In the world of Jesse Jackson and the people over whom he has undue influence, if you oppose President Obama's agenda in any way, on any issue, you're a racist. No debate, no allowance for principled objection, discussion over. Apparently now, in Jackson's view, if you in any way oppose the frightening and financially reckless expansion of government we've seen during the past five years or the government's impending de facto takeover of healthcare — the two core issues which drove the grass-roots movement which became known as the Tea Party — you're not only a racist, you're automatically a secessionist.
In a starry-eyed, mostly incoherent item at the Politico ("Obama, race and class") which is so bad it could be the topic of three additional posts, Glenn Thrush completely misidentified Jackson's position in the civil-rights pantheon, while Jackson, once again, showed how utterly devoid of substantive arguments he is:
Jesse Jackson, who more than anyone occupies the no man’s land between his mentor King and Obama, the man who won the political office he prized, told POLITICO he “absolutely” thinks congressional Republicans are motivated by race in opposing the president’s policies.
“The tea party is the resurrection of the Confederacy, it’s the Fort Sumter tea party,” Jackson said.
As long as President Obama won't distance himself from comments such as these, the following paragraph from Thrush (brace yourself; a "messiah" sighting is coming) will be a sick joke:
Obama’s ability to blend class and race messages — to select the most aspirational elements of each — is a key to understanding his success. It’s his go-to power move, the political equivalent of a LeBron crossover dribble, the strategy that helped him bridge the gap between prophet and president.
At the Hill, we have a story by Niall Stanage which could also take three posts to fully vet about clueless black lawmakers:
Black lawmakers lament flaring of racial tensions under Obama
When President Obama follows in Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps on Wednesday with an address at the Lincoln Memorial, he will face a nation where race remains the great divide.
Black lawmakers say the election of the nation’s first African-America president has not been a salve for racial tensions, a view that the public has also voiced in recent polling.
Well, folks, it hasn't been a "salve for racial tensions" because President Obama during his presidency has never distanced himself from supporters who cry "racism" at every turn, including Democrats who, according to Stanage, "insist that the ferocious opposition to Obama has a racial component." Obama has also had moments, e.g., the 2009 Henry Louis Gates incident, where his own arguably race-obsessed mindset has surfaced.
In apparently irrelvant news (to said black lawmakers), during the four years since the recession ended, black household income, according to the Census Bureau alums at Sentier Research, has dropped by 10.9% in real terms. For the country as a whole, the drop has "only" been 4.4%. Government policies policies supposedly designed to help those in need and to bring the economy back have done neither, and have economically hurt black households 2-1/2 times as much as they have hurt the nation as a whole. The disproportionate spiritual harm is immeasurable.
The policies of the left during the past 50 years, and especially since Obama became President, have harmed those they allegedly wish to help far more than anything Republicans and tea-party sympathizers — who, we must remember, have (sort of) controlled only one-half of one of the three branches of government during 2-1/2 of Obama's 4-1/2 years — have ever done.
The establishment press will more than likely never acknowledge that obvious reality. It will also continue to treat people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as legitimate civil-rights leaders worthy of effusive praise instead of the irresponsible race-baiters that they really are.
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.