If you were under the impression that the constant cries of racism by liberals would ease up after the election, you might be wasting your time wondering. Just over the past few days, it's been suggested that the reason the GOP is against U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice becoming the next Secretary of State is because she's black. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns claimed that the current secession movement wouldn't be happening if the president wasn't black. Do these people really believe that an entire political party has it in for all minority groups, and does it even matter?
Ken Burns suggestion that secessionists are all black-hating Tea Party members is a joke. You can bet there are plenty of stereotypical "rednecks" waving their confederate flags, but the truth is, they would probably be there no matter who the Democrat in office was. They want their freedoms, not more government control. If you listen to journalist Jonah Goldberg, comments like those by Burns are here to stay. He says the liberals must continue to peg the GOP as racists and it will only get worse. Granted, it's Jonah Goldberg, author of books titled The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat In The War of Ideas and Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, but he does have a point.
Take the accusations by the Congressional Black Caucus regarding Rice. The newly elected chair, Rep. Marcia Fudge, said, "There is a clear sexism and racism that goes with these comments being made by unfortunately Senator [John] McCain and others." McCain was obviously referring to Rice's speech regarding Benghazi, where she was supposedly using talking points provided to her by the CIA. If McCain was actually talking about Rice's intelligence, frankly, he's an idiot. Why can't this be about her judgment? Even with Petraeus admitting the CIA provided the account, as United Nations Ambassador she didn't question that information, even several days later? We know that the White House knew the attacks had nothing to do with the anti-Muslim film; there's no way that four days after the attack she still had no information on the facts. Believing that Rice was being dishonest is neither racist nor sexist.
Goldberg goes on to provide pre-election examples like when Romney visited Michigan and made a crack about not needing a birth certificate. Michael Eric Dyson said it was "The basest and the most despicable bigotry we might be able to imagine." Ridiculous, yes, but like Goldberg's other past examples, it doesn't support his idea that the more the GOP tries to appeal to black voters, the more accusations of racism the liberals will toss out. As bad as it got over the past year, it seemed to ebb out shortly before the election. Maybe the Democrats realized the public was sick of hearing it after Chris Matthews claimed "Chicago" was a racist code word?
In reality, complaints about the "racist, sexist, white man only GOP" don't really matter at this point. The public has spoken loud and clear. If Goldberg or anyone else thinks that the GOP simply needs to "appeal to black voters," they are sadly mistaken. Unless they drastically change the party, they won't need to worry about appealing to anyone. Many conservatives who want change are starting to see the big picture. Something needs to change, and it needs to happen soon or they risk losing the less socially conservative and the "freedom-loving" members to the Libertarian's or end up with members who just don't care anymore.
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