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Old 06-22-2009, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default "No He Can't" (Barack Obama)

This is interesting.

ANNE WORTHAM

Anne Wortham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University and continuing Visiting Scholar at Stanford University 's Hoover Institution. She is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Philosophical Association.
She has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow, and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.
In fall 1988 she was one of a select group of intellectuals who were featured in Bill Moyer's television series, "A World of Ideas." The transcript of her conversation with Moyers has been published in his book, A World of Ideas.
Dr. Wortham is author of "The Other Side of Racism: A Philosophical Study of Black Race Consciousness" which analyzes how race consciousness is transformed into political strategies and policy issues.
She has published numerous articles on the implications of individual rights for civil rights policy, and is currently writing a book on theories of social and cultural marginality.

Recently, she has published articles on the significance of multiculturalism and Afrocentricism in education, the politics of victimization and the social and political impact of political correctness. Shortly after an interview in 2004, she was awarded tenure.
This article she wrote is well worth reading.


Fellow Americans,

Please know: I am Black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul's name as my choice for president. Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a Black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a Black president to love the ideal of America

I cannot join you in your celebration. I feel no elation. There is no smile on my face. I am not jumping with joy. There are no tears of triumph in my eyes. For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human flourishing and survival - all that I know about the history of the United States of America , all that I know about American race relations, and all that I know about Barack Obama as a politician. I would have to deny the nature of the "change" that Obama asserts has come to America ..

Most importantly, I would have to abnegate my certain understanding that you have chosen to sprint down the road to serfdom that we have been on for over a century. I would have to pretend that individual liberty has no value for the success of a human life. I would have to evade your rejection of the slender reed of capitalism on which your success and mine depend. I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million Blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them (that Blacks are permitted to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared "progressive" whites who voted for him because he doesn't look like them.

I would have to wipe my mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill posts in his administration - political intellectuals like my former colleagues at the Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

I would have to believe that "fairness" is equivalent of justice. I would have to believe that man who asks me to "go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice" is speaking in my interest.. I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the "bottom up," and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force. I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.

Finally, Americans, I would have to erase from my consciousness the scene of 125,000 screaming, crying, cheering people in Grant Park, Chicago irrationally chanting "Yes We Can!" Finally, I would have to wipe all memory of all the times I have heard politicians, pundits, journalists, editorialists, bloggers and intellectuals declare that capitalism is dead - and no one, including especially Alan Greenspan, objected to their assumption that the particular version of the anti-capitalistic mentality that they want to replace with their own version of anti-capitalism is anything remotely equivalent to capitalism.

So you have made history, Americans. You and your children have elected a Black man to the office of the president of the United States , the wounded giant of the world. The battle between John Wayne and Jane Fonda is over - and that Fonda won. Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern must be very happy men. Jimmie Carter, too. And the Kennedys have at last gotten their Kennedy look-a-like.. The self-righteous welfare statists in the suburbs can feel warm moments of satisfaction for having elected a Black person.

So, toast yourselves: 60s countercultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois bohemians. Toast yourselves, Black America . Shout your glee Harvard, Princeton , Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley.. You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a Black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to - Do Something! You now have someone who has picked up the baton of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. But you have also foolishly traded your freedom and mine - what little there is left - for the chance to feel good.

There is nothing in me that can share your happy obliviousness.



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Default Re: "No He Can't" (Barrack Obama)

Very good read. Can't believe she wrote in Ron Paul.
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Libertarianism knows no racial bounds...
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Libertarianism knows no racial bounds...
Ron Paul has said some very racist things in his past. I would love to support the guy but he draws all the whackos from all over the place, like the 9/11 truthers, support Ron Paul...that's just nutty stuff.

Now, if Ron Paul comes out and demands something be done about all the Zombies! I'd be his biggest supporter.
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It always is puzzling to me that Intelligent people like this, those that "get it", aren't the ones running this country.
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I wouldn't call her someone who "gets it". Not when she parroted this intellectually dishonest talking point:

"I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million Blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them"

The Democratic candidate always receives 90% of the black vote, but poeple suddenly start crying racism as soon as that candidate happens to be black. You might have a point if you're talking about the small percentage who usually vote Republican and switched for Obama, but that's a very small number of people.
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It was 88% to 11% Bush Kerry for blacks in 2004.
90% to 9% Bush Gore in 2000
95% to 5% Obama McCain in 2008

Most importantly, though, black voter turnout was significantly increased, and there's, um, you know, probably really only ONE reason for that. 48% of all primary voters in SC were black. Georgia increased it's black voter turnout by 85% from 2004.

"intellectually dishonest" probably isn't the right terminology here...and, besides, I though it was impossible for black people to be racist?
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I wouldn't call her someone who "gets it". Not when she parroted this intellectually dishonest talking point:

"I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million Blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them"

The Democratic candidate always receives 90% of the black vote, but poeple suddenly start crying racism as soon as that candidate happens to be black. You might have a point if you're talking about the small percentage who usually vote Republican and switched for Obama, but that's a very small number of people.
It's also intellectually dishonest to say that Obama didn't get a TON of votes simply on the grounds of his being black, though. With his qualifications (or lack thereof), I sincerely doubt he would have made it out of the primaries if he were white.
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This subject will naturally put black racists and so called "progressive whites" on a really uncomfortable slippery slope. On one hand, this is a great victory for "the cause", on the other it's highly ironic that Obama's race is the primary reason for his victory. It's almost contradictory, and liberals are always uncomfortable when confronted with their own contradictions. It's not all that different than the silence we're greeted with when the issue of Obama adopting scores of "failed Bush policies" comes up. What can they say that won't ring false or be highly hypocritical? That's why the transparent deflection tactics are always the only defense they can muster.

If this article was written by a white person, they'd have been publicly harangued and castigated for being, well, racist. It's an interesting dichotomy for sure, and why I posted this up here in the first place...
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I hope reading articles like this procures you some sense of superiority. This bitterness and constant belittling of the masses is ironically the most undemocratic sentiment this country has seen so far. Don't believe that the majority of the people know what's best for their families and themselves? Then move to a country like Iran where a supreme leader picks the president for the people! But, please, spare us these whiny, monotonous, poetic speeches.
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