About two weeks ago I wrote a post I called “By Definition Scandals Apply Only to the Right.” It was about how the left is unaffected by things that would scandalize the right because the leadership of the left has no morals to offend. They only have their desire for power. In my earlier post I said, “By definition the Left does not believe there is a moral position on any subject. They do not believe in morals. They do not believe in moral absolutes such as, "it is wrong to discriminate on the basis of race," but rather in situations. For example, they would say it is wrong for the government to discriminate against people of color but it is ok for them to discriminate against white people. Or, "I think killing babies is wrong but everyone has a right to choose for themselves." Moral Relativism is the root of the idea that the Constitution is a "living document.”
I also pointed out a couple of scandals which, though similar to each other, nonetheless affected Democrats and Republicans very differently.
Look at just a couple of scandals. Trent Lott resigns after some nostalgic (and yes, stupid) remarks at a birthday party which Democrats reacted to with gleeful venom (never mind that the nostalgia was for the Democratic off-shoot party, the Dixiecrats) but Robert Byrd a former member of the Klu Klux Klan is still in office and is being defended by his colleagues. Why? He's a Democrat and they don't care. Can you imagine if he were a Republican? Then there would be a scandal (and he would resign in shame). Here's another: In the middle of the Clinton scandals Republican Bob Livingston, who was nominated un-opposed for Speaker, resigned because it was brought out that he had had an affair some years earlier. He said, "I must set the example that I hope President Clinton will follow. ... I will not stand for speaker of the House on January 6 but rather will remain as backbencher in this House I love so much." He also said he would quit in six months. Did Clinton follow his example? We all know the answer to that. Did Democrats care? No, they called Republicans hypocrites for even considering supporting Livingston, while they continued to support Clinton for much worse transgressions.
The latest revelations about the unforgivable racist comments of U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown proves the point beyond a doubt. Democratic leadership has no conscience or morality. They have only their desire for power which overrides everything including the things they say they hold most dear.
According to the AP Wire | 02/25/2004 | Brown rips into Bush administration official (you'll notice they did not mention outrageous racism in the headline):
U.S. Representative Corrine Brown verbally attacked a top Bush administration official during a briefing on the Haiti crisis Wednesday, calling the President's policy on the beleaguered nation "racist" and his representatives "a bunch of white men."
According to Ken Thomas of the AP, Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega, who was the focus of her racist attack, told Brown: "As a Mexican-American, I deeply resent being called a racist and branded a white man." Brown then told him "you all look alike to me.” Clearly this is beyond the pale. She has exposed herself as a racist and by the lack of their reaction she has exposed the racism of her party as well.
An apology is not enough. It was not enough for Trent Lott (nor should it have been) and his comments were open to a number of interpretations. Representative Brown’s comments need no interpretation, they are blatantly racist and she should resign immediately. For her not to resign she will be admitting complete hypocrisy. If her party does not ask for her resignation they will be admitting the same.
Amy Ridenour over at the National Center for Public Policy Research agrees that Brown should go and adds an important observation of her own.
Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog
I agree with Sean's post. Brown should resign. She clearly cannot objectively represent those Americans who were not born with her favored hue.
...I do not understand, however, why Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega said he "deeply resent[s]" being "branded a white man." Maybe I have seen the quote out of context. Maybe he resents being branded at all. But if he doesn't like white men, either, he, too, should go.
Take a look at Representative Corrine Brown's "apology" from her own website:
Brown (FL03) - Press Releases - Congresswoman Brown Apologizes for Comments to Assistant Secretary Noriega
Congresswoman Brown Apologizes for Comments to Assistant Secretary Noriega
(Washington, DC) Congresswoman Corrine Brown today issued an apology to Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega for comments made to him yesterday at a Florida Delegation meeting on the subject of Haiti. Congresswoman Brown made the following statement:
“I sincerely did not mean to offend Secretary Noriega or anyone in the room. Rather, my comments, as they relate to “white men,” were aimed at the policies of the Bush administration as they pertain to Haiti, which I do consider to be racist.
How nice; she didn’t mean to offend anyone in the room, her racist comments were aimed at the Bush administration.
What I said at the meeting was in reaction to what I perceive to be the State Department’s insensitivity to the crisis in Haiti, to the Haitian government, and to Haiti’s people. A meeting which I understood to be a discussion between Members of the Florida congressional delegation and State Department officials to address the dire situation on the island of Haiti immediately turned into a diatribe rebuking the Haitian government and the Haitian people. I was personally insulted by the anti-Haiti sentiment brought to the table by the State Department and by Republican Members of Congress in attendance.
Indeed, there is a terrible crisis on the island, and the U.S. government is sitting idly by while thousands and thousands of Haitians will likely be slaughtered when the rebel groups reach the Capitol. Thematically, the discussion we were engaged in should not have revolved around President Aristide, or whether or not the elections in Haiti were conducted fairly, but about the suffering of the Haitian people, and what we, as the world superpower, can do to stop it.
To reiterate, I have sent my wholehearted apologies to Secretary Noriega, and would like to stress again that my comments were targeted at the Bush administration’s policy towards Haiti, which I do consider racist, not towards Secretary Noriega personally.”
Take another look at the last paragraph. This is not an apology. This is merely an attempt to redirect her racist comments to a different target. Evidently she only has a problem with the white men in the Bush administration, the people of color can take a pass. Representative Brown is mired so deeply in her own racism that she can’t even tell when she's saying something completely unacceptable. She must resign.