Without even knowing what they are, I know Obama’s poll numbers must be on the decline, because the left has been wearing out the binding on their race-baiting bibles as they attack any and all criticisms brought by Republicans on the administration. This has become ever more apparent since the first of this year when, in a New Yorker Magazine article, Obama blamed his sinking poll numbers at the time on the color of his skin :
“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president.”
Of course, I’m sure the fact that the dismal Obamacare roll out had just started was purely a coincidence. Come to think of it, the failures with Obamacare have provided plenty of opportunities to resort to race-baiting, as we have seen throughout the healthcare debate from Kathleen Sebelius, Jesse Jackson, and Harry Reid, just to name a few.
Lately however, issues like the weak economy, pork-barrel spending, controversial nominees to various positions within the administration, and NSA spying have provided additional opportunities to exercise those race-baiting muscles.
In a recent radio interview with Bill Bennett, Paul Ryan was asked a series of questions about the chronically unemployed and the ever-increasing poverty problem. The jest of Paul’s response dealt with the importance of getting people back to work and getting them off of the welfare rolls, which are at a record high. Who will defend the administration from this assault on the Obama economy? Cue the race-baiting congresswoman from California, Barbara Lee:
His comments “are a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated,” Lee said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says, ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black.’”
In a recent interview on NY1, U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., blamed Republicans for blocking federal programs meant to restore the failing infrastructure in his community. On the surface, this is a true statement because it clearly isn’t the Democrats who are trying to cut spending. But according to Charlie, this decision wasn’t based on budgetary considerations. According to Rangel, this happened for an entirely different reason:
“They (TEA Party) are mean, racist people,” he added. “Now why do I say that? Because in those red states, they’re the same slave-holding states! They had the Confederate flag. They became Dixiecrats, they had the Confederate flag. They’re now Tea Party, they still got the Confederate flag!”
When Obama nominated the highly controversial Debo Adegbile (who is black) to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, his nomination was shot down in a 52-47 vote despite Harry Reid’s rule change intended to hijack the process in Obama’s favor. And even though it took eight Democrat votes to reach the 52 necessary to deny this nomination, Tom Harkin (D-IA) found it to be the perfect opportunity to do a little race-baiting using Chief Justice Roberts to reinforce his rant:
“Here’s the message we sent today,” he said on the floor. “You young people listen up. If you are a young white person and you go to work for a law firm…and that law firm assigns you to a pro bono case to defend someone who killed 8 people in cold blood…My advice from what happened today is you should do that. As part of your legal obligation, as part of your profession. Because if you do that, who knows? You might wind up to be the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.”
But, Harkin continued, it’s now a different calculus for black lawyers. “If you’re a young black person and you work for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and you’re asked to sign an appeal for someone convicted of murder, the message sent today is, don’t do it. Don’t do it,” the senator said. “Because you know what? if you do that, in keeping with your legal obligations and your profession, you will be denied by the U.S. Senate from being [an] attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice. I guess what I am saying is we sent a message we have a double standard. A terrible double standard.”
Of course, what would any racist rant be without a complacent media to help spread the propaganda?
After Bill O’Reilly called out Barbara Lee’s racist attacks against Paul Ryan on his FOX show, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes—who openly admits that he’s more activist than reporter—chose to shoot the messenger instead of the message:
What Bill O’Reilly means by the term race hustler is someone who tells their audience that the problems of poverty, particularly black poverty, have nothing to do with what they in the audience are doing. That they the audience listening to the race hustler are completely relieved of any obligation to change behavior, to do anything different in their lives to make poverty better. They bare no responsibility for it. In other words, the race hustler tells the audience you are off the hook.
That is precisely what Bill O’Reilly does. He tells his audience the problems of black poverty is due to black culture. Problems that are born in this country out of institutional racism and longstanding…But none of it, according to Bill O’Reilly, none of it has anything to do with institutional racism or government policy or budgets or even just the laws passed by the people his audience shows up to vote for. If you are in Bill O’Reilly’s audience, you can count on him to tell you time and time again that the racial disparities in America are not your fault. And so I would submit that by his very own definition, Bill O’Reilly is a pretty accomplished race baiter himself.
We have another entry from MSNBC—gee, imagine that—from Al Sharpton, who said the word race, racial or racist 314 times last year alone. In a recent episode of his show, he became quite livid that Rand Paul would dare reference a moment from Civil Rights history to make a case against the NSA. According to Big Al, only blacks can talk about blacks because whites are clearly unqualified:
Sharpton claimed that Paul has “no credibility” to talk about racial issues because he once said he would have modified the Civil Rights Act if he had been around in the 1960s. The reverend exclaimed, “[W]here does Ron Paul get off talking about race and civil rights at all?”
Unfortunately for Sharpton, it was Rand Paul, not Ron Paul, who made the case against the NSA. Accuracy? We don’t need no stinkin’ accuracy.
Race-baiting has become standard operating procedure from the very beginning of Obama’s rise to power. Oppose him, and the racist accusations will be right behind. And as his approval numbers continue to collapse, you can be sure of this: Obama’s poll numbers are down, so you’re a racist.
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