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Though the mere mention of race is verboten when it comes to Republicans, Barack Obama and his Obamaviks have employed race as a vicious political wedge probably more than all other presidents in U.S. history combined.
In this respect, I agree with the odious Janeane Garofalo that “This is racism, straight up.” Barack Obama has been a savior to the far left because he opened the door to taking phony racial accusations to heights never before dreamed of.
When, during the 2008 Democratic primary race, Geraldine Ferraro fell into the political-correctness trap by daring to say what everyone already knew, the far left went berserk. In pointing out the obvious, Ferraro said, “If Obama was a white man, 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.”
The truth be damned, the far left would have none of it. How dare she question Obama’s impeccable credentials as a community organizer, apprentice under the Rev. Jeremiah Wright for 20 years and U.S senator for two full years.
Predictably, Ferraro quickly got the boot from Hilla the Hun, which made it kind of humorous when Hubby Bubby later complained that the Obama campaign had “played the race card” against him. Yep, it was “racism, straight up.”
Now, along comes one of the great frauds of our time, Colin “Putz” Powell. For years, Gen. Putz has used the Republican Party to boost his career, with nary a negative word about the GOP.
But all that ended when a black presidential candidate came along – a candidate with virtually no credentials other than his ties to notorious anti-American radicals. Gen. Putz quickly jumped on the race bandwagon and enthusiastically supported him. For sure, it was “racism, straight up.”
If there were any doubts as to where Gen. Putz was coming from, he dissolved them with his recent comments on “Meet the Press.” In attacking the party that promoted his career all the way to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Putz said Republicans “still sort of look down on minorities.”
Hmm … I wonder if that includes Condoleezza Rice, Allen West, Marco Rubio, Clarence Thomas, Mia Love, Bobby Jindal, Tim Scott, Ted Cruz and Susana Martinez. I have a lot of gripes with Republicans, but racism is not one of them.
Gen. Putz then went on to complain that some Republicans had dared to question Barack Obama’s birth certificate. As with his credentials, how dare anyone question his place of birth, even though he refused to allow anyone to see his birth certificate for years, then finally “settled” the matter by having a multi-layered PDF version of it posted on the Internet.
Gen. Putz also cavalierly alluded to Sarah Palin’s statement that Obama was “shuckin’ and jiving” on the Benghazi issue. Sorry, but as painful as it may be for the far left to hear it, the truth is that Obama shamelessly goes into his shuck-and-jive act whenever it suits his purposes – especially when he addresses black audiences or labor-union events.
But Gen. Putz also has a sense of humor, which was on full display when he lamented that a “significant shift to the right” in the Republican Party has produced “two losing presidential campaigns.” He then added, “I think the Republican Party right now is having an identity problem” and that “if it’s just going to represent the far right wing of the political spectrum, I think the party is in difficulty.”
First of all, Gen. Putz, the Republican Party has been shifting to the left – not the right – for at least the last 25 years – so much so that it literally handed Obama another four years to carry out his anti-American plans when millions of Republicans refused to vote in 2012. Listen up, Gen. Putz: The Republican Party is “in difficulty” because it has shifted in the direction of the Romneys, the McCains, the Boehners and the McConnells.
But let’s be generous and dismiss the idea that Gen. Putz’s words were “racism, straight up.” That raises the question, why do so many high achievers preach the gospel of the far left? It’s not just today’s crony capitalists, Silicon Valley brat billionaires, and Hollywood’s rich and famous who cheer on big government. It’s a phenomenon that can be traced back centuries.
Did you know that the legendary Andrew Carnegie, the second-wealthiest man in America during the age of the great industrialists, proclaimed himself to be a socialist? Following in the tradition of elder members of the Carnegie clan in his native Dunfermline, Scotland, Carnegie took great care to establish a reputation for standing up for the working man, while hypocritically using brute force to put down union uprisings at his plants and coercing his workers into agreeing to stretch their workdays from eight to 12 hours.
Likewise, Albert Einstein arrived at the conclusion that socialism is far more humane than capitalism. In a May 1949 issue of the socialist magazine Monthly Review, Einstein wrote:
“The issue is socialism versus capitalism. I am for socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough. Money constitutes no proper basis of civilization. The time has come to regenerate society – we are on the eve of a universal change.”
My conclusion is that Carnegie and Einstein, like Colin Powell, were genuine putzes, notwithstanding their great achievements. Putzitis has nothing to do with one’s IQ or success. It’s a malfunction of the brain that is fed by the emotion of guilt.
So, am I ready to anoint Colin Powell chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Putzes? Not so fast. Let’s be fair to hard cases like Putz Buffett, Putz Christie and Putz Boehner. After all, these men have invested a lot of time honing the art of putzing and have shown no signs of letting up. I say, putzes of the world, unite!