Charlie Rangel: These tea partiers are the same terrorist white crackers we fought during desegregation

posted at 12:39 pm on August 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via TPM. Has America collectively decided yet in the wake of the Zimmerman trial whether “cracker” is an outre insult or not? Usually I’d say it’s pointless to ask because virtually no one likely to use it is apt to pay a social or political price for doing so, whether people find it distasteful or not. But when you’ve got a thousand-term congressional incumbent tossing it around, it’s worth half-heartedly floating the question.

Alternate headline: “‘Hardball’ bookers scramble to check Charlie Rangel’s availability.”

House Republicans? Have done more damage to American competitiveness than al Qaeda ever could. “What is happening is sabotage. Terrorists couldn’t do a better job than the Republicans are doing.”

The Tea Party? Defeat them the same way segregation was beaten. “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. ‘I don’t want to see it and I am not a part of it.’ What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.”

Surely there are some good Republicans though, right?

“Chris Christie, who is a big Northeasterner, and people only go for Christie because he is reasonable. He says something nice about the president helping out Jersey and now he is on the hit list by Republicans,” Rangel said. “And now my friend Peter King is on their hit list. Peter King, a Republican, is considered a goddamn communist.”

You don’t hear this as much as you used to circa, say, 2010. Matthews will still drop the T-bomb on tea partiers occasionally, but even David Axelrod feels obliged for strategic reasons to gently distance himself when it happens. It was easier to smear TPers as some sort of insurrectionist movement back when they first emerged politically, before the public realized that they wanted to win elections, not go on sporadic rampages like the Occupy goons out in Oakland. In fact, although I can’t quantify it, it seems to me like the left is more cautious now than they used to be about instantly blaming the tea party whenever a bomb goes off or a group of people are shot by some lunatic. You still see it — remember Brian Ross wondering aloud if the Aurora shooter was a tea partier? — but not as much. I think.

Anyway. Even a lefty outfit like TPM considers it newsworthy when a wizened lefty crank in Congress like Rangel starts squirting out nasty rhetorical wet farts like this. He’ll pay no political price, though, partly because he’s old and headed for retirement (oldies of all political stripes get a wider berth on their excesses), partly because he’s a Democrat, and partly because, having grown up black in a segregated America, he has a moral license from the political establishment unto eternity to accuse his opponents of racism without fear of serious rebuke. After supporting racial persecution for centuries, it’s the least they can do now to make amends. McCain got some attention this week when he said he’s never forgiven John Lewis, one of the leaders of the civil-rights movement, for putting out a press release in 2008 accusing his campaign of “sowing the seeds of hatred and division” in the course of referencing the Birmingham church bombing. You can understand Maverick’s frustration; he famously imposed a gag order on his staff vis-a-vis Reverend Wright in order to keep the election as free as possible of racial inflammations and this is how Lewis, who has the same moral license to smear that Rangel does, repaid him. What got less attention this week is the fact that Lewis was one of three people whom McCain named at the Saddleback Church forum during the 2008 campaign when asked whose wise counsel he’d seek as president. That came as a surprise to Lewis, who claimed he had no real relationship with McCain in Congress. Apparently, Maverick tried to exploit Lewis’s moral license for his own ends by name-checking him and then it boomeranged on him. Oh well.

Consider this a sneak preview, in any event, of the 2016 election cycle. Especially if Rand Paul’s the nominee.

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Schadenfreude on August 2, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Yes, he works at one of the NH-funded universities. Might live elsewhere. Recall that I mentioned bef. that your taxes help to fund the racist turd.

Schadenfreude on August 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

When I refer to myself or any of my white friends as crackers, I think it’s funny. When a person of color does the same, I find it no less base than when a white refers to a black with the n-word.

Sorry, Charlie, it’s just not your place to toss around racial epithets, unless you want to pass a law saying that’s OK.

(I hope the Keystone Pipeline goes through so he’ll have an endless supply of hair treatment products.)

NoPain on August 2, 2013 at 5:31 PM

1. Rangel should be in prison for tax fraud.

2. Rangel belongs to the political party that were made up of the “crackers fighting civil rights.”

JR on August 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

(that would be General John Stark) that screen name would vanish.

