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Failure to support Obama isn’t about skin color

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President Obama has won another term. Plenty of Americans are less than pleased by that. Other Americans are delighted. That other group of Americans still seem to think that disliking Obama’s policies is somehow motivated by skin color.
Let me make this perfectly clear. While there are bound to be a few people who simply dislike Obama because he’s a black man, that is far from the majority. It’s not even part of the conversations of people who have talked to me about why they oppose Obama.
First, it stems from his economic policies which quite a few people simply don’t believe have accomplished anything. While there are some economic indicators that are showing signs of life, there are also plenty of people who think that the president’s policies have, at best, slowed down the recovery.

For others, it’s his foreign policy and his adherence to some Bush era policies that he was elected to end. His campaign commercials had plenty about “bringing the troops home”, but they’re still there. Oh, maybe not as much, but they’re still there. So much for that.

Other issues with President Obama are signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which permits the indefinite detention of American citizens with nothing to speak of in the way of safeguards to prevent the innocent from just “disappearing” into the system. This ties into Obama’s failure to repeal the Patriot Act, which many felt to be one of the worst laws ever written by Congress.

For still others, it may have been Obama’s support for the Stop Online Piracy Act, called SOPA, that would have altered the face of the internet forever. Websites all over the ‘net coordinated a protest, which seemed to derail the act, but none of that is credited to President Obama.

Now, these are just a few of the potential arguments against Obama. Notice that none of these have anything to do with his skin color. Disagree with me on these? Hey, that’s what makes America great. But do not pretend that opposition to the president had a damn thing to do with him being a black man. It never has. It never will. And, frankly, I’m insulted as hell by the implication that it matters in any way, shape, or form.

President Obama has four more years to try and convince me that he was the right man for the job. He’s more than welcome to try. I didn’t think Romney was worth a flip either, so keep that in mind. I voted for Gary Johnson, which anyone who has read my column long enough should know was going to happen, but now you know where Obama would need to improve to earn my praises. He doesn’t care, and that’s fine too.

But none of that has to do with race, so quit pretending it does.

Tom Knighton is the Editor and Publisher of the Albany Journal.

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