The Right Wing’s Phony Freak-Out Over Joe Biden’s ‘Chains’ Remark

Intellectual dishonesty about racism
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The unison chorus of right wing fake outrage over Vice President Joe Biden’s remark that the GOP and Wall Street want to put people “back in chains” is a perfect example of one of the most dishonest “frame flipping” tactics of the right.

First, it’s amazingly obvious that this phony umbrage is intended to divert attention away from the fact that Mitt Romney continues to conceal his financial records.

But more importantly, the people screaming the loudest that Biden’s remark was “racist” (a ludicrous and stupid claim) are the very ones who constantly deny and make excuses for the prevalence of outright, ugly, old-fashioned racism on the right and in the Republican Party.

This tactic of focusing solely on the words and ignoring the intent is an intellectually dishonest diversion, a grown up version of “I’m rubber, you’re glue,” with just as much substance. It’s designed to muddy the waters and draw a false sense of equivalence between the right and the left.

I’m not denying that there are people with racist views on both right and left — but only one side has a systemic, endemic problem with racism, and only one side continually panders to the racist elements of their base, and it’s not the Democratic Party.

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