Why Democrats Are Obsessed With Race

Monday, 16 Aug 2010 09:12 AM

By Ronald Kessler

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Republicans stand for smaller government, a strong national defense, and traditional values. Democrats stand for bigger government, wealth redistribution, and race baiting.

That’s the conclusion one has to draw from the constant stream of racially tinged comments we hear from some Democrats. If nobody referred to skin color or thought about it, we would have a truly discrimination-free society.

Instead, we have Sen. Harry Reid saying, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay? Do I need to say more?”

Responding to Reid’s comment, Marco Rubio, the Cuban-American Republican candidate for U.S. senator from Florida, said, “The reason why Americans of Hispanic descent should be Republicans is because the Democratic leadership is trying to dismantle the American free-enterprise system — the only system in the world where parents like mine [who] work hard and play by the rules can give their children opportunities that they themselves did not have.”

When it comes to blacks, some Democrats make even more offensive comments, calling anyone who disagrees with President Obama a racist. From Justice Clarence Thomas to Juan Williams and Bill Cosby, blacks who express conservative views are referred to by black Democrats as Uncle Toms and sellouts.

Ron Miller, who just came out with “Sellout: Musings from Uncle Tom’s Porch,” has experienced all this and more. Miller is a black conservative who runs a website called Regular Folks United. At age 19, he realized that his values emphasizing personal responsibility rather than government handouts did not comport with Democrats’ world view. As a result, he became a Republican.

As he writes in his book, the “only thing the Democrats do for us [blacks] is keep race at the forefront of our minds and promote race-based policies, which stoke our egos but really don’t make our lives better.” While blacks perceive Democrats’ policies as “caring,” they are “really just keeping us angry and frozen in time so we’ll continue to keep them in power,” Miller writes.

In a Newsmax interview following his book party at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, Miller, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, tells me, “Blacks as a group of people are very conservative in terms of their values. But they have been convinced through the years that somehow they can’t survive in an America that is inherently racist and that they need protection presumably from the Democrats in order to make it through.”

What the Democrats are selling is not true, Miller says.

“There are many black and Hispanic Americans who have overcome great odds to be successful,” Miller says. “In my experience, most Americans really strive to do the right thing, and if they see that you’re working hard, that you’re playing by the rules, and that you’re trying to be part of the American story, not only will they cheer you on but a lot of them are there to help you, and that’s been my life experience.”

The way to promote equality is to ignore race, Miller says. Instead, Democrats highlight skin color. In part, that’s to distract voters from problems the Democrats are not solving.

“The Democrats have an obsession with race because it’s one of their trump cards when they can’t come up with substantive ideas to thwart the opposition,” Miller says. “They honestly believe that by making an emotional appeal based on race, they are going to somehow stir the base of Hispanic and black supporters and get them to the polls in November. But I think increasingly they’re starting to find out that people are pushing back hard against these kinds of tactics.”

Reid’s comment was an example of that approach, Miller says.

Calling the Senate majority leader’s remark “condescending,” Miller says, “The idea is, if you are Hispanic or if you are black, there’s only one way that you are supposed to think. That presumes we are all sheep that are being lead around by some kind of a shepherd who is going to lead us to the promised land.”

Behind Reid’s attitude is a “tinge of racism,” he says. That’s because “the Democrats have a belief that Hispanics and blacks are incapable of making it in what Thomas Jefferson called ‘the boisterous sea of liberty’ without their help.”

Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via e-mail. Go Here Now.


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