Famed attorney Robert Shapiro once told Barbara Walters that when he and Johnnie Cochran were defending OJ Simpson against charges of murder, they absolutely engaged in despicable leftist race-baiting tactics.
“Not only did we play the race card,” Shapiro admitted, “we dealt it from the bottom of the deck.”
The national Democratic Party and the national media (often one and the same, I know) are again playing the race card, and in typically underhanded ways, to try and smear the Tea Party movement as racist.
This because a few isolated protesters apparently shouted nasty and abusive epithets at some leftist Congressmen during this past weekend’s protests against government-controlled healthcare.
Let me be clear: employing racist or bigoted language against anyone is wrong and must not be countenanced.
But it is equally wrong to try and smear the entire Tea Party movement because of the alleged actions of a few isolated and non-representative individuals.
Yet, that’s exactly what the Democratic Party and the national media have been doing: smearing the many Tea Party activists who are good because of the alleged actions of the few who are bad.
The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, for instance, called the protests “one of the ugliest and strangest period the American legislative process has ever experienced.”
Salon’s Joan Walsh agrees. “The tea party movement is disturbingly racist and reactionary, from its roots to its highest branches,” she declared without any supporting evidence.
The New York Times, meanwhile, purported to find a direct and eerie connection between today’s peaceful Tea Party activists and yesterday’s virulent — and sometimes violent — white racists.
Of course, there is absolutely no evidence that the Tea Partiers are racists or bigots, or that their movement is animated by racial animus and hate.
This, in fact, is a complete and utter fabrication deliberately created by the Left and trumpeted by leftists in the Democratic Party and the national media. Their aim: to demonize and discredit the Tea Party movement.
Lies and character assassination, after all, are defining leftist attributes, which are often employed to advance the left-wing agenda.
In any case, there doesn’t appear to be any videotape evidence that even one of the protesters uttered a racist or bigoted epithet.
Of course, this is no surprise. The truth is that racism and bigotry are not animating forces within the Tea Party movement or the conservative movement more generally — and the Left and the national media know this.
Racism and bigotry are a problem, though, on the Left, which sees the world and everyone in it through a racial prism.
And so, as Shapiro admitted, the Left and the national media play the race card; and they do so underhandedly from the bottom of the deck. What else is new?
John R. Guardiano is a writer and analyst in Arlington, Virginia. Follow him on twitter: @Guardian0