Obama Debt Ceiling Crisis Spurs Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee To Play Race Card - Shameful!

Obama Debt Ceiling Crisis Spurs Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee To Play Race Card - Shameful!

I guess it was just a matter of time before someone would throw out the race card when it came to President Obama and the Debt Ceiling Crisis. The only question was who would be the one to play it? And the winner, or whiner if you prefer, is U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tx), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.



According to The Hill's Floor Action Blog, Sheila Jackson Lee, said the following during a speech on the House floor:

"I am particularly sensitive to the fact that only this president — only this one, only this one — has received the kind of attacks and disagreement and inability to work, only this one. Read between the lines, what is different about this president that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment of when it is necessary to raise the debt limit in order to pay our bills, something required by both statute and the 14th amendment?"

"I do not understand what I think is the maligning and maliciousness [toward] this president. Why is he different? And in my community, that is the question that we raise. In the minority community that is question that is being raised. Why is this president being treated so disrespectfully? Why has the debt limit been raised 60 times? Why did the leader of the Senate continually talk about his job is to bring the president down to make sure he is unelected?”

Sheila Jackson Lee went on to say that she hoped someone would step up and say what appears obvious to her is not in fact true.

Well, Ms. Lee, I too hope that isn't the case either.

I don't think it is, though. But, I do understand it given the angst among certain extreme segments of society. Let's face it, racism and bigotry is far too prevalent in our nation, even at this time in our history. Even though things have gotten better, especially after seeing the broad support Barack Obama received during his run to the White House, we still aren't anywhere near where we ultimately need to be. Especially when you consider what America stands for around the globe.

Yet, I believe that what is happening in regard with the Debt Ceiling Impasse is nothing but good old-fashioned nasty politics. And as we all know, our politics have gotten uglier of late due to the ascent of  the Tea Party Caucus. As I have said a few times already, it is my belief that the original intent and membership of the Tea Party Movement was born out of frustration among everyday American Taxpayers and was not limited to a specific ideology. But, as I have also said, it is my belief that the movement was hijacked by the Conservative Right when they realized it wasn't going away, Unfortunately, that is when I made up my mind it wasn't going to be a good fit for me. As an Independent, I just cannot adhere to certain core tenets of either party. I guess I am a hybrid when it comes to social issues.

The Tea Party, in my opinion, represents the interests of an extreme right agenda. As such, there may be some members within that have been known to associate with groups having a racial bias, although I do not believe that to be true of all the members. Still, an extreme right agenda is all about favoring the wealthy and I can't accept that. The "Taxed Enough Already" Mantra sounded good, but when it became a code word for "No Tax Code Reform For The Rich," well that basically told me that they were saying screw the Middle Class. And that bothers the Hell out of me.

Even though I can accept the idea of giving a greater reward to those who take a greater risk - the notion that excessive loopholes be given the wealthy to evade paying their fair share is not. Besides. the fact that the Tea Party has no problem with letting Big Business continue their mega-mergers, union-busting and exporting of jobs, while trying to eliminate income tax deductions, like Mortgage Interest, which Middle Class Homeowners rely on, should be of great concern to everyone.

Heck, if I didn't know better, it would seem that the Tea Party is trying awful hard to eliminate the Middle Class. Of course that is not to say that many within the Democratic Party aren't just as complicit in that, because they are. Anyone routinely checking those hefty campaign contributions can see that Big Business has hedged their bets on both sides of the aisle.

Still, the Democrats have a problem because a core belief of the Party is to keep its' bond with the people in preserving The People's Safety Net; i.e. Social Security, Medicare and now The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Well, that just doesn't go over very well with those in the Tea Party Caucus and others in the Conservative Right.

Now, I can't deny that there are racists and bigots in society, including people who work in government. However, it seems to me that Sheila Jackson Lee is missing the bigger picture here. Are the Conservative Right, and its extreme fringes racist or are they Anti-Middle Class? Or could it be political payback for when, as a Junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling for former President Bush?

