Much like the hypocrisy inherent in advocating affirmative action in the name of racial equality, the hypocrisy seen during this presidential election cycle has boggled the mind. Here we are, simultaneously staring down America’s past and future as we prepare for the very real possibility that the 44th president of the United States will be a black man, and yet all we seem to hear is how unequivocal things seem to be.
Barack Obama has repeatedly engaged in preemptive race-invoking strikes against potential racism, talking famously about how rival John McCain will eventually say that he “doesn’t look like the other presidents” on our currency, yet McCain has never said anything of the sort. Obama routinely fills his stump speeches with fodder playing to his diverse background and skin color, yet McCain has never once done the same.
Now, dime-store “journalists” like Fatimah Ali of the Philadelphia Daily News continue to stoke the flames of the perceived racial underbelly to the presidential contest, first by all but promising a “race war” in the United States should Obama lose on the fourth of November, then by feigning indignation when thousands insisted that their only prejudice against her was due to her complete lack of intelligence and common sense.
What Ms. Ali doesn’t seem to understand is that the vast majority of Americans who oppose the very thought of a Barack Obama administration do not do so because of his skin color–inevitably, there are some neanderthals who do–but rather because of his socialist policies, his Carteresque penchant for unfettered spineless appeasement, and an inherent distrust of the artfully concealed nature of his shadowy past.
Fatimah Ali is part of the greatest problem currently facing the United States of America, a problem which underlies the threats faced from radical Islam, from poverty, from an exponentially widening cultural divide. Fatimah Ali, see, is the posterchild for blame-shifting, the same lazy, egotistical perspective which has given us the mortgage crisis, bloodied the streets of Philadelphia and elsewhere, fattened our increasingly complacent youth, saddled our teachers with the empty obligations of No Child Left Behind, incarcerated our Border Patrol officers, left us increasingly susceptible to radical Islam, and engorged our federal government to the point at which it is involved in the regulation of baseball, toilet-flushing, and the amount of salt in tomato ketchup.
I have no doubt whatsoever that the fourth of November will bring some degree of civil insurrection to certain pockets of America regardless of whether Barack Obama wins or loses–Chicago and Los Angeles, remember, rioted when their NBA teams won championships–and, likewise, I can say without wavering that the very attitude fostered by the intolerance preached by Fatimah Ali and others will be at the heart of it all.