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…..Or that’s what the left used to say when George W. Bush was president. And, you know what? They were right. Dissent is still the highest form of patriotism. However, now that the Democrats are in power, they aren’t such big fans of dissent anymore—in fact, they’ve been doing everything in their power to quash dissent for the last year and a half. Furthermore, if you disagree with President Obama in any way, you are now officially a “RAAAAACIST!” (that’s spelled with five A’s). Want proof? Well, here goes….

I’m sure you all heard about the brouhaha that occurred during the past week. I’m, of course, talking about how a bunch of supposed evil, raaaaacist Tea Partiers attacked some members of the Congressional Black Caucus with racial slurs and how one was even spat upon. You couldn’t have missed it, because the media ran wild with this story, and there were op-eds galore—like this one from Colbert King comparing the Tea Party members to George Wallace, David Duke and the KKK, or this one from Derrick Jackson stating that the Tea Party uses hatred as a political strategy. Oh, and of course Frank Rich has a new column out where he states that all opposition to Obamacare is completely rooted in race hatred. Rich further states in his column that there was “nothing entertaining about watching goons hurl venomous slurs at congressmen like the civil rights hero John Lewis and the openly gay Barney Frank.” So, since the MSM seems so lathered up in self-righteous outrage over these supposed incidents, they must be true, right?

Well, Andrew Breitbart has written an excellent column where he calls all of these incidents into question. Below are some excerpts from Breitbart’s column and two videos of the actual event—-

As I have said over and over and over, the left has one trick that it will use again and again when its back is in the corner: shout ‘racist’ in a crowded country.

On Saturday, during the peaceful and patriotic tea party protest at the Capitol, the Democrats staged a series of symbolic acts meant to manipulate the media to do its bidding. The Congressional Black Caucus pulled the Selma card and chose to walk through the crowd in the hopes of creating a YouTube incident. This is what it looked like:

And this:

Saturday’s “never mind” moment will live in infamy as the Congressional Black Caucus claimed the N-word was hurled 15 times. YouTube video shows that at least two of the men in the procession were carrying video cameras and holding them above the crowd. They have not come forth with evidence to show that even one person hurled the vile racist epithet. The video also shows no head movement one way or another. Wouldn’t the N-word provoke a head turn or two? Is it really possible that in 2010, in a crowd of 30 or 40 thousand people — at the center of a once-in-a-lifetime media circus — not one person’s flipphone, Blackberry, video recorder or a network feed caught a single incident? And if not, then at least someone could have found an honest tea partier to act as an eyewitness — or the Congressional Black Caucus would have confronted the culprit(s). If that had happened, there would be an investigation to see if the perpetrator was a left-wing plant.

That’s how much the Democrats need a racist Tea Party moment. To stop it in its tracks. That’s why on Saturday they used the Congressional Black Caucus to try to manufacture the false appearance of one. And when they didn’t get it, they did what they always do: they lied.

[After watching that footage, I’m beginning to think that Frank Rich might need to be heavily medicated because he claimed that he “watched goons hurl venomous slurs at John Lewis and Barny Frank”. I saw nothing of the sort in that footage, so Rich obviously suffers from frequent hallucinations, but I digress.]

Breitbart also reminds us how members of the MSM have willingly participated in similar hoaxes in the past—specifically MSNBC cutting off a Tea Party protester’s head in a shot, who was carrying a gun to a protest, in order to hide the fact that he was black.

But hey, none of those members of the CBC making those allegations have any past history of race-baiting. Oh, wait a minute. I forgot about John Lewis comparing John McCain to George Wallace. (You can watch John McCain’s impassioned response to John Lewis below.)

Oh, and I forgot about Jesse Jackson Jr. (one of the members of the CBC holding a camera while walking through the crowd) stating that Hillary Clinton “cried for her appearance, but not for Katrina victims”. (Wow, race-bating and sexism all rolled into one—you stay classy Mr. Jackson.)

And, who could forget James Clyburn making a huge deal out of Bill Clinton stating that it’s a “fairy tale” that Obama was ever going to pull the troops immediately out of Iraq, and insinuating that Clinton was speaking in some kind of racial code. (Last time I checked, we were still in Iraq, so I guess Mr. Clinton was right.) In fact, Clyburn even went to far as to tell President Clinton to “Chill”.

Well, Bill Clinton sure hasn’t forgotten about Clyburn’s accusations, because he basically admitted to Kate Snow that Clyburn played the race card on him (see embed below).

