It was only time before the Washington elitist entity, a.k.a. the GOP, would stoop down to the level of using what I like to call the Peewee Herman defense, known as. “ I know you are but what am I?”, in other words painting or calling someone of color a racist.
To what am I referring to you might ask? In this instance I am talking about how the Republican media machine, the four horsemen known as Newt Gingrich, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly have tried their hardest to paint President Obama’s pick to supreme court, Judge Maria Sotomayor as some closet racist akin to former Grand Wizard of the KKK and former Republican David Duke. I hate to use the cliché but this is truly an instance of the pot calling the kettle black.
Lets take a look at the history of these Republican cheerleaders and unofficial spokespersons and see if we should take anything these individuals say to heart. First there is the Fox pundit Bill O’Reilly. There is so much to say about this individuals but I will only bring up one thing, Shawn Hornbeck.
On October 6, 2002 while out riding his bike, Shawn Hornbeck was abducted, never to be heard from until January 2007, when he and another missing child were found by authorities. Later during a segment on Bill O’Reilly’s program, O’Reilly made comments to the affect that Shawn enjoyed being victimized by his captor and that Shawn’s “experience in captivity was fun and that he liked it.” Not much more you can really say about O’Reilly.
Now lets take a look at the GOP cheerleader Ann Coulter. During a speech to the Young America's Foundation, Ann Coulter said of then Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, "Barack's really been kind of coasting on his record, since his first big accomplishment of being born half-black. ... He wouldn't be running for president if he weren't half-black." In her book Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism, Coulter characterizes Asians as “savage Oriental beasts” and Arabs as smelly. I can see why the Republican machine frequently courts her opinion and support.
Rush Limbaugh: “I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.” “Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.” Enough said.
As for Newt Gingrich, I have failed to find any racism associated with him but he did back of the racist rhetoric being aimed at Sotomayor. In this I have to take my hat off to him.
As for his fellow horsemen, they are the last individuals that should be throwing aspersions, especially if it involves labeling someone a racist.