Skip to comments.Obama Backers Use Race as Alibi for Ebbing Support
Posted on 06/25/2012 1:10:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
As Barack Obama's lead over Mitt Romney in the polls narrows, and his presumed fundraising advantage seems about to become a disadvantage, it's alibi time for some of his backers.
His problem, they say, is that some voters don't like him because he's black. Or they don't like his policies because they don't like having a black president.
So, you see, if you don't like Obamacare, it's not because it threatens to take away your health insurance, or to deny coverage for some treatments. It's because you don't like black people.
This sort of thing seems to be getting more frequent, or at least more open. As White House Dossier writer Keith Koffler notes, HBO host Bill Maher accused Internet tyro Matt Drudge of being animated by racism because he highlights anti-Obama stories.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown if House Chairman Darrell Issa's treatment of Attorney General Eric Holder was "ethnic." Brown agreed, and Matthews said some Republicans "talk down to the president and his friends."
There's an obvious problem with the racism alibi. Barack Obama has run for president before, and he won. Voters in 2008 knew he was black. Most of them voted for him. He carried 28 states and won 365 electoral votes.
Nationwide, he won 53 percent of the popular vote. That may not sound like a landslide, but it's a higher percentage than any Democratic nominee except Andrew Jackson, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.
Democratic national conventions have selected nominees 45 times since 1832. In seven cases, they won more than 53 percent of the vote. In 37 cases, they won less.
That means President Obama won a larger percentage of the vote than Martin Van Buren, James K. Polk, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and (though you probably don't want to bring this up in conversation with him) Bill Clinton.
Now it is true that you can go out in America and find people who would just never vote for a black person. But it's a lot harder than it was a generation or two ago, when most voters admitted to pollsters they would never vote for a black president.
And you can probably find some people who usually vote for Democrats but would not vote for a black Democrat. But not very many of them, and they're likely to be pretty advanced in age, and so there are likely fewer of them around than there were four years ago.
My own view is that such voters were more than counterbalanced by voters who felt that, as an abstract proposition in the light of our history, it would be a good thing for Americans to elect a black president.
In 2008, Obama, who came to national attention by decrying the polarization of Red-state and Blue-state America, had obvious appeal to voters. I think there is a similar, and similarly unquantifiable, factor working for Obama this year: Many voters feel, as an abstract proposition, that it would be a bad thing for American voters to reject the first black president.
Some conservatives complain that there is a double standard, that whites who vote against Obama are accused of racial motives, while blacks, 95 percent of whom voted for him, are not.
I think that's unfair. Members of an identifiable group that has been in some way excluded from full recognition as citizens will naturally tend to support a candidate who could be the first president from that group. In 1960, Gallup reported that 78 percent of American Catholics voted for John Kennedy.
American blacks have suffered exclusion and discrimination more than any other group. And very large percentages of them regularly vote for candidates who share Obama's views on issues.
What's remarkable about our politics in 2008 and today is that most voters seem to be making their decisions based on their assessment of the issues and the character of the candidates.
The fact that some have, at least for the moment, moved away from supporting Obama to opposing him, or remain unsure, reflects not an increasing racism, but the fact that we simply have more information than we had four years ago.
Most of us are disappointed when our candidates don't win. But that's no excuse for phony alibis.
I’m thinking this crap will now backfire on the Obama team. People are sick to death of Blacks and Liberals (like Chris Matthews) pulling the Race Card. I say it will backfire on them. Whaddya think?
If it didn’t work, would they have been using it since Reconstruction? There’s a whole industry dedicated to not much more than this. See: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson Junior, Marcus Garvey, Louis Farakhan, Jeremiah Wright, Ben Crump, etc., etc...
It’s going to backfire on the Left. It makes Obama look like a weak loser. There are only about twenty percent of voters who eat leftist race bait. The closer they get to the election, if he is behind to a degree they can not overcome with voter fraud, they will totally melt down into spit.
But, the only people who give any credence to those clowns are Blacks and white Race baiters who are already in the Democrat’s corner.
If that were only true. Do you work for a corporation, government agency, non-profit or other similar organization? Go to your Facebook, Twitter or other social media site and post something that can even remotely be construed as racist, homophobic, sexist or against Islam. See how long it takes for you to get fired.
Is that what you got from my comments? Really?
Go to your Facebook, Twitter or other social media site and post something that can even remotely be construed as racist, homophobic, sexist or against Islam. See how long it takes for you to get fired.
But, it’s not people like you and me committing acts of Racism or any other act of bigotry. Your average American is not committing acts of Racism. It’s just in the minds of the Race baiters. That’s why it’s gonna backfire. Sure if you went on facebook and used the “N” word or discriminated against a Hispanic or Black in the workplace; you’d be in deep doo doo. But, you’re comparing apples and oranges. I’m telling you, it will backfire because they (the clowns you named in your Post #3) are accusing White Americans of being Racist when they’re NOT!!! Bust me for something I did; I’ll suffer the consequences in silence. Accuse me of something I didn’t do, we’re gonna fight. People like Al Sharpton, Louie Farrakhan and Chris Matthews are gonna keep running their mouths until they plunge this nation into an all-out Race War. And it will NOT be pretty.
