According to First Things, it is. In fact, Elizabeth Scalia’s long and spirited rant on the topic insists that its no longer possible for anyone to dissent from Obama on anything without being called a racist. Conservatives are just all actually just victims getting tread on by the liberal race card police.
What I find funny is that it’s the populist neocons who are tossing around the racist label more than anyone else these days. Didn’t we hear recently that Obama’s a racist who hates all things white?
But more to the point, the idea that racial stuff isn’t playing a role in all this is just absurd. Rod Dreher nails the matter:
Let’s say that Democrat Joe Lieberman was the American president. And let’s say that Rush Limbaugh said this on his radio show:
It’s Lieberman’s America, is it not? Lieberman’s America, Gentiles getting ripped off by Jews on Wall Street. You invest your hard-earned money in a mutual fund, you expect safety but in Lieberman’s America the non-Jews now get stolen from…
What would that sound like to you? Would you be able to call it mere “sarcasm”? Or would you recognize that there was something more sinister at work in this language?
Exactly. If Obama was Jewish do you really think people could say stuff like this without getting rightly labeled as anti-Semites?
The problem is that rational and measured dissent from the current administration is just not all that forthcoming. Frankly, we really need that sort of dissent right now. The problem is not, as Scalia claims that all dissent is now brushed off as racism. Its that the vast majority of those claiming to be patriotic dissenters—at least the ones that are media savvy—are quite clearly acting out of a profoundly racially-charged posture of blind fear and rage. Articulate and rational dissent would be great. That would be helpful beyond belief. But all we get are conspiracy theories about Obama being a secret Muslim Communist Nazi and mad claims that in Obama’s America black men are going to round you up and beat the crap out of you for being white.