It’s time to discuss the racism angle in this election.
Posted by sanityinjection on September 19, 2008
Have you ever noticed how political columnists tend to repeat the same themes? One person will write a column, and pretty soon 6 others are writing about the same thing. It’s a lot easier than coming up with your own ideas, and it’s absolutely critical if your goal is to pound a political message down America’s collective throat. After all, how will we know what to believe unless the media tells us?
In response to the dead heat that the 2008 election has turned out to be – a development which completely flabbergasted the “talking heads” who had started to believe their own hype about Senator Obama being the Second Coming of Christ – the media seems to have coalesced around a new orthodox doctrine, which I mentioned in my announcement of the Walter Dobius Yellow Journalism Award for September (see separate post, below.) The media’s line of thinking goes like this:
1) The Bush Administration has ruined America at home and abroad and the voters are dissatisfied.
2) This election should be a cakewalk for the Democrats.
3) Barack Obama is a superb candidate and will be the best President America has ever had.
4) John McCain is merely an extension of George W. Bush; therefore, Obama should be rolling over McCain in this election.
5) Despite all this, the race remains neck and neck.
6) Since there is no logically conceivable reason why any voter could support McCain over Obama, all McCain supporters must be racists.
What is interesting about this coordinated media blast is that it seems to have come from nowhere. Up until now, the Obama campaign, far from whining about how Obama is being oppressed by da man, has presented their guy as the “post-racial” candidate – someone who can move America beyond racial stereotypes and prejudice, someone who does not see America as black vs. white. Now that the poll numbers have shifted and his lead has evaporated, suddenly Obama is the victim of racism. All those Pennsylvanians and Ohioans who voted for Hillary Clinton in the primary, turns out it’s not that they actually thought Hillary was the better candidate, they are just bigots. Of course, African-Americans who vote for Obama simply because he’s black, are not racists, they are “empowering their community” and “making history.”
In fairness, it must be acknowledged that racism does exist, and there are voters who will refuse to vote for Obama simply because he is black. We don’t know how significant that population is because it’s notoriously difficult to measure. Many people are genuinely unaware of the extent of their own prejudices, and fewer still are willing to admit them to pollsters. In the absence of reliable data, however, the media have claimed the right to make up the size of the racial vote as they see fit. They point to past elections where black candidates have led in the polls only to lose or eke out a win in the final tally, as evidence of hidden racism – as if polls in elections between white candidates never turned out to be inaccurate.
What this all comes back to is the fundamental intolerance of the modern American Left. It is not possible to disagree with the Left based on rational thought, moral principle, or strategic philosophy. The only possible explanation for an individual disagreeing with the Left is that the individual is Evil Incarnate. (If you think I am exaggerating, I invite you to read the DailyKos for one day.) Evil is not to be respected or tolerated, it is only to be stamped out by the Rainbow Armies of the Righteous. Thus, any means are justified in the Left’s pursuit of their ideal society of peace, justice, and legislated equality. And there is no ground for anyone to stand on to critique these goals or the methods used to achieve them.
So now the charge of racism is to be used as a club, to coerce the stupid, horse-brained masses into voting the way they are supposed to. After all, nobody wants their Obama-supporting neighbor telling everyone in town that they are a closet racist. But the true racists are unlikely to be swayed, so it is only the innocent who will be bullied.
I think that whether one is a supporter of Senator Obama or not, he and his campaign deserve better than this. Surely Obama’s policy proposals and vision for America should be able to stand on their own as arguments for his candidacy. Aren’t those the reasons why his supporters want him to succeed? If not….what are their reasons?
I believe that if elected, at the end of his first term President Obama would want to be known for some accomplishments beyond simply being the first black President. Let us then judge his candidacy on what he would like those accomplishments to be, and whether we think him capable of achieving them. Let us apply the epithet of “racist” only to those who would have us see Senator Obama, for good or for ill, as a black man to the exclusion of all else, and not to those who audaciously seek to judge him by the same standards any white politician would be held to.