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The party of victims

Opinion,Gregory Kane,Columnists

Here's what Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said in that "47 percent" controversy: "There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it."

Here's what he should have said: "The Democratic Party has become the party of victims. It is the party of those who stoke the embers of their own victimhood. It is a party that needs victims, even creating new ones when the old ones are no longer victims, and making victims of those who clearly are not."

That's just an opinion, but an opinion is only as strong as the facts that back it up. And here are 10 examples that back it up:

10. The Jena Six: Remember these losers? Jena is a small town in Louisiana. Six years ago, six black students at the town high school punched, stomped and kicked a white student into unconsciousness. The local district attorney charged the six with attempted murder, not unreasonable given the viciousness of the beating and the condition of the REAL victim. But there exist African-Americans that believe they, and no one else, can be victims.

What I call the Great African American Victimology Machine quickly went into overdrive, making the six black attackers, not the kid beaten into unconsciousness, the victims. This was done through a campaign on -- where else? -- the Internet, the source of America's least reliable information. Soon, lured in by exaggerations and outright lies, blacks from across the nation descended on the town demanding "justice" for the attackers. Some were local elected officials. Many were Democrats. And of course two leading black Democrats -- the revvums Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson -- found their way to Jena as well.

9. The LGBT movement: I suspect there are Democrats not as sympathetic to this movement as they claim, but they need a fresh crop of victims from somewhere.

8. Disenfranchised felons: At the state level of government, it's almost always Democrats sounding the call to give the vote back to felons, whom they incorrectly call "ex-felons." In Maryland there was already a process for disenfranchised felons to get their voting rights restored, but that didn't satisfy the state Democratic Party's victimhood maw. Democrats overhauled the process. In other words, they "fixed" a thing that wasn't broken in the first place.

7. Ex-convicts seeking employment: It's usually Democrats who support what's been called the "ban the box" movement. The "box" would be the question on an employment application that asks those applying for work if they've ever been convicted of a felony. Democrats detest the "box." In Democrats' minds, character can't count for businesses in the hiring process.

6. Illegal immigrants: Darned near self-explanatory, but who's made Baltimore the No. 1 sanctuary city for illegal immigrants east of the Mississippi? Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a Democrat.

5. Death row inmates (but only black murderers need apply).

4. Radical feminists.

3. "Poor blacks": Witness the attack Democratic politicians and pundits launched against comedian Bill Cosby when he said, in 2004, that poor blacks were "not holding up their end of the deal" in the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision.

2. All African-Americans descended from slavery who did not receive reparations: Of course reparations would never be paid, but that wasn't the goal of the advocates anyway. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduces a congressional resolution annually for the creation of a panel to study reparations. Because the government won't ever pay, this confers permanent victim status on all African-Americans.

1. Hate crime victims: This pretty much says it all. We can create a hierarchy of crime victims? Yes, we can.

Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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