Commentary by Kay B. Day
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is up front and center right now, with media reporting and analysts debating his questionable remarks about President Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign. Do remarks by Reid alluding to the president—“light-skinned” and “no Negro dialect” (unless Obama wanted to engage in it)—point to Democrat obsession with race?
We could debate that all day long, starting with the move by the late president John F. Kennedy to do a quid pro quo, possibly (in our opinion, definitely) to corral the black vote. Kennedy knew his race for the presidency would be close. When JFK phoned Coretta Scott King after Dr. Martin Luther King’s arrest in Georgia, he made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. He’d help get Dr. King off the hook. Dr. King was on the hook because of civil rights protests. Subsequently, Dr. King’s father endorsed the young Democrat.
The Democrat Party favored civil rights when the potential for votes became evident. In a past column, I quoted from an article written by Diane Alden for Newsmax about Democrats' role in civil rights legislation:
“In the 26 major civil rights votes after 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80 percent of the votes. By contrast, the Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96 percent of the votes.”
After his election to the presidency, JFK held his hand on civil rights legislation.
A Republican president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was the real civil rights mover and shaker on the executive branch level. I’d bet less than 10 percent of public school kids in the nation know that.
Even neo-lib bloggers, influential voices in the current Democrat party in our current times, have resorted to racism. The top such blog called Gen. Colin Powell “Uncle Tom.” And the most widely syndicated cartoonist in the nation depicted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as an exaggerated version of Aunt Jemima.
This morning I watched the Rev. Al Sharpton on Fox and Friends as he defended Reid’s remarks. Even our president has defended those remarks.
Perhaps the Democrats could explain, then, to those whose skin is not as light as our Afro/Anglo-American president (that’s technically the scientifically correct prefix I guess) why the party perceives them as less worthy candidates simply because they have darker skin. Democrats love that race card almost as much as they love their voter-niche prefixes, so why don’t they love it when one of their own shows his true ethical colors?
That we have elected officials who perceive everything based on the color of one’s skin, whatever that color may be, shows that one really doesn’t have to have a high level of intelligence to serve in the U.S. Congress. Even as Senate Majority Leader.
Reid should step down and anyone who says he shouldn’t is a double-standard-bearing-down-dog-low-and-dirty hypocrite.
On occasions, ad hominem is warranted.