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Walsh thus exposed a fundamental misunderstanding of the Tea Party movement that could only happen when one views this uniquely American grass-roots phenomenon through racially colored glasses. Tea Partiers were not and are not upset because they’re unable to grab a piece of the big government pie. Instead, the fundamental problem that Tea Partiers have with the big government programs that Obama has foisted on America is that they exist in the first place. Tea Partiers don’t want to get in line for government handouts alongside “bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted on their mortgages, and the poor” – they want the handouts to stop altogether. They don’t want government to redistribute income, they want government to get the heck out the way of the free enterprise system. The left is genetically unable to grasp the differences between these two points of view. To them, if you’re opposed to big government giveaways, then you must irrationally hate the people who are formulating those benevolent programs and – since the head of the government happens to be an African-American – you are therefore a racist.
Attorney General Holder‘s comments regarding the New Black Panthers case were even more offensive. On Tuesday, Holder’s anger boiled over as he testified before the House Appropriations subcommittee about the case, in which members of the New Black Panthers wielding weapons and wearing military garb were caught on video intimidating voters in Philadelphia during the 2008 election. Many believe that Holder’s Justice Department have gone easy on the caused because they happen to be African-Americans who supported Barack Obama. Legendary Democratic civil rights activist Bartle Bull took offense over the New Black Panthers case, calling it the most serious incident of voter intimidation that he had ever witnessed. Holder bristled at that claim, wasting no time in tossing Bull under the bus:
“Think about that,” Holder said. “When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people.”
In the first place, it’s obvious that a post-racial Attorney General who holds an important cabinet post in a post-racial administration shouldn’t describe “my people” as those who skin is shaded more closely to his, but as the people he was indirectly elected to represent: the American people, whatever their race, creed or color. Moreover, it’s clear that Holder didn’t actually digest what Bartle Bull had to say. Here are Bartle Bulls remarks, in more detail:
“On May 15 Obama’s Department of Justice quashed a civil rights case involving voter intimidation by blacks in Philadelphia on election day, 2008. As New York chairman of Democrats for McCain, I had gone to Philadelphia on election day to work as a volunteer at polling places. An old hand at election work, I had been Robert Kennedy’s New York campaign manager in 1968, had worked for Charles Evers when he ran for governor of Mississippi in 1971, and had worked in South Carolina against Strom Thurmond in 1978. In Mississippi I had stopped the voting in the towns of Red Lick and Midnight and made them remove nooses that were hanging from tree branches outside the polling places. But never until I went to Philadelphia on November 4 had I seen a man with a weapon blocking the entrance to a polling place.”
Eric Holder, like his boss Barack Obama, is trying to take advantage of the prejudice that prevailed fifty years ago, in order to make those themes meaningful to their supports in 2011. It’s a different world today, and most of us know that. The left is loathe to acknowledge that fact, but the press of events and history makes it harder and harder for them to deny reality.
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