The Washington Times: Race-baiting down the homestretch

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and with the possibility of Republicans gaining control of the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections, the left is resorting to jaw-droppingly despicable race-baiting tactics.

From the White House to the Georgia Democratic Party, to the gutter from which Al Sharpton spins his hateful rhetoric, the Democrats’ race-baiting machine is in full gear in a furious effort to drive blacks to the polls.

Because her husband’s unpopularity makes his presence politically toxic for liberal candidates, first lady Michelle Obama is traveling the country stumping for Democrats. In what is a new low for a first lady, her get-out-the-vote speeches are laced with race-baiting terms.

In Pennsylvania, in an effort to urge attendees to vote, Mrs. Obama reminded the crowd that voter turnout was responsible for her husband’s election. To make sure the blacks in the audiences got the racial message, she used the phrases “us versus them,” “folks like us,” and “too many of our people.” Mrs. Obama repeated the same terms in her addresses in Minnesota and Iowa.

The Georgia Democratic Party stoked racial fears as well, by exploiting the death of Ferguson, Mo., teen Michael Brown. In a mailer targeting black voters, the party used a picture of a man kneeling in the street with his hands up, surrounded by smoke, flames and police car headlights. This was clearly designed to evoke emotions surrounding the shooting of Brown and the subsequent protests.

In another flier, the Georgia Democratic Party shamelessly used an image of innocent young black children holding signs with little handprints and the words “Don’t Shoot.” The headline: “If You Want To Prevent Another Ferguson In Their Future .”

Shockingly, a spokesman for the Georgia Democratic Party defended the mailers saying, “Our state and our democracy is [sic] stronger when more people participate. And we have seen what happens in places like Ferguson, Mo., when voices are silenced.”

Finally, Mr. Sharpton, a race-card hustler, is heading to Ferguson for the final days leading up to the election. Mr. Sharpton played a high-profile role in Ferguson following Brown’s death. During that period, it was reported he had a direct link to the White House and was, in fact, serving as an adviser to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Given the close relationship between President Obama and Mr. Sharpton, as well as the need to drum up black turnout, it’s certainly not a stretch of the imagination to conclude that the White House dispatched Mr. Sharpton to Ferguson with the primary purpose of whipping up emotions and generating national news.

The importance of black turnout for the midterm elections was noted in a recent front-page story in The New York Times, based on a memo from Cornell Belcher — a former Obama pollster. Mr. Belcher warned that the “African-American surge voters came out in force in 2008 and 2012, but they are not well positioned to do so again in 2014.” Given this, Mr. Belcher predicted “crushing Democratic losses across the country” if the black voters did not turn out.

Clearly, such a dire warning would provide the motivation for Democrats to use the race card in order to prevent an election-night disaster.

It remains to be seen whether the race card will bail out Democrats this election, but the days of shameless exploitation are coming to an end.

Mr. Obama’s policy failures have been a great disappointment to blacks. With the highest unemployment rate, the lowest average incomes, and a disproportionate financial burden imposed by the president’s misguided energy policies, the black community is experiencing a growing dissatisfaction with politics as usual.

As outreach director at FreedomWorks, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in town hall events with the black community in cities, including Chicago. At these events, I’ve heard complaints about Mr. Obama’s failures. However, this disappointment goes well beyond my personal anecdotes.

A recent story in The Washington Post quoted blacks in Ferguson who are planning to vote for Republicans. “Many African-Americans in Ferguson and across St. Louis County, angered over their leaders’ response to the fatal shooting, say they will be taking their outrage to the ballot box and voting against a Democratic Party that has long been their automatic choice.”

The left’s efforts to drive black voters to the polls for the upcoming midterm elections through outrageous race-baiting tactics are reprehensible. In the end, though, sound policies, not scare tactics, will win the day.

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