Del Dolemonte on August 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I wouldn’t be too sure about that, this is LFOD you’re talking about. Not the brightest bulb in the pack.

Oldnuke on August 2, 2013 at 6:03 PM

(that would be General John Stark) that screen name would vanish.

Del Dolemonte on August 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I wouldn’t be too sure about that, this is LFOD you’re talking about. Not the brightest bulb in the pack.

Oldnuke on August 2, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Yep. I call him the low-information perfesser for good reasons.

slickwillie2001 on August 2, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Akzed on August 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Adults do not engage in pedantry to prevaricate about anecdotal etymology merely to contradict a subjective experience without successfully demonstrating any falsification. Sorry, WRONG!

When it is noted you are an idiot, the idiom’s origin isn’t indicative of your identification with it. At least, not nearly so much as doubling-down on contrariety. But please, continue to certify your wisdom with a third such display.

Since you seemed to have trouble with polysyllables in your last reply, I will oblige your comprehension level:
The word picked does not count. Why he picked that word does not count. Where that word came from does not count. What he means by it is what counts. What he means is clear.

Perhaps if you have learned something from this exchange citizen, next time you might be able to make a comment worth the listen. Good luck!

CapnObvious on August 2, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Charlie Rangel: These tea partiers are the same terrorist white crackers we fought during desegregation

No Charlie, those were Democrats that we were fighting against during desegregation.

RJL on August 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Tax evading scumbag should just keep quiet

RdLake on August 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Gee I wonder what’s its like to break federal tax laws and still have a high paying exclusive government job like a congressman. Must be nice.

jaywemm on August 2, 2013 at 9:19 PM

I was just at, and they’re commenting on this identical story.

I copied this from over there, including the username of the commenter who posted it (he/she should get the credit):

Scream racism and slavery all you want. Your are the party of the new plantation master. You have kept your own race down and at subsistence levels with no way out. The only difference between you and the old democrat slave owners is that the crop isn’t cotton, now it is VOTES.

themongoose, (at Aug. 2, 2013 at 8:51pm

listens2glenn on August 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

RACIST! Just another divicive, self-serving Race Pimp!

easyt65 on August 2, 2013 at 11:48 PM

It’s not fierce indifference to human life that drives us — it’s the fact that all of the goodies taken from taxpayers and handed out by the Government have broken the black family in half, have denied blacks a decent education by refusing them the right to leave underperforming schools, staffed by people given a pass on knowledge because of their skin color and ability to “be a role model”. We dpm
t want the Government to kill so many black children that 30% of them are never born.

We just don’t want to give money to the same old stuff you want to give money to, Mr. Rangel.

unclesmrgol on August 3, 2013 at 12:28 AM

In fact, if you pick up a real book

Del Dolemonte on August 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM

If you could read

libfreeordie on August 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Classic Grade School Alinsky.

In my sentence, I imply that my debate “opponent” should read a history book other than one written by Howard Zinn.

The Subject’s “response” implies that it thought I said it couldn’t read, period.

Paging Graham Nash…

Del Dolemonte on August 3, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Poor Charlie

He doesn’t realize that “cracker” be old school and “cracka'” be new school. You see, race baitin’n aint just about race anymore. It’s also about sexuality.

Hazzard on August 3, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Rangel just can’t understand (or possible remember) that the violence of civil rights movement effectively ended in the mid 1960s. Sure there were isolated incidents, but the US government finally and effectively ruled in favor of civil rights by 1964. Rangel is still living in that memory and doesn’t get that the 60’s are more than two generations ago. Let it go … Americans today are more than ready to move on and get on with living as a “melting pot”. Rangel and his ilk believe they must continually open old scars and create anger in a generation who really has no experience or memory of the “dogs and bombs” their grandparents and great-grandparents experienced. He does this only because he loves his power and status and he is happy being an angry bitter old man. Without his fear-mongering and race-baiting, our black youth would not be traveling down a road of despair.

PluffMudGirl on November 12, 2014 at 12:07 PM