Howard Dean, for example, accused Bush of playing "the race card when he used the word 'quota' to describe the University of Michigan affirmative action program and for that reason alone deserves a one-way ticket back to Crawford, Texas."
Very cute, Howard. Let's be frank. Dean was accusing President Bush of appealing to white racism toward blacks. That is so outrageous, so destructive, so inexcusable. In the first place, Bush didn't even get exercised about the horrendously unconstitutional decision that treated blacks as numbers. But more importantly, Dean knows better than to accuse Bush of exploiting racism, and by doing so stirs racial tensions himself.
Joseph Lieberman got even more melodramatic, saying, "The American dream has been compromised by George W. Bush so badly … No people have been more outrageously denied an equal opportunity to live out the American dream than African-Americans, from the brutal stain of slavery to racial segregation by law to the two-tier society we still live in."
Is Joe saying that Bush has been depriving blacks of the American dream and relegating them to a second tier in our society? He ought to be ashamed. But it got worse. Lieberman went on to repeat the lie that blacks "were not allowed to vote in the state of Florida" in the 2000 presidential election. Is there no limit to what these politicians will say?
Then Senator John Edwards had the temerity to say he was unequivocally against vouchers -- which are the most promising remedy for black children tied to inferior inner city schools -- and in the next breath castigate President Bush for refusing to do anything to address the problem "that we still have two public school systems in America, one for the 'haves' and one for the 'have-nots.'"
I could go on, but you get the drift. Democratic politicians are desperately dependent on the black vote and, it appears, will say and do almost anything to keep it. You just have to believe that one day the worm will turn.
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