We all get the Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS), heck there was Bush Derangement Syndrome when he was president. Your political enemies are going to dislike you no matter what. And sometimes they will take it to ridiculous levels.
Sometimes, though, it goes beyond ridiculous.
Let's take the example of Debbie Dunnegan Waters, a republican elected official in the state of Missouri. (I am starting to dislike that state more and more.)
"An elected official in Missouri is trying to explain herself after penning a Facebook post that ponders why the military hasn't deposed President Barack Obama in a coup d'etat.
Debbie Dunnegan Waters, a Republican serving as Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she had "no ill intent toward the president" when she asked why the military hasn't "taken action against our domestic enemy," who she identified as "supposedly the commander in chief."
Okaaay then. A coup right here in America. Why not just impeach the guy? I mean a coup can be a messy thing.
Of course, as is to be expected, the wingnut politician soon took to social media to say that she was misunderstood.
"I just wanted to know what oath (the military) took,” Dunnegan told St. Louis Public Radio in a telephone interview. “I'm not calling the president a domestic enemy. I’m not calling the president anything. He is the president. Do I agree with what the president is doing? Absolutely not. Anybody that asks me, I’ll be happy to tell you that.”
Dunnegan also took to Twitter to say her post was being "twisted."
“Something innocent and simple got twisted into a disaster because it’s an election,” Dunnegan told the Post-Dispatch.
"Something innocent", like calling for the violent overthrow of a democratically elected government.
And this woman was actually elected to public office. I guess they call it "fly over country" for a reason.
Finally, speaking of female republicans in public office. Down in South Carolina the governor of that fine state is defending flying the confederate flag over the state capitol.
"Fun fact: the State House of South Carolina still flies the flag of the failed state known as the Confederate States of America. Though the country was forcibly disbanded in 1865, a fair percentage of the population are still not cool with the flag due to its implications involving that slavery thing.
But one of the people who’s okay with the flag is South Carolina’s Republican Governor Nikki Haley, who defended the flag’s presence during last night’s gubernatorial debate, on the grounds that it hasn’t affected the economy. (The flag is dedicated to the men who served and died for South Carolina during the Civil War.)
“What I can tell you is over the last three-and-a-half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state,” Haley said. “I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”
And why is it okay? Because South Carolina solved racism!
“But we really kind of fixed all that when you elected the first Indian-American female governor. When we appointed the first African-American U.S. senator, that sent a huge message.”
But flying that flag is sending a "huge message" as well: That you are cool with enslaving the ancestors of a large percentage of the citizens of your state.
Being an Indian American Haley should be particularly sensitive to this issue, but hey, maybe her peeps were high up in the caste system, so she has no love for the plight of those who were slaves.
Imagine the flag of the Nazi party flying over the state of Brandenburg's capitol, Potsdam.
I know. I can't either.