Our friend and colleague Carl Tate has weighed in on our Vice President’s Offensive Comments
The vice-presidential candidate has traditionally been the attack dog of American politics. Dwight Eisenhower played the part of elder statesman and national grandfather, providing patriotic balm for a nation growing tired of war in Korea and economic stagnation at home in 1952. It was his running mate, Richard Nixon, who ably played the part of the villain in the race, excoriating his Democratic opponents at every turn, attacking them for coddling communists at home and abroad. LBJ filled the same role for Jack Kennedy in 1960, by going before southern crowds and accusing the GOP ticket of being in the hip pocket of Wall Street and special interests. Then there’s the famous example of Spiro Agnew and his attacks on the “nattering nabobs of negativity.”
I could go on, of course. There are countless examples to cite, before and after those already mentioned. The point is vice-presidential candidates serve a purpose and that purpose isn’t always above board. They’re meant to get nasty and down in the mud. That’s taken for granted nowadays. What isn’t and should never be taken for granted is what happened the other day down in Danville, Virginia at a church before a predominately African-American crowd.
Here’s our esteemed Vice-President, in his own words:
“They’ve said it. Every Republican’s voted for it. Romney wants to let the – he said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules – unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” (emphasis added)
How vile and patronizing can one politician get?
With that one single comment Biden managed to take campaign, already swimming in the sewers, to even lower depths. And he even out hustled race hustlers such as Al Sharpton. To accuse Mitt Romney of wanting to put anyone back in chains is beneath the office of Vice-President and a shameless pitch to black voters.
African-American voters deserve better than this. The American black community is saddled with a 15% unemployment rate, a 50% high school dropout rate and most black kids are born into households where the father is missing in action. Yet the second highest ranking official in the land offers no solutions to these problems, just pathetic attempts at pandering and race-baiting. How sad.
– Carl Tate