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Congressman James Clyburn: Opposing the Porkulus is Racist

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RUSH: As you know, Eric Holder came out couple days ago and said that America is a "nation of cowards" on racial matters. We've done pretty good integrating the workplace, but on Friday we go our own separate ways. Whites don't want to talk to blacks. Asians don't want to talk to anybody, whoever, whatever. This is a tremendous insult to the people of this country. But there's a great piece in the American Thinker today from somebody who says Holder is probably exactly right. (interruption) Yes, Mr. Snerdley, I said that. The American Thinker has a piece that suggests Eric Holder was exactly right in calling us a nation of cowards. Just wait 'til you hear it before you get frustrated. First, I want you to listen to Congressman James Clyburn. Yesterday WIS Television 10 Eyeball News, Columbia, South Carolina, held a roundtable meeting to discuss how the newly signed stimulus package would affect us.

CLYBURN: The governor of Louisiana expressed opposition. Louisiana has the highest, eh, African-American population in the country. The governor of Miss'ssippi expressed opposition. The governor of Texas and the governor of South Carolina. These four governors represent states that are in the proverbial Black Belt. I was particularly insulted by that. All of this, it was a slap in -- in the face of African-Americans.

RUSH: Okay, now, if I am a racial coward, then I don't play this bite and I don't talk about it and I don't comment on it and I don't allow you to call about it because I'm afraid of what will happen to me if we talk about this. Somebody with courage, as I have, will point out how racist Clyburn is, because what he's just said here is that these four in Louisiana, South Carolina, Texas and Mississippi are racists; that they don't want to take this money because they don't want the money going to black people. Now, what I hear when I hear that is that maybe some of this stimulus is designed to go to black people. Is that not racist? I thought this was designed to spur the economy! But Mr. Clyburn here is letting us know that to some of his colleagues in the House that was intended to go to black people and if the governors aren't going to take it then they are racist.

So, yeah, we'd be very cowardly not to call this and not to talk about this and not to call it what it is. This just confirms for me what the aims of this stimulus package really are, because I will guarantee you this. In the eyes of James Clyburn, in the eyes of most liberal Democrats in Congress and in the Senate, when they look out across the population of this country and they see blacks -- you tell me, Mr. Snerdley, what do they see? (interruption) Exactly. When James Clyburn looks out at the landscape of America -- when Daschle, when Pelosi, when Reid, whoever -- when they look out, when Obama looks out across the landscape of America, and they see black people, they see poor people. They see oppressed people. They see people some cases still enslaved. They see people who have been held down by The Man.

They look out and they see their own people as enshrouded in poverty. That then tells us what they think of their own population, that tells us how they look at us. Liberals always look at average Americans with contempt. So they're telling us, Clyburn is telling us here that the Black Belt is the Poverty Belt and that therefore when these four governors don't want to spend their stimulus money, they are racist. Now, this is how racial cowards are created. This is how the race card is played by racial bullies to create racial cowards. But Congressman Clyburn needn't worry. I mentioned this to you last week. The Drive-Bys only got around to confirming this in the last couple of days in relationship to the Clyburn story. Mark Sanford of South Carolina said, "I don't want it. We don't want to be obligated to it." Then he found out that it doesn't matter; he can be forced to take it.

There is a clause inserted by James Clyburn -- and I think if it ever got tested, it's unconstitutional, but there is a clause -- in the stimulus bill that can force state legislatures to overrule or veto their governor's decision and take the money. And they've got 45 days to do it. So it doesn't matter. Now, Sanford says, "Okay, I'll take the money. I'll look at it." He coulda held out. He coulda held out on principle and the state still got the money. He could have occupied the right position while the state got the money. The pressure was too much to bear, 'cause now they're out there calling people cowards on race. So when Holder calls people cowards on race, it creates cowards on race; and it gets people to shut up, sit down, say nothing, when racial bullying tactics are utilized -- in this case to get a stimulus package that's aimed not at economic growth, but just more welfare spending.

