Harry Reid’s Racism Canard

The Democrats are at it once again, playing the race card with utter abandon. It is as if at some Democrat meeting long ago it was decided that Republican voters have to constantly be reminded that the left considers us all racist. We hold opposing views on many issues, and all of that opposition, it seems, can be blamed on our racist tendencies. Harry Reid’s racism canard is in play once again, as he just can’t seem to be sure if Republicans actually disagree with the President or if they’re just RACIST.

Here’s what he said in a recent interview with KNPR Radio: “It’s been obvious that they’re doing everything they can to make him fail… And I hope, I hope — and I say this seriously — I hope that’s based on substance and not the fact that he’s African American.” Well glory be! Whew, Mr. Reid, I am glad for your generous spirit of confidence in your fellow man. I hope that some of our objections to your socialist philosophies are not based on the color of the President’s skin too.

What in the world have we been arguing about since 1860? Oh wait, that’s right, at first we were arguing about skin color. Only it was Republicans battling Democrats (literally) over race issues. How about more recently? In the 1950’s and 60’s huge majorities of the Republican Party in Congress pushed through the Civil Rights Acts, even though the Democrat Party was in control of Congress at the time. See the narrative was that the Civil Rights movement was driven by Democrats, but the truth of history is that the Republicans were at the wheel of progress.

Measure House Republican For House Democrats For Senate Republicans For Senate Democrats For
Civil Rights Act of 1957 90%(167-19) 52%(118-107) 100%(43-0) 61%(28-18)
Civil Rights Act of 1960 89%(132-15) 66%(179 – 94) 100%(29-0) 70%(42-18)
Civil Rights Act of 1964 80%(136–35) 63%(153–91) 82%(27–6) 69%(46–21)
Voting Rights Act of 1965 82%(112-24) 78%(221-61) 94%(30-2) 75%(47-16)
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My point is that the Republican Party has a history of siding with minority groups in America, even as we hold to our values as political conservatives. We are against illegal immigration – we are for legal immigration and immigrants. We are against socialist welfare programs – we are for the poor being given liberty to pursue free market opportunity to become economically prosperous. We are against higher taxes and government spending – we are for Americans keeping the money they earned and shrinking the scope of government.

harryreid2Our inherent values fly in the face of the socialist programs that this President wants to pursue, so we must stand against him. Not for the color of his skin, which is meaningless, but for the content of his philosophy of government which is dangerous, destructive, and untenable.

I don’t attack Harry Reid for being racist simply because as a Mormon he is tied to a religious organization that in times past has been racist. I judge Harry Reid based on his conversation and his actions. We conservative Republicans are for smaller government, less taxes and more liberty. We will fight for those principles… no matter the skin color of the President or members of Congress.

I’ll leave you with the comments of Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), the only African-American Senator in Congress, and a Republican.

“I hope Senator Reid will realize the offensive nature of his remarks and apologize to those who disagree with the President’s policies because of one thing — they are hurting hardworking American families” Scott continue by saying that Reid was trying to “divide the American people by playing to the lowest common denominator…instead of engaging in serious debate about the failed policies of this administration — from the ever-increasing burdens created by the national health care reform plan to the tax and spend approach to economic recovery, along with countless others — Democrats are once again trying to hide behind a smokescreen.”

Indeed, Senator Scott, indeed.


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