At the Washington Times Jeffrey Kuhner writes a great column exploring the Democrats increasingly desperate use of the racecard. Kuhner points out that it was Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid "who compared critics of Mr. Obama’s health care overhaul to the defenders of “slavery” and “Jim Crow.” In other words, dislike for socialized medicine is akin to nostalgia for white supremacy." Never mind that many of these same conservatives objected to the big government plan for socialized medicine put forward by President Clinton who was white. If you oppose Obama's policies you must be a racist.
The latest attack was launched on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who called Obama the "Food Stamp President" since under Obama's watch Food Stamp use has skyrocketed. Never mind that as of 2010 35.7% of food stamp recipients were white. Only 22% were black. Darn it, Democrats said Newt's statement was racist and that's that!
And if Newt Gingrich from Georgia is a racist what about Romney from Massachusetts? Well, he's just SO WHITE that he must be a racist. Right? One op-ed by a liberal writer in the New York Times said what so many other Dems must be thinking: "“The simple, impolitely stated fact is that Mitt Romney is the whitest white man to run for president in recent memory.”
Kuhner notes that the real tragedy for the black community is not the phony racism of the Tea Party but the failure of Obama's policies:
Hurling the racism charge has been used by liberals for years as an ideological stick to bludgeon conservative critics. In our time, it is the equivalent of previously being called a witch or heretic: a libelous smear that, if it sticks, results in social ostracism. Yet, the fact that liberals are now repeatedly - and blindly - resorting to it is a sign of desperation. It shows they are unable to defend Mr. Obama’s abysmal record. His presidency has been an utter failure.For decades, liberal Democrats have run the inner cities in which poor blacks have been kept as virtual slaves on the Democrat plantation unable to escape the often squalid, crime ridden conditions of their existence while surrounded by the aging failure of the socialist welfare state. Held back by poor state run education and enslaved by economic dependence on Democrat handouts they suffer year after year afflicted by the same grievances which Democrats consistently fail to address.
This presidency has been totally inept, especially for blacks. The black unemployment rate is at its highest in more than 30 years. Unemployment for black males hovers near 20 percent - approaching Great Depression levels. For black male teenagers, it is more than an astounding 40 percent. Instead of restoring economic recovery and focusing on urban blight and the loss of manufacturing and blue-collar jobs, the Obama administration has been obsessed with other priorities: ObamaCare, cap-and-trade legislation, amnesty for illegal immigrants and spending billions on the green economy. This may resonate with trendy academic liberals, but it has done nothing for the besieged black community.
But never mind all that. We all know that the real problem is the hidden racism of conservatives. Right?