I was stunned a few weeks ago when a black professional colleague told me there were all-black cruises that featured speakers such as Louis Farrakhan. Mr. Farrakhan is a Muslim black nationalist, formerly a security officer, now successor to Elijah Mohammed of the Nation of Islam. He is a racist, an anti-Semite, and an anti American to the core.
Prosperous American blacks pay good money to go on a cruise with a racist like Louis Farrakhan? Mr. Farrakhan is more hateful than other race agitators, hustlers, and shakedown artists like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. He is in concert with the Congressional Black Caucus, who slavishly support communist regimes like Cuba and anti-American projects, who are angry at Whitey, but claim to be the conscience of the Congress. I couldn't help but think, What would be the public outcry if there were all-white cruises with David Duke, or the formation of a Congressional White Caucus? But blacks can't be racist in the new order of things, can they?
Speaking of racism and accusations of racism, most properly raised Americans are committed to civil rights for all and elimination of discrimination, so what is this constant badgering about race directed at whites and led by the president? Keep rubbing the race sore -- to promote what? Stir blacks and whites to violence?
Unjust accusations of racism should not be used just to gain a political advantage. Such accusations are despicable and ultimately tragic, but they are particularly dangerous when approved or permitted implicitly by the President of the United States. There is an army of talking heads who, with tacit approval of the White House, accuse Tea Party people of racism. If the president is leading this cabal that uses calumny and scurrilous accusations of racism directed at any white person who opposes the president's policies, what is the remedy?
Can a president foment conflict among the people and be president for all Americans? Can the president be a race-baiter? How much of society has to be destroyed before a president is admonished to stop his destructive conduct? Will Obama incite blacks to riot or force whites to defend themselves against violent attack for his perverse political purposes? Obama has no sense or judgment, runs his mouth, and has the bad habits of a community agitator.
Racial politics has poisoned this society and the affairs of this nation. President Obama was fraudulently presented as a race-uniter and elected by white people, but he couldn't put down the race issue as a weapon, and he can't control or redirect his belligerent and bellicose posturing. His agitation is destructive, hateful, and malignant. Is he intent on destroying America? The president eschews the standards of conduct of MLK, Booker T. Washington, and George Washington Carver, who will not be forgotten when Obama is gone, we hope.
The media insist that opposition to the leftist political plans is racist, so debate on political issues is stifled and unhealthy. In black-on-white situations, the news always skips to racism and excuses the black parties. Blacks are blameless, victims of racism. A black guy fired because he was caught on camera stealing shoots and kills all his coworkers, and the report is that he was the victim of white racism. Washington Post headline: "Beer warehouse shooter long complained of racism." He is excused by the Post? Post blames dead whiteys? Even comedians say that the race card is maxed out. The plaintive call is raised for another "dialogue on race." Thomas Sowell discusses the race bean-counter grievance gambit. David Horowitz, red diaper baby icon of the leftist intelligentsia as a young writer and editor of Ramparts, in his autobiography Radical Son, wrote at length about race as a cudgel for Marxist/socialist attacks on America. Lloyd Marcus, an articulate and energetic opponent of mindless race-baiting, puts it well when he says the stakes are far too high to allow the race card to trump "logic, reason, and common sense." Victor Davis Hanson asks the question "Everyone a Bigot?" and demonstrates that citizens are now condemned as homophobes for voting to preserve monogamous heterosexual marriage, called racist for insisting on border security, and scorned as intolerant Islamophobes for opposing the victory, thumb-in-your-eye mosque on sacred ground in Manhattan. Criticism of the president is racist? To criticize him for breaking promises, heavy-handedness, appointment of unaccountable czars, promoting bad economic plans, staggering debt, and a bad health care bill is racist? When normal political discourse is stifled by accusations of racism and bigotry, what should the citizens do? Does the constitution allow a despot to force his will on a populace because he claims or gets others to claim his opponents are racist? The president is working a crude insider reparations program in administration policy and law-making -- for example, in the health care bill, or even administrative matters like the GM dealership closings, race and preferences have been in play. Obama is serious about redistribution by racial favors and quotas, and the legislation supported by his administration always provides preference and sets aside boilerplate that plays to the set asides and preferences bias. Obama and his administration are not post-racial at all.
Now America is gasping for air with the Obama socialist boot on its neck. Tea Party people have to push ahead and must not be hesitant or afraid. They must stop murmuring about being nice and avoiding being called racists and pull the frightened Republican poobahs along.
The Marxists/socialists would be happy if they could spit racist into the hole when they throw the last spadeful of dirt on the Tea Party and conservative remains.
This is the last quarter of the contest -- the last chance to fight back!
John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D. is an emergency physician in Brownwood, Texas.