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The implosion of the Obama administration will create more and more desperate narratives on the part of progressives as we head toward the November election. With no record of achievement to run on, Obama must try to misdirect voters by shifting blame elsewhere: so far George Bush, the Eurozone crisis, the Japanese tsunami, even ATMs have all been fingered as the cause of our sluggish economic growth and high unemployment. Since the barrel of excuses is close to empty, get ready for something scraped from the bottom: Americans don’t support Obama because Americans are racists.
Of course this charge has already been reflexively trotted out whenever progressives hear something they don’t like, particularly criticism of Obama and his administration. Ex-President Jimmy Carter opined, “I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American.” Then what explains our “intensely demonstrated animosity toward” you, Jimmy? ABC’s Sam Donaldson, responding to a conservative reporter’s aggressive questioning of the president, huffed, “Many on the political right believe this President ought not to be there — they oppose him not for his polices and political view, but for who he is, an African American.” Then we do we like Clarence Thomas and Thomas Sowell, Sam?
The racism charge also provides effective camouflage for incompetence. Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder last December claimed that criticism of him is “a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” Holder said, “Both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.” Over at the Huffington Post, race hustler and MSNBC host Al Sharpton said of the Congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, “The highest officer of law and order in this nation has been ridiculed, scapegoated and handled as some sort of criminal throughout this ‘investigation,’” and “was spoken to and mistreated as if he were a child, and reminded that despite his esteemed position, he can and would be profiled. AG Holder was in essence ‘stopped & frisked’ without probable cause, and after he cooperated, he was made an example of.” Such outlandishly false statements neatly evade Holder’s gross incompetence, lying to Congress, and the way he has crudely politicized his office.
Such ludicrous, ad hominem evasions of fact and argument are so common on the left that many dismiss them as mere political background noise. But such attacks are based on an incoherent public discourse on race that reflects a larger intellectual and moral idiocy. Consider the recent speech by Melissa Harris-Perry, host of her own show on MSNBC. Harris-Perry said that after 9/11, white America suffered from a “nationalist fervor” resembling post-traumatic stress disorder. Suffering from this disease, Americans were able to “stomach a kind of horrific racial violence in the name of national security,” and started searching for an “imagined racial enemy.” This happens, Harris-Perry continues, because “Americans in part identify who we are, and who deserves what, through our notions of whiteness and of the racial enemies that are the non-whites.”
Well, the enemy wasn’t “imagined,” he was real, and he wasn’t an enemy because he was an Arab, but because he acted on a theology of violence proclaimed by a multi-racial religion and murdered 3,000 Americans. Next, there was nothing even close to “horrific racial violence” after 9/11. In fact, what is remarkable is the restraint most American showed towards American Muslims, and the obsessive need of the Bush administration repeatedly to tell the world how much we respect Islam and Muslims. Nor did this country attack Muslim countries with the vengeful fury English Lancaster bombers unleashed on German cities in World War II. Instead, our military power was used to liberate two Muslim countries from murderous dictators, and billions has been spent in an attempt to rebuild the infrastructure of those countries and establish politically free governments. Finally, those “notions of whiteness” are kept alive mostly by the race-obsessed like Harris-Perry or Eric Holder. They endorse the reverse bigotry of the university race-theorists, who demonize “whiteness” as selfish, exploitative, and repressed, all the flaws and neuroses that create what Obama called the “bitter clingers to guns and religion.”
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