It’s phenomenal that we simply allow people of color in political positions of power and influence to spout whatever racist accusations they want to make without taking them to task. New York Representative Charlie Rangel is the latest politician to casually toss the race card out there. Talking to the Daily Beast, Rangel opined that the Tea Party was “the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police.”
Rangel is only the latest in a long, long line of liberal politicians and personalities who think it’s okay to paint millions of conservative Americans with the same broad brush. Is there racism in conservative populations? Of course! Point me to a political ideology that doesn’t have pockets of racism. Still, it seems that only liberals get the play the card. Only they can take issues that have nothing to do with race and make them about race by pandering to what Rush Limbaugh likes to call “low information voters.”
Take Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States, who got fed up last month with criticism of both himself and Obama. “There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me and the president. You know, people talking about taking their country back…there’s a certain racial component to this for some people.”
“For some people,” of course there is. But to take all of the criticism that has been directed at this administration and this Department of Justice and sweep it away by blaming racism is ludicrous and irresponsible. Someone go back and look at the criticism Bill Clinton endured in his eight years in office. Was it not every bit as vicious and pointed as it has been for Obama? For that matter, read what the libs had to say about President Bush. If G.W. had been black, he could have thrown half of Washington in jail on charges of hate speech.
The line isn’t drawn on those in office, of course. Even MSNBC likes to get in on the fray every now and then. Host Melissa Harris-Perry compared Texas Governor Rick Perry’s order to send National Guard troops to the Mexico border with the civil rights battles of the late 1950s. She specifically made allusions to Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus’ decision to send Guard troops to block black children from entering Little Rock Central High School in 1957. That’s a bit beyond the pale even for MSNBC’s liberal whackos.
Why do they do it? Because it’s effortlessly effective. When you throw out accusations of racism, the discussion ends. Instead of engaging in an intellectual debate of the issues, liberals can win the argument before it ever begins. And since the vast majority of their ideas hinge upon the most tenuous of ideas, this is the only way they can win.