Politics

Playing the Old Race Card

Democrat Party leaders have — for decades — used charges of racism both to cow liberals and to create uncertainty within the minority communities. It’s the old-style politics of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

But Barack Obama was supposed to be our first “post-racial” president: above racial politics, a calmer influence that would move America — finally — past the “divisive era” of George W. Bush.

And then came the July 22nd press conference in which Obama — trying to bolster support for his unpopular health care initiative — was asked about the arrest of one of his friends. He commented on the how a white police officer had “acted stupidly” in arresting that friend, Harvard University’s “renowned” professor Henry Louis Gates, a black man.

Obama was seeking to regain lost ground by dividing to conquer. In other words, when he saw that “Obama-care” wasn’t popular, he knew that highlighting how whites “mistreat” blacks and Hispanics would surely draw a crowd and allow him to re-assert control over the political narrative.

So much for our first “post-racial” president. Rather than seek to avoid a subject that wasn’t a proper subject for presidential commentary to begin with, Obama launched his missile at Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge, Massachusetts Police Department in a manner worthy of Jesse Jackson.

That such tactics come easy to Obama ought to be evident to anyone who watched the 2008 Democrat Convention and heard speakers like Representative John Lewis (D-Ga), say: “As a participant in the civil rights movement, I can tell you that the road to victory will not be easy. Some of us were beaten, arrested, taken to jail and some of us were even killed trying to register to vote. …[And while] we’ve come a long way, …we still have a distance to go. We must march again…to the ballot box. We must march like we never marched before to elect the next president of the United States , Senator Barack Obama."

This is what blogger Paleo Pat was getting at when he wrote: “In the [Democrat] Party, it always seems like it is still 1964.” Although our president is black, our schools and culture are integrated, and our colleges, grad schools, public services, and government agencies are governed by laws that give hiring preferences to minorities, Democrats still cry “racism” when their agenda or candidate isn’t attractive enough to garner support.

This is what Rush Limbaugh had in mind when he warned that those who thought the election of Obama would end the accusations of America as “racist” were wrong. How can electing a race-baiter from a party that readily uses racial overtones to accomplish its ends ever diminish racism?

Attorney General Holder is a perfect case in point. The Civil Rights’ struggles and successes of the 1950s and 60s notwithstanding, in February 2009 Holder said America was a “nation of cowards” when it comes to dealing with racism. I wonder how many of the approximate 300,000 Union soldiers that died in the Civil War would concur with Holder’s assessment? I wonder what white people like the late Charlton Heston, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr., would say to Holder’s accusations?

Of course Holder doesn’t really care what Union soldiers or Charlton Heston would say because he has no desire for this “nation of cowards” to suddenly find the courage to end “racism.” And he’s too busy perpetuating it to try to prove otherwise.

In April Holder used accusations of racism to push a new Hate Crimes bill through the House, and in July the same approach was used to push the legislation through the Senate under the cover of night. Yet while using race and the guise of pursuing “equality” to push his legislation, Holder admitted that the Hate Crimes legislation didn’t cover everybody equally. As a matter of fact, it only applies to “historically oppressed minorities.” White people, who may become the “victim of a violent hate crime by any minority,” will have to seek redress from “traditional law” in Holder’s opinion.

In the end, anyone who disagrees with Democrats is liable to be labeled a “racist” — even other Democrats. Think not? Then read what Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga) said about the Democrats’ disarray on the health care bill. Johnson blamed the bill’s failure to pass on “seven white men — the seven blue dogs [in the House] — who are holding the bill ‘hostage.’” It doesn’t matter that the stand of the seven Democrats may be a principled one, just as it didn’t matter than Gates refused to co-operate with police or that racism against whites is no better than racism against blacks.

All that matters is that reckless charges of “racism” have worked well for Democrats by giving them the one thing they want more than anything else — political clout.

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