The right wing is already devising a plot to destroy President Obama in the likely event that he is re-elected next week. Increasingly, they are throwing around the prospect of impeaching him over the attacks in Benghazi.
What happened in Libya was a tragedy, but the right wing, aided by Fox News' dishonest coverage of a ginned-up "scandal," have attempted to turn it into a winning political strategy.
In a secret video from a private Romney fundraiser in May, an attendee asked Romney how he could duplicate the scenario that essentially ended any hopes that Jimmy Carter would be re-elected—the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Romney responded, "If something of that nature presents itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity."
Romney thought he had found that opportunity in September when Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. But when tried to attack Obama on the Libya issue in the second presidential debate, he found himself quivering and retreating in the face of an impassioned President Obama, cowering under the weight of accusations he was politicizing a tragedy.
The Governor chose not to proceed with that line of argument.
But the right wing didn't give up. Instead, they doubled down, with Fox News devoting nearly its entire lineup in the weeks following to "reporting" on the "scandal," imagining and fantasizing about a coverup that never happened. Republicans like John McCain and Newt Gingrich haven't bothered to even attempt to draw a comparison between the hostage crisis, instead opting to compare the Benghazi attacks to Watergate—except it's worse than Watergate, they say.
There is no evidence that Libya was anything more than an American tragedy, an attack by bloodthirsty terrorists bent on America's destruction. But even after George W. Bush's Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice went on Fox News and threw cold water on the notion that any real scandal exists, conservatives have relentlessly pursued the line of attack.
In the era of Rice and the Bush administration, the kind of political response to Libya evident in the right wing attacks on president Obama would be tantamount to blaming America for the actions of terrorists. It would be grounds for questioning the patriotism of the critic. But today, the very people who considered anyone who questioned the decisions of the Bush administration to be unAmerican is, with no real facts to back them up, attacking President Obama and the American government for the actions of murderers.
That's because, in the era of Obama, truth doesn't matter to the conservative elite. What's best for America doesn't matter. What matters is destroying Barack Obama at all costs.
With things looking more and more dire for Republican chances at reclaiming the White House, conservatives are starting to rally around the idea that, if they can't defeat Obama at the ballot box, it is time to impeach him. Just today on my persona Facebook, I saw a conservative post a status calling for the impeachment of President Obama for "treason" in the case of Libya, with no explanation for how the tragedy constituted treason on the part of the president or the administration. One of his friends responded in agreement, simply adding, "Treason is punishable by death."
The fact that they are already preparing to impeach President Obama should he win re-elected proves their desperation. But it proves something far worse than that.
For the past year, I've described the current political environment by commenting on the sad notion that there is a significant number of people in this country who truly hate President Obama more than they love America. Maybe it's not that simple. Maybe it's not just that they hate Obama, but that they hate America, too. At least, they hate the America that Obama represents.
It's an America where the land of diversity thrives. It's the America of equal opportunity where all, not just a select few, can dream big dreams and have a shot at a future regardless of what they believe, whom they love, what they look like, how much money they have, or who their parents are. In other words, it's everything they fight against in their policies and everything they find suspicious, vulgar, and undesirable. It's everything they hate.
For the people intent on reverting to a pre-1960s America, "the good ole days when everything was right," their greatest threat isn't just a liberal Democratic president.
They think their greatest threat comes from a skinny black kid with a funny name, born to biracial parents, raised in a cluster of cultures, exposed to the Bible, the Quran, and the Bhagavad-Gita alike, who, through hard work and determination, rose to become the most powerful man in the world.
That's not supposed to happen. Such positions are supposed to be reserved for the next in line, the carefully groomed offspring of the rich, the powerful, and the privileged. It's supposed to be held for the social elite, the ones who, by virtue of birth and parentage, deserve it. Someone like Mitt Romney, someone like George W. Bush. Even someone like John Kennedy. But the idea that a biracial child with a funny name should rise to usurp that role is anathema to the carefully established social order that was supposed to endure even the hollow, noblesse oblige inspired puffery for the notion of the "American Dream."
They never really believed in that notion, no matter how much they've flattered and praised it. It was just supposed to be a phrase they could use to make the peasants and the lowlings feel better about not being as rich, as powerful, as privileged as they are—how else could they convince so much of the "peasantry" to accept, glorify, and even defend a structure that was built against their own interests? The dream was supposed to be a ruse and nothing more. It wasn't supposed to actually be realized--certainly not on a scale as grand as Barack Obama's 2008 ascendency to the presidency of the United States.
And then, what was supposed to never happen actually happened.
Now, they will do everything they can to destroy Barack Obama. No length is too great. If it means impeachment on charges of treason, so be it.
They will do anything and everything they can to destroy that dream and that vision of America. They will do anything and everything they can to stop some other little boy or girl who is different from ever thinking they are worthy of doing what Barack Obama did.
Barack Obama alone isn't their greatest threat. They already know that, on the whole, he's been, at the very least, a decent president. Their greatest threat is the rising generation of dreamers that might come after him. Their greatest fear is that the rest of us might come to share in the world that was supposed to be theirs.