More bull by the tail

Race is a taboo subject – unless you are Black speaking to  non-Blacks, Hispanic speaking to non-Hispanics, Asian speaking to non-Asians or a Democrat speaking to anyone at all.  If you are not in any of the categories just mentioned, or worse, White, shut your pie hole and cast down your eyes because you, yes YOU, are a racist oppressor – by tautology.

The accusation of racism is a political cudgel used to discredit anyone not a member of these favored groups, an accusation which once made need never be proven  and can never be disproved.  The accusation itself comes complete with its own facts, its own judgement and its own sentence; it nullifies any defense, including any counter accusation for only the chosen non-categories above are entitled to make it.  A white can never make the accusation of a non-white for if he does the stigma applies to him in the same way as if any non-white had made the accusation first.  Because none of these favored non-white categories are, were or could ever be racist, which leads to the absurd but widely believed idea that race determines who can be racist.

Once the term ‘racism’ meant “a belief that human races have distinctive characteristics that determine their respective cultures, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.”  The march of progress subsequently deleted the idea of culture from that definition and focused on only the most superficial physical characteristics; multiculturalism means that all cultures are equal, another patent   absurdity.  Finally in our own enlightened age the accusation of racism has come to mean, “You are committing thought crime by not repeating the approved politically correct nostrums and I don’t like it.  Since I am unable to rationally and logically refute your points I will call you names until you either change you position and toe the PC party line (either because no such refutation is logically possible or because I don’t have the intellectual or rhetorical skills to do so), or I make you cry and you shut up and go home.”  Strangely, this is not bullying, but that is one of the new rules of racism.

Nor should it go unremarked that there is no little irony that the accusation of racism is almost exclusively a weapon used by the Democratic Party, which supported enslaving the blacks and opposed the abolitionists, to blacken the Republican Party which was founded by abolitionists and successfully prosecuted a policy of racial equality.  The Left has brought about a world of Orwellian moral inversion, which deserves examination at another time.

Racism, real racism, not the political weapon masquerading as racism, is alive and well in the United States.  It is growing, in no small part precisely because it has been used as a political weapon.  The Left and the Democratic Party have sought and successfully obtained political advantage by inflaming racial passions.  By so doing it has set before the victims their own policies have created, abetted and enlarged the idea that their troubles were rather the result of racist enmity by the Democrats’ political enemies.  It has pounded that drum unceasingly, has created a whole race baiting industry proclaim racial blame from the rooftops, has relentlessly fanned the flames of racial discord, it has protected and bankrolled the race mongers, it has hysterically marketed such white-on-anybody-that’s-not-white violence as it can find to both further diminish the self confidence of the racially neutral and inflame the rage of the victim’s racial group and finally it has hidden the racial violence that it has fomented.

That racial violence has increased to the point where it can no longer be successfully contained or covered up, though it is not yet widely known.  Divide and conquer has become divide and destroy.  The problem has become so great, in my opinion, that a simple political fix is no longer possible.  It is not yet politically possible to even talk about this openly, much less devise and implement a solution.  It may be that it will never be possible to openly discuss this before an explosion creates such fear and animosity that discussion is not possible.

One of the great unpalatable and therefore seldom mentioned truths is that responsibility is with the one who sees.  Knowledge is power, but only if acted upon.  Here responsibility is distinguished from mere blaming, which is the antithesis of responsibility.  There is a tendency in the perceived absence of viable solutions to avoid opening cans of worms, especially when it is well known that blame will be leveled both for opening the can and for the existence of the worms.  Still, the discussion must be opened, and done in such a way that there is accountability, correct understanding of the problem and many minds working together to devise and implement workable solutions on many fronts.

Will the Republican Party, with its noble tradition of racial equality, be equal to the task before it?  How should we begin?  Your ideas solicited in the comments.

Potentate

Gerard Vanderleun has posted a lovely and inflammatory rant over at American Digest which I thoroughly enjoyed, probably because it is highly politically incorrect (and contains ‘adult’ language (really, adult language is so juvenile, I don’t know why they call it adult.)).

You have been warned.

Obama acts more like an African or Eastern potentate than an American.  For these cultures there can be no such thing as excessively ostentatious displays of power and wealth.