So, if these fine, upstanding gentlemen (my voice is dripping with sarcasm right now) would go so far as to play the race card on a president of their own party, compare a war hero to George Wallace, and imply that Hillary Clinton doesn’t care if black people in New Orleans drown, then do you really think that they’d have ANY compunction when it comes to lying about a bunch of nameless, faceless protesters?! I seriously doubt it.

Last summer during the town hall meetings, Jonah Goldberg observed the tendency for Obama supporters to be the boy who cried race in an excellent column that he wrote titled, “A Deck Stacked with Race Cards”. Here are some excerpts below—

No one should be surprised. Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, liberal Democrats have to accuse their opponents of racism. Indeed, somewhat to their credit, fighting racism — alas, even where it doesn’t exist — is one of the reasons they became liberal Democrats in the first place.

From Day 1, Obama’s supporters have tirelessly cultivated the idea that anything inconvenient for the first black president just might be terribly, terribly racist.

This was always the nasty side of Obama’s implied hope for unity. Obama gave oxygen to the idea that disagreement with him amounted to obstructing his mission to “transcend race.” During the campaign, that meant anyone who got in his way was wittingly or unwittingly abetting racism (just ask Bill Clinton).

Anyway, the reason why the recent circus involving the CBC is so important is because Obama’s supporters, the DNC and the MSM (I know—they’re all one in the same) have used the race card, name-calling and every other dirty trick in the book in order to suppress dissent. Want proof? Well, here goes….

Here is Maureen Dowd implying that anyone who vocally disagrees with Obama is a “RAAAAAACIST!”. (I guess Jonah Goldberg was right). Here is NYT’s columnist Charles Blow calling the town hall protesters a bunch of “hooligans” who are “hooting and hollering” and “terrorizing legislators”, and then stating that “the Republican Party is no party of Einsteins”. And, here is a recent column from WaPo columnist Courtland Milloy in which he writes the following about the Tea Party protesters (H/T KOTM—his diary is excellent)—

I know how the “tea party” people feel, the anger, venom and bile that many of them showed during the recent House vote on health-care reform. I know because I want to spit on them, take one of their “Obama Plan White Slavery” signs and knock every racist and homophobic tooth out of their Cro-Magnon heads.

Oh, and how could anyone forget about the infamous and embarrassing DNC video that refers to concerned citizens as “The Mob” ? (Even Camille Paglia derided them for this idiocy.)

Hey, where‘s the love? I thought that being a community organizer was cool. Oh, but silly me. I guess it‘s only cool to organize the community and protest if you are an ACORN member threatening banks. I guess if you are protesting against The One, you are no longer a “community organizer“–you are a “hooligan“ or a member of an “angry mob” and you must be stopped.

Oh, and who could forget Barbara “Ma’am” Boxer calling protesters at the town halls “astroturfers“, because they are “too well dressed“? Our own Lori Ziganto wrote an excellent diary detailing this (and it contains the embed of the video of Barbara Boxer), but I feel the need to paste one of the more hilarious quotes below–

Unlike Cindy Sheehan and her Code Pink cohorts, normal citizens actually attempt to look nice when, you know, going out in public. Even worse, we Right-Wing nutty nut women gasp shave our legs .. while showering no less.. AND wear bras. Sometimes we even comb our hair and put on make-up to look purty. It’s our Stockholm Syndrome, of course. We can’t help objectifying ourselves, obviously.

However, no mocking and deriding of the town hall/Tea Party protesters would be complete without the MSM routinely referring to us as “Teabaggers”. (In case any of you are wondering, the term “Teabagging” is a vile oral sex term.) I have embedded two videos below. The first one shows Anderson Cooper making the disgusting pun, “It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging”. The second one shows Rachel Maddow and Ana Marie Cox laughing for a good seven minutes about “teabaggers”.

OK–please allow me to quickly put this into perspective for you. Can you imagine, for a moment, if conservative commentators were routinely referring to anti-war protesters or pro-Obamacare advocates as “C**kgobblers” (sorry for the vulgarity, but I was trying to make a point)? (Thank you Office Space.) I bet that liberals would be rioting in the streets, but I digress.

And finally, any diary about liberal suppression of dissent would not be complete without the example of Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling people “astroturfers” who attend town halls, and implying that they are Nazis by claiming that “they wear Swastikas” (the video is below).

