Racial Code or Race Card – Reason #50

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Hears Racial Code

Following are the words of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), ardent Obama supporter and a Democrat not afraid to play the race card when it buys ink or air time.  Here, she attacks GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as a racist.

“Let me say that the code words are, as far as I’m concerned words that generate and signify race.   You recall, Martin, that comments made by someone other than the president when he was a candidate in 2008, caused him to make a significant speech on race to say “Race is a factor in the United States, but I work and will represent all people.” Here we have Newt Gingrich, taking the opposite road, if you will. It’s I will use race to divide.

“I will call the president the food stamp president, obviously not knowing that food stamps are utilized by our soldiers, utilized by Caucasians in a higher percentage than both African-Americans and Latinos. Food stamps are for people in need.  Food stamps are for children.

“But, these code words are dividing us – telling us that a janitor who makes $37,000 a year would be in a better position to give his job up so that the children of the poor in New York, I think he used the example, the school district predominantly Latino and African-American can pick up a broom and work.  So, we know that those children and children from other places as well, should have an opportunity to be an astronaut, mathematician, a scientist – and absolutely, we’re not against work.   These children want work. They’re fighting for summer jobs. But, that is a code word to, if you will, portray poor children and poor school districts that they have seen no one work legitimately; that they don’t have a work ethic and these janitors are overpaid unionized workers who don’t have family and not making $37,000 a year.

“I think Mr. Newt Gingrich should be ashamed of himself and we should not want to win at any cost. Let’s bring the country together. Let’s not destroy Mr. Obama. Let’s talk about helping the American people.”[i]

Of course, there is always more than one way to look at words, actions, and intentions.  The filter used by Congresswoman Jackson Lee is incorrect, an obstacle to lasting solutions and still another useless racial trigger.  She points out that “food stamps are…utilized by Caucasians in a higher percentage than both African-Americans and Latinos…” This is true on its face, but represents a very selective manipulation of statistics – one that serves nobody.  It would be more productive for Jackson Lee to base her words and actions on reality, rather than racial defensiveness.  The general population of the United States, according to the U.S. Census, is broken down in part, as follows:  White non Hispanic, 63.7%; Black, 12.6%; Latino, 16.3%.[ii]  In terms of reliance on Food Stamps however, a 2005 study revealed that among rural recipients, 53% were white non Hispanic and 27% black.  Among urban recipients, 34% were white non Hispanic and 35% black.[iii]  This means two things: First, as a percentage of food stamp recipients, whites comprise the majority of rural recipients and only one percent less than blacks as urban recipients.  In this respect, Jackson Lee is 100% correct.  Unfortunately, this would suggest the need to apportion the bulk of our dedicated financial and other resources at programs that would assist white food stamp recipients in becoming less reliant on government assistance – a very wasteful approach, when the same statistics are properly interpreted.

The second thing these statistics tell us then, is this:  As they relate to their percentage of representation in the overall population, whites are underrepresented as Food Stamp recipients, by nearly 11% (rural), or 30% (urban), while blacks – based on their participation in the overall population – are over represented as food stamp recipients by 214% and 278%, respectively.  Ignoring, or defensively manipulating these statistics for political correctness, or racial defensiveness does not help blacks out of this difficult problem.

Additionally, Rep. Jackson Lee ignores the fact that Gingrich’s own daughter worked as a janitor during her teens – making his comments very unlikely to have been racially motivated.  Nobody wins with this type of rhetoric – a style of choice for Democrats since Obama became President.


[i] Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), (Jan 20, 2012), interview with MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, GOP wants new Congressional session to be a referendum on Obama, retrieved January 21, 2012 from http://video.msnbc.msn.com/msnbc-live-with-bashir/46075255#46075255

[ii] U.S. Census Bureau State and County Quick Facts, U.S. Census Bureau web-site, retrieved January 22, 2012 from http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html

[iii] Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, (2005), referenced in article by Noel Sheppard, (May 15, 2011), NewsBusters web-site, David Gregory Accuses Gingrich of Racism for Calling Obama a ‘Food Stamp President’, retrieved January 22, 2012 from http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/05/15/david-gregory-accuses-gingrich-being-racist-calling-obama-food-stamp-

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How Does Obama See America – Whites – Cops? – Reason #49

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Whites, Cops and Black Theology

While Obama has been very effective in politically distancing himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the man – it is not so easy to distance his behavior and expressed beliefs from the teachings of Wright and of James H. Cone’s Black Liberation Theology.  Remember the statement attributed to Obama’s friend “Marcus” in his first book Dreams from My Father?

