When the Ends Justify the Meanness

Those old, angry, white Republican guys are at it again.  They just can’t control their worst instincts.  They see a black face and they go nuts.

Now they’re going after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, not because she went on five Sunday news shows and told a fairy tale about why four Americans were killed in Benghazi, but simply because she’s a black woman.

At least that’s the story some liberals in the worlds of politics and media have come up with to counter GOP opposition to Ms. Rice, whom President Obama will almost certainly nominate to be the next Secretary of State.

Ninety-seven Republicans in the House recently signed a letter telling President Obama that, “Ambassador Rice is widely viewed as having either willfully or incompetently misled the American public in the Benghazi affair.”  They want him to pick somebody else.  In the Senate, John McCain and Lindsey Graham are leading the effort to block her nomination.

This has riled many sensitive liberals who see in this opposition the twin devils — racism and sexism.  Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, a Democrat from Ohio and the next chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus told reporters that, “It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they [Republicans] pick on women and minorities.”

And a magazine called The Week chimed in, opining that, “Republicans are trying to take the newly re-elected Obama down a peg by getting ‘Rice’s scalp.’ But in the end, Republicans will only compound their problems with women and minority voters if [Senator John] McCain filibusters Obama’s black, female ambassador over this ‘absurd’ criticism.”

TheGrio, an NBC News Web site aimed at African-Americans, ran a story that said, “The Republicans really need to lay off UN Ambassador Susan Rice.  The image of a party of angry old white dudes going after an accomplished black woman will not give them the image makeover they need.”

And the Washington Post went even further, with an editorial that read in part:  “Could it be, as members of the Congressional Black Caucus are charging, that the signatories of the letter are targeting Ms. Rice because she is an African American woman?  The signatories deny that, and we can’t know their hearts.  What we do know is that more than 80 of the signatories are white males, and nearly half are from states of the former Confederacy.”

This is especially nasty.  After the mandatory, “we can’t know their hearts,” the Post says in essence, maybe we can’t but we know that those Republicans are white, that they’re male and that a lot of them came from states that had slaves way more than 100 years ago – and that’s all we need to know to convince us that they’re racists.  The Post should be ashamed but we all know nobody responsible for that smarmy editorial will feel the least bit guilty.

So there it is:  If you criticize Susan Rice for putting out false information – possibly to protect the president who was busy telling voters that thanks to him al-Qaeda had been decimated – you’re a racist.  Never mind that there is not so much as a shred of evidence to support the allegation.  In cases like this, facts don’t matter.  Opponents are bigots simply because they’re white and come from the South. The ends justify the meanness.

But this isn’t only about Susan Rice.  This is a sordid lesson in how liberals use race and sex to smear their opponents and render them illegitimate.

So, if you ever opposed, say, President Obama for just about anything, it couldn’t be an honest disagreement over policy – not as far as those good white liberals are concerned. It must be because you’re a bigot.  You think Eric Holder is doing a lousy job.  That proves just one thing.  You hate him because he’s black.

Former Newsweek White House correspondent and current MSNBC political analyst Richard Wolffe said as much, telling Chris Matthews that John McCain is leading a “witch hunt” against “these people of color, let’s face it around this president, Eric Holder, Valerie Jarrett, now Susan Rice.”  When Matthews asked, “You’re saying that McCain is being driven by racial prejudice here?” Wolffe said, “There is no other way to look at this.”

Actually there is another way to look at this.  Why not accept that McCain and the others oppose Susan Rice because they disagree with what she did, and that her skin color has nothing to do with anything?  Why not accept that, since there is no evidence that any of them are racists?

Criticism of white politicians is perfectly legitimate, of course.  Just ask George W. Bush or any other Republican who has ever run for president.  But the same rules apparently don’t apply to African American public officials – if they’re liberal African American officials.  Liberal elites can say whatever they want about Clarence Thomas, Condoleeza Rice, and (soon-to-be former) Congressman Allen West.  They’re black conservatives, which means they’re fair game.  It’s perfectly permissible to call them Uncle Toms, house Negroes and the like.  But utter a discouraging word about a black liberal and you’re in for a heap of trouble

Black liberals must be protected.  Their honesty and their competence cannot be questioned.  No criticism, no matter how reasonable and legitimate, is permitted.  And so, their detractors must be slandered as racists. Liberal African American officials – especially those of the highest rank — can’t be held accountable precisely because they’re African Americans.  You get the impression that simply being a black liberal is a kind of get out of jail free card? Oops, is that racist?

Is this what the most important movement of the 20th century — the great Civil Rights Movement — has come to?

To their everlasting credit, liberals were on the right side of the civil rights struggle.  So it isn’t difficult to understand their belief that racism lurks just beneath the surface, even in today’s America.  But what they seem not to understand is that racism is an ugly thing even when it’s the soft kind, pedaled by supposedly well-meaning white liberals who are too eager to look the other way when black politicians – like every other kind of politician – get into trouble of their own making.  Calling critics bigots is not progress.  It’s not even liberal.

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  • Reality Based Media

    A “racist” is a conservative. In this case, having been caught in racist behavior, the conservative tries to flip the script. As Colin Powell has so correctly reported, there is a dark vein of intolerance in the GOP. As usual, that intolerance comes from conservatives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1775830309 Ricky Kirk

    Outstanding! I can’t believe I’ve found another person unafraid to tell the truth; to tell it like it is. That makes two this week. Fantastic column Mr. Goldberg. Thank you. America has to have men like yourself that will not back down even though you will be called all sorts of names and who knows what. God bless you.

  • Switchlight13

    John Kerry Sec of State: Qualified liberal but a white male.
    Susan Rice Sec of State: Unqualified far left loon and liar but a Black female.
    Rice gets the nomination hands down and meets Obama’s qualifications.
    Poor Kerry, a victim of his own self inflicted multi-cultural liberalism over the years.

  • Paul Courtney

    Seems to me the racism is in the low expectations of Ds toward blacks. If Susan Rice is qualified to be Sec. of State, turn her loose on these racist Senators in public, not behind closed doors. Why are Ds spending all their efforts at screaming racism, certainly not hoping to drown out her critics until she gets a pass? Why do they think she needs that sort of “help”?
    Hey, anybody else notice that while the FBI was not able to get on the ground and wrap yellow tape around the rubble of our consulate in Libya, it was busy thoroughly investigating Jill Kelley’s complaint? Politics aside, what sort of gov’t agency spends more resources protecting an “honorary South Korean ambassador” or whatever, than a real ambassador?

  • Switchlight13

    Demovrats say tax hike now and we’ll come up with cuts next year…..yeah right. If the GOP falls for this one then they are finished as a viable party

  • souvoter

    The only bigots I’ve seen are all in the democrat party (black and white). They always acuse others of what they are guilty of; the same as drug addicts always try and turn the table.

  • Paul Courtney

    Seems to me the real race problem is the low expectations of Ds regarding blacks. If Susan Rice is qualified to be Sec. of State, she can respond to the criticism of a few dull-witted Senators instead of hiding out and hoping shrill cries of racism drown out her critics until she gets a pass.
    Hey, anyone else notice the same FBI that couldn’t get yellow tape around the rubble in Benghazi jumped all over a complaint from Jill Kelley about email harassment? Politics aside, what gov’t agency puts more resources into protecting an “honorary South Korean consul” in Tampa than a real ambassador?

  • peteb91

    Why wasn’t the other Rice subjected to this intensive line of questioning about Iraq?

  • commonsense

    The Clinton’s are too valuable an asset to the luciferian Obama. So, the choice was made to sacrifice Rice. Moloch be praised.

  • commonsense

    Wow, Susan Rice is completely incompetent and an Obama yes man.
    Of courses I am a racist for being perceptive and intelligent.



  • Switchlight13

    The elephant in the living room is that we have a Govt run by Blacks. They are not to fond of white folks. The ignorant sheep cut their own throats on Nov 6th. Obama has put racist blacks in positions the public doesn’t even know about. He put Jay Carney as his white front man while the back office is mostly jet black run by Valerie Jarrett. Now, name one nation or even a city with black leadership that is sucessful and not incompetent and corrupt.

  • Pompus

    I’ve said it before but it bears repeating. In a free society, the people must be free to question and criticize their leaders. This is NOT negotiable. If, as liberals would have us believe, blacks/women cannot be questioned or criticized, then blacks/women are unfit for public office. It really is that simple.

  • lemonfemale

    So the repubs are racist if they oppose an African American woman. What are they if they confirm one? That being Condoleeza Rice. Myself I say that anybody who cries ‘racism’ these days should be taken out behind the woodshed for devaluing the currency (so to speak). That term MEANS SOMETHING.

  • Lucky3511

    I am sorry but Obama has led America into the biggest racial divide seen in America since early in the 20th century. I tried to stay out of racial feelings, but him and his miserable libeeral friends have pushed myself and many more into racial discord.
    Go back to Kenya with your relatives mighty dictator. America needs you gone.

  • Switchlight13

    Rice meets are of Obama’s qualifications for Sec of State ie. she’s black.

  • Barb Bf

    If Obama and/or the U.N. made one public statement
    about militarily defending the elected Congolese government against
    invasion, the M23 militia would have never acted.

    Human Rights Watch and other groups have correctly labeled the M23’s
    commanders as responsible for “ethnic massacres, recruitment of
    children, mass rape, killings, abductions and torture.”

