Barack Obama broke most Republican politicians, and it wasn’t because of anything he did. That appears to be changing, maybe because Democrat policies have been so terrible that labeling opponents racist is no longer appropriate. On the other hand, politicians refuse to be quiet, and Nick Freitas, a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, is a prime example.
Freitas says he will no longer tolerate being labeled a racist merely because he opposes Democratic policy. If you’re not a Kardashian, a video of his remark has been seen over 553,000 times, which is rather impressive. When you’re on the Democratic side of the aisle, though, things are entirely different.
Moreover, almost every day, someone on the opposite side of the aisle implies, either gently or directly, that if they don’t agree with them on policy, they aren’t a Christian. Don Scott, a Democrat, presented an excellent illustration of that type of personal assault over policy opinions right before Freitas stepped up. “They don’t get to lecture them on compassion, tolerance, or an open discussion if they’re going to question the faith or motives of anyone who happens to disagree with their policy,” Freitas said.
According to Shelby Steele, since the 1960s, Democrats have realized that “The Personal is Political” and vice versa. The best method to attack policy is to make people doubt themselves. Activists rushed the president’s office at his Midwestern institution during the Civil Rights Movement and witnessed the guy fall in front of their eyes. He slumped not because he was terrified but because he felt involved in White injustice against Black people.
Since Obama’s election, White politicians have been acting as if they were the ones who barricaded the Mississippi courthouse door. They’ve too frequently crumbled as utterly as that long-ago Midwestern College President. It’s remarked with that remorse. It’s past time for Republican leaders to insist that their political arguments be conducted on the merits rather than allowing others to call them names.