Obama clues in Carter
Jimmy Carter, who blamed the most horrid economic policies in US history on the general public, has generally been a malaise since then. About once or twice a year, he takes jabs at the United States. I’m not sure if he’s had anything nice or relevant to say in the last thirty years. But, he’s sure had plenty of bad. The current debates over federal policy have opened the door for more Carter malaise:
“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is black. … Racism still exists, and I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of a belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African Americans are not qualified to lead this country,” Carter said during an interview with NBC News anchor Brian Williams.
Of course, he justifies that with the fact a lot of people refer to Obama being from Africa. That of course, has appealed to those that are quite sure racism affects everything and if you don’t agree with them 100% all the time, it’s because you’re racist. It of course, has nothing to do with his trip to Africa during the election or his father.
One black man has figured out what’s happened over the last twelve months:
Whatcha think about that Jimmy? Now, Carter’s point was there are some, not all, that are so racist they can’t accept a black President. And because of that, they’ll never support any of his proposals. Now, there are some, not all, who refuse to believe 9/11 was actually carried out by radical Muslims. Charlie Sheen comes to mind. And, there are some, not all, who believe we’ve never been to the Moon. There is no need for me to mention those people in regards to health care debate or cap and trade. They are not relevant to the discussion of the issue itself. Marginalizing them serves no purpose. So, again, what was the point of Jimmy saying what he did? What is the point of people agreeing with him? I’m going to toss out a profound concept here, you all can do with it whatever you like. Just, if you would, give attribution. I’d really love to hear Jimmy’s take on it, but I know I won’t. OK? Here goes:
What if there are people who don’t like having a black President, but still don’t agree with the health care proposals, cap and trade, or other major economic issues being debated? Are their opinions any less relevant than if they felt like electing a man to be President only because he is black?
And you know what, I know a few people who did just that. That’s just as racist, and most likely those people support his policies no matter how bad they may be. And, since, as Obama pointed out, he won the election, it can be argued there are most likely more of them than there are the people Jimmy says exists.
But, I know, Jimmy will never grasp that concept. It’s just so, not, 60′s.