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by Christopher Chantrill
July 23, 2013 at 12:00 am
IT IS PURE coincidence, but in the week that the president’s speechwriters were beavering away on his “35 years ago” soliloquy, Lady Marjorie and I watched a couple of DVDs with a racial subtext.
The better of the two was the Satyajit Ray movie Mahanagar, or “Big City,” about a saintly Bengali wife and mother going out to work as a saleswoman. The movie turns on the unjust firing of a co-worker of the heroine, a young Anglo-Indian woman. The Bengali heroine is outraged by her Bengali boss’s racism and quits her job on principle.
The term Anglo-Indian comes from the system of racial classification of the British Raj. On that system -- and system is domination -- our president would be considered a white Kenyan; so he would have a lot in common with George Zimmerman, classified by our mainstream media racial system as white Hispanic.
The movie was all very uplifting, but the president soon brought us back to earth.
Andrew C. McCarthy wants us to believe that the “35 years ago” line and the Department of Social Justice tip line for you to report Zimmerman civil-rights abuses is part of a desperation tactic for the 2014 midterms. Since Obamacare and the numerous scandals spell disaster, the only thing left is to gin up the base with the race card.
But I think that the president and his execrable Attorney General are really just doing their part to make the US into a post-racial society.
The great truth of the Obama phenomenon is that the president was elected by a white majority yearning to put race behind us. And the likeable young candidate Obama did his best to encourage us in our yearning. In reality, we discovered, the president does not adhere the Church of Let’s All Just Get Along; he’s a faithful member of the Church of Social Justice, Alinsky Tradition, and so is everyone else in the Obama administration.
In spite of the president trying to legislate the morality of his Alinskyite church, we are going to get to a post-racial society anyway, only not quite in the way we thought. We hoped, we naïve innocents, that the First Black President would declare racial politics over, and issue a blanket pardon to all white Americans as a reward for being teacher’s pets and overcoming our institutional racism to elect the First Black President. But that’s not the way it’s going to work at all.
Instead all Americans except white liberals and black liberal plantation slaves are going to say to themselves: “I’m Done.” As in, I’ve had it up to here with race politics and I’m not going to take it any more. Call me a racist, call me a bigot. I don’t give a damn.
And really, how else was race politics going to end? Race politics is like a rat punching a button to get a reward. Every time you hit the button you get a reward. Why would you stop?
You wouldn’t stop punching the reward button until the rewards stopped coming. You wouldn’t stop until long after the rewards stopped coming. You -- the rat -- would probably be nearly dead from starvation before you stopped punching that button and started to look around for something else to eat.
Why would liberals or blacks be any different? After all, to say that a liberal or a black is better than a rat is nothing more than rank speciesism, an attitude that all evolved people strongly deprecate.
But here is another angle. You know how our liberal friends keep telling us that war is not the answer and defense contractors are Merchants of Death? So why would an Obama-sponsored race war backed by the Reverends of Race be any different?
Does the president care that his race war is going to segregate African Americans even more from the mainstream of American life? And after the American people say “I’m done” the liberals’ loyal African American rank-and-file will be left with their young men still in jail, their women still without husbands, their children still fatherless, still failing to learn cursive at lousy schools, and their young generation still unable to get decent jobs, let alone afford to buy their own homes.
At that point, what difference would it make?
There’s a reason why the Bible goes on and on about living and dying by swords and plowshares, and not putting trust in princes. War is tremendous fun for the generals, but not so great for the front-line grunts. Same thing with politics. It’s tremendous fun for the ruling class, but not so great for the subjects camping out in the ruins of Detroit or dodging bullets in the streets of Chicago.
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[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
[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
[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State
[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
[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.
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
[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
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
What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph
These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self
There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion
The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America