Rep. Allen West To President Obama: “Don’t Pull the Race Card in 2012″ But Shouldn’t Republicans be Wary Too?

300px Allen West by Gage Skidmore Rep. Allen West To President Obama: Dont Pull the Race Card in 2012 But Shouldnt Republicans be Wary Too?

Tea Party darling Rep. Allen West tells President Obama not to pull the race card in the 2012 election, but shouldn't Republicans heed the same warning too? (Wikipedia)

Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who is a Tea Party darling, took to Facebook to ask President Obama not to pull the race card in the 2012 election. Um, one problem Rep. Allen West, some Republicans and Tea Party supporters are also pulling the race card. Let me refresh his memory: Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich’s comments about blacks, foodstamps and entitlement programs; Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal calling First Lady Michelle Obama “Mrs. YoMamma” and praying for “President Obama’s children to be fatherless and his wife made a widow.” Do I need to go on? You see, this race card issue works both ways, not only for the Democrats.

With all of this progress, why is it that we continue to hear charges of racism emanating from the left, and most disturbingly, from the White House itself? It seems anytime there is criticism of the President or any of his black members of his administration, such as Attorney General Eric Holder, that criticism is decried as racist.

Mr. Holder recently said of his critics, “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him, both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.” In other words, he insinuated Republicans — along with Conservatives and Tea Party members — are incapable of judging anyone solely by their character, something I take very personally.

Mr. Holder and others need to know, the criticism of the President is not of his person, but of his policies, which have clearly failed our nation–and most tragically of all in this supposedly post-racial period –have failed the black community. Source

He mentions that unemployment in the black community remains high, but offers no solution. I would venture to say there are many blacks in his district who are among the 16.4 percent of black men and 14.1 percent of black women without jobs. Neither President Obama and the Democrats nor the Republican Party has offered any viable solutions to this problem. For the record, Rep. Allen West has made some very controversial statements in the past, including denigrating a woman, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Obama is no more racially-biased then Allen West. I guess it’s lost on Allen West that President Obama is half-white, but that wouldn’t make for a good narrative in his viewpoint. This isn’t the first time Allen West has waded in racial politics. He called himself a “modern-day Harriet Tubman who would lead black voters off the Democratic electoral plantation.”  Mr. President, don’t play the race card in 2012. Well, that’s wishful thinking on the part of both parties, not just the Democrats.

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  • Anonymous

    Hello,

    Can you provide a link to this quote?

    “President Obama’s children to be fatherless and his wife made a widow.” 

    A google search shows exactly one link, right back to this page.

    • http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com HinterlandG

      Hootmn — It’s all over the Internet. He sent an email quoting Psalm 109. I provided a link in my first article about Mike O’Neal’s comments.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I found what it’s all about. You know, it’s a lie to take someone’s citation of Psalm 109:8 and then claim they are citing Psalm 109:9. You can try to twist and spin it all you want, but it’s still a lie. 

        Those who have taken Psalm 109:8 out of context to attack President Obama are wrong, but you’re no better. Shame on you.

        • http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com HinterlandG

          Hootmn — Um, shame on me? I wasn’t the elected official who forwarded a second email disparaging the president and his family. Don’t get it twisted.