I’m old enough to know better by now, but I’m still amazed how Democrats and liberals can get away with saying a whole lot of stuff while, if said by a Republican or conservative, they’re ignored or ridiculed by the mainstream media.
One of the latest comments is from New Jersey Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez who’s now blaming conservatives for all his recent ethics scandals because of his “Hispanic” heritage. However, when former Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign got caught up in a sex scandal and subsequent ethics probe which ended his political career in 2009, I never heard him play the “race card.” Actually, I’ve never heard any white guy play the “race card” in politics.
Before Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed his state’s right-to-work legislation, Rev. Charles Williams II, a Detroit-area pastor and liberal activist, warned him at a pro-union rally that, “You sign that bill, you won’t get no rest. We’ll meet you on Geddes Road (where Snyder resides). We’ll be at your daughter’s soccer game. We’ll visit you at your church. We’ll be at your office.” If a conservative said that to a Democrat Governor, he’d probably be in jail or, at the very least, arrested.
Recently, President Obama said the following in Chicago, “There’s no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than strong, stable families — which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood” to the applause of the predominantly young, black audience. Remember, when then-Vice President Dan Quayle, said, “It doesn’t help matters when primetime TV has Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid professional woman, mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice.” Same message but while Obama’s audience applauded him, Quayle became the butt of jokes nation-wide.
Colorado Democrat State Sen. Ken Salazar (no relation, thank God) recently advocated against concealed weapon permits on campuses by saying, “You don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop, pop a round at somebody.” Last time I looked, he’s still in the legislature while two Republicans lost their elections last year when they said stupid stuff about “rape.”
Bill Maher, with almost 2 million followers on Twitter, recently tweeted, “Man, #HermanCainis making a comeback – says he likes working with Fox team, particularly some of them fine-ass white women they got there.” Need I say more?
I’ve seen Obama take a sip of water many times during his press conferences, yet, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow found it necessary to play Sen. Marco Rubio doing the same thing during his response to the SOTU address on loop at the bottom of the screen during her broadcast for more than 13 minutes and, of course, Rev. Al Sharpton found his own way to ridicule the moment.
Comedian, Chris Rock, appeared on Capitol Hill to support Obama’s gun control efforts and called the President “our boss” and even said he was like the “Dad of our country.” Can you imagine any Republican saying that about President Bush, for example. (I guess Mr. Rock doesn’t know that we’re the boss and the President works for us.)
How about Columbia professor, Mark Lamont Hill’s “15 Most Overrated White People.” I can’t even imagine the uproar a similar list of overrated black people would cause.
I remember very well the brouhaha in the media when President Bush mispronounced the word “nuclear.” The press was all over him and ready to pounce on every one of his gaffes. Yet, President Obama gets a pass when he referred to Hawaii as Asia (November 16, 2011), said America was the country that built the “intercontinental railroad” (September 22, 2011), referred to “Navy Corpsman Christian Brossard (pronouncing the “ps” even though it’s silent and even though his name was “Christopher” and not “Christian) (February 5, 2010), referred to a reporter as “sweetie,” referred to 57 states in America, and even went so far as to claim that an entire town of ten thousand people were killed in Kansas when, in fact, the tornado killed only 12 people.” He gets a pass for his gaffes – after all, he is supposed to be the smartest President we’ve ever had.
I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.
Copyright © 2013 BernardGoldberg.com