Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has never been one to mince words. At a recent meeting with constituents, he didn’t disappoint, including a joke about carrying a gun on the floor of the Senate, that the country was better off before Medicare, and, in an attempt to assuage fears that the Secret Muslim Kenyan was out to kill us all, he backhandedly defended President Obama against charges that he wants to destroy the country. No, he doesn’t, the Senator insisted.
His intent isn’t to destroy. It’s to create dependency because it worked so well for him. I don’t say that critically. Look at people for what they are. Don’t assume ulterior motives. I don’t think he doesn’t love our country. I think he does.
As an African American male, coming through the progress of everything he experienced, he got tremendous benefit through a lot of these programs. So he believes in them. I just don’t believe they work overall and in the long run they don’t help our country. But he doesn’t know that because his life experience is something different. So it’s very important not to get mad at the man. And I understand, his philosophy — there’s nothing wrong with his philosophy other than it’s goofy and wrong [laughter] — but that doesn’t make him a bad person.
So what you have here is a person trying very hard to be nice and polite and not sound like a racist actually digging himself deeper into the hole. Do I really have to explain how racist it is to assume that just because the president is African American he A) grew up depending on “these programs” and B) he’s naturally in favor of them because of that?
Sen. Coburn seems to be the one who is goofy and wrong, among other things.