Liberals have a racial answer to everything they find inconvenient about our president.
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The theme of the show (not entirely coincidentally a few days after the death of Rodney King) was “Can’t we all get along?” The premise was that I, a non-religious libertarian Jew, had spent the prior two days at the Western Conservative Summit in a room full of 1,300 Christian conservatives and that my takeaway from the event was “these are my friends.”
I pointed out that leftist groups will work with whomever they have to in order to win, while our side, namely those with generally pro-liberty, pro-free market policy preferences, frequently lets disagreement on a minority of issues keep us from working together.
A couple of times I used the phrase “losing our country.” Apparently, that phrase is something of a radio roach motel if you’re trying to catch a liberal.
The first liberal caller, Jack, opined that “your appeal to people uniting because we’re losing our country is an appeal to xenophobia, and it’s silly and alarmist.”
The comment took me aback, but it shouldn’t have. While I had made passing comments about losing free speech rights due to fear of insulting Islam, my thinking behind “losing our country” had absolutely nothing to do with foreigners. (After all, many immigrants probably love and understand America more than most Democratic congressmen do.)
I explained as much to Jack — except for the bit about Democrats — naively thinking that he simply misunderstood me. But what had actually happened was that I misunderstood him. It wasn’t that he listened to my words and interpreted them as xenophobic; rather it was that he entered the conversation with his skin color filter over his political vision.
And so, Jack continued: “I think that you’re aware that the Republican Party is issuing appeals to people based on this idea that, demographically, white Europeans are becoming a minority. Their message is that…if you don’t vote for them, then you’re going to be having all these brown people out there that are going to be running things.”
I challenged Jack aggressively, and gave him my e-mail address over the air, asking him to send me a link to any such ad. Of course, none came from him or anyone else because this is, as I said to Jack, “leftist propaganda trying to make Republicans look like xenophobes.”
Jack’s call was disturbing. But as it turned out, Jack was only the warm-up act for the very next caller, Ida — also, if I might surmise based on voice, a middle-aged Caucasian.
According to Ida, or rather to things she recently read and, like David St. Hubbins, therefore believed, “Since Barack Obama became president, there’s a 400 percent increase in assassination groups, in assassination attempts. Another thing, no president has ever been disrespected as much as Obama. And you know why that is? Because he’s black. You may deny it up and down. In your heart, you know it’s true.”
There was no point in discussing facts with Ida. Instead, I reminded her that she doesn’t know me and has never met me. I mentioned that I would have voted for Colin Powell, Condi Rice, or J.C. Watts. I stated directly that “if there were a white president who did all the same things that Barack Obama is doing, I would dislike him and oppose him just as much, or perhaps even more because… I am really proud that our country elected a black president. I just wish it weren’t this one.”
But just as sunglasses block out certain wavelengths of light, nothing I could say would get through Ida’s skin color filter. She responded, “I really don’t care if Republicans are offended [by accusations of racism] because it is the truth.”
Sadly for the United States, the oh-so-tolerant, diverse, progressive left have turned Orwell’s dystopian predictions into reality while keeping Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream a fantasy. Honestly held differences be damned; it is the color of your character that matters.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?