I’ve said before that I’m not the biggest fan of discussing racism. Not because it’s not a topic that needs to be discussed, but because often these debates get overly emotional and turn into two sides trying to “win” an argument rather than finding rational and reasonable solutions to combat racism.
Another reason why I try to avoid talking about racism is that it’s almost impossible to prove. Hell, well-known white supremacist and former Grand Wizard of the KKK, David Duke, recently tried to claim that he wasn’t a racist. As I’ve often said, it’s amazing how much racism I see, yet how few racists I actually meet.
But thanks to modern technology, it’s been slightly easier to expose racism. Take for instance this example found on Rick Perry’s Facebook Page:
I’ll address the ridiculousness of Perry’s post in just a second. For now let’s focus on the top “Liked” comment on the post. You know, where this particular individual used a blatantly racist term to describe President Obama. Oh, but the Republican party doesn’t have a problem with racism, right?
Wait, let me guess, he didn’t mean that President Obama is a “monkey” in a derogatory kind of way, right? Yeah, you keep telling yourself that.
But of course it wasn’t just this one comment. Here are a couple of the replies to that post directed toward a man named Christopher who called the original poster a racist, and a reply to a man named Eddie who called Obama twice the leader Rick Perry is:
Ooh ooh aah ahh Christopher. Come down to Texas, he’s known better as monkey than Mr. President.
Christopher. YOU SIR, SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABORTED.
Wow. The troll actually said curious George squatter occupier of the White House is twice the leader Rick Perry is. Wow.. Please keep posting so I can share it on my page and let people see how truly dumb, il informed and very much a definition of a political sheep.. Geeez. It cannot be any more ignorant that what Eddie just said.
By the way, all three of those comments were the most “Liked” replies to the original comment. And while I would like to say that these comments are “shocking,” they’re not. I see this sort of thing all the time here in Texas. And I know it’s not just here either.
But moving on to Perry’s actual post itself, I’ll just go point by point to make it easier.
Texas Has An Unemployment Rate Of 4.6 percent, The Lowest It Has Been Since May 2008: Okay, true statement. Texas’ economy didn’t struggle quite as badly as many other states in the U.S. during the recession so it’s unemployment rate didn’t get as high. But what Perry leaves out is that much of the economic boom Texas has experienced is due in large part to the oil businesses – which is about to cause quite a lot of havoc with Texas’ economy very soon. Oh, and he used money from the 2009 stimulus bill to help balance the state’s budget.
This Is The 53rd Straight Month Texas Has Added Jobs: Great news! Too bad President Obama has currently presided over a streak of 58 straight months nationally, so it seems Texas is a few months behind. Oh, and I’m sure it’s “just a coincidence” that the streak about which Perry is bragging just happens to coincide with the economy picking up after Obama’s policies started kicking in.
Texas Has Added 457,900 Jobs Over The Past 12 Months, A Gain Of Four Percent: We just had the best year for jobs in the entire country since 1999 – so 2014 wasn’t just Texas. But it’s nice for Perry to admit that last year was a great year for jobs; the Obama administration would agree.
Texas Has Added 1,576,200 Jobs Over The Past 5 Years: Hmm, what else has gone on over the last 5 years? Oh, that’s right! The longest streak of private sector job growth in United States history while President Obama has sat in the White House.
Texas Has Added 2,248,300 Jobs Under Gov. Perry’s Leadership: Let’s do a little math here, shall we? In one line Perry says Texas has created 1,576,200 jobs in the last 5 years. Well, Perry served as governor for just over 14 years. Meaning that for the first 9 of Perry’s 14 years Texas would have only seen a net job creation of 672,100 jobs. So, in other words, in just the last 5 years Texas has created more than double the number of jobs it did in Perry’s previous 9 years.
Remind me again, who was president for 8 of Perry’s first 9 years? That’s right, his predecessor – George W. Bush.
But I’m sure it’s just a huge coincidence that all these numbers Perry bragged about in this post coincided with our nation’s economic uptick and the years Barack Obama has been president. It always amazes me how that works. President Obama gets elected, a year later the economy takes off. Meanwhile, Republicans (like Perry) continue to bash Obama’s economic polices – while trying to take credit for the economic growth in each of their individual states.
It’s so absurd that all I can do is laugh. It reminds me of the late-90’s when many Republicans were trying to claim that the historic economic growth we saw under Bill Clinton was due to Reagan’s policies.
All Perry’s post really did (besides expose blatant racism among conservatives who follow him) was essentially admit that Barack Obama has been an absolute success as president. Because it’s not just a coincidence that the numbers Perry’s bragging about here line up almost perfectly with the historic streak we’re seeing nationally when it comes to job creation and our unemployment rate.