Stacey Dash and the Mindless, Blind Fury
“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”
I have been told more often than I can remember that the reason I don’t support Barrack Obama is because I’m afraid of a strong black man in a position of authority. I don’t take those allegations very seriously because I recognize that Socrates was right but here is what truly confuses me.
How is it that so many sanctimonious supporters on the left are so quick to accuse supporters of Mitt Romney of racism but so slow to denounce obvious racism within their own ranks?
A young African-American actress, Stacey Dash, tweeted her support for Mitt Romney in this election. Immediately she was inundated with personal attacks and racial slurs that have no place in a modern society that prides itself on its constitutional guarantee to freedom of expression. In fact, it has no place in any society for that matter.
Some were condescending as if the twits, and there is no other word for them, had more intellectual capability than Ms Dash although that was certainly not supported by their tweets. Others just got right to it as this particular fool did, “Kill yourself, you old hag.”
To her credit, Sandra Fluke, a well-known women’s rights activist and strong supporter of President Obama, was one of the few who spoke out against the personal and racist attacks against Ms Dash. She tweeted, “So disappointed to see people attacking @REALStaceyDash for voicing her opinion. Disagree politically, but racist attacks are unacceptable.”
She is right. In a free and democratic society racist attacks are unacceptable; as are attacks on a person’s intelligence or ability based solely on the fact that they don’t think the way you do or share the same opinions.
A former supporter of President Obama, Ms Dash has considered his record and that of Mitt Romney when he was governor and made an informed choice. Whether or not we agree with her choice, she has every right to make it and having made that choice does not make her an idiot.
Indeed, I believe she has probably put more thought into her choice than 75% of the people hurling their opinions around social media, on both sides of the political spectrum.
I believe Ms Dash got it right, however, in labeling the response to her public support of Mitt Romney as ‘fury’. It is blind fury based on a single-minded refusal to look beyond the superficial at the record of this president to the point of desperation. I’ve never seen an election where so many, on both sides, were so desperately angry. It’s almost as if each is clinging to their opinion like they were drowning and their opinion was the last piece of wood available to keep them afloat.
It doesn’t matter who you support or for whom you vote, it is every American’s constitutional right to hold and voice their opinion regardless of what others may or may not think of it. That is one of the things that made America what it is. It is painful to watch it being undermined and eroded by blind, partisanship that is not based on policy-debate but is instead, on personal attacks, racist slurs and slander.
This has gone beyond hypocrisy by supporters of the President and degenerated into willful stupidity.
Personally, I think it is a disgrace that America’s first African-American president remained silent on the racist attacks by some of his more extreme supporters against Ms Dash. For a man who claims he wants to unite all Americans, he seems somewhat selective in which Americans he wants to unite and which slanders he wants to criticize.
This is a president who routinely has attacked Christians and other faiths while defending Islam; who refused to publicly ask his supporters to refrain from accusing those who supported Mitt Romney of being racist and who now has remained silent as many of his supporters use racial attacks against a young woman who had the audacity to exercise her constitutional rights.
Those who pride themselves on their tolerance and respect for others but support this Democratic ticket need to pause for a moment and ask themselves just exactly what is it they are supporting.
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