What’s Race Got to Do With It?

Posted on July 17, 2011


Jackson Lee: Congress complicating debt ceiling because Obama is black


When I first heard these comments I thought to myself that maybe I misunderstood. We all have times when we misunderstand what someone is saying, and in politics it happens almost on a daily basis. But the more I read and heard the words of Jackson Lee (D-Texas) the more I understood that this was going to be a race issue. There are so many reasons why this is not a race issue, but the best one I could come up with in my mind before writing this blog post was because there is no reason for it to be a race issue.

I will admit that there are those out in society today that do not like our President because he is black. I understand that and I have accepted that because that is life. Many people will not like others because the color of their skin or where they live. They may not like an individual because of the clothes they wear or where they work. This is America, and America is filled with people who do not like others because of reasons that really make no sense to normal people.

Maybe my explanation as to why this is not a race issue was kind of weak, but the truth speaks for itself. If the Republicans allow the deadline to come and go and not vote for an extension, it will be no different than the Democrats who stood against the Bush Administration back in 2006 and voted against an extension of the debt limit.

The measure passed the Senate at that time because the Republicans had enough votes for passage, but the record is the record. Why is it then the Democrats voted against the extension of the debt limit THEN, but today they want to extend it? It makes no sense to me. Is it because Bush was a white man? I would think that would probably not be the case, but in the mind of Jackson Lee, that probably would make sense since the Republicans are moving forward with plans to NOT extend the debt limit. If it is race now, then why was it not about race then?

This all comes back to how bad the Democrats and the pundits on television treated former President Bush. They treated him like trash, and now they seem to forget that they treated him as bad as they did. They called him a war criminal, a Nazi, and a racist. The Democrats made sure they treated Bush like garbage, but now when we do not agree with President Obama it is because he looks different from any other President in history? There is no proof of this at all, and the reason for that is because there is no where that Jackson Lee can point to that will show the people that the Republicans are a bunch of racists.

At the end of the day, what we have here are Democrats who are afraid they will lose come election time if something is not done soon. Nothing can be done to fix this economy in one day, or even one year for that matter. Nothing can be done for a change that is so quick to bring us out of the rut we are in today. Because of that, these kinds of accusations are thrown around all the time, and it makes people wonder the intelligence level of those who represent us.

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