Skip to comments.Barack Obama, Bob Herbert, & Race Politics
Posted on 06/25/2004 7:07:32 AM PDT by mrustow
A recent news story about a mouse born to two mommies  suggested that the feminist fantasy of parthenogenesis, in which women would bear children without any input from men, might someday be realized. But New York Times columnist Bob Herbert  went the pc feminists at the ABC one better: On June 4, he suggested that Illinois politician Barack Obama was birthed by Obamas father, without a female (what used to be called a mother) playing any role in the matter.
O.K., Herbert didnt actually say that, though hes said things just as outrageous in the past. What he did was refer to a man as black, whose late mother was white. At the moment he has a substantial lead in the polls. If that lead holds and he wins in November, he'll be only the third African-American to take a seat in the Senate since Reconstruction.
The term African-American is silly enough, seeing as it is a euphemism for black, which used to be a euphemism for brown, yellow, or off-white. But in this case, there is a double insult at work. For not only is Barack Obama the son of a white woman, and thus as much a white man as he is a black man, but his father deserted the family early on; thus, young Barack was raised almost exclusively by his white mother. From Herberts column, youd think she were a mere white dry nurse, who dont know nothin bout birthin babies!
(Ironically, in Obamas case, the term African American is for once accurate. But Bob Herbert could care less about things African; he refers to anyone with a drop of black blood in him as African American.)
Herbert doesnt even tell us that Obama Sr. was black, only that he was Kenyan. Herbert either assumed, erroneously, that all Kenyans  are black, or he simply decided to write the Asians and whites out of the country, the way he wrote Obamas mother out of his genetic code. (Granted, only one percent of Kenyans are non-black, but if Herbert were writing about a region that was one percent black, you can be sure he wouldnt write the blacks out of the place.)
In a political era saturated with cynicism and deceit, Mr. Obama is asking voters to believe him when he talks about the values and verities that so many politicians have lied about for so long. He's asking, in effect, for a leap of political faith.
The title of Herberts column is, A Leap of Faith. But the leap of faith is not in support of Barack Obama; it is in support of Bob Herbert. And as we shall see, the propagandistic makeover that Herbert gave Obama was saturated with cynicism and deceit.
Ultimately, Herbert is saying we should support Obama, because he told us to. Herbert crafts two cover stories, as to why we should support Obama: 1. He is a left-of-center candidate whose message transcends partisanship; and 2. He is (as defined by Herbert) black.
Forget number one. Herbert wants Illinoisans to elect Barack Obama to the senate, because Herbert has defined him as black.
If a white columnist called on voters to elect a political candidate, merely because the latter was white, Herbert would shout from the rooftops of 43rd Street, that the white columnist was a racist.
Obama, says Herbert, supports the war in Afghanistan, but not the war in Iraq. Herbert tells us that Obama is a left of center pol who believes in "a set of core values that bind us together as Americans." Herbert writes that Obamas partisans describe [him] as a dream candidate, the point man for a new kind of politics designed to piece together a coalition reminiscent of the one blasted apart by the bullet that killed Robert Kennedy in 1968.
Core values talk -- logic and morality be damned -- always seems to lead to the demand that black and Hispanic Americans (and Hispanic NON-citizens!) be privileged under the law, and white Americans be disenfranchised. And in fact, Obama is a rabid supporter of affirmative action , though Herbert did not see fit to divulge that fact. Indeed, Herbert provides no credible or substantive information about Obamas politics.
Obama , who currently represents Illinois' 13th Senate District, on the largely black South Side of Chicago, is also an ardent supporter of abortion, and a lecturer on constitutional law at the University of Chicago. But has he ever read the Constitution? The Supreme Courts decisions deeming abortion a fundamental right and in favor of affirmative action were, constitutionally speaking, some of the worst in the history of the Court.
According to a fawning, if brief profile in The Economist , He has worked hard to reach across racial lines, but his core support comes from blacks and white urban progressives, and he has pinned his primary hopes largely on the Chicago area. The anonymous Economist editorialist also indulged in some cheap race-baiting: "Are Illinois voters ready for this? In a city with deep Irish roots, a local commentator suggests that he might do better as O'Bama."
Had the writer at The Economist bothered to check his facts, he would have known that Chicago today  has twice as many blacks as Irish. Apparently, he only knows Chicago from 1930s' 20th Century-Fox movies about Mrs. O'Leary's cow .
But are Illinois voters ready for Obama's race politics?
