- The Washington Times - Friday, October 16, 2009

RUSH CRUSH

One radio host remains the centerpiece of the nation’s discourse on race, and the language is getting stronger: the term “whitie” has surfaced.

“The left-wing jihad against Rush Limbaugh is un-fair and un-American. Rush is being targeted simply because he is a conservative and a leading critic of President Obama’s wealth redistribution policies,” says Deneen Borelli of Project 21, a black leadership project sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research:

“With conservative blood in the water, it’s predictable to see the ‘race card duo’ - Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton - circling the victim. Since the election of the first black president, they have been searching for some white meat to feed on and Rush just happens to be a juicy target. Whipping up unjustified black anger is their specialty,” Ms. Borelli continues.

“Frankly, I see their effort as ‘get whitie’ - an inherent racist act. It’s outrageous that the ‘race card duo’ are worried about Rush buying a football team following a graphic example of black-on-black gang violence in Chicago - Jackson’s home town,” she concludes. “As so-called black leaders they should be putting their time and effort in dealing with the human tragedies in the urban community: crime and failing schools, and not a conservative exercising his right to play in the free market.”

And Mr. Limbaugh?

“I’ll continue to be a great football fan. Those that promoted the failing of the Rams deal will continue to be unhappiest on Earth,” he says.

“Democrats inside and outside the Obama White House have declared a ‘Public Enemy Number One’, and it isn’t some vague concept like poverty or terrorism or cancer. It’s a radio talk show host named Rush Limbaugh,” says Tim Graham of the Media Research Center, who has tracked attacks on the host in “Rush to Ruin,” a news analysis released Thursday.

WAIT THERE’S MORE

Frances Rice, chairman of the National Black Republicans Association, also weighed in on Mr. Limbaugh’s situation. Brace for impact, please.

“Fear is as effective in enslaving us as iron shackles. One more nail was hammered deeply into America’s freedom coffin when a group of private-sector entrepreneurs were intimidated by race hustlers into ousting talk show host Rush Limbaugh from the consortium formed to buy the St. Louis Rams,” says Ms. Rice, a former Army officer.

“Armed with nothing more than demonstrably false charges of racism, fabricated to destroy Limbaugh, several black NFL players claimed publicly that they would never play for a team owned by Limbaugh,” she continues, also citing Mr. Jackson and Mr. Sharpton, along with CNN and MSNBC.

“The phony charge of racism is continuously used as a weapon to silence conservatives who dare stand up for our nation’s traditional values and oppose the radical socialist agenda of Democrats and the Obama administration,” Ms. Rice continues. “Limbaugh deserves our gratitude for showing no fear.”

MOTTO MANIA

And now to lighten a weighty column, dueling bumper stickers spotted on politically aware automobiles rolling along within the Beltway:

“Defeat Obamunism.”

“Proud to be everything Republicans hate.”

BAND OF BROTHERS

They’re all Republican; they’re all veterans. A quintet of freshman lawmakers has stepped forward to ask the nation’s commander in chief to heed advice from boots on the ground, mainly Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of forces in Afghanistan.

Reps. Duncan Hunter of California, Mike Coffman of Colorado, Tom Rooney of Florida, Pete Olsen of Texas and John Fleming of Louisiana on Thursday weighed in on the challenges of Afghanistan, urging President Obama to allow Gen. McChrystal to appear before Congress and present his case for a counter-insurgency strategy. Among their comments:

“We hope the president will not let political calculations at home cloud his decision-making on a military strategy for Afghanistan,” said Mr. Coffman, a Gulf War combat veteran who returned to service in Iraq in 2005.

“One lesson my military service instilled in me is the principle of always trusting the commander ‘on the ground,’ ” said Mr. Fleming, a U.S. Navy veteran. “If Gen. McChrystal feels additional resources are needed on the battlefield in Afghanistan, then the Congress should stand ready to fully support that request.”

WE’RE SO RELIEVED

Scene: Air Force One. Players: Deputy press secretary Bill Burton and a small journalistic gaggle. Dialogue, from the official White House transcript:

“Q: Do you guys have any plans to announce, like, a Gulf Coast recovery czar to oversee the federal effort down in the Gulf Coast?”

Mr. Burton: “There’s no such effort that I know of.”

POLL DU JOUR

- 53 percent of Americans overall oppose gay marriage.

- 59 percent of men and 48 percent of women oppose it.

- 52 percent of whites and 66 percent of blacks oppose gay marriage.

- 81 percent of conservative Republicans and 24 percent of liberal Democrats oppose it.

- 77 percent of white evangelical Protestants oppose gay marriage.

- 43 percent of Catholics oppose it.

Source: A Pew Research Center survey of 4,013 adults conducted Aug. 11-27.

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