Poor Beto O’Rourke, a man who’s seeking the Democratic nomination.
He is slipping and slipping in the polls. So, like any desperate punter searching for a miracle, he decides to see the bet of the race hustlers and raise them by declaring on Wednesday that the U.S. “has been racist since it’s been a country.”
Now, let’s put aside for the moment that when he was a congressman from Texas, he more than once ran for the opportunity and then served a government — which by his own definition was “racist.”
Also, put aside the 300,000 Union dead who ended slavery and over 400,000 U.S. military deaths during World War II after our country fought the racist evils of Nazism and Japanese imperialism.
Apparently, those don’t count.
Especially when you’re attacking the president of the United States.
It’s interesting: I’ve found that any time you ask those who make this charge of racism what the president has specifically said or done that makes him a racist, people usually fall back on the travel ban and border security.
However, Democrat presidents, specifically Jimmy Carter and the disgraced 44th president, Barack Obama, have done the exact same things. So is Beto trying to say those men were racists? Hmmm — this writer might have to agree with the sad lad on that.
When you press these Democrats about their comments after the tragedies last weekend, they bring up Trump’s “hateful rhetoric.” When you ask them what exact quotes they are referring to, they bring up campaign talk on border security and Charlottesville.
Well, all then-candidate Donald Trump said was that criminals have come across the U.S. southern border because of lax security. This is a fact proven time and time again — it was a fact when he said it and it’s been a fact since. These are crime statistics. Yet Democrats won’t let facts get in the way of their hard-Left ideology, now, will they?
Charlottesville? The president said there were good people on both sides of the issue. And there were. There were those legitimately opposing what they saw as hate and those who nobly stood up for their regional heritage. There were also those who showed up to create trouble — and who despise this country and its best ideals.
Funny how the Dems never talk about all sides of that coin, eh?
In fact, that day, when the Charlottesville march was going on, I happened to be at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia, with a friend. While she was attending to business, I was walking around the town. I chanced upon a graveyard and the tomb of Stonewall Jackson.
O’Rourke and others should listen to the president without interpreting his words through a prism of loathing and bitterness directed at this country.
As I sat on a bench contemplating it, a mom and son came by and went up to the tomb. I heard the woman tell her son that their ancestors had fought for the South and that good people can mistakenly fight for bad causes. She said we can’t rewrite history, good or bad, because we don’t like the outcome or the players. Thus, she finished: They were there paying honor to the man, not to the evil cause of slavery or even to the Confederacy.
That was a wise mom.
Men of sniveling political stature like Beto O’Rourke should heed her. They should also at least listen to the current president of the United States without interpreting his words through a prism of loathing and bitterness directed at this country.
But if they did, they wouldn’t be modern Democrats.
More’s the pity.
David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence, having served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. After that, he worked as a political consultant for over 15 years and ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia for four years. Today he’s a public relations consultant in Washington, D.C. This piece originally appeared in OpsLens and is used by permission.
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