Skip to comments.NO HE CAN'T
Posted on 02/09/2009 4:07:53 PM PST by mojitojoe
Please know: I am black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Pauls name as my choice for president. Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a black president to love the ideal of America.
I cannot join you in your celebration. I feel no elation. There is no smile on my face. I am not jumping with joy. There are no tears of triumph in my eyes. For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human flourishing and survival all that I know about the history of the United States of America, all that I know about American race relations, and all that I know about Barack Obama as a politician.
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I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them (that blacks are permitted to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared "progressive" whites who voted for him because he doesn't look like them.
I would have to wipe my mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill posts in his administration - political intellectuals like my former colleagues at the Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
I would have to believe that "fairness" is the equivalent of justice. I would have to believe that man who asks me to "go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice" is speaking in my interest. I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the "bottom up," and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force.
I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.
Finally, Americans, I would have to erase from my consciousness the scene of 125,000 screaming, crying, cheering people in Grant Park, Chicago irrationally chanting "Yes We Can!" Finally, I would have to wipe all memory of all the times I have heard politicians, pundits, journalists, editorialists, bloggers and intellectuals declare that capitalism is dead - and no one, including especially Alan Greenspan, objected to their assumption that the particular version of the anti-capitalistic mentality that they want to replace with their own version of anti-capitalism is anything remotely equivalent to capitalism.
So you have made history, Americans. You and your children have elected a black man to the office of the president of the United States , the wounded giant of the world. The battle between John Wayne and Jane Fonda is over - and that Fonda won. Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern must be very happy men. Jimmie Carter, too. And the Kennedys have at last gotten their Kennedy look-a-like. The self-righteous welfare statists in the suburbs can feel warm moments of satisfaction for having elected a black person. So, toast yourselves: 60s countercultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois bohemians.
Toast yourselves, Black America . Shout your glee Harvard, Princeton , Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley. You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to - Do Something! You now have someone who has picked up the baton of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. But you have also foolishly traded your freedom and mine - what little there is left - for the chance to feel good. There is nothing in me that can share your happy obliviousness
Anne Wortham is Black, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University and continuing Visiting Scholar at Stanford University ‘s Hoover Institution. She is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Philosophical Association. She has been a John M.Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow, and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. In fall 1988 she was one of a select group of intellectuals who were featured in Bill Moyer’s television series, “A World of Ideas.” The transcript of her conversation with Moyers has been published in his book, A World of Ideas. Dr.Wortham is author of The Other Side of Racism: A Philosophical Study of Black Race Consciousness which analyzes how race consciousness is transformed into political strategies and policy issues. She has published numerous articles on the implications of individual rights for civil rights policy, and is currently writing a book on theories of social and cultural marginality. Recently, she has published articles on the significance of multiculturalism and Afrocentricism in education, the politics of victimization and the social and political impact of political correctness. Shortly after an interview in 2004 she was awarded tenure.
Its extremely difficult for me to escape the feeling that all really is lost.
She is right. Obama is not about being black. He is definately being used by other blacks to appear so. He is about destroying one thing and that is America.
The GOP lost suburbia in the last election, outside of the bible belt. Its a sad, sad fact.
Thanks for the thoughts Anne, after all the BLT crap out of Wrights lips I was willing to give up on the ‘black’ sector of America.
My devout Catholic Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins also voted for the Zero because of "Bush's Depression" and "Stupid Sarah Palin." The only folks who seem to have voted for McCain were (white) Baptists, Pentecostals, and Mormons.
I know the feeling. It's spriraling out control and I don't know what we can do to stop it. It breaks my heart
Ben Franklin When asked what type of government the American people were going to participate in, by a well-meaning woman, a stern Benjamin Franklin warned that our new government was going to be "A republic, madam, if you can keep it."
I feel we let our founding fathers down.
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
Can we preserve our great country or will the American government be irretrievably lost to the special interests who would dare to use our country for their own ends, regardless of the cost as obama has planned. I’m afraid it’s too late but I still find myself hoping and praying that she will survive.
Thanks for the essay.
“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the Republic.”
“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws.”
Jane Fonda hasn't won anything. And certainly hasn't beaten my ass !!
Don't forget our history...........only 1/3 of the Americans in 1776 supported the revolution.....we are just sleeping..as usual..letting the other guy carry the load while we watch the crops grow....thats been our history since the beginning.....remember the japs thought we wouldn't fight and Hitler thought we had gone soft....but then they pissed us off.....so when the time is ripe and BO really pisses us off it won't be pretty....count on it, Pilgrim
Add a couple of atheists to the voted-for-McCain list. Speaking for just myself, I love my country. So much so that I was willing to sacrifice a few years in her defense. Unfortunately the people that see America as the media paints it outnumber those of us who can see her as she actually is. Or was, rather.
