Friday, July 22, 2011

Of Race and Obama: Who Woulda Thunk

Posted on July 15, 2011

Dem Congresswoman Brings Obama's Race Into Debt Ceiling Fight

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) used the race card this afternoon to assess blame in the debt ceiling fight. Jackson Lee, a black Congresswoman, believes the disagreement over raising the debt ceiling is because of President Obama's race.

"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?"

I would remind Ms Lee that while Bush was president you had Democratic congressmen and women who said the most vicious and hateful comments – more than ever said about Obama – than I have ever heard in my life (which is not remembering too many presidents but it does go back 3-4). The personal and hateful attacks on Bush – on very nearly every issue possible Ms. Lee. And, you participated in these vile and personal attacks! It was not a matter of attacking Bush on policy – you attacked him personally. Now, you will mention that no one questioned Bush’s birth certificate. True, but some did question McCain’s eligibility to be president based upon his birthplace. In fact, as I recall, many from the liberal side of the political spectrum (and from the right). Work with the president – in 206 when Democrats took over Congress, they failed to work with Bush on anything, and they only compromised because with Bush ready to veto and the Republican minority able to prevent an over-ride of such a veto, Democrats were forced to actually consider what Bush had to say. Now, things are quite different and you come out calling it racially driven. It is unfortunate for the citizens of the 18th district that their representative was animated by fear and hate, not by service to district, state, and nation. It is a sad realization that any congressional representative has the intellectual failing to not comprehend the difference between reality and fantasy, between truth-telling and fabrication, between consistency and inconsistency in ones actions and principles. The people of Texas are the biggest losers Ms. Lee, and I am terribly saddened by what your continued presence means for all Americans.


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