For the last three years, the left has maintained that anyone who disagrees with or opposes Barack Obama is a racist.
The former president said racism had come to the surface across the country because of a belief held by many whites that an African American is not qualified to be in the White House.
“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African American,” Carter said. The Republican party today issued a denial, saying Carter was “flat-out wrong” and that opposition was not because of Obama’s skin colour but his policies.
The normally nonchalant Barack Obama looked nonplussed, as Nancy Pelosi glowered behind.
Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.
But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!
But they’re probably reacting less to what Mr. Obama is doing, or even to what they’ve heard about what he’s doing, than to who he is.
That is, the driving force behind the town hall mobs is probably the same cultural and racial anxiety that’s behind the “birther” movement, which denies Mr. Obama’s citizenship.
Chris Matthews see old white racist people
“And I think that’s a generalization and I’ll stick with it. I think younger people do not see race as an obstacle. In fact, they say [race is] irrelevant and don’t even notice it, whereas older people notice it all the time.”
And of course there’s James Clyburn who sees racism in everything and everyone who disagrees with him.
Be careful what you wish for. Democrats’ politics of racial polarization have borne fruit.
Fully 60 percent of whites nationwide backed Republican candidates for the House of Representatives; only 37 percent supported Democrats, according to the National Election Poll exit poll conducted by Edison Research. Not even in Republicans’ 1994 congressional landslide did they win that high a percentage of the white vote.
A leading civil rights leader in Congress believes the Democratic Party is losing too many white voters. In an interview, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said Democrats need to “go all out” to win back white Southern voters before the next election.
“We’ve got to go all out and get white voters, especially white men, to come back to the Democratic Party,” he told The Ballot Box. “I just think it’s important for the Democratic Party to roll out and try to reveal itself and not become a party that is split along racial lines.”
And then Lewis points out that it can’t be racism that has the Democrat party in trouble:
“[Florida Rep.] Allen West got elected from a majority-white district — a sort of middle-to-conservative district. And he had the backing and support of the Tea Party; he raised more than $4 million,” Lewis said. “I went down to campaign against him for [Democratic Rep.] Ron Klein, who I thought was a much better member and a much better candidate and should have remained in the Congress.
“And the young man, Tim Scott, from South Carolina, came from a solid Republican district, for the most part. And he succeeded a Republican.”
As Jack Cashill notes, Lewis is himself “no slouch when it comes to race baiting.”
During the 2008 campaign, he compared the McCain-Palin campaign to that of “presidential candidate George Wallace,” whose comparable “atmosphere of hate” led to the fatal church bombing in Birmingham. So egregious were Lewis’s comments that McCain called on Obama to “condemn” them.
Lewis and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) embarked on an journey of imagination during which Cleaver heard things no one else heard, not even Clyburn.
House majority whip James Clyburn, who walked with the contingent from the Black Caucus, heard no racist remarks either. “I experienced some of [the anger],” Clyburn told Keith Olbermann on March 22. “I didn`t hear the slurs.” Still, this was more than enough for the factually indifferent Olbermann to conclude, “If racism is not the whole of the Tea Party, it is in its heart.”
Well, let’s see. Democrats call everyone who disagrees with or opposes Obama a racist while there’s more than ample evidence that assertion is false. Fair minded people notice this and find it repulsive.
“Here’s my problem with this, I’m just going to come out and say it. If I have anything to say against Obama it’s not because I’m a racist, it’s because I don’t like what he’s doing as President and anybody should be able to feel that way, but what I find now is that if you say anything against him you’re called a racist.”
Dan Greenfield in the CFP:
It’s not the crime of bigotry that we’re dealing with here, but the thought crime. So Maureen Dowd who couldn’t hear Jimmy Carter say “black boy” when he did, heard Joe Wilson say, “boy”, when he didn’t. Because it’s not what you actually say that counts, but what the New York Times columnists and op ed writers decide you really meant. Accordingly Ex-Klansman Senator Byrd’s use of a racial slur was completely harmless, while a Tea Party protester condemning deficit spending is a bigot. It’s not the crime of bigotry that we’re dealing with here, but the thoughtcrime. The thing which your opponents, who conveniently enough happened to be the New York Times columnists and op ed writers, think you really meant.
Democrats can’t say they weren’t warned- if you play the race card too often eventually you’re going to lose. Now they want those racists back.
Karma. It’s what’s for dinner.