Sam Fulwood III of the “Center For American Progress” believes that Sheila Jackson Lee  made some comments that were “unhelpful”, offering “ a moment of glee for right-wing bloggers in casting Jackson Lee as a racist.”  He does at least point out that her idiotic statements (my term) were not carried by the mainstream press, and instead brands her remarks as fodder for right wing bloggers.  Sorry Sam, your line about the “hater’s game” played by conservatives stretches credulity.  I’ll call it like it is, even if you and those on your side of the political spectrum can’t or won’t; Sheila Jackson Lee is a race baiter.  Or a racist, take your pick.

Because there are those of us who do not agree with this president’s policies, are we to apologize for whatever Ms. Lee imagines is in our hearts? That she cannot fathom anyone disagreeing with her or the president’s point of view unless they hate him for his race is absurd and only widens the divide between those of us who are concerned about our country enough to raise our voices in dissent, no matter what side we are on.  You cannot achieve a colorblind society when color is the first straw you grasp at to win an argument.  And as I had noted in an earlier post, “using it because you want to win an argument or shut down debate pretty much tells everyone that you are, indeed, a racist bastard yourself, willing to trivialize the plight of those who suffered for the color of their skin just so you can feel more important.  Or smart.”

if you are not white and you still disagree, what does she call you then?

When Barack Obama opposed raising the debt ceiling for then-president Bush, I couldn’t agree with him more.  He was actually quite eloquent in his stance: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”  Well-said senator.  True then, true now.

Unfortunately, the President now seeks to distance himself from a very principled stand by admitting that his vote then was for purely political reasons and not what was in the best interest of the country.  How telling.  Pray tell Mr. Obama, why the hell should I believe you now?  You’ve already admitted to doing what it takes to advance yourself and your party over the best interest of the United States.  Or am I racist for asking you to explain yourself?

I never assumed that Barack Obama hated George Bush’s race when he opposed him on the debt ceiling.  I took him at face value, to my own peril it seems.  If I apply the same stance to Mr. Obama as he applied to George Bush, does that make us both racists? How does Ms. Lee square that?

There’s a word for someone who is consumed with the race of those who are in opposition.  And the real reason that the mainstream press did not cover her remarks was because they didn’t want middle America to realize that this woman was calling them all racists for doing exactly what their president had done 5 years earlier.