Wednesday, September 16, 2009

That's Gonna Leave a Mark

Former President Carter made the following observation yesterday in re Joe Wilson:

Responding to an audience question at a town hall at his presidential center in Atlanta, Carter said Tuesday that Wilson's outburst was also rooted in fears of a black president.

''I think it's based on racism,'' Carter said. ''There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.''

Well, now. Ann Althouse (who voted for Barack Obama) on Jimmy Carter:

Lots of people who voted for Obama believed that his election would reflect the extent to which Americans had moved beyond racism. That was part of why some people voted for him. Little did we realize that it would turn every criticism of the President into an occasion to make an accusation of racism. Racism is revolting, but so is the notion that we aren't allowed to criticize a President!

Jimmy Carter's supremely sleazy accusation requires a solid, sound rebuke. It is an effort to place the President of the United States beyond criticism.
But she's just getting warmed up. Here's the finale:

Jimmy Carter is doing something that, before the election, he would not have revealed that he planned to do. It is a low and despicable political move that he should be ashamed of.

And since demanding apologies is all the rage, let me say that I would like the wizened old husk of a former President to beg our forgiveness.

Whap! Oof! There's more. Read the whole thing.

(h/t: Prof. Reynolds)


Right Hook said...

I almost fell out of my chair laughing today when Rush covered this and referred to Jimmy Carter as "The national hemorrhoid...for which we don't have enough Preparation-H to take care of".

Jimmy Carter is an embarrassment on multiple levels. I hope he keeps on sticking up for Obama who is also a weak, inept president that needs to be swept from office after one term.

my name is Amanda said...

I was getting tired, as well, of people accusing others of racism if they happened to criticize the President, but then I remembered how during the last administration anyone that questioned Iraq War II was accused of being unpatriotic, hating the troops, etc. Calling someone unpatriotic or racist because they criticize the president is in either case an ignorant attempt at distraction from the issues.

Racism still exists in this country, but not in the ALL OR NOTHING way that some people complain about. Some people who criticize the president are probably racist. Not all of them, or even most of them. Some though. But (anyone) saying it isn't the case at all dangerously negates the problem of racism in our country.

Gino said...

even if say... david duke criticized the social policy of obama, does it negate the criticism?

not at all.
facts and debate negate criticism.
but when you would rather take the easy way out, you scream 'racism'.

Mr. D said...

I'd say this, Amanda: what is going to determine Obama's fate is not the color of his skin, but rather the content of his character. And nothing that a backbencher from South Carolina says is going to change that.

And Gino is right -- the charge of racism is being used in the same way the charge of Nazism is used; to shut down debate. And that is Ann Althouse's point.

W.B. Picklesworth said...

"...anyone that questioned Iraq War II was accused of being unpatriotic, hating the troops..."

That, at least, was always the accusation.

K-Rod said...

Questioning how "patriotic" a person is, well mniA, that is entirly different from calling a person a racist.

Since when is pointing out an illegal alien loophole in a bill a racist action?