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The blame game 2.0

From his 2009 claim that “in things racial” America is “essentially a nation of cowards” to telling Al Sharpton’s National Action Network that no other attorney general or president has experienced the level of criticism and disrespect that he and Barack Obama have, Eric Holder has repeatedly used race to excuse his actions and those of his boss.

I guess he never heard the vile words against Clarence Thomas. And he was evidently living under a big rock during the years his ilk spewed hatred at President George W. Bush. It must have been “racial animus” that spawned all the Bush hangings in effigy, the Hitler mustaches and calls for war crimes trials.

What you won’t hear Holder talk about is his role in securing the pardon of the despicable Marc Rich in the last hours of Bill Clinton’s presidency, or how he was for releasing FALN terrorists when the FBI was against it, or the role he played in dropping the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party.

When Rick Lazio dared enter Hillary Clinton’s “space” at a 2000 Senate debate in an attempt to get her to sign a pledge against raising soft money, Clinton later called him a bully and implied he would have never treated a man in that way. And then there’s her famous “tear-up” the day before the 2008 New Hampshire primary.

Perhaps if Clinton spent more time reading the likes of Margaret Thatcher than giving $200,000 speeches, she’d realize that when it comes to true leadership, the intellectual is far more important than the biological.

The head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., stated at a women’s issues round table last week that Wisconsin Gov.

Scott Walker had “given women the back of his hand” and that he was “grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back.”

Has the modern Democratic Party really become so devoid of ideas that it now must resort to equating opposing political views with domestic violence?

State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf got so unhinged last week when Bill O’Reilly commented that her boss, Jen Psaki, “looks way out of her depth” that she took to the podium saying he used “sexist, personally offensive language that I actually don’t think they would ever use about a man.”

I guess Harf missed O’Reilly’s skewering of male White House press secretary Josh Earnest: “He looks to me to be befuddled … doesn’t look like he has a lot of credibility.”

Such are the thin skins and shallow thoughts in today’s Democratic Party.

Use your race or sex to highlight your trailblazing independence to obtain a position, then hide behind your race or sex to escape accountability.

But you can’t be a brave, bold pioneer on one hand and a cowering, helpless victim on the other.

History’s true trailblazers were not about the personal but about the policy. Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Thatcher could have spent their lives blaming men, but instead they embraced themselves. And all women, all men are better for it. Frederick Douglass, George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King Jr. did not waste their time slinging insults and engaging in racial demagoguery. And Americans of all races are better for it.

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows 71 percent of Americans think the nation is on the wrong track.

But are Democrats rethinking a few things, looking in rather than lashing out?

Not a chance. Because only a racist, sexist, bigoted mind could ever think a Democrat wrong, right?

GEOFF CALDWELL writes on national and international affairs. He lives in Joplin. Contact him at



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