Democrats who claim that opposition to recent leftist policies is motivated by hatred of empowered minority group members are right about one thing: those who oppose Obama and Congress are motivated by hate. They hate a lot of things they’ve witnessed over the past two years, none having anything to do with African Americans wielding power in Washington.
As amply documented by photos of signs at Tea Party rallies, conservatives have protested the actions of not just Obama but Bush, Congress, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Saul Alinsky, big government, and the mainstream media. Tea party signs railed against Medicaid and Medicare’s insolvency, trillion-dollar deficits, excessive taxes, cap-and-trade, government takeover of the automobile industry, and the appointment of czars. Notably absent were calls for the repeal of the Civil Rights Act and the resegregation of water fountains.
Last summer, after Representative Joe Wilson’s outburst during Obama’s address to Congress on health care, Maureen Dowd announced:
“Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president… convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.”
Yes, and the “shocking disrespect” for the office of Congressman at mostly white Senators and Representatives’ townhall meetings has convinced me: Some people just can’t believe white people can be in Congress and will never accept it.