November 3, 2012

The Race of Race

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With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds.... Abraham Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address

As the policies, plans and promises of both parties fade, the supreme theme of this election remains, to no one’s surprise, race. One side asserts that, policies and ability aside, it would be, as they asserted in 2008, racist not to elect the current president. The opposition denies the race is about race at all but is instead about the ability to govern and the need for more effective policies. Hence the current president, lacking both, must go. Both sides promulgate their lie of choice. The nation is not fooled. Tuesday will determine which lie the nation will tolerate for the next four years.

Both positions are lies because while the defeat of Obama would not be racist, his defeat would indeed turn on his race. Every advantage taken by Obama during his rise depended on his race. This continues to this day. His promoters deny this but we have had enough peeks behind their curtains of political prevarication to know that their denials, while useful and soothing to the masses, are lies and are known by them to be so.

Without his African-American veneer Obama would never have risen above a minor ward-heeler, if that. Without his race is doubtful whether or not his matriculation to Occidental college would have been assured. Harvard Law would have been only a dream in a rising plume of reefer smoke. If Obama has just been another white kid with a deep tan on the beaches of Hawaii some today might vote him the best bong maker on Maui, but nobody would be voting for him as president of the United States. It was because of his race and, quite literally, by hook and by crook that he rose to be the right man in the right place at the right time with the right advisors and the right supporters and the right opponents to be able to step, as he did, into history.

As a political creature Obama wears his skin as emblem, armor, and passport. And that, as these things go, is fair enough. There have been a host of bad white presidents over the centuries. Just because you are an African-American president doesn’t mean you’ll be any good at it. It just means you’ll be historic in the way that firsts are always historic. His looming defeat does not mean a defeat for African-Americans, but only the opening for another to that race to achieve another first; the first to be elected for two terms; the first to unite rather than divide a racially riven nation.

At the same time, the failure to re-elect Obama will have racial ramifications no matter how much that is denied by his opponents. It will be seen, by many on the left and the right, as a repudiation of African-Americans; as a black mark against the entire experiment in equality through special favors that has been festering in the body politic for well over 50 years. Although Obama’s failure will be due in the main to his limitations, his lackluster work ethic, his hubris, and his intellectual pretensions and hallucinations, his failure will inevitably be felt, mainly by his supporters, to reflect poorly on his race. It will be a false reflection but it will exist and it will sting. Because of this his supporters are correct when they assert that race is a factor in this election. They are, however, incorrect is asserting that arises from some vast white conspiracy to dethrone Obama. Instead this racism grows out of Obama and his supporters slapping down the race card from an deck that has nothing but race cards in it. The exacerbation and manipulation of racial tensions to camouflage incompetence and to promote various policies and people is something the Obama cult has done daily for years. Indeed, it does not know how to govern without it.

An African-Amercan president of real depth of character and range of intellect could have made great strides in healing forever the wounds of race in America; he could have, as Lincoln dreamed, 'bound up the nation's wounds.' Instead, the stunted intellect and character of Obama, once in office, made sure to poke and pry at the wounds and infect them at every turn. For a man who arrived at his inauguration with literally “all the best will in the world” when it came to racial matters, Obama and his crew have assiduously set about ruining that gift of the people. The result, after four years of preferences, set-asides, slanted justice, corrupt cronyism, and stealth reparations, is to make the election of 2012 as bitter a referendum on race as the election of 2008 was a hopeful step forward. In the popular parlance Obama has taken us all one step forward and two steps back.

If Obama had the intellect of Fredrick Douglas and the soul of James Baldwin his mark on history would soar will beyond “first.” Instead he’s just Al Sharpton in a nicer suit with a jump shot and a smooth side of blather. It’s sad really that the nation’s hope to have a more racially relaxed society has been shattered by the change Obama brought with him, but when a man’s main talent is his skin any change he can hope to bring is only skin deep.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 3, 2012 4:07 PM
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There won't be any white guilt, either, because we've had enough of this crap. I hope his defeat will become the defeat for Affirmative Action and quotas. I hope his defeat will be the end of the Marxist death grip on the education, press and entertainment industries. His defeat will be a cultural victory, whatever violence comes.

Posted by: Jewel at November 3, 2012 4:29 PM

The country will gain a much better management team if Obama loses, and some minor changes around the margins, but that's about it.

Let's not forget that systematic racial preferences were introduced and promoted by the Nixon Administration. 'Their piece of the pie', as I believe it was called at the time. It is now a core organizing principle of both wings of the Establishment.

Posted by: Lorne at November 3, 2012 6:10 PM

One of your most eloquent pieces. You put into words the profound disappointment I felt when Obama became the first black president. I had hoped the first black president would be an exceptional individual, one who would set a high bar for subsequent presidents of any race.

And instead we got "Al Sharpton in a nicer suit with a jump shot and a smooth side of blather."

