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“I don’t think it’s indicative of the nation’s mood”
“My message to them is, they’re wrong”
“I don’t believe that some of the angriest, most strident voices we saw during the summer were representative of the thousands of town hall meetings that went on around the country that came off peacefully, that were constructive,”… Mr. Axelrod vowed that the administration would not be “distracted” by those railing against its health care reform proposal.
David Axelrod (CBS Face the Nation) Washington Times
DC tea party challenges prez
New York Post: By MATT WELCH
How do you marginalize a significant protest against a politician or policy you sup port? Lowball the numbers, then dismiss participants as deranged and possibly dangerous kooks. In the case of Saturday’s massive 9/12 protest in Washington, done and done.
“Small protest,” popular lefty blogger Josh Marshall reported from his armchair, as an overflow crowd (at least 100,000, by my rough, unscientific estimate) filled the 1.5 miles between the south White House and the US Capitol, spilling out all over the National Mall and even down the street to Union Station.
The Center for American Progress, whose president headed up the new administration’s transition team, warned that the rally was marred by signs that “were often racist, radical portrayals of Obama.” Among the dozen or so pieces of evidence? A placard claiming, “Ayn Rand is right,” and one of President Obama with the caption, “When his lips move . . . he’s lying.”
If calling the commander-in-chief a liar is the new racism, then Americans have been boiling in hate since long before we, uh, overwhelmingly elected a black president. I seem to recall a “Bush lied” sign or two in the massive (and impressive) protests at the 2004 Republican convention in New York, and then there was that whole “I did not have sex with that woman” thing from the fella before.
What’s really going on is not hard to grasp: Even before massive proposed overhauls of health care and energy, the president’s first wave of big-government policies — auto bailouts, Wall Street welfare and just-spend-it economics — are prompting a passionate pushback.
But Obama’s supporters in the media would rather write it off as racism. “Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it,” The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd wrote this weekend. Tea Party activists, the LA Times’ Tim Rutten theorized Saturday, want to “convert the GOP into an almost exclusively white, zealously religious, mostly Southern party.”
I went out into the protest looking for these Southern racists, but all I kept finding were people from New Jersey, Connecticut and even Washington state (in addition to Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia) who each shared the same central complaint: The federal government is spending too much money, racking up too much debt and intruding too much into American life.
At a huge gathering of mostly white, mostly right-of-center Americans, I saw not one sign that so much as referenced affirmative action (an issue that has largely disappeared from American politics, even while the policy remains). I know there were at least two Confederate flags amid the perhaps thousands of “Don’t Tread on Me” banners, but I didn’t see any.
I asked everyone I interviewed whether they thought Obama was a legitimate president, and the only person to take the birth-certificate bait was a self-described Democrat (who also said he voted for the Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin in 2008). In all, the rally didn’t begin to resemble what The New York Times’ Gail Collins described as the “range” of tea party activists — “from geeky Ron Paulists who obsess about the money supply to conspiracy theorists who believe that Barack Obama is a noncitizen.”
Sure, it’s fair to wonder where these protesters were when Bush was expanding government at levels not seen since Lyndon Johnson. But the people I talked to had almost no kind words to say about W., and many explicitly warned that any Republican hoping to benefit from this backlash will have to re-embrace the fiscal discipline that the GOP abandoned en masse over the previous decade.
We will see more charges of racism and even fascism from those instinctively revolted by the sight of white limited-government activists protesting a black big-government president. Every stupid sign saying, “Hitler gave great speeches, too,” will be seized on even more than the “BusHitler” banners were back when people still protested the Iraq war. (There are few political hypocrisies richer than the hilariously inconsistent way both left and right treat public protests.)
But even if the National Mall had been empty on Saturday, the Obama administration would still be facing an uncomfortable truth: Poll numbers clearly indicate an increasing public alarm about government spending and debt. New York Times columnists may be able to dismiss a large, coherent and peaceful anti-government protest eight months into Obamanomics, but you can bet that the administration sure doesn’t.
Politico: By JONATHAN MARTIN
AUSTIN – Eight months into Barack Obama’s presidency, as criticism of his administration seems to reach new levels of volume and intensity each week, the whispers among some of his allies are growing louder: That those who loathe the nation’s first African–American president, and especially those who would deny his citizenship, are driven at least in part by racism.
