When the going gets strange, the strange get going. Politics always has its share of irrational arguments, but a barrage of the bizarre often establishes a pattern. If you’ve seen it before, experience kicks in to tell you that it’s a much bigger argument than you might have otherwise thought. At some point you just have to accept the unexplainable for just what it is.
President Obama had a decent honeymoon period, but with the hard decisions needed to try to steer a nation careening out of control it was inevitable he’d meet serious criticism. What was less obvious was how strange, persistent, and grossly over the top that jabs would be. Consider the criticisms that have hyperventilated their way to prominence, which include:
- Demands to see his “real” birth certificate.
- Death Panels that will decide when people must die.
- He is a secret (or not so secret) Muslim.
- The agenda he promotes is socialist
- Obma is a racist, promoting minorities ahead of whites.
- And, recently, he has plans to indoctrinate school children as his footsoldiers.
The uproar over telling kids to take their responsibility for their own education seriously was the last straw for me. It’s far from “unprecedented”, and I can’t see that there is any harm in having the President address kids directly regardless if that President is Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, or Ford (I draw the line at Nixon – I feared Nixon as a child, since I was a good kid who listened to his Mom).
The reactions have been so strange and so irrational that there has to be more than the flailing of a once might Republican spin machine that has been mortally wounded. I say this because I grew up in a racially charged world and I’ve seen what happens when there’s just too much to add up to anything sensible.
It’s called “Racism”. We’ve seen how this works before.
In the bad old daze of Jim Crow, no one ever talked openly about denying rights to Black people. There was this Poll Tax, see, and the issue there was having people pay their taxes. The onerous registration procedures were about preventing fraud. Literacy tests were to make sure people understood their civic duties. The simple fact that these all added up to remarkably low voter turnout among Blacks was an unfortunate side effect – a terribly unfortunate thing.
That’s how it works, after all. When people know better than to be openly racist, they get creative. They make arguments that dance all around the central issue clockwise, arms flailing and feet shuffling. But if you’ve seen the dance before, you know that all you have to do is look in the middle of it all once they’ve been around it more than 180 degrees and you’ll know what’s up.
In the middle of this one is a black guy that people go out of their way to describe as illegal, immoral, unpatriotic, and dangerous.
Some of this has to be expected, sadly. No matter how many people proclaimed that we are “post racial” these people are in deep denial about the history of the USofA and how it affects our behavior.
In any economic downturn, the belief that there are only so many good jobs in the world becomes a reality and a fundamental principle to many people. The positions of authority that are filled by a mysterious “other” – Black, Jewish, Hispanic, and so on – are just more signs that whites are going to be left out. If you see more and more white people without jobs everyday, it starts to add up. Combine this with the realization that some of the people gaining power might have an interest in retribution for being put down for so long and the situation gets very dire.
This line of “reasoning” is ridiculous, of course. But it’s what inflames people to scream and shout with nearly unlimited energy how terrible it is that “This is not the America I grew up in!” The code words are all there in the diversionary “issues” being raised – issues that make absolutely no sense outside of the targets and the codes.
This is racism, everyone. We need to call it for what it is. If you haven’t seen it before, you may want to take notes. This will go on until we make it clear that a healthy debate on real issues is welcome, but the racist hysteria has to stop.