This week I heard yet another black liberal caller to a conservative radio program who felt “offended” that there was so much opposition to “America’s First Black President.” As I listened, (frustrated that I couldn’t just call and debate this guy since I was in the parking lot about to walk into my day-job) I began to think just how racist the caller’s line of thinking was! He was defending the President based SOLEY on his race. Irrespective of the President’s policies, plan, purpose or performance – he was deemed unassailable because he is black. But is he?
Does the caller not realize that there is the same opposition to these policies when they’re put forth by the white Pelosi, the white Reid, the white Barney Frank, the white Dick Durbin etc?
Is Obama immune from criticism by virtue of his dark skin? Is it impossible for a black president to suck? Does the caller not realize that Obama is half white, and his other half is 7/8 north African Arab (think Ghaddafi not Mandella)? Does he identify with the 1/16 of Obama’s Black African Roots when there is virtually no “slave blood” in Obama?
In their zeal to put a man of color… ANY man of color… into the White House, Black America has helped elect THIS man to the presidency. And America is not the better for it.
Meanwhile, some black elected officials have been making some remarkable public statements.
Congressional Black Caucus member Andre Carson tells us the Tea Party wants to see blacks hanging from trees! Not only a ridiculously false assertion, but an incendiary one intended to incite unrest and possible violence!
And then there’s that brilliant Congresswoman, Sheila Jackson Lee, who claimed that the House was “complicating” the debt ceiling talks because Obama was black.
Maxine Waters tells us that the Tea Party is racist, and that they can “go to hell”. This coming from the Marxist that let the cat out of the back in May of 2008 when she admitted the intent to “socialize” the oil industry… and who most recently threatened banks to modify loans for people who can’t afford them or she would have the Gubmit “tax them out of existence”.
Someone should remind Ms Waters of that pesky document, the Constitution, which was designed to limit the powers of the federal government! Article 1, Section 9 prohibits something called a “Bill of Attainder”. In the context of the Constitution, a Bill of Attainder is meant to mean a bill that has a negative effect on a single person or group (for example, a fine, a tax, or term of imprisonment). So singling out banks for special tax punishment would be unconstitutional!
The fact of the matter is that the race card is played because historically it worked. Shouting “racist” ended the debate and sent the opposition scurrying for cover, despite the accusation being entirely unfounded.
But we are in a new paradigm! We have an environment today where a black man not only theoretically CAN, but in fact HAS been elected President; where a black man like Herman Cain can serve as Chairman of a bank, and CEO of a major Pizza chain; where blacks truly have attained Dr. King’s dream of being judged on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin! Blacks who avail themselves of educational opportunities, who apply themselves to acquiring and developing marketable skills, are able to advance themselves as well as whites who do the same. And Americans are awakening to the agenda of the race-baiters as advancing their own interests and not that of the black community at large! The race-card is becoming passé. It’s an anachronism; an archaic curiosity. It’s as relevant as a buggy whip in a Chevy dealership!
Sadly, for those who have never developed a legitimate case with which to debate their failed policies in the arena of ideas… the Race Card is the only card in their hand. Sadly for them, it is no longer trump, it is no longer the wild-card. Resorting to playing the race-card is no longer seen as striking from a position of strength – it is viewed as an act of desperation by one without any other resource. And that view is accurate.
Copyright © 2011 by Doug Edelman
Doug Edelman is a conservative political analyst and commentator, writes for the St Louis Examiner, and was a contributing editor for The Conservative Voice. His work has appeared on ChronWatch, Western Front American, Small Government Times, Western Journalism, News By Us, The American Daily, The Post Chronicle, New Media Journal, Capitol Hill Coffee House and more. Mr. Edelman is also an IT Consultant/Contractor and owner of a Computer Services Business. He has taught PC Maintenance & Repair and Networking at his local Community College, and maintains a blog at http://starboard.blogtownhall.com.