When America was a racist country, Democrats were primarily the ones engaged in racism. However, now that racism has been largely relegated to the fringes of American society (the KKK, the New Black Panthers, the Nation of Islam, La Raza, MEChA, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, American Nazi Party, etc.), the Democrats are constantly wagging their fingers about it. Of course naturally, given the racist history of the Democrat Party, liberals have managed to rig the rules in order to benefit themselves and hurt their political opponents. That's a pretty neat albeit despicable trick that they've managed to pull off.
***1) Liberals aren't held to the same rules as Republicans: When liberals say racist things, it's just excused out of hand as if it's no big deal. If Dick Cheney had said, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man" instead of Joe Biden, you'd read about it every time he criticized Barack Obama. When Christopher Dodd said, “I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia [Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan recruiter] that he would have been a great senator at any moment. . . . He would have been right during the great conflict of civil war in this nation,” it was shrugged off. On the other hand, Trent Lott ended up resigning from the GOP leadership for making very similar comments about Strom Thurmond.
***2) Minority racism must be ignored:According to Rasmussen polling, "Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults think most black Americans are racist, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 15% consider most white Americans racist, while 18% say the same of most Hispanic Americans." This isn't coming out of the ether. Black Americans voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton because he was black. If George Zimmerman had been black and Trayvon Martin had been Hispanic, most black Americans would have been indifferent to the case or would have supported Zimmerman. This is one of the great ironies of the liberal obsession with racism. While they can turn practically anything into evidence of Republican racism, the most grotesque examples of racism from minorities are just shrugged off.
***3) You pay no penalty for falsely accusing people of racism: False accusations of racism can do just as much damage as actual racism. People can be ostracized for it, lose endorsement deals or even lose their jobs over being falsely accused of racism. Yet, the only reason you've heard of people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Touré, and Melissa Harris-Perry is because they're willing to accuse people of being racists on the flimsiest of pretexts. It's tempting to compare these race-hustling poverty pimps to the KKK, but the more appropriate analogy is the Spanish Inquisition. The attitude is, "So what if we unjustly accuse a lot of people as long as we get a few heretics in the process?"
***4) Outrage matters more than facts: It doesn't matter what Bush actually did in New Orleans or that the local government failed the people of the city; it matters how people FEEL about it. It doesn't matter that Democrats have run Detroit since 1962; it matters that people FEEL Republicans are responsible. It doesn't matter that Trayvon Martin wasn't really a twelve year old kid and that he was slamming George Zimmerman's head into the pavement; it matters that Zimmerman's acquittal FEELS symbolic of law-abiding black Americans being profiled because so many other black Americans are criminals. Once an accusation of racism is made, facts are treated as if they're of secondary importance to FEELINGS.
***5) It's okay to discriminate against white Americans: It's unbelievable that in 2013, we still have race-based discrimination in America and liberals are perfectly fine with it. The rationale for what should be an incredible violation of the equal protection clause in the Constitution? It's that whites are doing better than blacks are as a group. That's probably a cold comfort to the son of a white single mother making minimum wage whose son loses out to one of Obama's daughters because he happened to be Caucasian.
***6) It's always the fifties and sixties: Comparing the United States of 2013, when we have a black President of the United States to a time when black Americans couldn't drink from the same water fountains as whites is so ridiculous that to do so should practically be considered a sign of mental illness. Yet, it happens all the time and it's not immediately met with laughter and eye rolls. It should be. The reason that it happens is because it benefits liberals politically to pretend that racism is still everywhere. After all, what else does the Democrat Party have to offer minorities in America other than protection from mostly non-existent racism? Crime-ridden neighborhoods? Joblessness? Poverty? Fighting mostly non-existent racism the Democrat Party can handle just fine, but actually helping people improve their lives is apparently way too tough to manage.
***7) Past evidence must be ignored: Ironically, saying you have "black friends" is now considered to be something that a racist would say. That says much more about the sort of witch hunt allegations of racism have become in this country than the people who say it. Judge Charles Pickering put his life on the line to prosecute the Grand Dragon of the KKK in Mississippi in the early sixties; yet liberals falsely branded him a racist to stop his nomination to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. George Zimmerman tutored black children and fought to get justice for a black homeless man beaten by police and even voted for Obama, but he was still falsely portrayed as a racist. This can happen only because determining if someone is a racist has become a political tool that is completely disconnected from whether the person in question actually dislikes people because of the color of their skin.
