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OPINION

The Democratic Playbook

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The Democratic Party have a tested and true playbook that is as predictable as the sunrise – when backed into a corner, cry racism. 

Last year, liberal college professors called racist everything from math, to the song “Jingle Bells,” to showing up on time. During the Obama administration, every policy disagreement was labeled racist. Now, pointing out the reality of living conditions in countries where people routinely risk their lives to flee is racist. 

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And just like with every “problem” liberals find, they have a government solution for it. In the case of President Donald Trump and his “s-hole countries” racism, the solution is amnesty.

When asked about the President’s denial that he’s a racist, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) gave Trump an easy way to remove the label – give Democrats amnesty on 800,00 so-called DREAMers. “The president and the Republican Party have a chance to prove that now. If they will help us reach a bipartisan compromise to protect those who were protected by DACA, and to give those who are eligible to sign, and DREAMers a chance, it is clear evidence to me that they’re moving in the right direction,” Durbin said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had Durbin’s back, saying the man who compared US troops to Nazis in World War II was “one of the most honorable people I’ve met.” Then Schumer joined in the absolution talk for Trump’s “racism” if he’d just give liberals nearly a million new voters. “I have a challenge for Donald Trump, okay? Actions speak louder than words,” Schumer said, “if you want to begin, just begin that long road back to proving you’re not a racist, you’re not bigoted, support the bipartisan compromise that three Republicans and three Democrats have put on the floor – everyone gave – and get the DREAMers safety here in America. That’s what he should do.”

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For Democrats it’s simple: Do what we want and you’ll no longer be a racist. Until the next time we find it convenient to call you a racist. 

Since Democrats switched from overtly embracing Jim Crow (implementing it, in fact), to covertly embracing its sentiment, they have paraded themselves as fighting racism. But the opposite is true.

Democrats are the ultimate demographic census takers, paying keen attention to the skin color over everyone, from universities to the team of Congressmen. It wasn’t a Republican who dismissed a bipartisan group of Members of Congress trying to forge an immigration deal as “five white guys,” that was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. 

At least Democrats are consistent, they’re even racist against themselves. 

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) didn’t want fellow Democratic Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) to join because they didn’t think he was black enough. Congressman Espaillat is Dominican, which the CBC believes is Latino and not African, even though he is of African descent. But that wasn’t good enough for the CBC

Most Americans would find this to be just about the dumbest argument they’ve ever heard, and racist, mostly because it is. But it was done by Democrats, which is why it didn’t receive much media coverage, almost none on TV. 

Espaillat, who is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (because, of course), had upset other CBC members because he’d challenged the corrupt former Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) twice. Race, it seems, beats corruption in the liberal hierarchy of outrage. 

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Congressman Espaillat is not a member of the CBC, so bigotry won. No charges of racism echoed down the halls of CNN or MSNBC. 

But Trump, and all Republicans who oppose amnesty are the new Klan.

Why? Because it’s easier than trying to make the case for allowing in millions of no- and low-skilled workers who can’t speak English and will work for lower wages than Americans. It’s easier than explaining how the country is improved by pulling names out of a hat to grant them VISAs than picking the best and brightest from around the world. Rational thought has no place here.

But mostly they do it because, thanks to identity politics, the groups Democrats are looking to court have been conditioned to want it. 

Democrats hope to corner the market on the Hispanic vote like they have the black vote (how’s that worked out?), so they’ve spent decades hammering home to people that they should identify as their race and not as individuals. When something bad happens to someone of that race it is portrayed as an affront to everyone of that race. The country, in this narrative, is so racist that: 

  1. It’s irrelevant if the event was related to race, different races being involved is enough “proof.”
  2. It’s only a matter of time before it happens to you.
  3. This racism is systemic, so you can’t escape it.
  4. We will protect you from these horrible things.

More of the “system” that is churning out racism is somehow the “fix” for it. Like I said, rational arguments have no place here.

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Democrats would be a dangerous political force if they had anything to offer beyond racial exploitation and victimization. They don’t. But they do know how to put on a show. 

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) even went so far as to claim he was moved to “tears of rage” upon hearing of Trump’s “s-hole” comment. Of course, Booker knows s-holes, he was mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He also knows how to lie, having created an imaginary friend named “T-Bone,” about whom he recounted many personal stories…until someone bothered to look for him and Booker admitted he never existed. 

Pointing that out, however, is probably racist. 

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