July 30, 2012

The Democrats have already shown that they will use the race card as the major issue of this Presidential campaign. President Obama won't, but he sure won't try to stop his supporters and political action committees from using it.

The President wasn't even inaugurated yet, when many conservative commentators started focusing on the 2012 Presidential election and predicting that if Obama were to run for a second term, the accusations of racism among Republican supporters would be the loudest cry of all from the left.

Sure enough, we have heard it time-and-again this year and can trace its ugly roots back to the Spring of 2008 when it became apparent that Obama would the Democratic nominee.  Many, let's say a good majority, on the left were already saying that a vote for John McCain was a stand for racism.

Enter the Summer of 2012. Political pundits often refer to the time we’re in now as the “silly season.”

It’s a time for obsessing over gaffes real and perceived, faux outrage over harmless statements and a general sense of desperation on the part of one candidate or perhaps both. This cycle’s silly season started early, which is to be expected when the challenging party picks its nominee early and the incumbent party has no record of success to promote. But that early start means we sometimes run out of “silly” early and head straight to desperate – and absurd.

Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas, a Democrat from Portsmouth, already has run out of silly. An official representative of the Obama 2012 campaign, a member of its “Truth Team,” no less, Lucas went on the John Fredericks Show in Virginia to discuss the presidential election and went off the rails. If you support Mitt Romney, she said on the air, you’re a racist.

Usually, leftists play the race card a little closer to the vest. They slip it into the game subtly, through hints and occasional one-liners. But not Senator Lucas. She pulled it right out … early … and tossed it into the middle of the table.

“What I am saying to you is Mitt Romney, he's speaking to a segment of the population, who does not like to see people other than a White man in a White House or any other elected position,” she said.

But she wasn’t done. She continued, “Let's be real clear about it... let's be real clear Mitt Romney is speaking to a group of people out there who don't like folks like Barack Obama in any elected or leadership position. We know what's going on here, and some people may be afraid to say it but I am not. I am not afraid to say it.”

She was “real clear,” all right … but only about her own bigotry and ignorance.

Lovely, right? The Obama “Truth Team” has yet to condemn this statement from an officially sanctioned campaign spokesman.

In 2003, then-Senator Hillary Clinton said, “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.” Aside from the fact no one had suggested she couldn’t debate or disagree with the administration, she was absolutely right. But don’t tell that to Senator Lucas.

According to Lucas, “All the folks who are saying 'We don't like Barack Obama' they can't tell you any reason they don't…”

No reason? None at all? How about three years of unemployment above 8 percent every month and growth below 3 percent every quarter? Or the $5 trillion in new debt, ObamaCare or recess appointments when Congress wasn’t in recess? I could go on, but to Sen. Lucas, I’ve already gone too far. I’m a racist. I wonder if my opposing President Clinton makes me a redneck-ist. Or my opposition to President Bush’s Medicare prescription drug program makes me a…actually, there isn’t a word for people who oppose things Republicans propose because the people with the hair-trigger to name-call all oppose Republicans. Weird.

Senator Lucas is mad – about what or at whom I have no idea. But she’s happy about one thing – she’s managed to pollute her children’s minds with her sickness. She told Fredericks, “I absolutely believe it's all about race, and for the first time I've convinced my children finally that racism is alive and well.”

Great mom, eh?

When asked “Even in Virginia?” she replied, “In Virginia? How about all across this nation. And especially in Virginia!”

I guess she, a black woman, was elected by a bunch of racists. And I guess President Obama carried Virginia in 2008 because all the racists there forgot they were racists for a while.

The Senate district Lucas is serving was "carved out" to especially elect an African-American. It is currently 63% black. Before the 2011 reapportionment, her district was 65% black and before 2001 it was 61%. In the six elections in which she has run, she received no less than 98.8% of the black vote, while securing between 34 to 53 percent of the white vote.  What does that make her black constituents?

Or maybe, just maybe, this country isn’t a racist country. This is where I add the caveat that racism still exists, in people of all colors, but in smaller numbers all the time. Progressives would like people to believe we’re a nation full of Mississippi Democrats from the 1950s, but we’re not.

Senator Lucas, when serving on the Portsmouth, VA City Council was crying racism over the recall election of the city's first African-American mayor James Holley back in 1987. Mayor Holley was accused and found to be complicit in an expense account scandal which also involved mistreatment of an assistant who "proved" the mayor was having her run personal errands. Lucas, noted then that all those "non-minorities of our city don't want a black man in the Mayor's chair" and accused white voters of racism.

But wait a minute! Who's the racist here?

Back in the day, Lucas was also fond of noting, on many occasions, that she could prove that there was no such thing as "reverse discrimination" on the Federal, State or local law books. Accordingly, she has practiced this "non-illegal activity" by refusing to lease any of her rental homes to whites. She refused to rent to one of my sons back in 1999 when he offered to pay $150.00 more than the black family to whom she eventually rented.

Now this is a woman who admittedly says that she doesn't represent the whites in her district. But in all fairness, I have to say she qualifies that with a reason: "because white folks don't have the same interests as African-Americans."

That's it? Well, at least she thinks that truthful enough to be on the Obama "Truth Team." She knows more about the minds and worldview of whites than most whites do themselves.

What Senator Lucas fails to realize (or maybe just fails to accept as fact), is that criticism of – and dislike for – the policies of a president who happens to be black does not a Klansman make.

Nor does judging the President by the standard he set for himself when he said in 2009, “I will be held accountable. I’ve got four years….A year from now, I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress, but there’s still going to be some pain out there. If I don’t have this done in three years, then this is going to be a one-term proposition.”

It’s not “done” in any sense – not even close. Every piece of economic data suggests it hasn’t even started in the direction of being “done.” But don’t tell that to Senator Lucas, lest she call Barack Obama a racist.

But there's more to come.

From Louise Lucas' area, her dear friend, Ella Ward of Chesapeake (an African-American) is running for the 4th Congressional District House seat against six-term Republican Randy Forbes. It is highly anticipated in this district that we'll be hearing a lot of cries about racism coming from the Ward camp, for no other reason than that Forbes endorsed McCain back in 2008. Oh, and that he leads the Congressional Prayer Caucus which has a few Tea Party members on its rolls.