September 16, 2009

Desperation has reached the pinnacle now

... when even a former president blames racism for otherwise innocuous criticism:

Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst to President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress last week was an act "based on racism" and rooted in fears of a black president.

"I think it's based on racism," Carter said in response to an audience question at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. "There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president."

The Georgia Democrat said the outburst was a part of a disturbing trend directed at the president that has included demonstrators equating Obama to Nazi leaders.

"Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national program on health care," he said. "It's deeper than that."

Do I really have to -- again -- bring up the vile, despicable and heinous epithets that were hurled at George Bush the last eight years ... some by those in our very own Congress? Do I?

Don't idiot "progressives" like Carter et. al. realize that labeling anyone and anything as "racist" for what are legitimate political differences ultimately fuels a much deeper racial animosity -- one greater than that which they believe already exists? Obviously not. The overwhelming vast majority of Americans out there possess/feel/harbor nothing but racial goodwill. Calling someone a "racist" is the modern-day Scarlet Letter -- it serves to make one a virtual pariah in society (especially conservatives by the mainstream media).

Or, maybe I should say used to make one a virtual pariah.

Because as more and more people use "racist" and "racism" against virtually ANYTHING with which they disagree, the terms become essentially useless. And, the aforementioned people of racial goodwill become bitter ... and angry. Many of these folks are people that supported Barack Obama. And, many who did not still recognize the historic nature of the man's presidency. Do these casual "throwers around" of "racist" ever stop to think at all ... how they are worsening race relations with their actions? Because what they do is the proverbial "Boy Who Cried Wolf" scenario multiplied a tenfold. Meaning, that when genuine racism surfaces, no one will believe it. Or worse, care.

UPDATE: Abigail Thernstrom agrees:

In other words, although about 60 percent of Obama’s votes came from whites, 60 percent of Democrats deeply distrust the racial views of white Americans. Did they just discover the man is black? And do the collapsed poll numbers of New York governor David Paterson and Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick also reflect a sudden racial awareness?

Needless to say, no.

It’s a sad and dangerous moment in American politics. As Stanford law professor Richard Thompson Ford has written, “self-serving individuals, rabble-rousers, and political hacks use accusations of racism . . . to advance their own ends." Those accusations provoke "resentment rather than thoughtful reaction."

Is that what Democrats want? The American public did not and would not have elected a Jesse Jackson figure. And yet the Jackson voice in the Congressional Black Caucus and some MSM circles is alive and well. Surely the president has to be thinking, with such friends, who needs enemies?

Posted by Hube at September 16, 2009 03:55 PM | TrackBack

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I like when liberals call us racists: it means we've won the argument on the facts.

Posted by: Paul Smith at September 16, 2009 06:24 PM

Carter's wrong. Joe Wilson's just an ass. There's nothing to indicate he's a racist.

But I think it's difficult to argue with the broader notion that the anger out there on the far right is being fueled by, and is exacerbating, the usual hatred.

I ask you, can you look at Tea Party signs that read "Homey Don't Play Dat," or signs that refer to Obama as "Hey, Bro," or "Obama bin Lyin'," or "You Kenyan," and believe that this is the same, run-of-the-mill fringe rhetoric we'd see toward a white liberal President?

Posted by: Rohn at September 17, 2009 03:55 PM

CORRECTION:........second sentence should read "is being fueled by, and exacerbated by, Obama's race."

Posted by: Rohn at September 17, 2009 03:56 PM

Paul Smith: We feel the same when you folks call us liberals "socialists." Especially those of us who own small (profit-seeking) businesses.

Posted by: Rohn at September 17, 2009 04:09 PM

Rohn: You're making a big mistake if you think the "anger" is merely among the far right. And so what if it's exacerbating what real racists feel? Does that mean people should stop protesting their legitimate political beefs?

And I can say that YES -- you'd see similar signs directed at a white liberal president, especially if he had the same agenda as Obama. And please don't try to make us on the right feel bad about some questionable signs directed towards the president after the what we saw the last years. I mean, play me a [very] small violin!

Posted by: Hube at September 17, 2009 05:56 PM

And Rohn: Your average conservative doesn't believe that all -- or even most -- liberals are actual socialists. OTOH, your average liberal believes that most conservatives are racist. Witness: The present political discourse!

Posted by: Hube at September 17, 2009 05:58 PM