Monday, March 2, 2009

Rage and Racism

Republicans, and especially those on the conservative end of the party, are all in a rage these days over the leadership of President Barrick Obama. They don’t like his stimulus plan. They don’t like his popularity. They don’t like his spending plan. And they’ve suddenly gotten religion regarding the evils of the federal debt. Of course some of the President’s supporters have charged them with racism to which they react with a great deal of anger. I doubted that racism had anything to do with it until recently.

The other morning on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, a man called in on the Republican line responding to a question regarding Obama’s budget. His statement was, and I quote directly: "Obama is ignorant and a liar. He always has been and always will be. The Democrats who voted for him hate it that Republicans bring freedom to people. You can tell all those black people who voted for him that we are never going to free any more Blacks."

So there you have it; rage and racism out in the open. I am sure that this is not typical of Republican thinking but it does identify a certain stream of racial hatred that exists within the conservative mind. Too bad for America.

1 comment:

Bramblyspam said...

From what I've seen, the irrational blind hatreds among "conservatives" are pretty much evenly matched with the irrational blind hatreds among "liberals". I don't find it helpful to call out the haters on one side without calling them out on the other side as well. Neither liberals nor conservatives should be encouraged to believe that their side is good and the other side is evil.

A quick google check shows that (as of this writing) there are 737,000 hits on "Bush Chimpanzee", and almost 1.6 million for "Obama bin Biden". Partisans can argue the math however they wish, but I wouldn't take much pride in being on either side of that equation.