***8) Republicans secretly want to do things Democrats used to do: Conservative, moderate, and liberal Democrats were behind slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow laws, segregation, the Tuskegee Experiment, lynchings and every other racist horror inflicted on black Americans in this country. Republicans stood against the Democrats while they were doing all of those terrible things and while we congratulate them on now agreeing with us that they were wrong, it's disgusting to try to blame Democrat sins on the Republican Party. God willing, a hundred years from now Democrats will be wagging their fingers about the horrors of murdering children via abortion and claiming Republicans secretly want to abort children. If so, it would be the same sort of step forward we've seen from the Democrats on racism.
***9) Minorities shouldn't be held to the same standards as whites:Walter Williams once said, "During the first Reagan administration, I participated in a number of press conferences on either a book or article I’d written or as a panelist in a discussion of White House public policy. On occasion, when the question-and-answer session began, I’d tell the press, 'You can treat me like a white person. Ask hard, penetrating questions.' The remark often brought uncomfortable laughter, but I was dead serious. If there is one general characteristic of white liberals, it’s their condescending and demeaning attitude toward blacks." The soft bigotry of low expectations that liberals bring to the table encourages mediocrity, undercuts excellence and generally helps to hold minorities in America back.
***10) When a white non-liberal disagrees with a liberal minority, it's probably because of racism: Republicans absolutely detested Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton; so what kind of moron would assume that their intense dislike of Barack Obama must be driven by race? Tea Partiers love black conservatives that agree with them, like Herman Cain and Allen West; so could there be a reason that they detest Barack Obama other than race? Do we really need the Scooby Gang to figure out why a group that's all about small government, low taxes, and cutting spending would dislike a socialist who's all about big government, higher taxes and increasing spending?
***11) Only liberals get to decide what's racist: We've set up a system where the world's most easily offended people get to decide what's offensive and what's not and coincidentally, crying "racism" often helps them fund raise or hurts their political opponents. It's like starting up the Salem Witch Trials again and then giving Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the NAACP $10,000 every time they find a "witch" to burn. If we did that, what do you think the chances are they'd be finding witches EVERYWHERE? ........ EXACTLY.
Why is it not treated the same as "nigger" and become the "R" word?
The mistake too many (with the facts on their side) make is that they respond to this charge by immediately defending themselves; this is exactly what the liberal in the argument wants, and if you go down this rabbit hole, they've won, pure and simple.
The proper course is to ignore the specious charge and challenge them to address the facts. Lather, rinse, repeat and stay fact-centered until they slink off.
Many Americans disliked Barack Obama for reasons that had nothing to do with the color of his skin.
The 4th poorest performing economy out of the 43 Presidents who preceded him nothing to do with race and everything to do with an inept economic policy.
Ditto for the weakest recovery in history, the most protracted rate of high unemployment (and underemployment), and the lowest Labor Force Participation rate in over 40 years.
Abuse of power (weaponizing the IRS and likely the CIA) had nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with an appalling lack of character and integrity.
Setting race relations back decades had nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with being a narrow-minded, race-baiting bigot.
Rendering our standing in the International Community somewhere between "weak" and "laughingstock" had nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with a fundamental lack of leadership abilities and an immoral compass.
Those are the facts that cause the intellectually dishonest to brandish the "r" word......
This is a myth that has been pushed by leftists for the last few decades, and has little, if any, factual backing. The true "sheep" (Atheist, et al) actually believe it.
"But Jefferson , a republican ........."
Jefferson died on July 4, 1826. The Republican Party was founded in 1854, 28 YEARS after Jefferson died.
What's more, the annual Democrat Party celebration and fundraising dinners are referred to as Jefferson-Jackson Day events!
My God, how did you get to be so stupid?????
Mike of CT "...the argument quickly segues from a fact-based argument to an emotion-based argument,"
Once upon a time, I dealt with a landowner that had a well on it owned and operated by the company I worked for. He was an atheist, progressive liberal that basked in the sunlight of socialism. He was atement about having the well relocated off his property. I asked him if socialism is so great, why are you worried about a gas well that benefits the greater good on property you "own"? Remember, no private ownership of property right...?
The funny part is, the well existed before he bought the property unseen. Talk about clueless.
Never better said, my friend.
Never better said.
Did the Democrats just now notice the statues of the Confederacy? Have they been in a coma? All of a sudden they found self-riotousness over what “those people” represented. This is over the top hypocritical!
