Herman Cain’s a threat to both the left and the GOP Establishment.
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Did you catch those two particular sentences above? These two:
Most infractions were for petty crimes, like theft, but the biggest one of all was looking at or associating with white women. Many victims were black businessmen or black men who refused to back down from a fight.
To restate. Black businessmen who refused to back down from a fight were lynched because they had been “looking at or associating with white women.”
And who is Herman Cain? That’s right. A prominent black businessman. A black man who is refusing to back down from a fight. A black man who, quite obviously from his business career in a largely white country, necessarily is “looking at or associating with white women.”
Now, bearing this history in mind, let’s recall the second part of this history — the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky episode.
Several years after the term “high-tech” lynching exploded on the scene at the confirmation hearings of now-Justice Clarence Thomas — Thomas, recall, is a conservative black man married to a white woman — the American left had a mysterious change of heart. After furiously insisting that “women tell the truth” in matters of sexual harassment, and that the real story was that men didn’t “get it” — Bill Clinton came along and liberals did… shocking, I know… a 180.
As the damn broke on Clinton’s sexual behavior — including allegations of rape (from Juanita Broaddrick, a one-time supporter), groping in the Oval Office (Kathleen Willey, another supporter and White House volunteer), dropping his pants as governor and asking state employee Paula Jones to “kiss it” — liberals suddenly had a whole different world view.
Did I mention that Bill Clinton is a white man and a liberal?
Sorry. Bill Clinton is a white man and a liberal.
So what exactly were the responses back then in the day? When the man in question was not a black conservative but a white liberal?
Clinton’s critics, fumed liberals, were uptight, religious fanatics. A massive liberal campaign was launched — directly from the Clinton White House — to discredit every single woman or conservative who took issue with Clinton’s womanizing. Clinton’s critics, scorned James Carville, were determined “to wash all the sodomites and fornicators out of town.”
Also from Carville the memorable gem “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.” A reference, of course, to Paula Jones, who was quickly deemed to be an unsophisticated redneck rube.
Of a sudden, not all women told the truth.
Kathleen Willey was trashed. Juanita Broaddrick filed a lawsuit — and was promptly audited by the Clinton-controlled IRS. Paula Jones was humiliated, mocked and smeared from one end of the country to the other for everything from her accent to her economic and educational status. Liberals were ruthless. Absolutely totally ruthless. And among other things, ironically established a consensus that sexual harassment is no big deal.
Let’s move on from history to politics.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online