|After Obama: Forgiveness||A New Manifesto|
by Christopher Chantrill
July 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm
BACK WHEN they were asking us if we were ready for a black president, we all know what Americans were thinking. If we elect a black president, could we do a deal? Could we stop calling everyone racists?
It was easy back then to indulge in a hope for change. Back in July 2004, State Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) wowed the political nation with his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention:
Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.
Well, I say to them tonight, theres not a liberal America and a conservative America; theres the United States of America.
Theres not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; theres the United States of America.
That was the hope. Under President Obama theres change: liberal racism is worse than ever.
Americans dont believe in taking that kind of change lying down. So its time to bring out the great American one-liners.
Mr. President, Dont Tread on Me.
Six years later, Americans are feeling like Charlie Brown after Lucy snatched the football away, one more time. Its clear that whatever young Barack said back then the Obama administration today believes in in full frontal race politics. In the words of Department of Justice whistleblower J. Christian Adams:
[T]here is an open and pervasive hostility within the DOJ towards using the voting laws to protect all races. Instead, the laws are viewed by many in the DOJ particularly by the political leadership, such as Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes only as tools to protect national racial minorities and increase their voter turnout.
But it is now becoming clear that liberal race politics is coming to an end.
Mr. President, what do you think I am, dumb or something?
It is coming to an end not because President Obama is delivering on his promise of July 2004, or because he has cunningly finessed his promise. It is coming to an end because he and his administration are so clumsily reneging on his promise.
After electing a black president, and being forced to view the moral quagmire of President Obama siding with a powerful black celebrity against a humble Cambridge, MA cop, after experiencing the US Department of Justice bailing on the most blatant voter intimidation in our lifetimes, after the naked hypocrisy of the Obama administration suing the State of Arizona presuming to enforce laws that the feds dont care to enforce, after the N-word claims that didnt hunt, after all that Americans are about to tell President Obama and the Democrats and the liberals and the professional race hustlers to get lost.
Frankly, Mr. President, I dont give a damn.
Even the most hardened racist Southern white sheriff of liberal memory would have had the decency to cloak his racism in a euphemism, the tribute that vice pays to virtue. But in these Obama times we have, in New Black Panther leader King Samir Shabazz, a man whose racist rants would be outrageous if they werent so comical.
And they said that President Bush was stupid.
For one shining hour in the 1960s liberals stood tall on race. They passed the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s even though President Lyndon Johnson lamented that Democrats would lose the South for a generation.
Let us honor our liberal friends for that.
In that liberal hour Sen. Hubert Humphrey (D-MN) famously declared that he would personally eat the Civil Rights Bill if it contained anything to do with quotas.
But the moment the Civil Rights Act was signed liberals resumed identity politics as usual. African Americans became just another identity group whose support liberals bought with our money.
Its hard to remember now, but there was a time when liberals, in their 19th century clothes as Progressives, utterly deplored identity politics and the blatant corruption of big city political machines. It wasnt till FDR came along that the Democrats created the modern Democratic Party by combining high-minded liberalism with down-market corruption in a single-minded pursuit of power and loot. The liberals came up with the high-minded rationalizations and the machine politicians did the actual cheating for them.
So now the identity politics that Progressives sneered at has become the defining philosophy of modern liberalism.
Let us paraphrase Dirty Harrys famous one-liner.
Go ahead, Mr. President. Send out more of these comically inept racists and ward-heeler Justice Department attorneys to racialize the enforcement of federal law. You are doing the work of conservative activists for them.
Americans have always argued about justice, and we always will. But we Americans react to injustice with cold fury.
Mr. President, we have just begun to fight.
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008
Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists
conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family.
Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative, is asking you not to believe him. So dont.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy
Paul Dirac: When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated
by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that
I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion.
However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and
inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he
suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.
John Farrell, The Creation Myth
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization