Brief sidelight on the recent dustup between Harry Alford, President and CEO of the Black Chamber of Commerce, and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), in which Boxer countered Alford’s skepticism about proposed environmental legislation not with a direct rebuttal of his data but by citing opinions to the contrary by the NAACP and by John Grant, CEO of 100 Black Men of Atlanta… arguing, in effect, “Yeah, well lots of other black people disagree with you.” (YouTube link here.)
Alford took offense, rather theatrically; Boxer responded by stammering and fumbling and shuffling through papers before stating that, in any event, she was sure that Grant “would be proud that you were here. He’s proud, I’m sure.” Because, I suppose, Alford is one of those “articulate and bright and clean” black guys Joe Biden likes to talk about.
But now the sidelight: Several times during their exchange, Alford addressed Boxer as “Ma’am.”
Maybe my memory is shaky, but didn’t Boxer just last month dress down Brigadier General Michael Walsh for calling her “Ma’am” rather than “Senator”?
So is the Boxer Rule that black guys get to call her “Ma’am” but white guys better stick with “Senator”?
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