You knew it was coming…
Monday, June 11, 2012
Angela Rye, Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, argued that President Obama has struggled during his first term due to racially-motivated opposition from conservatives who dislike having a black president.
“This is probably the toughest presidential term in my lifetime,” Rye said during CSPAN’s Q&A yesterday. “I think that a lot of what the president has experienced is because he’s black. You know, whether it’s questioning his intellect or whether or not he’s Ivy League. It’s always either he’s not educated enough or he’s too educated; or he’s too black or he’s not black enough; he’s too Christian or not Christian enough. There are all these things where he has to walk this very fine line to even be successful.”
She said that “a lot” of conservative opposition is racially-charged, citing the use of the word “cool” in an attack ad launched by Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS superPAC.
“There’s an ad, talking about [how] the president is too cool, [asking] is he too cool? And there’s this music that reminds me of, you know, some of the blaxploitation films from the 70s playing in the background, him with his sunglasses,” Rye said. “And to me it was just very racially-charged. They weren’t asking if Bush was too cool, but, yet, people say that that’s the number one person they’d love to have a beer with. So, if that’s not cool I dont know what is.
She added that “even ‘cool,’ the term ‘cool,’ could in some ways be deemed racial [in this instance].”
There is a hard kernel of truth buried deep within the CBC’s blather. Obama has faced heavy criticism from people who said nothing when George W. Bush did the same things, such as expand the heavy-handed police state, pass legislation and executive orders trampling on Americans’ rights, and run tremendous deficits. In fact, many of those people said that criticism of W. for those things was unpatriotic and aided America’s enemies. Where was the Tea Party during his terms?
Obama is an obvious socialist. But was W. any better? The Tea Party types say they don’t want “socialized medicine”—but don’t you dare touch their Medicare, Social Security, or Medicaid for their pending long-term care. And don’t touch Medicare Part D to pay for their many pills, which passed during W’s Presidency.
So yes, I suspect that some of the criticism of the Obama administration is rooted in racism. Those who said absolutely nothing about, or even condoned, W’s actions who now carp about Obama’s doing the same things are hypocrites.
Shredding the Constitution is wrong whether a black Democrat or a white Republican does it.
Two faces of the same chimp!