In a new book, “I Hope He Fails”, the author theorizes that the election of Barack Obama as the first African American President of the United States of America has served as a catharsis for the resurgence of racism and hate groups in America and that these two entities are being fueled by the rightwing media. Courageously taking on the biggest names in conservative talk radio and TV – going where even politicians and the mainstream media dare not go.
Walls, MS (BlackNews.com) — Robert J. Walker announced the release of his new book, I Hope He Fails. With all the paraphernalia being sold on the internet using the slogan, “I Hope He Fails,” referring to Rush Limbaugh‘s statement, made shortly after Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election to become the first African American elected President of the United States, at first glance one would probably conclude that this new book, I Hope He Fails was yet another rightwing attack on President Barack Obama. However, when you read the subtitle you instantly get a clear picture of the content of this book.
When asked what inspired him to write the book, the author Robert J. Walker, who considers himself a working class educator states, “I am not a politician or a media pundit. I am an educator, a working class teacher. I was not in the country during the 2008 election. I was in Ethiopia, Africa training teachers. I voted in the 2008 election by absentee ballot. When I returned to America, I was surprised and hurt by all the anger and false accusations hurled at the President by the conservative right. That is what inspired me to write this book. I wrote I Hope He Fails as a play on Rush Limbaugh’s words – to defuse his statement and as a trumpet call to awaken people of faith and goodwill who have fallen asleep after the 2008 election. If those of us who went to the polls in 2008 to elect President Obama, especially those of us in a minority group; whether religion, race, gender, or sexual preference, if we want to continue to have a voice in this government, we must recharge the zeal we had during the 2008 campaign. We must rally around the President and push back against those on the radical far right and Tea Party movement who want to take the country back to the 1950s when everything in America was, ‘for whites only.’ “
Throughout the pages of this controversial book, the author walks the sensitive tight rope of the three most divisive issues in America: Race, Religion, and Politics to make the argument that hate in America towards President Barack Obama is being fueled by the rightwing media. The author believes that Rush Limbaugh leads the Republican Party and the rightwing attack against President Obama.
Walker says, “The book also gives my somber and revealing assessment of how I believe the rightwing media has joined forces with the Religious and Political Right in establishing a ‘Legion’ for the purpose of destroying the Presidency of Barack Obama. I compare the rightwing media to the demon named Legion as found in Mark 5:1-18 and Luke 8:28-39. Throughout the book, I give current event examples to support my hypothesis that the rightwing media has polarized the country on the lines of Race, Religion, and Politics so much to the point that nothing is getting done in Washington, D.C. for the good of the American people.”
Walker concludes, “With a Black man in the White House, the conservative rightwing media has a perfect hate target to attack each day on their radio and TV talk shows. If anything should happen to President Barack Obama, his blood will be on their hands.”
About the Author:
Dr. Robert J. Walker is the recipient of the 2009 President’s Volunteer Service Award and was selected the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH) organization Outstanding Educator of the Year 2008-2009 for the year he served in Ethiopia, Africa training college teachers. He is chair of the Department of Education at Southwest Tennessee Community College – the largest community college in the state of Tennessee.
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