    But at the U.N. the Obama administration has been actively protecting this group. The New York Times continues:

    “Some human rights groups say that Susan E. Rice, the
    American ambassador to the United Nations and a leading contender to be
    President Obama’s next secretary of state, has been far too soft on
    Rwanda, which is a close American ally and whose president, Paul Kagame,
    has known Ms. Rice for years. The activists have accused her of
    watering down language in a Security Council resolution that would have
    mentioned Rwanda’s links to the [M23] rebels and say she also tried to
    block the publication of part of a [U.N.] report that detailed Rwanda’s
    covert support for the M23.”

    It’s likely that the Obama administration will jump into action as
    soon as his M23 allies complete their military objective of regime
    change, and re-open the Congo’s military wealth to U.S. corporations to
    profit from. There are currently talks occurring in U.S.-puppet Uganda
    between the M23 and the Congo government. It is unlikely that these
    talks will produce much of a result unless Kabila stands down and allows
    the M23 and its Rwandan backers to take over the country. The M23 knows
    it’s in an excellent bargaining position, given the silence of the U.N.
    and the United States government.

  • Phil

    We’re a nation of 4th-graders. Nothing surprises me anymore. God help us.

  • Tim Ned

    I remember Sam Donaldson confronting Ronald Reagan during his press conference pertaining to the military intervention of Granada. Donaldson repeatedly, and rudely, challenged the president to more clearly define if the motivation was a rescue mission for the American Students, or a military intervention against the communists. Where have all the reporters gone?

    • http://hemingwayreport.blogspot.com/ MerchantofVenom

      They are extinct. But miraculously they’ll be”born again” if or when the next Republican president comes along.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sterling-Hallbrook/100001761276049 Sterling Hallbrook

    So basically the progressives have modified their favorite “Question Authority” to “Question (only white male) Authority”. Brilliant strategy by the obama cabal by the way. With all their affirmative action political correctness crap they are further suppressing any chance of critique or free speech by anyone objecting to their evil plan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/martinn.winters Martinn E Winters

    Apparently only white people can now be criticized. This is the culmination of political correctness that has been force fed to the public by our public institutions since the late 60’s. We now have a president who ascended to office with the system holding doors open for him without questioning his qualifications. Has anyone seen his college transcripts? Now that he is in office, we are not allowed to question his results.

    Where were the camera crews to examine the wreckage and inadequate response to hurricane Sandy on the scale like there was to hurricane Katrina under Bush? Where is the examination in the media to his failed economic stimulus boondoggle? Where is the media outrage over the taxpayer bailout of Solyndra? Where is the media outrage over the closed auto dealers? Where were the camera crews outside Susan Rice’s house over the Bengazi propaganda like there was for the Valerie Plame affair? Pick any issue and just imagine what the media coverage would be if the president was named Bush and you have your answer as to the media’s role in covering up Obama’s manifest failures.

    Obama was reelected largely by liberals that are determined that he not leave office as a failure, but be given a second chance on the vain hope that he can get it right the second time. Otherwise, affirmative action itself might have been adjudicated a failure.

    Meanwhile, the country suffers under his perfidy. Bring us together indeed. I could go on but why bother. A country ignorant enough to vote this man in a second time is lost.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rusty-Shackelford/1434757800 Rusty Shackelford

    What these fools don’t understand is that every time they use the race card they continue to dillute its effectiveness. What I’d love to know is how many of them still really believe in the racism claptrap versus those that know they can harm their opponents simply by calling them racists. They day is going to come in the not too distant future when the race card won’t work anymore. White guilt is in increasingly short supply in this country, except of course among the dyed in the wool white liberals. All it is going to take is one public figure to say to a Marsha Fudge “Enough. Stop using race as an excuse to deflect criticism and legitimate questions. We are sick of being called racists every time we criticize a non-white for something they have done. You should know better”.

  • alexlamb

    What I dont understand is why on earth republicans don’t just stand up and call those race baiters on this and demand they knock it off!
    No wonder they continue their race baiting, republicans and yes whites are allowing this nonsense to go on.
    Stop being afraid because when you are afraid you look weak and no one likes a weakness.
    there is nothing wrong about standing up against race baiting and also racism and yes also reverse racism!
    Grow a effing spine!

  • WarrenHart

    Ambassador Rice was simply doing her job when she went on the talk shows and said whatever she said, and she did her job very well I might add. Taking into consideration the ongoing investigation and the obvious national security issues etc, the Ambassador was saying what the intelligence people had agreed was the best thing for her to say at that time. The administration had sensitive information that could have alerted terrorists what we knew and that might have endangered people who were working with America’s safety and lives as well. The Republicans should be ashamed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Macso/100001208613306 Thomas Macso

      You’re an idiot. By the time she went on the shows EVERYONE knew that there were NO DEMONSTRATIONS. The President of Lybia said just 24 hours after the terrorist attacks that they were TERRORIST attacks unrelated to the video.
      You should be ashamed of yourself!

    • yestradamous

      Right. We didn’t want to tip off al Qaeda. Sorry, that doesn’t pass the smell test. That’s called CYA after the fact.

  • docflash9

    They are forcing me to be a racist.

  • jeffmagic

    I didn’t even realize she was black until the media cried racism.

  • Joe Reason

    Word to Bernard…”ineptitude”, “incompetence”, “deceit” and “treachery” do NOT constitute NOR are they “code words” for “racism”. Mr. Goldberg is just another in the long line of worthless liberal shills for this disgrace of a liberal administration.

    • GDMace

      Did you even read the article, genius?

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnj.trainor.7 John J Trainor

    It’s a great excuse, if they need one, for statist, hate filled thugs to smear Normal People. They’re bitter, they have had their little man in the WH for four years and it has been, programs and all, a complete failure. Plus it turns out that the smartest man of recent years is an unspeakable dope.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christine-Riordan-Brown/1302488096 Christine Riordan Brown

    she had access to the real report she knew she was lying the minute she went out there ??when did lying become the truth and telling the truth became a crime or has some racist accusations lobbied at you.boy hitler would be proud of his comrades…..you tell a lie often enough and the people believe it !!!! a lie is a lie no matters who tells it !!

  • BeyondPolls

    “I have a dream that one day men will be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
    Liberals judge Susan Rice by the color of her skin, not the content of her character. Conservatives judge Susan Rice by the content of her character and are called racists because of it. Liberals also attack Allen West because of the color of his skin and rig his election.

  • RAM

    Remember, none of this would fly if voters had their heads on straight.

  • lsal

    This is the classic Liberal/Democratic character assassination operation. This operation is done over years. George Bush had his character assassinated over 8 years. Mitt over 2 years, probably the most upstanding man in Politics, now with no election at hand they are starting to assassinate the Republican Party 2 years before the next election. In 2014 the Republican party will be the party of rich white guys, everyone else vote Democratic.

    • Bob Hadley

      Anyone who thinks liberals/Democrats have a corner on smear campaigns is a fool. Did you notice all the character assissination during the Rep. primaries? How about the character assassination of Pres. Obama since he took office in ’09?
      NOTE: I’m NOT saying that any criticism of Pres. Obama is unfair. But much of it was simply character assassination. Just look at a lot of the comment on his website.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Macso/100001208613306 Thomas Macso

        They cornered the market, they learned well from Alinsky.

        • Bob Hadley

          By “they” do you mean all slandering right wingers?

        • Bob Hadley

          Who’s “they”? The slandering right wingers?

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrea.rouda Andrea Rouda

    This is an outstanding explanation of the craziness that goes on today regarding race. I firmly believe that Obama was elected because he is black and re-elected because he is still black. Because I believe this and say it on occasion, I am called racist. It has gotten to the point where anyone who even thinks there are different races is a racist, so I guess I am one. Thanks for bringing sanity to an insane subject!

    • Divineconnection7

      I tell people that we are all the “human race”.

  • FloridaJim

    Perhaps, competence is the issue and color has no bearing?

  • mcweijun

    The only racism I see these days comes from angry black people.



  • suellen

    Mr Goldberg,

    You must communicate with Francis Rice,head of The National Black Republican Association. She can, from a black woman’s perspective,put it all into context. And she talks a lot about the missing history of the Democrat party. Please look her up. She’s delightful!

  • Gclefginger

    Dear Bernie, This commentary, along with your commentary on O’Reilly tonight (regarding the Washington Post editorial) is two legs of the triple crown. Can’t wait to see a third posting.

    As you stated, Rice is black and a woman. Those objecting to her role in the Bengazi-gate are white men. So Liberals pull their predictable race card. But I draw this comparison: those who died were white men. I don’t think she can equate her role as a government servant to the ultimate sacrifice these men made. Is there racist bias here? No white guilt here–it is a righteous anger because this involves the murder of her fellow federal employees. That should appall any decent person. Bottom line, she represents a corrupt executive branch that holds little regard for humanity.

    Many thanks, Virginia

  • Faxxmaxx

    Does it really matter? Our government is so corrupt that at this point I wouldn’t trust a single person to act as SOS. Clinton is so corrupt she hasn’t been in the country long enough to face the press, which is just as corrupt as everyone else. She’s trying to stay out of the fray in case she wants to make a run in 2016. Remember, anything she might say will be political fodder for the Republican ads.

  • bonaparte3

    Calling someone a racist because you disagree with them effectively shuts off the conversation. It is the way liberals shut conservatives up. What kind of a mindset prompts this impasse? Conservatives see liberals as wrong-headed; liberals see conservatives as evil.

  • I Hate Fascists

    “they oppose Susan Rice for what she did”…
    What did she do exactly? Did she kill anyone?
    Did she suddenly become unqualified because she went on some TV shows?
    Oh come now. Let’s be serious

  • hankhudson

    It’s gotten to the point where I don’t trust Obama, either side of the politicians, the military, the bankers, the bankers or anyone else in power. Our country has become a nation of vipers who will do anything to get money or power. I hope there are some honest, patriotic people who will come forth for our next election — we need to rid the leeches running our country.

