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Recently I engaged a liberal friend in a comment exchange on his blog concerning Tea Party "racism." I started working on a piece about our conversation, but after re-writing most of it in the form of a blog post, I realized how tiresome the whole subject has become. I decided to pretty much scrap that whole piece, except for listing his two main arguments for why the Tea Party movement is racist:

1) Recent Tea Party (or supposedly affiliated) protests have included anger and isolated cases of inappropriate or offensive language directed at a black man (President Obama) or other blacks (e.g. the "n-word" incident involving Rep. John Lewis and members of the CBC). Therefore it is only reasonable to suspect racism as a significant component of the Tea Party movement.

2) Why were there no Tea Party protests while George Bush (nudge, nudge "Whitey McWhiteMan" wink, wink) was president, racking up record deficits and wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on a worthless war in Iraq? (Seriously, I'm not making this one up ... okay, I did throw in the Whitey part.)

The fatuousness of these arguments plainly illustrates the glaring double standard applied by leftists to causes that are presumed to be associated with progressivism, versus causes that are presumed to be associated with conservatism. It doesn't matter that the anti-war movement has had no serious black leaders since the era of MLK and Muhammad Ali, or that "token" is a generous description of black turn-out at recent anti-war rallies, or that evidence of virulent anti-Semitism is abundant at anti-war rallies -- anti-war is progressive, therefore it is not racist. QED.

Frankly I think it's pointless to keep arguing about these double standards, because this summer has been a major turning point for liberals. Whatever reasoning abilities they may have had before this summer have now been chucked out the window and replaced with real, raw panic. And you can't reason with a madman, nor can you convince him of his own madness.

Put simply, the Democrats are in a pickle. A big one. In only a year and a half, through a stunning series of partisan power grabs and multi-trillion dollar spending orgies, they have managed to squander the greatest supply of goodwill and political capital offered to their party since the Great Depression, and by doing so they have successfully alienated a significant number of Americans. You can easily break down the reasons for this frustration and anger by income level:

  • People who still have money/a job - "Holy crap -- how much is all of this new stuff (very little of which will actually help me directly) going to cost, and will I even be able to leave an inheritance for my family?"
  • People who used to have money/a job - "What has the President done to turn the economy around so that I can start earning money again? And if I ever get the chance to make money again, how much of it will be taken away to pay for all this new stuff (very little of which will actually help me directly) that was apparently more important than fixing the economy?"
  • People who have never had money/a job - "Where's all our free stuff? Hey, you promised!"

Look at the latest CBS News poll numbers:

  • The country's most important problem? 38% said the economy; all other responses (including the BP oil spill) were in the single digits
  • Most serious economic problem? 38% say jobs and unemployment
  • Percent of Americans who believe the recession will last at least two more years? 51%
  • Condition of the economy? 82% say "bad"
  • 54% disapprove of the way Obama has handled the economy
  • 52% say Obama has spent too little time on the economy
  • 56% say that the stimulus had no impact on the economy
  • 63% say that President Obama's economic programs have had no personal impact
  • Overall approval/disapproval for President Obama - tied 44%/44%

These numbers are far, far worse than the marks given to the Democrats and Bill Clinton in 1994, and in the '94 midterms, the American people gave the Democrats an ass-whooping of near Biblical proportions that lasted for twelve years. Liberals know this. They also know that they have to come up with an explanation for why they will lose so badly in November. Fortunately for liberals, one particular kind of mud always sticks to the wall -- allegations of RAAAAAAACISM!!!!

So here we go -- pick the target (Tea Party movement), polarize it (Racism! Racism! Racism! - plus they're just plain dumb), and personalize it (they're out to get YOU, Mr. and Mrs. Melanin-enriched America). Watch MSNBC's Chris Matthews come unglued as he tries to create one racist strawman after another. Go ahead. It's really kind of funny.

And that's where we are right now, and where we'll continue to be for some time, I'm afraid. As our own Rick pointed out earlier, we can pretty much kiss Obama's promise of an idyllic, post-racial America goodbye.

We can also hope that America at large has finally had it with the asinine charges of racism now being levied at the country by Democrats. It's time we pulled the race card out of the deck once and for all.


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Comments (16)

I seem to remember a little... (Below threshold)
rich K:

I seem to remember a little ditty about a feathered fella named Chicken Little. He had this thing that was repeated sooooo often that folks finally ignored him.
And the only Sky falling this november will be the one over Nancy and Harrys heads.God it must suck to get that little office back after hangin in the big digs.

Along with Chicken Little i... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Along with Chicken Little is the boy who cried wolf.

"56% say that the stimulus ... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

"56% say that the stimulus had no impact on the economy"

Then I'd guess I'd be in the 44%. The stimulus has definitely had an impact on the economy. Gasoline on fire also has an impact.

God save us from this administration.

The WORD racist/racism is m... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

The WORD racist/racism is meaningless now. Thanks to the constant crying and babble nobody gives a crap anymore. Well...except for the ones using it as an excuse.

Hey YOUR racist!!
Ya ya and the sky is blue, whateva......

