So the latest kvetch coming from the Obama Administration hails from one Attorney General Eric Holder, Esq. He stated that, “There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Mr. Holder told ABC News. “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.”
“We’ve made lots of progress,” he said, referring to his status as the first black attorney general and Mr. Obama’s status as the first black president. “And that has to show that we have made a great deal of progress. But there’s still more we have to travel along this road so we get to the place that is consistent with our founding ideals.”
For those of you that don’t know, this is not the first time Holder has injected race in the national dialogue. Back in February 2009 Holder said, “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we — I believe continue to be in too many ways essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder told Department of Justice employees at an event Wednesday celebrating Black History Month.
He said that Americans are afraid to talk about race, adding that “certain subjects are off-limits and that to explore them risks at best embarrassment and at worst the questioning of one’s character.”
In this recent interview, this statement was revisited and he stated, “I wouldn’t walk away from that speech,” he said, referring to his remarks during Mr. Obama’s first year in office. “I think we are still a nation that is too afraid to confront racial issues.”
Sensing the utter futility in scaring away the spooky specters of alleged racial animosity and realizing that there is no amount of Visine that can lubricate my eyes from the unrolled position, I will willingly step into this trap and, once again, address Eric Holder’s statements and set the record straight.
If for nothing else, I think it’s time for Eric Holder to resign from his position due to an inability to self-reflect or detect irony. Has it never occurred to Mr. Holder that the reason the United States might be a nation of cowards is because anytime a public figure who happens to a person of color is criticized, the red card of racism is automatically thrown? In his two statements alone, Holder has answered his own fallacious conundrum. If Eric Holder cannot take criticism from his opponents without grabbing onto the race card buoy, then he has no moral standing to call the American citizens cowards for not addressing issues of race. If Holder constantly sees racial undertones when it comes to color-blind areas of disagreement, can you imagine what accusations he would be hurling at us if we engaged in actual racial dialogues? Holder is incapable of coming up with any other explanation for the opposition to the Obama Administration other than racism. Either this shows a complete lack of cognitive functioning on his behalf or he is simply playing politics.
Remember what happened when P90x star/Rep. Paul Ryan the last time Ryan tried to have a dialogue about the internal conflicts within inner cities? He was accused of being a racist. Comedian W. Kamau Bell was one of hose people who accused Ryan of racial tendencies. In this clip, Bill Maher reads Ryan’s statements and Bell responds predictably. If you watched further Bill Maher reads a statement that is almost identical in content and attributes the statement to Paul Ryan when, in actuality, it was First Lady Michelle Obama who said it. Windex could not have taken the egg off of Bell’s face.
Eric Holder appears to suffer from the cognitive distortion of mental/racial filtering. The benefit of seeing everything through the prism of racial conflict is that the sufferer is convinced that he or she is always correct in their assumptions. The downside of seeing the world through such a distorted lens is the same trouble people run into when they wear the preverbal “beer goggles” on any given Saturday night. The wearer ends up doing or saying something really stupid that they usually regret the next morning. Unfortunately for us, we have an Attorney General who is more insecure than a pre-teen at her first debutante ball.
Case in point: Holder says that evidence for this racial animus comes in the form of people using the tired phrase “taking their country back.” Okay, fair game. Maybe his opposition really does want to take their country back from a black man. Or, maybe, the people really do want to take their country back from an ideology that they do not feel is compatible with the foundations of the nation.
In order for racial/mental filtering to work is that one must filter out any information that is contrary to one’s preconceived belief. In order for Holder to come to the conclusion of racial animus, he has to ignore the statements made from some of his own ideological brothers and sisters. And if the phrase “taking our country back” this is the new litmus test for racial animus, then I am proud to announce that the following liberals have been outed for being motivated by racism:
“You have the power to take our country back… Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we’re going to South Carolina and Oklahoma And Arizona.. And North Dakota And New Mexico! We’re going to California and Texas and New York! And we’re going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan! And then we’re going to Washington D.C. to take back the White House! Yeah!!! – Howard Dean
“It is time to take back the country we love…”- Hillary Clinton
– Campaign for America’s Future, a progressive organization, holds annual “KKK Meetings” in the form of “Take Back America” conferences.
If consistency is something Holder is interested in, I am fully in favor of entering into evidence the words, “…taking …country …back” as proof of racism just so I can watch the press conference in which Hillary Clinton, Howard Dean, Senator Chuck Schumer, uber liberal Katrina vanden Hevuel, Thom Hartmann are decried as racists and publicly shamed.
Since that is not likely to happen, I submit that this phrase is not in and of itself racist. If that were the case, then 99% of all political speeches during any given election year are racist.
More humiliatingly, when I hear Holder complaining about the racial animus appears to motivate some of the opposition, I can’t help but think of the neurotic Rachel Welch from season 7 of the Bachelor (Forget how I know about this, you wouldn’t believe me anyway). Towards the end of the season, the Bachelor at the time rejected Sarah Welch and went with some other gal. You see, like Eric Holder, the hysterically sobbing/ emotionally vapid Ms. Welch had her own explanation for her rejection:
“People are mean to me, you know, sometimes, when, because of the way I look. You know and I mean it sounds, like, so stupid, but like, like people hate me because I’m beautiful. I mean like, no matter what, like, there is a huge prejudice and racist.” — Sarah Welch
What Holder does not understand, or is ignoring, is that it’s his performance as Attorney General that we are not happy with, not the color of his skin. One wonders if Holder has always treated adversity with racial causations. How did he handle the the pressures of law school? Did he see racial animus in his professors that disagreed with him?
What Holder and Obama are engaging in is a simple smoke screen to cover their abysmal performance. Obama says that the opposition towards him is because people don’t like him. Are we are in middle school? Holder says that the opposition against him has racial undertones. When did Al Sharpton become our Attorney General?
I am reminded of an old saying that when modified, applies wonderfully to Holder’s complaints:
*** Free race cards for grammatical errors!