I’m beginning to think John Edwards may be the dumbest human being ever to seek the office of the presidency.

I admit I am not familiar with many who have unsuccessfully sought the office prior to the 1960s. But I just can’t imagine there could have been anyone so thoughtless and clueless as John Edwards.

I devoted two recent columns to his unfathomable answer to a question about whether he though second-graders should be forced to listen to stories about same-sex marriage and homosexuality.

And then I saw his equally unbelievable response to a question at the MTV/MySpace Forum on what he would do about “inner-city kids partaking in violence.”

“We cannot build enough prisons to solve this problem. And the idea that we can keep incarcerating and keep incarcerating – pretty soon we’re not going to have a young African-American male population in America,” he said. “They’re all going to be in prison or dead. One of the two.”

That’s right. A major presidential candidate believes all young black men in this country – every single one of them – will wind up dead or in prison without his intervention.

Does that suggest to you this North Carolinian has much respect for young black men in America?

Does it suggest to you he believes we are all created equal?

Or does it suggest to you we have a latent racist cracker in the presidential woodpile?

I’ll tell you what it suggests to me. This is a man who believes blacks – especially young black males – need to be controlled and regulated by government because they are unable to control and regulate themselves.

Try to imagine the outcry if a Republican spoke with such blatantly racist hyperbole.

Obviously, there is a crime problem that is acute within the black community. Obviously, young black males are more likely to commit acts of violence than are young white males. But equally obvious is the fact that the problem is nowhere near as dire and apocalyptic as Edwards suggests.

In fact, there are four times as many black men between the ages of 18 and 24 in college than in prison. I’ll bet that would surprise John Edwards.

And the fact that such a statistic would undoubtedly come as a surprise to John Edwards demonstrates just how racist he is.

No, it wasn’t affirmative action that put all those young black men in college, despite what John Edwards might think. Young black men are just as able to achieve as their white counterparts – if they are not treated as animals in social policies promoted by people like Edwards.

By the way, this is the same John Edwards who thinks it is wrong for parents to make moral decisions for the kids. He thinks it is wrong for parents to instill in their children their most sacred beliefs – ideas such as marriage is an institution between one man and one woman. It is exactly this kind of parental moral training that is the difference between the kids who end up in jail and the kids who end up in college – white or black.

Let me tell you something. No amount of midnight basketball is going to stop young black men from killing one another if steps are not taken to put the black family back together. The black family was destroyed by people like John Edwards – people who believe blacks can be domesticated by government programs that provide them subsistence livings and make them dependent on Uncle Sam for their material needs.

Racist politicians like Edwards have not only done their best to destroy the black family, they have emasculated the American black male, turning him into an urban pimp caricature. They malign black men of achievement and intellect such as Clarence Thomas. They pander to Snoop Dog and Akon.

Now, I admit I don’t like John Edwards. Just hearing him talk is like listening to someone grating a rusty nail on a chalkboard. I don’t like him because he strikes me as little more than a racist hillbilly who made a fortune fooling people as a trial lawyer. In fact, that characterization is unfair to hillbillies because Jed Clampett had far more intellectual appeal – and demonstrated better values.

Am I the only one actually listening to what this guy is saying?

Has the rest of America fallen into a coma?

Why hasn’t this man been tarred, feathered and run out of American politics on a rail?

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