Democrats Race-Bait Across the South

The saddest aspect of this year’s scoundrelly election season is the Democrats’ effort to stir up racial discord in hopes of hanging on to control of the Senate. No lie is too absurd for the Democrats when Harry Reid’s future is at stake. The New York Times reports:

In the final days before the election, Democrats in the closest Senate races across the South are turning to racially charged messages — invoking Trayvon Martin’s death, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Jim Crow-era segregation — to jolt African-Americans into voting and stop a Republican takeover in Washington.

Apparently they assume that no one remembers it was the Democrats, not the Republicans, who went to war to defend slavery and imposed Jim Crow.

The images and words they are using are striking for how overtly they play on fears of intimidation and repression. …

In North Carolina, the “super PAC” started by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, ran an ad on black radio that accused the Republican candidate, Thom Tillis, of leading an effort to pass the kind of gun law that “caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.”

This one got four Pinocchios from the Washington Post. “Stand your ground” laws had nothing to do with the Martin case, and Tillis had little or nothing to do with passage of the stand your ground law in North Carolina.

In Georgia, Democrats are circulating a flier warning that voting is the only way “to prevent another Ferguson.” It shows two black children holding cardboard signs that say “Don’t shoot.”

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The Democrats have created a mythology around Ferguson, just as they created a fictional Trayvon Martin story. That their Martin story was proved false at trial apparently means nothing; nor is there any apparent reason why that case–whatever you think of it–should cause one to vote for Democrats. But if you are a Democrat, logic is optional. The politically-motivated myth-building starts at the top: Attorney General Eric Holder says “I think it’s pretty clear that the need for wholesale change in that [Ferguson] department is appropriate,” even though his own department has an ongoing investigation that has so far produced no findings.

The messages are coursing through the campaigns like a riptide, powerful and under the surface, largely avoiding television and out of view of white voters. … Democrats say Republicans need to own their record of passing laws hostile to African-American interests on issues like voting rights.

Unlike the Democrats, Republicans have never advocated or passed racially discriminatory voting laws. The idea that African-Americans don’t have driver’s licenses and are too befuddled to obtain other forms of identification is not just a joke, but a slander against those voters for which Democrats weirdly pay no penalty.

The materials that Democrats are passing out are shocking:

[A]t a black church in Fayetteville, leaflets with a grainy image of a lynching have appeared, warning voters that if Ms. Hagan loses, President Obama will be impeached.

Lynchings were carried out by Democrats, not Republicans. And no one is talking about impeaching Obama except Democrats. Is there someone who seriously believes that if Republicans control the Senate, lynchings will resume in the South? Can anyone possibly be that dumb? Apparently leaders of the Democratic Party believe their voters are. Impeachment is a common theme of the Democrats’ appeals:

In Arkansas, voters are opening mailboxes to find leaflets with images of the Ferguson protests and the words: “Enough! Republicans are targeting our kids, silencing our voices and even trying to impeach our president.”

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“Republicans are targeting our kids?” This is delusional.

Toward these insane lies, the Times maintains an attitude of scrupulous neutrality. Until the end, when the paper gives the last word to a Democrat who says, it wouldn’t work if it weren’t true:

“It’s not race-baiting; it’s actually happening,” said Jaymes Powell Jr., an official in the North Carolina Democratic Party’s African-American Caucus. “I can’t catch a fish unless there’s a worm on the hook.”

That Democrats appeal to the ignorant is nothing new. That is how they win elections. But it is truly sad that the Democratic Party cares nothing about the damage it is doing to the United States by using lies to stir up racial division. The Democrats care nothing about truth, and nothing about their country’s future. They care only about their own greed for power. Let’s hope that this year, voters aren’t foolish enough to fall for the Democrats’ hate campaign.