However, what’s really funny about all of this, is that back in 2006, a bunch anti-war protesters heckled Speaker Pelosi at one of her own town halls, and she told them that their “advocacy is very American” and that she was “a fan of disruptors” (instead of referring to them as a bunch of teabagging, raaaaacist, Nazi hooligans).

However, last August, Speaker Pelosi and Steny Hoyer wrote an op-ed for USA Today where they referred to the town hall protesters as “un-American disruptors!” Hypocrisy much, Madame Speaker?

So now, given the lack of respect—as well as the outright intense animosity—clearly shown towards the town hall/Tea Partiers by the DNC and the MSM, I completely agree with Andrew Breitbart when he writes the following—

It’s time for the allegedly pristine character of Rep. John Lewis to put up or shut up. Therefore, I am offering $10,000 of my own money to provide hard evidence that the N- word was hurled at him not 15 times, as his colleague reported, but just once. Surely one of those two cameras wielded by members of his entourage will prove his point.

And surely if those cameras did not capture such abhorrence, then someone from the mainstream media — those who printed and broadcast his assertions without any reasonable questioning or investigation — must themselves surely have it on camera. Of course we already know they don’t. If they did, you’d have seen it by now.

THOUSANDS OF TIMES.

In other words, if you believe that ANY footage verifying the CBC’s accusations actually exists, but for some reason the MSM isn’t running it, then I have a blind bird dog and some under-water real-estate to sell you.

Oh, and speaking of liberal suppression of dissent, today the WSJ reported that a bunch of Harry Reid supporters surrounded Andrew Breitbart and threw eggs at him, as well as the Tea Party Express bus. And yet, it’s those “violent teabaggers” that we are supposed to fear. Funny, huh?

Well, since I’ve clearly demonstrated how liberals love to suppress dissenting views, I would, now, like to show how “radical” liberals can get when they protest—and boy do they like to protest. Liberals are all for freedom of speech—as long as it’s their freedom of speech, of course.

Here is a video of Code Pink interrupting John McCain’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. I don’t remember any “teabaggers” interrupting Obama’s Speech, do you?

Oh, and here is a NYT’s column about a bunch of spoiled, bratty college kids at The New School turning their backs on john McCain and calling him a “war criminal” when he spoke at their graduation.

Furthermore, speaking of an “angry mob”, do any of you remember when Code Pink members, dressed up like transvestites at Mardi Gras (not that there’s anything wrong with that if you are a transvestite at Mardi Gras–there’s a time and a place for everything), and interrupted General David Petraeus’ confirmation hearing by screaming like banshees? These people could definitely teach the people attending health care town halls and tea parties a thing or two.

Oh, and while we’re on the subject of “hooligans”, what about the video below of members of The New Black Panther Party engaging in clear-cut voter intimidation? By the way, Obama’s Department of Justice dropped the charges against these hooligans after the DoJ had already won. Ed Morrisey of Hot Air has the story (even the US Commission on Civil Rights was furious).

Just a thought, but do any of you really think that Obama’s DoJ would have dropped the charges against two Bubbas in Mississippi dressed in overalls and carrying baseball bats outside of a voting precinct (instead of wearing jackboots and carrying nightsticks)? I highly doubt it (and rightfully so I might add).

Oh, and here is a video of some liberal hooligans throwing a pie at Ann Coulter. I guess, in their world, throwing pies and eggs at people is OK, but waving flags is dangerous.

And finally, there’s this recent video of SEIU union thugs attacking an African-American conservative for exercising his freedom of speech by passing out flags that said “Don’t Tread on Me” (which shows a rattlesnake that was a favorite motto of Benjamin Franklin). The video also shows these “hooligans” “hooting and hollering” and then slapping the woman holding the camera in the face (H/T Caleb Howe).

On a side note, what I find to be very strange, is that what upsets liberals is so very different than what upsets the rest of us. They are bothered more by people protesting at town halls than they are by men with nightsticks threatening voters. They are bothered more by people waving “Don’t Tread on Me” flags than by thugs beating up a guy handing out those very flags. And finally, liberals are angered more by people hurling imaginary slurs at congressmen than by people throwing actual Oreo cookies at Michael Steele, or by people shooting up Eric Cantor’s office (please read Amy Miller’s excellent diary) and posting death threats to him on You Tube (the FBI arrested that man today).

OK—Now that my curiosity is peaked, I thought that I would actually take a look at that infamous Tea Party rally on March 20’th where Congressional Black Caucus members were supposedly smeared.

