Why I am down with former President Jimmy Carter…He publicly rebukes Congressman Joe Wilson’s comments and calls out a racist…

September 16, 2009

See....that IS THE POINT!  It's the cariticture that is the problem...why do have to use Obama to sell your pancakes.  If nothing else, have some respect fotr the man who is the rpes...

See....that IS THE POINT! It's the caricature that is the problem...why do they have to use Obama to sell your pancakes? If nothing else, have some respect for the man who is the pres...This is not all about race either. But, ask yourself...DO they have McCain cakes, or something else?

Race matters and President Carter realizes it.

We see that you care President Carter....Your hard work will be remembered long after we all are gone.

We see that you care President Carter....Your hard work will be remembered long after we all are gone.

This is a story that is being hidden in the press, not really getting coverage after Kayne and other topics.  Heck, we didn’t blog about it under now.  But, with Carter coming out with a strongly worded statement, it inspired us to make a statement.

ABC News

Jimmy Carter: Wilson Comments ‘Based on Racism’

Former President Carter: Congressman’s outburst to Obama ‘based on racism,’ ‘dastardly’

By GREG BLUESTEIN

The Associated Press

ATLANTA

At least someone was not afraid to say it….


Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst to President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress last week was an act “based on racism” and rooted in fears of a black president.

“I think it’s based on racism,” Carter said in response to an audience question at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. “There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.”

We all remember this crap that was happening during the election.  Remember this shirt? If people can equate a candidate with a chimp, then you know they are still thinking those things now that he is the president.

The Georgia Democrat said the outburst was a part of a disturbing trend directed at the president that has included demonstrators equating Obama to Nazi leaders.

“Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national program on health care,” he said. “It’s deeper than that.”

Of course it is deeper than just the president, as he is only one man.  This pattern of racism is .

Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, was formally rebuked Tuesday in a House vote for shouting “You lie!” during Obama’s speech to Congress last Wednesday.

The shout came after the president commented that illegal aliens would be ineligible for federal subsidies to buy health insurance. Republicans expressed their disbelief with sounds of disapproval, punctuated by Wilson’s outburst.

You are going to have to pay to get your foot out, since your coverage doesn't pay for footinmouth disease...

You are going to have to pay to get your foot out, since your coverage doesn't pay for footinmouth disease...

Tuesday’s rebuke was a rare resolution of disapproval pushed through by Democrats who insisted that Wilson had violated basic rules of decorum and civility. Republicans characterized the measure as a witch hunt and Wilson, who had already apologized to Obama, insisted he owed the House no apology.

You disregarded the rules of your office.  You need to apologize for your outlandish behavior.

Wilson’s spokesman was not immediately available for comment, but his eldest son defended his father.

“There is not a racist bone in my dad’s body,” said Alan Wilson, an Iraq veteran who is running for state attorney general. “He doesn’t even laugh at distasteful jokes. I won’t comment on former President Carter, because I don’t know President Carter. But I know my dad, and it’s just not in him.”

“It’s unfortunate people make that jump. People can disagree — and appropriately disagree — on issues of substance, but when they make the jump to race it’s absolutely ludicrous. My brothers and I were raised by our parents to respect everyone regardless of background or race.”

What more can you say?  The kid handled it as well as possible, since we really can’t expect him to jump up and say, “My dad is a racist!”  It would have been novel, but we couldn’t expect it.

South Carolina’s former Democratic Party chairman said that he doesn’t believe Wilson was motivated by racism, but said the outburst encouraged racist views.

“I think Joe’s conduct was asinine, but I think it would be asinine no matter what the color of the president,” said Dick Harpootlian, who has known Wilson for decades. “I don’t think Joe’s outburst was caused by President Obama being African-American. I think it was caused by no filter being between his brain and his mouth.”

Harpootlian said he received scores of racial e-mails from outside South Carolina after he talked about the vote on Fox News.

“You have a bunch of folks out there looking for some comfort in their racial issues. They have a problem with an African-American president,” he said. “But was he motivated by that? I don’t think so. I respectfully disagree with President Carter, though it gives validity to racism.”

Carter called Wilson’s comment “dastardly” and an aftershock of racist views that have permeated American politics for decades.

