Maybe I take a dim view of Americans but I believe the liberal strategy to label the “Tea Party” or anyone on the right as “racist” will work.
And don’t tell me it’s not a strategy by the liberals to do exactly that because there’s way too much evidence for that.
Weasel Zippers reports:
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean accused Fox News of promoting racism, including in the recent fracas over the Obama administration’s forced resignation of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod.
“Let’s just be blunt about this … I think Fox News did something that was absolutely racist,” Dean charged on “Fox News Sunday.
The NAACP outlandishly claims that the Tea Party is racist.
For years anyone who wants the border secure has been labeled a racist. And you know what? It works. It works well. How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m not anti-immigrant but…” Once you start off that way everyone you’re talking to thinks you’re anti-immigrant. Think of Richard Nixon saying, “I’m not a crook.”
In the 80’s, liberals labeled Ronald Reagan a likable dunce and even in the days after his recent death you could see how that assumption colored the news reports on him. In the 90’s they labeled Newt Gingrich an uncaring ogre and it stuck. They labeled George W. Bush an idiot and it stuck. They labeled Trent Lott a racist with absolutely no evidence and he only added fuel to the fire by going on his “I’m not a racist” tour. Liberals labeled Palin a close minded fool and it stuck. Sure there’s plenty of people who love her but there’s no arguing that this view of Palin has permeated the mainstream. Andrew Breitbart is being labeled a racist now as the poster boy for the right wing.
Liberals control the media. Liberals control the government and its funding apparatus. And they will keep connecting the term “tea party” and “racist” so much until the two concepts until are fused in the public mind. If you were a legislator right now would you join the Tea Party caucus and open yourself to being questioned about racism every time some dunce says or does something stupid at a Tea Party rally or sends a racially insensitive email.
This kind of thing works. You know all those political attack ads that make outlandish charges with foreboding music in the background. Typically, if you scratch the surface behind many of the allegations they’re pretty weak. People actually laugh at them. There are hundreds of mock political attack ads on You Tube. They’re a punch line. But politicians continue to do them. Why? Because they work. They work well because many people don’t remember the details they just come away feeling icky about the candidate. That’s all they want and maybe a label or two like “Cheater” or “dumb” or “racist.”
Like it or not there are still millions of apathetic people who don’t do the research on these ads; they still watch and trust their nightly news or CNN. And after months of hearing that the Tea Party is racist from multiple sources they’ll believe it. They won’t be able to defend the assertion, they won’t even know why they think it but the fact is they’ll still think it. And they vote.
It doesn’t matter to the liberals that they’re hurting the country, it just matters that they get out the vote in the upcoming election and the way they get out the vote is by increasing the minority vote and convincing apathetic independents that the right wing is racist.
So call me cynical but I believe it will work. I don’t know if it’ll be enough to keep the Democrats in power but it’ll spare them a few seats so they’ll keep right on doing it.
The only thing that can stop this is alternative media. I have great hope for the blogosphere because mainstream media is shrinking. They’re still ginormous but they’re shrinking. We must reach the apathetic hordes with our blogs, by word of mouth, by talk radio. You never know how people will be reached. We must keep on trying because we know the liberals will.