By Mr. Curmudgeon
“This is the effort that we are seeing of Jim Crow,” said Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. “Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second class citizens. Some of them in Congress right now with this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me… hanging on a tree.”
Carson delivered his remarks last August 22 while at a Congressional Black Caucus jobs fair in Miami, Florida. In an interview with National Public Radio, California Rep. Maxine Waters, also a member of the Caucus, complained that Washington “focused so much on raising the debt ceiling before we left, jobs got off the agenda … the only thing that I think the President should be aware of is people want him to fight. They said, ‘don’t back down from the Tea Party. Don’t let them have their way.’”
The Congressional Black Caucus Jobs Fair, which is being held at venues across the nation, is taking job applications for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Park Service, Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Office of Surface Mining to name but a few.
As the short list above makes clear, these are government jobs.
What really bothers Representatives Carson and Waters is the growing influence of the Tea Party, in Washington and throughout the nation. That influence threatens to end Obama’s failed stimulus spending, which Democrats, including Carson and Waters, know was designed to fund bogus public/private “business partnerships” and pad the ranks of Washington’s non-essential personnel. Simply put, they wanted to buy votes with taxpayer cash and government jobs … with you footing the bill. There is, after all, an election coming in 2012. And, as the president’s plummeting approval ratings show, he’s losing ground even among minority voters.
What Carson and Waters fail to understand is that the race card has been played so often and so clumsily that it’s no longer effective. In fact, you know it has fallen to the level of low comedy when even Al Gore uses it in a feeble attempt to silence those questioning the existence of his invisible friend global warming.
In fact, it’s almost charming. Like watching bored and tired tikes make contorted faces at one another during a long cross-country road trip.
That car (our bloated federal government) is running out of gas and road, and its Beltway driver is way behind in his payments. That’s why there is a Tea Party … to repossess the vehicle.
What Waters’ can’t get through her very small head is that for Obama to stand up to the Tea Party, Democrats have to win elections. 2010 was a disaster for the president and his party. And the outcome of the recent Wisconsin recall election shows that 2012 is shaping up to be catastrophic for the party of “hope and change.”
The democratic process requires our politicians to engage in the gentle art of persuasion. The Congressional Black Caucus has run out of persuasive ideas and, Gore-like, feebly attempts to silence an unstoppable opposition to government spending by falling into the same, old, tired and familiar pattern.
Our overbearing government forces so-called free citizens into a dictatorial health care plan and spends to the point that the credit agency Standard & Poor’s gives higher ratings to subprime mortgage-backed securities than U.S. government bonds. The Tea Party says the answer is to stop the madness and restore Constitutional order to the Progressive madhouse that is the United States of Obama. And much to the chagrin of Carson and Waters, that idea is growing more persuasive with each wasted tax dollar.
Calling the Tea Party racist isn’t winning the president or Democrats any friends … and will win them even fewer votes.
And for that, I thank you Andre and Maxine.