Robert Knight

Really? One would look in vain for what Hope claimed was the bad motive of all those hundreds of thousands who had come from Oklahoma, Florida, Ohio and even Barney Frank’s Massachusetts. About the only thing upon which you could hang this absurd assertion might be a few Lyndon LaRouche Democrats who carried pictures of Obama with a Hitler mustache. The media love those. Or perhaps the guys who doctored a photo of Obama to look like the Joker in Batman. Neither image has anything to do with race.

The vast majority of signs called for less government and less spending. The yellow flags flying everywhere amid baby strollers and men in veteran’s hats were the American Revolution banner designed by South Carolina patriot Gen. Christopher Gadsden, featuring a coiled rattlesnake and the phrase “Don’t Tread on Me.”   To find a racist aspect here you had to channel Jesse Jackson: “The hope of a dope is the mope of a rope!” Or somesuch.)

The Post quoted Black Family Reunion organizer Dorothy Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women, as saying she was glad the two groups had gotten along fine. But – and here’s the message the Post wanted to get across: she noted that some of the marchers were crass. Yes, a tiny few. One sign identified NBC as the Nothing But Crap network. A couple said “Obama sucks!” Not very classy.

“They are a bad sign for democracy,” Height said. “I’ve never heard anyone say that they wished the other president would fail.”  Perhaps Ms. Height was unaware of the profanity-filled leftist protests in Washington over the past eight years. And I’m not just talking about Congress. Some street demonstrators called for, among other things, the death of President Bush and for “regime change now” (before the next election). Marchers splashed red paint on the Capitol steps and called the police “pigs” and Mr. Bush a lot worse. A good time was had by all.

The rhetoric over health care has been tough from all sides. In his speech last week, Mr. Obama described as “bogus” any criticism of his takeover plan, and said the “death panel” label for end-of-life counseling and cost cutting “is a lie, plain and simple.” When he told the whopper that illegal aliens would not be covered,  Rep. Joe Wilson from Gadsden’s South Carolina suddenly concluded, as Popeye would say, “It’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!” and blurted out “You lie!”

Okay, not very conciliatory. But Rep. Wilson’s outburst should not be measured in a vacuum. You could put it up against the rants of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who even TIME magazine calls “foul-mouthed.” And over the summer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused critics of being “evil mongers,” while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer wrote a USA Today column calling townhall participants “un-American” who are conducting “an ugly campaign.”

It’s a safe bet these pols aren’t “seeking healing.”

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.