Skip to comments.Obama and the Politics of Race
Posted on 04/15/2014 8:09:29 AM PDT by Kaslin
So "Racism" once more stalks among us! The Obama administration and its congressional minions are in full-court press style on the topic.
The country's president and chief magistrate asserted the other day at a political rally put on by, of all racial demagogues, Al Sharpton that poor people and black people find it harder than ever to vote. Along came Atty. Gen. Eric Holder with his own tale of racial woe. A Republican-dominated House committee had roughed him up, he thought. "What attorney general," he asked the same political gathering, "has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?"
New York Democratic Congressman Steve Israel, the party's point man for congressional elections, took a similar line: "The Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism." In chimed Nancy Pelosi: Race had "something to do" with Republican resistance to immigration reform.
The positioning of Race at the heart of every political controversy is a Democratic specialty which wasn't -- here is the oddity about it all -- supposed to endure into the second Obama term, or at least not in the virulent form of 100 years ago. Biracial Barack Obama presented himself in 2008 as the presidential candidate who would show us the way to national unity: no red America, no blue America, just America; all for one and one for all.
Candidates tend to talk that way in election seasons, especially candidates eager, like Obama, to attract attention in spite of inexperience and lack of conventional qualifications. He made an impression not only on the Democrats who were going to vote for him anyway but on whites who, as the biracial author Shelby Steele noted, were seeking propitiation for past racial injustices.
Whatever intentions Obama may genuinely have harbored regarding the prospect of racial reconciliation, he switched relatively quickly to the tried and true tactic of race baiting. Not the baiting of blacks; no one (such is our good fortune) does that anymore; rather, the baiting of unidentified, because unidentifiable, white people who want to keep power out of black hands.
The only race war going on around here in 2014 is the one that Democrats wage for the immemorial purpose of gaining and holding onto power. With Obama low in the polls and Democratic control of the Senate threatened, the party sinks to the occasion. Make sure black voters remember to show up in big numbers next November -- such is the plan.
"Racism" in 21st century America, with its biracial president, its multitude of government programs meant to nurture and raise up non-whites, its affirmative action programs at universities and corporations, racism endures largely as a plug-in political concept. It doesn't refer to the process and practice of tribal identification. It means, "Watch out, bad guys coming." Likewise "sexism," though that's not today's topic. Outside the realm of power politics you rarely hear such pejoratives.
That's because politicians alone -- virtually all of them liberal; at least I haven't heard of any conservative co-conspirators -- act as though everything in the wide world is centered on race or class or sex. In the world of modern liberalism, you can't be an individual. First you have to register at the Group Classification Office and listen to a sermon about why despicable people despise you and what to do about it -- namely, beat them at the polls.
Speaking of the polls: Obama, in full-flush of race-mongering, depicts the right to vote as somehow endangered without his feeling obliged to explain how or why. "Ah," we're all supposed to exclaim, "he means Voter ID and such like" -- measures meant not to narrow the right to vote but rather to make all play by the same rules.
Far be it from our president to address such concerns -- if he really has them -- outside a political rally. His record embodies a great irony; to wit, racial demagoguery flourishes anew, just when, after all these years, it was supposed to end.
Does Eric Holder not look over the archives within the Department of Justice, EVER?
So far as any prior Attorney General being “treated badly”, he need look no further than John N. Mitchell, AG under Richard Nixon.
For a more recent look at how an Attorney General may be hounded for “politicizing” the office, Eric Holder may consider the fate of Alberto R. Gonzales, who served under George W. Bush. Gonzales’s tenure as U.S. Attorney General was marked by controversy regarding warrantless surveillance and the legal authorization of Enhanced interrogation techniques, or torture. Following bipartisan calls for his removal, Gonzales resigned from the office “in the best interests of the department”, on August 27, 2007, effective September 17, 2007. Democrats were particularly opposed to Gonzales for his role in the firings of several U.S. Attorneys which they believed had caused his office to become improperly politicized.
OK for me, but not for thee? This is not merely a double standard, it is failure of any standard whatsoever.
He has no true interest in politics and is just a con-man. He and his wife are interested in money.
I don’t even remember hearing about how evil and racist I was UNTIL America elected its first black president. I mean, there was always some of that race card stuff going on, but it’s on steroids these days. It’s ironic that the election of a black president proves that blacks can obtain the highest political office in the land, but now we’re somehow MORE racist than we were before. Forgive me for agreeing with the author of this article. The racism sham is exactly that—a political ploy used by Democrats to anger blacks in order to keep them on the Democrat plantation in perpetuity!
When everyone and everything can be labeled as, and called a “racist”...
No one thing can be racist...
Did Obama’s “politics of race” include an increase in black-on-black violence? What’s up with that?
A black woman here in Cincinnati admits to voting 6 times in the last presidential election. She was a poll worker. When asked if she felt guilty about voting more than once, her response was: “Hell no. I wanted Obama to win.” In Lake county, Indiana, even dead people vote, often more than once.
Unless the voting process gets under control, this Republic is doomed.
Unless they can galvanize their base, Blacks, Women and selected minority groups they know they will lose big in November. This is the only tactic they have.
Democrats are ready to print many cards for the next two elections.
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Not insofar as my family and I are safe, and I'm not getting my pockets picked.
This would be a far better place if everyone felt the same way.