Articulating what many have feared since the ugly, barely-coherent and virulent protests supposedly against “high taxes and big government” suddenly erupted after Barack Obama was sworn in as President, former President Jimmy Carter weighed in yesterday in an interview with NBC:
Former President Jimmy Carter, who has a habit of stirring controversy, said this morning that “an overwhelming portion” of those opposing President Obama‘s policies are racist.
In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Carter lobbed a bomb into Washington politics, already seething with passions over healthcare, federal spending and whether a congressman named Wilson should apologize to the House for screaming “You lie!’ to a president.
Keith Olbermann and guest Lawrence O’Donnell comment:
I’m generally hesitant to use any “ism” to explain things, be it sexism, racism or whatever-ism, because it just seems too easy. Whatever the phenomenon, I usually search for some other explanation for it than cultural bias. But there comes a point where you can’t deny it.
As disrespectful as lefties were to George W Bush, using names like “Bushitler”, burning Bush effigies, toppling Bush statues, and depicting him with blood-soaked hands, as a Nazi or a chimp, anti-war protests may have been seething with vitriol but never with the paranoid hysteria that prevails among the teabaggers. Want proof? Look no further than this video. These people aren’t just angry, they’re terrified out of their minds, and somehow I can’t see them being that way if Hillary Clinton was in the White House instead of Barack Obama.
Something rotten is happening in that country.
UPDATE: Obama disagrees. I hope he is right. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that Joe Wilson disrespectfully shrieked “You lie!” right at the point in Obama’s speech where he started talking about illegal immigrants. Maybe the free-floating, directionless rage of the teabaggers is caused by a lack of Vitamin D.