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    Sunday, February 05, 2006

    How do you play Democrat Poker?

    With a Race up your sleeve. Democrats are known for playing the race card. It's what they do best, but I expect it to not only be a strategic move in the midterm elections this year, I think it will practically become part of the Democratic platform. Considering the head of the Dems is none-other than professional crazy-person, Howard Dean, it seems unavoidable that Democrats will continue to attempt to portray Republicans as racists. Let the hypocrisy begin.

    Howard Dean, as the leader of the Democratic party, has made a multitude of statements about the Republican Party, despite being a racist himself. Here's a sample:
    "I hate Republicans and everything they stand for."
    Well, Mr. Dean I disagree. The Republican Party was started in opposition to slavery. They led the charge to end slavery in the south, and preserve our great country. I stand for that. President Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, initiated the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII.
    "You know, the Republicans are not very friendly to different kinds of people. They're a pretty monolithic party. Pretty much, they all behave the same, and they all look the same...It's pretty much a white Christian party."
    Vermont, the state that Dean was Governor of, is 97% white. President Bush has 9 white members of his 15 member cabinet, 60% white. President Clinton had 11 white members of his 14 member cabinet at the end of his Presidency - 79%.

    "A lot of [Republicans] have never made an honest living in their lives."

    "We must...come to terms with the ugly truth that skin color, age and economics played a deadly role in who survived and who did not,"

    Here, Mr. Dean is correct. Race did play a role in the deaths from Katrina. Whites died at a rate twice that of blacks. But this fact is useless to Democrats who want to politicize the event. One of those was racist Mayor Ray Nagin. Nagin also claimed that the slow federal response was racially motivated. Forget that Mayor Nagin did not execute the already formulated emergency plan, the reason why so many were trapped at the Superdome in the first place. Forget that the federal response was no slower than that after Hurricane Andrew. Forget the fact that Louisiana has received more federal money for the Army corps of engineers than any other state under President Bush. Forget these facts, because they only serve to hide the claim that the Bush administration is racist. Michael Moore certainly doesn't hesitate to play the race card over Katrina.

    Katrina was not the only event that some Democrats chose to exploit. Some democrats also chose to turn Martin Luther King Jr day into a chance to make racism claims. As per usual, Ray Nagin again tasted foot, telling a predominantly black crowd that 'New Orleans should be a chocolate city'. Hillary Clinton also decided to denigrate the memory of Dr. King by exploiting fears of racism, comparing the Bush administration to a plantation. Perhaps the life-long Yankees fan was confusing this administration with Democrats. I've already mentioned the disparate racial diversity between Presidential cabinets. Clinton may have thought Sen. Robert Byrd, the only ex-Klansmen in congress and an avid racist, or Rep. Dick Gephardt were Republicans. She obviously forgot about Andrew Cuomo, her husband's housing secretary who was caught on tape with some racially insensitive rhetoric. I think it is painfully obvious whom democrats are pandering (and lying) to. They are attempting to persuade blacks that republicans hate them.

    With no issues of their own, Democrats are forced to make accusations. Although I recognize that there are racially insensitive members of every party, I think it is unwholesome to attempt to portray decent people as racist, as Dean, Clinton, Nagin, Moore, and others have done...and will continue to do.


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