Oh my eyes!! My eyes!! It burns, it stings!!! That was absolutely terrifying! They were waving flags—and singing The Star Spangled Banner! How will I ever get those awful images out of my head?! It would have been so much more reassuring if they were waving nightsticks, throwing food and slapping people.

However, if you really want to scare a liberal, show up with a baby. Babies are like Kryptonite to them (just ask Sarah Palin whose baby and pregnant daughter were perpetually smeared by the Daily Kos and the MSM). Below is a video of CNN’s Susan Roesgen freaking out on a guy at a Tea Party with a baby and berating the other protesters there. Roesgen says to the man in an accusatory tone, “You are here with your two year old”—like the man had committed some kind of sin by bringing his baby with him.

However, Ms. Roesgen took a COMPLETELY different tone with some anti-war protesters that she interviewed earlier in the year. Bias much, CNN?

OK—altogether now, say it with me—

“Babies and flags and Franklin—Oh my!!”

“Babies and flags and Franklin—Oh my!!”

“Babies and flags and Franklin—Oh my!!”

So, in conclusion, I think that what the DNC, the liberal MSM and the Congressional Black Caucus have been doing is utterly contemptible—simply put, they have been suppressing dissent by making people afraid to speak up. How have they been scaring people you ask? Simple. People have seen other people being regularly mocked by the media, the Speaker of the House, the DNC and other people in power, and naturally they become afraid to protest or speak their minds for fear of being smeared as a “raaaaacist teabagger”—or even of possibly being physically assaulted or losing their job. Just ask the guys over at The Hillbuzz. As our own Finrod thoroughly documented, The Daily Kos and The Democratic Underground have outed Kevin DuJan as the owner of the blog and are smearing him with the false charge that that he is a racist. They are even urging their readers to destroy his career and attack him physically—simply because his blog supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary and John McCain in the general election.

I, personally, am against Obamacare because I have a chronic illness (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuopathy), and am worried about healthcare rationing, overall decreased quality of care, and access to medical tests. I have written extensively about my illness in this diary here. I am also against Obamacare, because I am worried about the national debt, because the WSJ has reported that retirees benefits are already being cut, and because of what a disaster socialized medicine has turned out to be in England (see embed below).

However, even with all of my completely logical reasons for being against Obamacare, I have still been loathe to speak up in certain circles for fear of being labeled a “teabagging, redneck raaaaacist”. Well, NO MORE!! I refuse to be intimidated any longer. Our Founding Fathers, literally, laid down their lives for our first amendment rights. They told the British, in the words of William Wallace, “You may take our lives, but you will never take our freedom!!” Dammit, it’s my right, and the right of every American, to peacefully assemble and protest without feeling threatened in any way—anything less is un-American.

PS—To all of our liberal lurkers out there, if I happen to run into any of you at a protest in the future—and you are advocating for Obamacare—feel free to say “Hi” to me. I will not throw food at you, slap you, wave batons at you, call you vulgar names, or yell at you and your baby. I will simply say “Hi” in return and wish you well. Why? Because our Founding also fought for your first amendment rights as well and so, therefore, it is only right that I treat you and your opinions with respect—even if I vehemently disagree with you. Always remember that dissent—nay—defending someone else’s right to dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

This diary was originally posted on The Minority Report.

30 Responses to Dissent is the Highest Form of Patriotism…..

  • Gary says:

    BB-

    As an active member of the Patriot Guard, the gift I’d love to share with FP is cross-hairs between, and slightly above his eye brows.

  • Bruce says:

    So tell me who is guilty of playing the race card…… No not the conservative lieutenant governor whom some people here say would have made a better candidate for president that Barack Obama……. No not the leader of the RNC……. ….No not Michael Steele……..Let me give you his quote when he was asked about recent scandals in the RNC because of which some conservatives are asking him to step down …..” I have slimmer margin for error” because I am African American”……now here is the killer….he identifies with Barack Obama, the so called enemy by saying…… “Barack Obama has a slimmer margin,”………Mike & Barack,….Conservative & Liberal……Republican & Democrat………all in the same boat………all looked upon the same……..now there is bi-partisanship at its best…….I don’t know maybe its just Mike is imagining things….because as we know and as Susannah so eloquently said……… if you disagree with President Obama in any way, you are now officially a “RAAAAACIST!”…….So what about when you disagree with Mike……because I am sure you disagree with Mike on this one……or do you…….. ❓

    Black in America Baby……….The revolution has been televised……..

