Sunday, November 09, 2008

I Felt Guilty, So I Voted For Papa Smurf

Albert Mohler wrote about Obama's election to the office President earlier this week. One paragraph has me wondering if racism will never end. He writes,
Every American should be moved by the sight of young African-Americans who -- for the first time -- now believe that they have a purchase in American democracy. Old men and old women, grandsons and granddaughters of slaves and slaveholders, will look to an African-American as President.
This statement seems to be saying that for the "first time" we Americans can get past our racism. I think Mohler greatly under estimates the race industry. The fact that we have to constantly look at Obama not as a man, who is judged by his deeds as opposed to his race, shows we are still stuck where we were many years ago. As my brother-in-law said, "Why does Mohler care what color he is. I don't care if he's Smurf blue. What does the man believe and is it good for America?"

I am also curious about the many successful black men, who through hard work have achieved the American dream. Do they see Obama as advancing African-Americans? Do they see Affirmative Action hurting or helping? What are we to think of men such as Shelby Steele or Walter Williams (Williams has substituted for Rush Limbaugh on his radio program many times). What conservative would not want them as President? Should we look at them as a couple of lucky black guys or as men who have worked hard overcoming the racial inequities and helping other black men to see real achievement as a means of overcoming racism?

Steele wrote earlier this week in the LA Times,
"Thus, a failure to support Obama politically implied a failure of decency."
In other words, to not vote for Obama is to be racist. Therefore, racism is still very much a part of our culture whether we like it or not, and it is coming from those who promise to bring its end. Further in the editorial he writes,
This worked politically for Obama because it tapped into a deep longing in American life -- the longing on the part of whites to escape the stigma of racism. In running for the presidency -- and presenting himself to a majority white nation -- Obama knew intuitively that he was dealing with a stigmatized people. He knew whites were stigmatized as being prejudiced, and that they hated this situation and literally longed for ways to disprove the stigma.
This pretty much states exactly my point. Race was the ticket to Obama's victory. Therefore race must be used to keep the victory. We didn't vote for Obama because of his public policy for as Steele says his policy is "quite unremarkable".

If I remember correctly, there was a charismatic black/African-American man running for President in 1992. His name was Allen Keys. He spoke at the church I was attending. His understanding of the Pro-life issues was outstanding. His view of taxes agreed with conservative ideas. He was a man who truly stood for liberty and true justice. I simply did not care if Keys was Smurf blue. He was a man with sound ideas, and I would have voted for him to be President. He certainly was not the product of Affirmative Action as Obama is. Keys can read and understand the U.S. Constitution. Obama clearly doesn't care what the Constitution says.

Ideas. Ideas. Ideas. The fact we have an entire post by Mohler dedicated to Obama whose only argument for celebrating Obama as President is that he is black skinned is not overcoming racial inequities. They will only further the race industry's Left-wing agenda. I hope I am wrong. I hope we Americans may truly get past the evils of racism. Yet with men still seeing colors, I only see that someday we will guilt ourselves in voting for Papa Smurf simply because he is blue.

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