And please, don’t give me that line about the Parties changed sides! When, exactly, did that happen? During the FDR years? FDR was, and still is, a god to the Democrats. You know, the one who rounded up and interned Japanese, Italians, Germans and so on during World War II? No warrants. No due process. Nothing. Yup, American citizens! Ironic. And now they want to make up for it by giving NON-Americans all kinds of rights.
President Roosevelt appointed former KKK member Hugo Black to the Supreme Court! Pay attention now. As an Alabama Senator, Hugo Black filibustered an Anti-Lynching Bill. Hmmm. Hugo went on to write that Roosevelt spoke positively of the KKK and had many friends and supporters in it. During the Civil Rights movement, Hugo warned FDR that if he didn’t keep the Blacks in line it might get violent! He also stated, “unfortunately some people think Negros should have special rights under the law.” FDR would not allow the integration of whites and blacks in the armed services. I wonder how he would have handled transgender? Will we be removing his statue now too?
Maybe the Parties switched sides during the years of LBJ, a Democrat, who saw black people as being able to be played and had no problem calling them by the “N” word. (As a matter of fact, many of his close friends said it was one of his favorite words.) When LBJ was asked why he nominated Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court he stated, “When I appoint a “N” to the bench I want everyone to know he is a “N””. And his famous comment that once he got the Civil Rights Act passed, “I’ll have those “N’s” voting Democratic for 200 years.” Will we be pulling down his statue too?
Maybe the Party switch came in the 1970’s, you know, when Jimmy Carter, one of the biggest racists in your Party, well in any Party, was president. Jimmy, while serving on the school board in the 1950’s led the effort to relocate the site of a new black school. Why? Because, as he stated publically, the school was on the same side of the street as a white school and the kids would have to use the same sidewalk! The board later assured residents they would do everything they could to make sure the kids would not be walking on the sidewalk at the same time.
In 1976 the first black mayor of Gary Indiana, Richard Hatcher said Carter was, “a Frankenstein’s monster with a Southern drawl, a more cultured version of old Confederate at the school house door.”
Jesse Jackson, yes THE Jesse Jackson, called Carter “a throwback to Hitlerian racism.”Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson once exclaimed regarding Carter, “is there no white politician I can trust?”
Why would these people say this about Jimmy Carter? One of the most revered Democrats in history. Or was he Republican? I’m confused. I can’t figure out when they changed!
When the government was considering using “public housing” to integrate neighborhoods, Jimmy Carter stated, “I have nothing against a community that is made up of people who are Polish or Czech or French Canadian or black trying to maintain the ethnic purity of their neighborhood this is a natural inclination.” I’m guessing his statues need to come down too. Will we also be taking his name off of schools?
Maybe that Party switch came during Billy Bob Clinton’s reign! Bill has been touted as the single most effective president at increasing the black prison population because of his 1994 Crime Bill. Many in the black community believe he was trying to appease white Republicans whose vote he needed. So if he did that, wouldn’t that make him a racist? Or at the very least, a phony?
But what I really want to tackle is the ongoing, continual accusations of sexual assault by Billy Bob that seem to be totally acceptable to the Left. While governor, his troopers, and guards went and picked up women for him. (Google it.) When one woman went to her grandmother with the issue she was told, “You can go to your boss with it, but honey, he is the Governor. Be careful.” As the Governor, no one stood a chance. And back then, she and the others might have been blamed or accused of being a willing participant. But if they were all false, then why did he pay them to go away? I found 2 different reports. One identifying 11 different women, the other 7 with no names attached. State troopers had a running joke about the then-Governor who fancied himself as Mr. Lover! Was he a Republican who switched? And will we be pulling his statues down?
Then there is Ted Kennedy. Womanizer and “alleged” murderer. I guess we have to define murderer. Actually I’m not going to if you don’t know what one is then you shouldn’t be reading this piece. After a night of drinking Ted Kennedy was giving a ride “home” to a Miss Mary Jo Kopechne when his car went out of control on a small bridge and into the water. Ted had the presence of mind to get himself out of the car, go back to his room, shower, clean up, go to bed, and THEN, when he got up in the morning, call the police. When the autopsy was done it was found that she drowned, which means he had time to save her if he would have simply tried.
