Obama Proves America Is Still RacistIt's an interesting projection. The author, a racist, wishing to cut Obama, projects his racism into the electorate with a classic double-bind logical fallacy in his demented proposition:
Super Tuesday was certainly super for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. The less-than-one-term senator proved he was more than a flash in the pan with wins in Alabama, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah. Obama is a serious challenger for the Democratic nomination.
The media -- and Obama's supporters -- would have us believe that Super Tuesday was super for America. Obama's big showing, we are told, demonstrates that Americans have finally moved beyond the racial divisions of the past.
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., addresses the media Wednesday, Feb 6, 2008, in Chicago. After his primaries and caucuses wins in 13 states, Obama dug in Wednesday for an extended battle for the Democratic presidential nomination after splitting wins in the biggest Super Tuesday primary election day in U.S. history.
This is exactly wrong. Obama's big showing demonstrates how far Americans still have to go when it comes to race.
Barack Obama is the Halle Berry of American politics -- he's a pretty, nonthreatening face who happens to be the right color and, therefore, demands our plaudits. Never mind that he was brought up by his white mother, went to a private high school and has spent about as much time facing down serious racism as Mitt Romney. He's got African genes, and we're all supposed to pull the lever for him to prove to ourselves that we're not racists.
Let's not kid ourselves: Obama's candidacy is strictly about his skin color. If Americans were truly ready to move beyond race, they'd take a look at Obama The Candidate rather than Obama The Friendly Black Guy.
1. You vote for Obama it's because you're a racist.
2. You don't vote Obama, it's because you're a racist.
Unless you agree with his "rationalization" of what it's okay to not vote for Obama:
And here's what they'd see:Ironically, I think Obama is an empty shirt and his campaign has many of the classic features of a gospel rally. I see Obama and I really get the impression that it's a cult of personality and I think his campaign comes across like a hybrid of Ronald Reagan and Benny Hinn -- lots of emotion, great speech making, but empty of policy solutions as Coke Zero is of calories.
Obama is a candidate whose empty bombast could float a fleet of hot air balloons. "We are more than a collection of Red States and Blue States," Obama spouted on Super Tuesday during his victory speech. "We are, and always will be, the United States of America." This prompted my 14-year-old sister to exclaim, facetiously, "So that's why they call it the United States." Obama is a modern day Warren G. Harding, of whom William McAdoo once said, "His speeches leave the impression of an army of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea. Sometimes these meandering words would actually capture a struggling thought and bear it triumphantly a prisoner in their midst until it died of servitude and overwork." The only difference between Harding and Obama is that Obama's speeches never actually capture a struggling thought -- and if they did, they'd have to waterboard it for information. Obama's speechmaking isn't deep. It is profundity for dunces.
Obama is a candidate who knows less about foreign policy than Rick Salomon, who at least knows about Paris. He has suggested unilaterally invading Pakistan while inviting Muslim dictators to a sit-down, no questions asked. He points to the gap between "worlds of plenty and worlds of want" as the source of Islamic terrorism. He states that the real threat to peace in the Middle East isn't Islamic extremism, it's "cynicism." He's Pollyanna on steroids.
Obama is a candidate with the same amount of federal experience as Ken Salazar. Salazar is a Democratic senator from Colorado, elected in 2004. He has actually been involved in major legislation. He won his seat in a heated race -- unlike Obama, who inherited his seat when Republican opponent Jack Ryan imploded due to a sex scandal. You probably haven't heard of Ken Salazar. But you've heard of Barack Obama. That's for one reason and one reason only: Obama's race.
But when it comes to the candidates, my first guy (Richardson) didn't gain traction. My second guy (Edwards) couldn't get a press conference. My third guy (Clinton) has a load of fantasy garbage that's been dumped on her by the right-wing-noise machine and gleefully echoed by the Obama supporters and the media (really people, get over the Hillary hate, if I can do it as a former Republican and dedicated Clinton basher, so can you!) and even I wonder if she can get elected.
Also, I hope you didn't miss the little "some of my best friends are..." game when he brings up Ken Salazar. I've known quite a few bigots in my life who've done the classic "some of best friends are _________" crap when they've exposed their bigoted selves of the Internet.
So before Americans punch the ballot for Obama and pat themselves on the back for their racial awareness, let's get one thing straight: It's the soft bigotry of low expectations that's lifting Obama to unprecedented heights. If voters looked realistically at Obama, unblinded by the desperate desire to elect a nonmilitant African-American to the presidency, they'd scoff. And they'd have every right to do so. Obama is utterly unqualified to be president of the United States. If we elect him to the White House based on the misguided desire to feel good about our own broadmindedness -- if we ignore his emptiness in favor of his melanin -- we deserve what we get.Ah yes, soft bigotry. Whenever a white person believes the best person for the job is black, it's never about competency. Rather, it's soft bigotry and white guilt.
Ironically, they still worship Reagan and he was an empty shirt too. The only difference he proved to be an EVIL empty shirt funding death squads, trading arms for hostages, running from terrorists in Lebanon, and beating up a bunch of Cuban tractor operators building a runway in a phony action to restore his credibility.
Unfortunately, I do think America is still racist. But I think it has more to do with the people at Town Hall than the Obamaites who are caught up in a quasi-religious revival lead by a charismatic candidate.