Rep. Barbara Lee: race-baiter or just an idiot? You make the call.

Posted by: Phineas on December 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

**Posted by Phineas

A few days ago, on the floor of the House, Representative Lee (D-CA) declared that requiring voters to present identification in order to vote was a… wait for it…  racist plot!!!

A Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday on the House floor that Republican legislators around the country are purposefully trying to deny blacks the right to vote by pushing for voter identification laws.

“It’s no coincidence that a disproportionate number of these affected voters come from communities of color as well as the poor, the elderly and students,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“Having been born and raised in Texas, this certainly looks like a poll tax to me, which those of us remember as a way to prevent African Americans from voting. These voter ID laws have a partisan agenda: seeking to disenfranchise and deny specific populations of voters before they have the opportunity to elect their representatives in government.”

She also said the laws are meant to change election outcomes by “turning the clock back to the days of Jim Crow.”

Pardon me, I need to beat my head against a wall for a moment. 

There. I feel better.

If you think you’ve heard this song before, you’re right. Just a few days ago, a Democratic Party support organization masquerading as a civil rights advocacy group, the NAACP, announced plans to ask the United Nations to intervene against the racist evils of voter ID laws.

And, let’s not forget, the Chairwoman of the Democratic Party, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, accused Republicans of wanting to take America back to the days of Jim Crow. It seems Congresswoman Lee needs the same history lesson about her own party I gave Wasserman-Schultz:

  • Q. Which party defended slavery? A. The Democratic Party.
  • Q. Which party opposed slavery? A. The Republican Party.
  • Q. Between 1875 and 1964, which party passed every major civil rights bill until the 1964 act? A. The Republicans.
  • Q. Which party created and defended Jim Crow for over 90 years? A. The Democrats.
  • Q. Which party fought every anti-lynching law introduced between the Civil War and 1964? A. The Democrats.
  • Q. Which party introduced segregation into the federal government? A. The Democrats, under Wilson.

Of course, truth doesn’t matter to the Lees and the NAACPs and the Wasserman-Schultzes of the world. In fact the truth is their enemy. If they ran on the truth, that election fraud is a real problem, they would have to admit that their party is the one that benefits from it. And if they ran in the next election on the truth of the Democrats’ record while in office… Well, it would make the Great Shellacking of 2010 look like a day at the beach by comparison.

Hence they’re left with nothing but the Big Lie, told often and loud and with total sincerity. As an expert (1) in the tactic once said:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

But, back to Representative Lee and the question I put to you in the subject, the answer is “c) both.” She knows what she’s doing, playing the race card in an attempt to intimidate Republicans and scare Blacks and other minorities into voting Democrat, and, let’s be blunt, keep the door open for vote fraud. It’s part of a concerted Democratic strategy (2), which we’ll see played again and again between now and November, 2012.

But she’s also an idiot, because she apparently thinks stirring up ethnic animosities somehow helps the nation or even her constituents. Far from it. Every time they tell this Big Lie, they harm their country, their party, their constituents, and themselves.

And we need to confront them with the truth, every time they do it.

via Pirate’s Cove and Rhymes With Right.

RELATED: It probably won’t surprise you to know that Representative Lee is, at least through 2009, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. Here’s a little background on her.

(1) Yeah, I went there. I’m not accusing Lee of being a Nazi, of course, but she seems awfully willing to use the totalitarians’ tactics.
(2) The other Big Lie, of course, is the class warfare card, which Obama made a cornerstone of his campaign in his openly Socialist speech last week in Osawatomie. That’s the only strategy the Democrats have left: scream and call names and hope no one notices their intellectual bankruptcy.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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16 Responses to “Rep. Barbara Lee: race-baiter or just an idiot? You make the call.”


  1. Carlos says:

    If those danged Repubs are successful in passing those voter I.D. laws, how the heck can ACORN expect all their fraudulent new signees to vote as often as they signed up?

    Just one more question for the esteemed congresswoman from CA, whose obvious mental capacities far exceed those of the average clod of dirt. Why, she’s almost up to the intelligence of a box of rocks!

    The difference, of course, being that a box of rocks has some integrity…

  2. Dana says:

    Even if voter fraud isn’t a problem, does that mean we shouldn’t take precautions to keep it from becoming a problem? There have been zero deaths from radiation poisoning in our country’s nuclear power plants; does that mean we shouldn’t have safety protocols to keep nuclear power plant workers from being exposed to radiation?

  3. sanjuro says:

    You can bet the beer money that this idiot stick along with her fellow racebaiters will be in Austin standing next to Eric Holder when he makes his upcoming announcement about actions concerning voting rights. And you can be just as sure that the media will spin it as the administrations requests.
    I’m thinking on using the press conference in a drinking game.
    Everytime “poll tax”, “Bull Connors” or “Jim Crow” is used, you down a shot. For nondrinkers the player who guesses closest on how many times each phrase is used wins.

  4. H Hazell says:

    So our vote must be perpetually compromised as it will be available to anyone who can step up to a those handing ballots and declare themselves to be us. Talk about disenfranchisement.

