Compare and Contrast:
In 2006, Senator George Allen, running for his re-election in Virgina, used the term “macaca” to refer to a young man of Indian heritage who was filming him. Despite the fact that no one in the country had ever heard of this term before, suddenly, “macaca” was traced to a French-speaking insult of African tribesmen from back in the 19th century, and obviously, it means something to a guy who couldn’t remember another guy’s name. His penalty: Allen’s sure victory became a loss, and a Presidential contender’s hopes went down in flames.
In the same year, Senator Joe Biden, running for President, insulted all persons of Indian heritage by saying “You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.” He wasn’t joking. Later on, he referred to his opponent in the Democrat nomination for President, Barack Hussein Obama, as being a clean, well-spoken black man (apparently in contrast to all the other black men, who are dirty and can’t complete a grammatically correct sentence). His penalty: he was nominated by the Democrat Party and currently serves as Vice President of the United States.
In 1990, white Southern Senator Jesse Helms ran against African-American Harvey Gantt for the North Carolina Senate. A man who was fervently opposed to movements and collectivism – and many people mistook his opposition to the Civil Rights Movement as being based in racism, when in reality, Helms believed in constitutionalism, anti-communism, and individual achievement – employing Civil Rights leader and assassination attempt victim James Meredith as an adviser to him in the Senate. His opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act was based on his belief that it should apply to everyone or no one. Still, he ran against a black man whose campaign was built on supporting racial quotas. When Helms pointed this out, his penalty was an endless stream of caricatures of him as a rabid, racist, extremist.
In 1944, Exalted Cyclops and Kleagle of the Klan, Robert Byrd wrote concerning his service in the United States military, “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side… Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.” He worked to filibuster the 1964 Civil Rights Act along with other Democrats, based on the fact that it helped black people. He apologized for being a Klan member, but still felt comfortable enough with the n-word to repeatedly use it in a nationally televised interview. His penalty? He currently serves as President Pro Tem of the United States Senate and is referred to by fellow Democrats as “The Constitutional Conscience” of the US Senate.
In 2002, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott praised Senator Strom Thurmond at Strom’s 100th birthday party, saying, “When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over the years, either.” The interesting thing is that “we” didn’t vote for Strom. In fact, “he” didn’t vote for Strom (unless Mississippi had extended the vote to 7-year-olds for the 1948 election). Unfortunately, Strom had run on a platform of racial segregation and Lott had stuck his foot squarely and deeply down his throat. Calls for his resignation from Senate leadership came from all over, including from such sources as then-State Senator from Illinois’ 13th District Barack Hussein Obama. Lott apologized, but the calls for his resignation continued. The Penalty: Lott resigned 15 days after the statement was made.
In 2010, it was revealed in early releases from an upcoming book that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid referred to Presidential Candidate Barack Hussein Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” He was joined by Former President William Jefferson Clinton, who said that “a few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee”. Calls came in for Reid’s resignation. The response? Forgiveness from Al Sharpton. Apology accepted by Barack Hussein Obama. And silence from the rest of the left.
Speaking of Barack Hussein Obama… this is a man who was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, a church where the pastor (whom Obama referred to as being “like family” before tossing him under the bus) taught a theology that if God wasn’t in line with Black Theology’s goals of the destruction of the White Enemy, they won’t worship him. Take THAT, God! He referred to his grandmother as a “typical white woman” and referred to cops who investigated a potential break-in at a home in Harvard, MA as “acting stupidly”. His penalty? Near silence from the media and a sit-down photo op with one of the cops.
Look, I’ll say it: racism sucks. Allen’s comments are questionable, but Jesse’s positions on race were, to put it best, inconsistent and complicated, and Lott should’ve watched his mouth. Biden should’ve been tossed on his fanny for his repeated remarks, Robert Byrd is a joke of a fossil, and Reid is as much of a nightmare as Slick Willy – and they all need to be put out to pasture. Barack Hussein Obama is a racist, period.
But they aren’t.
The double-standard that has existed for years is never better illustrated than when it comes to the way the media and the parties respond to racism. The simple truth is that conservatives and Republicans are held to higher standards of behavior – and they should be. The problem is that Democrats should be held to the exact same high standards – and they aren’t. They’re given a free pass by the media lapdogs, and the party machinery cranks away to ensure that those who commit sins of commission are forgiven without question by those within the party.
It’s all simply a continuation of the same mindset behind racism, which is that one group of people deserve a pass while another group of people don’t deserve it. It sucks and it’s up to us to call our political leaders (aka “our employees”) to the carpet over it. If they won’t change, then it’s up to us to send them packing.
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