Im not sure what it means to work hard to reach across racial lines, but I know that most urban blacks are racist, and that white urban progressives, in their aping of blacks, express anti-white and anti-Asian racism, to the point of lunacy.
Lets look at what Obama supports: "Job training"; direct government loans for higher education; universal health care; racialist law; and of course, affirmative action and abortion.
Job training has always meant a boondoggle, in which billions of taxpayer dollars are wasted on bureaucrats and on paying for programs in which people who have never worked for a living shuffle from one program to another. Such multibillion-dollar money pits have had names such as the Comprehensive Employment Training Act and the Job Training Partnership Act.
Direct government loans, as opposed to the present bank-administered program, would create yet another expensive, permanent government bureaucracy. And why? Because for Barack Obama, not only is government the employer of first resort, but as often follows with such a politics, he hates it when private enterprise makes a buck off anything.
Hillarycare: Bill Clintons administration was stuck in a first-year quagmire of his wifes making, as Mrs. Clinton sought, through illegal, clandestine meetings, and her own personal health care commissar, Ira the Genius Magaziner (with apologies to the late, great Ray Charles), to foist on America a socialist health care system like those in the U.K. and Canada. Such health care systems are expensive, inefficient, and destroy health-care quality. People have to wait months for routine medical care, and patients routinely die waiting in emergency rooms. Dont believe me? Just ask a Canadian or Brit. And this is what Barack Obama dreams of foisting on America.
Law Enforcement: Obama drafted successful legislation ensuring that all interrogations in death penalty cases are videotaped; passed model legislation designed to curb the practice of racial profiling by law enforcement; and has been a leader in reforming the juvenile justice system to keep more young people in school and out of prison, and has fought to increase penalties for domestic violence. (Quotes are from Obamas official Web site.)
The consequences of Obamas crime policies may not jump off the page. The videotaping requirement he got passed is actually part of a national movement to have all police interrogations videotaped. The movement gathered steam in late 2002, as part of the successful campaign  to get the convictions of the five men who in 1989 as teenagers had confessed  to assaulting, sexually abusing, and leaving for dead Tricia Meili, whom whites had known for years as the Central Park Jogger thrown out . (Blacks knew Meilis name, because black media had constantly publicized it from the start.)
According to the Supreme Court, police are legally permitted to use deceit, in order to get suspects to confess to crimes, but some members of the public, particularly blacks, oppose such tactics. And supporters of videotaping all interrogations believe that there is no such thing as a true, voluntary confession , at least not by minorities. (Advocates' ultimate goal is to get ALL confessions, at least all by minority suspects, thrown out of court.) Those who support the videotaping of interrogations hope that juries will be so disgusted by detectives use of deceit, that they will acquit the guilty, and that videotaping will amount to a get-out-of-jail-free card, or that detectives will be so handcuffed by public race-baiting, that they are rendered impotent.
The Illinois legislation against so-called racial profiling requires that all local police departments record the race of anyone police stop for questioning. The legislation's rationale is that if too many blacks are stopped, the police are guilty of racial profiling. Too many is virtually always framed by race advocates as being more than the black (or black and Hispanic) proportion of the local population.
But in Chicago as in the rest of the nation, minorities have a virtual monopoly on violent crime; across the nation, their proportion of the criminal suspect population is as much as 2.4 times their proportion of the local population. Hence, anti-profiling legislation leads to depolicing , whereby to avoid charges of racism, police ignore crimes committed right in front of their noses by minority criminals, or in order to have the "right numbers," stop whites or Asians for questioning about crimes committed by blacks or Hispanics, thus wasting time and money, and letting the criminals escape prosecution. Another consequence of anti-profiling agitation is police departments doctoring of crime statistics , in order to compensate on paper for what police may not do on the street.
(Ever since the 1970s, race advocates have worked from the fraudulent assumptions of "disproportionate impact" theory, according to which any phenomenon in which minorities or women don't do statistically as well as white men -- e.g., income, incarceration -- is automatically assumed to be based on discrimination. Meanwhile, in the sort of hypocrisy that has become one of the trademarks of affirmative action and multiculturalism, disparities that show white men doing disproportionately poorly, whether as school teachers or professional athletes, are ignored.
The initial purpose of talk of disproportionate impact was to eliminate the need to prove that some person, business, or agency deliberately discriminated against members of certain groups. This was a dramatic development, since the concept of racial discrimination had always been inseparable from the assumption of ill will on the part of influential whites. Now whites could be accused of racism for simply following objective, merit-based hiring rules which blacks satisfied in lower proportions than whites. Once the courts began employing this pseudo-scientific methodology, it meant the gutting of the rule of law in racial matters, since the law had always required that it be proven that a defendant had shown an intent to do harm.
