Racism as a
Democratic Talking Point (Part 184)
Democrats run out of logical, constructive arguments – which occurs on a
fairly regular basis – they often resort to empty rhetoric, naïve
appeals to emotion and even flat-out hysteria. The beauty of “racism” as
a talking point is that it fits all three of these irrational modes of
liberal argumentation. For Democrats, it is pure gold.
a serious matter, racism today is used by members of the Left to back
their stances on many of the nation’s greatest debates. They play the
racism card when supporting affirmative action, welfare and criminals,
as well as when they oppose capital punishment, standardized testing and
free trade. Conveniently, they suddenly forget about race when
celebrating their favorite surgical operation, which results in
overwhelmingly higher deaths for black and Hispanic babies.
recently, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid introduced a new topic for
which to make use of the “racism” strategy. After Oklahoma Republican
Senator James Inhofe put forth a proposal to make English America’s
official language, Reid eloquently articulated that he opposed it
because he felt it was “racist.”
right. Reid’s problem with making English the official language of the
United States is that doing so would be racist. Do liberals, even
high-ranking Democrats, know what they are saying anymore? Does anyone
keep a check on them? Does the top Democrat in the United States Senate
understand that he said that making English the country’s official
language promotes the idea, according to Merriam-Webster, that “race is
the primary determinant of human traits and capacities?”
loose use of the term “racism” among self-victimizing minorities and
leftist pseudo-intellectuals in academic circles has become widespread
and expected these days, this irresponsible behavior has made it to the
upper echelons of our government’s Democratic leadership. How can the
average American still treat the Democratic Party like a normal,
ideologically respectable institution?
brilliantly added that Inhofe’s proposal was targeted at “people who
speak Spanish.” No, you don’t say? Our country has been overrun by over
10 million Spanish-speaking illegal immigrants who have bypassed English
tests required in the immigration process. Millions more are discouraged
from assimilating by their local governments, which provide schools,
street signs, documents and even ballots in Spanish, as well as
countless businesses’ “Press two for Spanish” options. The fact that you
can live comfortably in many areas of the U.S. without uttering a word
of the English language would, to the normal U.S. senator, be a sign
that we do indeed have a bit of a problem.
according to Zogby International, 84% of Americans, including 77% of
Hispanics, believe that English should be the official language. Even
82% of Democrats, a surprisingly high number, disagree with the rest of
their ideological comrades about whether English, Spanish, Spanglish or
even Ebonics should be the official language.
Americans’ overwhelming support for the English language, however, only
11 Democratic Senators – precisely one-fourth of the entire Democratic
delegation to the Senate – joined almost all of the Republicans in
supporting Inhofe’s proposal. Who are they trying to please, the nuts of
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (which wants to “liberate”
portions of the United States and make them part of Mexico)? Illegals
who can’t (yet) vote? Or the diversity elites of the nation’s colleges
the reason that Democratic senators so strongly oppose making English
the official national language, their behavior will certainly not
resonate well with the majority of Americans, and even, as demonstrated,
Hispanic Americans. As such, there are not many possible explanations
for their actions.
It could be
that most of the Democratic senators genuinely believe that making
English, already America’s overwhelmingly dominant language, official
would be racist. In this case, little can be said other than “They’re
nuts, I told you so.” Is it really so difficult for them to swallow the
concept of a people’s designating their own language as official? If the
Japanese and the French designated the Japanese and French languages
official, would they be labeled racist?
the more plausible explanation is that Congressional Democrats are on a
campaign to obstruct Republican efforts no matter what the reason – even
concerning issues that should be uncontroversial – like agreeing on a
battle, the “racism” label is perfect. In the last few months, Reid and
his Democratic colleagues watched as hundreds of thousands protested
efforts against illegal immigration. As such, massaging Hispanic
self-victimization, they think, could potentially help them with that
demographic. Once again, it looks like Democrats are willing to devalue
the meaning of racism by using it for political gain. Only this time, it
just might backfire with about 77 percent of their target audience, and
even more of the rest. Let November decide.
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