December 30, 2009

ALTHOUSE LINKS

Two links via Ann Althouse:
Obama and Our Post-Modern Race Problem
A Less Than Honest Policy

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1 Surprising to see this from someone like Bob Herbert.

Posted by: david foster at December 30, 2009 06:07 PM (uWlpq)

2 Shelby Steele wrote (emphasis mine):

I would argue further that Barack Obama's election to the presidency of the United States was essentially an American sophistication, a national exercise in seeing what was not there and a refusal to see what was there—all to escape the stigma not of stupidity but of racism.

Willful blindness is a form of stupidity. And giving Obama a pass because of his race is racist.

He aspires to be "post-ideological," "post-racial" and "post-partisan," which is to say that he defines himself by a series of "nots"—thus implying that being nothing is better than being something.

Perfect for a nihilist populace.

He always wore the bargainer's mask—winning the loyalty and gratitude of whites by flattering them with his racial trust: I will presume that you are not a racist if you will not hold my race against me.

Racial 'bargains' are bogus.

Many whites still love Mr. Cosby, but they worry now that expressing their affection openly may identify them with his ideas, thus putting them at risk of being seen as racist.

This is the depth of Omerican insanity: whites agreeing with a black man about how to uplift blacks is 'racist'.

david, I agree. I didn't expect to see Sarah linking to Herbert! He asked,

Can you believe it?

I can't believe he wrote this. Is this the beginning of a liberal revolt against Obama? Nah.

Posted by: Amritas at December 30, 2009 06:53 PM (ke9P1)

3 "Willful blindness is a form of stupidity. And giving Obama a pass because of his race is racist."

They weren't worried about being stupid, they were worried about appearing stupid. Likewise to racist.


Posted by: David Boxenhorn at December 31, 2009 05:53 AM (tdogJ)

4 David, you're right to specify that they are more interested in appearance. In whether other people think they are right as opposed to actually being right. Ayn Rand described their world in The Fountainhead (emphasis mine):

A world where the thought of each man will not be his own, but an attempt to guess the thought of the next neighbor who’ll have no thought – and so on, Peter, around the globe. Since all must agree with all. [Notice how Leftists love the word 'consensus'.] [...]  A world in which man will not work for so innocent an incentive as money, but for that headless monster – prestige. The approval of his fellows – their good opinion – the opinion of men who’ll be allowed to hold no opinion [of their own].

[...]

A world with its motor cut off and a single heart, pumped by hand. My hand – and the hands of a few, a very few other men like me [fictional MSM icon Ellsworth Toohey].

Whose hands pump the heart of our PC world?

Posted by: Amritas at December 31, 2009 11:50 AM (ke9P1)

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