Darrell Huckaby - 09/20/09

Dang Jimmy Earl! Come on dawg! Just once try having your brain in gear before engaging your mouth. Now we know why your dear sainted mother Mrs. Lillian once said, "Sometimes when I look at all my children I say to myself, Lillian, you should have remained a virgin."

And I believe his brother Billy might have been right when he said, "I'm the only one in my family that's got good sense."

Jimmy Carter, as you probably know, created a firestorm of debate last week when he said that South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson's outburst during Barack Obama's infomercial before a joint session of Congress was motivated by racism.

That is a ridiculous assumption, even for the man who, while president, saw UFOs and was attacked by giant rabbits.

Joe Wilson's unfortunate outburst, in which he shouted "You lie!" during Obama's address to a joint session of Congress, was a lot of things. It was rude, boorish, disrespectful, in poor taste, accurate, and insightful - but to say that it was "based on the fact that he (Obama) is a black man" is just plain wrong, not to mention irresponsible and divisive - and Jimmy Carter should be old enough to know better and should have done what Wilson couldn't seem to do and kept his mouth shut.

Of course if he had done that nobody would have been talking about Jimmy Carter all week, which is something that the ex-president apparently can't stand.

And Carter wasn't alone in his accusations. Georgia's own Hank Johnson, in whose district I live, unfortunately, said that if Congress didn't censure Wilson for his remarks that people would soon be riding through the countryside wearing white sheets and hoods.

That a boy, Hank! Dredge up the Ku Klux Klan because somebody doesn't agree with the president. That's great insight, Hank. Cynthia McKinney is probably proud of you for carrying on her legacy as the biggest buffoon on Capitol Hill.

Talk about a racist remark! J.B. Stoner didn't have a thing on Hank Johnson.

But where's the outrage against him? Why can he make such remarks without fear of reprisal? Why is there such a double standard? I don't know the answers to these questions but I do know that as long as the double standard exists we will not achieve the stated dream of Martin Luther King Jr. of a world in which men are judged "not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

And until people can disagree with a black man without being accused of racism, we will never have equality in this nation.

Here's a clue for Jimmy Carter, who obviously doesn't have one - and for Hank Johnson as well.

Barack Obama is president of the United States. Hello! Are you awake? Have you been paying attention? He was elected by people of all creeds and colors. Black people did not elect Barack Obama - people did. Plain old everyday people of every race and religion. Blacks make up about 12.9 percent of the population in this country and a hell of a lot more white people voted for Obama than black people did.

And the vast majority of people who voted against Obama voted against him because they didn't agree with his politics - not because of the color of his skin. And Joe Wilson didn't accuse Obama of lying because he is a black man; he accused him of lying because he was lying - plain and simple.

"You lie." Where is the racial connotation to that statement?

When Bill Clinton swore under oath that he hadn't had sex with Monica Lewinski I am quite certain that people of all persuasions called him a liar - but I don't recall the black people who did so being called racist. There is no such thing as reverse discrimination and there is no such thing as reverse racism. It's all the same, no matter which side of the fence it comes from.

Jimmy Carter should know that. Hank Johnson should know that. Apparently, neither does.

And politicians and "journalists" all over the nation have begun to take sides on the issue of whether Wilson's outburst was rooted in racism. I have read in various publications that because Wilson is from South Carolina, because he supported keeping the Confederate flag on the statehouse grounds in Columbia and because he is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, his two word sentence, "You lie," was obviously racially motivated.

I have a son named Jackson Lee. I guess I shouldn't even think about criticizing the president.

Joe Wilson's emotions got the best of him and he made a bit of a fool of himself by hollering out at an inappropriate time. He apologized for the unfortunate incident. Let him get on with his life.

What we should be focusing on, as a nation, is whether Wilson's assessment, ill-timed though it was, was accurate. Barack Obama stated that under the current health care bill, illegal aliens would not receive benefits. That's not what the wordage of the bill says. He also stated that no additional funds would be needed to pay for the bill.

If you believe that, whether you are white, black, red, green or purple, I'd like to sell you a trip on my UFO to see a giant killer rabbit.

You'll have to bring your own sheets.

Darrell Huckaby