The Obama Factor
Former President Jimmy Carter accused “the overwhelming portion” of Obama opponents of being common bigots. As a conservative concerned over massive deficits, irresponsible eco-legislation, threats to capitalism, and losing my nice private health insurance policy, I was deeply offended. My knee-jerk reaction was to become very angry. After all, this is coming from the worst President in American history*. Let’s face it no other Administration was able to achieve 7% unemployment concurrent with 13.5% inflation. The relationship is supposed to be inverse. It was like being lectured by Hannibal Lecter about table manners.
I decided not to rush out a reactionary blog essay. I wanted to wait for President Obama, his cronies in the administration and those in the press to react. Plus I was very busy in my job. In this economy it’s best not to let anything – especially a political blog – distract you from work. Obama reacted appropriately and for that I commend him. I only wish he would have politely asked the old man to slip quietly off into the sunset. It’s well overdue.
Having had time to digest the nation’s reaction, I calmed down a bit. The nation is not overwhelmingly racist. It was when Jimmy Carter was raised under Jim Crow laws and even when he fumbled through his Presidency, crashing helicopters into the desert and singing “Kumbaya” while holding hands with Sadat and Begin around a Camp David campfire. But in 2008 the nation turned a corner. By a margin of 53% to 46% American voters as a whole voted the first biracial President into office. The black vote alone could not have done this. Barack Obama won the white vote as well.
Racism on life-support
Does this mean the era of racism is over? I wish. Ronald Reagan once said, “fact are stubborn things.” Racism is waning but its slide into the waste can of history is being jeopardized. There seems to be an effort to preserve racism in America. Not just from the skin-heads and rednecks but from unexpected places. Such as Democrats who want to keep the African-American vote strongly in the “D” column and a press corp who scores viewers whenever race is the story. Watch them, the press is dying to play race stories. Race-based news is rushed to headline status whenever it is found. This is certainly why Carter took the headlines.
The most despicable racists, though, are those who infiltrate the ranks of the Republican party. They are drawn to Republicans because the Democrats have convinced them that this is their party. We see their impact in the “birther” movement. This side show was born from racism, has drawn in conservative conspiracy nuts, and generally been an embarrassment to the party.
Tragically, Obama himself may keep the fires of racism alive. Had he grown up in a functional family with both his father and mother, perhaps he wouldn’t have grown up confused about his race. Maybe he would not have been drawn to radical racists like the Rev. Wright. Maybe he would not have “ceased to advertise” his mother’s race. It’s even possible he would not have advertised himself in Antebellum terms as a “black” man but rather see himself as a bridge between the races. He could have been a uniter rather than a divider on this issue. But he chose to be exclusively African-American and alienated from his white family. Perhaps not completely but on some level.
An ideologue not an idiot
Obama has rushed head-long and full-speed into social experimentation on a national scale. His dogma exceeds his common sense. He and his “evil henchmen” Pelosi and Reid, are working to destroy the engine of American capitalism. No, not by buying and nationalizing businesses and industries, but through the dogmatic, idealistic, and irresponsible legislation, we call “Cap and Trade.” This is dangerous and when everyone realizes their cost of living has increased by several thousand dollars per year they might wake up.
Next we have the Obama world apology tours. He demonstrates to Americans what appears to be ignorance and naivete about foreign policy. Obama, and by extension, America looks weak and capitulating, both here and abroad. Racist interpret this as stupidity, congenital because he is “black.” He is reinforcing their stereotype. They cannot accept that maybe he is pursuing these policies and taking these actions, not because he lacks understanding, but because he is pursuing his ideological goals – even if those goals might ultimately be harmful to the nation he is charged with protecting. Missile defense? Why do we need to protect Europe? Besides if we just apologize and treat Iran, Russia, North Korea, ect. ect. nicely and show them we mean them no harm, they’ll respond in kind. Right? In his mind, perhaps he’s providing the “kinder, gentler America” Bush promised. Just my theory.
I firmly believe President Obama is an intelligent man, who lacks experience, but is brimming with ideological furor. I believe he sees America as just another nation among many. He does not ascribe to the belief that America is special or has any particular global superiority. He is convinced he is leading America in a post-American world. One in which America plays a reduced role and is less relevant. He believes in global warming and has completely swallowed the Gore lie that the world is in eminent danger. This drives him to take a “damn the consequences” approached on Cap & Trade. He is completely devoid of trust in capitalism to solve its own problems or to provide for the needs of the masses. He views government as the only sure trustworthy solution to issues that involve money. Why shouldn’t he? Government creates the money and has unlimited power over money.
Civility is dead
Now many will disagree with me and I welcome varied and considered opinions. Yesterday I might have written a whole different essay on this topic but something happened today. I clicked on a poll while reading the Washington Post. The poll dealt with Obama’s missile lack-of-defense policy in eastern Europe. There was nothing special about the poll, however accompanying the poll were comments. One of the first comments I read referred to the President as a “chimp,” further down one called him a “little black boy.” My blood ran cold as I read comment after comment from morons who spewed racially tinged hate toward the President.
I disagree with the President on nearly everything but such disrespect and overt racism was deeply offensive to me. It reminded me of Michael Moore and the MoveOn.org idiots and how they insulted G.W. Bush. USAToday ran a story entitled, What Happened To Civility? Civility died long ago. Perhaps it began to die when we shamed parents for spanking their children. Perhaps it began to die when Clinton disrespected the Oval Office with an intern. I do not know, but I know it was officially dead when liberals showed no shame in calling the President of the United States an idiot. I wonder if George Bush had been an African-American would they have hurled the “n-word” at him? I would bet they would have been no different from the scum bags commenting on the Post’s poll yesterday.
*(Second worst, as a history buff I can’t dismiss Buchanan who really was the worst.)