It’s become a common libel in the past six years of political conversation. With the election of the first black president of the United States, people had hoped that this would be the end of racism. Unfortunately, this presidency has been the antithesis of this notion. If you don’t like the 2009 Stimulus Package, you’re a racist. If you don’t like Obamacare, you’re a racist. If you want justice for those who died in Fast and Furious or Benghazi, you’re a racist. Just over the weekend our own Attorney General announced that he believes there is a “racial animus” inciting both his own, and President Obama’s, opposition. Basically, anybody who disagrees or opposes or even just doesn’t like any of the policies that this administration comes up with is a racist. And they’re right.
The term “racist” used to mean somebody who was bigoted against a person or groups of persons solely due to the color of their skin, shape of their eyes, or other defining characteristic of a specific race. What people need to understand is that the word racist no longer has the same definition. People like Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and a multiplying list of others on the left have hijacked this term just as they have hijacked others (gay used to mean “happy”). People who were against the 2009 Stimulus Package were against the liberal agenda. People who are against Obamacare are against the liberal agenda. Therefore, the term racist no longer means that you dislike Obama or Eric Holder for the color of their skin, but their liberal agenda. Racist now means someone who stands against the liberal agenda.
Realizing that calling someone a racist in politics means that you are calling them anti-liberal is extremely important to conservative debate. Rather than defend yourself from the old definition of racism, it is paramount that you call out the person who is misusing the term before the conversation even starts. The real racists are the ones who dilute the term to mean anything that goes against the liberal agenda, and should be held accountable.