Rep. Carson and his wife Mariama with Barack Obama
By now you've probably heard excerpts of André Carson's outrageous hate speech:
Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana ... said at a [Congressional Black Caucus] event in Miami that some in Congress would “love to see us as second-class citizens” and “some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me ... hanging on a tree.”
Although not as dulcet or urbane as the original, Carson's jarring message was a fairly accurate street translation of one of Obama's most infamous statements (emphasis added):
...in a lot of these communities in big industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, people have been beaten down so long, and they feel so betrayed by government, and ... when they hear ... a-, a pitch that is premised on not being cynical about government, then a part of them just doesn't buy it. And when it's delivered by — it's true that when it's delivered by a 46-year-old black guy named Barack Obama, then that adds another layer of skepticism ...You go into some of these small towns in, in, Pennsylvania, a lot, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced 'em. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate, and they have not. So it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to their guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or ... uh, anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations...
Anxiety, xenophobia, religious bigotry, racism and resistance to Obama's transformational leftist goals: to Obama's allies, these are all symptoms of the same malignant psychological disease.
From the very beginning, long before the Tea Party emerged in its current form, Obama and his friends have portrayed their opposition as a narrow-minded but dangerously destructive enemy that must be vigorously confronted, and -- if necessary -- defeated and punished:
"'I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors,' Barack Obama told a crowd in Elko, Nev. 'I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.'"
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”
"...we're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us..."
Ruthless pragmatism, indeed.
Hat tip: Proof
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