Sunday, June 15, 2008

So there was something to that nasty old canard of conservative = racist...

And right about now, I'm sure you're saying, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Has Pistolero completely jumped the
Well, no. Just read this:

Black conservative talk show host Armstrong Williams has never voted for a Democrat for president. That could change this year with Barack Obama as the Democratic Party's nominee.
"I don't necessarily like his policies; I don't like much that he advocates, but for the first time in my life, history thrusts me to really seriously think about it," Williams said. "I can honestly say I have no idea who I'm going to pull that lever for in November. And to me, that's incredible."

J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma congressman who once was part of the GOP House leadership, said he's thinking of voting for Obama. Watts said he's still a Republican, but he criticizes his party for neglecting the black community. Black Republicans, he said, have to concede that while they might not agree with Democrats on issues, at least that party reaches out to them.

Writer and actor Joseph C. Phillips got so excited about Obama earlier this year that he started calling himself an "Obamacan" _ Obama Republican. Phillips, who appeared on "The Cosby Show" as Denise Huxtable's husband, Navy Lt. Martin Kendall, said he has wavered since, but he is still thinking about voting for Obama.
Yet Phillips, author of the book "He Talk Like a White Boy," realizes the irony of voting for a candidate based on race to get beyond race.

Sorry, but all that is just so much bullshit. RACIST bullshit, at that. Hell, this is almost the damned textbook definition of the word. Just what else would you call the motive behind voting for someone -- in spite of the fact that you disagree so vehemently with his policies -- just because he's the same race as you? And what the hell ever happened to Martin Luther King's ideal of judging someone based on the content of their character and not the color of their skin? (And yes, one could very well argue that your beliefs, and the government policies you advocate, are indicative of your character.) I'd really, really like to think MLK is rolling over in his grave right about now -- because if it's wrong of white people to judge blacks on the color of their skin, then it's wrong for blacks to do it too -- even if they're doing it to other blacks, and even if they're doing it for what they think are the right reasons. Of course, the black lefties do it too, as evidenced by the attacks Michael Steele faced as he was gearing up to run for the U.S. Senate from Maryland. But no matter who's doing it, it's wrong. As for the supposed "irony" of voting for someone just because of his race to get past the issue of race, I'd just call that a case of cognitive dissonance, and a particularly offensive one at that.