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Jim Moran drops the race card–what this means to our Republic

January 28, 2011

Just in case you haven’t heard this yet, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) decided to spread this wisdom of his to the Arab world by saying this to an Arab newspaper: (from politico.com)

“a lot of people in this country … don’t want to be governed by an African-American.”

He also said this:

Obama is a black president “who is inclusive, who is liberal, who wants to spend money on everyone and who wants to reach out to include everyone in our society — that’s a basic philosophical clash.”

Besides the fact he is mostly wrong (I am sure a very minute percent voted against Obama because of his race), what does Moran’s words truly mean?  They mean something truly scary for the future of our Republic.  That if our representatives disagree with us, then they can ignore us.

Obama has said similar belittling things to this in the past, but referring to his detractors as “scared” and “clinging” – this claim of racism is altogether different.  You can not defend yourself against a charge of racism, it is designed to completely shut down debate.  Moran is basically saying that Obama’s policies (and thus, Moran’s policies) are perfectly acceptable and the way to go, but people who would otherwise agree with them are not agreeing because they are espoused by a black man.

So here is the scary logic of Representative Moran – Obama is always right, if you disagree with Obama you are a racist, racism is a repugnant immoral philosophy, ergo, Congressman Moran can disregard your opinion.  Or in other words, Obama can do what ever he likes because the people who disagree with him are morally corrupt and should have no say in the matter.

Which leads to an interesting dilemma – should our representatives be our moral arbiters?  Considering their almost universal lack of ethics, I would say hell no, but I have to think to the past and wonder what America would be like if our reps did not disregard their constituents desires on moral grounds.  Would the Civil War have been fought?  Would slavery be abolished?  Would women’s suffrage have happened when it did, or would have taken years longer?

Of course, this argument I propose lends credence to Moran’s viewpoint, which I feel is almost universally false – something about the fact we elected him in the first place.  So don’t get me wrong, I am not defending Moran, I think he is trying to give Obama, and by extension himself, carte blanche to do as he pleases, totally ignoring the people with whom he is supposed to represent.  Allowing oneself the flexibility to ignore your constituents because you disagree with them only increases our creep to totalitarianism.

What happens when our representatives decide personally that if you are not a college graduate then you are too stupid to understand government?  Or, if you don’t have a job?  Or, you aren’t married?  Or…you get the picture.

Our representatives are supposed to represent us, but I think they do have a moral obligation to do what is right?  Morality is universal, it is not local to each of us.  Anyone who is true and intellectually honest to the concepts of our Constitution recognize the truth of the morality inherent in that document – so if our representatives follow accept that morality, and do not choose to ignore it, then they can by all means be our moral arbiters.  But Moran is not doing so, he is placing an immoral philosophy on people who simply do not agree with him.  This is truly frightening.

What is even more frightening is the sheep who agree with his claims.  Let me reverse the situation, what if, following Obama, a white conservative gets in office.  Would it be acceptable to ignore any blacks who disagree with his policies because they are obviously railing against the man who replaced the messiah?  Or, what if he was rich, and considering the class warfare society the progressives have drummed up over the last few years, he decides that all the poor people who disagree with him only do so because they are jealous of his success?  Is this right?

Of course not, and it is scary for Moran to suggest what he does.  He is ignoring what the American people loudly told our government in November.  In so doing, he is proposing the greatest threat to any Representative Democracy, that the government can ignore its people if the government doesn’t like what they have to say.

I hate to break it to you Moran, we don’t like Obama because he is a socialist who is destroying our country.  His policies and ideology is so much the antipathy of American Constitutionalism that his freaking race is the last thing anyone is worried about.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2011 12:54 pm

    Good analysis.

    I posted on this today too — over at Infidel Bloggers Alliance.

    I have a lot of disdain for Moran.

    • January 28, 2011 5:52 pm

      Yeah, I was so hoping could not claim him as a Virginia congressman this last election, but unfortunately Northern Virginia is continuing its slide to socialism.

  2. JustFacts permalink
    January 28, 2011 1:46 pm

    Boy, Fleece, you are on a roll. Give em Hell.

    So much for Free Speech. You can say whatever you want, as long as what you say is in agreement with what I say. Truly scarey.

    I guess that Moran probably changed his name, by changing one letter. It must be the water in Northern VA. Either that or they are to close to DC.

    • January 28, 2011 5:53 pm

      Thanks.

      I was going to make a moron allusion, but his own words do that enough.

  3. January 28, 2011 2:15 pm

    Moran is morally bankrupt.

    • January 28, 2011 5:53 pm

      I agree.

  4. January 28, 2011 3:41 pm

    He forgot to mention Obama won Iowa. His argument falls flat. He also forgot to mention Obama garnered virtually all the black vote in 2008. If he is sticking to his underlying premise, then he would have to apply it there. He’s playing the dilapidated race card. 2012 is coming. I say let him keep talking.

    • January 28, 2011 5:54 pm

      Man I hope we can get rid of them both in 2012, but my fellow Virginians, while kicking out most of the dems last election, they for some reason still wanted this commie. So, I don’t hold out much hope they will start believing in the constitution any time soon.

  5. January 28, 2011 6:14 pm

    When did it get fashionable to dis your country to outside countries? Could it be he got his cue from Obama who has not had anything much good to say about us? I think it runs deeper than racism. Anything to destroy our values to others.

    • January 28, 2011 11:20 pm

      You are right, Obama made it very much en vogue to bash America, especially to Islam. Yet the talking heads actually have to wonder why he waits to say good things about “his” country until the end of the SOTU.

  6. January 29, 2011 2:00 am

    Growing up in DC, this idiot became mayor of Alexandria and did a horrible job of running the place. He also takes TONS of money from Muslim groups who, in turn, get money from terrorist-related organizations. Moran is a Moron.

  7. LD Jackson permalink
    January 29, 2011 6:02 am

    This race card is getting more than a little old. When I was blogging during the 2008 election, I would receive comments on nearly every article I wrote about Obama, accusing me of being a racist, etc., etc. Challenging the people who made those comments to point out where I was being a racist usually shut them up. Hard to prove when there is no proof. I fully expect it to get worse as we near the 2012 elections.

  8. KingShamus permalink
    January 29, 2011 8:07 am

    Jim Moran calling Obama’s opposition racist? There’s that totally rad ‘new tone’ the Democrats keep talking about.

  9. January 29, 2011 9:42 am

    People play the race card when they have nothing else to offer, it is also a very lazy way to try to make an argument. It is intended to take people off topic and put them on the defensive as well as stifling debate and that is what makes it so dangerous if we allow them to do it to us. Our government cannot exist in its current form if people are not allowed to debate the issues and as Larry said above, the race card is getting old. I don’t think most people buy into the idea that Obama would be more popular if he was white, they are looking at his policies not his color.

  10. January 29, 2011 4:48 pm

    The sad thing is that there are a lot of people that fall for the race card. That’s why they keep going back to it.

  11. January 31, 2011 4:15 pm

    Another subversive Democrat with poltroonish inclinations. You don’t criticize your own country to the foreign press, especially not the Arab press. Dems in general have about as much honor as a pack of starving hyenas eying up some road kill . They’re beyond contemptible.

    • February 1, 2011 4:19 pm

      Well, in his defense, he was just following Obama’s lead. /sarc

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