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Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Racism Meme

Yesterday, we saw the dams break in a McCain rally. People inside were frustrated, enormously so, with the way this election has been evolving.

Let me explain to you what those frustrations are:

1- People are frustrated that Americans are poised to elect a Leftist man, whose personal world view is more pro-world, than exclusively pro-American.

2- People are frustrated that the tinge of Socialism is all around the United States, aided and abetted by the present administration, no matter how important the bailout was.

3- People are frustrated that there is no oversight in Congress, to get to the bottom of this scandalous situation.

4- People are frustrated that media have a cone of silence around the Obama campaign, and refuse to do their jobs, that is, to investigate his past fully once the Democratic primary has been over.

5- People are frustrated that they their own Party have selected a Republican-in-Name-Only candidate to run for the Presidency in 2008.

6- People are frustrated that said candidate refuses to address aspects of his opponent's character and associations, which would shine a light on his past.

7- People are frustrated that a woman who has the potential to be the future of her Party, has had her side of the campaign bungled.

8- People are frustrated at the treatment given said woman, by media, and the opposition's supporters which smack of elitism, and are frankly sexist.

9- People are frustated that they see prominent Republicans jumping ship, when their side needs support the most.

10- People are frustrated about the lack of leadership shown by all their leaders, from economic to political, in this country.

Not once do you see "race" being mentioned there, because for the great majority of people who support one candidate over the other, his race has nothing to do with why they are electing him.

There is a small sliver of white people who will vote for this candidate because he is black. There is an overwhelming majority of black people who will do so too, but in the same fashion as the Catholics who voted for John F. Kennedy did so then. It's understandable.

What is not understandable is the rampant and absurd charge of racism which has been used as a cudgel of intimidation.

I swear to you, that will have a catastrophic effect later on as you yourselves will be swallowed whole, on the rebound, by that charge.

This race isn't about race, except to those who have a stake in using race to shame, silence and browbeat people. We see the ugly fruits borne out of that in Europe today, in terms of extremism and nationalism.

I beg you, do not make the same mistake in America.

ADDED: Creepily enough, the man you see above, Austria's Freedom Party leader, Jörg Haider, was killed Saturday morning in a car crash.

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  • I was gonna comment before you updated on whether you were super prescient or something- just like the Palin call. :)

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sat Oct 11, 04:08:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Chickenlittle, I'm flabbergasted. The timing is too eerie!


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Oct 11, 04:24:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I disagree with you that African-Americans are voting for Obama because he is black (though there are undoubtedly a few who would otherwise not have voted but realize that if he is elected it will open doors for them as well).

    The fact is that African-Americans are very consistent in voting for Democrats. Al Gore got 94% of the African-American vote. John Kerry got 90%. So if Obama gets, say, 95% in an election where he gets an overall majority of all voters then that would be expected, but not because he is black but because he is a Democrat. A more relevant scenario might have been if Republicans had nominated, for example Colin Powell (about the only Republican you might even convince me to vote for, by the way). My guess is that if was the nominee vs. a white Democrat you'd still see African-Americans breaking about 80-20 Democratic.

    Condoleeza Rice said in an interview a few years ago that one reason she had chosen to be a Republican even though she is very aware of her identity as an African-American was because she would rather be 'ignored than patronized.' The point she thought she was making was that Democrats wanted African-American votes but except for Congressmen elected in majority black districts they didn't give blacks any real power (I think the immediate cause of her comment was the Minnesota Democrats' choice of Walter Mondale as a replacement candidate for Wellstone instead of Alan Page, who was eminently qualified, younger and black.) Of course Mondale lost anyway, and frankly I'm not so sure Page would have lost. However Obama's nomination seems to suggest that at least among rank-and-file Democrats Rice is wrong. If the best candidate is black then we will vote for a black candidate. And it is noteworthy that both Rice and Powell have (despite apparently both being urged to do so) avoided attacking Barack Obama during this election season.

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Sun Oct 12, 01:39:00 am GMT-4  

  • Hey, Eli, here, listen to this

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Tue Oct 14, 07:50:00 am GMT-4  

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