  • Johnny Deadline

    Excellent post, Bernie. And kudos on the clever headline. The only standard today’s Democratic party can claim is the double standard. Remember the bumper stickers when Dubya was president? “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” But if you dissent with this administration it means you are a racist, bigot, sexist, chauvinist or homophobe. Begs the question: which party is the one making a big deal about race, gender and sexual orientation?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMJUHF4UNZWSLIDRXPSSTOHA3Q Shane

    This is disgraceful behavior by politicians who are shameless. These vile punks will tell any lie to promote their party. What is so sad is that many white twits and racist blacks will believe this nonsense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

    Another racially charged commentary by the dude who wrote the racially charged ONE BIG SLOBBERING LOVE AFFAIR. No shame, Bern’??

  • rlpincus

    Calling NDI talking points “a fairy tale” is sophomoric, but you already knew that.

    No mention of McCain calling Rice “not very bright” or McCain’s history with Rice. Nope, just the purity of McCain’s principled opposition. What a laugh.

  • Miriam

    Couldn’t agree more with your piece – outstanding. It’s so tiresome to hear people who refuse to accept responsibility for their actions.

    Thank you for speaking with me a while back in downtown San Rafael, CA. It was an honor to meet you.


  • Diane

    Bernie, you’ve probably already felt the “Chicago-way heat” and they will crucify anybody who dares criticism. I so admire your courage, along with that of John Boehner and a few others with the courage to speak up, to be OUR Champions. Whenever you doubt, check the Real Clear right track/wrong track averages. As of this morning, the so-called right track is 41.3%, and the WRONG track is 53.5% That is not a mandate.

  • burkanuck

    “To their everlasting credit, liberals were on the right side of the civil rights struggle.”

    For crying out loud, Bernie! The MAJORITY of those who voted for civil rights were WHITE REPUBLICANS and the most opposition came from democrats!!!
    Get your history straight!
    I’m sick of hearing how those who opposed the civil rights movement are the ones who ushered it in and you just go right along and perpetuate the lie.
    I expect better from you.

  • http://twitter.com/marfotic John H

    Bernie, I was with you until you said, “To their everlasting credit, liberals were on the right side of the civil rights struggle.” How so? Most Dems did not vote for civil rights legislation in the 60s. And it was the Republicans who freed the slaves.

  • Diane

    There is no doubt that the Class Warfare, the Race Card, the “war on women” blather will go on. This morning I’m angry all over again….due to an article in the NYT, of course, “White House Turns to Obama Voters for Support” by Michael Shear, dated Nov 25. Be forwarned. Among the quotes, “Obama’s army of campaign volunteers….” Do the words O’bama’s ARMY bother you? Hitler’s Brown Shirts come to mind. Here’s a sentence to regurgitate: “The president’s strategists are turning first to the millions of e-mail addresses assembled by the campaign and the White House.” (btw, I directed my WH e-mail to the SPAM file.) The entire article is well worth the read, and ends with “Success begets success,” Ms. Tanden said. “If they are able to take this argument and mobilize them on the fiscal cliff, then I believe he will have success on immigration reform and future issues.” Really.
    Future issues? Like, maybe Throw-Grannie-over-the-Cliff” for real, considering Obama only speaks for families & youth. Or maybe abolish the President 2-Term Rule, by Executive Order? America is in grave danger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1775150241 Bonnie Thomas Usrey

    Oh, and by the way, many of those 2% Millionaires that the Left is attacking are Black atheletes, basketball, football stars, as well as Black Actors, Black Businessmen, like Herman Cain who they created a “scandal” to destroy! I wonder how those guys “slipped through the cracks” and became so rich and successful in America? Anyone who believes that until Obama was “President” no one got a “fair shot” is a moron, indoctrinated in Public schools and Expensive Ivy League colleges that have been infiltrated by the Socialists.
    The grandson of the Founder of the Muslim Brotherhood is now teaching classes at Notre Dame! He was banned from traveling in America, his passport was blocked under Clinton and Bush, but the Obama Administration took him off the “banned” list and he’s now indoctrinating Notre Dame students! Hope all the Dems like Sharia law because it’s coming to America! Under that law Homosexuals are hanged, and thieves have their hands cut off! Adulters are stoned (Look out Bill Clinton!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1775150241 Bonnie Thomas Usrey

    I love it when the Leftists/Libs try to “help” the GOP by telling us what we need to do to change our image, and get more votes from minority groups! I’m sure they are just trying to help us so that we can win next time! It’s possible that by the time we all live through the next four years, of Unemployment, Job-killling policies, Weak National Security, Out of control spending, de-valueing our dollars, high inflation (ala Jimmy Carter) skyrocketing energy costs (as Obama said we would have under his plan) high gas prices, causing high food prices, and all other goods that have to be shipped, chaotic healthcare costing more, WE WILL ALL BE RACISTS because we want them OUT! White guys too- No one ever mentions that Timothy Geitner was the head of the Intermational Monetary Fund (IMF) when the economy crashed, then he was appointed our Treasury Secretary! No one mentions that nothing has come out of the UN to benefit the USA since Susan Rice has been our Ambassador to the U.N. and nothing ever will except our Executive Branch colluding with the UN to bring America down. Not by war, but from the inside!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GW5KEERS4IBMLJI7RO2XAVDEBA Sqwash Mulder

    The word “racist” is losing all meaning

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-L-Macchia/649373637 Robert L Macchia

    Bernie, I normally agree with you, but in this case Obama and his cronies made the campaign a race issue because as you know when they have no defense they use the race card. Rice made the mistake of opening up her mouth without any backup and that is why so many are against her as SOS.

  • chopkoski

    Hmm, most of this movement gets funneled through NBC, eh? Nobody’s Bright Considering….well, it is a junction of waning cult. You can only go on so long bitching the same ol’ thing. Wait, it just could work for the scared women who elected Obama! Seems they are susceptible to the fear tactic. It worked in the election…no more abortions, welfare cut, everything cut…these city dwellers are in need and Obama knows their every whim..or, rather, fear, to prey on.

  • Glorstuart

    Very well said as usual. What we have come to is reverse racism. Don’t dare criticize a minority race office holder – no matter what they do or say – it is okay! Regardless of the truth, the facts, it is unacceptable to attempt to get to the heart of the matter while the liberal elite and their mouthpiece, the media have the floor.

  • Marc, Colorado

    Anyone remember Mr. Colin Powell & Ms. Condy Rice? Hmmmm… a strange kind of amnesia besets some folks when it come to race & politics.

  • Divineconnection7

    Bernie, it was the democrats that defended slavery and bad policies. The republicans fought against slavery. Here view this video, study true history.


  • Cowboysurfer

    Isn’t calling every white politician who disagrees with you a racist and a bigot, racist bigotry?

  • nickshaw

    Just as the standards for black students has been lowered, the standards for black politicians have to lowered as well.
    I wonder how some black folk like to be perceived as not being better than a pet rock solely based on the color of their skin?
    It’s the equivalent of relegating all blacks to the short bus.
    I know if I were black it would piss me off no end!

  • Al

    Classic Obama politics! Let the white woman go on vacation let black woman be the spokesperson on Benghazi. Obama and cabinet did this to play the race card again. The cockroaches come out now and scream racism and sexism slurs against old whites guys. Good article Bernie.

  • Freedom Reigns

    The tired old race card again. How convenient! Truth be told its about incompetence and poor job performance…not racial prejudice. But, the liberals who, live on the Government Plantation run by “Massa Obama”, depend on the Race card to play it on the evil white-honkies that enslaved them. That is total Bull Sh**, No one alive today was either an African slave or African slave owner in America. By the way, they are not African Americans. They are Americans and it is time they behave accordingly. I too, grew up in the Jim Crow era, and when I see a person of color…all I see is another person and hold all judgement until they show their “character” and “behaviors”.



    • BND

      I heard the view of the Jm Crow south was better from the front of the bus. So i understand how it was no big deal, or the best of times to you. Sorry we dont have behave the way you want. Guess we got uppity once yall stopped hanging us and bombing our kids on the way to church.

  • Iowa48

    Apparently marxism is now considered to be an ethnicity, so if you criticize marxists or marxism, you are a racist engaging in racism. Ms. Rice demonstrated her lack of ability to engage in critical thinking when she touted the unbelievable fairy-tale that a well-armed heavy weapons assault on an American installation on the anniversary of 9/11 was anything other than an organized terrorist attack. With that attack occurring in Libya, only a fool or a tool would doubt that the attack was anything other than Al Qaeda or its affiliate. The video story was a non-starter, and she sacrificed her credibility trying to push it. Surely we have a plethora of talented people who could fill the SecState position just as well, if not better, than Ms. Rice.

  • justaveteran

    Bernard, WHY do we continue to let them get away with these lies, without challenging them? The dems have a 200+ year history of racism, including slaver, Jim Crow, the KKK, and fighting against every piece of civil rights legislation ever passed. The republicans have a 150+ year history of promoting civil rights, and have NO history whatsoever of racism. Why is this not brought up regularly? My African-American friends actually believe this garbage, because they keep hearing it and it is not challenged. We need to go on the offense.

  • joer1

    The Republicans need to keep the Liberals feet to the fire and quit acting weak. Stand up for what’s right and let the public continue to choose. Pandering doesn’t work and buying votes won’t work either. People who are opposed to the Republicans won’t change because we kiss their butts. We need to affect the “supposedly” Independent, the conservative Democrats, the students with 1/2 a brain, Hispanics, honest Women who don’t drink kool-aid, any Blacks who are tired of the kool-aid … then we need to get the non-voters to vote. After 8 years of the

    Liberal BS the voters will be fed up and a warmed over Hillary Clinton, will not have much appeal. Turning ourselves into “Republican-Democrats” … is ridiculous.

