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  • Conservatism as Counterculture

    03/02/2015 11:23:18 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/2/2015 | Shelby Steele
    I was recently invited to make some remarks at a charity dinner for a cause that I strongly support. The organizers worried that, because their cause affected only Third World nations, they would have a hard time raising money from an American audience. Localism, it seemed, in everything from farm produce to charity giving, was the new vogue. People wanted to see their dollars at work locally rather than watch them disappear into the coffers of some international organization. Could I help them make the case for international giving? On the night of the dinner it occurred to me to...
  • Shelby Steele on Obama’s view of race relations: 'My God, what's he complaining about?'

    07/23/2013 2:21:01 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 23, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    In an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio program on Tuesday, Hoover Institution senior fellow Shelby Steele elaborated on a Monday op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Monday arguing that the so-called civil rights establishment is in decline, as seen when the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial failed to create a significant reaction. “I think probably, you know, the attempts to have big supportive rallies for Trayvon Martin and for the idea of him as a victim of white racism, has come to different cities around the country to put together these marchers and so forth — they have...
  • The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment

    07/22/2013 6:04:04 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 21, 2013 | Shelby Steele
    The verdict that declared George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin was a traumatic event for America's civil-rights establishment, and for many black elites across the media, government and academia. When you have grown used to American institutions being so intimidated by the prospect of black wrath that they invent mushy ideas like "diversity" and "inclusiveness" simply to escape that wrath, then the crisp reading of the law that the Zimmerman jury displayed comes as a shock. On television in recent weeks you could see black leaders from every background congealing into a chorus of umbrage and complaint. But...
  • The Narrative of Perpetual Palestinian Victimhood (excellent speech)

    11/14/2011 11:03:16 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 10 replies
    Hudson New York ^ | Shelby Steele
    The idea that the problem is Israel, that the problem is the Jews, protects Palestinians from having to confront that inferiority or do anything about it or overcome it. The idea among Palestinians that they are victims means more to them than anything else. It is everything. It is the centerpiece of their very identity and it is the way they define themselves as human beings in the world. It is not an idle thing. Our facts and our reason are not going to penetrate easily that definition or make any progress. “The question is, how do they get away...
  • Grand Slam Shelby Steele: Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism

    09/01/2011 9:18:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | September 1, 2011 | Shelby Steele
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now here's Shelby Steele, and you will recognize that you've heard much of this on this program, but I love this. It's in the Wall Street Journal, and as you know, every time Shelby Steele writes on this subject, I trumpet it; share it with you almost verbatim. He writes, " If I've heard it once, I've heard it a hundred times: President Obama is destroying the country. Some say this destructiveness is intended; most say it is inadvertent, an outgrowth of inexperience, ideological wrong-headedness and an oddly < character. Indeed, on the matter of Mr. Obama's...
  • Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism

    09/01/2011 9:13:56 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Shelby Steele
    If I've heard it once, I've heard it a hundred times: President Obama is destroying the country. Some say this destructiveness is intended; most say it is inadvertent, an outgrowth of inexperience, ideological wrong-headedness and an oddly undefined character. Indeed, on the matter of Mr. Obama's character, today's left now sounds like the right of three years ago. They have begun to see through the man and are surprised at how little is there. Yet there is something more than inexperience or lack of character that defines this presidency: Mr. Obama came of age in a bubble of post-'60s liberalism...
  • Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism

    09/01/2011 9:12:11 AM PDT · by Jimmy Valentine's brother · 1 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1 September 2011 | SHELBY STEELE
    Post-'60s liberals, with the president as their standard bearer, seek to make a virtue of decline. If I've heard it once, I've heard it a hundred times: President Obama is destroying the country. Some say this destructiveness is intended; most say it is inadvertent, an outgrowth of inexperience, ideological wrong-headedness and an oddly undefined character. Indeed, on the matter of Mr. Obama's character, today's left now sounds like the right of three years ago. They have begun to see through the man and are surprised at how little is there. ........................................................< As a president, Barack Obama has been a force...
  • White Guilt Propelled Obama in '08 and They Want to Gin It Up Again

