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12/5/2012 9:55:00 PM
Column: Minority conservatives get unfair deal

Richard F. (Buz) Williams
Courier Columnist


Conservatives who happen to be black, Hispanic or female seem to be the target of the most horrendous attacks.

It started with the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. Toward the end of the Senate Hearings on his nomination, Anita Hill was called and brought up allegations of sexual harassment. She had never brought such accusations up before. Thomas was confirmed by the Senate in a close vote. Thomas referred to those contentious Senate hearings as a "high-tech lynching."

The only thing most people remember is the comment that Hill claimed Thomas once made to her about a pubic hair on his Coke can. Based on this, there are people who question Justice Thomas' intelligence, pointing out that he rarely asks attorneys before the court any questions about the cases. But those who read his decisions might disagree with them, but will find they are thoughtful and reasoned. Read them yourself and see.

Next, George W. Bush's Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez was soundly denounced for trying to replace eight or nine U.S. attorneys in 2006. This was done at the request of his boss, the president, but most of the criticism in the media was heaped upon Gonzalez, the first-ever Hispanic Attorney General.

The complaint was that Gonzalez had "politicized" the position of U.S. Attorney. That position is a political appointment by the executive branch that must be confirmed by the Senate. In 1993, President Bill Clinton asked for the resignation of all 93 U.S. Attorneys and he received little, if any, censure.

Attorney General Eric Holder has replaced most of the U.S. attorneys that Bush hired, replacing one or two with ones Gonzalez had fired. Gonzales was castigated for doing something political when no one else was ever criticized.

Condoleezza Rice, a national security adviser and later the first black female Secretary of State, was the subject of some borderline racist political cartoons. She was called a murderer for her role in the Iraq war by black cartoonist Aaron McGruder in 2004. In August of 2005, Harry Belafonte referred to black people on the Bush administration - Rice being the most prominent one at the time - as "black tyrants."

Without a doubt, the most reviled conservative woman is Sarah Palin. While most politicians' families are considered off-limits for the media and comics, the Palin family is the object of the most vile rumors, innuendos and jokes.

David Letterman has made obnoxious jokes about one of her daughters. So-called comic Bill Maher has called Sarah the most ugly and sexist name and he is still much admired by those on the left.

In January 2011, on "The Morning Joe" show, Sarah was blamed for "creating the atmosphere" that led Jared Loughner to arm himself and shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and kill several other people in Tucson.

Palin is best remembered for saying that she could see Russia from her house. She didn't say that. What she said was, "They're our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska." This is true. Look at a map.

So who said "I can see Russia from my house"? Tina Fey, imitating Sarah Palin in a spoof on "Saturday Night Live."

When it looked like Herman Cain was starting to gain momentum in his run for the Republican nomination for president, a woman came forward with an old sexual harassment accusation. Then a woman claimed to have had a long-term affair with him. After he suspended his candidacy, these women went away. Why?

There seems to be a dichotomy in the way conservatives are treated and the way progressives are treated. Candidate Obama can talk about going to 57 states and having one more to visit and it barely registers a blip on the radar screen. President Obama can mispronounce navy corpsman as "corpse man" not once in a speech, but several times, and the press never even mentions what a gross ignorance of military nomenclature this is.

The worse possible quote you could find from Sarah Palin couldn't compare to the obtuseness displayed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, referring to the Affordable Health Care Act, when she said, "But we have to pass the (healthcare) bill so that you can find out what's in it."

I wondered why so many on the left could be so vitriolic when discussing women and minorities who are conservative. The reason came to me when listening to an analysis of the November election.

The answer hit me like a sledgehammer. Demographics. In the last election, President Obama won large majorities of blacks, Hispanics, young adults and women. This surprised me since all of these groups had more unemployment and fewer jobs under the Obama Administration then under Bush.

It seems obvious. The left can't let black, Hispanic or women conservatives become popular because it might start a trend that would cut into their base. So they have to try to make them look radical, or stupid or not up to the job. That's the only way they can stay in power.



Buz Williams is a retired Long Beach, Calif., police officer who has lived in Prescott since 2004.





Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: J.K.

Looks like game, set ,match to Beams. Well done, sir.

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: Beams by the Billions

@@Beams
Covering up Fast & Furious or Benghazi, nope MSNBC, CNN and PBS covered those topics too, in addition to all the 'lame-stream' news and news magazines. None agreed with the unsubstantiated conspiracies and truthiness sold by Fox. You been had.

(I still wonder if the Rev. Huckabe signed his pact in ink or in blood. Being a Reverend, I think to be blood.

Now how many of the Republican candidates had contracts with FOX?)


Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2012
Article comment by: m Douglas

Libs you got what you deserved. Ill see you in the bread line in 2016

Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

In principle there is no reason that voter ID laws should disenfranchise anyone, in practice they have been shown to reduce turnout among poor and minority voters. It's an "open secret", but in truth it is the reason certain groups want them.



Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2012
Article comment by: Kathy Svendsen

Tom Steele: If requiring a photo I.D. is not a restriction on voting , why then has it not become a federal law? With PEVL, no photo I.D. is required.

Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2012
Article comment by: LIBERAL MEDIA PROPAGANDA

@Beams By The Billions-FOX propaganda and anti-Obama stuff, keep rolling your ignorant eyes. Did we hear any anti-Romney or MSNBC/CNN propaganda? You bet! Covering up Fast & Furious or Benghazi or any truths to be told by this administration would be too far fetched for them, so you just keep rolling your moronic eyes til 2016.

Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2012
Article comment by: Oliver Klouthsoff

Hit the liberal nail right in the head Buz. As always liberals who claim to be the most compassionate and inclusive are really just posturing. They show their true selves to be racist misogynists when some one has a different opinion and is a woman, or of a different race.

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Dear Hooty

If any of your contentions were correct (and they're all wrong) how does it explain that our current "Health Care System" is, by far, the most expensive in the world?

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Beams by the Billions

@It's Never Enough says,"The Liberal media, newspapers, talk shows, calbe news, all did a great job of twisting, distorting and covering up any wrong that the Obama administration was guilty of."

And if you are asked to show evidence of your assertions, you will say that we don't know because the Liberal media covered it all up. (rolling eyes)

I do think it important to separate the reasons people voted and the way the campaigns made their appeals. The truth really does have liberal bias, and the surrogates for the Republicans did make appeals that disparaged economic class and with appeals racism. Not all voters were necessary aware or picked up on it. There was the FOX propaganda anti-Obama stuff. And, the economic argument had its appeal, but served the interest of the guys funding the campaign.

I'm pretty sure the it's the fleck is my eye.

As Twain said, you get yourself a reputation as an early riser, you can sleep until noon. Buzz has it in the form of --You too.


Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

I knew that about the Palin vs. Fey quotes, and it was even pointed out on this comment board, by a liberal no less. Just be careful how strongly you play the "no one ever criticizes the left" card when you are an obvious product of 24-hour media in every conceivable form that does literally nothing but criticize the left.

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

Obama will be known as "The Hero of the Heathcare Industry". Can you imagine what will happen when 20 million more people have insurance? One thing is a proven fact: health insurance makes the cost of healthcare go up. Every time, every market. If everyone were paying out of pocket the price would plunge. And there wouldn't be tons of tests on every old fat person either. Why? Because they wouldn't pay for it. But Obamacare will keep the golden cow going. He's a crook.

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: ONE Thing Is Certain

Obama will be remembered as "one of the worst presidents" to ever serve our country. He need not worry about this country ever forgetting his administration either.

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: It's Never Enough

What more can this country do for the blacks and hispancis? I thought this country was made up of many nationalities but since 2008, all you hear are only two that are constantly whining and wanting for more and more. Maybe the other nationalities actually worked for their money, you think?

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Blame The Liberal Media

The Liberal media, newspapers, talk shows, calbe news, all did a great job of twisting, distorting and covering up any wrong that the Obama administration was guilty of. We all know how they lie for their candidates. Yes, along with the wealthy male Democrats, the liberal media help to re-elect Obama.

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

What's with all this "Republican Party of 1964" talk? That year Goldwater carried what, like 5 states? He ran against LBJ, the epitomy of a liberal junkie, who introduced Medicare, which started the healthcare spending junket that is still running wild today. The government paid whatever the doctors wanted to charge as many times as they wanted to charge it. The patients didn't care how many times they went to the doctor or how many tests they ordered because they weren't paying for it. Prior to that medical care was cheap, like getting your car fixed.People didn't have to have insurance. Them days ended with Medicare.

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Buz Williams

To Susan Lanning: Gee, Susan, I thought I did do my homework. Please help me out here and point out specifically where I wrote anything factually incorrect. As far as 'shallow, thoughtless statements' go, that's pretty subjective, so I'll just write that off, no pun intended, as your opinion. By the way, I hope to see you Wed. at the Library if I'm able to make it with my finger food.

To Dear Buz: You blame Republicans for what happened to California when they haven't had control of the Assembly or State Senate in how many decades? And you want me to move back to that Democratic bankrupt state? My question to you is why would you move or stay in Yavapai County, the most Republican County in the country?

To Tom Steele: Thanks for the kind words



Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

It's amazing how Kathy S and the several honest progressives point out how accusations from conservatives must be "proven" while their Democrat talking points are to be taken as the truth. There is "NO" proof Republicans ever kept a single minority from voting once. Requiring photo Id. is not a restriction on anything except fraud. And any political party that is unopposed as Democrats are in the large urban areas is prone to fraud. And look how "your" areas are treating their people. Nothing to be proud of I would say. Thanks Buzz. Keep it up.

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

An interesting thesis Buzz, but I believe you are misremembering.

