PICKET: Liberals cry, 'you're a racist if you're not us'

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There is nothing new about liberals calling conservatives or Republicans “racists” or various insults similar to that. What is a little different is that liberals are now breaking down specific pieces of Capitol Hill legislation that have no ties whatsoever to civil rights law and they call anyone who disagrees with the legislation or, perhaps political proposal, racist. 

Most recently, former Vice President Al Gore used this strategy and told former advertising executive and Climate Reality Project collaborator Alex Bogusky in a UStream interview on Friday that global warming skeptics are this generation’s racists (H/T Daily Caller):

“I remember, again going back to my early years in the South, when the Civil Rights revolution was unfolding, there were two things that really made an impression on me,” Gore said. “My generation watched Bull Connor turning the hose on civil rights demonstrators and we went, ‘Whoa! How gross and evil is that?’ My generation asked old people, ‘Explain to me again why it is okay to discriminate against people because their skin color is different?’ And when they couldn’t really answer that question with integrity, the change really started.”

This is not the first time since President Barack Obama took office that liberal Democrats have used this kind wacky six degrees of twisted separation. Below are a number of examples cited by other outlets similar to the remarks of the former vice president.:

Stimulus Package/Bailout

Rep. James Clyburn (D - SC) (H/T NewsBusters)

At a press conference Feb. 19, Rep. James Clyburn, D – S.C., suggested the possibility that some governors may refuse money from the $787-billion stimulus bill that President Barack Obama signed might be for racial reasons.

“It’s kind of interesting, because there’s a colored thread that ran through that,” Clyburn said. “The governor of Louisiana expressed opposition. Louisiana has the highest African-American population in the country. The governor of Mississippi expressed opposition. The governor of Texas and the governor of South Carolina – these four governors represent states that are in the proverbial black belt. I was particularly insulted by that.”are in the proverbial black belt. I was particularly insulted by that.”

Health Care Debate

Rep. James Clyburn (D - SC) (H/T NY TIMES)

“This is the Civil Rights Act of the 21st century,” said Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the No. 3 Democrat in the House.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D - RI) (TWT Water Cooler Blog)

“Voting ‘no’ and hiding from the vote are the same result. Those of us on the floor see it. It was clear the three of them who did not cast their yes votes until all 60 Senate votes had been tallied and it was clear that the result was a foregone conclusion. And why? Why all this discord and discourtesy, all this unprecedented destructive action? All to break the momentum of our new young president.

They are desperate to break this president. They have ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election of President Barack Obama. The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups, it is unbearable to them that President Barack Obama should exist. That is one powerful reason. It is not the only one.”

Debt Ceiling Debate

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee ( D - TX) (H/T Real Clear Politics)

“I am particularly sensitive to the fact that only this president, only this president, only this one has received the kind attacks and disagreements and inability to work. Only this one,” Jackson Lee said on the House floor this afternoon. 

”Read between the lines.” 

”What is different about this president that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment of when it is necessary to raise the debt limit in order to pay our bills, something required by both statute and the 14th amendment?”  

Rep. James Clyburn (D - SC) (H/T Real Clear Politics)

“We’ve seen many big things done in history that way. I’ve joked with my staff the other day, ‘tele me what was the bill number of the Emancipation Proclamation.’ It was an Executive Order. We integrated the armed services by Executive Order. We integrated public schools by Executive Order. Sometimes executives must order that things get done.”

Of course, the accusations from liberals against tea party activists as racists is infinite as well. However, if liberals are going to call anyone a racist who puts up a real fight against anything on Capitol Hill that liberals support, their movement will continue to look foolish among American voters. 



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Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

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