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MSNBC: Congressman Calls for Obama to Apologize

Posted on July 29 2009 1:00 am
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Yesterday on MSNBC’s Hardball, Republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan told Chris Matthews why he has called for a formal act of Congress telling Barack Obama to apologize for saying that Cambridge Police Sergeant Jim Crowley had “acted stupidly” in arresting Henry Louis Gates two weeks ago. (Click here for details of the circumstances surrounding the arrest.) Navigating his way through Matthews’ rapid-fire assault of rudeness and interruptions, McCotter methodically explained that because Obama “prejudged a private citizen” (Crowley) and never retracted his claim that the sergeant had acted improperly, it is now incumbent upon Congress to formally express its disapproval.

While apologizing to Crowley and to the Cambridge police would indeed be an appropriate thing for Obama to do, an act of far greater significance would be for him to retract another portion of his statement – his claim that the arrest of Gates was emblematic of the “long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”

But Obama cannot possibly apologize for that, he cannot possibly retract it, because he fervently believes it. He has candidly said so on many occasions. Even during his campaign, he said such things as:

  • “The criminal-justice system is not color-blind. It does not work for all people equally.”
  • “African Americans and whites, for the same crime … are arrested at very different rates, are convicted at very different rates, [and] receive very different sentences…for the same crime.”
  • “We have certain sentences that are based less on the kind of crime you commit than on what you look like and where you come from.”

Though Obama’s loyal lapdogs in the mainstream media dare not challenge any of his presumably sacrosanct pronouncements about racism in the justice system, the fact remains that those pronouncements are unadulterated falsehoods. More than that, they are falsehoods with enormous, life-and-death implications.

Why? Because, for one thing, they poison the minds of young black men into believing that the justice system is stacked against them, and that they live in a nation that treats them as second-class citizens. It is only logical for people who believe such things to be filled with boiling resentments and rage, upon which they may eventually act.

Conversely, these same falsehoods cause law-enforcement officers — who risk their own lives every day in order to protect the American people regardless of what color they happen to be — to become disgusted by the incessant accusations of race-obsessed leftists who can feel the pea of discrimination through a thousand mattresses.

Some grievance mongering – such as that of Louis Farrakhan, Jeremiah Wright, or Al Sharpton – is easy to recognize because of its stridency, its militancy, and its occasional vulgarity.

Grievance mongering like Obama’s, on the other hand, is more polished, delivered in softer tones and adorned with the verbal trappings of erudition. As such, it is infinitely more dangerous because it is commonly mistaken for moderation or pureheartedness.

And it can tear a society apart.

The phony-baloney “beer party” that Obama will hold tomorrow with Henry Louis Gates and Jim Crowley may ultimately prove to be a good PR move for the President. But it will not undo the lasting psychic damage done by his repetition of falsehoods about the justice system – to say nothing of the flesh-and-blood explosions of rage to which those falsehoods commonly give rise.

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