… Obama and I are roughly the same age. I grew up in liberal circles in New York City–a place to which people who wished to rebel against their upbringings had gravitated for generations. And yet, all of my mixed race, black/white classmates throughout my youth, some of whom I am still in contact with, were the product of very culturally specific unions. They were always the offspring of a white mother, (in my circles, she was usually Jewish, but elsewhere not necessarily) and usually a highly educated black father. And how had these two come together at a time when it was neither natural nor easy for such relationships to flourish? Always through politics. No, not the young Republicans. Usually the Communist Youth League. Or maybe a different arm of the CPUSA. But, for a white woman to marry a black man in 1958, or 60, there was almost inevitably a connection to explicit Communist politics. (During the Clinton Administration we were all introduced to then U. of Pennsylvania Professor Lani Guinier –also a half black/half Jewish, red diaper baby.)…
…Political correctness was invented precisely to prevent the mainstream liberal media from persuing the questions which might arise about how Senator Obama’s mother, from Kansas, came to marry an African graduate student. Love? Sure, why not? But what else was going on around them that made it feasible? Before readers level cheap accusations of racism–let’s recall that the very question of interracial marriage only became a big issue later in the 1960s. The notion of a large group of mixed race Americans became an issue during and after the Vietnam War. Even the civil-rights movement kept this culturally explosive matter at arm’s distance.
It was, of course, an explicit tactic of the Communist party to stir up discontent among American blacks, with an eye toward using them as the leading edge of the revolution. To be sure, there was much to be discontented about, for black Americans, prior to the civil-rights revolution. To their credit, of course, most black Americans didn’t buy the commie line–and showed more faith in the possibilities of democratic change than in radical politics, and the results on display in Moscow.
Time for some investigative journalism about the Obama family’s background, now that his chances of being president have increased so much.
That’s right: Barack Obama is the result of a Commie interracial breeding plot.
I would say that this is in the realm of crazy tin foil hat conspiracies, except that would be an insult to crazy tin foil hat conspiracists. The only different between the National Review blogger and the crazy guy on the street corner is that the National Review blogger probably bathes more regularly.
The constant stream of bullshit that the conservative movement generates completely outstrips one’s ability to parody it. Keep in mind this spew is not on some white power website, but on the website of a widely respected conservative magazine (although it’s getting harder and harder to tell them apart, isn’t it…).
I would love to live in an era where I could argue with conservatives over tax policy or budget items. Sadly, I do not. Instead, the conservative movement is in thrall to absolute lunatics. Like the creationists, they do not rethink and reconsider, they regroup and rearm.
If there’s one good non-policy related thing that will come from Obama’s candidacy, it is that it will finally force the mainstream to confront the lunatic and the prejudiced base of the Republican Party. Since the Nixon era, Republicans have been able to have it both ways: they are allowed to make racist dog whistles, while at the same time, claim they are not racist. But to go after Obama like this is so overt that these attacks can’t avoid notice.
Of course, this assumes the political press corps will decide to report about it….