Sheila Jackson Lee’s Most Recent Use of the Race Card

Few people could suggest with a straight face that the U.S. House of Representatives includes the best and brightest among us. In fact, most Americans are already well aware that the members of Congress struggle to represent anyone but themselves.

Racism seems to be Representative Shelia Jackson Lee's favorite topic.

Enter the lovely and talented Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Friday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee was back at it, raging from the people’s pulpit about her favorite topic: racism.

The reason Republicans aren’t negotiating and aren’t willing to compromise on the debt ceiling, she said, is because of Obama’s race.

“I am particularly sensitive to the fact that only this president, only this president, only this one has received the kind attacks and disagreements and inability to work,” she said. “Only this one.”

Jackson Lee acknowledged that Republicans have a majority in the House, and that it means sometimes Democrats will lose fights in the Congress. “It’s all right to agree or disagree on the balanced budget amendment. It’s all right to talk about how we’re going to appropriate … It’s all right to have that disagreement, that’s the give and take of democracy.”

But it wasn’t long before she pulled the race card back out. “I do not understand what I think is the maligning and maliciousness directed at this president. Why is he different? And in my community, that is the question that we raise. In the minority community, that is the question that is being raised. Why is this president being treated so disrespectfully?”

Of course, she and her fellow Democrats treated President George W. Bush with the utmost in regard and respect. To be fair, Bush deserved some of the barbs he faced, given his profligate spending, harebrained schemes like No Child Left Behind, and his tendency to do things to the English language for which gave the writers at Saturday Night Live a lot to work with.

I often wonder if progressives, including Ms. Jackson Lee, consider the fact that by laying the exhausted race card on the table every time Obama slows for a political roadblock, they are essentially saying that Obama is nothing more than some helpless racial avatar, incapable of accomplishment. Therefore, playing the race card in order to defend his every misstep is either an admission that he needs to be rescued with personal attacks on his critics, a revelation that progressives have no other cards to play, or that they’re just plain silly.

Either way, the constant use of the race card by the likes of her only serves to keep the people of our nation divided when they so badly need to come together.

I would be willing to venture a guess that she’s not even aware that she’s calling Obama’s critics racist for agreeing with him: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.” (Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill., March 20, 2006)


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