“They had no reason to stop me.  No reason ‘cept I was walking in a white neighborhood.  Made me spread-eagle against the car.  One of ‘em pulled out his piece.  I didn’t let ‘em scare me, though.  That’s what gets these storm troopers off, seeing fear in a black man.” [i]

Recall Obama’s view of the slave trade?

“…the moment white men, themselves spurred on by their own fears of inconsequence, had landed on Africa’s shores, bringing with them their guns and blind hunger, to drag away the conquered in chains.” [ii]

Here are the words of James H. Cone, on whose Black Liberation Theology, Jeremiah Wright based his Church teachings – teachings embraced by Obama for at least 16 years of his life:

“….blacks are beaten at will by policemen as a means of protecting the latter’s ego superiority as well as that of the larger white middle class.”[iii]


[i] Ibid, 101

[ii] Ibid,  277

[iii] James H. Cone, (Maryknoll, NY, 1989, Orbis Books), Black Theology & Black Power, 25

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Black Liberation Theology and Obama – What’s Behind the Words?

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Obama and Black Liberation Theology

As with nearly everything else, Obama has been given a free pass on his associations and what they might mean to America – with him in the White House.  He freely admits sitting in the pews of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s church for more than 16 years, but somehow claims to have missed the Pastor’s most hateful, America bashing sermons.  While the odds against that claim being true are statistically astronomical, perhaps the even bigger point here, is the influence of James H. Cone on Wright’s day-to-day operation of the church.

Says Brad O’Leary, author of The Audacity of Deceit, “Wright denounces ‘Colored Preachers’ who don’t subscribe to Black Liberation Theology (of James H. Cone) as people who:”

“…hate themselves, who hate black people, who desperately want to be white and who write and say stupid things in public to make ‘Masa’ feel safer.”

Obama – attributing the words to the character “Rafiq,” tells us in Dreams from My Father, that:

“…they [blacks with whom Obama was working] spend half they lives worrying about what white folks think.  Start blaming themselves for the shit they see every day, thinking they can’t do no better till the white man decides they all right.”[i]

The person credited with this statement was reportedly explaining to Obama how he would be dead if not for Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

James H. Cone, on whose Black Liberation Theology, Wright’s church was based,  is credited with statements such as:

“While it is true that blacks do hate whites, black hatred is not racism.”[i]

But, it is Obama himself who makes perhaps the most revealing and frightening statement of all:

“I wondered whether…a black politics that suppressed rage toward whites generally, or one that failed to elevate race loyalty above all else, was a politics inadequate to the task.”[i]

Apparently, Obama did take away something of Jeremiah Wright and James H. Cone during thos 832+ Sundays he spent listening to Wright’s less offensive sermons.


[i] Ibid,199


[i] James H. Cone, Black Theology and Black Power, (New York, 1997, Harper & Row), 15

(Excerpt from 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama)


[i] Barack Obama, Dreams From my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, 1st pbk Edition, (New York, 2004, Three Rivers Press), 197

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Reason #46 – Farrakhan: Barack Obama has Captured the Youth

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Reason #46

Farrakhan: Barack Obama has captured the youth

Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam and friend to the late Libyan Dictator, Muammar Qaddafi,[i] was the winner of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s 2007 Empowerment Award and is the man who Wright called “one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century.”[ii]

Farrakhan is also the man, who said of Obama:

“You are the instruments that God is going to use to bring about universal change, and that is why Barack has captured the youth. And he has involved young people in a political process that they didn’t care anything about. That’s a sign. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking.”[iii]

Recall that Louis Farrakhan received an award from Obama’s Pastor – that he was invited periodically to speak at Rev. Wright’s Church, Trinity United – a church attended for 16 years by Barack Obama. Michelle Obama is pictured in a 2004 photo with Louis Farrakhan, his wife Khadijah and Rev. Willie Barrow, an Obama superdelegate and member of his 2008 campaign’s official faith outreach team. Barrow, according to a 2002 Farrakhan interview, also assisted Farrakhan in devising the platforms of the Nation of Islam.[iv]

No doubt all of this is merely a coincidence – just like Obama’s alleged ties to now convicted felon Tony Rezko, former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, and to America bashing minister Jeremiah Wright.

