Paul R. Hollrah, O.E.
Democrat Racism "Bubbles" Up
Try to imagine the 4th congressional district of Georgia. It is a mostly
black district represented by second term Congressman Hank Johnson. The
district was represented for many years by one of the most celebrated
nutcases in congressional history, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. It is
a district which proves, if nothing else, that fools and idiots have a
right to be represented in Congress just like everyone else.
After being defeated in 2002, McKinney served as a member of the 9/11
Commission... apparently under the theory that only another insane
person could possibly understand the insanity of flying planeloads of
innocent people into large buildings just to make a political point.
Then, in 2004, McKinney was one of 100 prominent Americans who signed a
petition calling for new investigations into the 9/11 disaster.
After being reelected in 2004 she took up where she left off two years
earlier, criticizing the Bush Administration over the 9/11 attacks and
introducing articles of impeachment against President Bush, Vice
President Cheney, and Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice. However, her congressional career came to an
abrupt end when she punched a Capitol Hill Police officer who failed to
recognize her as a member of Congress. Although it is hard to imagine
how the voters in her district could be outraged by any aberrant
behavior, apparently the act of striking a police officer was too much
even for them.
She was defeated by the incumbent, Hank Brown, in the 2006 Democratic
primary and Brown took her seat in Congress. According to a September 15
article by Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer Cynthia Tucker, "Until
now, Hank Johnson, a quiet (even boring) Buddhist, has been the perfect
antidote to Cynthia McKinney... But today, he went off on a
little McKinney-like tirade. He told reporters that he supports a
resolution reprimanding Joe Wilson (R-SC) because Wilson’s heckling (of
Barack Obama) could lead us back to the days of the Ku Klux Klan.”
Referring to Wilson’s "you lie!” challenge to Obama, Johnson said, "It
did not help the cause of diversity and tolerance with his remarks. If I
was a betting man, I’d say it instigated more racist sentiment, feeling
that it’s OK, that you don’t have to bury it down... I guess we’ll
probably have folks putting on white hoods and white uniforms again and
riding through the countryside, intimidating people. That’s the logical
conclusion if this kind of attitude is not rebuked.”
That incendiary remark was followed by an equally racist statement by
former President Jimmy Carter. When asked by an NBC reporter about the
growing animosity toward Obama and his radical healthcare reform
proposal, Carter said, "I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely
demonstrated animosity toward President
Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man,"
He went on to say that this "racism inclination still exists. And I
think it's bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many
white people, not just in the South but around the country, that
African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It's an
abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.”
Such racist statements could only come from Democrats. They represent
thoughts that simply do not pass through the minds of conservatives and
Republicans. It was, after all, Republicans who fought and died to
eliminate slavery in America. It was Republicans who wrote and passed
the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, outlawing slavery and giving blacks
citizenship and the right to vote. It was Republicans who consistently
wrote and supported civil rights legislation, from 1854 through the
civil rights era of the 1950s and ‘60s, against strong Democratic
It was Democrats, northern and southern, who supported the extension of
slavery through the Missouri Compromise and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. It
was Democrats who opposed the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. It was
Democrats who wrote and passed the Black Codes and the Jim Crow Laws as
a means of keeping black people "in their place” in the
post-emancipation era; and it was Democrats who created the Ku Klux Klan
as a paramilitary arm of their party, designed to murder and/or
intimidate blacks and white Republicans.
In an uncharacteristic moment of candor, Carter once admitted that he
had "lusted in his heart” after women other than his wife. It is
entirely possible, even likely, that as a lifelong Democrat from the
deep South, Carter’s racist remarks are nothing more than a "bubbling
up” of his own deep-seated enmity toward blacks, burned into his heart
and soul throughout his lifetime.
It should not go unnoticed that Carter’s own well-documented
anti-Semitism, coupled with what appears to be a latent streak of
anti-black sentiment, coincides quite nicely with much of the Ku Klux
Klan handbook. Add just a touch of homophobia, an attitude toward sexual
orientation that he almost certainly holds, and his personal manifesto
on race, ethnicity, and lifestyle would be indistinguishable from that
of the Third Reich.
