Not even joking. You dare criticize anything about President Obama and you will be accused by some establishment 'journalist', pundit, or talking head of being racist. Or being labelled with something else that is one or two words. Moron. Islamaphobic. Tea-tard. Republitard. Pro-terror. Anarchist. Conspiracy Lunatic.
Why risk getting involved politically with anyone? Why talk politics at work or in your social sphere? Politics are so partisan and cutthroat that it is best to keep to yourself. You say something out of turn and you might lose your job or be run in by the mainstream media. Actors, singers, writers, secretaries, teachers, and so on. They've all been fired for expressing even moderate criticism against whoever is running things.
When it was President Bush you would get slandered and hammered for being against the wars. You'd be a pussy liberal faggot. Pro-terrorism. Against the troops. Disrespecting the 9/11 victims. And so on.
Now it's the same game. Disagree with Obama on gun control? Then you're a gun nut. An asshole. Anti-children. Pro-school shooting. Think Obamacare is bad? You're a racist. Probably homophobic as well.
When Imus got fired for jokingly saying "nappy headed ho" it was over. Ted Kennedy can drown a woman because he's part of the establishment. Cheney can rake in millions in war contracts with the blood of our soldiers and lots of innocent civilians. Pelosi and Al Gore can rake in millions with backroom deals and insider trading. When you're the establishment you can start wars that kill thousands of people. Manipulate the stock market or use business inside information to net yourself millions.
But try to operate within the mainstream at all while criticizing the people who run this country (into the ground). Anyone count how many journalists have joined the Obama administration? Anyone see how Fast and Furious and Benghazi are treated as "right wing fantasies" by the mainstream press? Or how sites like Slashdot have new accounts signing up to spam pro-establishment talking points on political articles?
Criticize any of Obama's policies and you're entire argument will be reduced to one or two words and repeated ad nauseum by the media. You're entire argument no matter how eloquent or well formed will suddenly be reported by the NYTimes, Politico, CNN, and ABC News as "right wing gun nut goes crazy" or "fringe thinking" or "opinion fueled by racism".