I’ve believed for a long time that many of the leading Democratic politicians in America are racist to the core.

And now we have proof.

While, superficially, the Democratic Party courts the black vote with promises of favoritism and charity, there’s always been something condescending about this attitude. There’s always been something patronizing about it. There’s always been something insulting about it.

I’ve suspected there are essentially two motivations behind the Democrats’ promotion of racial preferences – or what they call “affirmative action”:

  • It’s a self-empowerment plan to keep minority votes on the new Democratic Party plantation by offering them special race privileges.

  • It is rooted in a visceral feeling that minorities really aren’t capable of achieving on their own.

In any case, both those motivations are racist. They are unacceptable without transforming America away from the principle of individual rights to a new vision of collective group privileges.

Two stories broke recently that demonstrate the racism of the Democratic Party brass.

When Senate Democrats successfully blocked three of President Bush’s nominees for federal appeals-court judgeships Friday in a 40-hour debate initiated by Republicans, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., told reporters that he would continue to oppose any “Neanderthal that is nominated by the president for any federal court.”

Now I don’t happen to believe Neanderthals ever existed. But, if they did, the implication is they were something less than human – beings lower on the evolutionary scale.

Kennedy was referring to men and woman like Miguel Estrada, a Hispanic, Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen, a woman, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carolyn Kuhl, a woman, and California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown, a black woman.

Now Kennedy has demonstrated his utter contempt for women in the past – for instance, by leaving a drowning woman and the scene of an accident. But it seems to me Kennedy is speaking in racist code language here. Could “Neanderthal” be the new “N” word he and his colleagues use to discuss minorities who are disloyal to their Democratic Party patrons and others who leave the “progressive plantation”?

Then, there are the leaked memos to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee from the special-interest lobby groups with whom the politicians work so closely.

In one communication to Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Estrada was singled out as “especially dangerous” because “he is Latino.”

It seems to me this memo and Kennedy’s racist exhortations are proof positive that the Democratic Party has nothing but contempt for minorities who can think for themselves, who are ruled by their own consciences and who fail to pledge allegiance to the so-called “progressive” political agenda.

In fact, it is obvious the Democrats become ruthlessly racist against those minority nominees who cross them politically.

What the Democrats like Durbin and Kennedy have managed to do is to immunize themselves against racism charges by currying favor with those hand-picked minorities who pledge absolute loyalty to their party.

Other minorities are not even worthy of the back of the bus in the eyes of the new racist Democrats. Other minorities don’t even get in the schoolhouse door if the new racist Democrats have anything to say about it. Other minorities are degraded with sub-human characterizations and racist code words. Other minorities are simply not welcome.

Thankfully, more than a few courageous minority leaders are blowing the cover on this racist campaign for a new plantation mentality in America.

I commend two new books to your attention:

Uncle Sam’s Plantation,” by Star Parker. The author, my good friend, offers five simple yet profound steps that will allow the nation’s poor to go from entitlement and slavery to empowerment and freedom – without the patronizing help of the Kennedys and the Durbins of the world.

Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America,” by Jesse Lee Peterson. In this book, the author, another good friend, shows how the civil-rights establishment has made a lucrative career out of keeping racial strife alive in America – with the help of racists like Kennedy and Durbin.

Read “Democrats accused of racism on Bush nominees” in today’s edition of WND.

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