The NAACP is expected to approve a resolution today condemning the Tea Party movement for "explicitly racist behavior."

I would require a flow chart to explain all of the ways that this is wrong.

For starters, the mere act of criticizing a black president is not racist. Nor is it racist to raise public consciousness of the very important issues of spiraling debt, misguided bailouts and a series of social policies that may bankrupt the country.

The country benefits from uninhibited discussion about these serious issues. Very simply, when movements — Tea Party or otherwise — openly debate these issues, the truth rises up. When the NAACP labels and dismisses the Tea Party as racist, it has a chilling effect on this important debate. As a result, the national dialogue is stifled.

It is sad that the nation's oldest and most revered civil rights organization has been so co-opted by the Democrats that it will use the charge of racism to chill political discussion, rather than engage opposing viewpoints on the merits.

Please understand, I have the utmost respect for the NAACP. But I cannot ignore the simple fact that the issues supported by the Tea Party relate principally to smaller government, lower taxes, less government debt, enforcement of immigration laws and individual freedom. These issues have nothing to do with abridging the rights and dignity of African-Americans. By pretending otherwise, the NAACP has willingly allowed itself to be co-opted by the Democratic Party. Even more alarming, it risks turning the word “racist” into a proxy for “someone whose politics you disagree with.”

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