While this is nothing new to the current political maneuverings of left side of the political spectrum in the United States, we do have another pretty clear example of the double-edged sword they’re wielding.
The liberal, progressive, democrat support organization, Campaign for America’s Future, had a conference titled, “Take Back America” which has since been renamed. This conference has featured speakers such as Robert Reich, Howard Dean, John Kerry, John Edwards, Barney Frank, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton. There are plenty of examples of democrats using that line in their political messaging over the years: as book titles, campaign speeches, and others.
Then, starting around 2010, one started hearing the following:
Newsweek’s heading in an April edition, “Are Tea Partiers Racist?” A Washington Post columnist, Richard Cohen, decried “all this talk about ‘taking back America’ (from whom?).” A Huffington Post columnist claimed that “The idea perpetuated by the Tea Party movement to ‘Take back our country!’ from [insert non-white male here] is no more than racism in drag.” And Washington Post columnist, Jonathan Capehart said in an interview on Morning Joe, “We’re talking about the extreme portions of the tea party movement and they’re overwhelmingly white. Those are the folks that are saying I want my country back. And it does have that tinge of I want my country back from them.”
So, it’s off the table, right? Apparently now that the liberals are enlightened it is no longer acceptable to use it. The Campaign for America’s Future changed their conference title in 2009. Eric Holder earlier this summer said, “There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president. You know, people talking about taking their country back. . . . There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.” And President Obama said as much in a 2011 interview with Ken Walsh: “A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to ‘take back’ their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn’t dispute the idea,” Walsh wrote. “He agreed that there was a ‘subterranean agenda’ in the anti-Obama movement — a racially biased one — that was unfortunate. But he sadly conceded that there was little he could do about it.”
Well, apparently, the memo didn’t get to VP Joe Biden who yesterday declared that, “it’s time to take back America.”
1. Will Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Richard Cohen, Jonathan Capehart or any of the others who have decried this statement call Joe Biden out on it? Doubtful. It’s likely that will be the last time that Joe Biden says it on his 2014 election tours but they’ll just sweep this under the rug because democrats aren’t racists so they don’t need to call him out.
2. Remember, the democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the White House at the start of this administration’s first term and have controlled two-thirds of that for the entire time. In a political speech, who is he pointing at when he says that we need to take the country back? President Obama?
Say it ain’t so, Joe.
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