  • ahalbert

    The best strategy towards the MSM is to stop listening to it or reading it. It survives because enough people support it thru their cable bills, newspapers, and magazines.

  • Art8800

    A racist is anyone, like john McCain, who states that Susan Rice is not start enough to be Sec.of State..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roscoe-Bonnifitucci/100000459519027 Roscoe Bonnifitucci

    The Racial Wound in America will NEVER heal until the Race Baiters are no longer rewarded for creating a “racial” story where clearly there is none. If Susan Rice were a Conservative or White Male she would have been tossed into the nearest dumpster. Right now she has Racist Collateral and thus will be used to further separate America a Leftist Agenda. Progressives are Evil Incarnate.

  • demivoix

    Speaking as the white woman I am, I believe that those who label people racists are racist themselves. And of course, they would be the first to deny my charge.

  • http://twitter.com/scorpia31 Linda Besink

    “It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they [Republicans] pick on women and minorities.” TRANSLATION: it’s a shame that white people haven’t cornered the market on incompetence.

  • Bloefeld

    Does this mean that Liberal criticism of Condelesa Rice makes them racist’s and sexist’s?

  • Ksp48

    Now that I’ve read most of the other comments, I’m wondering what world you all live in. The public (51% anyway) just doesn’t care. They want their stuff and they want all those “rich”people to pay for it. Anything else is just of no interest to them. It doesn’t help that fiscal conservatives also seem to want to control the social agenda as well.

    • ahalbert

      Yeah, how dare conservatives want to have values and a balanced budget at the same time.

  • POC247

    Poor Ms. Rice. She’s supposedly qualified to negotiate with world leaders but can’t fight her own battles on her own turf because she’s a female and black. In smearing the white Right, the Left and Obama have actually smeared Rice at the same time. With their own shrill voices, they’ve relegated her to being a weak damsel in distress and by pointing out her blackness she is reduced in stature because her race becomes her qualifier, not her skills…I haven’t heard one of them lauding her as an adroit diplomat. They only acknowledge that she’s a poor little black girl and the big bad Right should stop picking on her.

  • Ksp48

    Welcome to the USA in the early 21st Century. We better get used to it. My question is: Can any little white boy grow up to be President?

  • Wally

    If it is racism/sexism, as the left states, then let her tell the story with nothing left out and the people can decide for themselves. I personally did not know that she was black until the left brought it up. I considered her ineffective as her story made no sense.

  • nono524

    If being a Republican means I have to adopt the democratic parties values, I quit!

  • Tim in California

    Bernie: right on the nose again…. Seeing how black conservatives are nailed by liberal whites AND liberal blacks only points out out ludicrous these accusations of racism are… it’s a one way street of hypocrisy…. Conservatives blacks are fair game for criticism. Criticism of liberal blacks is racism…… so sad….

  • Randall Jones

    As always Bernie, right on the money….I think in this case the President is (as he often does) overreaching….At this point the Republicans would lover to have her under oath, in front of the American people, talking for three days on all major networks about the subject they has so carefully avoided, Benghazi

    • nickshaw

      Even under oath she’s going to say that she was just repeating what was told to her (much as we believe that to be a lie). Unless it can be proved that she knew the real reason behind the Benghazi murders by placing her in the situation room (hey, is that why no photos have been released?) or any written correspondence, she won’t budge from that story.
      Plausible deniability. That’s all this is. That’s why someone with absolutely no connection to the incident and no way to prove she might be, was chosen as a spokesperson in the first place.

  • Solo4357

    When are Liberals going to cut the racist policy of low expectations? Isn’t defending incompetency on the basis of skin color insulting to say the least? As a white father of adopted black children, I hope my kids never trade on their skin color to get ahead in life. It wasn’t cool pre-1960’s when white people did it, it isn’t any better now that we give passes to people by defending failure. In the end you’re still marginalizing blacks on the basis of skin color rather than treating for what they are: flawed, special, individual human beings like everyone else.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    For some reason, Republicans forgot to be racist when it came to the previous Rice.

  • BrianFruman

    Well if you circle the wagon of Obama you are a hero. I ask one thing on liberals did Rumsfeld resign after Abu Grahd. What about Scooter Libby and Valerie Jarrett. What this administration needs to understand is that scandals have consequences. It is that simple.

  • Wheels55

    White men just can’t win.
    Incompetent people of color now can win just by liberals crying racism.
    If liberals want race equality, why do they play the race card so often?

    • rdgeorge

      They don’t want race equality because they are the genuine racists. I’m perfectly willing to believe that many of them cannot even compute that they are becuase of their inner self worth. However if racism is ‘treating another person as fundamentally different simply because of their skin colour’ then most democrats are racists by clear demonstrable behaviour.
      Seeing another person as your equal in intrinsic value as a human being and then harranging them for idiotic or decietful behaviour is only OK if that person is not black or female or liberal. As soon as you introduce ‘classifications’ to any system you are de facto discriminating.

  • Kathie Ampela

    Does anyone remember the Valerie Plame “scandal” and how the press was SALIVATING over the possibility of anyone, ANYONE from the Bush administration going to prison? That was over a CIA agent, and not a deep cover agent at that, being “outed.” Here we have 4 dead Americans, including a U.S. Ambassador, 2 CIA agents and former Navy seals asking for backup while being ambushed on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and being refused help and the story is about Susan Rice getting her feelings hurt? I saw Bob Woodward on O’Reilly the other night and I had to try very hard from throwing up while watching it. He (Woodward) really hasn’t done much looking into Benghazi, because he’s busy doing other things(!) Either the press are so in the tank for Obama that they have become Pravda, they care only about cocktail party invitations or they are being strong armed by the WH. They’re so bad, it’s mindboggling. (And by the way, where was the media and CBC when Condoleeza Rice was being called Aunt Jemima and skeezer…oh wait, that’s right, THEY were the ones doing the name calling. Hurt feelings only count when it’s YOUR political side.)

  • Switchlight13

    Another sign of the decrepit nature of black culture and ignorance are the scumbucket black racist bufoons they send to Congress.

  • Joel Wischkaemper

    I don’t think the public knows what happened yet, and probably won’t. Nor am I sure they should. But the people in Congress need to know, and need to speak very clearly if there was wrong doing. What is wrong with a great many things happening in our country today is they Congress won’t say very much at all.

  • sbolserg

    I’ve come to the conclusion the press isn’t so much corrupt as downright stupid. They can’t even see a story anymore if it doesn’t follow the headlines they memorized as brainless college pukes. As for the woman thing…whining because you’re a girl? I’d say “get back in the kitchen” but cooking takes brains!

  • Hjo

    Would a white President with the Obama record have been reelected??
    I think not.

    • BND

      President Bush won a second term after over three thousand Americans died and the twin towers came down on his watch. He sent me others to fight in Iraq to protect us from WMD’s that didnt exist. Three thousand troops had died and the war was going badly. But Bush was still reelected. Did you then question why he won ? I doubt it but its ok. Many of you only want to hold president Obama to this standard.

      • Bloefeld

        So would you claim that the Twin Towers came down as a result of President Bush’s foreign policy but let President Obama blame his predecessor for 4 years of weak economic results? You can’t have it both ways BND.

        • BND

          No its fair to blame Obama he has screwed things up. But the right gave bush so many passes. He didnt deserve reelection….but he won. Im just pointing out the double standard.

          • alegalcitizen

            But then we would have had John Kerry, HELP if he had been elected!!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            yeah, a real bum. Volunteers for Vietnam…ok, he shot off his mouth when he returned…. “swift boated” out of 1600.

        • Bob Hadley

          Both ways??????? Do you actually think before you write?

          9/11 happened on Pres. GW Bush’s watch AND the economic meltdown and the resulting economic free-fall also occured on Pres. GW Bush’s watch?

          Now, what was you question?

      • Ted Crawford

        1988- Saddam uses WMD’s to kill 5000 of his own people in Halabja! Every Intelligence agency on the Planet believed, and Saddam himself admitted, he possesed them! It’s widely believed that many of the WMD’s we are now concerned with in Syria, were once in Saddams hands! You are comparing Apples to Oranges here!

        • BND

          No your missing the point. BUSH sent me and other troops to war for reasons that were rooted in bad and wrong infomation. Im not a Bush lied and troops died guy. The CIC got it wrong when he sent us into Iraq. I served with troops that died and are wounded. He made that huge mistake but it didnt matter to the right. They still reelected him. So if Obama didnt deserve reelection becase of his mistakes. I was pointing out that Bush also made huge mistakes but the right was ok with it then and reelected him. Thus I did compare apples to apples. I just dont like the double standard. And it happens on both sides.

          • Billy26

            But the nonexistence of WMDs wasn’t Bush’s mistake. Every intelligence community in the world got it wrong. The Clinton administration believed Saddam had WMDs too. Not to mention John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. So it’s not a proper analogy.

          • BND

            Switch Bush with Obama….would you also give BO a pass ? I doubt it.

          • Billy26

            I’d give BO a pass concerning the existence of WMDs if he were in the White House instead of Bush for all the same reasons I listed above. It was bad intelligence worldwide.

            Benghazi isn’t a case of bad intelligence. This administration deliberately lied about what happened in Benghazi. They knew it was a terrorist attack “almost immediately” according to Petraeus. But the White House sent Rice out to tell a fairy tale five days later anyway. And Obama referenced the “video” six times in his speech to the United Nations two weeks later. He lied to the American people to assure his re-election.

