The name of the political game for the Democrats in the final days leading up to the midterm election definitely appears to be race. If one has any doubts about this claim, just consider how many comments and political ads on the political-left have been about racism rather than about the issues and the nation’s problems, according to a New York Times report on Thursday as well as a host of other media outlets across the country. It has been said that the Democrats who are in the closest senatorial races in the southern portion of the United States, particularly, are using race in an attempt to get their ilk to the polls to vote.
In a desperate attempt to keep control of the United States Senate, primarily, the ads being run have nothing to do with the current issues that have concerned Americans in recent times. Instead of talking about political issues that Congress can actually have impact on, Democrats are talking about historical Jim Crow segregation in an effort to excite typical Democratic voters to get to the polls. Additionally, there have been ads about Trayvon Martin’s death and Michael Brown’s death, when quite obviously their tragic deaths have nothing to do with people campaigning for Congress and other political offices of which the nation will be voting.
The issues the Democrats choose to steer clear of include the economy, jobs, Obamacare, and the Obama administration’s foreign policy. They are totally avoiding the hot topics of terrorism and Ebola. On the right, the constant barrage of racist talk and advertising rather than talking the issues is being called blatant racism and nothing more than scare tactics designed to get minorities – who are typically Democrats – to the polls.
Some of the specifics of the scare tactics involving racism are shocking. For example, according to Fox News, in Georgia there is a flier that has been mailed by the Democratic Party asserting that voting is the only way to prevent another incident like the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri by a policeman. The flier depicts two African-American kids holding signs that say “Don’t shoot.” Naturally, the logic of not voting for a Republican running for office in George to a totally non-political police shooting of a teenager in Missouri is unstated – because there is no such logic to the implication being made by the Democrats.
Another example of trying to cause fear via racism is from the super PAC begun by Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid – who may very well lose his majority leadership role via this election if the Republicans are successful in this election cycle. The Nevada-based super PAC backed a radio advertisement heard on black radio in North Carolina. The ad accuses Thom Tillis of leading an effort to pass the type of gun law that caused the murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Tillis, the Republican speaker of the State House, is the U.S. Senate candidate in North Carolina election.
The ad blatantly targets black voters and tells them “Tillis won’t fight for us… he made it harder for communities of color to vote. Tillis even led the effort to pass the type of stand your ground laws that caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.” The cost for their racist smear, according to the Free Beacon, was in excess of $30 million. Again, rather than trying to get their Democratic candidates in on any issues, a racist scare tactic is being used to divert attention away from the issues and to strike fear in the state’s minority voters.
Charlie Rangel, the infamous New York U.S. representative who has had his bouts with the U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct in recent years, actually brought up slavery in this election cycle. According to Business Insider, Rangel said of the Democrats, “We have to win. We have to be able to send a national message with Andrew Cuomo. And the thing is: Everything we believe in – everything we believe in – they hate. They don’t disagree – they hate! They think if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, you didn’t even make it. Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over…” Blasphemous in tone, Rangel said the Democratic Party is doing “God’s work,” yet he failed to even try to detail just what it is that the Democrats are doing that is the work of the Almighty.
There hasn’t been this much talk about race in an election since the 1960s. The Democrats are obviously invoking the topic into current times. Few would argue that race needed to be addressed – likely more than anything else – 50 years ago. While race is still an issue in America, it is not anywhere near the top of the list of voters’ concerns in 2014.
A recent Gallup poll released just last week lists the recent trend for the “Most Important U.S. Problem.” Only one percent of Americans are concerned with “race relations/racism.” Only one percent! At this time, in America, 18 percent of Americans say the biggest problem in the U.S. is “dissatisfaction with government.” Second is “immigration/illegal aliens” with 15 percent. Third is the “economy in general” with 14 percent, and fourth is “unemployment/jobs” with 12 percent. Other categories have less than 10 percent. The other categories that are a bigger concern to Americans right now than “race relations/racism” are (in order): healthcare, foreign aid/focus overseas, ethical/moral/family decline, poverty/hunger/homelessness, federal budget deficit/federal debt, lack of money, and crime/violence. The only categories that people are less concerned about than the one percent who said “race relations/racism” are “terrorism and “Ebola/diseases.” Yet, the Democrats are spending millions upon millions of dollars trying to get people to vote over the issue of race while avoiding any speak of what America really is concerned about at this time.