  • Gary says:

    Susannah so eloquently said……… if you disagree with President Obama in any way, you are now officially a “RAAAAACIST!”…….So what about when you disagree with Mike……because I am sure you disagree with Mike on this one……or do you…….. ❓

    Black in America Baby……….The revolution has been televised……..

    Try and get your arms around this notion Bruce. Susannah is stating the liberals position that if one disagrees with Barack Obama, he must be a racist. Ironically, that makes Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice, and many other prominent conservative black Americans racist. And indeed, their notion might apply to Michael Steele except that when you agree with liberals, suddenly you are no longer a racist. By the way, in your celebrations of the so called revolution, did you ever stop to consider that the entire population of blacks including mixed race in the United States was only 12.3% in 2000? Certainly not a very big revolution considering only a relatively small portion of those feel the way you do.

    Just sayin’

  • Bruce says:

    Gary,

    Try and get your hands around this notion Gary…….The just of Susannah’s article is that liberals especially “Black” liberals are always playing the race card and claim “victimhood” when things when things get tough or when people disagree with them…….……first of all I am still trying to figure exactly what a race card is but that is another conversation…..Michael Steele a conservative, made a comment stating he has a slimmer margin for error because he is African American…..Is he playing the race card/victim or is his view legitimate ……Do you agree with him or not……and just to quote some of the other conservatives you brought up Condoleezza Rice, ”The fact of the matter is, race matters in America,” Rice said. ”It has, it always has … It is not that I mind being associated with the group. I am African-American and proud of it. I wouldn’t have it any other way. And it has shaped who I am and it will continue to shape who I am”…….. Clarence Thomas, “I felt myself crushed beneath the accumulated trials of a lifetime,” “Never before had I felt their full effect, and the burden seemed more than I could bear. Ever since leaving home, I’d played by the rules — but where had it gotten me? Whites could change those rules whenever they pleased. It had always been that way, and always would be.”………….These are conservatives are they playing the race card or do they have a legitimate argument?……Do you agree with them or do you disagree…………Are they raaaaacist or not…….

    Black in America Baby……..The revolution has been televised….

    Just sayin

  • StephC says:

    Steele has been… disappointing. Ironically, he wasn’t the only black candidate for the chairman of the RNC. Matter of fact I liked Ken Blackwell better but he didn’t play well in front of the cameras. I had hoped that Steele would but he didn’t.

    And Ken writes, discussing policies, issues, and positions. Unfortunately, Steele let the power of his position go to his head. On the plus side he has raised a lot of money. On the down side, he spent it all, too; some on the likes of Dede Scozzafava.

    No, Mr. Steele you don’t have a narrower margin for error. You were just not very wise in your choices while performing your job. I would have had more respect if you’d said that you screwed up and you’ll work on not screwing up anymore. Nobody’s perfect but we’d rather you worked to fix the problems rather than hand us a ready excuse.

  • Gary says:

    Michael Steele a conservative, made a comment stating he has a slimmer margin for error because he is African American…..Is he playing the race card/victim or is his view legitimate ……Do you agree with him or not…

    I do not. He is using his race as an excuse to fail, i.e. race card.

    And in reference to your ‘unsourced’ quotes of Rice and Thomas, I find it amusing that you cannot see the difference between the context of their statements and Steeles. They are simply stating facts, not making excuses.

    I’m missing a finger on my hand. It would be easy for me to use it as an excuse for bowling poorly, but I don’t. I have drilled my ball to accommodate the lost strength in my hand. And I certainly don’t draw attention to it either.

    The Marines call that, Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome because they don’t see failure as an option. Neither do I. But every time you sight your sign off, you do.

  • Bruce says:

    Gary,

    “I do not. He is using his race as an excuse to fail, i.e. race card”

    Interesting……first of all I don’t think I would consider Michael Steele a failure……I just think he isn’t as “conservative” as the RNC thought he was or maybe its just the fact the RNC is trying to make a move to be more “conservative” and Mike just doesn’t fit any longer……I think it’s the latter or maybe a little of both……As Steph said he has raised a lot of money for the RNC in fact Mike claims he has raised more money than the DNC and the RNC has zero debt while the DNC has about $4 million in debt…….and there were several big election wins in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts for the RNC……I wouldn’t consider that failure isn’t that what the chairman is suppose to do raise money and help win elections…..The big scandal is someone going to a “sex club” and the RNC paying for it wasn’t necessarily Mike’s fault ……….Yes it did happened under his watch but everyone is acting like Mike was at the bar himself…….. in fact Mike says…….”The reality of it is, when I first heard about this behavior going on, I was very angry, and we dealt with it. We got to the bottom of it,”………Mike made this statement before the scandal came out……..”I don’t see stories about internal operations of the DNC that I see about this operation. Why? Is it because Michael Steele is the chairman, or is it because a black man is chairman?”………but I guess he was just playing the race card….and there are no facts to his statements all…….

