from SamHenry, editor
Because of views and articles like that reproduced below, our Administrator has been moved to say today:
The Socialists are doing untold unfathomed damage to the black race in America with their invoking the race card as a weapon against political dissent against a president who, by no fault of his own is of the black race. That Obama permits it, must all ready be backfiring on him from the black population.
As a direct result of the anger at being labeled a racist by the Socialists as a means of silencing Political Dissent and disagreement, It will be a cold day in hell before I ever vote for a minority for president …in view of this Wholesale Socialist Race Card Political Weapon Bull Sh*t.
And that is indeed a very very sad commentary to have to make.
from FOXWOOD at votingfemale.wordpress.com
Joe Wilson, Maureen Dowd: Politics of race
September 14, 12:43 AM
Joe Wilson, Maureen Dowd, and the politics of race. Maureen Dowd implied Joe Wilson is a racist in a recent column. Dowd’s implication is justified. Wilson’s outburst during President Obama’s speech reveals something still rotten in America. The election of a black President did not remove the ugly specter of racism from American politics and culture.
Wilson, a Republican congressman from South Carolina, called President Obama a liar during Obama’s health care address. Wilson’s outburst became a moment frozen in time, a moment where the politics of race take a place front and center in the cultural discourse.
The outburst was without precedent. It was a shocking moment that cut through the politics of health care. It was an outburst disrespectful and malevolent in tone, an outburst that dishonored the office of the President. With such an outburst, a racial interpretation is simply hard to avoid.
In her column, Dowd writes:
Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.
But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!
Wilson, and a vocal minority of conservative extremists, have behaved in a way that can rightfully be construed as racist. Their hysterical over reaction is hard to justify without factoring in race. Is concern with regards to major changes in health care, or massive financial bail outs, justified? Of course concern is justified. But the level of hysterics, of hyperbole and vitriol, is simply off the charts.
Dowd goes on, describing Wilson:
The congressman, we learned, belonged to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, led a 2000 campaign to keep the Confederate flag waving above South Carolina’s state Capitol and denounced as a “smear” the true claim of a black woman that she was the daughter of Strom Thurmond, the ‘48 segregationist candidate for president. Wilson clearly did not like being lectured and even rebuked by the brainy black president presiding over the majestic chamber.
Good manners, good will, and the spirit of charity asks us to assume the best of our fellows. But sometimes the right thing to do is risk rudeness, and make public the elephant in the room. The fact that there is an orchestrated and vocal minority dedicated to de-legitimizing the presidency of Barack Obama is indisputable. The pathology of the attack: the anger, the hysterics, the rhetoric; all point to a wound that has yet to heal, a racism that still permeates our nation, a racism concentrated in the South.
Again, Dowd goes on:
I’ve been loath to admit that the shrieking lunacy of the summer — the frantic efforts to paint our first black president as the Other, a foreigner, socialist, fascist, Marxist, racist, Commie, Nazi; a cad who would snuff old people; a snake who would indoctrinate kids — had much to do with race.
Admit it we must. Certainly not all the irrational hate of Obama is directly attributed to race. Yet it is equally certain that a sizable percentage of that irrational hatred has everything to do with race. As soon as we can agree that some of this right wing outrage and paranoia is the result of racism, or displaced racism, the sooner we can begin an honest dialog around the politics of race.