Yesterday on MSNBC’sÂ Hardball, Republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan told Chris MatthewsÂ why he has called for a formal act of Congress telling Barack Obama to apologize for saying that Cambridge PoliceÂ Sergeant Jim Crowley had â€œacted stupidlyâ€ in arresting Henry Louis Gates two weeks ago. (Click here for details of the circumstances surrounding the arrest.) Navigating his wayÂ through Matthewsâ€™ rapid-fire assault of rudeness and interruptions, McCotter methodically explained that because ObamaÂ â€œprejudged a private citizenâ€ (Crowley) and never retracted his claim that the sergeant had acted improperly, itÂ is now incumbent uponÂ 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 â€“ hisÂ claim that the arrest of Gates was emblematic of the â€œlong history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.â€
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:
- â€œThe criminal-justice system is not color-blind. It does not work for all people equally.â€
- â€œAfrican Americans and whites, for the same crime â€¦ are arrested at very different rates, are convicted at very different rates, [and] receive very different sentencesâ€¦for the same crime.â€
- â€œWe 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.â€
Though Obamaâ€™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 isÂ 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 beÂ — to become disgusted by the incessant accusationsÂ of race-obsessed leftists who can feel the pea of discriminationÂ through a thousand mattresses.
Grievance mongering like Obama’s, on the other hand, is more polished, delivered in softer tones and adorned with the verbal trappings of erudition.Â As such, it is infinitely more dangerous because it is commonly mistaken for moderationÂ or pureheartedness.
And itÂ 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 itÂ will not undo the lasting psychic damage done by his repetition of falsehoods about the justice system â€“ to say nothing of the flesh-and-bloodÂ explosions of rage to which thoseÂ falsehoods commonly give rise.