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Race and Politics (Thomas Sowell)
GOPUSA ^ | April 6, 2010 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 04/05/2010 8:01:39 PM PDT by jazusamo

Few combinations are more poisonous than race and politics. That combination has torn whole nations apart and led to the slaughters of millions in countries around the world.

You might think we would have learned a lesson from that and stay away from injecting race into political issues. Yet playing the race card has become an increasingly common response to growing public anger at the policies of the Obama administration and the way those policies have been imposed.

When the triumphant Democrats made their widely televised walk up Capitol Hill after passing the health care bill, led by a smirking and strutting Nancy Pelosi, holding her oversized gavel, some of the crowd of citizens expressed their anger. According to some Democrats, these expressions of anger included racial slurs directed at black members of Congress.

This is a serious charge-- and one deserving of some serious evidence. But, despite all the media recording devices on the scene, not to mention recording devices among the crowd gathered there, nobody can come up with a single recorded sound to back up that incendiary charge. Worse yet, some people have claimed that even doubting the charge suggests that you are a racist.

Among the people who are likely to be most disappointed with the Obama administration are those who thought it would usher in a post-racial society. That they wished for such a society is a credit to their values. But that they actually expected a move in that direction suggests that they ignored both Barack Obama's history and the heavy vested interest that too many people have in race hustling.

This is just one of many areas in which this country is likely to pay a very high price for the fact that too many voters paid attention to Obama's rhetoric while ignoring his actual track record.

However soothing the Obama rhetoric, and however lofty his statements about being a uniter rather than a divider-- both racially and in terms of bipartisanship-- everything in his past fairly shouts the opposite, but only to those who follow facts.

Has he been allied with uniters or dividers in the past? Do Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and Father Pfleger sound like uniters?

What has his administration done-- as distinguished from what the president has said-- since taking office?

It has dropped the prosecution of black thugs caught on camera stationed outside a polling place intimidating voters.

Obama has promoted to the Supreme Court a circuit judge who dismissed a discrimination lawsuit by white firefighters, whose case the Supreme Court later accepted and ruled in their favor.

He preceded this appointment by talking about needing people on the court with "empathy." That is a pretty word but the ugly reality is that it is just another euphemism for bias. For generations, white Southern judges had all kinds of empathy for other white Southerners, which is to say, bias against blacks.

The question is whether you want equal treatment or you want payback. Cycles of revenge and counter-revenge have been at the heart of racial and ethnic strife throughout history, in countries around the world. It is a history written in blood. It is history we don't need to repeat in the United States of America.

Political demagoguery and political favoritism have turned groups violently against each other, even in countries where they have lived peacefully side by side for generations. Ceylon was one of those countries in the first half of the 20th century, before the politics of group favoritism so polarized the country-- now called Sri Lanka-- that it produced a decades-long civil war with mass slaughters and unspeakable atrocities.

The world has been shocked by the mass slaughters of the Tutsis by the Hutus in Rwanda but, half a century ago, there had been no such systematic slaughters there. Political demagoguery whipped up ethnic polarization, among people who had co-existed, who spoke the same language and had even intermarried.

We know-- or should know-- what lies at the end of the road of racial polarization. A "race card" is not something to play, because race is a very dangerous political plaything.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: equaltreatment; hutu; hutus; obama; payback; racialpolitics; rwanda; sowell; thomassowell; tutsi; tutsis

1 posted on 04/05/2010 8:01:39 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Someone tell Mike Steele.


2 posted on 04/05/2010 8:03:13 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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3 posted on 04/05/2010 8:04:34 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Love the graphic - must read Dr. Sowell’s column now.


4 posted on 04/05/2010 8:06:12 PM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: onyx; smoothsailing

It’s a great graphic and the credit goes to smoothsailing. :-)


5 posted on 04/05/2010 8:07:54 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: smoothsailing; jazusamo

Another excellent column by Dr. Thomas Sowell!

smoothsailing, I love your graphic!!!!!


6 posted on 04/05/2010 8:10:32 PM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping jaz. Obama and his crowd play that race card for all it’s worth. It’s one of the major reasons I believe the Leftists promoted Obama in the first place. The race card has been a handy tool for them, and they use it at the least provocation.

The Leftists not only couldn’t trust a Clinton again, but the race card is more potent, thus more valuable a tool than the gender card. Hillary never stood a chance in “H” of winning that primary.


7 posted on 04/05/2010 8:18:44 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: rockinqsranch

Yes, they’ve played it often and at times blatantly.

I’m happy he pointed out the Black Panther voter intimidation and wish he’d have named them but I suppose most everyone knows their identity, Obama and Holder sure do!


8 posted on 04/05/2010 8:25:49 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
transparent that's_racist

9 posted on 04/05/2010 8:27:28 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: jazusamo

Agree.


10 posted on 04/05/2010 8:31:17 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: jazusamo

BTTT


11 posted on 04/05/2010 8:31:51 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: jazusamo
The world has been shocked by the mass slaughters of the Tutsis by the Hutus in Rwanda but, half a century ago, there had been no such systematic slaughters there. Political demagoguery whipped up ethnic polarization, among people who had co-existed, who spoke the same language and had even intermarried.

Rwandan citizens dating to colonial days were required to carry IDs which listed each as either Hutu or Tutsi -- mixed were classified the same as the father. It was not tribal according to the book An Ordinary Man.

The Hutu-controlled government quietly organized neighborhoods into Hutu militant groups and made available to them tens of thousands of machetes (purchased from China). Soon there was talk urging Hutus to "Clean your neighborhood of brush. Cut the tall trees" and they meant Tutsi neighbors literally next door.