    08/29/2011 5:26:51 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 32 replies · 1+ views
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 29 August 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: An AP-GfK poll: "Obama Faces Trouble with Key Voters -- Whites and women..." It's an AP story, by the way. "Whites and women are a re-election problem for President Barack Obama. Younger voters and liberals, too, but to a lesser extent. All are important Democratic constituencies that helped him win the White House in 2008 and whose support he'll need to keep it next year. An analysis of Associated Press-GfK polls, including the latest survey released last week, shows that Obama has lost ground among all those groups since he took office. ... The nation's high unemployment...
  • Obama's Unspoken Re-Election Edge

    05/25/2011 7:04:42 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/25/2011 | SHELBY STEELE
    Many of the Republican presidential hopefuls should be able to beat President Obama in 2012. This president has a track record now and, thus, many vulnerabilities. If he is not our "worst president," as Donald Trump would have it, his sweeping domestic initiatives—especially his stimulus package and health-care reform—were so jerry-built and high-handed that they generated a virtual revolution in America's normally subdued middle class. The president's success in having Osama bin Laden killed is an exception to a pattern of excruciatingly humble and hesitant leadership abroad. Mr. Obama has been deeply ambivalent about the application of American power, as...
  • A Referendum on the Redeemer (Thoughtful)

    10/28/2010 10:54:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/28/2010 | Shelby Steele
    Whether or not the Republicans win big next week, it is already clear that the "transformative" aspirations of the Obama presidency—the special promise of this first black president to "change" us into a better society—are much less likely to materialize. There will be enough Republican gains to make the "no" in the "party of no" even more formidable, if not definitive. But apart from this politics of numbers, there is also now a deepening disenchantment with Barack Obama himself. (He has a meager 37% approval rating by the latest Harris poll.) His embarrassed supporters console themselves that their intentions were...
  • A Referendum on the Redeemer (Barack Obama)

    10/28/2010 10:51:39 AM PDT · by Justaham · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-27-10 | Shelby Steele
    Whether or not the Republicans win big next week, it is already clear that the "transformative" aspirations of the Obama presidency—the special promise of this first black president to "change" us into a better society—are much less likely to materialize. There will be enough Republican gains to make the "no" in the "party of no" even more formidable, if not definitive. But apart from this politics of numbers, there is also now a deepening disenchantment with Barack Obama himself. (He has a meager 37% approval rating by the latest Harris poll.) His embarrassed supporters console themselves that their intentions were...
  • Why Obama Does Not Address Connecticut Shootings

    08/09/2010 3:47:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 44 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 09, 2010 | Jack Cashill
    A week ago, as is well enough known, Omar Thornton shot and killed eight of his coworkers while being escorted out of the building after having been terminated by his employer, a Connecticut beer distributor. As I write this, President Barack Obama has yet to address this subject in any public way. He is not alone in his restraint. The media have soft-pedaled the motive -- the whole shooting, for that matter. Four days after the fact, my wife, who watches CNN and listens to NPR, had not heard about it. Unlike, say, Oklahoma City or even Columbine, the tragedy...
  • Shelby Steele on Obama's Accent

    Black Star News interviewed Republican intellectual and best-selling author Shelby Steele. He spoke on various issues including Barack Obama, Affirmative Action, segregration, his biracial experience, and some of him written work. On Obama's accent: "BSN: What I’m curious about Obama is, where did he get his Black accent, if he wasn’t raised around Black people, but by a white mother from Kansas? Does his voice sound authentic or adopted to you? I figured you might have an insight about this since your mother’s white, too. SS: It sounds a little hollow. Sometimes, he’s Martin Luther King, sometimes, he a Black...
  • Sotomayor and the Politics of Race

    06/08/2009 5:22:26 AM PDT · by maica · 19 replies · 546+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 8, 2009 | Shelby Steele
    President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court points to a dilemma that will likely plague his presidency: How does a "post-racialist" president play identity politics? What is most notable about the Sotomayor nomination is its almost perfect predictability. Somehow we all simply know -- like it or not -- that Hispanics are now overdue for the gravitas of high office. And our new post-racialist president is especially attuned to this chance to have a "first" under his belt, not to mention the chance to further secure the Hispanic vote. And yet it was precisely the American longing...
  • Why the Republican Party Can't Win With Minorities