          • BND

            I will take you at your word. I would not give either a pass. As the CIC I expect the President to get the reason right before you send the military to war. OOPS everyone else had it wrong too wont comfort the families of dead US troops. To me its thats simple. And why cant Bush take responsibility and say hes sorry.

            No Obama screwed the whole Benghazi attack up. The cover up only makes it worse. Let the chips fall where they may. See how easy it is to be fair.

          • Billy26

            There’s another side to the defense of the Bush and the WMD thing that no one ever mentions, but I think is very important. 60 minutes did a lengthy story on it.

            After Saddam was captured FBI agent George Piro shared time with him everyday. He was the only one Saddam really ever saw in captivity. Piro was there to do a “soft” interrogation, meaning he was to befriend or at least show respect for Saddam by engaging him in conversation in order to gain intelligence. Saddam was led to believe Piro was an extremely important man.

            This went on along time. Finally one day Saddam confided in Piro that if we had not invaded and if the U.N. inspectors finally wound down the inspections and called it a day, he had every intention of reconstituting his WMD program — including developing a nuclear bomb. Which means if we didn’t invade when we did, we would have had to invade later, when he actually DID have WMDs and when American casualties would have therefore been far worse. For this reason, the fact that there weren’t WMDs found after we invaded remains a moot and inconsequential point.

            You can read the 60 minutes story on all this here:


            Also — there are links to the actual 60 minutes video at this link, too. But they take about 30 seconds to load after a commercial plays, so be patient.

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            “Switch Bush”..Obama did not sleep thru the 08-06-01 warning of 9-11 and give us 2 unfunded wars, unfunded tax relief for zillionaires and unfunded pharma.

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            ok, fine..if U wanna believe that. Why then did we change the mission statement to FREE IRAQ! after no WMDs were found?? (ask D. Cheney why).

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            I thank You for your guts and service to a somewhat unappreciative land.

        • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

          well, not in 2003. And the slam dunkers at 1600 KNEW THAT. hey wanted Cheney to send a gift to halliburton.

          • joer1

            GEORGE TENET was the CIA Director who used the “Slam Dunk” expression … he was a Bill Clinton appointee who was renewed by Pres. Bush. He was an EXCELLENT director who concluded what ever other “Intelligence Service” in the world concluded.

          • BND

            The president uses the advice of his advisors. With the Iraq war Bush got it wrong. As CIC the buck stops with him. Why can yall point out BO’s mistakes. But can not bring yourselves to point out that bush made mistakes too. Its called being fair.

          • joer1

            Every President makes mistakes … it is the most complex job in the world. In hindsight, many things could have been done differently in every administration in history. My “beef” with the Kool-Aid drinkers is that Obama voters will NOT accept ANY criticism of Obama and they allow him to blame anything and anyone for whatever goes wrong. The latest is Hurricane Sandy. 2-3 days after Katrina the media was screaming at Bush and FEMA in the streets of New Orleans. Pres. Bush declined landing for “photo op” in the midst of a great disaster, so they drilled him for “not caring”. Two weeks after Sandy, millions had no water, no power, no food, and New Yorkers were reduced to dumpster diving. Obama stopped in for a 2 hour photo op before the election then left the people to fend for themselves. Bush was accused of neglect because the victims were Black … Obama skated. We have had floods, fires, tornados, the Middle East is on fire, the economy is a disaster, our Foreign Policy is non-existent, our relationship with the Russians is dangerous, we had an Ambassador and three Americans who were Seals and CIA killed for the first time on 30 years, and on and on. We go on blaming Bush, the rich, the greedy oil companies, the Republicans, the bankers, wall street, the Europeans, the Greeks, The “world situation” ………. w-h-a-t-e-v-e-r. Obama accepts NO RESPONSIBILITY and the Kool-Aid drinkers just circle the wagons and act like he is perfection personified. Come on … this is ridiculous and it is dangerous!

          • Billy26

            Jamie Fox called Obama “our Lord and Savior” at the BET awards the other night. That’s what it’s come to with the Obamatards.

          • BND

            Hes a comedian….really .? Do better then that.That like saying Ted Nugent at the NRA should be taken seriously on the right.

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            as if the Gipper was not deified. as he sent 241 Marines into Beirut………….

          • Billy26

            Halliburton? Seriously? You’re still stuck on Halliburton?

          • joer1

            Halliburton is a great American company. ONE of only 3 companies in the entire world that do what they do. The other two companies? One is FRENCH and the other is RUSSIAN. The French and the Russians did not help us in Iraq … in fact, they conspired against us … further, they both profited financially and directly from the Iraq “Oil for Food” program. The French president and foreign minister AND the son of the UN Secretary General, got MILLIONS! You think we should have allowed France and Russia to compete with HALLIBURTON for Iraq related oil field work? You are either grossly misinformed or unimaginably nuts!

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            great company. must be. or their ex-CEO would not have joined the “slam dunk” team in the Oval Office in 2003.

          • joer1

            There was no “slam dunk team”.  George Tenet, a holdover Clinton appointee at CIA was the one who used that term to describe the chances that Saddam had nukes.  This was the information he had and  Intelligence services all over the world and  Bill Clinton , during his term in office was  convinced Saddam had nukes.  Since one never knows anything for sure in this world, a judgment call was made … not to risk YOUR life or MINE … by ignoring what everyone was saying and risk an attack on your city or mine.  Not that Saddam would have attacked us … he wouldn’t have…. however, with deniability, he would have passed dirty nuke material to Bin Laden and he would have used it.  After 9/11, that risk could not  be taken.  With respect Phil, you guys who enjoy Kool- Aid tend NEVER to listen,  you just get back to your agenda.  I t is tiresome.  ” Bush lied and people died” … it’s cute,  it’s got a nice beat … you might even be able to dance to it … but, it’s just not true and no matter how many times it is repeated … it will never be true!

          • Bob Hadley

            George Tenet’s “slam dunk” remark referred to WMD. Nukes are a certain type of WMD, about which there was a dearth of intel

          • Bob Hadley

            One further point, as I understand it the intelligence report on Iraq having biological weapons had a dissenting opinion that argued the reports of WMD unreliable. The Bush Administration “sanitized” the intel report, i.e. removed the dissenting opinion before giving it to Congress.
            There’s also evidence that the Bush Administration manipulated the intel community into finding “Curve Ball” (intel’s source) reliable.

          • joer1

            Unless you are a member of the active “intelligence community” … your “source” is a kook web site that you favor.

          • Bob Hadley

            And if I am a member of an “intelligence community” then my info might be correct? Geez!

            I get my info from news reports from a variety of sources including all cable news stations, network news and newspapers.

            This is the only website that I regularly visit. It’s not a kook website, but a lot of the posters on here are kooks.

            BTW, who told you the lie that Mr. Tenet’s “slam dunk” remark was about Iraq having nukes? Or did you just make that up all by yourself?

          • Bob Hadley

            “… however, with deniability, he would have passed dirty nuke material to Bin Laden and he would have used it. ”
            Of course, you are aware that Saddam and Bin Laden had very little use for each other. Bin Laden considered Saddam far too secular, almost an infidel.
            I kn ow, I know, I know. Anything that contradicts your little world either has a liberal bias or is a lie.

          • joer1

            Sure,  that’s why Al-zarq awi … a key bin laden associate, went to Iraq for tmedical reatment he needed and then remained … under Saddam’s protection , to attack and kill American forces in Iraq … until he was himself killed by a missile strike!  so, no … bin laden and Saddam weren’t close … you guys all have your “narrative”  and you have access to a set of useful “facts”  available for use at any time to “sup port” your nonsense.  “Bush lied and people died”  … that’s always a good one!

          • Bob Hadley

            Zarqawi was not a key Bin Laden associate. He had his own terror group, which had some loose affiliations with Bin Laden. But Zarqawi had differences with Bin Laden. Yes, when he needed medical treatment he went to Iraq. Just like the terrorist Abu Nidal (sp?) retired in Iraq.

            It was after the Iraq invasion that he affiliated more closely with Bin Laden.

            But there is no evidence that Zarqawi had operational connections with Saddam.

            BTW, I’ve never used the slogan “Bush lied and people died.” I’ve always said that whether Pres. GW Bush lied depend on what your definition of “is” is.

            I know you have no use for facts unless they support your narrative.

      • alegalcitizen

        8 months into Bush’s presidency this happened, you think this was all PLANNED during that time? When Clinton had the chance to have Bin Laden, he said there wasn’t enough proof of him doing anything.
        By the way, Hillary Clinton and MANY Democrats were saying there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, so it wasn’t just President Bush.

        • Bnd

          they all got it wrong that’s why I didn’t vote for Hillary or John McCain

        • Bob Hadley

          First, Pres. Clinton tried to kill Bin Laden. Did he try hard enough? Maybe, maybe not. But the Bush administration officials brushed off any briefings on Bin Laden. They were too obsessed about the possibility of attacking Iraq to care mauch about Bin Laden.
          Second, You’re absolutely right that there was almost a concensus that Iraq still had some WMDs. What you’re failing, if not refusing, to recognize was that the Bush administration closed their sale (on invading Iraq) by harping on a certain kind of WMD – nuclear bombs.
          The Bush administration’s continual harping on yellow cake and aluminum tubes to make atomic bombs and delivery systems that can reach the U. S. and, the topper, that “the smoking gun might be a mushroom cloud”! What a sales job they did!
          The intelligence regarding Iraq having an advanced nuclear bomb program was so weak that, i his State of the Union address, Pres. GW Bush had to cite the British government as a source for Iraq having a nuclear bomb program. Remember, State of the Union addresses are carefully vetted.

