Eugene Robinson's false accusation of racism
Columnist Eugene Robinson at the Washington Post hates it when people accuse him of playing the race card. He thinks discussing American racism is important. But not so important that he’s careful to get his facts right. In a recent column he quotes two pieces of evidence, both old and tired, that the Tea Party is racist. Like other Democrats, Robinson is haunted by the possibility that 2014 will resemble the Tea Party’s 2010 landslide and wants to get his name-calling in early.
Both his proofs that opposition to Obamacare is motivated by racism go back to a 2010 Tea Party rally. Proof One: “demonstrators who hissed and spat at members of the Congressional Black Caucus.” Proof Two: “Take Back our Country” signs. Robinson writes:
I can’t say that the people holding “Take Back Our Country” signs were racists — but I know this rallying cry arose after the first African American family moved into the White House.
These days, it is not hard to check false assertions of racism. Google any controversy and you easily find follow-up stories, even videos, which set the record straight. Liberals rarely take advantage of this 21st century advance. Robinson surely knows by now that the story of spitting and yelling the n-word at the Black Congressional Caucus was exposed as vile propaganda. Indeed, their odd march through the Tea Party rally was purposely set up as an anti-Republican photo op.
It turns out the entire spitting, name calling incident was caught on film. What it shows: no spitting, no racial slurs. Instead, we see a man shouting “Kill the Bill” (referring to Obamacare) at the top of his lungs, a bit too enthusiastically at close range to the passing Democrat Congressmen. Congressman Cleaver later claimed he’d never even made the accusation of being spit on in the first place (he had).
Now Byron York, at the Washington Examiner, has done a neat job of skewering Robinson’s other proof of racism. It’s a beautiful little column, based on the simple expedient of using the Nexis media search service on the phrase “take back our country,.” Which Robinson sees as a racist slogan.
In the 2004 race, Democratic nominee John Kerry sometimes asked supporters to help him "take back our country." "It's time to take back our country," Kerry declared at a rally in Manchester, N.H. in late October. When Kerry called John Edwards to invite him onto the Democratic ticket, aides revealed that Kerry's words to Edwards were, "John, Teresa and I would like to ask you and Elizabeth to join us on our ticket to take back our country."
Early Democratic frontrunner Howard Dean used the phrase "take back our country" too many times to count. In fact, Dean wrote a campaign book titled "You Have the Power: How to Take Back Our Country and Restore Democracy in America."
Former Vice President Al Gore said it, too. "We need to take back our country," Gore declared in endorsing Dean in January 2004.
At a Democratic fundraiser in December 2003, Hillary Clinton pledged to work "on behalf of a campaign to take back our country." After the election, in 2005, Clinton declared, "We are ready to go forth and fight to take back our country."
From the podium of the Democratic National Convention in July 2004, Rep. Louise Slaughter declared, "We will take back our country." Also at the convention, Sen. Debbie Stabenow said, "We're here to take back our country." And Los Angeles leader Antonio Villaraigosa, chair of the party platform committee, declared, "We Democrats have come to this convention … to take back our country!"
And it didn't stop with the 2004 campaign. Clinton used "take back our country" countless times in her 2008 presidential race. And when Clinton finally conceded defeat and endorsed Obama, she said, with Obama right next to her, "We are not going to rest until we take back our country."
And those are just examples, culled from Nexis, of uses of the precise phrase "take back our country." There were many, many other times that top Democrats urged voters to "take back this country" or "take back the country." And a major organization on the left, the Campaign for America's Future, held a yearly conference called "Take Back America," at which leading Democrats and activists regularly appeared.
Robinson never googled ‘take back the country’ to see if the phrase was coined when Obama became President. He will be annoyed that Byron York did.
Progressives know that this country is racist. The proof is in themselves.
The race card is so compelling to liberals because it is based in their own hearts and minds. In 2008, Hillary had superior experience, policy ideas, and election track record. Obama’s primary campaign was marred by fraud and intimidation against Hillary’s supporters, as well as what should have been career-ending revelations from Obama’s past. Tony Rezko and the Reverend Wright would have scuttled anyone else’s presidential aspirations, and rightfully so.
Liberal enthusiasm for Obama was unstoppable for the one simple reason -- the color of his skin. Their unwavering support for this administration through so many failures and disappointments is because he is black. Democrats can’t say their beloved first black president has failed at anything, hence the frantic blaming and name calling against Republicans. That is why liberals are so sure this country is racist. They need only look in the mirror to see an American obsessed with the President’s race.