John Lewis Launches Pro-Obama Race-Baiting

Democrats and the mainstream media are attacking the McCain-Palin campaign as hateful.  They are pointing to what a few people who attend McCain rallies have said (disregarding that there are every bit as many people who attend Obama rallies who are full of hate).  They have pointed to Sarah Palin’s statement that Barack Obama was “palling around with terrorist” William Ayers as being racist, because even though Obama officially PARTNERED with Ayers, and even though Obama’s campaign own manager David Axelrod said the two men were “certainly friendly,” you can’t say for certain they were “pals.”  Therefore it must be racist.  They have suggested that Sarah Palin calling herself a “hockey mom” was racially biased because only white people play hockey.  They have said that McCain’s “that one” comment must be racist and intend to portray Obama as “the other.”  They are now saying that John McCain saying that he’d “whip Obama’s you-know-what” in the next debate was racist because whipping a black man clearly hearkens back to the days of slavery.

Yesterday’s New York Times was filled with hysterical articles and commentary events at McCain-Palin events.  And mainstream media outlets all over are fixated on every negative thing that comes out of the McCain-Palin campaign, regardless of the source.  Events such as the group of Obama supporters wearing T-shirts at Obama events emblazoned with the words, “Sarah Palin is a cunt” apparently didn’t rise to any inappropriate level for the mainstream media.

The goal is straightforward: the media wants to focus on McCain’s “negativity” and ignore Obama’s in order to portray McCain as angry and desperate in the face of certain defeat.  The overwhelming media narrative is that Obama is sweetness and light and McCain is Darth Vader without the helmet.

Bill O’Reilly said today that he could match anti-McCain-Palin anger at Obama events one-to-one, and that it is frankly stupid to attempt to link remarks made by one or two in a crowd of thousands to the sentiments of the candidates themselves.  But he’s pretty much the only guy out there who even wants to be fair on this issue.

Stop and think about it.  The media is trying to make John McCain guilty by association with people he’s never even met before even as it attacks John McCain – as a racist or as anything else they can think of – for trying to reveal long-term personal associations that Barack Obama had for years.

Let’s listen to what John Lewis, a key Obama surrogate, had to say:

“I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign,” said Lewis, an Obama supporter, civil rights icon and Georgia Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“What I am seeing today reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse,” he said.

Noting that Wallace, a divisive political figure in his day, had also run for president, Lewis said, “He created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights.”

“Sen. McCain and Governor Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all,” Lewis said.

Nothing over the top there.  I mean, of COURSE John McCain wants to put black people back into slavery.  He even said he wanted to whip a black man!!!

How on earth can John Lewis’ words not be viewed as both “hateful” and “divisive”?  How are his words not a “vicious attack”?  This attack is nothing less than an attempt to inoculate Barack Obama from any kind of criticism, particularly in areas in which he ought to be held morally accountable for his decisions or for his relationships.

Remember how Barack Obama was said to be able to take America beyond race?  Turns out his side is better at race-baiting than leading the nation beyond race.

The Obama campaign said while Lewis was right to condemn “hateful rhetoric” the Illinois senator did not believe McCain or his policy criticism were comparable to Wallace or his segregationist policies as governor of Alabama in the 1960s.

Well, there’s a nice backhanded punch in the mouth that was supposed to pass as some kind of repudiation of Lewis’ vile and offensive race-baiting rhetoric.

Hate is only hate if white people say it.  Separatism is only bad if white people are separatists.  Claims that a people based on the color of their skin are terrible and will do terrible things is only racist if white people say it.

That’s the level of idiocy that passes for coherent thought and media analysis these days.

And the unrelenting bias of the media – which has been engaged in a campaign to create a narrative that John McCain is being negative and engaging in dirty politics while the Obama campaign is allowed to throw all kinds of filth at John McCain – is what passes for journalism these days.

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4 Responses to “John Lewis Launches Pro-Obama Race-Baiting”

  1. etypeman Says:

    Obama reminds me of Johnny Cochran and quite frankly I believe the majority if not ALL blacks are like Johnny Cochran…Whenever the wind dont blow their way they use racism like a cop out…blaming all their failures on racism instead of themselves…SO because obama is black the Mccain campaign must be SOOO careful about what they say coz it WILL be turned around on them as racist remarks…Now if obama was white mccain’s remark wouldve not even have been takin in2 ANY other consideration as good ol’ sportsmanship, and I’m referring to the moron LEWIS turning good ol’ fashion sportmansship into a “Johnny Cochran”anttic…OJ’s blood was on the scene because he’s black and slavery people slavery…and Mcain said he’s gonna whip a blackmans ass! (which of course we all know what Mcain said was “I’m going to whip OBAMA’S ass in this election” Lewis ur a joke.
    Are you surprised at this kinda black stance in the world…I’m not, cause Africa is dorment…NOTHING comes out of Africa…but poverty and corruption…NOTHING for the WORLD…and the white man keeps giving the handout, no wonder black people keeps demanding the handout…VOTE for obama cause he’s black, NOT because he can or can not do the job, NO cause he’s black and DO NOT try to run against him and WATCH you say coz he’s black…mmm…If obama is sooo concerned for blacks, why not go run in Africa where his father is? Africa certainly needs a “great” leader.

  2. Wingman Says:

    You have another courageous article and perfectly right for the time.

    I would suggest that Lewis is playing with fire by bringing Wallace into the discussion on this point. He is no great icon possessing a mind of his own so he “throws names around” to impress. Lewis is a stooge at best. When he does not act as stooge he acts for the other stooges. In fact Lewis is a bit of a fool. It beats me what keeps him where he is but the Media with the rare exceptions you mention is for Obama. That beats me too, but there is of course a lot of money involved. Money is be all and end all for some.

    You know I have this hang-up, as some would call it about Time Magazine. That empire will make billions out of an Obama Presidency but zilch out of a McCain/Palin one, so the latter two have to be crucified?

  3. Michael Eden Says:

    etypeman,
    I hesitated before publishing either of your comments, which is why I am responding out of order. I’ll have the same thing to say about your other comment as well.

    There is a real element of racial anger to your ideas that goes well beyond anything I want to see. I find it tragic. I fiercely disagree with the idea of judging people by their skin color. I judge people by their characters and by their worldviews. I have known too many incredible black men and women to ever lump them into negative categories.

    At the same time, I recognize that you are by no means alone, and that the Jeremiah Wrights, the Louis Farrakhans, the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons bear a great deal of the blame for the anger that a lot of people like you feel. What they are doing is reprehensible. It will come back at the black community. Hate and anger and blame inspires more of the same. I don’t understand why such “leaders” refuse to get that.

    I’ve said this before: if you want to end racism and discrimination, END it. Don’t try to use it in a one-directional way to benefit minorities at the expense of whites. As long as you do that, there are going to be more and more angry white people – especially poorer whites – who will get more and more outraged. That is the bitter fruit of “affirmative action.”

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    Wingman,
    John Lewis looks around and he sees racism and prejudice. Everywhere.

    What he won’t do is take a good look in the mirror and see it in his own eyes.

    And he won’t contemplate the fact that as long as he and others like him are racist and prejudiced, a LOT of whites will continue to have every justification for their own racism and prejudice.

    John Lewis is every bit as responsible for racism in this country as David Duke.

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