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As Barack Obama shamelessly pounds away at the age-old class-warfare theme, the Obamaviks are accompanying his rhetoric with a backdrop of another age-old theme: racism. And why not? After all, it’s always worked in the past.
Finally, however, it may have run its course. As the racism drumbeat of the far left accelerates, an awful lot of Americans who have never felt a twinge of racism in their hearts are refusing to buy it. And many of them are simply tuning it out as a result of racism fatigue.
Isn’t it remarkable that BHO was touted to be the first “post-racial” president, yet, through his arrogance and his socialist agenda, he continues to encourage his followers to play the “race card” from the bottom of the cobweb-covered Political Dirty Tricks Deck?
Why do Obama’s supporters still find it necessary to make racism accusations?
Because they can’t explain away his endless stream of lies.
Because they can’t explain away his threats against those who disagree with his socialist policies.
Because they can’t explain away his Fast and Furious cover-up.
Because they can’t explain away his radical White House appointments.
Because they can’t explain away the fact that his policies have produced America’s Second Great Depression.
In fact, they can’t seem to explain away anything about Barack Obama.
Having said this, there are two major points conservative commentators are missing when they argue against the ludicrous claims of racism: If people who are losing confidence in BHO and his policies, how can it be a result of racism when 1) a majority of white voters voted him into office in the first place, and 2) at the outset of his presidency, he had a record-setting approval rating?
Tingly-legged stargazers had better come up with a better distraction than racism if they want to win back the Obama-Aid drinkers who are now on the wagon. Many in his base are starting to talk as though they fear ending up like those poor souls who drank the Kool-Aid in Jonestown in 1978.
The truth be known, Geraldine Ferraro had it exactly right when she said, “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman of any color, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”
Ferraro was stir-fried for saying something millions of people already knew. Does anyone really believe that a white man whose total federal government experience was a year and a half as a senator, who compiled the most liberal voting record in the Senate and who had well-documented, close ties to a hate-mongering minister, a communist and numerous other radicals would have been considered as a serious presidential candidate?
What got Barack Obama into the presidential race was the “white guilt” phenomenon Shelby Steele wrote about in his book of the same name – a sort of guilt-driven form of affirmative action. Obama got elected not in spite of his race, but because of his race. And everyone reading this column – whether far left, far right, or middle of the road – knows it’s true.
So, let’s put aside the nonsense and get serious about the issue of racism. While overt racism is pretty much a thing of the past in this country, racism does exist – and always will. Racism is simply a form of prejudice, and everyone has prejudices.
For example, I admit that I’m prejudiced against blacks who preach the gospel of socialism. But, then, I’m also prejudiced against whites who preach the gospel of socialism. I can’t deny it – I’m prejudiced against people of any race, religion, or culture who preach socialism. Sorry, that’s just me.
It doesn’t make me a bad person, and it doesn’t make everyone who believes in socialism a bad person. It could be that such a person is just misinformed … or stupid … or naïve … or that he never got over some deep-seated childhood problem.
The point is that prejudice is a part of life. A non-prejudicial society exists only in the utopian world created in the minds of progressives. To paraphrase our old pal Saul Alinsky, learn to deal with the world as it is, not the way you wish it to be.
So, feel free to go right on with your prejudices, and I’ll continue on with mine. The color of someone’s skin just doesn’t happen to be one of my prejudices, and I doubt it’s one of yours, either.
Crying racism to avoid a discussion of the facts is no longer taken seriously by anyone this side of Jimmy Carter – but don’t for a second believe that will stop the Obamaviks from continuing to use it all the way to Nov. 6.