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Surprise: Jimmy Carter Plays The Race Card (Update)

Racialist Jimmy Carter plays the race card:

“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man,” Carter said. “I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that share the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans.”

Carter continued, “And that racism inclination still exists. And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.”

Notice the key words – “I think..”. Not really. If he did his first inclination wouldn’t be to consider the opposition to the government takeover of health care as “animosity toward President Barack Obama”. If he really thought about it, he’d have to factor in the trillions of dollars that have been poured into banks, financial institutions and car companies – something a majority of the nation was strongly against. If he actually did think about it he’d have to consider the 9 trillion dollars in budget deficits conservatively promised and a trillion dollar “stimulus” bill that isn’t working. And cap-and-trade that will increase the cost of energy for everyone, not to mention a pork laden 700 billion spending bill passed by Congress and signed by the president.

If Carter actually did think about things instead of taking the easy way out and playing the race card, he’d have to confront the real reasons for much of the anger and animosity and recognize they have nothing to do with the race or color of the president, but instead with the direction of the country. If Carter’s thesis is true then he will be able to easily explain why the independents, the primary group which elected Barack Obama, have been deserting the Democrats in droves.

Did they suddenly develop racist “inclinations”? Or is it possible they feel that hope-and-change was really just bait-and-switch?

UPDATE: How well is the race card playing? About as well as you might expect:

Twelve percent (12%) of voters nationwide believe that most opponents of President Obama’s health care reform plan are racist. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of voters disagree, and 21% are not sure.

When every set back or bit of opposition is blamed on race, pretty soon it becomes another in a long line of excuses for failure instead of a real reason to be concerned.

~McQ

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28 Responses to Surprise: Jimmy Carter Plays The Race Card (Update)

  • Laughable, coming from the world’s foremost anti-Semite.

    I honestly don’t know who has less credibility- Jimmah or Erb.

  • I am expecting the trend in those poll numbers to continue as the left insists on pushing the racism angle. Amidst all the talk about how the GOP has marginalized itself, no one seems to be noticing that in their desire to take advantage of that, the Democratic Party is going down the same path. The party is being overrun by radical leftists who see a racist around every corner, and they’ve allowed the fringe to shape their part of the political debate.

  • Q: “Why did Jimmy Carter vote for Obama?”

    A: “He didn’t want to be remembered as the worst President in history.”

  • What is so sickening about Jimmah Cartah saying anything worth more than a pile of manure is that he is, by far, one of the most rabid anti-Semitic politicians in the United States today. This is a man who believes that Israel is an apartheid regime, yet somehow we should talk to Hamas, a blood-curdling Islamic terrorist group. Remember that Jimmah coddled the Shah of Iran, another thug like Jimmah, and bringing him to the US – against the advice of many foreign policy experts – set off the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 that lasted 444 days.

    If any Jew in the Democratic Party allows this Neanderthal, this POS guano salesman to be the voice of their party on racial matters, consider this: the man, as Governor of Georgia, used to joke about hiring “n_ggers” who worked in Georgia. Jews should come out and condemn Jimmah as a scumbag lowlife, end of subject.

    Someone who matters should also come out and tell the former (thank God!) President that he should go back to building houses and maybe wall himself inside of one, real quick.

    I, for one, will not mourn when this piece of excrement croaks and meets his Maker. I wish it would happen sooner rather than later, as he continues to make trouble for this country that made the huge mistake of electing him President at a time when no one was thinking how bad he could be. We already have one like that in the White House now, and don’t need to be reminded of a past boo-boo.

  • I wonder who that 12% are???

    McQNotice the key words – “I think..”.

    If a dem uses these words to refer to himself, he’s lying.

    TonusThe party is being overrun by radical leftists who see a racist around every corner, and they’ve allowed the fringe to shape their part of the political debate.

    While I’m sure that there are democrats who honestly DO see racists around every corner (in the same way that a lunatic honestly believes himself to be Napoleon), I suggest that the race card is fundamentally nothing more than a cynical ploy. The libs who are playing it so much know good and well that the overwhelming majority of those who oppose TAO on the health care takeover are NOT racists, but rather deeply concerned about a negative impact on our economy, our health care system, and our liberty. The dems have figured out (possibly they knew before they started) that their big government schemes do not sit well with Main Street, and they know quite well that any fact-based discussion would rapidly show that “hope and change” = “destruction and bankruptcy”. Hence, they’ll do ANYTHING to change the subject, to make it about the “feelings” of people who oppose them, to hide the facts, and to try to gin up some sort of sympathy any way they can (witness the short-lived attempt to cast the takeover as a monument to The Swimmer, a man despised by much of the country outside of DC).

    O’ course, as many have pointed out, you can only go to the well so many times. Not only will the charge eventually lose its sting (cf. Godwin’s Rule regarding nazi references), a backlash will develop. Have a look at Joe Wilson’s donation page for a demonstration!

    • I suggest that the race card is fundamentally nothing more than a cynical ploy.

      You realize, of course, that such a suggestion is itself racist, right?

      I’m afraid I must denounce you… :)

      • Oh, great. Now I’ve got to totally support TAO’s agenda AND donate to ACORN in atonement!

        D*MN YOU!

