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If You Disagree With Me, You Are Probably A Racist…Part 2

September 17, 2009

Carter

To burnish his credentials as America’s worst president ever, ex Commander-in-Chief Jimmy Carter felt compelled to voice his opinion about Rep. Joe Wilson and others who have been critical of President Obama’s policies. In so doing, Carter adopted the left’s favorite tactic in political debate: When in doubt, cry “racism.”  Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld is now convinced that Carter is just “Maureen Dowd in a fright mask.”

Said Gutfeld yesterday:

“Look, let me state the obvious. President Obama won. That wouldn’t happen in a racist country. Not only did he win, but he enjoys good faith among people like me who didn’t vote for him. I admit I find his message to be as wrongheaded at times as Carter’s— but Obama seems like a genuinely good guy, especially, when he called Kanye West a jackass.  I’d like him even more if he’d say the same thing about Carter … and if you disagree with me, then you’re probably a racist…”

Obama does seem like a good guy; he just happens to be guided by the wrong people.  The last attribute that virtually anyone would even contemplate criticizing is the color of his skin.  It is disgraceful that we even have to dignify such misguided accusations with a discussion or rebuttal.

Comedian Jim Norton weighed in on Red Eye:

“The problem with a lot of the left lately is they are so intellectually arrogant, they cannot comprehend that their ideas or ideologies are being challenged on merit.  They CAN’T BELIEVE that you could challenge them, so it has to be something else.  It HAS to be race, or it HAS to be gender.  Look, I’m white, I hear white people talk, and no one is talking about him being black.  It’s his health care and his taxes.  It is the same thing they would have attacked Hillary for, or any other liberal democrat.”

Leftists have a hard time understanding that people can legitimately reject their political positions on substantive grounds. Thus they are prone to respond angrily to criticisms, often with childish charges of racism and sexism. “Intellectually arrogant” is a perfectly appropriate term for them; it can also be used to describe leftist professors most of us have dealt with at some point.

To quote from David Horowitz’s book Hating Whitey:

“Liberals and the Democratic Party need the economic dependence and monolithic political choices of the African-American community in order to secure their own political power.  That is why liberals and Democrats constantly inflame the racial fears of black Americans while maliciously demonizing conservatives and Republicans as their racial enemies.  That is why they are either collusive in, or silent about, the character assassination of black conservatives.”

By engaging in racial politics when race really has nothing to do with anything, leftists downgrade the intellectual discourse in this country tenfold.  By forcing a discussion about race (or gender), they get us to avoid talking about issues that actually need to be discussed (i.e. the specifics of health care and taxes).  These infantile tactics must be called exactly what they are, if we want our country to ever make any real progress.

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7 Comments
  1. September 17, 2009 2:40 pm

    Of course racism is playing no role in the current criticisms of the president. If you look at the signs at the teabagger rallies and town hall meetings, all the big racist ones are just poor deluded individuals who all the other kids don’t like.

  2. Cas Balicki permalink
    September 17, 2009 3:22 pm

    It brings to mind Holder’s comment that Americans are too cowardly to discuss race. Sadly, the discussion of race on this political scale is a one-way colloquy. What Carter, among others, is doing is losing the debate therefore the winners are up to the usual nefarious tricks. I know this has been said many times and in ways better than this poor attempt, but it bears repeating.

    At the risk of further lowering the tone of this debate, I will say that Carter’s sort of outburst is what might be expected from a man that has dedicated his life to promoting affirmative action and its pseudo-causes. The ultimate irony is that the US is now living through the first affirmative action presidency in that the press refuses to criticize, and when they do the only criticize is of those critical of the president. If Obama were white, does anyone suppose that his to date poor performance in office would be covered up and underpinned to the extent it is currently being done by the media? The obvious answer is, of course, no.

    The history of the Democratic Party is one of pandering to Blacks and other minorities while refusing to grant them the status of fully mature adult humans capable of standing on their own two feet as individuals. Ask yourself, why does Carter feel the need to defend Obama personally with this sort of slander? It is Obama’s policies that should be either defended or criticized. Conceivably those policies would not change based on skin colour. If there is a case to be made for socialized health care, it should be made. The argument, if cogent, would be as persuasive irrespective of who madesit. A good argument would carry the day if it were made by Carter, Clinton, or Obama.

    Facing far worse circumstances than this president Martin Luther King made his argument and carried the day. Perhaps Jimmy Carter should try persuading as opposed to denigrating. Then again, Carter probably didn’t have much to do with the Rev. King in times past.

  3. stmichrick permalink
    September 18, 2009 5:27 am

    There was actually a time when I thought that the only redeeming virtue of Obama’s election was that we would hear fewer charges of racism and the demise of the civil rights industry.

    WRONG.

    After the Gates episode and with fools like Carter piling on, I now believe that this leftist Obama presidency will set race relations in America back 30 years.

  4. September 18, 2009 9:22 am

    I wonder how many black people will die by running from cops, after being inspired by President Obama’s statement about Henry Gates and cops “acting stupidly”?

    What a terrible lost opportunity! Had he said, “There is an important difference between ‘law’ and ‘authority’. They do not mean the same thing. You should always submit to authority. If the arrest is unfair, then you can argue that in a court of law Resisting authority is harmful to your health.”

    Alas he now has blood on his hands whereas he could have saved many lives.

  5. September 18, 2009 9:43 am

    An important post. We have to prevent the left from silencing criticism by crying racism every time we point to problems in the Obama administration.

    Why? Because soon they will push for bills banning hate speech and dropping the first amendment like they have in Europe. We must prevent this tragedy from occurring in our still free nation.

  6. Judy permalink
    September 18, 2009 11:47 am

    Eric,
    You are correct. The Obama administration is already looking at a second “Bill of Rights” that will include their right to shut us up. Failure to fall in lockstep with the administration policy and voiced dissention will be viewed as a treason against the “good of the whole”. Sound familiar?
    Cass,
    Without decades of the Democratic party using the minority populations for the plunder of self-initiative, self-esteem and self-direction, they would have no power today. The African-American and other minority populations are nothing more than human shields to be used and discarded, plundered and exploited. They saw “living” exploitable populations in the poor, minority and socially lost, years ago and have become experts in the manipulation of those that attack them on philosophical grounds. Being thrown under the bus fits in the the Progressives framework that declares that human casuality and sacrifice as being a requirement for the whole. Decades of presenting themselves as benevolent, has resulted in the surrender of minority populations to the Progressive ” parent” that knows best, and will lead them to safety. Sad and tragic.

  7. Andi permalink
    September 18, 2009 4:00 pm

    If not for his recent literature and recent speeches, I would think that Jimmy Carter was pushing Obama’s agenda because he may think that Obama is following in his own [Carter’s] footsteps, making the same foreign policy and fiscal decisions that have left Carter popularly known as “the worst American President, ever” and that if Obama continues down this path, the current President may mercifully lift that burden from his own shoulders.

    Sadly, all of his rhetoric seems to fall along the same deluded lines, so I guess he thinks he is actually helping this President by perpetuating the party line to try to silence any voice that dares disagree with his Administration and this Democratic-majority Congress with the cry of racism.

    For the record, my irritation is aimed squarely at Nancy Pelosi at this point – she’s the one that refuses to allow the Public Option to fall aside, the pork-laden stimulus bill was her baby, and she’s the one that started all the name-calling in the first place… nazis and astroturf…. Speaker Pelosi, I AM NOT ASTROTURF. But I am uninsured and I am not foolish enough to want your hand-outs. What does that make me, since we’re both white and you therefore can’t call me a racist?

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