Opposing Obama = racism

Not the worst aspect of the Obama presidency, but easily the most tedious, is how any opposition to President Obama is called racist:

Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst last week is drawing new recriminations from his colleagues, with a member of the Congressional Black Caucus suggesting that a failure to rebuke the South Carolina Republican is tantamount to supporting the most blatant form of organized racism in American history.

In an obvious reference to the Ku Klux Klan, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said Tuesday that people will put on “white hoods and ride through the countryside” if emerging racist attitudes, which he says were subtly supported by Wilson, are not rebuked. . .

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote in her column Sunday that Wilson’s outburst convinced her that racial angst is the underlying motive among Obama critics like Wilson.

“I’ve been loath to admit that the shrieking lunacy of the summer … had much to do with race,” she wrote. “But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted ‘liar’ at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.”

Wilson didn’t use any racial language; he merely said (accurately) that President Obama was lying. The only thing wrong with it was he was interrupting the president’s speech.

Conservatives and libertarians that oppose the president don’t care about his race; we care about his policies and the damage they will do to our country. It’s people like Johnson and Dowd that see him primarily as a black president. If they want to see racism, they need to look in a mirror.

(More here and here and here.)

UPDATE: Jimmy Carter too.

UPDATE: Heh: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism racism. (Via Instapundit.)

2 Responses to Opposing Obama = racism

  1. caruanascott says:

    No racism? The leader of the Tea Bagger movement called the president an “Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug” on national television.

    link here:http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/teabagger-mark-williams-says-obama-indo

    If that isn’t racism, then I don’t know what is—this is the “grass roots” guy leading the conservatives and libertarians, and I have yet to see anyone denounce these statements.

  2. K. Crary says:

    There is no “leader” of the Tea Party movement and I never heard of Mark Williams. But speaking generally, there are certainly some kooks in any group, particularly a grassroots group. I don’t think you’d like to be judged by the seedier elements at an Obama rally.

    Also, if you’ve really never heard anyone denounce the “birther” idiocy, you’ve been taking care not to listen. As just one of many examples, National Review gave it a detailed denunciation last July. And, for what it’s worth, I denounced it myself here.

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