    “I find it amusing that you cannot see the difference between the context of their statements and Steeles. They are simply stating facts, not making excuses.”

    So Gary you agree with Condoleezza “race matters in America,””………and you agree with Clarence “Whites could change those rules whenever they pleased. It had always been that way, and always would be.”………….I find that amusing…..just sayin……

    Black in America Baby ……… The revolution has been televised…..

    Oh by the way Mikes comments came from GMA and Washington Magazine Clarence’s quote was from his book “My Grandfathers Son” and Condoleezza’s comment was from an interview with the Trotter Group, an organization of African-American columnists

  • StephC says:

    .”I don’t see stories about internal operations of the DNC that I see about this operation. Why? Is it because Michael Steele is the chairman, or is it because a black man is chairman?”

    Both and neither. The Republican Party is and always will be held to a higher standard than the Democrat Party. It’s a fact of political life. The fact that Steele is a black man really sends the MSM into a tizzy because how dare he buck the meme that blacks are all Democrats.

    He’s not the only one. We have our beloved brother in deed if not blood, Steve here. There is Angela McGlowen, Ken Blackwell, Lloyd Marcus singer and songwriter fof the Tea Party movement, and a host of others.

    It is not the conservatives who are going on about his race, it’s the so-called liberal media who is after that angle.

    A bigger problem is they seem quite adept at catching Steele off guard and throw that bomb. He’s not as dextrous(?) as I’d like foiling them but neither are a lot of Republicans given the practice the MSM has had at treating Reps like that.

    I’m not particularly concerned with Steele right now. I’m not going to call for him to be fired or to step down. He does bring in a lot of money. I just wish he’d be wiser when spending it. I don’t really blame him for Scozzafava completely. She was chosen by a committee who had less wisdom than Steele, 😆

    His folly came from unquestioningly supporting her in spite of the conservative who went rogue in protest of that NY23 process.

  • Bruce says:

    Steph,

    “It is not the conservatives who are going on about his race, it’s the so-called liberal media who is after that angle.”

    It’s not the MSM that is going on about his race it’s Mike…… It wasn’t the media that asked him the question it was a person from the audience on GMA…….
    There are a lot of people who say that he is just making up excuses for failure……believe me he was not making excuses…..like I said before he has raised money and elections have been won under his watch……..What I think people are missing here is the fact that Mike really feels what he said was true….This is his belief and it has been his belief long before he was ever elected to be the head of the RNC……If Mike was to have been asked the same question of 20 to 30 years ago you would have gotten the same answer………Many a Black parent has told their children basically that very thing “you have a slimmer margin for error that the white kids do so you better be careful”……You stated “He’s not as dextrous”……no he is not because if he was he would have given a political answer and been ok……..but what he did was say how he really feels and it got him in trouble……Mike is not a failure he is a very successful man he didn’t achieved that success making excuses or playing the race card……..Right or wrong Mike was just giving his honest feelings………

    Black in America Baby……..The revolution has been televised

    PS…..Does that make him racist

  • Gary says:

    What I agree with is Rice and Thomas are obliged to their opinions. When Steele (whom I supported when he ran for Senator) says his race has influenced perception of his decisions, he is drawing attention away from the errors of his decisions and redirecting it to a non sequitur; race.

    When Joe Biden said on the air the other day that ‘Health Care bill is a big f_ _ _in’ deal’, nobody said it was because of his race; everybody understands he’s a complete idiot.

    No other race in this country claims the race card as often as blacks. And every time you sign off, you remind us of how insignificant and tiresome the discussion of race really is.

    Every time.

    And as pointed out in previous threads, every comment you have make is laden with racial inferences and comes across as an effort to proselytize.

    Dude, why can’t you comment without preaching your silliness? You seem to be an intelligent man who has gotten stuck in a rut, and can’t move forward in life. Find a ladder, climb out, and join the rest of us who attempt to contribute without offending.

  • Bruce says:

    Gary,

    “When Steele (whom I supported when he ran for Senator) says his race has influenced perception of his decisions, he is drawing attention away from the errors of his decisions and redirecting it to a non sequitur; race.”