          • BND

            Thanks for the back up. I just wished people would be fair. All presidents make mistakes. But for some reason they have to come out and always dedend Bush. Face it he got stuff wrong. Do that and people on the other side will take your critique of Obama more seriously.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rusty-Shackelford/1434757800 Rusty Shackelford

            I don’t diagree with your comments about Bush and the war, it’s just that at the time of the 2004 election, it was mainly the anti war left that was up in arms about the war. Or people who voted for Bush the first time chose to sit that election out, because they were disappointed in him but could not bring themselves to vote for John Kerry. What I think is that, right or wrong, it took a little longer for the average man/woman on the street to realize that the Iraq war was likely a bad call. Had the election been in 2005 or 2006, it’s likely that Bush would have lost. BTW thank you for your service.

          • BND

            I see your point of view as very reasonsible. And thank you.

          • joer1

            It is true that a big thing was made of Nuclear weapons. Every security service IN THE WORLD thought he had them. Apparently, they were wrong. The oath every President takes is to “preserve, protect, and defend” this nation. We had just been attacked and Pres. Bush decided that we were NOT going to wait to be attacked again … especially with nuclear weapons that Saddam would NOT have used but, the concern was that he would pass them on to Bin Laden and he WOULD use them. OBVIOUSLY … “intelligence” on these matters would be imperfect I don’t know where you live but politics aside, it could have been YOUR city or MINE whose vulnerabilities could be exploited and hundreds of thousands could die…. maybe not but, no President could take that chance. So Pres. Bush was wrong but, it was NOT intentional and the Monday morning quarterbacks have had a political field day. Very nice … play politics with the lives of Americans. That sir, is very LOW.

          • Bob Hadley

            You’re confused. It was generally thought that Saddam still had some chemical and biological weapons. There was ABSOLUTELY NO pervasive notion that he had atomic bombs or that he had an advanced nuclear program. There was ABSOLUTELY NO pervasive notion that he had sophisticated delivery systems that could reach the U. S.

            Again, because there was so little intellligence indicating that Saddam had or was close to having nuclear weapons and delivery systems that could reach the U. S., Pres. GW Bush had to cite the British gov. when he made reference to this in his State of the Union address. He was not allowed to cite intelligence agencies, esp. not American intelligence, simply because it would be false.

            I do not necessarily think that Pres. Bush lied. He and his administration, however, sold us on invading Iraq like a used car salesman trying to close a deal. They decided that it was right to invade Iraq. Then they set on a course to sell the us on it by cherry picking intelligence and using scary imagery to suit their ends.

            Did the end justify the means here?

          • hillery70

            Clinton’s address to the Nation on the eve of bombing Iraq in 1998. You need to rethink your message.

            Transcript: President Clinton explains Iraq strike

            CLINTON: Good evening.

            Earlier today, I ordered America’s armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.

            Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States, and indeed the interests of people throughout the Middle East and around the world.

            Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons.

          • Bob Hadley

            Is that the only “intelligence” you could find that Iraq either had nuclear bombs or was close to having nuclear bombs and a delivery system that could reach the U. S. ???????????
            You’re scraping the barrel.

          • hillery70

            Clinton bombed Baghdad for 70 straight hours in Dec. , 1998.

            You read the transcript of Clinton stating Saddam had Nuclear, Biological or Chemical.

          • Bob Hadley

            Again, is that the best you can do? You can’t fine any evidence that intelligence sources in 2003 thougght Iraq either had nuclear bomb or was on the verge of developing nuclear bombs and had delivery systems capable of reaching the U. S., so you dredge up a 1996 statemment by then Pres. Clinton.
            I know you consider president Clinton to be a font of wisdom and truth, but he was adopting the language of the ceasefire from Gulf War II. If you read his statement carefully, you’ll see that he did not actually say that Iraq had nuclear weapons.
            Even Pres. GW Bush had enough sense not to use that statement to sell us on the invasion.

          • hillery70

            Dec., 1998 or the verge of 1999.

            “Their mission is to attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.”

            He did not say Saddam was trying to get “yellow cake.” He said the mission was to attack…………”

            Why did he bomb for 70 straight hours? This is not “rocket surgery.”

          • Bob Hadley

            I agree, it’s a simple matter if you go back and read Pres. Clinton’s entire statement and the surrounding circumstances.
            Again, even Pres. Bush had enuogh sense not to use this as evidence of Iraq having nuclear bombs and a delivery system that could reach the U. S. Pres. Clinton’s statement is simply NOT evidence. At most, it was based on evidence that Saddam was in violation of the cease fire.
            Why are you so insistent with such a dearth o evidence? Are you ashamed of being duped?
            For yuor benefit, I’ve includedother parts of pres. Clinton’s statement below.

            “I want to explain why I have decided, with the unanimousrecommendation of my national security team, to use force inIraq; why we have acted now; and what we aim to accomplish.

            “Six weeks ago, Saddam Hussein announced that he would nolonger cooperate with the United Nations weapons inspectorscalled UNSCOM. They are highly professional experts from dozensof countries. Their job is to oversee the elimination of Iraqscapability to retain, create and use weapons of massdestruction, and to verify that Iraq does not attempt to rebuildthat capability.

            “The inspectors undertook this mission first 7.5 years ago atthe end of the Gulf War when Iraq agreed to declare and destroyits arsenal as a condition of the ceasefire.

            “The international community had good reason to setthis requirement. Other countries possess weapons of massdestruction and ballistic missiles. With Saddam, there is onebig difference He has used them. Not once, but repeatedly.Unleashing chemical weapons against Iranian troops during adecadelong war. Not only against soldiers, but againstcivilians, firing Scud missiles at the citizens of Israel, SaudiArabia, Bahrain and Iran. And not only against a foreign enemy,but even against his own people, gassing Kurdish civilians inNorthern Iraq.

            “The international community had little doubt then, and I haveno doubt today, that left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will usethese terrible weapons again.

            “The United States has patiently worked to preserve UNSCOM asIraq has sought to avoid its obligation to cooperate with theinspectors. On occasion, weve had to threaten military force,and Saddam has backed down.

            “Faced with Saddams latest act of defiance in late October,we built intensive diplomatic pressure on Iraq backed byoverwhelming military force in the region. The UN SecurityCouncil voted 15 to zero to condemn Saddams actions and todemand that he immediately come into compliance.”

          • joer1

            Bob H. / You don’t listen … you will NEVER listen! let’s get a 12 pack and argue about whether Payton Manning or Eli is the best QB.

          • Bob Hadley

            I am rapt in my attention to this dialogue. :) Your point is absurd. Pres. Clinton bombed Iraq because Saddam refused to cooperation with the weapons inspectors. This violated the ceasefie. His statement that you cited was simply tracking the langhuage of the ceasefire. It proves NOTHING!

            You’re simply wrong. There was scant evidence that Iraq had nuclear bombs or was on the verge of having them and that Iraq had a delivery system capable of reaching the U. S.

            Yes, maybe we should have a beer summit! :)

          • hillery70

            Here is Clinton’s address to the Nation on the eve of bombing Baghdad in 1998. Did he mention Nuclear?

            Transcript: President Clinton explains Iraq strike

            CLINTON: Good evening.

            Earlier today, I ordered America’s armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.

            Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States, and indeed the interests of people throughout the Middle East and around the world.

            Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons.

          • Bob Hadley

            See below

        • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

          TOM KEAN reported that Clinton never had a real change to “get Bin Laden”. >>>yeah, yeah, yeah, Dems believed the bad intel’, too…that must make the whole thing a wash.



  • Renitaran

    Oh my gosh….this is so ridiculous. Any third grader considering the date of the attack, and the weapons used would have known it was a terrorist attack. This has nothing to do with race or gender. Nice try spin artists. What?…is every American suppose to be totally ignorant? I am so continually insulted by this attempt to divide the people for political gain. The press who seem to be in the bag for this administration are a disgrace to this country! Truth and fact is increasingly more difficult to find. Don’t lie to me it’s insulting.

    • Joel Wischkaemper

      Renitaran for President. Fer sure.. not what we are confronted with at this point and if Bush jiggers the processes, we need to do a civil war.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Len-Lemmer/1586389219 Len Lemmer

    The last two Secretaries of State in Republican Administrations were Condi Rice and Colin Powell. These Democrats are just plain dishonest.
    Len J Lemmer

  • Henry O

    Bernie it’s going to be tough but conservatives must hold their ground and
    continue to stress honesty and integrity no matter what what the libs say.
    We cannot give in!! We must not be afraid to lose the battle, if we must, as long as we win the war. Right will always stop wrong.

    • ksp48

      Sorry Henry, we already lost the war. A small majority of this country wants to be France or Greece or Spain and also feels pretty darn good about sticking it to the white Man.

  • http://twitter.com/georgiarealist Susan Burge

    So all Obama has to do to avoid any criticism from the mainstream media is stack his administration with minorities and women, which seems to be what he’s done. Can’t complain about Fast & Furious because Holder’s black, or Susan Rice’s statements about Benghazi since she’s an allegedly black woman (I couldn’t tell by looking at her even if it had mattered to me – I’d have guessed Hispanic, myself). It’s very convenient.

    • Johnconrad


      As someone who took pride in the outcome of the struggle for Civil Rights in the USA, this has to be depressing. It’s like watching a promising child grow up into a drunk who cannot hold a job and takes no personal responsibility for anything. It’s amazing to watch for me.

      It’s difficult for me to put myself in your shoes.

      • BND

        I would love to read some Bernies writings supporting the struggle for civil rights. Where can I find them .?

  • Helen85

    We are NOT distracted by susan rice’s first baby step to 1st base on the REAL ISSUE, which is WHO GAVE THE STAND DOWN ORDER? !!!