    03/16/2009 7:45:26 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 33 replies · 1,214+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 16, 2009 | Shelby Steele
    Today conservatism is stigmatized in our culture as an antiminority political philosophy. In certain quarters, conservatism is simply racism by another name. And minorities who openly identify themselves as conservatives are still novelties, fish out of water. Yet there is now the feeling that without an appeal to minorities, conservatism is at risk of marginalization. The recent election revealed a Republican Party -- largely white, male and Southern -- seemingly on its way to becoming a "regional" party. Still, an appeal targeted just at minorities -- reeking as it surely would of identity politics -- is anathema to most conservatives....
  • Why the GOP Can't Win With Minorities (Excellent Column)

    03/16/2009 4:14:41 AM PDT · by RangerM · 237 replies · 6,400+ views
    WSJ ^ | 3/16/09 | Shelby Steele
    Today conservatism is stigmatized in our culture as an antiminority political philosophy. In certain quarters, conservatism is simply racism by another name. And minorities who openly identify themselves as conservatives are still novelties, fish out of water. Yet there is now the feeling that without an appeal to minorities, conservatism is at risk of marginalization. The recent election revealed a Republican Party -- largely white, male and Southern -- seemingly on its way to becoming a "regional" party. Still, an appeal targeted just at minorities -- reeking as it surely would of identity politics -- is anathema to most conservatives....
  • Black America Could Have Done Better (by Shelby Steele, a black conservative)

    01/31/2009 12:16:15 AM PST · by STARWISE · 23 replies · 913+ views
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 1-21*-09 | Shelby Steele
    When one's candidate loses in American politics, it is only good manners to offer best wishes to the winner. And I wish Barack Obama well as the new president of the United States. I hope he gets to govern in a quiet world. And I am proud that America could elect a black president, though I've known this was possible at least since 1996, when Colin Powell might well have beaten a then weak Bill Clinton. So I feel earnest goodwill toward this new administration, but I'm afraid my actual "hopes" for it run to the negative. *snip* I hope...
  • Valerie Jarrett U.S. Economy and Global Economics (Davos-Switzerland) VIDEOS

    01/30/2009 11:54:58 PM PST · by STARWISE · 14 replies · 578+ views
    FORA-TV ^ | 1-30-08
    Video of her speech Valerie Jarrett: 'America Stands Ready to Lead Again' "In the 21st century our security is shared," says Valerie Jarrett, top adviser to President Barack Obama. She outlines steps the new administration is taking to establish peace in the Middle East, eradicate global poverty, and fight climate change. ~~~ Video - Valerie B. Jarrett: The New US Agenda"
  • Shelby Steele: Obama's post-racial promise

    11/05/2008 7:37:11 PM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies · 1,637+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 5, 2008 | Shelby Steele
    ...Does his victory mean that America is now officially beyond racism? Does it finally complete the work of the civil rights movement so that racism is at last dismissible as an explanation of black difficulty? Can the good Revs. Jackson and Sharpton now safely retire to the seashore? Will the Obama victory dispel the twin stigmas that have tormented black and white Americans for so long -- that blacks are inherently inferior and whites inherently racist? Doesn't a black in the Oval Office put the lie to both black inferiority and white racism? Doesn't it imply a "post-racial" America? And...
  • Why Jesse Jackson Hates Obama ( SHELBY STEELE )

    07/21/2008 10:53:18 PM PDT · by kellynla · 53 replies · 762+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | July 22, 2008 | SHELBY STEELE
    A few weeks ago, the Rev. Jesse Jackson made something of a fool of himself. There he was -- a historical figure in his own right -- threatening the castration of Barack Obama. It was sad to see. If I have often criticized Mr. Jackson, I have also, reservedly, admired him. He is a late 20th century outcropping of a profoundly American archetype: the self-invented man who comes from nothing and, out of sheer force of personality, imposes himself on the American consciousness. If he never reached the greatness to which he aspired, he nevertheless did honor to the enduring...