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By Doug Powers  •  March 28, 2010 10:37 AM

Frank Rich’s column in the New York Times yesterday was a laugh-a-minute — just not ha-ha funny.

Rich is still insisting on joining the rest of the MSM in continuing to run with the accusations that the “n-word” was hurled at members of the Congressional Black Caucus at least 15 times at last weekend’s DC protests, in spite of zero actual evidence that it happened even once:

There’s nothing entertaining about watching goons hurl venomous slurs at congressmen like the civil rights hero John Lewis and the openly gay Barney Frank.

If Rich is so sure about this (and he must have proof or he wouldn’t print it, right?), he can go claim his $10,000 prize!

And if Frank needs video proof, he can just ask Jesse Jackson, Jr., who was wielding two cameras with Spielberg-esque skill, closely following Rep. John Lewis and others through the crowd of protesters like a race-baiting fisherman trolling for slurs. Watch carefully as Jackson aims his cameras right at the crowd. Certainly Jesse Jackson, Jr. would have video and audio of these horrible slurs being hurled:

Curiously enough, nobody in the usually oh-so-inquisitive media is demanding to see Jackson’s video(s).

But if this isn’t enough proof of horrific Republican hatred, Rich gives us this:

How curious that a mob fond of likening President Obama to Hitler knows so little about history that it doesn’t recognize its own small-scale mimicry of Kristallnacht. The weapon of choice for vigilante violence at Congressional offices has been a brick hurled through a window. So far.

For Rich to insinuate that vandalism and threats of violence are all coming from the right but forget to mention that members of both parties have been threatened by small numbers of kooks on the fringes of both sides of the argument would have apparently thrown him over his column’s word limit. As a result, that little bit of information ended up on the cutting room floor. If Rich wants to read the police report about a Republican who had a bullet fired into his office, he can click here. Bricks through windows? Been there, seen that.

Rep. Jim Clyburn referred to the passage of the Health Care Bill as the “Civil Rights Act of the 21st Century.” I had no idea that the originial Civil Rights Act expired at the end of the 20th century and another was necessary. However, Frank Rich wants everybody to know that the struggle for, and backlash from, the Obamacare bill was very similar to those heated times in the 60′s when cracka Republicans were desperate to put a stop to the passage of the Civil Rights Act:

When L.B.J. scored his Medicare coup, there were the inevitable cries of “socialism” along with ultimately empty rumblings of a boycott from the American Medical Association.

But there was nothing like this. To find a prototype for the overheated reaction to the health care bill, you have to look a year before Medicare, to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Both laws passed by similar majorities in Congress; the Civil Rights Act received even more votes in the Senate (73) than Medicare (70). But it was only the civil rights bill that made some Americans run off the rails.

Again, the assumption the reader is supposed to run with is that those “some Americans” who ran off the rails were Republicans. Rich didn’t mention something that almost everybody knows but that many Democrats pretend doesn’t exist — that it was the Democrats who held up its passage:

Two days later, the Senate passed the bill by a 73 to 27 roll call vote. Six Republicans and 21 Democrats held firm and voted against passage.

Between the House and Senate, 117 Democrats voted against the Civil Rights Act, and 40 Republicans voted against it. In the Senate, 69% of Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act, and 82% of Republicans voted for it. If Rich would click the links in his own articles, he might learn something.

But there I go wasting time arguing the facts. The left owns the race argument, at least when it comes to their willing accomplices in the media playing along. One example is the targeting of minority neighborhoods for abortion clinics. If Sarah Palin bought a building in a minority neighborhood and put a sign out that said “Get help killing your unborn children here,” she’d be run out of town on a racist rail. When the left does the same thing they call it “health care” and somehow everybody actually believes it. But Republicans don’t do that — because you’d have read about it in a Frank Rich column.

As a matter of fact, Frank Rich, anti-discrimination columnist, works for a newspaper where the executives are paid to discriminate — It’s just that they’re paid to discriminate against white people, so that’s okay I guess. Rich also tirelessly spends a great deal of time defending the only political party that has a high ranking member who was once a Grand Kleagle in the Ku Klux Klan. Rich’s spin on that might be that it’s proof of the Democratic Party’s inclusiveness and willingness to forgive & forget.

Frank Rich and Friends have more in common with what they accuse tea partiers of being than with the civil rights pioneers whose principles they claim to be standing up for—people who endured similar baseless blanket statements, idiotic and ignorant stereotypes, generalizations, false accusations and yes, even sophomoric homophobic slurs.

Some of us, regardless of our color or sexual orientation, aren’t going to watch our country turned into yet another failed socialist utopia on the ash heap of history without saying a word about it — regardless of the color or sexual orientation of those who are trying to do so. If the only “logical” rebuttal Frank Rich has to people concerned for the future of their children is “racism,” then I’m more positive than ever that I’ve chosen the correct side.

The only thing that’s being forced to the back of the bus these days is the Constitution, and that’s what the argument is all about, in spite of what the White House and most Democrats in Congress, with the assistance of columnists like Frank Rich, want everyone to believe.

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