I’m totally rtacist.. I hate liberals, progressives, socialist and communist.
There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.
-Booker T. Washington
Soetoro is a loser, period. He sucks no matter what race the race baiters claim he is.
I think what she means here is, Oblunder can't run on his record, what else is left?
Stack the deck with the race card.
But of course. . . . (007's famous line)
He has no record to run on.
Well he does have a record - - - - - - a very BAD record. . .
in fact a good counter would be for Republicans to play the race card too.
“So you liberals say the reason we Conservatives point out that Obama is the worse president since Woodrow Wilson is because he's BLACK? Why you racists!—being incompetent is colorblind you Jim Crow bigots!”
how much of that 53% was fraudulent/acorn? The only thing soetoro has left is the race card, but the fast & furious has placed him in the criminal card category. The next few weeks will expose even more of the commie fraud with 1] sheriff arpaio conference mid-july 2] professor kengor book early july 3] the dick holder in contempt of congress this week 4]supremes tell soetoro to bend over with verdict on commiecare and arizona, etc etc.
It was race that got him elected so it is right that race takes him out.
Blacks were racist in their 90+% vote. Whites were “non-racist” in voting for him because he was black. (Which makes their choice racist.) Both accomplished the same thing. A lazy child who did not like the whole premise behind the USA became president because he was black.
Correcting that error is not racist. I would not vote for him not matter what race, sex, or creed he was.
Great article, thanks for posting.
Aha! More racists to add to the list! Arpaio, Kengor, Congress, Supreme Court.
Yeah... I have really grown to hate obamao’s white half... cracker bastid!
yep! they got me! if he were only white I would be voting for Obama in November!!!
what a joke.
these people are desperate.
So, the Obama campaign is saying that Obama is doing poorly because he is black. Well, well. Sounds a tad racist to me - but they should know of which they speak.
Well he didn’t do his race any favors. If this is the way a black man behaves in the highest office in the land, then it could could second thoughts. But he doesn’t represent all blacks you say? You are correct only 94% of blacks voted for him. My racism flaw now stands corrected.
I detest his white half just as much as his black half ,,, so what’s that called ??
More accurately, some voters - indeed, most I hope - just plain don't like him!
"Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal".--James (Jim) Cone,
African American Religious Thought: An Anthology (Paperback)
by Cornel West (Editor), Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (Editor)
SEAN HANNITY: But Reverend Jeremiah Wright is not backing down and has not for years and in his strong stance on the teaching of black liberation theology is nothing new. He had the same things to say last spring when he appeared on "Hannity & Colmes:"
WRIGHT: If you're not going to talk about theology in context, if you're not going to talk about liberation theology that came out of the '60s, systematized black liberation theology that started with Jim Cone in 1968 and the writings of Cone and the writings of Dwight Hopkins and the writings of womynist theologians and Asian theologians and Hispanic theologians, then you can't talk about the black value system.
HANNITY: But I'm a reverend
WRIGHT: Do you know liberation theology, sir?
Malik Zulu Shabazz, chairman of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (NBPP):
"We believe in a Black first philosophy and a Black Liberation Theology."
Although it [The New Black Panther Party] says it sees capitalism as the fundamental problem with the world and revolution as the solution, the new party does not draw its influences from Marxism or Maoism as the original party did. Instead, in a carefully-worded, roundabout form of ethnic nationalism, they say that Marx based his ideology and teachings on indigenous African cultures, and that the NBPP therefore need not look to Marxism or Maoism as a basis for their program, but can look to ideologies that stem directly from those African origins.
"The Justice Department originally brought the case against four armed men who witnesses say derided voters with catcalls of "white devil" and "cracker" and told voters they should prepare to be "ruled by the black man." ..."
One poll watcher called police after he reportedly saw one of the men brandishing a nightstick to threaten voters.
As I walked up, they closed ranks, next to each other, the witness told Fox News at the time. So I walked directly in between them, went inside and found the poll watchers. They said theyd been here for about an hour. And they told us not to come outside because a black man is going to win this election no matter what.
He said the man with a nightstick told him, Were tired of white supremacy, and he starts tapping the nightstick in his hand. At which point I said, OK, were not going to get in a fistfight right here, and I called the police....
"Security" patrols stationed at polling places in Philly:
Black Panthers intimidate voters in Philadelphia with night stick:
Calling people who voted for Obama last time - calling them racist - is such a great idea. It's almost like we paid dems to come up with something that destructive... Maybe next dems can refer to those people sitting on the fence as demaphobes. Then they could go out and slap their faces...
Here's a flash dems - calling people racists - playing the race card endlessly - works in public better than in the privacy of a voting booth.
