by Brian Bollmann (cross posted HERE)
Some are wild about Harry; Harry’s wild about Haiti.
God in his infinite wisdom gave a powerful reminder of his dominion over our insignificant Earth by shaking the ground under the small Caribbean island. The scene has unfolded as a massive human tragedy with a possibility of 200,000 dead. I pray for the survivors, and I pray for the families of those that lost loved-ones.
Now, cynicism. The Haitian earthquake took the focus off a gathering storm over the leader of the Democrats in the Senate. Harry Reid can breathe a sigh of relief, well, thanks to God. His racist statement about candidate Obama was fueling a firestorm of criticism from Republicans and Conservatives throughout the nation, and given more kindling, the calls for his ouster as majority leader would have bled to certain members of the Democrat party. His support would have dwindled. His end was near.
Let’s take a step back to review the situation logically. First, the definition of Racism according to Webster is: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
Let’s look at two examples of racism. Reid’s and Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor:
From the book Game Change, “he (Reid) was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama - a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ as he said privately. Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama's race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination,"
At a 2001 lecture, Sonia Sotomayor said, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."
In the estimation of these two fine, open-minded liberals, based solely on race, there are differences in a person’s abilities. In Sotomayor’s estimation, her race (and sex) makes her a better jurist; and in Reid’s estimation, dark-skinned people with Negro dialect have less chance of becoming President. However true these statements may or may not be, they make their assertions based solely on race.
In both cases, liberals, Democrats and the media circled the wagons around their racially wayward friends. Obama declared the matter closed after immediately accepting his apology. And, we all know that Sotomayor was later confirmed to the Supreme Court. Newt Gingrich was chastised for even asserting that Sotomayor was racist; but not the nominee.
Let’s look at another example:
In December 2002, Trent Lott said, “I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either,"
On its face, the statement from Lott does not mention race. Certainly the words Negro and Latino do not appear. But, Al Sharpton, in his recent 2010 interview asserted that Lott was referring to Thurmond’s racial, segregationist run for President. I guess one could “infer” that was the case, but it certainly does not directly appear in the statement like the other examples of racism above. In interview after interview, Sharpton continued to chastise Lott’s statement as racist and forgave the obviously racist statements from Reid and Sotomayor.
But, no one asked Sharpton this simple question that had me yelling at the TV. Al… boobie… are you telling me Lott was so racist and so STUPID in 2002 that he wished aloud for the country to have continued down a path of racial segregation? Al, are you telling me in 2002 you could read his mind and knew, without evidence in the statement, that Lott wanted ‘whites only’ fountains? Blacks in the back of the bus? Whites-only schools? Is that what you really believe Mr. Sharpton?
No, Al Sharpton doesn’t believe Lott’s statement was racist. Lott was a pariah because he doesn’t follow Sharpton, Reid, Sotomayor, and Obama’s ideological playbook of using minorities to gain personal wealth and power. Lott believed in lifting all people, including minorities, based on their own hard work and efforts! And, how could the liberals and Democrats use THAT to control the masses. So he had to go.
Harry Reid, Barack Obama, a host of liberals and Democrats, and the media called for Lott’s ouster. But none of them are calling for the same from Reid. Double standard much? Harry Reid should leave Congress and return to Nevada in shame. However, he will not.
The racism of liberals and Democrats will continue ad infinitum.
So, yes, our focus should stay on Haiti for now. Republicans and Conservatives can quiet their calls. Our attention is needed elsewhere. But, soon the focus will shift back to America and the 2010 elections. And, the latest poster-child of racism will still be there – supported by the Liberals and Democrats in the Congress, White House, and the press. Thanks for the electoral help folks; keep making it easy for us.
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