A secondary bonus, which academia and journalism leapt on, was the abolition of the principle of evidence. With disproportionate impact, leftwing whites and racist blacks would show disproportionate statistical relationships among the races, and insist that the relationships alone, which were actually mere correlations, were EVIDENCE of discrimination. From then on, leftists and black racists persecuted anyone who questioned their lack of evidence as a "racist" or "Uncle Tom," and cleansed the ranks of academia and journalism of rigorous researchers. And yet, the notion that white men victimize minorities without intending to, was for its advocates ultimately psychologically unsatisfying. And so, once intent had in practice been abolished by the courts in racial matters, race advocates brought it back, by insisting that a massive, national conspiracy of racist whites persecuted black males through "racially profiling" them. Note too that while disproportionate impact exaggerates the principle of agency in the case of whites, so that they are agents of racism whether or not they intend to be, it eliminates agency in the case of minorities, especially blacks. Thus, for race advocates, the fact that blacks get questioned and arrested at much higher rates than whites has nothing to do with the fact that blacks commit violent crimes at much higher rates than whites.)
Obamas reform of the juvenile justice system is designed to protect violent, young black (and, to a lesser degree Hispanic) felons from having to pay for their crimes. But why would someone who is so lax with violent felons be so draconian with men convicted of domestic violence? For one thing, such legislating -- like his support for unlimited abortion rights -- burnishes Obamas feminist credentials with white female progressives. For another thing, such legislation primarily targets white men. Domestic violence is largely about locking up unruly and violent white husbands. (Violent wives get a pass.) Lets see. Seventy-seven percent of white children are born to married parents, while only 31 percent of black children are. And so, such legislation is tailored to harm white men. Note too that domestic violence law tends to get treated de facto as an adjunct of family law, in which constitutional protections are routinely violated. And so, Mr. Professor of Constitutional Law wants to fabricate ever broader, new legal protections for blacks and Hispanics, while doing away with legal protections for heterosexual, white, married men.
And so, we see that Barack Obamas legal policies are based on helping black (and to a lesser degree, Hispanic) felons escape prosecution, while exacting draconian punishment on white men who smack their wives. (The prospect of more white men getting raped behind prison bars would presumably excite Obama's black voter base.) As with other racist politicians, such as Cong. John Conyers (D, MI.) , the purpose of such legal reform is, by hook or by crook, to reduce the number of blacks in penal institutions, while increasing the number of whites in them. Im reminded of Surgeon General David Satchers 1998 statement, that Americas greatest health care challenge was in equalizing the rates of HIV infection between whites and blacks. If logic is any guide, rather than getting people to stop from engaging in dangerous sex acts, Dr. Satcher was 1. Consumed with raising the rate of white HIV infection, and reducing the rate of black HIV infection; 2. Sought to radically reduce the rate of black HIV infection, while keeping the white rate unchanged; or most likely, 3. Mindlessly applying affirmative action dogma to the field of epidemiology.
Affirmative Action : America has already suffered for over 30 years under a system in which incompetents are accepted to college and graduate and professional school, hired to responsible jobs, and given government contracts, due solely to their race, ethnicity, or sex, while qualified people suffer egregious discrimination, based solely on their race, ethnicity, or sex. Obama would maintain such vicious programs in perpetuity.
Again, none of Obamas above-cited positions were mentioned by Bob Herbert, who apparently does not believe that readers can be trusted to deal with the truth. Herbert notwithstanding, I wasnt aware that socialism, statist absolutism, and anti-white racism constituted a set of core values that bind us together as Americans." But then, were Obama a champion of real American core values like liberty, merit, and equality before the law, a racist like Herbert would never have supported him.
To me, Barack Obama comes off like Bill Clinton, another former professor of constitutional law who also apparently never read the document, but without Clintons fiscal austerity. Heck, if Obama were ever elected the nations second African-American president, he might end up as expensive a proposition as George W. Bush.
There is another pernicious aspect to this situation that has just occurred to me. Almost every press description of Obama endlessly reminds us of his credentials. They are those of a Harvard law graduate, editor of the law review there, constitutional scholar, Illinois State senator, ad nauseam, along with the fact that he is attractive, articulate, and charismatic. Even I am forced to admit that he is qualified, particularly if you're looking for a senator for the Politburo.
