When conservatives criticize liberals for being soft on national security, the latter recoil in indignation and deny being unpatriotic -- though they weren't accused of it. To hear liberals tell it, such stereotypical characterizations are about as low as it gets. Yet, many among their ranks routinely and unapologetically cast conservatives as racists.
NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, during a speech at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, likened Republicans to Nazis. "The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side," he said. "We now find ourselves refighting old battles we thought we had already won. We have to fight discrimination whenever it raises its ugly head."
Columnist Les Payne, in the Long Island newspaper Newsday, wrote, "The conviction of the 80-year-old Mississippi racist for a 41-year-old murder reminds us that the new Republican Party, the GOP that gave us Nixon, Ford and Reagan, Bush 41 and his unspeakable son, rode into power on the backs of the Ku Klux Klan."
Lest you think these are just atypical outbursts from an extremist fringe that do not represent mainstream liberal thinking or the Democratic Party leadership, consider a few other prominent examples.
Several years ago, no less an organization than the Missouri Democratic Party aired radio ads saying, "When you don't vote, you let another church explode. When you don't vote, you allow another cross to burn. When you don't vote, you let another assault wound a brother or sister." You may also recall the NAACP ads likening President Bush's opposition to a hate crimes bill, to killing black dragging victim James Byrd "all over again."
Then virtually the entire liberal establishment embraced the perverse notion that inadequacies in the federal response to Hurricane Katrina were attributable to an underlying racism infecting the Bush administration. The allegedly disproportionate impact of the disaster on blacks, they argued, could be chalked up to Republican racism.