Shock Photos: Candidate Obama Appeared And Marched With New Black Panther Party in 2007:
Michelle Obama on the night of her husband's 2008 election victory
Source: TIME Magazine:
"The raised fist (also known as the clenched fist) is a salute and logo most often used by left-wing activists, such as: Marxists, anarchists, socialists, communists, pacifists, trade unionists, and black nationalists. The raised fist is usually regarded as an expression of solidarity, strength or defiance."
For some reason, this line struck me as funny...
"No!! Whaddaya mean he's 'black'?"
I really hope they overplay this and people get really PO'd about anyone trying to use the race card in this election or anytime in the future. We need an accusation the equivalent of the left's "that smacks of McCarthyism" accusation that they use to deflect observations that they're communists at heart.
"Using that old worn out race card again, eh? Are you ever going to mature beyond the 60's?"
I have seen a blue “power fist” on cars around here.
One driver was a small Asian woman, so it’s not the “pampers” symbol.
Anyone know what it is?
Any challenge to higher taxes, bigger government or social services is obviously ‘racist’ . The Tea party motivation for above was rooted in racism. Opposition to Obama and Pelosi is racism and sexism, opposition to Obama-care and sharing your doctor with ‘people of color’ (illegals) is racism.
Don’t believe me?? AL Sharpton has a whole one hour five day a week show preaching this and I know at least one black women who turns his show on every night at the gym I go to.
This is their ‘get out the vote’ motivator too.
So, in other words, it is indeed a "Panthers" thing. ie, revolutionary communist, "peace through Communism" thing.
Oswald was a dedicated communist who had defected to the Soviet Union in 1959 out of disgust with American capitalism. After becoming disillusioned with Soviet life, he returned to the U.S. in 1962. In early 1963, he bought a scoped rifle through the mail and soon used it to fire a shot (which missed) at retired general Edwin Walker, the head of the John Birch Society in Dallas. In the summer of 1963, Oswald was active in street demonstrations in support of Castro. In September 1963, he visited the Soviet and Cuban embassies in Mexico City seeking a travel visa that would allow him to travel to Cuba.
Oswald was among the radicals of the time who saw Third World revolutionaries like Castro as the wave of the communist future. He was well aware of Kennedy's efforts to overthrow Castro's regime. As a Senate investigative committee suggested in 1975, Oswald shot Kennedy to interrupt his administration's plans to assassinate Castro or to overthrow his regime in Cuba.
Ignoring Oswald's communist links, journalists and political leaders quickly claimed the president was a martyr to civil rights. Earl Warren said that Kennedy had "suffered martyrdom as a result of the hatred and bitterness that has been injected into the life of our nation by bigots." Martin Luther King said the assassination had to be viewed against the backdrop of violence against civil rights marchers in the South. James Reston wrote in the New York Times that "something in the nation itself, some strain of madness and violence, had destroyed the highest symbol of law and order."
The consensus opinion was that Kennedy was a victim of hate and bigotry, a casualty of his support for civil rights. The Cold War and Kennedy's ongoing feud with Castro were rarely mentioned as factors behind the assassination. The reasons? Mrs. Kennedy wanted her husband remembered as a modern-day Abraham Lincoln. Lyndon Johnson feared complicating relations with the Soviet Union. Liberals feared a replay of the McCarthy period, when the Wisconsin senator inflamed public opinion about fears of domestic communism.
Received the following in an email:
“Barack Hussein Obama is not half black. He is the first Arab-American President, not the first black President.
Barack Hussein Obama is 50% Caucasian from his mother’s side and 43.75% Arabic and 6.25% African Negro from his father’s side.
While Barack Hussein Obama’s father was from Kenya, his father’s family was mainly Arabs. Barack Hussein Obama’s father was only 12.5% African Negro and 87.5% Arab (his father’s birth certificate even states he’s Arab, not African Negro).”
Playing with a 52 card deck composed of nothing but RACE CARDS.
You know what? Fine. I’m a racist. I don’t care any more.
I mean hell, I’ve never had a racist thought in my life, but I think it’s long time past we defuse this verbal bomb. Everyone, and I mean everyone, should proudly define themselves as a racist. Whether they are or not.
Oh, reminds me of an old movie I PASSED FOR WHITE.
I’ve never seen the movie but I remember the ads for it on TV back in 1960.
Obama passed for black!
I do not dislike him because he is black. I loath him because he is a hard left quasi Marxist borderline Fascist and not a patriot. He practices the art of character assassination and politics of personal destruction with a vengeance. He has total contempt for the Constitution of the United States and the same contempt for our great nation. His own memoirs have proved him to be a serial liar. His politics are those of envy, racial division, and hate that promotes violence. He is not a good man and he is racist consumed with hate and leftist ideology.
Using the logic of the author, I can not admire and like, Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, Allen West, etc. because they are black. I admire these men greatly and would vote for and support them
No I do not want to have a beer with this man.
This is what every Libtard I know has resorted to as their excuse for '08 when I eviscerate Bobo's many failures...