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Betty Arenson: The counterfeit mask

Posted: May 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.

You’re familiar with the noise America has heard for a long time. It will continue, but it’s easily unmasked.

I’m talking about the themes assigned to Republicans: not caring about the poor, disliking all minorities, resuscitating the War on Women and the claimed noninclusiveness.

It’s the drumming from the left: many Democrats, most liberals and certainly the uninformed.

The assignments of shame beg one looming question of the left: What does it take for you to concede that your accusations are false?

Republicans promote social programs, i.e. welfare and food stamps, as safety nets for those fallen on hard times.

They are to be the helping-up hand, not a way of life, let alone generational subsistence.

Minorities in the Republican Party are numerous. Appallingly, upon emergence they are impugned.

If these people surfaced with the political affiliation of “D” instead of “R,” they’d be hailed. If they were smeared in like-manner, there would be immeasurable disorder.

To name a few, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former presidential candidate Herman Cain were all eviscerated by the left.

Their political proctology “vetting” and political assassinations, all under the guise of “investigations,” were contemptible.

In May 2010, author Joseph McGinniss, a Democrat, vacated his Massachusetts home to rent the Alaska house next door to the Palins to write a book about Sarah Palin. Creepy.

Mail Online News referenced the book as a “tawdry exercise in gossip mongering” that “failed to sell many copies.” McGinniss died two months ago, and Sarah Palin had the class to not comment.

Republicans can count governors Jan Brewer, Susana Martinez, Mary Fallin and Nikki Haley. These women have at the least been discounted and at the most, vilified.

Retired lieutenant colonel and former House of Representatives member Allen West, Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC, and former Chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele are among the many black conservatives who have been frequently and unapologetically labeled “Uncle Toms.”

In February 2011, black journalist Dexter Mullions wrote, “Short of dropping the n-bomb on someone, there are few things more insulting to many African-Americans than being called an ‘Uncle Tom.’”

Another black journalist, Jonathan Capehart, had this to say: “Sure, the n-bomb is a kick in the groin. But being called a ‘Tom’ is a kick in the stomach.”

For the Republicans-hate-gays crowd, introduce yourselves to Log Cabin Republicans, “the nation’s original and largest organization representing gay conservatives.” Their Mission statement and their beliefs are very clear and concise: “loyal Republicans ... (for) limited government, strong national defense, free markets, low taxes, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.”

A May 2012 McClatchy news report quoted Jerame Davis, executive director of the gay activist group the Stonewall Democrats, as saying: “We know there are Democrats who aren’t all the way there on LGBT equality.”

Undoubtedly, openly gay Republican elected politicians Richard Tisei, Dan Innis, Carl DeMaio and Jim Kolbe would second that statement, along with Richard Grenell, who worked for Mitt Romney, George Bush, George Pataki and Dave Camp.

Last but significantly prominent among the smears of minority Republicans is former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, an incredibly accomplished black woman and a real lady. Never being married targeted her as either asexual or lesbian.

Late-night leftists ridiculed Rice viciously and perversely — but hey, all in the name of comedy.

David Letterman: “Today is the 54th anniversary of the first man getting to the top of Mt. Everest. Now, if only we could get one on top of Condoleezza Rice.”

“Condoleezza Rice, bless her heart, is trying to work out a peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis. That’s about as doable as she is.”

“Condoleezza Rice is apparently dating a Canadian politician. It’s a proud day for Canada. They’re the first nation to put a man on Condoleezza.”

Jay Leno trashed Rice as well.

That isn’t comedy — that’s cowardice — and they knew they were safe. Who was going to take them on? The women’s groups, liberals, black feminists, LGBTQs?

What relentless outrage there’d be if this were any conservative talking about Maxine Waters, Donna Brazile,

Michelle Obama or Kamala Harris.

My aforementioned question is rhetorical. We all know the answer. The left cannot let go of the sham talking points because it’s their life’s blood.

Should they recognize, then admit, the egg on their collective faces, and should decency prevail, rather than saying “Uncle Tom” they’d simply be saying “uncle.”

Betty Arenson is a Valencia resident, has lived in the SCV since 1968 and is active in a local Republican club.



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