Oh, he’s done what any slick politician would do in public when it comes to answering controversial questions – he’s left it to his underlings and minions to insinuate or outright suggest that racism is a major factor in opposition to his policies. But behind the scenes to faithful devotees, our “post racial” (not) President clearly doesn’t mind giving a wink and nod to the suggestion that his political opposition is motivated mostly by racism. From author Kenneth T. Walsh’s Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House book (published February 1, 2011), as excerpted by US News (bolded emphasis added by me):
But Obama, in his most candid moments, acknowledged that race was still a problem. In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted on their mortgages, and the poor, but wasn’t helping them nearly enough, he said.
A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to “take back” their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn’t dispute the idea. He agreed that there was a “subterranean agenda” in the anti-Obama movement—a racially biased one—that was unfortunate. But he sadly conceded that there was little he could do about it.
President Obama ought to be outright ashamed for fostering even in private the false accusation that conservatives dislike him more due to the color of his skin than the content of his character and policies. I’d like to say this was based on pure cluelessness on his part but I’m not that stupid. His advancement of this highly offensive and untrue accusation is nothing more than an ice cold, brutal political calculation, and one we’re all used to seeing from Democrat politicos and other assorted liberal political operatives going back decades, but even more so now that the POTUS is a black man. If all else fails, play the Race Card. What better way to try and silence “the other side” than to accuse them of being one of the lowest forms in life in America?
Of course, let’s not mention the fact that conservatives and Tea Partiers also targeted for defeat WHITE politicians in the Republican party during the course of the last election cycle. WHITE Republicans who aren’t viewed as conservative enough on fiscal policy are routinely criticized and targeted by Tea Partiers who warn them of the “electoral consequences” if they don’t “shape up.” Essentially, conservatives and Tea Partiers had in their sights for defeat liberal politicos in the Democrat party – white and black alike, as well as politicos on the Republican party who they felt were too “moderate” – no matter the color.
Let’s also not mention the fact that Republican “minority” candidates made big gains last year, like in SC-1, where Tim Scott was elected to the US House. Allen West (FL-22) was elected to the US House as well. Marco Rubio was elected by a majority of Floridians to serve in the US Senate. Rubio, Scott, and West all spoke at CPAC – where West was the keynote speaker. Susana Martinez was elected Governor of New Mexico. I could go on and on. Many of successful “minority” GOP candidates across the country were helped to a significant degree by the Tea Party and affiliated groups. Needless to say, if “racism” was a primary factor in opposition to our celebrity President, most of these candidates wouldn’t have had a chance in hell.
And this President, David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, and all other movers and shakers close to him in and outside of his administration damned well know it.
But, as has all too often been the case in the past, just because they know it doesn’t mean they’ll acknowledge it. In fact, they’ll do just the opposite – they’ll lie about it for shameless political gain on the backs of the very people they claim to want to “help.” And in this case it’s especially shameful because intentionally deceiving the public about race relations doesn’t move us forward at all. It keeps us all stuck in the past. And that’s where the Democrat party wants this country to remain on the issue of racism – at least in terms of beliefs when it comes to racism. In spite of all the advancements, in spite of how far we’ve come, Democrats continue to try to manipulate the American people – white, black, Hispanic, etc – into believing that one party wants to “keep minorities down” and that they – Democrats – are the only ones who can protect minority “victims” from the “evil” that is the Republican party.
We can’t have any meaningful discussions about race in this country because Democrats throw out the Absolute Moral Authority card each time a Republican speaks a truth about public programs that are supposed to “benefit” minorities. Same same when talking about crime and/or illegitimacy rates. Or abortion rates. It’s hands off. Mouths shut. Only liberal Democrats, and true RINOs like Meghan McCain who toe the “racist” line are allowed to talk about these issues with any degree of credibility in the media. Anyone else who tries to discuss them honestly and frankly in the public arena who does not view black people, women, etc as part of a “victim” class that needs to government “protection” is automatically branded as a racist or sexist or whatever term demeans the most, and the calls for them to apologize or step down are usually widespread.
On the other hand, black Democrats in particular (Sharpton, Jackson, Waters, Rangel, etc) can say things that are particularly vicious and that actually are untrue when it comes to race issues, and nine times out of ten they’re given a pass – because nine times out of ten white Democrats certainly aren’t going to call out in any meaningful, forceful way any black liberal “political” leader who is influential in the black community. They want their votes. So quiet they stay.
I’m not really so much surprised at President Obama’s private utterances about the Tea Party as I am disappointed. Regardless of what I think of his policies, as America’s first black President he could have performed wonders in terms of bridging the racial divide – and on a surface level, you’d think he was doing that. But he’s not. Not when you consider how members of his party, including his administration, don’t hesitate to play the race card when they have no other answers to the criticisms that are leveled at them from the opposition. Not when you consider that the Justice Dept, on his watch, is led by a racist Attorney General who oversees and approves of his department’s favoritism of black people.
Yeah, sure – in public he’ll say one thing about his opposition, but as he did during the Democrat primaries in 2008 and in the general election campaign later that year, President Obama will let his handlers take care of doing most of the racial dirty work and only rarely will he himself insinuate in any way that his opponents don’t like him primarily because he’s black. That way he looks like he’s above the fray while in reality he’s right in the middle of it.
I’m sure his spiritual mentor Rev. Wright is proud of the racial heavyweight that his former congregant has become. And his community organizer inspiration Saul Alinksy would be, too, if he were around to witness it.
The more things “change”, the more they stay the same, eh?