        ;-)

  • From here: http://www.usa-presidents.info/carter.htm

    This: “In his 1970 campaign Carter was elected governor on a pro-George Wallace platform. Carter’s campaign aides handed out thousands of photographs of his opponent, the liberal former Gov. Carl Sanders, showing his opponent associating with black basketball players. On the stump, Carter pledged to reappoint an avowed segregationist to the state Board of Regents. He promised as his first act to invite former Alabama Gov. George Wallace into the state to speak. Old-line segregationists across the state endorsed Carter for governor.:

    I find it jump to infer racism from: “You lie”.

    Jimmy Carter is not one who ought to be pointing fingers.

    • That points out his expertise in recognizing racists. Obviously racism is something he knows a lot about.

  • You dense righties just can’t stand to admit what a great man Jimmy Carter is. He has been the best ex-president in our history. I decree it. He tells it like it is and speaks truth to power. Thanks goodness for him and I hope he lives another fifty years using his infinite moral credibility to fight the forces of evil.

    In fact, I’m waiting on him to condemn those evil usurpers down in Honduras just any day now. That will make an impact! I’m sure they will hand the presidency right back to Zelaya as soon as the saintly Carter speaks up.

    We should have stuck with Carter instead of that awful Reagan, who ushered in the era of American decline because he personally re-oriented society to accept lots of debt and consumption, and actually let citizens keep more of their money by lowering taxes. How awful can you be, letting people run their lives like that? So stop talking about 25 years of growth, and realize all the damage Reagan did. He was just awful and Carter was wonderful, and I just don’t understand why you thick righties can’t see that when I have lectured you about it so many times. Though of course I just do that for your own good, and not because of any perverse need to lecture people to feel good about myself, so you really ought to stop saying that! Or even thinking it!

    Yes, we needed Carter’s 18% mortgages and the 12% unemployment, and thankfully it looks like we’re going to get them with Obama, who thinks like me. One more financial shock and we’ll be there, and the stimulus is a great step towards the inflation that will force those mortgage rates right up. You’ll see, you dense righties!

    We have to do something because Medicare, Social Security, Fannie Mae and all the others are unsustainable in our consumerist society that was originated by Reagan, so the problems we face are all Reagan’s fault as I said, and definitely, definitely not the fault of the wise Democrats who created those programs, so stop saying that! Just admit what a great man Jimmy Carter was and how bad Reagan was, and you’ll start to see the whole thing in a wonderful, post-modernist way, and embrace the multiple truths that I show you.

  • “…belief among many white people…that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country.”

    No, Jimmy, it’s one particular African-American that has demonstratedthat he’s not qualified to lead the country.

  • Jimmy Carter demeans himself and the office he former held by this kind of stupid partisan remarks meant only to inflame hatred. He in no way advances the debate or the cause for which he may espouse. Shame on you Mr. Carter.
    .
    Frankly, I’m sick and tired of that old refrain about
    this is rasict .. that is racist.

    If Mr. Carter or and anybody else for that matter, ranging from the Congressional Black Caucus to the the neo-Nazis, wants to call/claim anybody a racist please … please … Prove It First

    Otherwise .. sit down, shut up, and keep it to yourself

      • Prove It

        • Prove it

          This is the beauty of the accusation: there is no objective standard of evidence, and anyway, a person has difficulty proving that he is NOT something. You might as well ask somebody to prove that he is not a liar or that he doesn’t hate his wife. It’s really even worse than that: people are expected to prove that they don’t have certain THOUGHTS. Talk about orwellian!

        • We don’t need to. You aren’t worshiping TAO hard enough, which is de facto proof of your hate of the Black Man.

          You should be ashamed of yourself…

  • If you haven’t watched the video of that rheumy-eyed old colostomy bag making the accusation, spare yourselves. You’ll be tempted to feel sorry for him.

    Try to remember him as he was, sitting in the presidential box at the ’04 Democratic convention with Michael Moore. You don’t what to see how deep the slide has been since then.

  • Racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist. Did you have enough? Are you ready to give in to our agenda? We got more and we’re not afraid to use it.

    • Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It, Prove It

  • I guess we have gone from a government as good as its people to a government too good for its people.

    Ingrates.

  • Jimmah is a gift that keeps on giving, like a turd with a ribbon on it.

  • The charges of racism against every and anyone who disagrees with Obama will never go away as long as he’s African-American instead of just American.

  • It seems like no matter what happens, there will always be an issue of racism to some degree.

  • In my world politics class we’re finishing a two week unit intensely looking at the Rwandan genocide. There the west sat back as 800,000 Tutsis were butchered, even as UN forces pleaded for aid. We read in class the book “Shake Hands with the Devil,” by Romeo Dallaire (a powerful book!) as he tries to deal with evil of vast proportions. He felt the guilt the world should have felt for standing by, he fought hard to try to help in a situation where he was left with 350 men and not enough supplies to feed even a small portion of the refugees they were protecting.

    Dallaire saw them all as humans. The rest of the world did not — they were African, tribal, dark, black…everyone focused on Yugoslavia. Dallaire, a white French Canadian was a true hero. A hero who failed. A hero who showed love and compassion for the victims, but could not save them. A hero who suffers PTSD, became suicidal, alcoholic, and depressed. A hero who can operate in the world now, with the wounds of Rwanda always there. It was racism, a deep racism of which even progressives were hit, that led to the ability to dismiss Rwanda. Racism is real, and often held by people who are convinced they’ve overcome it. It affects how people respond to Obama, just as it caused a particular reaction to Rwanda.