It seems I must join the legion of Obama sycophants, praising everything he does and acknowledging that he is perfection in the White House, lest I be accused and convicted of racism by Jimmy Carter, Keith Olbermann and Lawrence O’Donnell. In the previous administration, to criticize the president was to be accused of being un-American, in this one it is to be accused of being a racist. According to O’Donnell, it is incumbent upon anyone criticizing Obama to prove that their motive is not racial.
O’Donnell compared the criticism of the Clinton health care reform to criticism today of Obama’s plan, but he omitted to mention that the Clinton plan was not accompanied by ~10% unemployment, the stock market crashing, a stimulus bill and several trillion in handouts to Wall Street. It didn’t happen after 5000 deaths and billions spent in eight years of endless war, regardless of who started those wars. Context matters.
According to Jimmy Carter, an “overwhelming portion” of the demonstration against the policies advocated by Obama are based on the color of his skin. I have admired Mr. Carter for many years based on the tireless work he has done in pursuit of peace in the Middle East and advocating for fair elections throughout the world, but with this pronouncement I believe he is doing this country both injustice and harm.
Certainly there are people campaigning against Obama for reason of race. They are many and they are a disgrace to this nation, to decency and to humanity. But I do not see evidence that they are an “overwhelming portion.”
Mr. Carter’s statement that racism has raised it’s head is true to the extent that it is being advanced with impunity on right wing radio talk shows. It is incumbent upon people of decency to counter that vile utterance, but not to attempt to stifle it. There is a line from a movie, I have long since forgotten the source, to the effect of, “I despise everything that you have to say, but I will fight to the death to defend your right to say it.”
One defeats evil not by shutting it down, but by advocating good; by making the voice of good so loud that it drowns out the voice of evil.
Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews each spent almost their entire hour yesterday on the subject of racism, labeling virtually every critic of Barack Obama racist, and making every criticism of him a racial slur regardless of the actual content of that criticism. Upon seeing one racial sign in a crowd, they labeled the entire crowd a “racist crowd.”
There was one rifleman at Dealy Plaza in 1963; does that mean that the crowd of people in Dallas that day was a “crowd of shooters?”
Freedom of speech is not just a law that must be followed by government. Freedom of speech means that people must be free to speak without intimidation by authority or power of any stripe; be it government, corporate, media or military.
We do not elect royalty of whom none may speak ill.