Friday, June 11, 2010
The New Black?
"'Is white the new black?' ... For after a year of battering as 'un-American,' 'evil-doers' and 'racists, and praise from talk-show hosts and Sarah Palin as 'the real Americans,' Tea-Party America seems to be taking on a new and separate identity. ... Even as [Arthur] Schlesinger was writing his 'Disuniting of America,' Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union were disintegrating into 22 new nations, along the lines of ethnicity. In Dagestan, Ingushetia, Chechnya, Ossetia and Abkhazaia, the process proceeds apace. ... Obama in the campaign of 2008 recognized that 'out there' in Middle America existed another country, far from the one he grew up in, far from the privileged Ivy League community to which he belonged. ... Palin and the tea partiers now repeat Obama's disparaging line about their clinging to Bibles and guns--with defiant pride. ... Now Southerners are proudly commemorating ancestors who fought and fell in the Lost Cause and demanding recognition of Confederate History Month. And state governors are acceding. ... The imputation of racism to tea partiers hads not intimidated or cowed them. ... Why are the tea partiers not intimidated the way Republicans often are? Why is the charge of racism not working", Pat Buchanan at World Net Daily, 19 April 2010, link: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?pageId=143033.html.
Obama may not realize it yet, but many, perhaps most people in Texas, hold him in contempt. Hillary favored, "The politics of meaning". What did that mean? What policies did she favor? Who knows?