August 1, 2010 - by Bernard Chapin
Does anyone grasp that this obsession with racial identity in an increasingly multiracial society is outright insanity, both politically and culturally? — Victor Davis Hanson
Any conservatives who believed that our nation’s unofficial pastime, “All Race All the Time,” would become passé with the election of Barack Obama were proven wrong just minutes into his inauguration. Despite the presence of the racially mixed Obama eagerly awaiting the award of the mighty pen of power, yet another of my former senator’s race-obsessed pastors encouraged white Americans to “embrace what is right.” One would have thought we had already done so, but the joke was on us. It seems justice in the present can never transcend sins of the past. Sins, of course, that none of us alive were alive to commit.
Not even a month into the 44th presidency, Attorney General Eric Holder compounded the insult to rank-and-file Americans by informing us that “in things racial” our country remains “a nation of cowards.” How ironic as were it not for white guiltist neurotics, Obama would still be playing Class A ball in the Illinois senate.
How our country got duped into elevating to the highest office a far leftist whose views are out of touch with those of the average citizen still perplexes, but Mr. Holder must be pleased by the efforts of this particular conservative to address race relations.
I’ve attempted to steer my countrymen in the direction of more productive conversations regarding race, yet our public square remains bound by the bands of a Jesse Jackson Mobius Strip when it comes to inter-group harmony.
During the recent hullaballoo over the New Black Panthers we discovered that the real racists were not the men who shouted incendiary racial threats, but instead those at Fox News who dared to make known the Justice Department’s corruption.
This event was followed up by Breitbart-gate in which the man behind BigGovernment.com showed a clip of bureaucrat Shirley Sherrod giving a speech that acknowledged past discriminatory behavior on her part.
Unfortunately, the portion of the monologue he used was out of context. This resulted in the media attacking Breitbart en masse. Their goal was to discourage the right from ever again identifying incidents of black racism.
They denounced Mr. Breitbart as a racist (yawn). They claimed that he “fooled America — again.” A one-word response suffices: poppycock. A perusal of Mrs. Sherrod’s entire speech reveals that she is what we originally suspected: a dedicated race baiter.
She equated Republican disagreement with President Obama over the issue of socialist health care with racism.
Specifically she proclaimed:
You know, I haven’t seen such a mean-spirited people as I’ve seen lately over this issue of health care. Some of the racism we thought was buried. Didn’t it surface? Now, we endured eight years of the Bushes and we didn’t do the stuff these Republicans are doing because you have a black president.
No, madam, we resist government takeover of the financial industry, health care, the auto industry, and free speech due to a sincere aversion to socialism. Conservatives ardently believe in the rights of the individual. Leftists do not.
We clash resoundingly with President Obama on most issues. We especially reject the notion that “our individual salvation depends on collective salvation.” In fact, the opposite is true.
While it is helpful for Mrs. Sherrod to articulate her dysfunction and irrational resentment towards 42 percent of the electorate, justifications for conservative positions are not actually necessary on this occasion.
Mrs. Sherrod’s claims are risible at the prima facie level. Race is irrelevant in regards to health care, and we know this due to the two-year donnybrook waged against the Clinton administration’s attempt to initiate universal health care during the early nineties.
Yet race, race, race is what the left must focus on. Given that Washington could not find fault with Bernie Madoff, accurately bury heroes at Arlington National Cemetery, run the post office, or supervise oil rigs, there is no way the Democrats could convince voters that the federocracy can responsibly administer health care to 307 million people via argumentation.
More than ever, it seems that the only way to save our country from dissolution is to vote the leftists out of office and terminate their reign of power drunk error.
Amidst 18 months of racial paranoia, aggression, and calumny better left unsaid, New York Times pundit and wannabe member of The View Maureen Dowd weighed in/added to the strife. She wrote a column seeking to nudge the Obama administration into being even more racialist than it already is.
Its title, “You’ll Never Believe What This White House Is Missing,” beggars belief. Every conservative intuited what Ms. Dowd desired before reading a single word. We knew it had to be something along the vapid lines of fashion, style, or toxic variations on themes involving sex and race.
Dowd advocates for the later in this instance. She begins with her conclusion:
The Obama White House is too white. … Obama lacks advisers who are descended from the central African-American experience, ones who understand “the slave thing,” as a top black Democrat dryly puts it.
Well, after a trip to see the real gibbering harridans of The View we find that not even President Obama himself understands the African-American experience. In answer to a question from one of the hosts, he said, concerning half of his relations:
We are sort of a mongrel people. I mean we’re all kind of mixed up. Now that’s actually true for white America as well, but we just know more about it.
What can one say in response to such gibberish? Most folks were either confounded or offended by his answer. This renders absurd Ms. Dowd’s earlier statement that he “appears completely comfortable in his own skin.”
Mongrel? That is a most interesting and bizarre term to use in reference to an ethnic group so sensitive that they are simultaneously repulsed and moved to donate by the exact same combination of syllables.
Obviously, had anyone on the right merely whispered “mongrel” in the same sentence as “black” they could never run for office again. They would be fired from whatever job they held. Yet for Obama the rules are different. He may say whatever he wishes. Racist is an insult reserved for Republicans.
Obama further elucidated his rampant hypocrisy when he later claimed not to be interested in “how we label ourselves” yet he clarified his own — and pervasive — racial obsession during the census when he marked the box reserved for “Black, African Am., or Negro” alone.
Perhaps his belief in nuance is not as devout as that of your average leftist. Ms. Dowd hopes it is otherwise, however. She recommends:
[Rather than] give Sherrod her old job back … [h]e should give her a new job: Director of Black Outreach. This White House needs one.
That is probably the last thing they need. A room containing only President Obama holds more racialist cheerleaders that any healthy organization can maintain, but such a make-work job is deleterious for America itself.
Extra overpaid bureaucrats devoid of talent and steeped in ideology will only make the present disaster worse. What we need most is an end to our “all race all the time” mindset.
If the left followed the lead of conservatives and simply treated their fellow citizens as individuals we might (finally!) get along with one another.
Yet the ongoing calamitous affair in Arizona highlights that the Democrats are vested in the balkanization of what was once unquestionably the greatest country on Earth. Al Gore’s notorious Freudian slip — he incorrectly translated the national motto of E pluribus unum as “out of one, many” — portended the future strategy of our opponents.
In answer to the question posed by our champion Dr. Hanson, it seems that only conservatives covet living in a post-racial society. Ms. Dowd and Mrs. Sherrod should realize that racial blindness is a conservative thing. They’ll never get it.