On a related note, more drive by race baiting from the CBC:
Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens. Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party Movement would love to see you and me, I'm sorry, hanging on a tree. -Rep. Andre Carson, (D-IN)
Modern Democrats have become the party of demagoguery. If you disagree with the status quo on education, perhaps believing that a voucher system might actually improve the education of our youth, you are branded as being "against education". If you suggest that steps need to be taken to prevent the insolvency of programs like Social Security, then you just want to push granny's wheelchair off a cliff.
At one point, Republicans advocated raising the amount of federal money given to school lunches, but doing it through block grants to the states, and that was demagogued as "Republicans want to cut federal school lunch program. Republicans want to starve children."
Yes. They proposed cutting federal control of the program, not the aid. Truth has never been an obstacle to the true demagogue.
For the new Party of Incivility, it is not enough to merely disagree with your opponents and let your superior ideas win out, you must seek to demonize them and engage in what Bill Clinton referred to as the Politics of Personal Destruction.
No one is advocating lynching anyone. The discussion isn't properly about race at all, but about fiscal responsibility. With unemployment for black, inner city youths far above that of the nation as a whole, it is imperative that we get our financial house in order. One could even argue that bringing unemployment down would disproportionately favor blacks, because there are more of them currently unemployed. Putting our financial house in order will, of necessity, bring conflicts among different groups advocating where dwindling resources ought to be spent.
However, the "scorched earth" policy of demonizing one's opponents for temporary political gains is shameful, and should be soundly condemned. Then, these folks, regardless of race, color or creed, should be rewarded with an all expense paid, one way trip home from the legislative halls of this great country.
Cross posted at Proof Positive