Star Ledger Editor Tom Moran Calls Conservatives Racist

The Star Ledger’s Tom Moran is back to his old tricks of using the race card while attempting to advance his political agenda.

In early 2010, shortly after Governor Chris Christie took office, Moran tried to derail the Christie administration by teaming up with Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver to call Christie and his team “…white men, most of them political neophytes…” who never rode a bus and couldn’t understand how their deeply their economic policies were impacting “working poor families.” 

Moran did that before he realized that Christie is a “force of nature who could probably make a dog sing if he put his mind to it.”

In a column posted on Tuesday that defends the President’s constitutional pronouncements about the Supreme Court’s right to overturn ObamaCare Moran employed Jeanane Garofalo’s tactic of accusing Obama’s critics of being racist.

Because Moran is smarter and prettier, his accusation is sublter than Garofalo’s crude remarks, yet it is no less offensive:

Obama went on to make an important point: That if the court overrules the health care law, it will be practicing judicial activism. Conservatives have been complaining about judicial activism since the Supreme Court struck down Jim Crow segregation laws in the South, and the heat rose considerably after Roe v. Wade.

Maybe fellow Star Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine can explain the difference between judicial activistism and constructionism to Moran.

Activistism is when a Court finds, invents or redefines a constitutional provision in order to make new law that is consistent with its political or ideological preference.  That is what the U.S. Supreme Court did in Roe v Wade and what the NJ Supreme Court did in the Abbott decisions.

Constructionism is what a court does when it decides that the legislative or executive branches exceeded the power granted to them in the Constitution, like mandating people buy something they don’t want.

Moran, like Obama, probably knows the difference.  Also like Obama, he probably just doesn’t think the Constitution is that important.  That’s OK for Moran who hasn’t sworn to protect and defend the Constitution.  It’s not OK for the President who has sworn that oath.

The race card worked well for liberals in 2008.  The invoked it successfully to mute Obama’s poltical opponents in the Democratic primary and during the general election.  They appealed to ‘white guilt” to get Obama elected.  It was a disgusting and effective strategy.

But the race card is played out. It didn’t work in the politicization of the Trayvon Martin tragedy.  It didn’t work when Garofalo played it.  It didn’t work in 2010.

Moran should stop playing the race card.  Conservative opposition to ObamaCare has nothing to do with the Jim Crow laws, just as Governor Christie’s economic policies have nothing to do with how many of his cabinet members and staffers have ever ridden a bus.

Moran’s job is the inform, educate and persuade.   He should leave the obfuscation to politicians, activists and B-rate entertainers looking for their next gig.

Posted: April 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Media, NJ Media | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

9 Comments on “Star Ledger Editor Tom Moran Calls Conservatives Racist”

  1. When in doubt, said at 11:44 am on April 5th, 2012:

    play the race, gender, and class-warfare cards.. same old, same old from the libs/socialists/Utopian statists, it’s all they have, when they’ve obviously failed so miserably…what a petty,spoiled,childish, and short-sighted creep..am sick of all their bull..ignorance and division reigns, only if the rest of us let it!..

  2. Justified Rught said at 12:29 pm on April 5th, 2012:

    Jim Crow laws were authored and supported by Democrats, not Republicans.

  3. Joe Wedick said at 6:00 pm on April 5th, 2012:

    I love all this talking about Obama’s remarks to the Supremes about the Health Care act and how he was trying to influence their decision.
    That’s bull.
    The Supremes made their decision on Friday March 30, 2012 BEFORE Obama said a word on April 2, 2012:
    U.S. Supreme Court justices meet Friday March 30, 2012 to vote on health care case
    Obama: Supreme Court overturning health care would be “unprecedented” April 2, 2012

  4. Sancho Panza said at 10:19 pm on April 5th, 2012:

    @Joe Wedick
    If you think that the Supreme Court “made their decision on Friday,” what do you think was Obama’s reason for speaking out against them on Monday?

  5. Harold Kane said at 9:20 am on April 6th, 2012:

    Moran needs to study his history. It was a Republican, Dwight Eisenhower, who sent federal troops into Little Rock to enforce school desegregation orders against a “solid south” Democrat governor Orval Faubus. All of the great segregationists were southern-George Wallace, Ross Barnett and they were all Democrats. Just look at Presidential election results for the first half of the 20th century and see how the13 states of the Confederacy voted. It was all Democrat or periodically Dixiecrat.
    John Kennedy never involved himself to any great depth into the civil rights movement instead he had his brother Bobby Kennedy, then the Attorney General do the work for him. Kennedy knew if he pushed too hard on civil rights that it could cost him his reelection in 1964. What Moran and his ilk cannot admit is that the “public sector will fix everything” solution to black poverty hasn’t fixed anything. It has made millionaires of race hustlers such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, but what has it done for the average person in Newark. Nothing! So Moran calls conservatives racists. When you offer nothing, especially the truth, you resort to name calling. Moran needs to leave his fortress in the Ledger building and walk around the streets of Newark and actually talk with the residents. Then, maybe his position will change.

  6. brian said at 3:27 pm on April 6th, 2012:

    What’s a Ster Ledger??? ls it related to The Depressed?????

  7. brian said at 3:27 pm on April 6th, 2012:

    StAr–damn keyboard

  8. Joe Wedick said at 4:22 pm on April 7th, 2012:

    The reason Obama spoke out AFTER the Supremes had their vote was to set himself up for the campaign.
    Should they go against him, he like FDR, Reagan and most any president before him will rail/run against them and that if not for them allowing politics to enter into their decision, he (Obama) would have been able to deliver for all those in need.
    If the Supremes vote FOR the Healthcare Act, Obama’s Constitutional Creds stand tall, as he will have portrayed an understanding of the Constitution that many of the act’s detractors obviously (in his view) don’t understand, especially his Fall opponent and that is all the more reason he (Obama) should be re-elected.

  9. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » Don’t let up on demanding fiscal accountability in cities said at 9:54 am on July 14th, 2012:

    […] In April of this year, Moran went all Jeanane Garfalo on conservatives who were hoping that the Supreme Court would overturn ObamaCare, comparing them to Jim Crow segregationists. […]