    Let’s examine a few facts………Mike is not a failure at running the RNC…….He raised money and several major elections were won under his tenor that is what the head of the RNC is suppose to do………When asked Mike defended his record, very clearly stated his successes, expressed his anger at the situation and said what was being done or had been done to address what had happened……….He never used race as an excuse to defend the situation or his actions……In a separate question he was asked “do you think African Americans have a slimmer margin for error”…….and he answered yes…..Now you stated “What I agree with is Rice and Thomas are obliged to their opinions.”…………..So why isn’t Mike obliged to his opinion………..Why can’t he express what he believes……..I think you and a lot of people are mixing two different things……..Mike’s defense of his record……..And Mike’s opinion on race…….two different subjects……you need to be able to separate the two………..Just like you need to be able to separate my comments from my sign-off……..”You seem to be an intelligent man”……….don’t let the sign-off detract you from the comment….two separate things……..

    Black in America Baby……..The revolution has been televised….

  • StephC says:

    The problem with your summation of Mike’s successes is that he took credit for successes in which he had no hand. Scozzafava was an utter failure that the RNC backed to hilt only to have her turn around and endorse the Democrat. He didn’t help Brown. He didn’t help Christie. He is backing Crist over Rubio and so on.

    Yes, he’s raising a lot of money and wasting it as far as a lot of the base is concerned. However, he is not the only one doing so.

  • Gary says:

    Steph nailed it.

    Back to the issue,

    Michael Steele a conservative, made a comment stating he has a slimmer margin for error because he is African American…

    That is like saying before my golf round, I state that have a sore back, so if I play poorly, I can say “see, I told you I had a sore back.” Steele said “he has a slimmer margin for error” so when he makes mistakes, he can claim he is being judged more harshly because he’s black. Further, if he was white, they wouldn’t be considered mistakes at all, and that is a total crock. A complete lack of integrity.

    Lastly, because you continually throw race into the equation, your comments cannot be separated. That my friend, falls on your shoulders; not mine or Stephs.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    “Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism”
    …those old Code Pink ladies will be glad to hear that.

  • StephC says:

    …those old Code Pink ladies will be glad to hear that.

    That’s what they claimed and nobody stopped them until they did crap that bordered on assault, which they frequently did like when they accosted Condi Rice with red paint on the hands, chaining themselves to the door of a recruiting office, and so on.

  • Gary says:

    HA! Remember a couple of years ago when they protested at the Marine Corps recruiting office in Berkeley, CA? When a passer by started harassing them, they ran and hid behind a Marine in uniform; one whom they were protesting.

    Talk about idiocy…

  • StephC says:

    So, it depends on WHO is dissenting?
    C’mon now….

    It’s not their words that bother me. It’s their actions which they try to commit under the guise of free speech but which ultimately infringe upon another’s rights in some way… like chaining themselves to the door of a recruiting office, crashing a hearing to corner Rice and putting red hands in her face…. whew! I can think of a bunch of actions like that, like when they crashed the Republican National Convention and tried to rush the stage, vandalism of a recruiting station in NY, and …

  • Bruce says:

    Gary,

    Let’s look at it this way….you sound like a very competitive person…..As you stated you are missing a finger…….so what you have done is had your ball holes drilled to compensate…..your swing is also probably compensated to enable you to compete……..who knows you may even lift a few weights to build muscle to make up for the lost strength……and you probably work a little harder at it than the person next to you with all of his fingers…….In other words because of your finger you have “a slimmer margin for error”……not that you let that be an excuse you just did the things you needed to do to compensate………..and you sound like you are a successful bowler……..Mike is basically talking about the same thing…….I heard his speech this weekend and he stated he made his mistakes and also made comments about his successes……..but I can guarantee you that he believes because he is Black he has to compensate, work a little harder, “lift a few weights” and do things his competition may not have to………….HE WASN’T MAKING EXCUSES…….he didn’t bring up the subject…..he answered a question that was a separate subject………..

    Black in America Baby……….The revolution has been televised

    By the way……. I’m the one always bringing up race??????? what was this post about anyway am I confused???

  • StephC says:

    but I can guarantee you that he believes because he is Black he has to compensate, work a little harder, “lift a few weights” and do things his competition may not have to

    So, what you’re saying here is that because you’re black you don’t believe you’re just as good as anybody else? That you have to compensate for it or rely on affirmative action or government handouts to be successful?

    That’s what it sounds like to me. You can’t be both, a victim and a leader. You have to choose which you want to be.

