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Saturday, April 30, 2011

It Must Be Election Time — The Charges of Racism Begin

Imagine a judicial nominee said 'my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman.' Wouldn't they have to withdraw? New racism is no better than old racism. — Newt Gingrich

The other night on CBS news Bob Schieffer said of Donald Trump’s outing of Obama’s birth certificate and his demand that Obama’s college grades be released:

“I want to go on to what Donald Trump said after he said this is out and everything. He said, we need to look at his grades and see if the – he was a good enough student to get into Harvard law school. That’s just code for saying he got into law school because he’s black”

“This is an ugly strain of racism that’s running through this whole thing. We can hope that that kind of comes to an end, too, but we’ll have to see.”

It has nothing to do with Obama’s race to look at his records. People also wanted to see Hillary Clinton’s term paper, which was written in part on Saul Alinsky’s “Rules of Radicals”. Was this sexism?

After Donald Trump called on Obama to release his original birth certificate and produce the academic records and test scores that put him on a bullet train from being a "terrible student" at Occidental College to Columbia, Harvard Law and Harvard Law Review editor, charges of "racism" have saturated the airwaves.

To Tavis Smiley of PBS, this was a sure sign the most "racist" campaign in history is upon us. To Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg of "The View," this was pure racism. To Bob Schieffer, CBS anchor, an "ugly strain of racism" is behind the effort to get Obama's records.

Again and again on cable TV, the question is raised, "What, other than racism, can explain Trump's call for these records?"

People questioned Bush’s records in school and his intelligence, but no one attributed it to racism. “Why can’t we see a man’s records? I’d say the same thing about George W. Bush, the same thing about Bill and Hillary Clinton, the same thing about Ronald Reagan”. And they did.

And the demand for Obama's test scores — is that racism?

Well, was it racist of the New Yorker to reveal in 1999 that George W. Bush got a score of 1206 on his Scholastic Aptitude Test (566 verbal, 640 math) or that Al Gore got a 1355? Was it racist of the Boston Globe to report that John Kerry was a D student as a freshman, who eventually rose up to a C and B student at Yale?

Was it racist of The New York Times' Charlie Savage to report that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor had described herself as an "'affirmative action baby' whose lower test scores were overlooked by the admissions committees at Princeton University and Yale Law School because, she said, she is Hispanic"?

If a White House correspondent stood up at a press conference and said: "Mr. President, Donald Trump is asking for your college and law school test scores. Do you believe you benefited from affirmative action in your academic career?" would that be racist?

Perhaps Obama might begin his answer as he did, two decades before, in a Nov. 16, 1990, letter as president of Harvard Law Review:

"As someone who has undoubtedly benefited from affirmative action programs during my career, and as someone who may have benefited from the Law Review's affirmative action program when I was selected to join the Review last year, I have not personally felt stigmatized."

Schieffer fired the first shot in the upcoming battle for the presidency in 2012. Unlike in 2008, when Obama was an unknown and running on his image and hope and change, in 2012 he will have a record to defend.

Polls have shown that most Americans are saying that Obama’s policies are driving the nation in the wrong direction. The deficit, ObamaCare, High gas prices, two wars and high unemployment are all issues Obama will have to answer for in 2012. He will not be able to blame George W. Bush for these issues — they belong to him. Hope and change will not work this time.

In the week of April 11-17 and again in the week of April 18-24, 43 percent of the Americans polled by Gallup said they approved of the job Obama was doing as president.

That matched the all-time low for Obama’s weekly approval in the Gallup poll. Previously, Obama had earned a 43 percent approval rating in the back-to-back weeks of Aug. 16-22, 2010 and Aug. 23-29, 2010.

Obama’s weekly approval rating peaked at 67 percent in the week of Jan. 19-25, 2009—the week he was inaugurated.

So what are the Democrats to do with a Jimmy Carter like president? How will they change he dialogue to divert the public’s attention away from the dismal economy and Obama’s wars? It’s easy. They make Obama a victim. They play the race card. They vie for the sympathy of the voters. They do this by demonizing anyone who does not agree with Obama’s policies or think he is not competent to lead this nation will be called a racist.

Some pundits have claimed that 2012 will be the most racially charged election in the nation’s history. Forget the fact that 53% percent of Americans voted for a black man in 2008. That won’t count. What will matter to the Democrats is that America is a racist nation and that’s the reason they are attacking Obama. This is what has already happened to the Tea Party.

During a segment of the View last Thursday Whoopi Goldberg said that in light of what Trump had said about Obama’s college records she was going to play the race card. Big surprise, people like Goldberg, Smiley, Jackson, Sharpton and others in the media have been playing that card for years. In the next 18 months it’s going to get worse.

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