Before reading this post, my advice is to secure all breakable objects, put the kids in another room, put the cat & dog outside, and don Hazmat gear. The ride is going to get really, really bumpy and could be toxic because I am royally pissed off…
What has got me so ticked off is this statement by former President James Earl Carter in response to Representative Jim Wilson’s outburst at President Obama’s address to Congress concerning his Healthcare Plan and to the Tea-Party protests:
“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. I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that share the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans. And that racism inclination still exists. And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.”
So by Mr. Carter’s definition, if –
- I’m white,
- I oppose President Obama’s policies, either privately or publicly,
- I believe that President Obama is not leading this country effectively,
– I am therefore a racist.
What stunning logic…
As long time readers of this blog know, I am not a racist, and I take great exception and offense at Mr. Carter’s statement. There’s only one response that I have to Mr. Carter’s generalized accusation – F*** Y** (please fill in the blanks at your leisure).
In my long career, I have had several supervisors that were of both genders and several different ethnicities. I have only viewed them in terms of their abilities and capabilities, not of whether they were male or female or had a different skin color than mine. For Mr. Carter to make that statement just shows that he is totally out of touch with who the American people are, and why there are people opposing President Obama’s policies.
Is there a problem with racism in this country? I believe there is, but nowhere near the levels that the media, politicians, and assorted race-baiters would have you believe. And I also believe that I’m closer to the truth than Mr. Carter is since I associate more with the common person than Mr. Carter in his rarified, elitist, brie-cheese & wine atmosphere.
To be called a racist is an ugly, ugly accusation, which is why calling an action or a person racist is so effective in disarming and diverting arguments from the subject at hand. Politicians and the media is now taking this accusation and expanding it to include anyone involved in the Tea Party protests over the weekend, politicians opposed to President Obama’s healthcare, and any other person expressing opposition to the current administration and its policies.
Is this the change that we were promised? What happened to the promises of transparency and accountability? To be called a racist should you have a differing opinion from the “Party” line? So what about this statement from a member of the same “Party”?
“I’m sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we’re Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.” – Hillary Clinton
The Liberals and supporters of President Obama do understand that people, the ordinary citizens that elected them, are concerned about the issues, and no longer trust the politicians. This was proven last month with the healthcare townhalls when they were confronted with angry, informed citizens. We are seeing them for the political hacks that they are, and that their sycophants in the media are no better. The change that was promised is coming from the citizens, and not from the empty promises made by the politicians. And you know something – that scares the piss out of them because they are losing control!
Their response is to increase the number and frequency of racist accusations. And we are getting pissed at them for doing it. Playing the race card multiple times distracts and misdirects everyone away from the issues. But it is losing its effect – the voters are catching on to this overuse of playing the race card directed at people with legitimate concerns.
We The People are angry at President Obama not for the color of his skin, but for the direction of the path that his policies and proposals are leading this country. He knows it, his supporters know it, and yet they continue to play the race card indiscriminately.
To insinuate that the protesters are racist gives the Democrat controlled Congress an excuse to ignore the concerns and arguments of the protesters. This now gives them the freedom to pass legislation that supports the Administration’s policies. But they should realize that the voters will hold them accountable – they cannot be that dense in light of the townhall experience.
But let’s take another angle: If Congress fails to pass the Obama inspired legislation, they will blame the failure on racism. That’s right – they will blame the racist American public for pressuring their legislators to not pass the Obama policy inspired legislation. They will have a built in excuse for any failure of the failure of the Obama Administration.
So if they want to delude themselves, fine. They are just going to have to deal with the consequences of an American public that they have just pissed off by playing multiple sets of race cards (and that’s in addition to calling people Nazis and political terrorists).
2010 can’t come fast enough for me…