Five months after most U.S. voters sided with Tea Party philosophy by rejecting big government and big spending at the polls, Democrats are still charging that their losses were not based on policy but on racism.
Yesterday, one of MSNBC’s socialist hitmen, Lawrence O’Donnell, said what Donald Trump is doing in criticizing President Obama is built on a base of racism and paranoia. And one of O’Donnell’s MSNBC comrades, Martin Bashir, suggested in an interview with Andrew Breitbart that the conservative publisher and the Tea Party are racist. So if you criticize our president you’re either racist or crazy. What they don’t get — or maybe they do but just pretend they don’t — is that most Americans who oppose President Obama do not do so because they’re racists, they do so because they’re capitalists.
If liberals had any shame they would be embarrassed that they have to resort to playing the race card over and over, but since nothing is beneath them it is going to be played through the 2012 election. If you take to a logical conclusion the left’s premise that any opposition to Obama is racism, it means it will be racist for the Republican Party to nominate someone to challenge him next year. The only way for Republicans to avoid the racism charge would be to let Obama run unopposed and therefore uncriticized. But as each Republican declares in the weeks or months ahead his or her intention to be the party’s nominee, they will, according to leftists, not only be announcing to the country their candidacy but also revealing their racism.
Just as with the old joke, “How can you tell when a politician is lying? His lips are moving,” the answer to the question, “How can you tell when a Republican is racist?” will be, “He or she runs against President Obama.” Racism is going to be even more a tactic of the Obama campaign next year than it was in 2008. His slogan might as well be, “Vote for me or you’re racist,” because that is going to be the implication. President Reagan’s, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” may become, “Are you more or less racist now than you were four years ago?”
I hope the Democrats keep it up, keep insulting the millions of Americans who, while not necessarily official Tea Party members, agree with their goals for the country. It backfired in 2010 and I believe it will backfire next year. Meantime, I understand there’s not yet any truth to the rumor that when Obama’s Republican opponent criticizes the president in any of the debates, Attorney General Holder will charge the GOP nominee with hate speech.
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