Jesus and the Democrat

A Republican, in a wheelchair, entered restaurant one afternoon and asked the waitress for a cup of coffee.
The Republican looked across the restaurant and asked, “Is that Jesus sitting over there?”

The waitress nodded “yes,” so the Republican requested that she give Jesus a cup of coffee, on him.

The next patron to come in was a Libertarian,
with a hunched back. He shuffled over to a booth, painfully sat down, and asked the waitress for a cup of hot tea. He also glanced
across the restaurant and asked, “Is that Jesus, over there?”

The waitress nodded, so the Libertarian
asked her to give Jesus a cup of hot tea, “My treat.”

The third patron to come into the restaurant
was a Democrat on crutches.
He hobbled over to a booth, sat down and hollered, “Hey there honey!
How’s about getting me a cold mug of Miller Light?” He too looked across the restaurant and asked, “Isn’t that God’s boy over there?”

The waitress nodded, so the Democrat
directed her to give Jesus a cold beer.
“On my bill,” he said loudly.

As Jesus got up to leave, he passed by the Republican, touched him and said, “For your kindness, you are healed.”
The Republican felt the strength come back into his legs, got up,
and danced a jig out the door.

Jesus passed by the Libertarian, touched him and said, “For your kindness, you are healed.” The Libertarian felt his back straightening up and he raised his hands, praised the Lord, and did a series of back flips out the door.

Then, Jesus walked towards the Democrat, just smiling. The Democrat jumped up and yelled, “Don’t touch me …. I’m on disability.”

Summer of Recovery 3

Market Ticker has a marvelous chart which explains why Summer of Recovery 3 will be as big a hit as was Summer of Recovery 2.  And since nothing succeeds like success, we’re also being set up for Summer of Recovery 4!  Nobody’s quite sure, but the hot money says it’s being written by Cloward-Piven and performed by the wonderful, zany descendants of the Keystone Cops, our very own Elite Political Class.

What’s in a name?

The Hill has an interesting poll about people’s preferences regarding fiscal matters.  The good news is that most people prefer fiscal programs that reflect Republican proposals by about 2:1 when party affiliation is hidden.  The bad news is that once the name ‘Republican’ is mentioned, support evaporates.  Breitbart.com’s Mike Flynn makes the point: “As The Hill poll shows, however, the party has already won the policy debate. It is continuing to lose the political debate, however. The voters simply don’t trust the Republicans to stick to their policies.”

Too true.  Plus the Republicans have been playing Brer Fox to the Democrats’ Alinkyite Brer Rabbit.  Plus the Republicans have too often shown themselves just as eager to get their hooks on Federal money and perks as their “friends across the aisle.”
The recent CPAC convention can be summarized as follows: Republicanism as a good ol’ boy’s club of genteel, New England moderates is a dead party walking.  Conservative principles generate a great deal of support, if not passionate enthusiasm among the citizenry in general.  Conservative principles, when articulated clearly and unambiguously carry the ideological day every time.

Administrative state metastasis

Back in the day, Mrs. Black, my PoliSci 101 prof, elucidated the real rules for bureaucracies.

  1. Perpetuate its own existence.
  2. Extend its power and influence
  3. Defend and increase its budget and turf
  4. Complexify its internal operations
  5. Perform the function it was created for.

Obamacare regsSenate majority leader Mitch McConnell has put out a picture of what that looks like in practice.  On the right, 1,600 pages of Obamacare; on the left, 20,000+ pages of Obamacare regulations so far.  In the words of the prophet Pelosi, “We have to pass it find out what’s in it.”  Indeed.

This is a business killer, which is exactly what it was intended to be.  Obamacare was from the start intended to nationalize the entire medical insurance industry and establish a Federal health management system as a sinecure for supporters of the Party of Socialism.

Shocker – Left wants to ban ALL guns!

As if we didn’t know it.  From Breitbart:

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a member of the Democratic Party’s leadership in the House of Representatives, suggested to Jason Mattera at a Feb. 13 women’s rights rally that plans for an assault weapons ban and private-sales background checks were only the beginning of a broader gun control agenda extending to handguns as well.