Tag: GOP racism
I can't emphasize enough how gutless it was to do such a thing when any US Senator, with a safe seat and who is not up for re-election this time (Warner), or one who is about to retire (Webb), should have had the President's back. Were folks like Warner, Webb and others to stand up as a TEAM against such hate, only the most unhinged would dare utter the kind of garbage that run-of-the-mill Republicans are now doing. Now they can get away with saying with utter impunity what previously only the worst racists in America would say. What was merely implied (not that that is acceptable either) is stated outright. The kind of racism which defeated Harvey Gant in his campaign to unseat the uber racist Jesse helms, has become "mainstream GOP."
Now attacks upon the President for his being of a different race, the pretense that he is not a citizen and the suggestion of "otherness" (statements that he is "not one of us," "doesn't understand what it means to be an American," or even claims he is "unAmerican") is skillfully used by a GOP on hate-based "steroids." Though there are more whites on welfare, the myth of African Americans as the main welfare recipients persists and is easily fed. Every speech is crafted to present to the American people lies about Obama's welfare-to-work efforts, which actually move MORE, not fewer, people to work. The lies are right out of the Ronald Reagan Southern Strategy playbook. Every effort at building the "otherness" myth is designed to elicit voter racism.