Aren't They Getting Tired of Calling Obama Opponents Racist?
Now, even liberals know that if people were arguing with, say, Hillary Clinton about health care, they'd look pretty stupid crying racism. But now that they have a black president and all politics can be traced back to him, they're free to cry racism for absolutely any political opinion contrary to Obama’s positions. And with public opinion already turning against the president and no other arguments left, that's what they'll do.
Why did people join in tea parties to protest runaway spending? Racism, says Janeane Garofalo to a nodding Keith Olbermann. Why are people against a bloated government takeover of health care? Racism, says Nobel Prize-winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. MSNBC anchor Carlos Watson said that "socialist" is the new "N" word. Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution declared 45% to 65% of town hall protesters racists. Representative John Dingell compared protesters to the KKK.
It's pretty mindless, though some try to dress it up to look smart -- as liberals love to do. (It was almost entertaining to see Phillip Kennicot in the Washington Post try to show that depicting Obama as the Joker is racist, when in as many steps he could have just as easily shown it was commentary on how Obama is like Kevin Bacon). Still, it's the debate equivalent of liberals covering their ears and screaming, "Shut up! Shut up!" And why not when they know that if the debate actually centered on the specifics of health care, or Obama's spending, they would lose big?
But here is an opportunity for Obama to really show he's post-racial. He could say that people who toss around charges of racism at everyone who disagrees with them are nothing but poison to a political debate. They are as useful to the issue of race as having a Ku Klux Klan member on TV, ranting undisputed. But Obama can't speak out against mindless charges of racism, because if the Democrats lose the issue of racism, they lose everything.
As the Prop 8 controversy in California demonstrated, the Democrats enjoy a lot of minority support while at the same time ignoring their values. Instead of courting minorities on the issue, they just point to the other side and say, "Well, you can't vote for them, they're racist." Thus we are at a point where someone's "blackness" is questioned if he doesn't share the same politics as a rich, white liberal.
If we really became a post-racial society and race was no longer an issue, what would the Democrats' pitch be for their policies? If they actually had to argue against the idea of limited government and individual power on merit, basically all they would have is, "We're really smart, and you're stupid, so let us control everything." That will attract those who want to be part of the elite ruling class and some weak-willed individuals, but the majority of people of all races would find it insulting. Without cries of racism to silence actual thought on the issues, they'd be a fringe party. And that's why we will never have a post-racial society while electing Democrats: because post-racial is also post-the Democratic Party.