Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The post-racial Obama fuels more racial tensions

Thomas Sowell makes the point that many independents who voted for Obama because they believed his promises that he would be a post-partisan, post-racial leader. And Obama's own actions have clearly demonstrated that he says one thing and does another.
You want bipartisanship and an end to bickering in Washington? He will say that he wants bipartisanship and an end to bickering in Washington. Then he will shut Republicans out of the decision-making process and respond to their suggestions by reminding them that he won the election. A famous writer-- Ring Lardner, I believe-- once wrote: "'Shut up,' he explained."

You want a government that is open instead of secretive? He will say that. He will promise to post proposed legislation on the Internet long enough for everyone to read it and know what is in it before there is a vote. In practice, however, he has rushed massive bills through Congress too fast for anybody-- even the members of Congress-- to know what was in those bills.

Racial issues are more of the same. You want a government where all citizens are treated alike, regardless of race or ethnicity? Obama will say that. Then he will advocate appointing judges with "empathy" for particular segments of the population, such as racial minorities. "Empathy" is just a pretty word for the ugly reality of bias.
Obama's actions since being president from nominating Sonia Sotomayor to his interference in the arrest of a black Harvard professor without knowing the facts has demonstrated that he is definitely not a person who has moved beyond race. The stories coming out of Eric Holder's Justice Department are even more of an indication that race is still very much on the minds of the Obama administration.
There is not now, nor has there ever been, anything post-racial about Barack Obama, except for the people who voted for him in the mistaken belief that he shared their desire to be post-racial. When he leaves office, especially if it is after one term, he will leave this country more racially polarized than before.

Hopefully, he may also leave the voters wiser, though sadder, after they learn from painful experience that you can't judge politicians by their rhetoric, or ignore their past because of your hopes for the future. Voters may even wise up to race card fraud.
Disappointment in Obama's promises will leave many even more skeptical of racial accusations coming out of the NAACP. People are becoming inured to the playing of the race card. And each time it is used for political purposes, it weakens the power of the accusation. And when people realize that any criticism of President Obama will be played by his supporters as racist, they realize that the word has no meaning any more and is just a political weapon to be wielded against anyone who is not a Democrat.