COMMENTARY | Come on, you knew this was coming. As soon as Obama inadvertently admitted he was holding a bad hand by warning Eric Cantor, “Don’t call my bluff,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, took to the House floor and played the race card — again. Panic sure makes people do silly things.
“I am particularly sensitive,” Real Clear Politics reported Jackson Lee bellyaching on the House floor, “to the fact that only this president, only this president, only this one has received the kind of attacks and disagreements and inability to work. Only this one.”
Wow, she said “only” four times.
Of course, George Bush never “received the kind of attacks and disagreements and inability to work” from Democrats.
“Read between the lines.”
“What is different about this president that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment is when it is necessary to raise the debt limit in order to pay our bills, something required by both statute and the 14th amendment?”
Oh, I don’t know, Sheila. Maybe what’s “different about this president” is that “this president” promised to cut the budget in half by the end of his first term and now he’s raised the deficit to $14 trillion and wants to raise it another $2.5 trillion? Or maybe it’s because of the Obamacare bomb he already lobbed into the economy or the $878 billion he squandered with that useless stimulus bill? I mean, I’m just guessing here.
Of course, this wasn’t the first time Sheila played her race card. In fact, when it comes to the race card, Sheila never leaves home without it.
During an interview with Ed Shultz of NBC, Sheila and Ed played a round of “Go Racist Fish,” plucking from each other’s hands anything they could use to keep the game going.
Lee began by twisting Rush Limbaugh’s reference to Ed as “Sergeant Schultz”.
“Well, I say this, you know, I’m always committed to the first amendment, because as you well know, you have been called a Sergeant Schultz, I don’t know that to be your name. I’m little sensitive to what that is, to garner and it’s because you have a name that maybe ethnically connected to being sergeant, I’m not sure what that is but I find that insulting as well.”
Sheila? Did you ever watch Hogan’s Heroes? Are you familiar with the character of Sergeant Schultz? Are you aware that Limbaugh was comparing Ed to an idiot who became famous for saying, “I know nothing”? And, how exactly can one be “ethnically connected” to a rank in the military anyway?
Rep. Lee further proposed that she and the Congressional Black Caucus should boycott advertisers of Rush Limbaugh’s radio program — as if they ever listen to the program to find out who they are.
Shultz then drew the “Driving Miss Nancy” comment card also made by Rush Limbaugh.
“But Driving Miss Nancy, driving Miss Nancy is a clear shot at slavery,” Mr. Ed stuttered, “is a clear shot at demeaning black people in America. I mean…”
Oh stop already.
First of all, Ed, Did you even see Driving Miss Daisy or listen to this particular segment of Rush Limbaugh? Miss Daisy was Hoke’s employer, not his owner and slavery was abolished by a Republican president long before she hired him.
Second; Limbaugh’s comment was “a clear shot at” calling out Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for creating and giving Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) a menial and totally symbolic No. 3 position in the Democrat leadership simply to placate expected African American back-lash for snubbing a black man to give a white man the position of No. 2 ranked House Dem in the 112thCongress.
I’m “particularly sensitive” about this, I’m “a little sensitive” about that. Sheila, you aren’t “sensitive”, you’re paranoid.
For someone who is so “sensitive” she can even find racism in something as harmless as a Pepsi commercial during a Super Bowl game, you’d think she would be equally “sensitive” to how her blind staff member might feel when she said, “I don’t give a damn about her disability.”
And this by the woman who said the federal government needed to do more to help disabled Americans and “talked” of plans to introduce but never delivered legislation named after singer Stevie Wonder to help disabled schoolchildren.
Regarding Ms. Lee’s pitifully transparent ‘” not to mention, embarrassingly monotonous – race card defense of “this president” for his failures as commander-in-chief, it simply isn’t working anymore. Even black people are getting tired of hearing it.
It’s like James I. Nienhuis wrote on his blog, Dancing from Genesis, “Do you know how you can tell that American white conservatives are not racists? It’s by the way they greet and embrace the rare few black conservatives who come out to the republican political events.”
On the other hand, attacking black conservatives is “encouraged” and “a mindset” on the left, according to black Fox News contributor Juan Williams.
Juan’s commentary came after a liberal blogger described Herman Cain as a “black garbage pail kid” a “monkey” whose “shtick is a version of race minstrelsy where he performs with “authentic negritude” the role of the “black” coon, Sambo, or Jumping Jim Crow” to reaffirm white “superiority” of “their White Conservative masters.”
“Let’s consider the routine,” the liberal racist who hides behind the pseudonym of Chauncey DeVega encourages us. “First, Cain enters the stage to Motown music. Then Cain feigns swimming after rolling up his sleeves to show them his black skin and how he is a hardworking negro (not like those other ones). Cain bellows in a preacher affected voice and channels the folksy negro down home accent of his late grandpappy.”
After the immediate and extreme backlash stirred by his obscene rant, the liberal racist defended his remarks after being slammed by “right-wingers” like Democrat Juan Williams who DeVega believes “can in the most polite and generous terms be described as hostile and anathema to the political interests of the working and middle classes, people of color, and the poor.”
“I ask simply, where is the love?” DeVega asked.
The hubris is sickening.
For all of you out there, like Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and the liberal bloggers who like to get up on their soapboxes and preach to the rest of us about what we are doing wrong and about what have to do to bring about all of the “change” that you and Obama keep telling us we are morally obligated to do all of the work for, why don’t you get off the race card bandwagon and start pulling the cart? That would be “Change We Can Believe In,” not the distractionary accusation sermons and the self absolutions you’ve been preaching from your intimidation pulpits while demonstrating the very behavior you so self-righteously proselytize against.
Just like the Democrats of the civil rights era in the 60s, not Republicans who stood in front of the door to prevent segregation in schools, maybe it’s the Democrats of the 2000s blocking the exit to prevent anyone from leaving the racism theater.
Until you stop talking and start acting as you tell others they must act, all you’re doing is the “talk is cheap” mambo with each other because the rest of us just aren’t buying it anymore.
It’s like Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
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