Even though I have my issues with the GOP these days, I just can't believe that this debt ceiling impasse is nothing more than the usual smoke and mirrors politics that has become commonplace. The Conservative Right obviously believes that Barack Obama is vulnerable and are going all out to discredit him. It isn't much different with the President going in front of the American People to plant the seed that the GOP refuses to bargain in good faith. I think both strategies suck!

Then again, I think Sheila Jackson Lee playing the race card sucks too.


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  • IIRC, the last President from Texas was treated disrespectfully, probably including by people like her from Texas.

    I'm also surprised that it didn't come from the Illinois 1CD, the impeccably honest member from the 2CD, or the 7CD, nor comparable places in New York or Michigan.

    Of course, the real question is whether her comment gets outside the blogosphere.

    It appears that Obama didn't help his cause with the "everyone wants a tax increase" remark and using Social Security, if it was a gambit. However, AARP is also making assertions even though its members wouldn't be affected by any of the "reform" proposals.

  • In reply to jack:

    Touche'. AARP hmm. I used to be a member but they seem to have compromised their principles. I'll just leave it at that.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    Good. Dissolve your membership. Stop playing with the adults. Go play with Tea Bags.

  • In reply to jack:

    Oh, yeah. Bush was so tortured (excuse the pun). Comparing the way Obama is hated and attacked by the Tea Bag creatures to criticism of Bush is pathetic. You are, undoubtedly, white and not from any background that gives you a sense of the hatred that black Americans live with daily. Defending racists isn't a very noble undertaking.

  • In reply to Jaysin:

    You have some sort of anger management problem, don't you?

    I bet you weren't among the ones who said that Bush was an idiot, numbskull, .... Even though he did better at Yale than Kerry.

    I guess you didn't read the part of the post, and the three posts before that, that said that Mike has nothing but contempt for the Tea Party.

    But, I suppose that you'll get no blowback on Mark Allen's blog.

  • In reply to jack:

    You know I wasn't even going to respond to Jaysin since he obviously can't f#$king read English and is predisposed to living in some fantasy world. But being the guy I am I figure I would answer some of his 3 nonsensical comments; i.e. when it comes to interacting with Blacks I have plenty of experience, especially when in the military and listening to stupid ass comments that Uncle Sam only makes people of color do shit assignments - since I was right there with them. So I've been there, done that and called them out on it when need be. It seems to me the only one who ever plays the race card, though, are those carrying a chip on their shoulder. Yeah it may be a contemporary thing alright but it was probably started by those who believe that reparation payments are somehow the answer for past sins of which we have nothing to do with. So Jaysin - you have revealed yourself in many, many ways. Personally, your rantings make you sound like an idiot since you obviously didn't read the post in its entirety. So maybe Jack is right about needing some anger management.

    And Jack? Thanks for stating the obvious. As you know, I am no supporter of the Tea Party, especially these days and anyone who reads this blog is keenly aware of that. Funny how we haven't always agreed, but somehow our debates have been good and never gone over the top. But hey, the anonymity of the web seems to bring out those who are either gutless to speak to someone face to face or those who stand on shaky ground when it comes to principle.

  • "Playing the Race Card" is the contemporary kind of thing someone standing around at lynchings would say after the community complained. Anytime someone makes a comment about the FACT that there is deep racial antagonism driving much of the politics in this country, some right-wing nut clears the decks by tossing out "playing the race card." I am quite sure that the people who toss around this term so casually are white. And probably male. Right? Right.

    Play the race card? This is the white man's claim at being victimized. And I am a white man, I hear the bunk all the time.

    As a black friend of mine says: "When Obama leaves office the Tea Party will cease to exist." Watch. I am sure he is right. They are pure racists and hate the President, in part, due to his "otherness." How else can you explain the birthers? They are blatant, ignorant, mostly white and racist. Fact.

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