The 2008 Presidential Election and the Under Belly of Racism
By: Guest Authors
By: Jim Byrd
The largest organ of the human body is the epidermis. The next president of these United States could very well be chosen by the pigmentation of their epidermis, regardless of the experience, character, or qualifications of the entity housed inside it.
So much for all the years of crying and hand wringing for a colorblind society.
A colorblind society is what racial equalists have been crying and wringing their hands over for years. It always seemed a plausible and equitable racial nirvana worthy of achievement. But, historically, when trying to legislate and force an intangible social change, it has never had the desired effect after implementing the application process–especially when there is a black candidate running for president and many of his supporters agree with nothing he represents other than the color of his skin. Obama received over 90% of the black vote in some of the primaries against Hillary Clinton. This, coming from the fair-weather black voters, who had Clinton up by 40 points at one time, and when it looked as if Obama could actually pull it off after winning a few primaries, they came skulking back, but not to Obama per se, but to the pigmentation of his skin.
Obama has accumulated a quantum of white disciples who will vote for him only 1) because of his, and their, nonsensical mantra for change for changes sake, 2) solely because of identity politics 3) they despise the Republican party so much they will vote for whomever the Democrat party presents regardless of platform. The proportion of voters who would not vote for a highly qualified black person solely because of their race is negligible in comparison to voters who would vote for a black candidate just because they are black. The United States, as a country, has achieved an admirable level of colorblindness, but it has unfortunately only been embraced, predominantly, by white America. From a racist perspective, voting for a candidate only because they are black is indiscernible from not voting for a candidate because they are black. And to vote for a black candidate, as many voters have said they would, just because it would be making history, is a malignancy to the democratic process.
Armstrong Williams is a conservative talk show host. He also happens to be black. He champions the virtues of conservatism and Christianity across the airwaves. He has also never voted for a Democrat for president. He has a recording on his website, where he drones on and on about how far to the left Obama is, how liberal he is, his platform and policy faults, and extols the qualifications of John McCain. Yet, he speaks equivocally around the fact that he will not vote for a Republican just because they are a Republican come November. There are only two candidates left, Barack Obama–the antithesis of all conservative and Christian values–and John McCain. If one is an authentic conservative and is involved in the political process, or the reporting of it, as Williams is, one knows the core differences between the two candidates. Obama does, with empirical veracity, have the most liberal voting record in the Senate. If you are black, and if you espouse conservative values, and are torn on who to vote for at this juncture-you are at best, a false prophet, and should be unceremoniously tossed from your conservative pulpit for choosing skin color over the values you purport.
Although the focus of this article was Armstrong Williams, there are many conservative blacks, including conservative black Congressmen, who have expressed the same conviction as Williams. They, by all appearances, believe that being a conservative is just a revenue or power generating, political plaything that can be discarded when a better opportunity presents itself, or a presidential candidate of the same pigmentation comes along. The black conservative turncoats enjoy chastising the Republican Party for not doing enough for blacks, when in reality, the best thing to give someone is an opportunity–but that is not good enough for them. What happened to the patriotic words of JFK: Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
Whoopi Goldberg, while delving into the intellectual metaphysics of racism and politics–an area she is highly qualified to ingress–explained why she will vote for Obama solely because he is black. She responded to the statement, by a white person, of why a voter should look beyond skin color and look at a candidate’s qualifications, experience, and the whole picture before picking a candidate. Goldberg glibly stated, “That’s a very white way to look at it.” Is Goldberg’s statement a black way to look at it? Is this viewpoint commonly accepted within the black community? Is it “white” to be concerned about a candidate’s qualifications?
Is Obama the great uniter? Based on his racist associations–no; based on his record as a politician, both state and federal–no; based on his personal life–no; based on his terrorist associations–no; based on his criminal associations–no; based on his “axis of evil” endorsements-no. As a leader of a country as diverse as the United States, one cannot lead a country as “one people”, and focus and placate to one segment.
Obama’s most recent inclusion/exclusion politics came to light this past Father’s Day when he prefaced, what could have been a inspiring speech had it been inclusive of all fathers instead of focusing on black fathers, with the words, “You and I know how true this is in the African-American community.” Obama called on black fathers who are “missing from too many lives and too many homes,” to become active in raising their children. Not all fathers, only black fathers. Although all families suffer for the lack of a father, Obama cannot move past his presumptive racism and speak to all fathers.
The partisans, who are so blindly desperate for Obama to win the presidency, are placing an “all or nothing” bet on him. If he is elected President, conventional wisdom will dictate it was because he is black. And conversely, when he fails–and he will fail spectacularly in the capacity of President–conventional wisdom will dictate he failed because he is black. That will be the prevailing stigma a qualified black presidential candidate will have to overcome–in the not so near future, thanks to the idiocy of the voters. By nominating a black candidate of Obama’s character, the Democrat Party and its voters, have put the black community in a no-win situation for future elections. Obama’s eminent failure will be because he is obscenely deficient in experience, aptitude, and character to be the Commander in Chief–not because of his skin color.
Does this cast the American voter, in general, as a myopic Pollyanna ? Absolutely, especially when coupled with the fact that the Founding Fathers feared what would happen if there was a direct election for the Presidency. They feared, and rightly so, that some silver tongued mountebank would cause the plebeians and the intellectual defects to swoon and faint on command and march, in a state of catatonic stupor, to the voting booth to make good on their spellbound allegiance. To minimize the chances of this apocalyptic event occurring, the founders devised the Electoral College. Thanks to the prophetic design of the Founding Fathers, Obama could very well win the popular vote, but lose the electoral vote in the general election, and the fundamentals of democracy can, once again, stay somewhat intact, much to the chagrin of Marxists.