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Dissent = racism?

Posted by Richard on September 17, 2009

Jimmy Carter — America's worst president (so far), the man who helped Hugo Chavez steal an election, the vicious anti-Semite whose hateful and dishonest book about Israel has been endorsed by Osama bin Laden, the man who never met a left-wing dictator he didn't like — has declared that both Rep. Joe Wilson's heckle and the "overwhelming majority" of other criticisms of the President are rooted in racism.

And Carter is far from alone. That claim has been echoed by a growing number of Democratic politicians, Chris Matthews, ABC "News," NBC "News," Maureen Dowd, … the list is long.

So if the 55% of Americans (and 65% of doctors) who oppose government-controlled health care are overwhelmingly racist, how did a black man get elected President? If Republicans and conservatives are all racists, how is it possible that Obama got more Republican votes and conservative votes than John Kerry got? Did they only notice his skin color after the "stimulus" package, nationalization of the auto companies, massive spending increases, and attempt to take over health care?

The charge of racism has become the left's all-purpose weapon to stifle criticism and put their opponents on the defensive. But it's grown tiresome and annoying, and I think they've gone to that well once too often. According to a new Rasmussen poll, only 12% of voters agree that most opponents of government-controlled health care are racists. Even among Democrats, only 22% agree. Predictably, 88% of Republicans reject the idea, but significantly, so do 78% of those unaffiliated with either party.

I suspect the left's attempt to smear all opposition as racist will backfire. But in the meantime, it does serious harm to the public discourse in this country. They should be ashamed.

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2 Responses to “Dissent = racism?”

  1. Hathor said

    From the signs I’ve seen carried at that event in DC, I would hardly call any of those about health care. I don’t think it is hard for even you to determine that. Regardless of Presidents Carter’s political beliefs, living as a southerner most of his life and understanding how to run as a southern governo; I would think he is certainly more qualified than you to know racism when he sees it. It would have had to run over you, for you to have even realized it when you did live in the south.

    You see, the most rabid racist comments never did call black folks the “n” word, but that seems to be all that you would understand.

    You should be really glad you were not born black.

  2. rgcombs said

    So, who carefully selected the pictures of the signs you saw? Every demonstration, right or left, that I’ve been to in the last 20 or more years has been attended by right-to-lifers carrying big pictures of dead fetuses and other “interesting” characters with nutjob signs. If someone picked out just them to focus their camera on, they could make any public gathering look like it’s a bunch of wacko extremists. And that’s just what the media did in Washington. Try broadening your perspective — for instance, check out the pictures here.

    As for the Jew-hating Jimmy Carter, whose loathing for America and its values knows no bounds, his Islamist Arab bosom buddies are some of the most virulent racists on the planet.

    I’m really sorry you find me so ignorant and insensitive regarding race. But apparently, according to Newsweek, we white people are born that way and just can’t help ourselves.

    Sigh. I don’t know why I bother…

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