Carter: Protests Against ObamaCare Based on Racism

It’s like I said in my new vlog, leftists will try to steer the debate towards the person via charges of racism rather than discuss the true heart of the matter, regardless of the topic.

Ever since PresBO announced he was running, the charges of racism have been leveled at every turn, even against Bill Clinton. It’s a weak argument and a logical fallacy, but it’s effective as Hell because a charge of racism generally results in the supposed racist forgetting about the real debate and instead focuses on defending themselves against the charge of racism.

That being said, let’s consider the words of one of the worst presidents in American history. President Jimmy Carter recently leveled an accusation at millions of American. Rather than not wanting any more government, rather than seeing the skyrocketing spending as a danger to the entire republic and rather than fearing a total disaster in America’s health care system, the protesters are just upset that a black man is living in the White House:

“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American,” Carter told NBC News. “I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that shares the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans.”

“That racism inclination still exists, and I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of belief among many white people — not just in the South but around the country — that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply,” Carter said.

He also lumped Rep. Joe Wilson into the category of racist for his outburst in Congress:

“I think it’s based on racism. There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president,” he said.

I suppose now I could list the number of African Americans in George W. Bush’s cabinet, but that would be too “I’ve got black friends, too.”

I could list off the number of racist statements by the left, but that would be too tu quoque.

So how do you respond to this? Ignore it? No, you can’t ignore it.

You don’t allow it to change the focus of the debate. This is just a tactic to get the argument off the real subject, the expansion of government into unconstitutional areas and the encroachment of government power into our lives. This is more than health care reform. This is about cap and tax, bailouts, taxation, and the power of the individual. This is about the free market vs. socialism. This is about seeing the effects today’s actions will have on tomorrow and wanting America to be around when our grandchildren are born.

Allowing the left to direct the conversation away from these facts allows them to control the debate. Recognize what they are doing, call them on it and refocus on the real reasons for protest.

Freedom and liberty. That’s what this is all about.

Cross posted at All American Blogger.

Duane Lester

Duane Lester is co-founder of All American Blogger, and the primary writer. Following graduation, Duane entered the United States Navy as a journalist. He spent five years touring the world, reporting on local news and sports. Following his enlistment, Duane spent almost 10 years working with adjudicated youth in residential treatment environments. Duane discovered politics after September 11. He credits Erich "Mancow" Muller for opening his eyes to his conservative beliefs. Since then, Duane has devoured books and literature on politics, reading everything he can from Adam Smith to Larry Elder to Thomas Sowell. He refers to his style of politics as "conserva-tarian", a mixture of conservative and libertarian beliefs.

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