“The Hounds Of Racism” Are Howling

As right-wingers begin to think the unthinkable, that Barack Hussein Obama just might serve another four years, we can expect the nastiness to escalate.

From The Washington Post:

RICHMOND — Virginia Republican Party officials on Tuesday ordered their Mecklenburg County affiliate to remove photos portraying President Obama as a witch doctor, a caveman and a thug from its Facebook page.

No racism there, right? The local GOP chairman initially refused to take down the photos, but I noticed today the Facebook page is dead. Defiant racists aren’t what they used to be, I suppose.

We’ve all seen the witch doctor photo, and here are the other two mentioned:

Classy stuff. But that’s just some rednecks in rural Virgina, so Republicans don’t want us to worry about it. It doesn’t reflect the party’s views about Mr. Obama, they say.

Okay. But maybe this does, from the lips of Romney surrogate Newt Gingrich:

He happens to be a partial, part-time president. He really is a lot like the substitute referees in the sense that he’s not a real president. I mean, he doesn’t do any of the things president do; he doesn’t worry about any of the things president’s do…he’s a false president…

Hmm. Not only is that disrespectful, but it sort of sounds like the old Georgian is calling our first African-American president a loafer. But that was on Tuesday. On Wednesday John Sununu, another Romney surrogate, clarified it for us, which I present from Fox “News”:

There. That’s better. The scary socialist Negro is lazy to boot!

As I always do in these cases, I will highlight with a box Romney’s response to such less-than-subtle racially-charged remarks uttered by his surrogates:

Oh, I forgot Romney fashions himself as a “No Apology” kind of guy.

In any case, I offer you an excellent observation by Geoffrey Dunn about how a lot of this dark stuff started with Sarah Palin:

when Palin accused then-candidate Obama of “palling around with terrorists” and of not being “a man who sees America as you see America,” she unleashed the hounds of racism in this country and in the Republican Party. She became the first serious candidate for national office since George Wallace to give both body and voice to the vulgarities of American right-wing talk radio and the pernicious racism that fuels it.

The “hounds of racism” are running quite free these days, and apparently Mitt Romney, who has had problems with dogs in the past, either can’t or doesn’t want to put them back in the kennel of shame where they belong.

In fact, Romney has often sounded like a hound himself, talking about “free stuff,” as in if you want free stuff “vote for the other guy.” And along those lines, I noticed today that Rush Limbaugh was playing a tape over and over—and over—of some hysterically sounding black woman yelling something about a phone. Immediately, I knew where to turn, since Matt Drudge is the source for a lot of Limbaugh’s material. Sure enough:

As I followed the link, I found a YouTube video recorded at a “Romney Event” near Cleveland, which had only 317 views when I watched:

Now, Limbaugh, who is one of those white-angst howling hounds unleashed by Sarah Palin, started talking about “Obama phones” and a website dedicated to telling folks like the woman above how to get their “free phones.”  Of course this plays into all the themes advanced by Republicans against our pigmented president: socialist, giver-of-free-stuff, all-around champion of the “permanent under class,” in Limbaugh’s phrase.

And that permanent under class, in the minds of a lot of Republican voters, looks like the woman above. That’s the point of those photos on that Virginia GOP website; that’s the point of Gingrich’s and Sununu’s comments; that’s the point of Drudge and Limbaugh promoting heavily that weird video.

In order to win, Romney has to get as many nervous whites to vote for him as he can, since he has lost any hope of getting much support from folks of color. That’s why he doesn’t say anything to shut down the obvious appeals to white angst by his official and unofficial surrogates.

That woman and her free “Obama phone” is just one more example for worried whites to consider in November, as conservatives see it. It turns out, though, that Obama had nothing to do with the free phones provided to low-income folks. The earliest version of the program was signed into law by, uh, Ronald Reagan!

But that fact won’t stop folks like Limbaugh, who said today that the phenomenon of people voting for Obama “is not about hard work.”

Go talk to the cell phone lady,” he said.