  5. Carlos says:

    Every vote by a homeless souse promised booze (Seattle), a student promised a game ticket (nearly any university town) or a criminal alien promised all kinds of “free” goodies from Uncle Sugar (Anytown, USA) decreases the effective potency of a legitimate vote.

    Good point, H Hazell.

  6. Kate says:

    Of course, all the common sense in this woman would fit into a thimble. Ms. Lee is a party hack. The only hope of the democratic party is the uneducated voter and those who feel that voting is a right not a privilege.

    I personally feel that you should have a skin in the game if you want to participate..that means, you contribute to society, not just take from the government.

  7. Mary says:


    Not sure where she is voting, but as a resident of the Great State Of Texas, I have to show my ID to vote…

  8. Libertarian Advocate says:

    Race-baiter or just an idiot?

    Why either/or? The two are plainly not mutually exclusive.

    Anyway, we have a voter ID law here in CT. The Dems still seem to win big majorities. Idiots, no?

  9. Tex says:

    Well then the TSA, and by extension the U.S. government, including Barbara “race-baiter” Lee, is guilty of racist plot to deny African-Americans of their rights since they require people, including African-Americans, to show their “photo” ID in order to prove who they are, before they are allowed to board an airplane to fly.

    What do you have to say about that Lee?

  10. Carlos says:

    Lee would say that, like driving, flying is a privilege, not a right.

    Of course, being a citizen is a privilege, too, so what’s the difference? The right to vote is a privilege retained by citizens only, Ms. Lee. Sometime you ought to take a class of the English language provided by some institution of higher learning not in bed with the statist government you are a part of.

    Even one in a non-government secondary school would probably be helpful to you. Unfortunately, I doubt if you have the mental capacity to understand what would be taught, or to pass such a class. Better sign up for pass/no grade.

  11. Tex says:

    I agree with you Carlos that Lee would try to argue that flying is a privilege and not a right, and therefore not the same thing as voting. But I feel that her argument would not hold water.

    Because restricting access to flying on an airplane would be like restricting freedom of movement, which I believe is Unconstitutional. Its not much of a difference between saying flying is a privilege and also that riding on a bus, or in a car, or on a train is a privilege. I doubt any lawyer could successfully argue in a court in this country that riding on buses, in cars, or trains is a privilege in this country and therefore can be restricted to a few select group of persons under certain circumstances.

    Now of course the states require drivers obtain a driver’s license, with a photo ID, in order to drive. That I can see as a privilege and not a Constitutional right. Because operating a car is much different than riding in a car since it involves “operating” a machine that, if not operated properly, could result in injury or death to the operator, passengers, pedestrians, and people in other cars. It requires responsibility. Refusing to allow someone a drivers license with photo ID would not be Unconstitutional because it would not prevent them from riding in a car being driven by another driver, since you don’t have to prove who you are with a photo ID to ride in a car as a passenger. Therefore their freedom of movement is not infringed.

    So it really comes back down to this argument, which I really think is key to solving this entire silly Democratic Party’s attempt to continue with their very long and well-documented history of vote rigging in this country by fighting the requirement for people to prove who they are before they are allowed to vote. If it is illegal to require a citizen to prove who they are with a photo ID in order to vote, which is a Constitutional right, then it is also illegal to require a citizen to prove who they are with a photo ID in order to travel, which is also a Constitutional right.

    I really feel the Republican Party is just spinning their wheels on this one by trying to argue with the Liberals on this issue directly. A little reverse psychology is needed here. What the Republican Party needs to do instead is sue the U.S. government regarding the requirement for the photo ID for access to air travel under the grounds that it is Unconstitutional because it restricts freedom of movement.
    Because there is probably no way that the Supreme Court would ever agree with the Republican Party on that issue and instead allow the requirement for photo IDs to stand for air travel, I feel that there would be no way the Democratic Party and their Liberal allies would be able to argue successfully in front of the Supreme Court that requiring photo IDs to vote is Unconstitutional.

    I mean who in the world could argue that in order for you to exercise one of your Constitutional rights you have to prove who you are with a photo ID but to exercise another one of your Constitutional rights you don’t have to prove who you are with a photo ID? The Constitution is supposed to apply equally to all citizens, no exceptions. The Democratic Party’s argument would make no sense at all.

  12. Bill says:

    What one has to realize is that of the 57 states Obama visited during his campaign the biggest of those states was the “State of Welfare”. Welfare has become the largest and most populated State of the Union. It is also the State with the largest (and only) existing plantation. No coinsidence that the Democrates fully support the State of Welfare. Just my 2 cents.

  13. While I know this will never happen but, why doesn’t someone in the media ask these people how many people they believe there are in the U.S today legally that don’t have a valid ID. You cannot get a job without one (again, legally speaking). If you fill out the forms for your taxes you must show two forms of ID, one of which must have picture or you must show a passport, which of course has a photo. And that ID must be valid or you can’t have a job.

    Heck most states won’t allow you to file for unemployment or for welfare without an ID, why are they not saying this is racism too? I can’t imagine that number of people without some form of valid id is very high.

  14. Carlos says:

    The argument for each of those requirements, just, has been exactly that – it’s racial discrimination. Anything the Democraps can do to make it easier to get Democrap voters more people dependent upon the state is what they always have, always will argue and vote for.