Looking for a new tone in political discourse? The Congressional Black Caucus has your new tone–same as the old tone for today’s Democrat party. Which is to say angry, race-baiting politics:
A top lawmaker in the Congressional Black Caucus says tea partiers on Capitol Hill would like to see African-Americans hanging from trees and accuses the movement of wishing for a return to the Jim Crow era.
Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana who serves as the CBC’s chief vote counter, said at a CBC event in Miami that some in Congress would “love to see us as second-class citizens” and “some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me … hanging on a tree.”
Why is Carson using such vile rhetoric? Frustration over the utter failure of the left’s spend and spend some more policies:
Carson’s spokesman, said the comment was “in response to frustration voiced by many in Miami and in his home district in Indianapolis regarding Congress’s inability to bolster the economy.” Tomcsi, in an email, wrote that “the congressman used strong language because the Tea Party agenda jeopardizes our most vulnerable and leaves them without the ability to improve their economic standing.
“The Tea Party is protecting its millionaire and oil company friends while gutting critical services that they know protect the livelihood of African-Americans, as well as Latinos and other disadvantaged minorities,” Tomcsi wrote. “We are talking about child nutrition, job creation, job training, housing assistance, and Head Start, and that is just the beginning. A child without basic nutrition, secure housing, and quality education has no real chance at a meaningful and productive life.”
Raising taxes on their perceived enemies and spending money to solve any problem are the only solution they have for anything. When that fails then, well, it’s all about race-baiting for Democrats. Their constituents will continue to suffer. And if anyone raises objections (in this instance, the Tea Party), they vilify that person or group as wanting that suffering to continue. Then you have explanations like that from Carson’s office.
It is the vile underbelly of leftist politics. And as the economy continues to sour, we will be seeing more hateful rhetoric from the left.
UPDATE. Video/audio added, via Hot Air:
Carson’s comments start about 10 seconds in, with additional commentary by other angry CBC members throughout the video.
Results be damned, it’s all about electing more and more liberals to positions of power, to keep blacks more and more suppressed:
[T]he bad policies that have always failed are the big government liberalism that has defined modern black politics.
With further thought, blacks might realize [...] that growing government and electing black politicians would make blacks better off — that explains why blacks have remained disproportionately “hurtin”.
Take the Congressional Black Caucus itself. The average poverty rate in Black Caucus districts is almost 50 percent higher than the national average. Yet, these black politicians have 100 percent re-election rates.
Maybe blacks will realize that they should blame Obama. Not because he is black, but because he is a liberal.
Or maybe it’s because of those racist, terrorist Tea Partiers. Read the whole piece.
Appealing to the credulous resentments of ignorant mobs has long been a political speciality of the Democratic Party, which habitually excites the fears and hatreds of its constituencies, even as it exploits their foolish hopes [...]
Democrats execise power through such cynical manipulation of their supporters’ dreams and nightmares. The Democrats grow rich while the people who elect them grow poor and yet always — always — the blame for their failures is externalized onto [...] the Republicans.
[T]he fools who vote for Democrats certainly deserve no better than what they’ve gotten from Obama: Absolutely nothing.
Because President Obama is half-black of course and perhaps, they know they are losing the argument:
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) used the race card this afternoon to assess blame in the debt ceiling fight. Jackson Lee, a black Congresswoman, believes the disagreement over raising the debt ceiling is because of President Obama’s race.
“I am particularly sensitive to the fact that only this president, only this president, only this one has received the kind attacks and disagreements and inability to work. Only this one,” Jackson Lee said on the House floor this afternoon.
“Read between the lines.”
Raising taxes and race-baiting. Apparently there’s nothing else Democrats are good for and nothing else they can bring to the table in this debt ceiling debate. Is anyone really surprised?
UPDATE. In rushing to get this post up yesterday, I didn’t include the key portion of Jackson-Lee’s floor speech. Here is the key bit from a Fox News piece:
“What is different about this president that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment of when it is necessary to raise the debt limit in order to pay our bills?” she added. . . .
“In the minority community that is the question that is being raised. Why is this president being treated so disrespectfully?”
[Hat Tip: Stacy McCain]
In other news, the sky is blue and the grass is green.
What else is there to do when you can’t win in the arena of ideas?
The crisis reached a howling pitch in mid-April, 2008, at an ABC News debate moderated by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos. Gibson asked Obama why it had taken him so long – nearly a year since Wright’s remarks became public – to dissociate himself from them. Stephanopoulos asked, “Do you think Reverend Wright loves America as much as you do?”
Watching this all at home were members of Journolist, a listserv comprised of several hundred liberal journalists, as well as like-minded professors and activists. The tough questioning from the ABC anchors left many of them outraged. “George [Stephanopoulos],” fumed Richard Kim of the Nation, is “being a disgusting little rat snake.”
Others went further. According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.
In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”
Let’s put this in its proper perspective. Ackerman wasn’t talking about a strategy to expose real racists, in the media or anywhere else. The Washington Independent reporter wanted to conduct a campaign against any figure on the Right, including journalists like Fred Barnes, to smear him as a racist for the political purposes of electing a Democrat to the White House.
Notice that Ackerman doesn’t even bother to ask people to look for actual evidence of racism, but just suggests to pick a conservative name out of a hat.
You can substitute Ackerman for any of the endless list of progressive/liberal journalists, reporters and talking-heads.
Clearly the real problem in American politics today is that a Tea Party leader was forcibly ejected from the Tea Party Federation. Clearly.