Both liberal interest groups and Republicans in the White House and Senate approached the Thomas nomination as a political campaign.

Attorney General Richard Thornburgh had previously warned President Bush that replacing Thurgood Marshall, who was widely revered as a civil rights icon, with any candidate who was not perceived to share Marshall's views would make the confirmation process difficult. Civil rights and feminist organizations (advocates for women and minority groups), opposed the appointment based partially on Thomas's criticism of affirmative action and suspicions that Thomas might not be a supporter of Roe v. Wade.

Thomas's formal confirmation hearings began on September 10, 1991. Thomas was reticent when answering Senators' questions during the appointment process, recalling what had happened to Robert Bork (a white man).

Other former female colleagues (besides Hill) testified on Thomas's behalf. Nancy Altman, who shared an office with Thomas at the Department of Education, testified that she never heard any sexist or offensive comment.

Thomas was confirmed by a 52–48 vote on October 15, 1991, the narrowest margin for approval in more than a century. The final floor vote was mostly along party lines: 41 Republicans and 11 Democrats voted to confirm while 46 Democrats and two Republicans voted to reject the nomination.

With regard to Ms. Palin Sarah Palin is simply under qualified and over confident. Her biggest accomplishment is holding a governorship of a low population state for half a term, at which point she just quit. This was politically expedient, since she wanted to distance herself from the boondoggle “bridge to nowhere” she had championed in order to get elected. What a visionary leader!

Most intelligent Independent voters at the time (who wanted to vote for John McCain), could not accept that Ms. Palin might be a “heart beat away from the presidency”. Selecting her as a VP candidate is now seen among GOP operatives as a big mistake - a self inflicted wound, if you will.

I guarantee you that the fact that Sarah was not invited to speak at the Republican convention had nothing to do with unfair treatment by liberals. No, it was because they were afraid of what she might say! Now the GOP knows what the rest of us knew five years ago...she’s a loose cannon.


Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: the Republican party of 1964 does not exist !!

Buz:

You have to be kidding. Even you die hard oldies don't think the present generations give one degree of credence to what the Republican party did in 1964.

When the country is being told 4 years is long enough to fix a historic economic mess you think people are going to give credit to actions taken 50 years ago?
Remember it's now baby.
The electorate will remember that the PARTY OF NORQUIST was responsible for ALL voter suppression activities. Maybe even you can remember back that far.


Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Steven Ayres

My, my, Rev, so you do have a bit of brimstone in the belly! Good show!

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Ellection Fairy

Satire, maybe I missed the target.

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Bill Kalman

This guy gets a column?

Yowsa!


Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

In NO WAY am I implying one with an opinion differing from my own is anything other than a strong disagreement. As such the following is offered meekly.

If comfort was what I sought it could not be found in most of your works Steven. You do not challenge as cliché.


Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Kathy Svendsen

Buz, if you're trying to turn the tables on the Democrats by accusing them of the very things the Republicans were guilty of during this last campaign season, that kite just won't fly.

Your party worked real hard to keep blacks from the polls, so you think by declaring that Clarence Thomas was unfairly accused of sexually harassing Anita Hill is going to make up for that little mistake? He was guilty as all get out, and the good old boys of your party gave him a pass, angering many of us women. Even Thomas's fellow justices have implied he is not up to the Supreme Court standards.

Your party has been working hard for years to deport all hispanics or keep them from working for a living in Arizona. Now you're defending Alberto Gonzalez who actually deserved what he got? Not good enough.

Defending Sarah Palin doesn't make up for the way your party attacked women, along with their right to choose, right to birth control, and time needed to sue employers for not complying with the Lily Ledbetter Act. Sarah Palin would have been a joke had she not upped the campaign rhetoric by allowing her followers to get scary nasty at those rallies.

Buz, I suspect you're not really serious, though, and are just trying to get a rise out of us. That's it , isn't it?


Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Kathy Svendsen

Buz, if you're trying to turn the tables on the Democrats by accusing them of the very things the Republicans were guilty of during this last campaign season, that kite just won't fly.

Your party worked real hard to keep blacks from the polls, so you think by declaring that Clarence Thomas was unfairly accused of sexually harassing Anita Hill is going to make up for that little mistake? He was guilty as all get out, and the good old boys of your party gave him a pass, angering many of us women. Even Thomas's fellow justices have implied he is not up to the Supreme Court standards.

Your party has been working hard for years to deport all hispanics or keep them from working for a living in Arizona. Now you're defending Alberto Gonzalez who actually deserved what he got? Not good enough.

Defending Sarah Palin doesn't make up for the way your party attacked women, along with their right to choose, right to birth control, and time needed to sue employers for not complying with the Lily Ledbetter Act. Sarah Palin would have been a joke had she not upped the campaign rhetoric by allowing her followers to get scary nasty at those rallies.

Buz, I suspect you're not really serious, though, and are just trying to get a rise out of us. That's it , isn't it?



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