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10 Comments

  1. This stuff could give demagoguery a bad name! 🙄

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  2. Treeske

     /  September 27, 2012

    And wouldn’t be surprised most of those claim to be Patriotic and Christian!

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  3. writer89

     /  September 27, 2012

    Yeah, this crap would make Strom Thurmond blush. Or maybe not.

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  4. Garret Fitzgerald

     /  October 4, 2012

    excellent article….you hit the nail right on the head….

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  5. This seems dead on to me.

    Most of these people will vehemently deny they’re racists if you ask them though I think, and accuse you being a racist for think so.

    I think they think of racists as wanting to actively attempt to hurt African Americans, and feel they don’t. However at the same time I think you might get them to admit to fearing African Americans as wanting to take what they have.

    Is that what you mean by a quasi-racist Duane???

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    • King Beauregard

       /  October 6, 2012

      The Trayvon Martin case is very revealing of this lower-grade racism. Assume for a moment that George Zimmerman had seen a white kid he didn’t know in a hoodie with iced tea and Skittles … if he’d acted towards that hypothetical white kid as he did Trayvon Martin, there would be nobody anywhere sympathizing with him, because clearly this was a guy with a screw loose. But the fact that Trayvon was black makes Zimmerman’s actions understandable, even reasonable, to an awful lot of people. Therein lies the racism.

      Somewhere between Tim Meadows and Chris Rock, there is a point at which black folks become intimidating to a lot of white folks.

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    • Bruce,

      That’s part of what I mean by quasi-racist but it goes further than that.

      Rush Limbaugh will never go to a white-supremacist rally and give a speech.These folks are not hood-wearing KKK racists who flaunt their disdain for people of color or, more important, people who don’t belong to the old white European culture, its only authentic representative now found here in White America.

      But in more subtle ways (the only kind still acceptable these days) he has the attributes of a racist, in terms of the damage he tries to inflict upon the interests of non-whites. Like Pat Buchanan, he promotes a kind of America that never really existed (without extreme oppression) and can’t exist today and he has to know it.

      Let me give you an example. After a Mitt Romney victory speech in January of this year, Limbaugh said,

      Somebody just needs to — somebody needs to put a pair of comforting hands on the shoulders, a gentle shake, and say, let me remind you who Obama is. Let me tell you who your opponent is, and what he’s doing, and how you are nothing like him, and you don’t want to be seen as anything like him. But that’s not my job, man. I know,

      Obama’s not just a nice guy who’s in over his head. Obama has a plan. Obama’s plan is based on his inherent belief that this country was immorally and illegitimately founded by a very small minority of white Europeans who screwed everybody else since the founding to get all the money and all the goodies, and it’s about time that the scales were made even. And that’s what’s going on here. And that’s why the president is lawless, and that’s why there is no prosecution of the Black Panthers for voter intimidation, because it’s not possible for a minority to intimidate the white majority. It’s not possible. It’s always been the other way around. This is just payback. This is “how does it feel” time. That’s how he seems himself, pure and simple…

      You see? Limbaugh’s attack against Obama is based on a defense of “white Europeans.” He fashions his role, as does Pat Buchanan, as the last line of defense against the relatively barbarous non-white hordes about to overtake the country. He knows that his audience is made up of mostly white people who share his angst about that coming “invasion,” and he plays to them, indeed, he exploits them for his own financial gain.

      That is what I mean by “quasi-racist.”

      Duane

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  6. rae yearnd

     /  November 26, 2012

    The fear of being called a racist is a powerful tool that has been used to great political advantage from the day that the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Voter Rights act were passed. Where is the path that we all can walk that will allow for some kind of unity? I thought that a generation or two of children who went to integrated schools and never knew Jim Crow or the B.S. of separate but equal might do the trick but no. Then I pinned my hopes on the rise of a new powerful educated Black middle class and that has been stopped by the destruction of the black family. What is the issue and do political leaders want the issue more than they want the solution?

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