I admit that the details of what he said didn't concern me. Are there members of Congress who literally want to lynch black people? I don't know. And to be honest, I really don't care.
Because that's not the point . . .
The point is that the essence of what Carson said is true. There is racism in Washington and a lot of it is coming from an extreme faction of the tea party -- a faction that mainstream Republicans have chosen to indulge and no one, until now, has bothered to check. The GOP would rather pretend that faction doesn't exist and silence anyone who dares to point out the obvious by calling him a "racist." Talk about doublespeak . . .
Many white people choose to think we live in a post-racial society, that race somehow no longer matters because slavery ended decades ago or because the civil rights movement is over or because Barack Obama was elected president.
They think the personal attacks on Obama are just the lumps that come with being president of the United States. That because people called President George W. Bush "Hitler" and "stupid," it's the same as Obama being called an ape.
Well, it's not the same.
It's not the same because Bush is white and Obama is black, and there's a legacy of slavery and racism in this country that lingers like a fog to this day. That's not to say that presidents -- heck, all politicians -- don't deserve criticism. But racism crosses the line . . .
So, yes, I'm glad he said what he said. It needed to be said.That's the way it has become in this country. President Obama can tell his supporters to get in the faces of opponents. "If they bring a knife to the fight, you bring a gun," he once said. He can question the patriotism of members of Congress who oppose raising the federal debt limit. Sorry, Erica, but Bush was frequently caricatured as a primate during his presidency. Yep, That's perfectly okay. Carson can accuse his fellow Republicans of wanting to lynch blacks because they favor fiscal restraint, and Smith could care less whether the statement is accurate. He has a right to say it because slavery existed in this country 150 years ago and some continue to this day to judge people by their race rather than the content of their character, including Carson and Smith.
What is remarkably frightening in this country is the determined effort of the Left to categorically label any person who favors less government, lower taxes, balanced budgets and personal accountability as racists. It's a reflection of the wholesale adoption of the Machiavellian approach of Obama's spiritual soul mate, Saul Alinsky, to political organizing. The idea is to bait an opponent into reacting by making outlandish claims about their beliefs and positions: "The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength." Thus, we have seen efforts by the Left to repeatedly falsify claims that the Tea Party is nothing but a high tech, modern-day version of the KKK. Their friends in the media continuously repeat their false claims as fact. As with Smith, the truth doesn't matter. The end justifies the means. The content of a person's character is irrelevant as long as they hold the correct political views.