Even if we grant the NAACP having acted in good faith, it is a faith conceived in misconception.
The race-baiting is not always to the Swift Boat, said Ecclesiastes, or words to that effect, but often it is: the NAACP has issued a resolution against “racist elements” within the Tea Party. Most good people are not falling for it this time around, seeing that the emperor not only has no clothes, he is liberally festooned with unsightly warts. Or as we say in Latin, caveat emperor. I would say I’m in a white-hot rage but that might not go over real well either.
We can all agree racism is bad, and if racist elements are periodically on the table that makes for bad chemistry. But are there grounds here to condemn the Tea Party or is this another con by Dems? Clearly the latter.
The Tea Party is not operating as a political party in the sense of seeking office. It functions in the manner of an interest group although it serves national ideals rather than limited interests. Its interactions with the public at large are in the form of communiqués and demonstrations responding to specific issues or events. At no time has such expression by the group referred to race in any way, shape, manner or form. People of color, or whatever the term of art is these days, are invited to participate and do so in about the same percentages which vote for less-government candidates. Indeed a number of black Congressional candidates have declared affiliation with the Tea Party.
Which brings us to the con. The fact is that minority groups tend to vote for big government, largely through a perception that government has been their protector. This fosters a stubborn syllogism in the popular mind. It goes as follows:
a. Individuals oppressed minorities before the Civil Rights Act.
b. That law provided the hinge which opened the door to equality for minorities.
c. Ergo, government stands between minorities and encroaching racism.
It is a small step from there to figure that libertarian rhetoric is probably just a coded appeal to free racism from this restraint. So when an NAACP member sees a group foregathering to handcuff government, he sees a lynch mob coming to handcuff him. Too bad, because nothing could be further from the truth.
RACISM, ANTISEMITISM AND SISTER ISMS unworthy of the suffix are unhealthy growths in a society, sprouting like weeds in the diverse garden of humanity. As long as they are staggered rather than clustered the healthy plants and flowers will prevail. Individuals practicing racism can be effectively curbed by law enforcement. This does not require enhancing state power throughout all arenas of life. Instead that increases the risk of state tyranny.
And when a tyrannical state uses its power to back the sinister demands of the racist, then true danger sparks. Governments practicing racism and anti-Semitism are the real concern. The amount of Jews, blacks, and other minorities who have succumbed to the rancor of autonomous practitioners have been few compared to the millions crushed under the boot of the discriminatory state. The Gestapo and Jim Crow piled up some serious numbers, local schlubs wearing sheets and burning crosses are mostly just an annoyance.
Even if we grant the NAACP having acted in good faith, it is a faith conceived in misconception. We invite the leaders and acolytes of that organization to join us in the 21st century where your fellow citizens are your friends and government is as unreliable as ever. Come and drink tea with us; we have more in common than you know.
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