Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A Black President

I've read in a number of places that the United States is "not ready for a black president." Both you and I know this is ridiculous. The 11th president James K. Polk was black, as was Thomas Jefferson, who created the blueprint for what later became the Jeffersons. The difference was back then we didn't see color. Today everything is about race. When Hillary pointed out that LBJ had a role in ushering in civil rights laws, Obama's folks accused her of diminishing MLK. What does this mean?

It means that while the US is ready for another black president, it's not ready to talk openly to one.

A great leader needs to take his lumps. But as long as you have grievance groupies like Al Sharpton accusing squirrels and end tables of racism, then the opposition is silenced. There's nothing worse than being called a racist - being called a pedophile a close second - so rather than say Obama's policies are as loony as a bag of frog spit, you smile politely. If you're a reporter, anyway.For the press is always paraniod that interest groups will come after them - so they cower behind softball questions and shameless brown-nosing.

And how will the editorial cartoonists satirize a sacred cow when it's elected? Obama winning will probably mean every newspaper cartoonist and editorialist will be out of work--because essentially, they'll have gotten what they've been crowing so loudly about. Every punchline in the editorial universe just dried up. Except at Redeye, of course.

And if you disagree with me, then you're a probably a racist and worse than Hitler.