Posted by: RandomThoughts at November 3, 2012 8:41 PM

his failure will inevitably be felt, mainly by his supporters, to reflect poorly on his race. It will be a false reflection

Really?

That's a lovely sentiment, but, sadly, one which does not track with 48 years of observed reality.

People say that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. I say that books have covers in order to allow one to judge the contents in advance. This prejudice is an accurate means of determining the quality of a given book.

And, although even the worst publisher occasionally puts out a good book, it's a safe bet that any given volume released by a publisher of many bad books is also going to be bad.

Dr. King's dream turned out to be a nightmare. It is time for us to wake up and face reality as it is.

Posted by: Robert Oculus III at November 3, 2012 8:52 PM

Prison Rules vs.Mayberry Rules. You owe nothing to people trying to break the system. You owe no explanation, you owe no civility, you owe them no warning.

You protect your stuff and you force them to do without theirs. Yet, even our most conservative venues spend the majority of their time discussing what the MSM decide is the topic of the day. Not one FOX viewer or Rush listener is unaware of the MSM outrage of the day.

Too often, we are like the kids in school that weren't in the popular group, and not really in the some other group but always and painfully aware of what the popular kids were doing and saying. For some reason even though we outnumber them we are desperate to get them to like us or respect us or agree with us. They are maggots unworthy of our concern beyond how to destroy their attack machines.

Posted by: Scott M at November 3, 2012 10:51 PM

After Tuesday, all that is left to do is to be kind to the retard.

Posted by: sTevo at November 4, 2012 3:53 AM

If Obama had the intellect of Fredrick Douglas and the soul of James Baldwin

It wouldn't matter. The skin may be black, but the cultural divide has now settled into the bone. The Monolith will reject the Other as an aberration-- and that would be the nicest epithet they'd hurl.

They see a black man or woman succeeding and they must needs assume that the race card is being used by such to gain access and favor, in order to rule over them, force them to slave for the American Dream. In some ways, nowadays, I can almost see their point.

Sadly, they of the Monolith are unaware of the nature of slavery, only the merits of outrage.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh at November 4, 2012 4:33 AM

Each of the comments shines light on the divide except for Scott M. Each commenter would like to settle this without rancor or skirmish.

The problem is that race is the multiplier and the quotient is violence. There are no more Kings. Herman Cain was discarded.
What fills and shills for the dark side is Sharpton, Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, Moochelle and the MSM plus the Bamster.

Hosea 8:7 calls the ball. And that resulting wind will contain hard objects exceeding the speed of sound.

Posted by: Peccable at November 4, 2012 6:38 AM

One more item. What any force wants to do, would like to do, wishes and/or thinks to try does not obtain.

Every officer and senior NCO learns that it is "What CAN they do." That is the omega.
Apply that to the above comments and then seek the answers.

Posted by: Peccable at November 4, 2012 6:46 AM

For what does Obama seek revenge?

For the outrageous refusal of others to accord him the fruits of success, without effort on his part beyond claiming they are his by right of pigmentation.

Posted by: sherlock at November 4, 2012 7:37 AM

The good news is Obama hasn't thwarted the prospects of future African Americans to be president. He has only thwarted the prospects of future Democratic African Americans to be president.

Posted by: Velociman at November 4, 2012 9:29 AM

There is a very disturbing trailer to Obama's Presidency. There will be a $1 coin struck with his mug on it. Talk about ruining a collection.

Posted by: Peccable at November 4, 2012 9:40 AM

Keep this in mind: It is our side that values peace and quiet, not their side. They use our desire for P&Q against us by promising to disrupt it if we don't give in a little here and a little there. Don't comply with their new conditions and don't accept their new definitions. Don't try to explain anything to them. Just win and assume they are calling you the worst form of sub-human life, they are.

Also, even if they lose the election they have not changed their mind. They do not agree with us. The fight isn't over and we've only won the right to fight them more. The Left consolidates their power when they win or lose because they never go home and they never accept we have won. Their judges, bureaucrats, and staffers are always pushing their agenda without regard to who is in charge. If you let up after the election you are throwing away our victory. Never let a liberal speak in peace anywhere. Correct his lies and explain the certain consequences of his plan. If you keep quiet you are the problem.

Posted by: Scott M at November 4, 2012 12:33 PM

More was expected from a Cook County hack?

Posted by: Mikey NTH at November 5, 2012 7:48 AM

Marvelous Gerard. You took the words right out of my mouth -- except that I wouldn't have been as eloquent. I have -- time and again -- referred to the rise of Obama as the ulimate revenge of affirmative action. But it is really the underlying philosphy behind AA that is at fault: the whole crazy claptrap of "fairness and justice and equality" that also gave us grade inflation, un-earned self-esteem, free birth control, equality of outcomes, etc. ad nauseam.

Biden and Reid were crass enough to betray their own twisted delight in finding a "clean, articulate negro" that didn't come across like Marion Barry, but had the same vile political underpinnings.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at November 5, 2012 12:42 PM
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