(Daily Telegraph) -- By Toby Harnden --
When you have absolutely no argument to advance, what’s the easiest thing to do? Denounce your opponents as racist. Colbert King, who won a Pulitzer for “distinguished commentary” in 2003, really plumbs the depths with this column. The Tea Party crowd needn’t be your particular cup of Earl Grey to spot the intellectual bankruptcy of this kind of thing:
"Tea Party members, as with their forerunners who showed up at the University of Alabama and Central High School, behave as they do because they have been culturally conditioned to believe they are entitled to do whatever they want, and to whomever they want, because they are the “real Americans,” while all who don’t think or look like them are not…Hence, an explanation for the familiarity of faces: today’s Tea Party adherents are George Wallace legacies. They, like Wallace’s followers, smolder with anger. They fear they are being driven from their rightful place in America. They see the world through the eyes of the anti-civil rights alumni."
I talked to a bunch of Tea Party activists – including a grandmother and a paediatric heart transplant surgeon – protesting outside President Barack Obama’s event in Iowa City on Thursday. Passionate? Yes. Angry? Yes. Irrational? Some of them. Paranoid? Perhaps in some cases. White? Well, yes. I spotted one black guy in about 150 protesters. Racist? No – or certainly not a hint of it from anyone that I talked to.
The trouble with playing the racism card is that is an attempt to stifle dissent – what you are saying is illegitimate because your real rationale is that you hate blacks. Understandably, it drives people crazy. And just who is being racist by looking at a predominantly white crowd and leaping to the conclusion that they are all motivated by racial hatred?
In the past week, I think the Left has seriously overplayed its hand. The accusations of a wave of dangerous violence against pro-health care Democrats have been wildly overblown, as James Taranto skillfully debunks here. Most will see it as a clumsy attempt to marinalise opposition...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
This entire phenomenon of elite media and cynical political opportunists declaring opponents of their self-serving, authoritarian political programs to be "racists" reminds me of how Jewish Zionists declare American opponents of US aid to Israeli apartheid and ethnic cleansing to be "anti-Semites." Little wonder that a Jewish New York Times columnist (one of many white-hating Big Government Jewish elites in mass media who, just like their Zionist cousins, are the REAL racists) is leading the elite "liberal" media charge to conflate tea partiers not only with racism, but with anti-Semitism as well.
Here's Frank Rich's latest bit of racial demagoguery towards tea partiers:
There’s nothing entertaining about watching goons hurl venomous slurs at congressmen like the civil rights hero John Lewis and the openly gay Barney Frank. And as the week dragged on, and reports of death threats and vandalism stretched from Arizona to Kansas to upstate New York, the F.B.I. and the local police had to get into the act to protect members of Congress and their families. How curious that a mob fond of likening President Obama to Hitler knows so little about history that it doesn’t recognize its own small-scale mimicry of Kristallnacht. The weapon of choice for vigilante violence at Congressional offices has been a brick hurled through a window. So far.If only Rich were half so racially sensetive about the plight of the Palestinians, who after all are being subjected to organized Zionist racism that dwarfs even the worst behavior exhibited in the Old South, and have been for decades, then maybe Americans would have a more complete understanding of who the real villains driving racial enmity truly are. But to do that, he would have to be a non-tribalist, which like so many in his Big Government coalitions, clearly he is not.
This country is never going to progress into a truly race-blind future until cynics, opportunists and plain old bigots who can't get past their own primitive tribal loyalties get the lazy, ethnic-card crutch kicked out from under them. The problem is, the tribalists with their snouts in the Big Government trough who leverage their ethnic networks into political power and personal enrichment at the expense of the entirety of the country have vested interests in keeping us at each other's throats racially, religiously and ethnically -- they want to keep their tribe, and hence their power base, racially conscious, intact, and hence extracting maximum amounts from non-tribal Americans for themselves by way of taxpayer largesse and racial spoils.
No wonder they utilize mass media to stir up racial enmity through sensation, exaggeration and hyperbole at every opportunity.
The biggest racists aren't the average Americans who increasingly realize these special interest thieves and thugs are using Big Government to divide and rob us, but rather the cynics and opportunists of Left AND Right who reach for the race and tribal card for self-serving gain by way of the Big Government welfare-warfare state. It is these who are whipping up fear, paranoia and racial animosity towards those who are merely engaged in political expression simply because they are not engaged in State-approved political expression, not the other way around.
As always, it is these Big Government bullies and thugs that are sowing the seeds of conflict, strife and totalitarianism, not those that oppose them.