Here’s an old joke for you.
What do you call a conservative who is winning an argument?
Well really, any type of “ist” or “phobe” will do. But, the main word the left likes to use to smear their opponents is “racist.” Every time there’s an election, the media rushes to label the Republican candidate as a flaming bigot who hates minorities.
They’ve been doing this for a long time. As a matter of fact, they’ve done it so well that GOP is now perceived as a party of racists.
The left has constantly used false accusations of racism to discredit their conservative opponents. It’s an atrocious tactic that they have relied on for decades.
Instead of attacking conservative’s arguments, they smear their character by characterizing them as bigots.
It started in 1968 in a debate between leftist Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley. Throughout the course of the debate, Vidal used personal attacks against Buckley. Buckley relied on actual arguments. The debate hit its lowest and most infamous point when Vidal called Buckley a “crypto-Nazi.” This was a horrendous word to use, especially back then. We all know what the Nazis stood for, right?
In 1980, Jimmy Carter attacked Ronald Reagan by accusing him of using “code words” in a speech given in Mississippi to encourage racism. Reagan struck back by rightly pointing out that the left was trying to discredit him by labeling him as racist.
After Hurricane Katrina, George W. Bush was accused of racism because of his handling of the disaster. Rapper Kanye West said “Bush doesn’t care about black people.” He later apologized for making the statement, but the damage was done.
Mitt Romney had the racist label applied to him when he said that people who want “free stuff” should vote for President Obama. He mentioned nothing about race. He was talking about welfare.
Last week, the Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions went through his confirmation hearing in the senate. He was grilled over a period of a few days. Both Democrat and Republican senators peppered Sessions with questions.
Did the Democrats try to show that Sessions was incompetent? Did they question him about his actual performance as Attorney General in Alabama?
They attempted to paint him as a bigot. They brought up the fact that he was denied the role of U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama because of unsubstantiated allegations of racism.
Of course, the fact that Sessions worked to desegregate schools in Alabama was never mentioned. Nobody said anything about the fact that he worked to prosecute the Ku Klux Klan and even pushed for the death sentence for one of its leaders.
Democratic senator Cory Booker even testified against Sessions, questioning his record on race. Of course, he said nothing about the fact that Sessions worked closely with Booker to honor civil rights heroes with the Congressional Gold Medal.
Is Trump’s election a “whitelash,” as commentator Van Jones stated on CNN? Are the vast majority of Trump’s supporters racist bigots who think “Make America Great Again” really means “Make America White Again?”
In a word, no.
But it’s much easier to just write off Trump supporters as racist than it is to actually focus on the real issues, isn’t it? Who cares about intellectual honesty anyway?
The problem with this is that it stifles debate. It prevents people from engaging in an intelligent debate. Just look at how they treat conservative speakers on college campuses.
The other problem is that it has basically diluted the meaning of the word “racism.” They’ve thrown the word about so often that the word has nearly lost its meaning. It’s been used so liberally (no pun intended) that people have stopped taking it seriously.
Anybody who looks at the result of the election objectively can easily see that people who voted for Trump didn’t do so because of racism.
They clearly had other issues on their minds…
- Foreign policy
- The Supreme Court
- The 2nd amendment
- Hillary Clinton’s many controversies
To label these people as racist because they voted for Trump is absurd. As a matter of fact, a lot of people who voted for Trump were really voting against Hillary Clinton. They would have preferred a different Republican candidate, but they didn’t have one. Many of Trump’s voters actually voted for Barack Obama.
So why does the left continue to cry racism? It’s simple. They do it because it’s worked so well for them in the past.
They were able to paint the GOP as a group of racists that are working to keep minorities down. This perception is still prevalent in our society. As a black conservative, I’ve had several people marvel at the fact that I support conservative candidates because of this perception.
People were shocked when I told them I didn’t vote for President Obama. After all, being a Democrat is what I’m supposed to do, right?
Leftists have been able to achieve more than a few victories by getting people to see their conservative opponents as racist. It makes sense, right? Who wants to vote for a bigot?
But now, it seems that tactic is finally losing its effectiveness. Jonah Goldberg wrote an article about this in National Review last year after Trump was nominated.
In the article, he writes “Already, editorial boards are preparing their indictments of what they believe to be Donald Trump’s incompetence, bigotry, and authoritarianism. Trump operatives will undoubtedly respond: “That’s what they always say about Republicans.” And they’ll be right.”
People are starting to ignore the claims that the left and its media outlets are making. They are finally starting to see through it. Using this tactic has cost the left the presidential election, congress, and the Supreme Court. Will they finally learn their lesson?