Is it possible that racist attitudes are at the root of some of the
anti-Obama fervor? Of course. But it does not come from Republicans and
conservatives; it comes from an ever-growing disenchantment among
members of his own party.
In the early months of Obama’s term he enjoyed the enthusiastic support
of nearly 60% of the U.S. population. They were people who voted for him
either because he was black, because he was a Democrat, or because they
agreed with his radical left agenda. Those who voted for him because he
was black, or because they agreed with his radical left agenda, are
largely still with him. It is the other one-third or more of his support
base... the "rednecks,” the "yellow dog” Democrats, discerning
Independents, and a significant number of moderate to conservative
blacks who didn’t just "fall off the turnip truck”... that he is losing
in large numbers.
The remaining 40% of the population, conservatives and Republicans, were
never with him and it was NOT because of the color of his skin. That was
a non-issue because they would have enthusiastically supported a black
woman, Condoleezza Rice, as a candidate on the Republican ticket.
Many of those whose support Obama is now losing were Clinton
supporters... middle and lower income whites, poor whites, unionized
factory and construction workers, "rednecks,” and "yellow dogs.” They
were people who, during the long primary season, found it difficult to
refer to him without mentioning the color of his skin. However, once
Hillary was defeated by the party’s far left fringe, almost all of those
"hereditary” Democrats experienced a "come to Jesus moment.” Because
they were Democrats, and because the Democratic Party is more of a
religion to them than the church they attend on Sunday, they swallowed
their pride and pulled the lever for Obama.
They were joined by a great many independents who simply chose to
overlook his radical left agenda, his open-ended promises of "hope” and
"change,” his plans to "spread the wealth,” his promise to "bankrupt
coal-burning power plants” and drive electric power costs "through the
ceiling,” his enthusiastic support for "cap-and-trade” legislation, and
a host of other promises, any of which promised to do severe damage to
our economy and to our republican form of government.
But then, after seeing Obama’s runaway spending, and after coming face
to face with the notion that, under his cap-and-trade proposal their
taxes, heating and cooling, gasoline, and electric power costs could
rise by as much as $3,000 or $3,500 per year, per family, they began to
have second thoughts. And when Obama moved on to healthcare reform and
promised to do the impossible... insure some 47 million uninsured, while
reducing costs and improving quality... they suddenly knew they’d been
had. Even those who can’t seem to figure out that minimum wage increases
are always a "wet blanket” on the economy, and invariably cause millions
of entry level workers to lose their jobs, were suddenly able to figure
out that Obama was just another fast-talking snake oil salesman.
For many of those dedicated Democrats Obama is no longer the "glib young
black guy with a teleprompter.” He is back to being, simply, "that black
s.o.b.” To the extent that race enters into Obama’s falling poll
numbers, the losses are essentially all within his own party.
The American people are smart enough to know who is being honest with
them and who is not. And they are smart enough to recognize what has
become a standard Democratic card trick. They see that whenever
Democrats can’t win on the merits of the issues, they invariably play
the race card. It’s getting to be a tiresome old trick and the voters
will likely decide to change the game when they enter the voting booths
in November 2010.
Taken together, all of these reactions
are evidence of one thing. The American left is coming apart like a
cheap sweater and Barack Obama is the guy who is pulling the strings.
Jimmy Carter seems to think that racism has "bubbled up to the surface”
because many white people believe that African-Americans are not
qualified to lead this great country.” Well, Jimmy, you’re only partly
right. I could name a number of black men and women who would be capable
of leading our great country. Unfortunately, Barack Obama is not one of
About Paul R. Hollrah, O.E.
Paul R. Hollrah is a
freelance writer. He is a member of the Civil Engineering Academy of
Distinguished Alumni at the University of Missouri - Columbia and a
Senior Fellow at the Lincoln Heritage Institute. He currently resides in