Backbone Radio, July 18, 2010: So much for a post-racial presidency; What’s wrong with the Colorado GOP?
So much for a post-racial presidency; What’s wrong with the Colorado GOP?
From Ross Kaminsky: Race is re-emerging as an issue in America with a disturbingly Orwellian twist. The Obama Administration dropped a slam-dunk case against members of the New Black Panther Party who were standing in front of a Philadelphia polling station in 2008 brandishing nightsticks.
During the 5 PM hour of Backbone Radio this Sunday, we’ll discuss this case and other racist behavior within the Obama Justice Department with whistleblower and former DOJ attorney J. Christian Adams who said of the case “it’s the easiest case I ever had at the Justice Department…if this doesn’t constitute voter intimidation, nothing will… We were ordered to dismiss the case.”
According to Mr. Adams, this was not a one-time thing. It was part of a pattern, a policy, of refusal to enforce any law when such enforcement may reduce the number of minority voters. More specifically, Adams says that Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes told DOJ staff to avoid voter intimidation cases: “What do they have to do with helping increase minority access and turnout? We want to increase access to the ballot, not limit it.”
We’ll also talk about the Kinston, NC case, which is one which bothers me at least as much as the Black Panthers case. In that case, the DOJ essentially said that black people are too stupid to know who to vote for if the candidates aren’t labeled with their political party affiliation. It was one of the most paternalistic, racist rulings I’ve seen from the US government during my lifetime.
It’s also interesting to note that just in the past week, Jessie Jackson sad that Cleveland Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert , views LeBron James as a “runaway slave”. And the NAACP passed a resolution condemning the Tea Party movement as racist – based on a claim that a black congressman was spat upon and insulted during the Democrat’s passage of Obamacare, a claim that nobody has ever been able to substantiate despite there being hundreds of people with cell phones and cameras surrounding the purported event. And the NAACP went ahead despite an ABC poll in which even that liberal organization says that data show that “Ultimately, a statistical analysis indicates that the strongest predictors of supporting the Tea Party are views of Obama, ideology, partisanship and anger at the way the government is operating. Views on the extent of racism as a problem, and views on Obama’s efforts on behalf of African-Americans, are not significant predictors of support for the Tea Party movement.”
Oh, and Barack Obama is parroting statements by would-be al Qaeda terrorists and excoriating al Qaeda for being a racist organization. No, I’m not kidding.
It should be a fascinating conversation and we’d enjoy your questions or comments.
During the second half of the show, I’ll be joined by controversial former Congressman Tom Tancredo who stirred up a little hornet’s nest last week at a fund-raiser for Ken Buck by saying that Barack Obama represents the greatest threat to America.
Buck backed away from Tancredo’s words, saying (at first) that there are many threats to America and that he respects Barack Obama as president. Jane Norton jumped in on Tancredo’s side, saying there was some truth to Tancredo’s statement, a position which Buck then also took a couple of days later while saying that the larger progressive movement was really the greatest threat.
Do you think Tom Tancredo is right? Is Barack Obama the greatest threat to America today? And what do you think of Ken Buck’s response? Is he right? Is he just playing to the middle, already anticipating a primary election victory?
We’ll discuss much more state and national politics with Congressman Tancredo, including his take on the extremely messy situation in the Colorado Republican primary race to challenge John Hickenlooper for the governorship. Are the issues swirling around Scott McInnis’ “Musings on water” a fatal blow to his candidacy, or is McInnis right that voters really just care about jobs right now? What should Republicans do? What should the GOP establishment do?
And speaking of the GOP establishment, how angry should the rank and file be about the puppet masters who seem to have shoved aside Josh Penry and saddled us with a candidate as uninspiring (to put it politely) as Scott McInnis?
I don’t know about you, but I wonder if Tom Tancredo sees or wants a path for him to become a candidate for governor…perhaps we’ll ask him.
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