The Pardu

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Called Out For Obama "As Wrong Color" GOP Senator Goes Livid!

Don't call me a racist

What you are about to see is classic US Congress in action, (sparsely attended committee hearing with most seats empty), and a heated (yet with a degree of civil discord)  interchange over a comment from a Committee Chair. 

During a Senator hearing on Wednesday of this week, Senator Jay Rockefeller D-W.Va. spoke, in my opinion, appropriately and factually about certain aspects of resistance to the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., (got pissed off and spoke up) exhibited deep concern about a comment from the Committee Chair. Rockefeller spoke about "some people" who oppose Obamacare based on perception President Obama is the wrong color."

Let's watch the interchange, and I will comment after the clips ends.

Senators argue over whether some obamacare opponents are racist

CBS News
"I'll be able to dig up some emails that make part of the Affordable Care Act that doesn't look good, especially from people who have made up their mind that they don't want it to work, because they don't like the president, maybe he's of the wrong color, something of that sort," Rockefeller said. "I've seen a lot of that and I know a lot of that to be true. It's not something you're meant to talk about in public, but it's something I'm talking about in public because that is very true." 

Rockefeller continued touting the law's benefits for some 10 minutes, and when he asked Johnson whether he would like to respond, the Wisconsin senator - at the time, the only Republican in the room - unleashed his outrage at Rockefeller for playing "the race card." 

"I didn't object to this because of the race of the president," he said, his voice rising in anger. "I objected to this because it was an assault on our freedom." 

"And Mr. Chairman, I have to admit, I have a great deal of respect for you, but I'm the only one in the room, and I found it very offensive that you would basically imply that I'm a racist because I oppose this health care law," he added. "That is outrageous."
Read More the exchanges goes on....

The first and more significant point is, Rockefeller did not directly call anyone a racist. Johnson's response is both intriguing and telling.  He either knew the comment would come from the committee Chair and was dutifully prepared to respond. And, respond while taking the "wrong color" remark to the level of "a good defense is an offense" (attack, attack, attack). Of course, Johnson's level of angst could very well stand as a case of "You stepped on my cheese."  In other words, don't us out! 

Johnson's labeling the Chair's comment as playing the race card is typical GOP strategy. It is a strategy that is continually made to look foolish via exhibits from the Right of racist intolerance and leveraging race foe political expedience.  

Johnson's strategy fails miserably as Rockefeller did not call him a racist. He, factually, conveyed the prospect "some" do not perceive Obama and his initiatives without regard to his race and via implication "that is wrong." I posit there are progressives who also considers race when dealing with the aggregate reality of President Obama as the 44th president of the United States. Anyone who dismisses the prospect is completely naive and does not understand existential America. Johnson's personalizing ""some people" and "wrong color," is mere grandstanding folly, that Johnson has previously displayed.

Another critical consideration. If one conservative would speak out boldly and loudly against clears race-bating from the Right, Comments such as Rockefeller's would possibly have not come forth. If the party would respond to obvious racism from Right-wing media, thoughts and comments of the party's overwhelming obstruction could not, in part, be laid to issues of "wrong color."

When Johnson's party sits quietly while members use racial mantra while campaigning, and works to restrict the vote of people of color, how could Rockefeller's remarks draw any response.  Reality is as it is perceived. The GOP offers ore than tacit evidence of an undercurrent of rotting racism at its core. For those who claim the Right, you cannot shake the horrors of your brethren who perpetrate overt acts (policy, practice, comment and behavior) that appear as racist. 

As I more than often state, the late Bob Marley one wrote and sang...

"If Da Cap fit, let Dem Wear it."

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