Racism Is the Cause
No, Rep. Clyburn, it isn't! It is about competence, leadership, agenda, and integrity. It is about a nation's expectations for the leader of the free world and the administration of a noble land with a remarkable history. It is about being up to the job with a sense of what the Republic stands for in the world. When an individual of any skin color demonstrates a continual aversion to recognition of American exceptionalism it tends to get negative reaction. When the Constitution is being dismantled, the economy is suffering from over-regulated chaos and the world is becoming more dangerous each day, people tend to notice whatever the race of the incumbent.
Do you recall when President George W. Bush was depicted in exactly the same manner by your party? Was it racism then? I remember. I guess that was good humor.Clyburn described a recent racist image of Obama that received widespread news coverage."When he sees his face being put on a chimpanzee's body; do you think he didn't see that?" Clyburn said. "And I suspect they send the same faxes to his office they send to mine."
Clyburn suggested that the "birther" movement of Americans who say Obama wasn't born in the United States is fueled by racism."I don't know why anybody didn't ask for John McCain's" birth certificate, Clyburn said. "He wasn't even born in this country."The Republican senator from Arizona, whom Obama defeated in the 2008 presidential election, was born at the Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father served as an officer who'd later become an admiral and commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.
Maybe if you had spent some time in the uniform of your country, Congressman, you would know what the rules are about that. Could it be that such denial of the citizenship rights of the military serving overseas would be your form of racism?
Nah, it isn't racism in your instance, Mr. Clyburn, it's just plain ignorance and applicable to anyone regardless of race.