August 17, 2010 by Ben Crystal
When it comes to the left wing of American politics, I’m seldom surprised. Any family which includes Nancy Pelosi and Bill Clinton—not to mention sideshow siblings like Moulitsas, Moore and Sheehan, along with creepy Uncle Barney Frank and wacky Gramps Soros, is going to create moments which stick out like the honest guy at a personal injury lawyers’ convention.
Last Thursday, as I perused the liberal hate speech site Dailykos.com, I ran across one of the Democrat talking-points memos they call “diaries” and stopped dead in my online tracks. The title of the blog entry was: “GOP Uncle Tom misplays the race card.”
I pulled the proverbial handbrake and backed down the idiot expressway which is Dailykos to check if my eyes had deceived me. A sensitive, caring and oh-so-much-smarter-than-the-rest-of-us liberal actually called a black man (in this case, Alan Keyes) an “Uncle Tom.” I couldn’t have been more surprised if Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton announced they were quitting the shakedown racket and going to work as analysts for the Cato Institute. The discussion which followed this blogospheric babble featured a debate over whether use of such repugnantly racist terminology was acceptable if the subject was someone liberals dislike.
I was unaware that question remained unsettled. (The correct answer, for victims of teachers’ unions, is NO.)
Truth is, the modern Democrat Party isn’t unfamiliar with racism. From Orville Faubus to the dearly departed former Klansman and Senator from West Virginia Bobby Byrd, the Democrat party has been playing racist politics for decades; horse-trading the overt racism of its more radicalized travelers for the subtle racism of affirmative action and avoidance of discussion when it comes to the outrages of William Jefferson, Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel. (Yes, Virginia, demanding a free pass for them because they’re black is still racism.) What DOES represent a new development is the arrogant racism becoming more and more prevalent amongst white liberals.
In 1991, white liberal senators; led by Ted Kennedy (D-Chappaquiddick) conducted a confirmation hearing on Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. In a spectacular example of full-throated leftist hypocrisy, the Democrat Senators on the panel engaged in an assault which Thomas himself quite accurately described as “a high-tech lynching.” I was a college student at the time, and I recall the on-campus opinions of the Democrats’ Senatorial mob included:
- Amazement that our poli-sci professors (leftists all) had clearly misled us about the poor nature and quality of the corpulent gasbags in the Senate.
- Concern amongst the more easily duped students that their armpit hair was visible below the sleeves of “We Believe You Anita” t-shirts.
- Trying to figure out how to make a drinking game out of guessing Ted Kennedy’s weight. (well, it WAS college.)
What we were watching, although we didn’t know it at the time, was a watershed moment for the Left. For the first time since they had failed to stop civil rights reform, white Democrats fired racist barbs at a black man—and got away with it.
From then on the pigs were out of the pen. During the Clinton administration we were treated to executive brilliance like Bubba’s plan to curb juvenile crime with “midnight basketball”—brought to you by an administration whiter than an Arkansas hoedown. During George W. Bush’s tenure in the White House, left-wing media pundits launched withering attacks on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice—including Jeff Danziger and Ted Rall’s almost impossibly offensive cartoons. Both Rall and Danzinger remain employed and are considered leading liberal intellectuals.
I wish I could comfort you by telling you that the wingnuts on Dailykos, legislative trash like the senatorial Democrats, and mewling filth like Rall and Danziger represent the far left fringe of today’s Democrat Party.
But they don’t. These days, the lunatics are running the DNC asylum. The Tea Party is racist, says the NAACP. But the NAACP’s support for blacks who murder white police officers isn’t. Proponents of SB1070 are racist, but the New Black Panther Party isn’t. What they’re missing is that racism is a two-way street—albeit one which dead ends in both directions.
To be fair, there ARE bigots in the conservative family tree. But they’re the type of relatives we only see on major holidays—and they have to sit at the kids’ table. The liberals are letting theirs carve the roast.
Messages for the inmates at Dailykos.com: A Ms. Beecher Stowe called. She sounded upset.
Also, the cleaner called: Your hoods are ready.