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It’s Not His Race, It’s His Record


Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee played the race card earlier this week to assess blame in the nation’s debt ceiling debate.

Lee, an African American Democrat from Texas, believes the disagreement over raising the debt ceiling is because of President Obama's race. ?

That should tell you something about what Lee really knows about the debt ceiling debate— nothing.

Here’s what she said: "I am particularly sensitive to the fact that only this president, only this president, only this one has received the kind of attacks and disagreements and inability to work.

“Only this one," Lee repeated on the House floor. ??

"Read between the lines,” she continued. “What is different about this president that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment about when it is necessary to raise the debt limit in order to pay our bills, something required by both statute and the 14th amendment?”

Lee’s comments make me think of an email I received recently that told a story about how, when a young black man was being fired at Republic Steel back in the 1980’s, he confronted his boss with the claim that he was being fired because he was black. Here’s his boss’s reply:

“You’re not being fired because you are black,” his boss said. “You were hired because you are black. You’re being fired because you are useless.”

I didn’t vote for Barack Obama, but not long after his election I wrote a column about how proud I was to live in a nation that had elected its first black leader. I pointed out then that this likely would not happen in any other major nation. Can you imagine a black president in Russia or Germany? How about liberal France, do you see a black president in that country’s future?

But like the young man fired at Republic Steel, Barack Obama has proven that as the leader of this nation he is useless. The debt ceiling debate deadlock is due to Obama’s lack of leadership skills, not his race.

History will likely rank Obama among the worst of America’s one-term presidents. Not even members of his own party can explain how the expensive and cumbersome healthcare beast he unleashed on this nation will function.

Obama is the worst thing to happen to America since Jimmy “the wimp” Carter. You remember Jimmy. He’s the president who turned his back on our ally, the Shah of Iran, and allowed the Muslim Fundamentalist movement to take root. So ask yourself how different the world might be today if Carter had supported the Shah.

Like Carter, Obama is charismatic and intelligent, but he’s equally unimpressive as the leader of this nation.

Obama’s track record is appalling. He’s proven incapable of dealing with skyrocketing unemployment and out of control national debt that he wants to push even higher. He dipped into the nation’s strategic petroleum reserves to help cut gas prices and improve his poll numbers, but like his ill-fated stimulus plan billions, his solution to cut gas prices did little more than waste petroleum set aside for emergencies. Just look at the price of gas today and you can see the results of Obama’s squandering ways.

  But even worse is the polarizing deadlock Obama’s brought to this nation. Think about some of this nation’s best leaders and you can see how horrible Obama is in comparison. Franklin Roosevelt, for example, was able to convince Congress to forget party differences and do what was best for the nation. The result was programs like Social Security and the New Deal. Dwight Eisenhower persuaded Congress to cross party lines and embrace his vision for an Instate Highway System. John Kennedy challenged Americans to fly to the moon and we did it.

Sorry, Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee. Americans have become disillusioned with Barack Obama, but it’s not because of the color of his skin. It’s his frightful record.

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