It’s a feeling that’s acutely felt among those supporters of Obama who are themselves minorities. Conversations with Democrats at an otherwise upbeat Democratic National Committee fall gathering here, an event largely devoted to party housekeeping, reflected a growing anger at what many see as a troubling effort to delegitimize Obama’s hold on the office.
“As far as African-Americans are concerned, we think most of it is,” said Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), when asked in an interview in between sessions how much of the more extreme anger at Obama is based upon his race. “And we think it’s very unfortunate. We as African-American people of course are very sensitive to it.”
Johnson is a somewhat-reserved, nine-term member of Congress, more gracious southern lady than racial bomb-thrower. She enjoyed a warm personal relationship with fellow Texan George W. Bush when he was in the White House and fondly recalled their ability to get along, divergent politics aside.
But she said the disdain for this president, especially sharp in her home state, had reached a point where it had become necessary to speak out.
“It’s hurting the spirit of this country,” Johnson said, citing concerns about what the rest of the world may think about a powerful nation where a significant segment of the population does not accept their elected leader as legitimate.
Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, agreed with his colleague that elements of the opposition can’t accept the reality of a black president.
“There’s a very angry, small group of folks that just didn’t like the fact that Barack Obama won the presidency,” Honda said, adding: “With some, I think it is [about race].
Said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) about the race factor: “There are some issues that have been swept under the rug and we’re not witnessing them come out.”
But it’s still a sensitive enough issue that the party doesn’t broach it directly.
Virginia Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine used a speech Friday to single out those conservative critics whose hostility toward President Obama goes deeper than just opposing his policies — but without mentioning that which many in his party believe drives the anger.
“Republican leaders…rose up to say that he did not deserve honorary degrees from colleges that were giving him degrees last spring, members of Congress, Republican members of Congress, are spreading bogus rumors about where the president was born, and they whipped up opposition all across this country when President Obama wanted to give a speech to our nation’s schoolchildren to tell them to take responsibility, study hard and stay in school,” Kaine said here at the party’s fall meeting.
He demurred when asked later whether this often-personal criticism is rooted in contempt for a president who happens to be black.
Other Democrats, not as constrained by the office they hold, are more outspoken about what they see as the racism aimed at Obama.
“We think all of it is!” exclaimed Gwen Dawkins, a Democratic activist from Michigan and retired state employee when asked to what degree the fervent opposition to Obama was driven by his skin color.
Dawkins also touched on a common, if mostly privately-held, frustration in the African-American community—that with exceptional difficulties at home and abroad, Obama is bearing a significantly heavier burden than most presidents and his naysayers would prefer him to founder so as to validate their fears about a black president.
“Black people have lived under white presidents since day one,” Dawkins observed, “So would you give him a chance?”
American Thinker: By James Simpson
America spoke September 12th in Washington, DC. Real America. Not black America, not white America, not Hispanic or Asian America, not even conservative or liberal America. Real America. There were mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, newborn children and kids on the way up; there were many, many elderly and a lot of disabled folks, young and old, in wheelchairs.
Many of these people had never been to a protest before in their lives. People were pleasant, polite and considerate. There was not a drunken eye in the house. The most unlikely bunch of domestic terrorists one could ever imagine. Contrast that with the Leftists’ “peace” movement in Seattle a few years back.
Renew America: By Sher Zieve
Mr. Obama: As you flew quickly toward your counter-demonstration (avoiding the increasing crowds of the American people) stacked with only your supporters, in order to further push your anti-American and anti-human ObamaCare agenda, we were gathering in the streets of our now commandeered-by-you White House.
As we 1.2-2 Millions strong Americans lined the streets of Washington D.C. and many hundreds of thousands more of us in state capitols on Saturday, you spoke to a hand-picked crowd of between 10-15,000 in Minnesota. Where you continue to tell us that your planned and now attempted implementation of the death and destruction of our country and We-the-People is good for us, we have finally said nicely but, firmly “stop and listen to us!”
You have told us you will have your appointed Czars instead of elected representatives who will run our nation. And your power — as well as that of your unelected Czars — is growing exponentially. We say NO!
You told us that our US Constitution is not enough for you, when you said that it only says what the government can’t do to We-the-People, not what it CAN do to them. You want to change it by adding your own ‘bill of government rights.’ We say leave our Constitution alone!