    If Mr. Steele wants to be a victim, so be it. But if that’s his choice he needs to step aside so someone can lead.

    The same goes for you. Which do you want to be, Bruce? A leader or a victim? It’s up to you to decide. Not me or anyone else. However, if you want to lead, expect to be treated as an equal and not someone who needs a handout or to compensate for anything.

    If you don’t decide soon, you’re going to be every bit as much a slave as ever there was slavery in this country. The only difference between that slavery and this one is it won’t be drawn on racial lines but extended to anybody who isn’t a part of the elite. As the government controls more and more of everything, it’s the only logical outcome.

    Read up on feudal times, Bruce. I know it might not be your cup of tea being about white folks and all but it might teach you something all the same.

  • Bruce says:

    Steph,

    Please help me out…….cause as you know I am a simple man……..Tell me where did I mention anything about Affirmative Action, hand-outs or being a victim……..where did I even insinuate any of those things…………I did mention compensating, working harder, doing things others might not have to……Gary gave the example of bowling with a missing finger…..He said and I quote……” I have drilled my ball to accommodate the lost strength in my hand.”………He did something to compensate for the fact he is missing a finger…….Gary definitely does not consider himself a victim…….I would consider that leadership qualities….(See Gary I can give complements)………..In fact I would consider any person who had to “compensate and work harder” , for what ever reason, more of a leader than a person who just breezes through………You leave me a little confused on this one……and that is not hard to do (confuse me that is)………….

  • StephC says:

    Bruce, think about what you said… about compensating….

    What does Steele have to compensate for? If it’s because he’s black then you’re saying that you’re not good enough on your own which I think is a crock. You’ve bought into the progressive meme that you’re not good enough and you need their help to be equal.

  • Stix says:

    Bruce
    You really have to think about this. Are you saying that because Steele is an African American he needs to compensate for what????? As a Conservative I find that mind boggling. You judge a person by their character, not skin color.

    I do not think Allen West needed to compensate for anything in the military, Thomas Sowell, nor did Herman Cain to get where they are at.

  • Gary says:

    Stix,

    Great comment!

    Bruce,

    The point I was making is I don’t draw attention to my disability; ‘I dance with the girl I brought;’ ‘I play the cards I was dealt’ and don’t whine or make excuses for what doesn’t seem fair to me. Again, ‘Improvise, adapt and overcome.’

    I succeed or fail based on my own merit, and always do the best I can without blaming anyone or anything like race.

    You come here and comment with eloquence, but always sign off with a great big arrow pointing to something you have no control of, and then assume all will shower you with accolades because you are black.

    You are better than that.

  • Bruce says:

    Styx,

    “As a Conservative I find that mind boggling. “……

    First of all I didn’t say it Mike did…..and let me quote another conservative………Condoleezza Rice said “I had to master the white world better than a whole lot of white people to succeed.”……….From that statement at least it seems to me she feel she had to “compensate” and work harder to be successful….or did I read that wrong……she also said…….”I do not believe it has limited who I am or what I can become. And that’s because I had parents who, while telling me what it meant to be African-American and exposing me to that, also allowed me to develop as an individual to be who I wanted to be.”………..Hmmm wonder what she meant by that….you tell me…….As I said before my parents told me similar things, they told me “ what it meant to be African-American”………..which meant I better work harder than my white counterparts if I wanted to be successful……Were my parents racist…….Were Condoleezza’s parents racist………….. Lloyd Ward, president of Frito-Lays Central Division says……”We as a people are faced with a lot of adversity,” says Ward. “And that builds character. I’ve found that to be true in corporate America as well. The same conviction and dedication to overcoming adversity in life helps us succeed in business. It builds character, builds strength.”…….Ursula Burns CEO of Xerox said “I can assure you that no one at my commencement was pointing at me and predicting that I would become a CEO,” Burns said. “Women presidents of large global companies were nonexistent. Black women presidents of large companies were unimaginable.” ……Hmmmm are these very successful people just imagining all of this……comments like this from both conservative and liberal successful Black people are easily found……

    Gary,

    As I have said before I have a lot of respect for the people I talk with here…………I am here for the debate….I am here to voice my opinion……..I am here to be heard or read…….but believe me I expect no accolades here………..Especially not JUST BECAUSE…..

  • StephC says:

    Bruce, there’s one big difference between all those people you cite and Michael Steele. They used it as a impetus to succeed. He used it as an excuse not to.

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