I’ve said before that I am not a racist — I’m a classist or values-ist. Always have been. I don’t care about your external color or sexuality or whatever; I do care about the beliefs you bring to the table.
What this means is that I’m pretty hostile to identity politics. I never felt compelled to like Hillary just because she and I are both female; and I admire Joe Lieberman, although not always his political positions, because he’s a brave man, not because he’s a Jew (although I think it’s nice that he’s a brave Jew). I definitely associate with my Jewishness when I feel people are under attack merely for being Jewish, which is the Holocaust all over again, but that’s entirely different from giving someone a pass just because he or she is a Jew.
And as I explained to my children, one doesn’t vote for Obama just because he’s black, which is as racist as voting against Obama just because he’s black.
All of this is a lead-in to a very uncomfortable video that’s making the rounds. I caught it on both American Thinker and Wizbang (which also has a chart showing how many Democrats benefited from Fannie and Freddie). Here’s the video. It’s long, fascinating, boring and important:
There are two take away messages. The first we already know: Republicans were trying back in 2004 to reform Fannie and Freddie, with some of them accurately predicting precisely what started happening last year, with the subprime meltdown, and this year, with the bank implosions; and Democrats were blocking these efforts.
The second take away is a new message and a very disturbing one. While it’s true that the video seems cut to highlight the point, it is still plain that black House members rallied around Fannie and Freddie because Franklin Raines is black. They were protecting one of their own and to Hell with the nation. That’s a peculiar kind of 21st Century identity politics that I find horrifying and that, for America, proved to be devastating.