Each time these associations surface, the Left immediately and scornfully condemns the idea of “Guilt by Association.”  Reasonable and prudent people however, might agree that there is a “tipping point,” beyond which we must conclude, as one saying goes: “Show me the people with whom he surrounds himself and I’ll show you who he is.”

When we consider Alinsky, ACORN, SEIU, Wright, Ayers, Bell and the “Marxist Professors,” Farrakhan, Cone, Holdren, Sunstein, Dunn, Jennings, Khalidi, Rezko, the “Occupiers” and others, who then – who really – is Obama?

(Excerpt from 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama)


[i] Huffington Post (Feb. 28, 2011), Huffington Post web-site, Louis Farrakhan: Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi Remains A Friend, retrieved March 21, 2011 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/28/louis-farrakhan-libyas-ga_n_829024.html

[ii] Liz Halloran (Apr 28, 2008), U.S. News & World Report web-site,  Reverend Wright’s Re-emergence Could Spell Trouble for Obama Campaign, retrieved March 21, 2011 from http://www.usnews.com/news/campaign-2008/articles/2008/04/28/reverend-wrights-re-emergence-could-spell-trouble-for-obama-campaign

[iii] Minister Louis Farrakhan, (Oct. 9, 2008), WND web-site, Farrakhan on Obama: ‘The Messiah is absolutely speaking’, retrieved February 19, 2012 from http://www.wnd.com/2008/10/77539/

[iv] Aaron Klein, (Feb. 23, 2011), WND web-site, Obama’s mystery links to Gadhafi uncovered, retrieved February 19, 2012 from http://www.wnd.com/2011/02/267361/

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Reason #35/36 – Obama: Americans Short on Ambition and Imagination/Obama: Ignorance and Arrogance of Americans

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Reason #35

Obama: Americans Short on Ambition and Imagination

A study of Obama’s speeches, fundraisers, press conferences and other interactions – especially with foreign countries and targeted audiences here at home – will lead even the most casual observer to the conclusion that Obama sees a great deal wrong with America.  He has called us “Mean-Spirited,” [i] “manic and self absorbed,” [ii] “soft” [iii] and more.

His Inaugural address seemed to offer a glimmer of decency, when he said:

“Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive…”[iv]

But, he quickly returned to normal.  Speaking at an October, 2011 fundraiser in San Francisco, President Obama couldn’t resist the urge to ring that bell still another time, as he addressed his followers:

“Anybody been to Beijing Airport lately? Or driven on high-speed rail in Asia or Europe? What’s changed? Well, we’ve lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam and unleashed all the potential in this country.”[v]

These are the words of the President of the United States, Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, who sends America’s men and women to war and sometimes death, believing in his heart that they – that we – are without ambition, or imagination.

(Excerpt from 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama)

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Reason #36

Obama: Ignorance and Arrogance of Americans

Obama asserts early in his first book, that while living in Indonesia, he was taught by his mother, Ann Dunham:

“…to disdain” what she saw as  “the blend of ignorance and arrogance that too often characterized Americans abroad.”[vi]

He also found the innocence of German, Japanese, British and American tourists in Kenya, “…vaguely insulting” and was angered by the attention they received from Kenyan waiters in a restaurant. [vii]

Perhaps these feelings account for some of his apologies for our Country – odd that his comments about Americans who cling to their religion and their guns, probably closely mimic the types of elitist condescension about which his mother was talking.

