Racing for votes

For those of you unfamiliar with the damage Coleman Young (Mayor 1972-1994) did to Detroit, this Powerline post will be of interest: How Coleman Young Ruined Detroit

I also present it in support of my contention that Coleman Young’s race-baiting can be connected directly to the social milieu in which Trayvon Martin was immersed. Martin grew up in a culture Coleman Young promulgated.

And now the New York Times has a hint that the president is dipping his toes in the waters prepared for him by Young:

If we don’t do anything, then growth will be slower than it should be. Unemployment will not go down as fast as it should. Income inequality will continue to rise…

Racial tensions won’t get better; they may get worse, because people will feel as if they’ve got to compete with some other group to get scraps from a shrinking pot. If the economy is growing, everybody feels invested.

President Obama does not want us to believe that his economic policies are the problem, and he feels compelled to hint that failure to solve them on his terms may have racial consequences. Standing alone, this comment would not be “playing the race card,” but it gives one pause when combined with his need to insert himself in the cases of Professor Henry Gates and Trayvon Martin, and his (like Young’s) war on the suburbs.

Brawley, Mangum and Martin

In the tradition of Al Sharpton’s Tawana Brawley fiasco (Brawley’s false accusation of rape), over which Alton H. Maddox, Jr. lost his law license, and the travesty of justice in the Duke Lacrosse case (false rape accusation from Crystal Gail Mangum) that cost Durham County North Carolina District Attorney Mike Nifong his job and his law license:

[T]he Department of Justice played a major behind-the-scenes role in organizing protests against George Zimmerman.

I guess this is what president Obama’s Administration calls “community organizing.”

Now that most people expect George Zimmerman to be exonerated in a trial that should never have taken place, you should know about the involvement of the Obama Administration. You paid for the DOJ bit, after all.

Florida taxpayers should be livid that they’ve paid for the trial.

For the record, I don’t expect Eric Holder to be disbarred.

ID This

Flying requires an ID and a State-sanctioned groping, so it’s hard to figure why casting a vote should not require you to at least identify yourself. But in Attorney General Eric Holder’s opinion showing an ID to vote is a “racial burden.” Of course, he also thinks complaints regarding his own prevarications about supplying guns to Mexican drug gangs are racist. He wants to limit you to purchasing one handgun per month, but voting more than once is not to be hindered.

Requiring ID has a history of being used to keep blacks from owning firearms. Since voting and owning a gun are Constitutional rights, Eric Holder should advocate disbanding BATFE, a clearly racist organization by his own definition.

If it’s OK to require ID and registration to buy a gun, a clearly Constitutional right, why should voters not have ID? Which is most dangerous to the Republic, flying without ID, unlicensed guns or voter fraud?

Not shocked

USAToday has run a “Tea Party” story notable mostly for hewing to the MSM narrative, at the expense of more um… “nuanced” reporting.  For example:

They [tea party supporters] are overwhelmingly white and Anglo, although a scattering of Hispanics, Asian Americans and African Americans combine to make up almost one-fourth of their ranks.

…77% are non-Hispanic whites.

It would be nice if more non-non-Hispanics and non-whites could appreciate their own long term interests, but 23% is about 23 times the minority tea party support the MSM has been implying.

When you consider that 90% of Blacks and 70% of Hispanics vote Democrat in lockstep and describe themselves as Liberal you should recognize that “a scattering” is better defined by those Hispanics and Blacks who vote other than Democrat. When you combine the constant, if false, charges of racism against the tea parties, the issue of illegal immigration, the desire to protect race-based preferences and nearly a century’s promotion of dependence on the general government, it’s amazing there are any Blacks or Hispanics who identify with the tea partiers.

So, it should be shocking to the MSM that, according to the Census Bureau, the percentage of “white persons not Hispanic” who support the tea party concept is but 11% higher than that of the general population.

The headline could have been, “Shocked, shocked!  Tea Party only 77% racist.”

Stupid, yes. Calibrated, yes.

President Obama said, “The Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.” By all accounts, Professor Gates was not in his own home when arrested (as the President implied), but was outside haranguing Sgt. Crowley and disparaging Crowley’s mother. Neighbors who had gathered, along with a multi-cultural array of police, were treated to Gates’ hysterical spectacle about endemic racism directed at prominent Harvard professors, “You don’t know who you’re messing with,” Gates said.

The President acknowledged he did not know the facts, and repeatedly demonstrated it. Later, surprised to be called out for his subtlety deficit, he regretted the “distraction.” He said, “I could have calibrated those words differently.”

This is undeniable. For example, he could also have said Gates acted stupidly by leaving his house to shout racist epithets at a police officer in front of his (Gates’) neighbors. That would have required both knowing and caring about the facts, however.

President Obama might have recognized that the profiling, racial and class, happened in Skip Gates’ head. He could have waited a day to acquire knowledge of Sgt. Crowley’s career and to read a transcript of Gates being interviewed by his daughter before passing judgment. But carelessly, he chose to assume that the encounter happened according to his own prejudice, according to his own stereotype of the police.

Saying his words could have been better “calibrated” implies a thoughtlessness at odds with his mythos as a cerebral thinker and, in this specific case, as a pre-eminent healer of racial tension. The 1.5 second pause (following several other “thoughtful” pauses) before he utters the word “stupidly,” and simultaneously exemplifies it, is what passes these days for Presidential cerebration. He took some care in selecting that specific word. Serious calibration had occurred. We heard how he really thinks.

His defense is that his initial comments were insufficiently calibrated? That they were “just words?”

As Paladin says, “As for Obama. He cannot help himself. With each passing week he inadvertently reveals more of his true character.” Indeed, pathological narcissism cannot be indefinitely suppressed.

Some other comment you may wish to check out:
Mark Steyn: Obama knows ‘stupidly’ when he doesn’t see it