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RUSH: From the AmericanThinker.com, Matthew May: "Of course, Eric Holder is correct." We are a nation of cowards when it comes to race. "This cowardice was on full display during the most recent presidential election and continues today. As they are in so many other areas of life, chief among our American cowards are the representatives of the national political media. During the presidential campaign, there was a maniacal effort on the part of the national media to find whites who would not vote for Barack Obama, never mind the reasoning for choosing so. Whites who were not for Mr. Obama were automatically racist in outlook and action, you see. No major media network or national newspaper attempted to investigate the associations of Barack Obama with William Ayers and the Annenberg Project in Chicago. No major media network or national newspaper launched an investigation as to the release of Barack Obama's grades in college, the lack of legal scholarship that somehow landed him as president of the Harvard Law Review, or any other aspect of his mysterious academic record. Think back to how resolute and determined that same media were in smoking out the academic record of George W. Bush to prove he is a dolt."

Let's go back to sound bite number one at this point, shall we? We just had it demonstrated that the major media cared not to find out just who this guy is. It didn't matter. All that mattered was he represented the first black to possibly be president. That was historic, had to make it happen, doesn't matter who he is. Jeremiah Wright, forget it. Bill Ayers, no big deal. Terry Moran this morning on a web radio show. He's the host of ABC's Nightline.

MORAN: In some ways, Barack Obama is the first president since George Washington to be taking a step down into the Oval Office, I mean from visionary leader of a giant movement, now he's got an executive position that he has to perform in, in a way, and I think the coverage reflects that.

The only giant movement he's ever been a part of is ACORN. I don't know what other giant movement he's part of. But there you have it, Moran doesn't know anything about him! Terry Moran, you are embarrassing! You don't know anything about Barack Obama! You and your network and all the others purposely, studiously avoided any investigation to find out who he is. You manufactured phony stories based on no knowledge, and now you tell us he's so big, he has done so much, he is as important to this nation as was George Washington? I think that in itself is a racial comment my friends. But I'll leave that aside for a moment. That he has to take a step down from this grand perch, this leader of a massive movement, he's doing it for us. He's taking a massive step down. Why, Obama is throwing away all of his potential by being president of the United States. And the coverage, said Moran, reflected that. Good Lord. Every time I think I've heard the piece de resistance of media capitulation, I hear something like this, and it's beyond even my imagination and perception of how in the tank they are. They don't know anything about him. Washington had unanimous -- (interruption) I understand totally, Snerdley, Washington had unanimous support. I mean it's absurd. It's obscene. It is offensive, and it is based in race. Mr. Moran, your assessment is based in race, and you can't fool anybody that that's not it is what you mean.

So Matthew May says, "What is the difference? It is the difference between the incurious or deliberate ignoring of the seemingly endless and disturbing associations and utterances of Barack Obama and the deliberate attempts at smashing anything and everything associated with Sarah Palin. Because Palin is white, she was fair game. Because Barack Obama is sort of black, anything said against him or an honest inquiry into his past was automatically deemed racist -- literally no questions asked," says Matthew May in "A Nation of Cowards?" at American Thinker. He says, "Too many of us are unwilling to respond to real racism perpetrated by the likes of Eric Holder, Barack Obama, and Jeremiah Wright by repudiating their bigotry in loud, bold language." We're cowards; we shut up; we don't have the guts 'cause we are afraid of being called racists. "We Americans of goodwill must push back," says Matthew May, "and declare that the sentiments of people like the attorney general are invalid, untrue, and unacceptable. We must stand up and demand that our president state clearly if he endorses the remarks of the attorney general who, it must be remembered, serves at the pleasure of the president. Anything else and we truly are cowards. Yet we know in our hearts that we are not. Let us prove it once and for all, no matter what anyone might say."

This is why, Snerdley, Matthew May says we are a nation of cowards. The first three letters, cow, we're cowed. We're cowed. People are deathly afraid of opposing anyone or anything that stems from the race industry because they're afraid of being called racist. Not me. Since I do take the hit, people don't want to take the hit. They see what happens to people. Some of them get fired, some of them are impugned, reputations under assault trying to be destroyed. People don't want to go through that, so they shut up. So the race industry continues to roll people, and the whole concept of race in this country continues to be defined in erroneous ways, as though we've made no progress. We need this massive stimulus bill because most blacks are still poor. Anybody that opposes it is a racist. "Oh, no, no, no, I don't oppose it for that." Oh, okay, then you let it -- yeah, we'll vote for him.

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