Congressman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, has his finger on the pulse of America. And the heartbeat he detects is unremittingly racist (via Buzzfeed):
A Mississippi Democratic Congressman says Clarence Thomas is an “Uncle Tom,” Mitch McConnell is a “racist,” and that Republicans are only anti-big government and anti-Obamacare because President Obama is black. Rep. Bennie Thompson was appearing on a New Nation of Islam radio program over weekend where he made the comments. “I’ve been in Washington. I saw three presidents now. I never saw George Bush treated like this. I never saw Bill Clinton treated like this with such disrespect,” Thompson said. “That Mitch McConnell would have the audacity to tell the president of the United States — not the chief executive, but the commander-in-chief — that ‘I don’t care what you come up with we’re going to be against it.’ Now if that’s not a racist statement I don’t know what is.”
So much nonsense, so little time. (Actually, I have plenty of time and column inches, but I don't want to waste too much of my energy or brain power on this crank). Slinging racial arrows at Clarence Thomas is par for the course in some circles sadly, so Thompson's ugly "Uncle Tom" reference isn't a surprise. It's actually less offensive and racist than recent comments from another Southern black Democrat, who stated in a floor speech (!) that he despises the Supreme Court Justice because "he's married to a white woman." And that super racist Mitch McConnell quote? An online search for it turns up zero results -- except for references to Bennie Thompson's tirade. Did this Congressman just invent it on the spot? Finally, if Thompson didn't see evidence of George W. Bush or Bill Clinton being treated badly by the opposition, he wasn't looking very hard. Among countless other examples, some Congressional Democrats and their supporters accused Bush of complicity in 9/11 during faux impeachment hearings conducted in the Capitol basement. And perhaps Thompson was napping when Republicans impeached Clinton. The "unprecedented opposition" canard rests on a specious, lazy argument that happens to suit the interests of race-baiters like Bennie Thompson. Based on his perverse, imbecilic standard, I'll leave you with a quote from American's most virulent and notorious racist:
When it comes to the current president, Nader said that Obama has violated the Constitution on several occasions and should be impeached. "Oh, most definitely," Nader said when asked if Congress should bring forward articles of impeachment against Obama. "The reason why Congress doesn't want to do it is because it's abdicated its own responsibility under the Constitution." Nader said the president's use of military force in Libya has been his most "egregious violation of the Constitution."
And that wasn't even his first expression of that highly racist opinion: