Monday, January 19, 2009

Racist Much?

Michell Malkin on the Obama Inauguration:

Pomp and circumstance have been replaced with pimp and self-aggrandizement — all topped with a heapful of double standards.

....Getting ready for the countdown.

3, 2, 1…RAAAAAAAACIST!

Let me clue you in on something, Ms. Malkin: saying, in effect, "I bet someone will call me a racist for that" doesn't make what you're saying any less racist.

You know, I'm trying really hard to follow Obama's message of "we're all one country, we need to work together to solve our problems, etc." But racist bullshit like this, where someone refers to the incoming President as a "pimp", makes it really difficult to do that.

George Dubbya Bush has perpetrated many gross offenses against this country that I love. He's overextended our military, committed the greatest strategic blunder since Hitler invaded Russia, pissed away the international goodwill and support we had after 9/11, tried to turn the Department of Justice into the Holy Office of the Republican Inquisition, put political cronies into important positions for which they weren't qualified, with disatrous results, allowed torture to become offical policy...the list goes on and on.

But to me, George W. Bush's greatest failure of leadership was this: he failed to even try to unify America. In fact, his entire political career was built around dividing it. Since the days of Bush's father, the Republican message has been that only Republicans are "real Americans" and that they need to hate and fear and demonize any American who was different from them. Anyone black was a "pimp"or a "thug", anyone gay was a "potential pedophile", anyone more liberal than they are was a "traitor" who wanted to bring on another 9/11. He and his people divided us into "red" and "blue", and told us that one color was in a "culture war" with the other. We're going to be a long time recovering from that. But I'm hoping that tomorrow is the beginning of that recovery.

Because here's the thing: I'm as weary of the liberal dividers as I am of the faux-conservative ones. don't get me wrong, I think Keith Olbermann, for example, has served a useful purpose; he was one of the first ones to point out that the Republican's Dear Leader was a small, shallow, intellectually incurious man who would have been out of his depth managing a 7/11, much less the United States. But I sometimes feel about Olbermann the way Jon Stewart once described Moveon.org: he has the talent to make even people who agree with him cringe.

Hopefully, the inauguration of Barack Obama is the sign that someday we'll be able to toss people like Michelle Malkin on the ash-heap of history. And then toss Olbermann on there too.

And then this blog can go back to being all about me.

6 comments:

Mark Terry said...

As the "Puff the Magic Negro" episode demonstrated, racism is alive and well in a nice passive-aggressive form among educated and high-positioned whites. I sometimes wish it was relegated to rednecks like my father-in-law ("I ain't votin' for that nigger"), but apparently not. And it keeps seeping out in ugly ways, doesn't it?

Gerard said...

There are so many things I could complain about: the lousy attempt at humor, poor taste, incompetent effort to appear hip, "it's okay if I say because I'm black", etc.

Primarily, I am just shocked and surprised. This is almost more surprising than the Cardinals.

Tom Panek said...

Hardly worth addressing. She's a non-entity anyway, like pissing in the ocean.

eviljwinter said...

Wow! Michelle Malkin makes Ann Coulter look...

stable?

I can't believe I just said that.

Kristy Kiernan said...

Well that'll be fine, because I detest all of THAT and adore all that is YOU.

Peg Brantley said...

Amen!