COMMENTARY | There is no reason to yank the race card out of the deck and toss it onto the President Barack Obama and Supreme Court debate table. The stern words of warning Obama uttered last week to the court have come back to haunt him and MSNBC is once again making excuses for the commander-in-chief.
During an appearance on ABC's "This Week" program MSNBC commentator Eric Dyson stated that "only a racist person" would think that Obama's statements about the court were bullying, The Blaze reports.
The misguided MSNBC commentator believes that "everything" Obama does is seen through a microscope that tends to "pick him apart." MSNBC, as a whole, has behaved in a cheerleading rather than an investigative journalist capacity since Obama announced his intentions to run for office.
When the president of the United States makes a statement, it is always reviewed and critiqued by both voters and journalists. President Obama's remarks called into question the authority of the Supreme Court and suggested that legislation passed by Congress should always be considered above reproach. Obama was wrong on both counts and skin pigmentation had nothing to do with the angry response of either journalists or elected officials.
During the ABC broadcast Dyson even went so far to state that he hears racial subtexts when Republicans complain about Obama's statements or call him a bully. When a president is unaware of the duties and powers of the Supreme Court, journalists have a duty to question the man's inarticulate comments. Obama was highly touted as a Constitutional law expert during his campaign for office. His remarks last week called into question his ability to debate a fifth-grader on the subject of government structure. The separation of power is not only absolute but necessary to balance the authority of the branches of government and protect the American people.
Whether President Obama attempted to bully the Supreme Court or is just woefully ignorant of the Constitution remains to be seen. Would Dyson consider a negative response to comments made about Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin or Rebecca Kleefisch inherently sexist?
Gone are the days when the country was governed exclusively by white males. When voters elect women and minorities to public office, they do so because they believe the individual will provide quality representation. Elected officials of all races and both genders should expect to be chastised when making mistakes.