“The president is not only the head of government, he is the head of state,” he said. “And no matter who he is or how much we disagree with his policies, the president should be treated with respect.”

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Associated Press Writer Seanna Adcox in Columbia, S.C., contributed to this report.

Other people make the racist connection as well.

Laugh now, hang em later is this gentlemans motto

Laugh now, hang em later is this gentlemans motto

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote in her column Sunday that Wilson’s outburst convinced her that racial angst is the underlying motive among Obama critics like Wilson.

“I’ve been loath to admit that the shrieking lunacy of the summer … had much to do with race,” she wrote. “But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted ‘liar’ at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.”

Dowd wrote that Wilson “clearly did not like being lectured and even rebuked by the brainy black president presiding over the majestic chamber.”

The shuffling and jiving days are over!  Unfortuantely, the racism is still here...

The shuffling and jiving days are over! Unfortunately, the racism is still here...

4 Responses to “Why I am down with former President Jimmy Carter…He publicly rebukes Congressman Joe Wilson’s comments and calls out a racist…”

  1. lizzygram said

    I think this word “racist” is being tossed out all to frenquently lately to keep the war going on between the two parties (democrats/republicans) (republicans/democrats)…no matter what side of the isle you are standing on.
    Someone needs to call Washington DC, besides me…and tell them to quit this shit fast. For all they are accomplishing is, they are tearing down all the black civil rights that Martin Luther King fought so hard for and died for….is being blown apart by our law makers.
    There are those good in every race…and there are those bad in every race. And both parties in Washington DC are no good for any race…especially the re-election race!!!

  2. Ronin Storm said

    Something no one is talking about.
    Wilson picked the topic of illegal immigrants getting Health-care to shout out “liar”. Why that subject? Why does Wilson feel so strongly about illegal immigrants that prompted him to shout out in the middle of Congress. HELL that’s racist right there. These “invisible” people are being targeted with such HATE these days it makes me sick. No one is so outraged over the thousands of European illegal immigrants, who BTW are much more savvy at taking advantage of our failed system, that have out stayed their Visas. Illegal immigration has one face and that face is of Mexicans and Latinos.
    I say the lines are being drawn in history right now. Pick a side. Are you a racist or not a racist. Wilson is clearly a racist of many sorts.

  3. lizzygram said

    You don’t quite see it Ronin. It is not racist there against illegal immigrants. It is we are outraged there are here in the first place. They just don’t belong here to collect anything from this government. They have a government where they came from and let that government support their needs by the people who pay for it and not us.
    Check this word up in the dictionary “racist”…then the word “loath” …too different meanings.

  4. Ronin Storm said

    Lizzygram however you want to justify your racism you are gonna be on the wrong side of history. You will have to explain to the youngsters of tomorrow why you and others were racist toward brown faced immigrants. Just as Southerner’s try to explain the racism and loath they had toward Blacks during the Civil War and the stubbornness they preached with Civil Rights.
    “Its the way things were.”
    “Blacks were happy”
    “Jim Crow was just the Law”
    “It was how I was raised”
    But today you want to deny people the right see a doctor and to be healthy. Would you walk pass a person on the street bleeding to death b/c they were not born here? Or couldn’t speak the language?
    The arguments are all the same. Read your history.
    FDR barely got Social Security passed and when he did nearly two-thirds of all African Americans in the labor force, 70 to 80% in some areas in the South, employed were not covered by Social Security. This was due to provisions in job categories that were not covered by the act that included workers in agricultural labor, domestic service and individuals who worked intermittently. e.g. BLACKS. Who do you think occupies those job categories today??? Agriculture? Domestic service?
    Answer: Undocumented Latinos or what you call “Illegal Immigrants”.
    Latinos in this country are “Invisible” in the Ralph Ellison kind of way today. We don’t even see these people. Nor do we give then the respect they deserve for picking our produce or building our homes or serving our burgers or whatever cheap labor we can take advantage. We live in our own little Apartheid today. The the right not to be treated as a second class citizen regardless of origin, race, or gender has already been decided by history many times over. We just keep getting Amnesia. Health-care is just another name for our selfishness and mistrust of others today but NOT tomorrow. Pick a side!!!

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