On Thursday's "Countdown" MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and his guest Janeane Garofalo defamed fellow citizens who attended the prior day's tea parties with the same vitriolic contempt.
Garofalo actually called party-goers "a bunch of teabagging rednecks," adding "this is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up." -- Newsbusters
Remember when all we heard from the Left was "Dissent is patriotism?" Now, the very same people are essentially saying, "Dissent is racism."
3) The Word "Socialist:"
But what concerns me is when in some of those town hall meetings including the one that we saw in Missouri recently where there were jokes made about lynching, etc., you start to wonder whether in fact the word socialist is becoming a code word, whether or not socialist is becoming the new N-word for frankly for some angry upset birthers and others. -- MSNBC Host Carlos Watson
It's like Watson thinks that if he puts Missouri and lynching in close proximity to the word socialist, then ipso-facto, everyone is supposed to simply nod along when he starts to wonder whether socialist is the "new N-word." Incidentally, if a liberal has to point to an alleged "code word" to find racism, it's a pretty good indication that there isn't any present.
"According to research done by the Kaiser Family Foundation, low-income and uninsured Americans are far more likely to be members of a racial minority than Americans with insurance. This fact should surprise no one, and I'm sure that the teabaggers/birthers/cute-nickname-for-right-wingers showing up at town hall events are instinctively aware of how much universal health care will benefit communities of color. And they're not having it." -- Amanda Marcotte
Oh, yes, that's what the opposition to health care is all about: racism! There are actually legions of conservatives, all of whom claim to oppose socialized medicine because it will cause costs to skyrocket and will destroy the quality of health care in this country -- who really know it will work and just don't want black people to get health care. Sure, that's completely plausible -- well, maybe if you've been hit in the head with a heavy object enough times.
Once again, racism does exist and should be condemned. Moreover, some people who feel like they're being discriminated against are right. Some people who point to what they see as "racism" are spot-on about it. When they are, whether the person engaging in it is man or woman, white or black, conservative or liberal -- we should call them on it.
However, the vast majority of people crying "racism" are doing so simply because they believe that they'll benefit from it. Maybe they want sympathy, money, a handy excuse for their failure -- or in the case of the liberals, just to get their way. We've already gotten to the point where liberals are for all intents and purposes saying that trying to stop Obama from implementing his agenda is racist. Democrats have become so used to reflexively crying "racism" every time there's a conflict between a black Democrat and anyone else that they've essentially gotten to the point where they can only see two options: people who agree with the President and racists. Over the length of Obama's presidency, that's likely to destroy the effectiveness of the false cries of racism that the Democrats have used so ably in recent years. Given how things have gone so far, that may be one of the few good things to come out of Barrack Obama's presidency.