Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September 19, 2012

The Obama Campaign's Racial Slander Strategy
by J.T. Hatter
September 19, 2012

Barack Hussein Obama has always run his political campaigns to exploit racial, economic, religious, and political divisions.  After nearly four years of Obama, the nation is furiously divided, and the political scene is positively treacherous.  Everyone expects this campaign to be the ugliest and dirtiest in our nation's history.  It is certainly shaping up that way.

The most poisonous aspect of this race is the Democratic Party political tactic of racial slander.  The Democrats can't campaign on Obama's stellar accomplishments as president, and they can't attack Romney's qualifications.  Most Americans agree with Romney's policies.  So the progressives are playing the race card.

To the Democrats and the mainstream media, this is war.  They now have the political power to advance their leftist ideology and they will stop at nothing to keep it.  The progressives aren't merely playing the race card.  They are deploying the entire deck in a scorched-earth policy.  If you oppose the Democrats, then you are a racist.

Republicans and conservatives are now regularly smeared as racists.  Their history of being the party and ideology that freed the slaves, overturned the Jim Crow laws, and fought for racial equality is being deliberately distorted.  The progressive left is waging their race hate campaign against the American people as a whole -- not just against the Republicans.  The Democratic Party/mainstream media narrative is that virtually all Americans are racist, except for the enlightened ones who make their home in the Democratic Party.

America's Race Card Media

The mainstream news media are reveling in their role as race hounds for the Democratic Party.  Chris Matthews of NBC leads the pack of race howlers.  In a recent Morning Joe show, Matthews viciously attacked Reince Preibus and accused candidate Romney of playing the race card.

Matthews reviled the Republican for using the term "work requirements" when discussing welfare reform.  That's racist, you know.  On his Hardball show on MSNBC, Matthews regularly accuses Romney of leading a racist campaign.  He hears Republicans "dog-whistling" racial code words all the time -- in practically every speech or announcement.  He recently set up Cynthia Tucker, an über-liberal Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist, to declare of the Romney campaign that "[t]his is the Southern Strategy writ large. This is all about appealing to racially resentful whites."

I've got news for Matthews and Tucker.  There aren't enough "racially resentful whites" to matter.  They represent the tiniest fraction of the American population.  Then why are the Democrats and their media stooges woofing so loudly on these racialist hate themes?  They continue to play on rapidly disappearing "white guilt" over slavery, which ended a century and a half ago, and racism, which will never end, according to liberals.

The critical voting demographic for Obama is the white male professional.  They are the target.  How many of these people will flee to the embrace of the Democrats for fear of being labeled as racist, and to secure the badge of racial enlightenment?  Enough to matter, perhaps.  That's what the Democrats are counting on.  Their underlying strategy is to neutralize this demographic since they can't possibly win it.

The Racial Stink Brush

Americans as a people are fairly free from racial prejudice.  This is certainly true when Americans are compared to people living in the rest of the world.  But you would never know that, and certainly wouldn't believe it, if all your information came from American television.

There are few real racists in our country, relatively speaking.  They are considered wackos, out of mainstream thought and belief.  We Americans believe that all men are created equal.  We Christians are commanded to love one another as brothers.  The only way we can reunite this nation is through brotherly love.

And that is exactly why the Democrats are raising the specter of racism in this political race.  The only way they can gain political power is through exploiting social division.  Right now the Democrats and the mainstream media are vigorously conducting a broad-spectrum campaign of racial division across America.

The current mainstream media propaganda sound bite lineup is as follows:
  • Voter ID and poll-watching equal suppression of minority votes.  Shades of Jim Crow.
  • Racist code words uttered by Republicans will be regularly discovered and interpreted by the media.
  • Racist remarks and actions by Democrats do not exist.  And those that do will be ignored.
  • Attacking President Obama is racist by definition.
  • Supporting or voting for Romney is racist by definition.
This list will grow as we approach November 6.  The mainstream media will repeat these racist political attack themes over and over again.  Repeat the lie often enough, and people will believe it.
The media is also carefully parsing every word of every statement made by Republicans.  The mainstream media are desperately searching for racial slips, inferences, and "code words" they can amplify and wield.  Just ask George Allen how this works.  Allen lost the 2000 Virginia Senate race to Democrat political newcomer Jim Webb by only 10,000 votes -- after an intense media campaign brushing him with racist stink paint.  The racist slander worked, and the media won the race for the Democrats.

The mainstream media will discover racist intent even if they have to fabricate it, as NBC did when it edited the George Zimmerman 911 recording in order to make him appear to be the racist killer of an innocent black boy.  Think about that.  NBC was willing to misrepresent the facts to make the Hispanic man (initially represented as white) appear racially motivated to kill a black man.  No innocence until proven guilty.  NBC convicted Zimmerman in the digital courtroom in which it is judge, jury, and executioner.  Why did NBC violate Zimmerman in this way?  To stir up racial division to enhance the leftist political paradigm.

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America's Vanishing Economic Freedom
by Michael Tanner
September 19, 2012

The 2012 Economic Freedom of the World report was released this week by the Cato Institute and Canada’s Fraser Institute, and it showed that the United States has plummeted to 18th place in the ranked list, trailing such countries as Estonia, Taiwan, and Qatar. Even such notorious welfare states as Finland and Denmark, not to mention Canada, have freer economies than we do.

Actually, the decline began under President George W. Bush. For 20 years the U.S. had consistently ranked as one of the world’s three freest economies, along with Hong Kong and Singapore. By the end of the Bush presidency, we were barely in the top ten.

And, as with so many disastrous legacies of the Bush era, Barack Obama took a bad thing and made it worse.

During the past four years, the U.S. saw significant declines in nearly all categories of the economic-liberty index. Most significant — and this should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention — is that the size of government grew substantially, particularly when measured by size of government subsidies and transfers and by government consumption as a share of national consumption.
As recently as 2005, the U.S. ranked 45th in size of government among the 144 nations surveyed. That was bad enough, but it still had us in the top third of the 144 countries surveyed. Today, government has grown dramatically, and our ranking has fallen to 61st place. By the metrics used, the U.S. now has a bigger government than Ukraine or Syria.

The United States has also seen a substantial increase in business regulations, labor-market restrictions, and barriers to trade. Our standing fell in all those categories, and we have undergone a long-term deterioration in ranking on property rights as well.

To anyone wondering why the U.S. is having such a hard time recovering from this recession, the 2012 report provides a pretty devastating diagnosis. We are clearly headed in the wrong direction.

Yet discussion of economic freedom seems curiously missing from the presidential campaign. President Obama, in fact, would further restrict economic liberty. He proposes a host of new subsidies and regulations. And don’t forget that the largest parts of Dodd-Frank kick in next year.

Meanwhile, when it comes to defending economic liberty, Mitt Romney has spent most of his time in a defensive crouch. He occasionally breaks form to promise he won’t really reduce taxes on the wealthy, won’t cut Medicare, and wants to keep some parts of Obamacare. He’s actually running ads attacking the president for not confronting China over trade.

Americans instinctively know the importance of economic freedom. They know that it is their ability to invest, start businesses, and hire workers that builds a prosperous country. They know that millions have come to this country and prospered because they had freedom to pursue their economic aspirations as well as their personal ones. And they find this freedom now slipping away.

They need a candidate to speak for them . . . and for freedom.

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