He promised to “bring us together” as a nation. In his famed 2004 convention speech, he declared that there would no longer be any red or blue America, only the United States of America. Oh how times have changed under Barack Obama, and not for the better.
A news article on Thanksgiving Day revealed that Americans are so divided politically that many families actually banned political discussions during the holiday feast, while some have canceled the annual gathering all together. This nation has not seen a division like this in generations, perhaps ever, save a few testy years in the 1860s.
The current divide is particularly true in areas outside of traditional party politics. Within the long list of broken promises by Obama, racial strife and division, most of it orchestrated by the White House, is worse than ever and is going to continue down that dark path throughout his second term.
Since the Benghazi debacle on September 11, 2012, and the continued Obama administration cover-up, many Republicans have worked tirelessly to get to the bottom of it. Complicating the matter, rumors are running amok in Washington that President Obama intends to nominate UN Ambassador Susan Rice, a black woman, to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
Given Rice’s role in the Benghazi cover-up, going on five national Sunday television shows just days after the attack to tout the administrations version of events, such news has caused Senate Republicans to vow to block her nomination by any means necessary. John McCain stated publicly that Rice was “unqualified” and is either guilty of aiding the cover-up or was “incompetent.” The truth hurts.
But Democrats are not interested in truth and quickly went on the offensive to protect one of their own. “These are code words,” Congressman James Clyburn, of the Congressional Black Caucus, said of McCain’s remarks. “We heard them in the campaign. During this recent campaign we heard [John] Sununu calling our president lazy, incompetent. These kinds of terms that those of us — especially those of us who were born and raised in the South — we’ve been hearing these little words and phrases all of our lives. And we get insulted by them.” Of course, he didn’t bother to tell us that Obama called himself lazy a few months ago in an interview but that would detract from their carefully orchestrated game plan.
Ohio Congresswoman Martha Fudge, also of the CBC, joined the chorus, saying there is “clear sexism and racism” in any negative remarks about Susan Rice. One wonders where the CBC was hiding while Condi Rice was under a similar assault by the left during the Bush years. Liberal hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Such attacks are designed to cause Republicans to cow down to the point that any criticism becomes almost non-existent, thereby allowing Democrats to do as they please. Oftentimes, it works.
Liberals also complain incessantly about how few racial minorities are in the GOP, but whenever Republicans run a black or Hispanic candidate, then Democrats and their media allies pounce on them with the most vicious attacks imaginable.
In 2001, President Bush nominated Miguel Estrada for a seat on the prestigious DC Circuit Court of Appeals, widely seen as the major stepping-stone to the Supreme Court. Estrada was born in Honduras but came to America at the age of 17, hardly able to speak English. Yet with hard work he graduated with highest honors from Columbia and the Harvard Law School, where he also served as editor of the prestigious Harvard Law Review.
But rather than praise a great American success story, the left went wild over his nomination, attacking his experience and conservative values. Senate Democrats filibustered and killed his nomination. Later, leaked internal memos from Senator Dick Durbin, a main Estrada critic, revealed that liberal interest groups wanted the nomination killed precisely because he was a Latino and a potential Supreme Court Justice in the future.
It’s black conservatives, though, who have taken the worst of it. Clarence Thomas, one of our best Supreme Court justices, has been ridiculed almost non-stop since the trumped up charges brought against him by Anita Hill during his confirmation hearings in 1990. In the absolute worst display, PBS commentator Julianne Malveaux stated on a news show that she hoped Thomas’ wife fed him fatty foods daily so he would die early with heart disease. Deplorable.
The campaign to unseat Allen West this year was nothing short of deplorable. One ad depicted Congressman West sporting a gold tooth and punching an older white woman in a boxing ring. Imagine that ad if the roles had been reversed.
Examples like these could fill pages but the point has been well made. Democrats don’t want racial minorities, or women for that matter, in the GOP. It is a mortal threat to them and their agenda. They want these groups to remain on the Democratic plantation, forever beholden to Washington. And these deplorable tactics will remain with us until we as a nation finally say enough is enough and send these radicals packing.
This column was published in the Laurel Leader Call (Laurel, MS) on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.