The pattern is established more firmly, and I’m more disgusted.
About a year or so back, I wrote about Trent Lott and his problems with liberals taking highly questionable interpretations of his statements at Strom Thurmond’s funeral, and fanning the fires of racism.
In that column, I drew parallels between that manufactured controversy, and one happening here in my own hometown of Rochester, NY. I found it interesting that the two occurrences should be recorded so close on the timeline to one another… at a juncture of history where the Democrats needed the electoral help such controversy invariably brings them.
Which brings us up to the current day, wherein the Democrats are once again in trouble, electorially speaking, with an election coming up. Once again, Democrats take questionable interpretations of positions their favorite targets take, and fan the flames of racism, both on the national stage, and here locally, apparently, in both cases trying to stir their base. And what do you know… we’re dealing with the same nonsense, involving, oddly enough, the same players locally.
Take a look at what I wrote at the time. The parameters of that situation are remarkably like the more recent ones. Suspiciously so.
For the national picture, Rush Limbaugh is, simply put, the biggest target out there, being the country’s most prominent conservative. He is, thereby, the biggest blockage to their efforts to regain power in Washington DC. And conveniently, he’s also a rich white guy. So, the attack by the left on the following statement:
“I don’t think he’s been that good from the get-go. I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.”
Bootz break it down better than most…
“1. Donovan McNabb hasn’t been a very good quarterback from the beginning.
Anything racist there? If there is, I can’t find it. Do we now find ourselves at the point where you cannot criticize a black athlete without being called a racist?
2. The National Football League has some social concerns.
Translation, there’s a bit of political correctness in the NFL front office. I don’t know if that’s true or not. You tell me! Is there anything inherently wrong with bringing up the possibility?
3. Some sportswriters want to see a black quarterback do well.
Well now isn’t that a shocking statement! Can you imagine that! A few weeks ago a female place kicker actually kicked a field goal in a Division 1A college football game. Do you think that it is at all possible that there were some sportswriters out there, maybe even some female sportswriters, who wanted to see that kick go through the uprights? Would that make these sportswriters sexist? So we find it perfectly reasonable to understand why a female sportswriter might
want to see that gal kick that football, but you just can’t imagine a black sportswriter wanting to see a black quarterback succeed? Come on, admit it. You went to government schools, didn’t you?
4. Donovan McNabb has been getting more credit for the team’s success than perhaps he deserves.
Maybe so, maybe not! I’m certainly not knowledgeable enough to comment on that. I couldn’t name any Eagles player other than McNabb .. and if it weren’t for this story I wouldn’t even be able to name him. I’m just not that much of a fan. But can’t a question like this be addressed to literally hundreds of players in each of the four major sports?
So .. there you go. Rush’s statement broken down into four easily understandable statements, none of which is the slightest bit racially insensitive, let alone racist.”
Indeed… Rush says himself, correctly:
“I’m not the one that’s even introduced race in this, if you want to know the truth. You can go back. You can read Philadelphia sports media last year, the year before, and you can see that guys have been writing about the great things that Donovan McNabb’s success means in a racial context.”
Locally, here in Rochester, Bob Lonsberry was certainly one of the biggest voices locally for the centrists and those right of center, and was thereby the most visible blockage to the left’s gaining power at the County level, here in the upcoming election, in the form of a black Mayor who has been a dismal failure in that role, trying to get to the county level of government…
So, just as before, within a week, both these folks come under fire for supposedly racist comments they made while on-air. Yet when the charges are dissected, they’re found at best wanting, and in truth outright fabrications… just as the cases I discussed in the earlier article.
I know; it sounds like I’m making the charge that these attacks are coordinated and deliberate, and launched for the sole purpose of political gain… in fact being what Bill Clinton called the politics of personal destruction being waged by liberal Democrats. And you know what? You’re quite right; that’s exactly what I’m saying. When Liberals want to fire up the base, they charge racism. It’s knee-jerk time.
And now of course, from the Journalism Standard that is the National Enquirer comes word that someone in the state or Florida is tossing Limbaugh’s name around as regards an investigation of abuse of prescription drugs? Anyone want to bet that the one doing this supposed investigation is a Florida Democrat still ticked off that Gore lost?
I mean, come on, now. Can anyone seriously look at all these events, and NOT conclude that each was an orchestrated and collectively coordinated event?