I really must hand it to Maureen Dowd and former-President Jimmy Carter. They really know how to take advantage of a political situation. Not that it is anything like what the facts reflect.
When Rep. Joe Wilson interrupted the President in a speech before the Congress, he violated written and unwritten rules of conduct. He broached a realm that never before has been done. And he made the mistake of doing it to a President that is on one hand African American, and the other beloved of the news media.
Because of this unique and absurd relationship with the major media, President Obama is unassailable. To question him is to be racist. To disagree is to be akin to a blatant bigot. It is such a powerful position that even the appointees of President Obama are nigh untouchable.
Van Jones was finally removed as a ‘czar’ after his public and easily found radical comments were introduced to the public – several months after the fact. And the Republicans felt the brunt of that removal, as they became the objects of racial bias according to some.
The fact that Van Jones own words and actions, even after becoming one of the more powerful people in the Government, are the real source of his removal had nothing to do with the impression that was doled out to the masses.
But with the outburst of Rep. Wilson, we go into new ground. Because it is a fertile place for those that are liberal to denounce any voice of opposition. It is essentially what I have said before
“Liberals believe that any comment or statement is ok and Freedom of Speech, as long as they agree with it. Anything else should never be spoken or heard.”
Maureen Dowd proved that when she blatantly added her own meanings and words to what Rep. Wilson stated. She said
Again not what Wilson said, but what Dowd needed to be said to prevent anyone from defending a statement that might interfere with what seems to be her position on the issue.
Former President Carter was little better.
When 2 words that responded to an unpopular political agenda are spoken it’s hard to infer more than what is said. When those words are just, “You Lie” it is reaching to proclaim racist attitudes to them. But when doing so provides a political benefit, well then anything is possible.
Anyone who is honest knows that racism is not dead in America. Anyone who paid attentions to polls across the country prior to the election knows that some 20% of Americans vocally stated they would not vote for a Black President. But we have one today.
But there is a big difference between racism and disagreement. Perhaps being Black Puerto Rican helps me discern the difference, then again being Republican makes some thing I cannot.
When I had a policeman pull a gun on me, in college, because I was going for cigarettes on a night they were looking for a White blonde haired suspect is racist. Having police pullover a car on Hollywood Blvd. and draw guns on me and the driver because 2 White guys were in the back seat and a Black guy and Asian were in the front is racist.
A disagreement on an ill-defined, controversial, expensive, Government enlarging political issue is not racial. Not even in the worst dream of Dr. Martin Luther King. In fact, to make it such is a form of racism all its own.
This response to Re. Joe Wilson is not about racism. It’s about shutting down opposition to a goal that liberals and Democrats want. And I can respect the view that says the President’s health care idea (it does not have enough substance to be called a plan or even an outline) is a good one. But those that chose to interject race diminish the entire situation.
I had little respect for President Carter, having lived through his Administration and its chorus of gaffes and ill-advised plans. I know have even less.
I had many differences with Maureen Dowd. I now have even more.
Neither understands the racism I have had to live with in America. Just as millions in my age group have had to do, which says nothing of the even worse actions America lived by before my time. Yet they presume to define what is racist in 2 words that mean nothing more than disagreement.
If that is not shutting down people that disagree with your view, I’m not sure what is. And I shudder to think of where America goes from here if such ignorant and polispeak comments are allowed to stand without challenge.
If Dowd, or President Carter wish to address racism I can give them hoards of cases they can review and discuss. I can give them a score of events in my life. But if they just want to tell political opponents to shut up, I really wish they don’t use issues I have to live with to do so. Because they only make my battles that much harder, and insult me at the same time.