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Alaska GOP Congressman Stupidly Gives Lapdog Media Another Occasion to Screech “Racist!”


The liberal media is taking absolute delight in taking another idiot GOP politician’s words to beat the rest of us over the head with.

In this case it was Alaska representative Don Young, who used the term “wetback” which is very offensive to Hispanics:

During a visit Young made to Ketchikan, KRBD-FM interviewed him on a variety of issues pertaining to the economy and Arctic development. Young mentioned the role technology played in advancing economic development, using an example from his farm days in California.

“My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” Young said. “It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”

I took to twitter to express my frustration and anger at this, and unfortunately, I got some push back from some conservatives. Now, I agree that the liberal media completely embellishes these stories while covering up or not reporting at all those similar stories on the Left.

One perfect example was from this weekend when the Palestinian Authority’s militant wing Hamas posted an article calling Obama the “Jewish Organ-Grinder’s Monkey.” If an individual on the Right had said this, they would have been captured, shaved, jobless, and tarred and feathered within the hour of utterance. But because it’s Jimmy Carter’s best friends forever, the crazy Hitler-loving 911-denying Palestinians, it wasn’t reported at all.

However, Young’ comments are still offensive, and plain stupid.

The problem I have with anyone defending his comments is that it seems like a knee-jerk conservative reaction to leftist knee-jerk screeching of “racist.” We don’t have to defend every conservative against accusations of racism, and in this case, we shouldn’t.

Defend conservative principles and values, don’t stubbornly defend Republicans when they say something stupid, especially when it’s feeding into leftist stereotypes of the GOP.

Young issued a statement Thursday night in which he didn’t apologize for the remark, but attempted to place it in the context of vocabulary at the time.

“During a sit down interview with Ketchikan Public Radio this week, I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California,” Young said. “I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect.”

Whether you want to accept that “wetback” is an offensive term or not, this is not the hill we want to defend in this political battle. We need to face demographic reality, and reaching out to Hispanics is a becoming more and more of a necessity – in order to not give in on our conservative principles, we’re going to have play the optics game much better, and this is not how you do it.

So Obama gives $500 million of your taxpayer money borrowed from your children’s future and gives it to people calling him a monkey. An idiot GOP representative makes an offensive comment which mostly has absolutely no bearing on policy.

Guess which you’ll hear about more?

However, we whine enough about media bias when it’s unwarranted – let’s not give them real reasons to smear us with.


UPDATE: @RBpundit of the Right Sphere is calling for Young’s resignation.