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February 1, 2005

Where's The Outrage?

Jason Grabill

It was nice to see Dr. Condoleezza Rice finally take her post at the helm of the State Department last week. But, I noticed something missing in most of the brouhaha being bandied about by the party of the left. Did anyone else catch it, or am I just going off the deep end, here?

You see, Dr. Rice was subjected to some really fine character assassination, going well beyond the "advise and consent" part that our senators in the hallowed halls of Congress are sworn to do.

Back in the days of yore, some of the invective being spewed by the likes of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., CA), Sen. Edward Kennedy (D., MA), et al, would have been grounds for a duel on the Capitol grounds. Pretty pungent stuff, that.

But, what I found most intriguing was the sheer lack of outcry, "outrage," "horror," etc., from those that supposedly exist to protect the rights (and advance certain agendas) of African Americans.

Where, exactly, was the good Reverend Al Sharpton? How about Jesse Jackson? The NAACP? Maryland's own Kweisi Mfume?

The Congressional Black Caucus?

All any of us heard from these groups were - the equivalent of the chirping of crickets on a quiet summer night. Meaning, nada. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Using current lingo, "What's up with that, man???"

Can any of us imagine the outcry if, say, a noted former Klu Klux Klansman had had the temerity to question an African American appointee for any high office, if the former Kluxer was a Republican, and the appointee was a Democrat from anywhere?

But yet, Sen. Robert Byrd (D., WV) got no brickbats from the NAACP, or lectures from Reverend Al. Ah, yes, but then again, Senator Byrd is a Democrat, "the party of the people," and Dr. Rice, is, well, Republican. Guess I answered that question. Thanks for clearing that one up.

No, it seems that those folks who make their livelihood by talking about all the bad things we Republicans, whites, Jews, Hispanics, Asians, and anyone else who gets in their way, do, chose to remain silent this time around. Again I ask the simple question - Where are they? Where were they?

Now, envision the scenario if Sen. John Kerry (D., MA) had been elected President (cool yer jets, it's only a scenario) and Trent Lott & Co. were questioning an African American appointee of Mr. Kerry's.

Why, the airwaves would be filled with "outrage," "indignation," and other words surrounded by the appropriate scare quotes, that any of the evil Republicans could dare question the qualifications of Mr. Kerry's candidate. And, if one of them (the evil Republicans, I mean) had called that candidate a liar, as Senator Boxer did to Dr. Rice, why, there would be calls for riots in the streets, boycotts, picketing, and general social upheaval by the likes of Revs. Jackson, Sharpton, etc.

Look at the senators who voted against confirmation. Sens. Boxer, Kennedy, Byrd, Jim Jeffords (VT) (allegedly an "independent," but that's a cover), Richard Durbin (IL), Kerry (what a surprise), Evan Bayh (IN), and a few others of the notoriously hard core left wing liberal persuasion.

These are the same people who, if you check websites and party platforms, believe in affirmative action, set asides, minority hiring, "fairness," quotas, etc., etc., ad nauseum. But, isn't it odd how, when you have a chance to put all those so-called beliefs into practice, you vote "NO?"

This is what's called "Carrying your own double standard into battle," folks. Simply put, those on the left that have taken control of these "rights" groups don't care a whit about rights; but they most certainly care lots about advancing the left wing agenda, and lining their own pockets. (What, you think they rabble rouse for free? C'mon!).

For those in high dudgeon over this column, I will say that I am against affirmative action (yeah, big surprise), and I'm also for tough questions for anyone vetted to be in any high position of government. Asking questions about (to paraphrase) "What was known, and when did you know it," as well as what your policies would be, and what you plan to do, are part of our system. Anyone, African American, Hispanic, white, doesn't matter, should be prepared to answer those kinds of questions, rightfully so. From either party.

I don't believe Dr. Rice should have been rubber stamped by any means. Nor should Alberto Gonzalez, the nominee for Attorney General. However, I am greatly irritated by those on the left who will happily use the "race" card when it suits them and their flunkies (meaning, NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus, etc.), but those who claim to be protectors of (insert your favorite group here) remain mute when the person being vilified doesn't happen to belong to their particular party.

So, where were they? Ponder that question!

Until next time, Stay Low!



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