Every once in a while, I’ll run into someone who claims to be conservative but who tries to fit everything into the Procrustean bed of race and ethnicity. Most of the time, a minor scolding can set them straight or at least make clear that I won’t put up with that sort of racist talk.
Now let’s be clear. By racism I mean the pernicious idea that people are inherently inferior just because of their skin color or culture.
I don’t regard opinions based on actual experience of individuals or knowledge of their beliefs to be racist. Hating Obama because he’s black would be racist. Hating his incompetence, his destruction of the Constitution and all his failed policies is perfectly legit.
I have yet to meet any conservative who opposes Obama for his skin color.
Liberals, on the other hand, have an endless supply of racist views they dip into on a regular basis with ease and without even apparently realizing they’re doing it. The not-so-subtle racism of the Democratic Party was a big part of the reason I left it decades ago.
Take MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry complaining this past weekend about Paul Ryan’s statement about rights: “When they say ‘God and nature give us our rights, not government,’ that is a lovely thing to say as a wealthy white man.”
She thought she was making a point about how black slaves weren’t freed until the Civil War era, but she was showing her ignorance of the very philosophical outlook that eventually eliminated slavery and dismissing it as a “wealthy white” thing. Her viewpoint is doubly absurd because she’s saying God didn’t give black people rights, Lincoln did. Last I checked, Lincoln by the end of his career qualified as a wealthy white man.
Is she implying that blacks aren’t worthy of the same rights as whites? That God doesn’t care about blacks? Basically, she’ll say whatever ridiculous thing is necessary to oppose wealthy, white Paul Ryan and his notion of “rights from God,” because he’s not Obama, who believes the state is supreme and who, by the way, is black. Logic need not apply in the mind of a true racist.
Being such facile discriminators, liberals also know how to stir up the troops. Just look at professional race-baiters like Al Sharpton, also on MSNBC, and Jesse Jackson.
Vice President Biden showed his racist stripes while at a campaign stop in Virginia on Tuesday. The city population of Danville, where Biden was speaking, is almost half black.
In knocking the Romney-Ryan ticket, Biden decided to try his hand at inciting a little racial tension: “Romney wants to let the—he said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules–unchain Wall Street. They gonna put y’all back in chains.”
The phony southern preacher accent and the reference to slavery mark another in a series of lows for the Obama campaign.
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said, “The comments made by the Vice President of the United States are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama Campaign will say and do anything to win this election. President Obama should tell the American people whether he agrees with Joe Biden’s comments.”
The Obama Campaign’s response? They’re perfectly OK with Joltin’ Joe’s crawl through the sewer.
The Left always tries to paint the Right as the home of racism, linking us to the KKK, Nazis and segregation, all of which were inventions of the Left, which to this day promotes policies to keep non-whites impoverished in segregated slums.
Racism on the Left? It’s only natural.