    This stupid object isn’t even shiny, and the deaths of 4 Americans by negligence at best, malice at worse of the corrupt obama administration are behind the curtain, but we are NOT forgetting.

    This is an impeachable offense by the fraudulent imposter whose papers we haven’t seen yet, but Congress won’t defend us.

    God save America from the wimps usurping their voter fraud stolen power.

  • trailbee

    Thanks for a great article. I’m on your second book, Arrogance, having finished Bias in record time. Books #3 and #4 are sitting on the table. (My library is on furlough days before and after Thanksgiving.) And I wish I had read these first two books earlier, because it would have saved me four years of anger and heartache! The Obama campaigns were built on the subjects in these two books!

    Using the race card, which actually is a puny form of expression for a monster task, has been acquired by liberals as the way to turn conservatives into malice-ridden ogres. This is their best method of silencing anyone who disagrees publicly with their point of view. I don’t know if ever there will be a time when blacks in this country will gainsay and fire their Black Caucus, for crimes committed against their constituents. I doubt it. Conservatives will remain silent, as usual. How could they combat that type of rhetoric?

    As for Dr. Gloves” “Hillary wouldn’t do it, apparently.” I think Hillary is up to her neck in this event, and needs to distance herself and figure out a plausible course of action. At present, I believe she has WH aspirations, so does Bill. She needs a believable slate, because she still will have to explain her support of the Small Arms Treaty, waiting in the wings. She will not have the cover of color in her campaigns. She will be fair game, and knows it. If most of the name-calling is done within these next four years, she’ll be a shoe-in in 2016. She is a Socialist, after all.

  • Bruce A.

    Fairy tales have happy endings. The Bengazi story was propaganda designed to hide the truth.

  • bleufishcat

    Yes, we know the tactic. Write about how to combat it.

  • Diane

    The Race Card isn’t effective any longer, due to heavy overuse. Easily spotted as if in flashing neon, meant to paint any opposition as political monsters for daring any criticism of those supposedly beyond reproach for poor performance. If anything, all the indignation reflects back glaringly on those who play the Race or Sexist Card. The tactic itself….is stale beyond words, and if anything, stirs a backlash of resentment.
    The Race Card does work, apparently, for Liberals, stirring anger and self-righteousness. . It is disturbing and yet sad to see Democrats (or any politician) resort to gutter tactics (for example, Leader Harry Reid stating repeatedly that Romney didn’t pay any taxes for ten years, blatant lies) as an apparently accepted campaign tactic. Winning by any means? Cheating okay? Lying okay? No.
    Charges of racism and sexism seem a knee-jerk response for ineptitude by government people, clearly underperforming their duties. “Racism” and “Sexism” are NOT a free pass for irresponsible behavior. It is legitimate to say so, imho.

  • OldSk00l

    Great article, as usual! It’s come down to, telling the truth is racist and lying is for the good of the country! I guess we are the USSA (United Socialist States of America)!!

  • Dallas

    The GOP should put their act together and do what they were sent to wash. For .not for their pay check.

  • ohio repub

    I agree with much of what Bernie has to say about the “angry white guy” tactic being overused. The fact of the matter is that it works because the far right is much more concerned with vilifying Obama and miss important opportunities to critisize on legitimate subjects. Fact: Obama did not kill anyone in Ben terrorists did. I’m a conservative R and even I’m tired of the rhetoric ie Watergate really read your history. We will continue to lose if we continue to act like the far left when Bush was in office.

    • ahalbert

      Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but NO criticism of the Obama administration is considered legitimate.

    • BND

      Finally a fair and balanced post. Thanks for the ray of hope.

  • Becky

    Obama trots out the sacrificial lamb and then decries her slaughter.

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      she did her job reporting what was OFFICIALLY reported to her. your comment is very biased.

      • alegalcitizen

        Did you ask yourself WHY she was OFFICIALLY told this BS??? Why I’ll just bet it was because Owebama was telling us that Al Queda was on the run, and he didn’t want us to know where they were running to, got the picture???

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMJUHF4UNZWSLIDRXPSSTOHA3Q Shane

        She knew the talking points were baloney and she still used them. I give Hillary credit for refusing to spout these lies. Rice is either a dupe or a loyal Obama propagandist.

        • joer1

          Hillary lied too…. until it was clear the story was a lie…. then she “accepted responsibility” … answered no questions … then left for Peru.

        • Becky

          Hillary was too smart to read talking points. And yes Phil, I am biased. I am sure you are not though, right?

        • suellen

          Hillary spouted them over and over until she had to face the music!! She told one of the dead Americans’ father that they would get the man who made the video….and have we forgotten the Public Service announcement that she and Obama made for the Pakistani’s with $70,000 of our taxpayer dollars….?

      • http://twitter.com/estate_fifth Fifth Estate

        Then the person who OFFICIALLY LIED to her should be prosecuted. Biased, phht.

      • sinz54

        If I were given talking-points by my own boss, I would insist on seeing the evidence behind them, before I started saying those talking-points in public.

        Unlike Ms. Rice, I know how to play the game of corporate politics– and I would never allow myself to be used as a pawn the way Susan Rice did.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rusty-Shackelford/1434757800 Rusty Shackelford

          Yep. I wonder if, knowing her ambition to be the next SOS, the administration figured she’d willingly go along with their version of events and would also be easy to throw under the bus if it didn’t work out. Or, the less evil version, she was in the dark about the CIA’s version of events, and this was an attempt to get her some reps and up her cred so her nomination as SOS would seem logical. Either she knowingly lied to the American people or was lied to by her superiors. Even if the latter is the case, she has zero incentive to go against the administration. The rewards for her far outweigh the risks.

      • suellen

        Wow! Can you imagine if that were a Republican? You would give her no slack! Sounds like the old “they were just following orders” rountine.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rusty-Shackelford/1434757800 Rusty Shackelford

        That’s fair, but let me ask you this – if she knew the CIA originally called the attack an act of terrorism, but went on record with the movie story because that is what the administration wanted to tell the people, did she really do her job? Ethics 101 – “I was only following orders” is not a valid defense.

  • http://twitter.com/Mhdaran Mike Darancette

    Nobody can work for me who I can’t hire for ability and fire for cause.

  • Steve Bonomo Jr

    While agreeing that the constant charge of racism in political disagreements is nothing more than sour grapes in most cases, I believe that racial prejudice still exists, even among otherwise sensible people.

    • BND

      Yes…good post

  • hgecko

    Whining about this simply keeps it alive. Personally when someone calls me a racist I smile and say I like myself the way i am. I like talking and using words that I was raised on. If you want to call me a racist that’s fine. I’m comfortable with you being wrong and have no desire whatsoever to correct your ignorant rants.

    • Bernie

      whining? really?

      • hgecko

        Yeah, really. You think liberals are going to stop this because of you or Bernie Goldberg complaining about it? It is what it is. Stand up to it and take it like a man. Some air-head telling you that you are a racist doesn’t make it so and neither does it hurt you.

        • Patrick

          I don’t think this is whining, I think was just an observation of how to many liberals, criticism of any black liberal politician is considered racist especially if it’s coming from what they consider “an old white GOP guy”. I don’t know what you’re reading in this article that makes you think it’s a rant. You may disagree with some of what it’s said in the article, but I think it’s well articulated and well reasoned.

          By the way, to some people, telling someone to “take it like a man” means you’re more insecure about your own manhood if indeed you are a man meaning that reflects on you than the person you’re insulting and some others may consider demeaning to women. Just saying.

        • ahalbert

          He did stand up to it…

  • Meximom

    2 things:
    1. “Republicans will only compound their problems with women and minority voters”

    That’s true, because the Media will make sure that’s the only side of the story the public hears. Repubs really need to figure out how to deal with the MSM bias.

    2. “liberals were on the right side of the civil rights struggle”
    ARE YOU KIDDING? This website gives an accurate account of the DNC’s history with the Civil Rights Movement, and they definitely were NOT on the right side!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.gordon.92317 Mark Gordon

      #2 thank you for pointing that out. Unless Republicans were considered liberal back in the day. Some southern Democrats switched parties just because Johnson was a Democrat. That gave the southern Republicans a bad name. In general, Republicans have been pushing for civil rights, starting with Abraham Lincoln, the first republican president.

    • Joe

      Liberals weren’t on the right side of the civil rights struggle? What history have you been reading.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mark.gordon.92317 Mark Gordon

        Liberal Vs Conservative and Democrat Vs Republican is not the same thing. I can say that Republicans have been on the forefront of the civil rights movement based solely on their voting record.

      • joer1

        George Wallace, William Fulbright, Robert Byrd, Bull Conner, John Stennis … the list is long and distinguished … ALL LIBERAL DEMOCRATS who were SEGREGATIONISTS. Both parties had their racists. The “Civil Rights Struggle” was NOT Democrats against Republicans. What history have you been reading?

    • Joel Wischkaemper

      I think the DNC is spending a lot of money to change that information today. I think that is going to work in our present circumstances with linked computerized information.

    • Ted Crawford

      The Senate Democrats, lead by Senator Robert Byrd actually attempted to filibuster the 1964 Civil Rights act! It was defeated, but still Republicans voted for it in much higher numbers than did the Democrats!

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Dr. Gloves

    A “racist” is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.

    • suellen

      Good one!

    • Joe Reason

      Couldn’t have said it better! *two thumbs up*

    • DB

      Of course you are right. The basic consensus among scientists is that race is a cultural construct created for society’s purposes. When you are aware that race is an illogical status, you can see why it becomes a powerful tool for the liberals. Brilliant and concise, Dr. Gloves.

