Saturday, June 5, 2010

Is the SEIU playing race card in Arkansas run off?

Presumably, President Obama still supports Sen. Blanche Lincoln over her runoff opponent, SEIU-backed Lt. Governor Bill Halter.  However, with Tuesday's Democratic runoff election going down to the wire, it's becoming harder to tell.

Given the close ties between the SEIU and the White House, it's hard to imagine the White House doesn't know that the SEIU is using President Obama's picture alongside Bill Halter's on door hangers in a "predominantly African-American neighborhood in Little Rock."

While the door hanger doesn't state that Obama is endorsing Halter, its implication by using the imagery is that Halter is Obama's choice in the election and, unless the voters in this African-American neighborhood read otherwise, they would be led to believe that Obama wants them to vote for Halter.

This says a lot about not only the SEIU's manipulation of the facts, but also (and most importantly) its attitude about African Americans.

In sum, the SEIU seems to be saying to African-American voters:

We don't think you're smart enough to know that President Obama is backing Blanche Lincoln and we know that if we put a picture of Obama next to Halter, you'll vote for him.

It's astonishing to think that a labor union would stoop to such low Machiavellian and racist depths but, apparently to the SEIU, the ends justify the means.

“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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