There were rumors that Mary Jo was pregnant, but since that part of the story has no real evidence, I won’t accuse him of it. Ted was known for talking down to in a condescending tone those who he felt were beneath him, most notably, black people. This was VERY evident when he was in a confirmation hearing for Mr. Gerald Reynolds’ appointment to the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education. According to one Senator, Ted was explaining everything to Mr. Reynolds as if he was a child or unable to comprehend. You know, like you do when someone is “beneath you.” So, will we be removing his name and statues from places of prominence?
The arguments are disingenuous. The rage fake. And the moral outcry is just laughable. The Left marches hand in hand with Communist flag waivers (Google it) even allowing them to be shown at the DNC. Yet they are supposedly outraged by the Confederate flag and the American Flag?
They’re fine walking next to the Communist flag that represents the killing of 100’s of millions of people and the oppression of 100’s of millions more. Yet they find a perverted satisfaction in burning a flag that may have many negative frays in it, but along with all those frays are many, many, many more threads saving 100’s of millions lives! America has brought food and aid to many war-torn countries and aid to countries ravaged by natural disasters. And they’ve brought smiles and calm and peace and joy to many LEGAL immigrants coming to America for a better life for their families...
"Except you fail to address why the majority of white supremacists today wouldn't vote for a dem today."
There are less than 10,000 of them in the entire country.
I'm in no way a white supremacist and it's highly unlikely I'd ever vote for a Dem, either.
In addition, there are hundreds of thousands of people on the left who would never vote for a Republican.
So what's your point?
The root of hitler's power was a transfer of cash between government and certain corporations - sort of like the dems and tesla, wind companies, solar companies, etc. fascism is socialism.
Nice deflection; well, actually, it really isn't-nice, that is. You must have been the valedictorian at the "University of Specious and Unsubstantiated Charges"; making a declarative statement requires substantive proof.
Oh wait a second, I think you may try to cobble some together....let's take a look....
"How do I know? Look at the rallies! Anti Hillary, anti democrats, anti immigrant, anti Muslim etc. is that Because they're all liberals?"
Damn, what a letdown; for a second there I'd half-hoped you'd construct a semi-cogent argument.
No context for a broad and unsubstantiated assumption; all those rallies comprised what percent of the American electorate? That would be context, i.e. it would provide scope. At the moment you're in the "but I heard it from my local barber who read it in some paper or something" level of sourcing.
And what about all those anti's that you seem to have concocted, err, I mean connected? Anti-Hillary equals the portion of the electorate who happens to ascribe to the quaint notion that we are a nation of laws, something Mrs. Clinton circumvents whenever they prove inconvenient. Anti-Democrat equals the portion of the electorate that believes in personal accountability, the Constitution, the rule of law and that the government serves the people and not the other way around.
Anti-immigrant; don't confuse anti-illegal immigration with being anti-immigration; I know, that distinction is probably lost on you as I don't recall seeing you getting too worked up over it prior to......well, actually I doubt you're worked up at all about illegal immigration at all.
Anti-muslim? I think you mean anti-radical islamic terrorism. Don't worry, I'll give you a pass on this one; after all the former POTUS couldn't utter the words so why should I expect one of his legion of water-carriers to be able to?
" I'm not sure if We should even wait for an answer as much as you guys skirt around the issue."
I'm not sure you've asked a question as much as you've regurgitated about 6 weeks worth of posts on HuffPo or DailyKos. At the moment you have me questioning if you possess the intellectual depth to even make a half-hearted stab at a meaningful question on this topic.
The only skirting being done here is by you Gentle Gerbil; skirting around the difference between being pitiful or just plain boring.
Nixon was 50 YEARS ago, you moron!
"And how the democrats before Jim Crow era were conservatives up until LBJ signed the civil right act?"
I've got news for you:
A greater percentage of both GOP Congressmen and Senators voted FOR the Civil Rights Act than did the Democrat Congressmen and Senators.
Moreover, to your great surprise, I'm sure, Martin Luther King was a REPUBLICAN!
Must suck to be you!
"Anyone with a rudimentary education would know that."
You just hate conservative white people, isn't it?
I'm much more inclined to believe the Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt (in the video).
Like most bowliberal wannabes...you get your information from Cracker Jack boxes...propaganda that has been formulated to make you feel better...you feed on it daily.
I've never watched Fox and Friends in my life and I've not watched any of the conservative shows on TV in well over a decade. In fact, other than a few sports events, I haven't watched any TV at all in over a decade.
Must suck to be you!