Diary

If Obama’s so far ahead, why play the race card?

Once again, racism rears its politically profitable head, with Georgia Democrat Rep. John Lewis accusing Sen. John McCain of ‘sowing seeds of hatred.’ Lewis was referring to anger expressed by some who spoke up at recent rallies.

Memo to David Axelrod: these people, like your own constituents, are angry at Washington. And let me assure you it has nothing to do with race. Let me add I also realize race is a valuable card for Democratic Party supporters. And let me make a case for who the real race-baiters are.

Sen. Barack Obama’s own campaign and supporters have repeatedly, while preaching unity out of one side of the mouth, spewed race-baiting from the other. I believe no political party, especially the current leadership, has been so successful in preying on race as a tool. After all the senior member of that party in Washington, Sen. Robert Byrd, former dedicated member of the Ku Klux Klan, is a Democrat.

Let’s walk backwards through recent history for a few moments:

  • Fatimah Ali, columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote, “If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war, fueled by a deflated and depressed country, soaring crime, homelessness – and hopelessness!” (Sept. 2, 2008)
  • Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, asked about the election being close, “That [race] may be a factor. All the code language, all that doesn’t show up in the polls. And that may be a factor for some people.”
  • Democratic congressman John Lewis compares McCain to George Wallace.
  • Michael Pfleger* did his Hillary/white people rant giving a political speech during a service at the Chicago church Obama attended for many years. Obama claims he missed the racist statements his own pastor made during all those services.
  • In his book ‘Dreams From My Father,’ Obama writes about what his mentor, a poet named Frank, told him about the ‘price of admission’ for college: “They’ll train you so good, you’ll start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all that shit. They’ll give you a corner office…[U]ntil you want to actually start running things, and then they’ll yank on your chain and let you know that you may be a well-trained, well-paid n_, but you’re a n_* just the same.” [pg.97] [Insert familiar word from rap music, a word also used frequently by black comedians.]
  • Read columns by Obama supporter Frank Rich at The New York Times. His favorite theme is Obama with a favorite subtheme of race. That may possibly have to do with guilt–the NYT has a great deal of racist content in its past. Check the archives.
  • Recall Toni Morrison who dubbed President Bill Clinton with the title, ‘first black president.’ [Huffington Post, 5-8-08]
  • There are leaders in other countries who agree with the latest Democratic strategy—Fidel Castro. He said, “[a] “profound racism” in the United States will stop millions from voting for Barack Obama in next month’s presidential election.

A Republican president freed the slaves, another Republican president called for unity and pluralism (Teddy Roosevelt) and yet another pushed through legislation for Civil Rights, including the Civil Rights Voting Act. The final act pushed by Eisenhower was weakened by Congress due to the lack of support among the Democrats.

If Democrats want to call me a racist because I will not vote for Obama, that’s their choice. But they are telling the most egregious lie I can imagine and it is a lie that will further harm this country.

Obama, for me, represents his Congress—Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Frank and Schumer among them. I consider these politicians among the most damaging in our country’s history. I am too well informed to vote for a presidential candidate who stands for congressional leaders who booted an Iraqi oil contract to China, managed to run the mortgage industry in the ground in two years of leadership after years of fighting against regulation, even fighting their own party’s president on that issue, who (some) took sweetheart mortgage deals while their constituents were preyed upon by subprime lenders, and who will assuredly raise my middle class taxes in the long run, in my opinion because—as I am fond of saying—*a Democrat never met a tax he didn’t like. *

Not long ago, I heard a caller on the Neil Boortz show. His voice had melodious tones of a Southern man. He gave me the impression his father had a poor opinion of all politicians, but his final comment stayed with me—“Democrats will come at you from behind, but Republicans will come at you head on.” I think that caller hit the nail on the head. Did I mention the caller was black?

And I’d like to remind Congressman Lewis that George Wallace, devout segregationist, was also a dedicated member of the Democratic Party.

*Ed. note: Because of his expressions of hatred, I will not use the term ‘Father’ or ‘Reverend’ when referring to Pfleger. *

Sources

‘We need Obama…’ by Fatimah Ali, 9-2-08 at The Philadelphia Inquirer

‘You are a racist if you don’t vote for Obama…’ at Live Leak (Comments by Gov. Sebelius)

‘Obama mocks McCain’ by Kathleen Hennessey, 9-17-08 at San Francisco Chronicle

‘Congressman says McCain sowing seeds…’ by Associated Press, 10-12-08 at My Way News

‘Castro: Racism in US’ by Associated Press, 10-11-08 at My Way News

‘The Secret Side of David Axelrod’ by Howard Wolinsky, 3-14-08 at Business Week

‘[Democrat] Sen. Robert Byrd, One Time KKK member’ by Andrew Malcolm, 5-19-08 at L.A. Times

‘The Terrorist Barack Hussein Obama’ by Frank Rich, 10-11-08 at THE NEW YORK TIMES

‘Civil Rights Act, 1957’ by The Eisenhower Library at The Eisenhower Library

‘[Democrat] George Wallace Remembered…’ by Richard Pearson, 9-14-98 at The Washington Post