for Glenn Beck as shown by his response to Beck’s contention that Obama has a problem with race. Ablow, being his objective medical self, said that “The president needs to look at himself and say, ‘Do I have prejudice that I wasn’t even aware of, perhaps, towards white people?” So surprise, surprise, this morning we have a Fox News “opinion” column which says that America is “in denial” about Obama because they just can’t deal with Obama’s questionable loyalty to America. Ablow burnishes his “creds” by invoking his experience as a doctor in order to do a “virtual” psychological evaluation on the feelings of Americans towards their president. How’s that for some nice, slick agitprop?

Ablow explains why America is “in denial.” He explains how those he treats “avoid” hearing messages, such as those about predators, if they can’t deal with the reality of the situation. According to Ablow, these internal “shock absorbers” are preventing Americans from hearing Barack and Michelle Obama’s real messages, one of which is that “the Obamas are profoundly ambivalent about whether America and Americans have historically been a force for good or ill in the world.” As evidence, he cites how Obama has “apologized for America’s behavior.” He references all the standard right wing talking point smears about the Obama’s: Michelle Obama’s quote about how she was, for the first time in her adult lifetime, proud of being an American, Obama having attending a church whose pastor said “God damn America,” Obama being “suspicious” of business “unless those businesses are controlled by the government in a way that approximates government ownership of them.” In what could have been taken from the RNC playbook Ablow says this: “This is what is meant by stating plainly that redistributing wealth is good, by teaching businesses to come to the trough to drink up bailout monies, by seeking oversight over which executives companies hire and how much they are paid and by burdening businesses with social agendas like “health care reform” and other red tape that can bring them to their knees.” He explains that these are not “accidental facts;” but they “encourage denial because they are so stark and so massive in scope that they make us not want to grapple with the inevitable conclusion that our country is being led by someone who isn’t so certain he likes his countrymen” He reinforces the message: “Our commander-in-chief isn’t so sure he likes us, or our way of life. In fact, it certainly sounds, if you listen, to him, that he does no.” He says that Americans are like little children who grow up in homes where their parents didn’t love them and that “If we were deprived of denial, if we were willing to really listen and really be shocked, if we were willing to be wrong and wronged, we would have to admit that we elected a man to lead our country who just doesn’t express much love for it—or us.”

Comment: In diagnosing Americans as being in denial about the Obama’s, it appears that Dr. Ablow is in denial about the fact that America hasn’t always done the right thing and that Obama’s foreign speeches have done a lot to repair the damage done by a president whose possible “Messianic” complex got us into a brutal and unnecessary war against a Muslim country that posed no threat to us. But I need to give Ablow credit for a brilliant piece of propaganda. He resurrects the right wing meme of Obama’s patriotism being in doubt by couching his argument in terms of family dysfunction a family with abusive parents. Gotta love Fox “News.” In addition to a Catholic priest, they have a resident psychiatrist who explains it all for you. I do question, however, the ethics of a medical professional who uses his diagnostic tools to promote hyper partisanship. Psychiatry in the service of the Republican right wing. Isn’t the physician’s motto “First, do no harm?” I guess that doesn’t apply if you’re a doctor in the Fox house!

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