Friday January 06, 2012
Moving Backwards: Political Discourse in 2012
With the way some politicians talk about race, it is sometimes hard to believe that we’re in the 21st century. Consider what Rick Santorum, the 2nd place GOP candidate in Iowa (some argue he came in 1st), said while talking about welfare:
"I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money."
Santorum, whom Dean Obeidallah cleverly accused of seeking to impose Judeo-Christian Sharia on America, offered the most implausible defense for his comments, in something that looks like it came straight out of an SNL skit: he claimed he said “blah” people, not black people. Yes, blah people need to get off welfare.
Elsewhere, a politician equally backwards but more fearless decided to make a very similar comment with less ambiguity: “the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps” was Newt Gingrich’s choice of words. Ok, definitely no “blah” there. Then again, this is the guy who wants to destroy child labor laws to put kids to work, so maybe that was tame by his standards.
Apparently, we’re not broke because we’re fighting unnecessary wars and giving massive tax cuts to the wealthy, we’re broke because black people are on welfare and children aren’t working. Welcome to American politics 2012.blog comments powered by Disqus