Didn’t expect to post tonight but some pathologies never give me a moment’s rest. It seems – still – for many of the stuffed pheasants that pass as commentators these days every time anyone criticizes Obama they are, of course, racist. I know….I know…not this again ! Yawn
Commenting on how pathological this has become is cliché. Even I’m tired of responding to it. The “racist” dog whistle is now a joke. Everyone knows it except morons like Toure on MSNBC and Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine. Chait takes us to a new level of panicked, denial clogged, Obama constipation in his pathetic attempt at damage control on You didn’t built that:
The key thing is that Obama is angry, and he’s talking not in his normal voice but in a “black dialect.” This strikes at the core of Obama’s entire political identity: a soft-spoken, reasonable African-American with a Kansas accent.
See! The reason this is such a problem for people isn’t what Obama said at all!
Let’s set aside the totality of Obama’s rant – in which he glibly insults millions. (You are not that smart!) Obama’s nasty remarks have been, are being, and will be deconstructed and reconstructed for years to come. His snotty off teleprompter moment will live on and on. And it should.
Let’s talk about Chait’s cult based derangement instead. Watch the bit here. Listen to Obama. Remember other times you’ve heard Obama. Read Chait’s quote above again. What does not comport with reality? It’s obvious. Obama sounded like Obama during his “you didn’t build that” speech. He didn’t put on a “black dialect”. He sounded like he’s sounded a million times before. Chait also retroactively affixes a mythical “Kansas accent” on to Obama. Chait invents a black dialect and a Kansas accent. We are now 3 degrees from reality for those keeping track.
Obama’s tone and rhythms in this particular speech were similar, if not identical, to ones we’ve heard many times. He seems passionate. He gets a bit wound up. He plays off his audience. He lectures. The tone is boilerplate Obama. Obama is giving a stump speech he’s given many times – he just went off the rails in this one – with his ideas, not his tone. The difference – and people like Chait can’t abide this – is that here Obama looks bad to many of the voters he needs. Obama revealed himself deeply in that moment. Like it or not, Jonathan.
Chait invents an alternative reality. Obama went “angry black man (No. He didn’t.) Obama is – out of the blue – a soften spoken Kansan at heart. Yeah, right. Obama is Nancy Kassebaum by way of Indonesia, William Ayres’ tea room, and Tony Rezko’s garage office.
Obama said what he said. Period. Chait has nothing here to refute the “you think you’re so smart” crack and the “you didn’t build that” moment, so he must return to his calming, centering neurosis: If it makes Obama look bad, it’s racist. It’s been interesting to watch this pathology unwind. Not long ago yelling of “racist” brought things to a halt. This was a needed phase. Racism still exists. We need to be on guard. Alas, deviants like Al Sharpton realized they could use ‘racist!’ to their benefit and went whole hog with the manipulation. Schools of Resentment cropped up in universities to back the wide-spread smearing of entire groups. White guilt – which is, or was, very real – was put to good use. “Victims” appeared everywhere. Still do.
But now that party is almost over. Buffoons like Chait and Toure, (who has no substantive thoughts in his dainty head), make a living here and there barking Simon Says commands to an empty party. Next to no one is listening. Those who are find it all increasingly annoying and laughable.
Many carnival barkers like Sharpton hold to the certifiable idea that Obama is treated worse than W or Bill Clinton – because he’s black. This belief is insane. It’s hard to fathom a President getting more grief from the media than Bill Clinton. And W in term 2 was thrashed as a matter of routine. After Katrina the bottom fell out. Obama is treated with more deference because he’s black – not less. Vast segments of the media won’t even cover Fast and Furious. Many in the media want Romney to release tax returns dating back to the stone age but find any questions about Obama academic records an indicator of latent racism. And they appear to experience no cognitive dissonance. This trait is pathological. Like pedophilia, I doubt it can be cured.
I see no reason to get over the galling overuse of “Racist!” in the last four years. It’s been damaging and despicable and it’s set us all back. Those who gamed the race card for short term gain should be taken to task. People of principle ought to remind everyone just how gross it all became. People of principle ought to call out intellectual midgets like Chait, drag them out of their airless hobbit holes and shake some sense into them. Mr. Chait, the President is taking a hit for that speech because that speech was the best evidence we have for what the man truly thinks. IN CONTEXT. Many people are startled by it. Obama’s race has nothing to do with it. Grow up.
The good news is that now screaming “racist!” every time one wants to distract from the truth has become a joke. It’s a bit sad too as racism is still a reality. Here’s a plan: let’s use the word racism when it applies and let’s not when it doesn’t. Just a thought.
- Chait: Obama’s Most Clueless Critic (drudge.com)
- WaPo columnist fears voters will think it’s okay to vote against Obama “and not be thought of as a racist” (legalinsurrection.com)