All is not lost - not until they put a bullet through the back of your skull and roll you into a ditch. That said, you have some reason to be despondent since the only bulwark between the Republic and tyranny - Republicanism - has been compromised, gutted and betrayed for many years.
But . . . buck up - learn something new - something that will advance your personal independence. Act positively in your personal life and focus on developing your own plans and strategies to avoid what may/may-not wait over the horizon.
Fer instance, I just came in for supper after boning out a deer. Freezer’s going to be full tomorrow, but I’m always looking for more to put into it. Anything to save a buck, develop a skill, cut dependence, thwart collectivism, etc., etc., etc.
we are teaching our adopted chinese daughter to say comrade hussein present oblahblah.
Your thoughts are reflected in lots of my friends as well as my wife and I. I will be forced to be nice to my daughter’s inlaws in a day or so. Pray for me! These people have Jimmy Carter books on their coffee table.
Once in the early emails back and forth, I sent the “You must be a Democrat if you believe”, and got the hottest rebuke imaginable When I insisted it was in fun and one should be able to use one’s brain to discuss issues, they just about exploded!
(Don’t confuse me, my mind’s made up comes to mind)
I wouldn’t be surprised if the country was headed for some kind of civil war.
This libertarian , a very devout catholic father, a very liberal feminist mother, a leftover hippie from the 60’s uncle, a 2nd wave d-day veteran grandfather,and a union public school teacher sister ALL voted for ‘grandpa Mccain” and “that stupid Sarah Palin”..........
....we may not AGREE on every issue but WE all agreed that Obama was VERY dangerous.........
This is one brave lady. God bless her.
I want to post this to everyone that comments.
I respect Anne Wortham and quickly admit she is right on the money about almost everything she has ever said but have to ask how many white Ron Paul supporters did you all compliment? All the kill the third party stuff I see made me curious.
“Don’t forget our history...........only 1/3 of the Americans in 1776 supported the revolution”
Thanks, Mick! I needed that. It sounds silly, but I was up all night wondering where would be a good place to live in the next decade, when push comes to shove. What state will stay true to conservative values?
“You wrote in Ron Paul’s name? As far as I can see, that was one more vote for Obama.”
You get the honesty award tonight. I wondered who would say it first. I liked Romney, it was really hard to vote for McCain but I did. I even hate to say it but I did. I like Palin (not ready to commit) but wanted to see Romney elected.
“If all the Republicans who had stayed at home had voted, and all the Paulites stopped tilting at windmills, we might have had a chance”
I think this means when O really screws it all up we get both houses and a perfect time for Duncan Hunter to win. Lets be real conservatives this time.
Take the nation GOP out for a long walk on a short bridge.... Nothing but losers.... and arrogant to boot!
was IL going to be changed by this vote?
Aside from believe on voting 2-candidate vs. actual preference, you need to understand that if you live in a state which absolutely is not in play, your vote isn’t goig to change the election, the huge win the opponent is going to get, or the world. your conscience is the only variable. this isn’t PBC FL 2000.
Drinking at a bar in Philadelphia during the revolution, Ben Franklin said to his companions that he was such a lover of liberty that anywhere in the world where liberty lived was his rightful country.....Tom Paine, who was there matching him drink for drink, responded to his assertion by saying that if you were really a true lover of liberty than anywhere in the world where liberty did not live was your rightful country.A subtle but telling difference. Liberty must be earned. It is never a given.
I always liked that story, whether true or not, because it points out that we must be ready to fight for our liberty and conservative values even if we temporarily lose them. This is our home. Our ancestors came here to be free. There is nowhere else to go. And we if lose it we should not try to find it somewhere else but fight to bring it back where we live and where we buried our parents.
That's the only way I know how to answer your question.
Thank you, Dr Wortham. America owes you a debt of gratitude.
I surely hope you are right, as that is what I want to believe as well. Then I talk to people I know, and I wonder, are there enough of us left that aren’t sheeple??
Personally, I looked past that, what was important was the rest of her screed. I think Ron Paul is a nutjob, but, again, I have to appreciate the meat of her essay, which is to me, basically saying she is not like the rest of the sheep.
I like this answer even better, Mick! Servitude is worse than death. I just still have not adjusted my thinking to the idea that the time to have to make these kinds of choices is upon us.
Thanks for your posts. They have encouraged me.