  • Patrick

    This Benghazi thing is getting more and more troublesome as the days go on. Honestly, if Susan Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi, why did President Obama send her out on the talk shows to specifically talk about Benghazi? Where was Hillary Clinton and other Defense officials? Why is President Obama criticizing Republicans for going after Susan Rice when he sent her out in the first place? If President Obama is happy to discuss the issue, why has he been dodging questions about it and hasn’t gone beyond “there’s an investigation going on”. Give me a break, if this was President Bush and he had done what President Obama had done, liberals and the press would certainly have taken more interest and attacked him over that. What a disgusting thing that’s going on.

    • http://twitter.com/ArizCindy Cindy Clites

      I agree with Patrick. I want to know what is behind this smokescreen. I have a feeling it’s an iceberg….

      • Amash

        We will find out what the iceberg is- after the poser is out of office. He and his ineptness will be protected by the press until then. Books will be written about just how corrupt this administration is. It won’t matter. The god will be on his way to being canonized by the corrupt media and the poor witless women and blacks. It’s all over for the America we once had.

        • Patrick

          Also, some liberals are claiming that Susan Rice was merely coached on Benghazi and not specifically sent out to answer for Benghazi. That still leaves the question of why did they leave it to her to give any information when she knew nothing as opposed to Hillary Clinton as well as why did Obama dodge any questioning on Benghazi even now after the election with “there’s an investigation going on”. And he said, his administration would be transparent. You owe it to the people, Mr. President, to be open and honest about this thing and answer the questions directly and honestly.

          • Diane

            Obama said himself that Ms Rice didn’t have anything to do with Benghazi. An odd choice for spokesman…unless they planned in advance to use the Race Card and the Gender Card to answer any questions. Maybe promised Ms Rice the Secy of State nomination as the Cookie?

          • Billy26

            She was sent out because she was being groomed for SOS. They wanted to give her stature. They never dreamed they’d all get caught in their lie.

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        how do you KNOW it’s a “smokescreen”? :) that’s actually pretty funny!

        • Billy26

          Because the attack was not the result of a “protest” that “got out of hand” because of a “video.” That’s how, moron.

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            Ok…R U sure SHE knew that at the point she reported? “Moron”….another William F. Buckley fan, I see.

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Dr. Gloves

    Obama is the one who turned Susan’s name to “Patsy.” Forever.
    He said she had nothing to do with Benghazi, but he sent her out to lie for him.
    Hillary wouldn’t do it, apparently.

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      love those RNC mantras : “lie” “failure” “appeasor”..by the way, Obama won in 2012 and so did the people who want people with cancer who want to pay and can pay not to be denied healthcare; who DON’T want Medicare VOUCHERS. :)

      • joer1

        I encourage to keep writing … it is abundantly clear you are an idiot!

      • suellen

        Hey Phil.Woodrow Wilson won too and look at the mess he created! You are now sounding like an adolescent….and you are just reciting Obama’s talking points.(like Ms Rice) All Obama ran on in this election was ‘not his pathetic record’ but discrediting,lying and making Mitt Romney and the Republicans the ‘evil ones’ however he and his vial team could do it. They have created the new normal where it doesn’t matter whether what you put out there is true, just keep spouting it over and over again and the uninformed,illiterat electorate will believe it. It’s just like the soap operas that Americans are obsessed with….

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Turner/100000578552026 Terry Turner

        Ah, a poster child for Obamacare. Buys — no wait, is given — his KoolAid by the case.

        It’s all about “free” health care, isn’t it, Phil? Or are you the more strident “Obama goan pay mah rent” variety?

  • CamillusUSA

    Time to cut the crap.. If you can’t be critiqued or criticized you can’t be effective. As an example, Rice is certainly as capabled as Ms. Clinton to be SOS but she’s disqualified herself by assisting POTUS in his Benghazi lie to win re- election and the current SOS should be subject to the same penalty as Obama for lying to the electorate.

    Both Benghazi & Watergate were about lying to win re- election. Will we be strong enough and color blind enough to demand the resignation of the President? If we’ve come far enough as a country, We Will!

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      The Benghazi “lie” is just the frustarted non result of another Hate Obama fishing expeditiion. The CIA was on the scene in 25 minutes and the embassies were secured as much as can be expected by athe GOP reduced funding.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMJUHF4UNZWSLIDRXPSSTOHA3Q Shane

        Liar. You liberals are shameless. Obama and Shillary are responsible for the death of those 4 brave Americans and you liberal punks don’t care. Clinton denied the security that the ambassador asked for and there was not adequate military aid available in case of an attack. Then Obama led a cover-up about the affair and Rice happily joined in the propaganda campaign after being promised the secretary of state position.

      • suellen

        Another misinformed Liberal or is it Democrat or maybe Progressive?How could anyone know the facts when the MSM protected the President and hid the info for over a month? Please just gloat over your pathetic choices for those who will be your supreme leaders for the next four years. Harry,Nancy,Chuck and Barack. Sounds like a good singing group…….

      • DVG

        Actually two ex seals arrived against orders.
        Sooner or later this racist thing is going to bite the dems in the butt. Americans grow weary of chanting fools.

    • joer1

      You are certainly right … it is time to cut the crap. Mrs. Clinton was a staff lawyer at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas while her husband was Governor. She served as the President’s wife for 8 years and … never having lived in NEW YORK … she was elected to a U.S. Senate seat from NEW YORK for a six year term. What is it about her background that makes her qualified to direct the Foreign Policy of the United States of America under a President who has NEVER had a job? Is it any wonder that all aspects of our foreign affairs are in DISARRAY…..?

  • Lauren

    This attitude is stunning. If you want to be considered to be equal to men then don’t hide behind your skirt when criticized. As a woman who worked my way up in a male dominated profession, I would never have used my gender as an excuse for any performance…positive or negative.

  • BobC

    Very enlightening column, Bernie. Confirms what so many of us “old white guys from the south” have been saying for generations.

    • BND

      I know that ” old white guys from the south” were once ” young white boys from the south”. My mom was a young black girl from the south that lived through segregation. I have wondered if some of you old white boys, ever felt blacks were getting a raw dea. And if so, what did you do to help change things. My mom dont look back at it as such a good time to be proud of. But I guess that depends on where you were allowed to sit on the bus. There are two sides to your generatonal view.

  • http://twitter.com/azqueen57Sandy Sandy Randolph

    Great article and oh so true.

  • Sandy Gilman

    This is your best article ever Bernie. Thanks for having the courage to tell it like it is.

    • Bernie

      many thanks, sandy

      • rdgeorge

        Are you sure liberals were on the right side of the civil rights movement?
        I was led to believe that in %age terms in both House and Senate the Republicans voted in higher figures than the Democrats. Have I been misinformed?

        • Divineconnection7

          No, you’re correct. The dems have always defended slavery.

          • justaveteran

            The demokkkrats WERE the slavers, and the KKK, and were responsible for Jim Crow laws, and fought against EVERY real civil rights action in history. WHY don’t republicans bring this out, when they get these disingenuous accusations of racism??

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-L-Macchia/649373637 Robert L Macchia

            That is right. It took a republican, Abe Lincoln, to free the slaves. When the democrats have no answer they use the race card, not the republicans, Bernie you disappointed me with this writeup. I am sick of this crap. Obama should be impeached.

          • Divineconnection7

            I have been wondering the same thing my friend. The republicans just take the abuse from the real racists, and they say nothing. History shows that the dems were KKK.


          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            let’s see if I can explain this to you: those “Dems” were not Liberals but Conservatives to the Right of John Birch. Got it?? They were called Dixiecrats which has zero to do with the current Dem. party.

          • Divineconnection7

            No one can change the true history of our country, the dems, libs, or whatever you call yourselves this decade did want salvery, they did start the KKK, so stop trying to spin the truth. We are not buying your lies.
            FYI, I am an American, a citizen of the USA, and I love our beautiful country.

        • Ted Crawford

          Senator Robert Byrd (D) West Virginia was a member of the KKK!

          • BND

            Im sure the blacks that were lynched and fire bombed by the KKK. Or the slaves did not care which political party the oppressors were from. Im sure they just wanted the freedoms that they deserved. Like the white cowards uder the sheets had. My point is its funny how each side wants to take credit for ending the wrongs of slavery and jim crow. When black should not have had their rights denied in the first place.

          • justaveteran

            There were many dixiecrats, all racists, and many KKKers, who were big in the ’40s. In 1948, when that party folded, they all went back to the demokkkrat party, where they came from originally. Byrd was only the highest ranking KKK member. There was Lester Maddox, Al Gore, Hugo Black, George Wallace, Orval Faubus, Bull Connor and many more. The dems will always fall back on their argument that Strom Thurmond was a dixiecrat. True. Then, when they folded, he too, went back to the dems. 18 years later, he renounced his history of racism and switched to the republican party. He was never a klansman.

  • Jack

    Why can’t anybody in this country tell the truth about every iner-city ( PC for black neighborhood) in this country being a high crime area.

    • Joel Wischkaemper

      Go to http://www.city-data.com and go down to the crime statistics. You can do some wonderful research in that site.
      I would also point out that when you do the work on this issue, and publish it using those links to that data, you may well go back and discover someone saved you from a ‘racist act’ by moving the data or erasing it. It give me cold chills when I think about it, and the idea that there is an iceberg in this fog is real I think.

    • BND

      Really ? Every ? Oh I forgot we all look alike so its ok to lump us together. I live in a black middle class neighborhood, and we arent a high crime area. I guess we didnt get the memo. We need to catch up, thanks for the heads up. WOW THE WAY SOME OF YOU THINK SCARES ME.