You have told us that violent Islamist thugs, who are actively working to destroy America, have Miranda rights but, have told We-the-People who oppose you that we are “extremists and terrorists” and your Obama-controlled DHS has advised our state and local police forces to be on the lookout for us. Then, you used our taxpayer dollars to create a US government website where you ‘encouraged’ our neighbors and liberal/leftist activists to “rat” on us and our anti-ObamaCare views. We say leave us alone!
You have told us that the majority opinion in OUR country no longer matters to you if we do not agree with your draconian policies. You have told us, despite the growing opposition from Democrats, Republicans and Independents to your gutting our economy with your ObamaCare, Cap and Trade and “stimulus” packages (which only stimulate you, your masters and your adherents), that you will ram them down our throats.
You have appointed people to your growing list of ObamaCzars who tell us human life is no more important than the life of any other living thing (Obama Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein) and may actually be less important, a baby is not a human until it reaches ‘around 2 years of age’ and abortions should be able to be performed until then (via your Science Czar John Holdren), a Green Czar who is an avowed Marxist, black nationalist and believes (and even signed a document espousing that belief) that President Bush was complicit in the 9/11 slaughter and have appointed as your “FCC Diversity Czar” (to shut down conservative talk radio) Mark Lloyd who speaks almost glowingly of the genocide of the Tutsis by the Hutus via the Hutus using state-run media to spread lies about them. On Lloyd’s video, it sounds strongly and decidedly as if genocide may not be out of the question for those in the USA who oppose you. We say enough is enough!
Again sir, we are saying firmly but, nicely “stop your dismantling of our country.” And despite your state-run media’s attempts to lessen us, our numbers and our cause, you know how many of us there truly are. We are peaceful now. But, if history proves to be a factor in predicting the future, all tyrants are eventually overthrown — most of them in a very unambiguously “unpeaceful” way.
Please think carefully about your next counter move. In the end, good will defeat evil. But, We-the-People of the United States plan to bring it about — in our area — sooner. We-the-People will not be controlled by a despot and persecutor. Had you been born in the USA, perhaps you might better understand.
News Busters: By Tim Graham
On Sunday, the home page of the Washington Post website buried the 9-12 rally in tiny type, while the rotating photos at the top of the page were all local stories. On Monday, one of those rotating photos highlighted a Post story on the front of the Metro section on how people attending the Black Family Reunion think that tens of thousands of Americans came to Washington not because they love freedom, but because they hate black people. Metro reporter Yamiche Alcindor began:
On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters thronged to the U.S. Capitol to angrily accuse President Obama of taking the country in the wrong direction. A day later, in the shadow of the Washington Monument, many participants at a much smaller gathering — the 24th annual Black Family Reunion — said the level of hostility toward the nation’s first African American president had little to do with policy differences over health care or taxes and everything to do with race.
“It’ s not conducive to the coalitions we need to build in this country,” said Vera Hope, 60, of Mount Rainier as she left a booth promoting health prevention. “I’m disgusted and upset by the hostility. Let’s call it was it is — it’s just a disguise for right-wing racists. They are fomenting a climate of violence to provoke people.”
The Post’s headline for this nasty smear was “Seeking Healing, Seeing Hostility.” Alcindor didn’t highlight one person who suggested conservatives were racists, and not principled free-marketeers. She found two:
Colleen Freeman, 50, said many of Obama’s critics are motivated by race. “A lot of people are protesting, and they don’t even know what they are protesting,” she said. “Some of these folks are getting Social Security, and it’s because their grandparents put in the work for it. Now they won’t give Obama a chance to work. Some know they need health care but don’t want it to be Obama that gives it to them.”
The Post itself admits the Black Family Reunion was a much smaller event. So why did it draw much more prominent placement and promotion on the Post home page than the 9-12 rally?
Alcindor and the Post made no attempt to explain that this was an event thrown by a liberal lobbying group that opposes black people in government who are not liberals, like Clarence Thomas and Janice Rogers Brown:
Dorothy Height, president of National Council of Negro Women, which holds the reunion, said that although she was pleased that the protesters and the reunion participants coexisted peacefully, she was disappointed that some marchers were so crass.
“They are a bad sign for democracy,” said Height, 97, who supports health-care reform. “I’ve never heard anyone say that they wished the other presidents would fail,” she said. “President Obama has shown courage and leadership in trying to tackle various problems.”
Crass? How can the Post line up the repeated suggestion that tens of thousands of American are too dumb to know what they’re protesting and then accuse the marchers of being crass?
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