The force behind it all was ex-government Tutsis ousted by Hutus years ago, endeavoring to reclaim the government by an invasion from a neighboring country. Due to Rwanda's long history of getting along (I got from the book) the conflict was more political than ethnic.

Some are trying to make it happen here I take it as Dr. Sowell's message.. the 1960s Marxist-Alinsky campus/street revolutionary rabble certainly tried to get it going a generation ago. Couple them with their ideological issue and you've got arguably the Establishment today -- much more dangerous. But what of the 20+million ILLEGAL aliens with no love of country (meaning us)?

12 posted on 04/05/2010 8:40:50 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
But what of the 20+million ILLEGAL aliens with no love of country (meaning us)?

Good question and what of a number of citizens who would side with them to take Azatlan? With Obama and his thugs at the wheel it's scary.

13 posted on 04/05/2010 8:50:41 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

bookmark for one of my favs


14 posted on 04/05/2010 8:51:50 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Next up: Forced public transportation:because it's not "affordable" unless we all have to use it.)
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To: jazusamo

Sowell is so insightful I consider him my brother.


15 posted on 04/05/2010 9:04:26 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Osama and Obama both hate freedom and have friends that bombed the Pentagon)
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To: All

Sowell is , as always , so very brilliant. Why can’t we get him to debate Obama someday? He’d tear that Marxist head off.


16 posted on 04/05/2010 9:11:32 PM PDT by sonic109
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To: jazusamo

Thank you Mr. Sowell!


17 posted on 04/05/2010 9:19:14 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: jazusamo

racecard


18 posted on 04/05/2010 9:22:04 PM PDT by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: sonic109

Debate obama? He’d destroy him. Too bad Mr. Sowell is apparently too smart to run for President. By too smart I mean not willing to put his friends and family through it, nor put up with all the DC BS...


19 posted on 04/05/2010 9:32:12 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (obama out now! I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom - you can keep the change.)
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To: onyx; jazusamo
Thanks onyx, I had fun doing it!

Every time Obama hears Dr. Sowell has written a new column about him, I can just picture Obama getting all wee-weed up!!! :-)


20 posted on 04/05/2010 10:01:03 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: FrankR

LOL. Good one, FrankR.


21 posted on 04/05/2010 10:04:25 PM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: smoothsailing

ROTFLOLOLOL.
That’s another great one!


22 posted on 04/05/2010 10:05:31 PM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: jazusamo

BUMP! I’m currently reading Dr. Sowell’s latest, ‘Intellectuals and Society.’

The man takes no prisoners! :)


23 posted on 04/06/2010 4:31:23 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with Chocolate.)
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To: jazusamo

“Has he been allied with uniters or dividers in the past? Do Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and Father Pfleger sound like uniters?

What has his administration done— as distinguished from what the president has said— since taking office?

It has dropped the prosecution of black thugs caught on camera stationed outside a polling place intimidating voters.

Obama has promoted to the Supreme Court a circuit judge who dismissed a discrimination lawsuit by white firefighters, whose case the Supreme Court later accepted and ruled in their favor. “

Obama is out for blood, not just revenge.


24 posted on 04/06/2010 5:23:18 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: jazusamo
Good question and what of a number of citizens who would side with them to take Azatlan?

If they did take Aztlan, they'd be in the same position as the 'Palestinians' - dependent on America's (Israel's) benevolence for electricity, water and everything else. The American southwest is a desert which we have made to bloom, and we can make it stop blooming anytime we please.

25 posted on 04/06/2010 5:47:23 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: jazusamo
A "race card" is not something to play, because race is a very dangerous political plaything.

Another jewel by Sowell.

It needs to be shouted from the rooftops.

26 posted on 04/06/2010 6:09:16 AM PDT by MamaTexan (NO ONE owes allegiance to an unconstitutional government)
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To: jazusamo
Excellent article from Dr. Sowell. The statements that really stand out to me...

This is just one of many areas in which this country is likely to pay a very high price for the fact that too many voters paid attention to Obama's rhetoric while ignoring his actual track record...

The question is whether you want equal treatment or you want payback. Cycles of revenge and counter-revenge have been at the heart of racial and ethnic strife throughout history, in countries around the world. It is a history written in blood. It is history we don't need to repeat in the United States of America...

27 posted on 04/06/2010 8:08:23 AM PDT by opus86 (Sean Penn - Painted Jester of the Gluteal Region)
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To: smoothsailing; onyx

LOL!

That’s another keeper, Smooth!


28 posted on 04/06/2010 8:15:06 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: nina0113

Exactly correct...They’ll never take it but it could get very ugly if they really get serious about it.


29 posted on 04/06/2010 8:18:03 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Thank you, Mr. Sowell.

He doesn’t mention Hitler, possibly because Hitler is so overused in argument that it could be said there is a Hitler card. But the parallel with the other race conflicts he mentions is obvious.

Would everyone please listen? Media people? Once fighting starts, words no longer have the power they once did to stop the antagonism.


30 posted on 04/06/2010 8:23:52 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: jazusamo; smoothsailing
That’s another keeper, Smooth!

Indeed! I want to be pinged to all of smooth's!!

31 posted on 04/06/2010 8:26:51 AM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: jazusamo

bookmark


32 posted on 04/06/2010 9:46:07 AM PDT by Citizen Soldier ("You care far too much what is written and said about you." Axelrod to Obama 2006)
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To: jazusamo
The question is whether you want equal treatment or you want payback...

Thugs from the South Side of Chicago know all about payback.

33 posted on 04/06/2010 8:35:08 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

Yep, and the thug we’ve got for the president thinks of payback on a daily basis.


34 posted on 04/06/2010 8:48:05 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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