Deference to the ambitions of minorities is almost a de riguer nostrum to counter the past evils of discrimination and exclusion, particularly when the person in question is "qualified". I fear that a desire to compensate for the wrongs of the past will blind many voters in Illinois to Obama's advocacy of positions that they would find unacceptable if advanced by a white candidate. I think that we are being conditioned by the politically correct press to vote for this man as a panacea for past elective biases. We might want to point out to those so inclined that that is also a form of racism.
Another interesting fact is that Obama is the product of an interracial marriage between a black Kenyan and a white American woman. Obama Sr. left the family early on and he was raised by his white mother. I realize the perculiarly insidious nature of the racial construct and the racial politics of this country would cause most to identify Obama as black, but one would think that since at least half of the genetic material that makes him what he is comes from a Caucasian woman, that he would counter this to some extent by paying homage to the mother that apparently did such a successful job of raising him and stress the bi-racial nature of his personal history when others posit him as an "African-American". But then that might not make him as eligible for the exalted mantle of the first black elected male senator of the Democratic Party, increase the danger of alienating some segments of the black vote, and the enable him as the beneficiary of politically correct bonus points.
That's an excellent, subtle point that has surely had much to do with Obama's success so far in life. It's hard to me to believe that someone whose legal thinking is so muddled was made editor of the Harvard Law Review based on the merits. Affirmative action has become a system of Chinese boxes, with layers within layers within layers.
To follow up on yet another possible implication of your post, would Republican officials have been so eager to get Ryan to quit the race, had he been running against a white candidate?
There is a war going on for the soul of the Illinois Republican Party. Our last governor, RINO George Ryan has been indicted on a number of corruption charges. George Ryan was a key player in what is known as the "Combine." The Combine is a loose confederation of fatcat Republicans and Democrats centered around Cook County and the Chicago area who tend to scratch each others' back when issues revolving around distribution of governmental power and funding emerge to create opportunities for graft and shady deals. A case in point is Bob Kjellander, Illinois Repulican National Comitteeman. Kjellander has been one of Illinois representatives on the Republican National Committee (RNC) for nine years. His charge is assisting the state party with electing Republicans in Illinois and helping the GOP Presidential candidate carry Illinois.
In one glaring case in particular Kjellander earned an $809,000 contingency fee for his efforts to promote Democratic Governor Blagojevichs $10 billion bond deal at the expense of the Senate Republican caucus, Kjellander chose to subrogate his GOP interests to his personal pocketbook. The Illinois Republican chairman, Judy Barr Topinka would not even publicly announce her support for the incumbent senator Peter Fitzgerald prior to his withdrawing from the Senate race.
All of the Illinois Senate candidates had philosophical outlooks that are anethma to most of the Illinois Republican Party leadership. To a man all of them could be characterized as right of moderate to very conservative. Support for any of them from the combine could be at best characterized as lukewarm, as they wanted the sort of RINO that would continue to further their interests with Mayor Daley's Chicago and the Cook County Democratic apparatus. With one exception (Combiner Andy McKenna) the Republican Senate primary field were outsiders who might not go along to get along.
I believe the primary impetus behind dumping Jack Ryan is so that the Republican combine can get their own guy in. (Andrew McKenna, Jim Edgar, Jim Thompson, or even the awful Corrine Wood) Jack Ryan was just too conservative for their tastes, since he would be likely to retain the bulldog United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald who has been indicting and convicting members of the combine right and left.
P.S. Jack Ryan just threw in the towel.
Just curious....what is Obama's religion?? Is he Muslim???
Good question; I'll have to look into that.
Thanks for the link; the article was very instructive, though not necessarily in the ways the author or Obama wanted it to be.
Christian but doesn't think anyone goes to hell....and his Other religion he says, is a CIVIC religion that totally supports separation of Church and State. I guess that means he WON'T be campaigning in a Church...right??? Ha....He'll be passing the hat for his campaign in every church he can.
Social gospel? Liberation theology? DNC talking points for black candidates? I may not be a Christian, but even I can see that his "faith" has nothing to do with Christianity.
Ahh. Now, IIRC, weren't those two "denominations" that merged? But are they Christian or merely secular humanist? Or do they seek to finesse the entire issue?
It's a lot of finessing and psychobabbling about religion. It's a perfect religion for democrats who hate moral dilemmas.
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I have not has the "honor"
"Personal Injuries" by Scott Turow. You would like it.
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