(Excerpt from 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama)


[i] Allison J. Pugh, Associated Press, (Cambridge, MA 1990), “Law Journal’s Leader Wants to Help Poor,” appearing in National Section of Altoona Mirror, April 16, 1990, p. B7, retrieved from Newspaper Archive.com http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=70515705&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=5&currentPage=0&fpo=False, using search terms “Barack Obama” “between years 1987-1995”, (Retrieved June 8, 2010)

[ii] Barack Obama, Dreams From my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, 1st pbk Edition, (New York, 2004, Three Rivers Press), 133

[iii] Jake Tapper, (September 29, 2011), ABC News web-site, Obama: U.S. Had “Gotten a Little Soft” in Last Couple Decades, Lost Competitiveness, retrieved December 5, 2011 from http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/09/obama-u-s-had-gotten-a-little-soft-in-last-couple-decades-lost-competitiveness/

[iv] President Barack Obama (Jan 20, 2009), White House web-site, The White House Blog, President Obama’s Inaugural Address, retrieved January 13, 2012 from http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/inaugural-address/

[v] President Barack Obama (Oct. 26, 2011), White House web-site, Speeches & Remarks, Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event at W Hotel, San Francisco, CA, retrieved January 5, 2012 from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/26/remarks-president-campaign-event-0

[vi] Barack Obama, Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, 1st pbk Edition, (New York, 2004, Three Rivers Press), 47

[vii] Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, (New York, 2006, Three Rivers Press), 312

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Reason 32 – America Sought to Dictate Terms

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Reason #32

America Sought to Dictate Terms

In his first address to the Summit of the Americas, Obama affably responds to comments by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega – a man responsible for death, destruction and the economic plunder of his own nation.  Obama notes that we should not be trapped by history and suggests the need for flexibility in dealing with places like Cuba.

“…All of us must now renew the common stake that we have in one another. I know that promises of partnership have gone unfulfilled in the past, and that trust has to be earned over time. While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms. But I pledge to you that we seek an equal partnership. (Applause.) There is no senior partner and junior partner in our relations; there is simply engagement based on mutual respect and common interests and shared values. So I’m here to launch a new chapter of engagement that will be sustained throughout my administration. (Applause.)

“To move forward, we cannot let ourselves be prisoners of past disagreements. I am very grateful that President Ortega — (applause) — I’m grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old. (Laughter.) Too often, an opportunity to build a fresh partnership of the Americas has been undermined by stale debates. And we’ve heard all these arguments before, these debates that would have us make a false choice between rigid, state-run economies or unbridled and unregulated capitalism; between blame for right-wing paramilitaries or left-wing insurgents; between sticking to inflexible policies with regard to Cuba or denying the full human rights that are owed to the Cuban people.[i]

Interestingly, while he strikes an apologetic tone by voicing his perception that the U.S. has, “at times been disengaged, and at times sought to dictate our terms,”(in Latin America),  he makes no similar apology for attempting to overrule the Honduran Constitutional process by demanding the return to power of their ousted President, Manuel  Zelaya.


[i] President Barack Obama, (April 17, 2009), White House web-site, Remarks by the President at the Summit of the Americas Opening Ceremony, retrieved December 7, 2011 from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-summit-americas-opening-ceremony

Reason #30/31 – America is “Just downright mean!”/Obama: Americans “Manic and self-absorbed”

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Reason #30

America is “just downright mean!”

In 1990, Obama called our Country “mean-spirited,” and ungenerous.  Some might think this ancient history – as ancient as Obama’s association with Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright.  But, In 2008, campaigning for her husband, before parishioners of a predominantly black South Carolina church, Michelle Obama gave her own view of life in America.  According to Michelle:

“…life in America in 2008, and life is not good.  We’re a divided country, we’re a country that is ‘just downright mean,’ we are ‘guided by fear.’ We’re a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents.”[i]

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Reason #31

Obama: Americans Manic and Self Absorbed

In Dreams From my Father, Obama tells us that he decided to become a community organizer in 1983 and provides a few insights into his thinking.  The first is that he was dedicated to “change” – change in everything from the White House to the Congress, to what he called the “manic and self absorbed” “mood of the country.” [ii]


[i] Lauren Collins,(March 10, 2008), The New Yorker.com Profiles, The Other Obama: Michelle Obama and the Politics of Candor, retrieved November 2, 2010 from http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/03/10/080310fa_fact_collins?currentPage=1

[ii] Barack Obama, Dreams From my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, 1st pbk Edition, (New York, 2004, Three Rivers Press), 133