Re: the "Hypocricy-because-... (Below threshold)
Sean P:

Re: the "Hypocricy-because-"they"-didn't-go-after-Bush" argument.

This argument is completely backwards -- its the DEMS who are hypocrites.

Even assuming the underlying assumptions are correct (and they aren't -- I've grumbled for years about Bush's lack of fiscal conservativism and I know others have on this site as well, along with just about every other right blog out there) what the left is saying is that if you don't object to deficits in the $100 to $450 billion dollar range (ie: about $250-300 billion average) you are a hypocrite for objecting to deficits in the $1.5 TRILLION dollar range. What's hypocritical about that? The former range was well within our historic average for deficits as a percentage of GDP the latter was not.

By contrast, if you widely howled over $450 to $160 billion dollar deficits during the Bush years there is no way you CANNOT howl just as loudly (if not 4 to 10 times louder) over our current deficits without being a screaming raging hypocrite.

"2) Why were there no Te... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"2) Why were there no Tea Party protests while George Bush... was president, racking up record deficits and wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on a worthless war in Iraq?

Well I guess that proves that Code Pink is a racist organization too, since they were constantly screaming during the Bush years, but Obama comes in and escalates the war, has nearly double the military deaths in less than two years than the entire previous 6+ years and not a peep out of Code Pink.

Of course your friend's logic is flawed and the real reason Code Pink is now silent has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with them being Communist.

The exact same is true of the Tea Parties. The problem is not that Obama is black. The problem is that he's a hard core Marxist.

Without the racism card, wh... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Without the racism card, what else is there for dems to play?

They'll certainly play the race card and this time, I think it's going to blow up in their faces.

It's not really wise to insult people when you need their votes.

I no longer engage anyone w... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I no longer engage anyone who pulls out the race card. As soon as it appears, I merely say, "When you are ready to pull your head out of your ass and have an HONEST discussion, we'll talk. Have a nice day."

They are not worth the time or effort.

Will the dem's ever tire of... (Below threshold)
914:

Will the dem's ever tire of plantation politic's?


All sign's point to NO.

As an adjunct to the dems t... (Below threshold)
Grace:

As an adjunct to the dems throwing gasoline on the fire with the stimulus, they are also throwing gasoline on the fire with the constant calls of racism.
The thing about fire is that it consumes its fuel. Hopefully, with the constant playing of the race card, it will turn it all to ashes and the intelligent people in this land will realize that it has been a scam all along to make ordinary citizens feel guilty for something they had no control over. Both whites and blacks. I truly feel bad for the blacks who are trying to break free from this mentality. It has never been about color, it has always been about culture.

And the REALLY FUNNY part i... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

And the REALLY FUNNY part is that organizations like the NAACP wonder aloud "why the charge of RACISM! no longer packs a punch".

Maybe they should look in a mirror.

RE: the 94 slaughter<... (Below threshold)
Conservachef:

RE: the 94 slaughter

One difference that I can see between the 1994 midterms, and today is the message being put forth by the R's. (I may be incorrect, as I was still in high school and had very little interest in politics at the time.)

In '94, the R's had a strong message- Newt's "Contract With America."

In today's election season, I don't see anything resembling that sort of unified front. A quick wiki read tells me that the "Contract" came out a mere 6 weeks before the election, so there is still lots of time for the R's to pull together and show why they should be elected/re-elected. At this point, all I get is a sort of anti-Democrat sentiment and a "look at how bad they trashed the country! Vote them out by voting us in!"

I never liked that sort of message- didn't when the D's were pushing "r'portin fer duty" Kerry in 04, and I still don't like it.

Obama isn't performing well... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Obama isn't performing well because he had no experience and doesn't know how to lead. It is not a skill you are born with, it is developed. The only thing he is good at is campaigning/speaking. That is it. He doesn't have a clue past that. So when his advisers come to him with plans and/or actions to take, he is the type to say: "What do you recommend?" He knows golf, parties, flying around like a celebrity but that is it.

When you see his face now, he is genuinely perplexed because he doesn't know how to get out of this twist he's in. And the job of President, it is real time and any delay just doubles then triples the problems. He is drowning and taking us down with him. Hopefully he will be stopped in November and things can slow down. ww

"Will the dem's ever tir... (Below threshold)
PSGInfinity:

"Will the dem's ever tire of [being the Plantation Political Party]?
All sign's point to NO."

There, 914, FTFY!

I no longer eng... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

I no longer engage anyone who pulls out the race card. As soon as it appears, I merely say, "When you are ready to pull your head out of your ass and have an HONEST discussion, we'll talk. Have a nice day."

My response: "Yeah, yeah, racism, blah blah blah. What else you got?" (Or "Is that the best you can do?")

Kinda deflates them when you don't rise to the bait and try to defend yourself against the specious charge.

More and more I see the sam... (Below threshold)
John:

More and more I see the same 2 tatics from the left to end debate:
1. you're a racist
2. GWB

No matter how terrible an Obama proposal is if you oppose you can only oppose because you hate the black man that is president.

No matter what terrible thing is happening in this country it is either GWBs fault or he was worse.




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