Attorney General Eric Holder stated that part of the problem with this administration is racial animus, and the defensive right wing says he is absolutely unjustified. The claim “we must take our country back” promoted by Right Wing Tea Party extremists insinuates that we are living in an America they are unable to recognize. The improving economy, falling jobless rate and the ACA, which is lowering the number uninsured Americans are all successes any Republican would highly tout and exploit for all they’re worth. For those suffering from Obama Derangement Syndrome , these positives actually represent the end of freedom, liberty and the American way. In the area of Foreign policy, Obama has been infinitely more successful than his predecessor Bush, yet is subject to merciless scrutiny. On this Sunday’s appearance of GPS with Fareed Zakaria on CNN, WSJ deputy editorial page editor Bret Stephens actually said (regarding NSA controversy),
“Sloppiness seems to be the order of the day with the administration,”….”You don’t have a sense of adult responsibility coming out of the White House. “
Apparently the entire NSA and the Patriot Act are the fault of President Obama. When asked about the subject of racial discrimination, Obama’s Attorney General had this to say:
There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me, directed at the president. You know, people talk about taking their country back. I can’t look into people’s hearts, look into people’s minds, but it seems to me that this president has been treated differently than others. There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this thing is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus. It’s interesting to me that for whatever reason, Republicans decided early on that this was a president they were simply not gonna cooperate with.
But there most definitely was an agreement and an actual meeting that occurred as President Obama was being inaugurated.
Rush Limbaugh, who harbors deep hatred for the president and the Attorney General, denies race is ever a part of his problem. Limbaugh says, in his most patronizing voice,
The Republicans were bending over backwards to support this guy. They were bending over backwards to not be seen as racists, and yet here’s Holder saying, “Republicans decided early on they were not gonna cooperate.” But this technique of smearing straw men and playing the role of victim. The president of the United States, attorney general of the United States, oh, poor guys, poor victims of a mean, racist America.
Consider a recent Gallup poll that asked whether the justice system was biased against blacks. While 69% of whites answered no, 68% of blacks answered yes. The Tea Party and the NRA, both groups are over 95% white and go out of their way to claim there is no racism, yet the prison population is disproportionately black and the rate of poverty for black Americans is disproportionately higher. The rise of hate groups (aka Patriot groups by the right) is pretty stark. No, Mr. Holder, you are definitely not imagining racial animus. You are right in the midst of the hate, and you’re doing a great job despite their efforts to thwart the administration in every way.