Redefining the term racist so that it suits ME *UPDATED*

Horrified by the fact that the American people are not dancing in the streets now that Obama Care is the law of the land, the Left is doing what it does best:  tarring and feathering anyone who stands in its way.  The current libel is that people who oppose Obama Care are racist.  These foaming-at-the-mouth neo-Nazi KKK tea parties, say the Left, hate that Obama Care is the signature initiative of a black(ish) president, and they hate the fact that their money might be used to benefit black people in any way, shape or form.  The Lefties are pushing this meme aggressively, despite the absence of any evidence to show that it is true and despite the fact that the centerpiece of this libel looks to have been both a set-up and a fake.

Since we can’t seem to escape the term “racist,” I suggest that we embrace the term, and let other Americans understand what a conservative racist is:

I’m a racist because I believe that blacks are fully capable human beings who are perpetually demeaned by the liberal theory holding that blacks cannot function without handouts from condescending, rich white people.

I’m a racist because I believe that blacks are just as academically capable as any other people in America, but that they are having their abilities systematically squished when condescending, rich white people assure them that they can’t make it without assistance — a heinous approach predicated on the liberal’s implicit assumption that blacks are inherently stupid, ill-informed and ill-suited for intellectual effort.

I’m a racist because I believe that vigorous (but still constitutional) law enforcement benefits blacks, who are disproportionately the victims of crimes by other blacks.

I’m a racist because I believe that excusing harmful behaviors in the black community (whether academic failures, teen pregnancies, drug use or crime), on the ground that blacks cannot help themselves because whites have essentially ruined them, is the ultimate insult to blacks, reducing them to the level of animals without intelligence, self-discipline, moral fiber, ambition or ordinary human decency.

I’m a racist because I think liberals have sold blacks a bill of goods by convincing them that, because slavery was work, all work is slavery.

I’m a racist because I believe that a rising tide lifts all boats — which means that I believe that social programs that destroy the economy will not raise up minorities, but will ensure that everyone wallows in poverty.

I’m a racist because, in San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s, I saw non-English speaking Asians fresh from the Killing Fields of Cambodia, the prisons of Vietnam, and the horror of the Great Leap forward all arrive in America and immediately begin working and studying, so that their children could enjoy the American dream — and I believe that only liberal condescension and paralyzing social programs stand in the way of both blacks and Hispanics making the same strides.

I’m a racist because I believe that black men who have a deep commitment to their nuclear families are incredibly important for the health of the black community, but that the combination of government handouts and excuses for black crime erases black men from the picture, to everyone’s detriment.

I’m a racist because I hate the rap music that celebrates crime and demeans women — music that is disseminated by rich white Hollywood types who, vampire-like, feed off and encourage this “artistic” dysfunction, something that doesn’t harm those white music executives, but that perpetuates terrible stereotypes within the black community itself.

I’m a racist because it drives me bonkers that blacks continue to align themselves with the Democratic party, even though that party does not see blacks as sentient, moral, intelligent, self-directed human beings, but instead views them as helpless, immoral, vaguely animal-like creatures who can function only by and through a vast government enterprise that mires them in slums in exchange for their votes.

I’m a racist because, no matter what color Obama is, I’d hate his fierce drive to expand government into every area of our lives, his hostility to Israel, his appeasement approach to radical Islam, and his personal rudeness to his political foes.

I’m a racist because I welcome with open arms any person, black, white, yellow, brown, gay, straight, rich, poor, young, old, abled or disabled, who believes in the fundamental principles of American liberal liberty, principles that I think are set out very beautifully in the Mt. Vernon statement.  These principles do not distinguish human beings by any factors other than their commitment to limited government, freedom and self-determination.  In this, they are completely distinct from the articles of the Left, which routinely seek to slice and dice Americans into ever smaller groups of colors, abilities, races, and religions:

We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding. Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.

These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.

Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack. In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The self evident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.

Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down? Isn’t this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?

The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.

The conservatism of the Constitution limits government’s powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.

A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership role in the world.

A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.

* It applies the principle of limited government based on the rule of law to every proposal.
* It honors the central place of individual liberty in American politics and life.
* It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and economic reforms grounded in market solutions.
* It supports America’s national interest in advancing freedom and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that end.
* It informs conservatism’s firm defense of family, neighborhood, community, and faith.

If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.

We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America’s founding principles.

Damn, but I like being a racist! It feels good when I do it on my terms.

UPDATE:  I just want to throw in here that words can change meaning.  Racist used to mean that one thought other races were inferior.  Now it means one thinks Obama is a bad president.  One day, I hope it means that we believe all races can achieve their full human potential.

I always remind myself that the word “beldam” (old hag) started life out as “belle dam” (beautiful or grand woman, which then became grandmother, which then became old hag).  Language is not static.

Cross-posted at Right Wing News

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  1. binadaat says

    Amen!
    Replace the word “Black” with “Palestinian” or “Muslim” and you have my torah on how to solve the problems over here in the Middle East.
    I’m getting flak from my Democrat voting  relatives in the states.
    One is threatening to put me on his spam filter if I send him another Obama joke.
    I thought he likes political satire but it seems it was only funny when it was about GW Bush.
    Oh, and I’m an extreme right winger, too.  That’s pretty funny.

  2. SADIE says

    One is threatening to put me on his spam filter if I send him another Obama joke.
     
    Hag Sameach – stop sending the jokes and start sending the Latma episodes and tell him ‘spam’ filtered or not isn’t kosher :)

  3. SADIE says

     
    To whet your appetite, here are two multiple choice questions.
     
    “(Republicans are) coming for our children. They’re coming for the poor. They’re coming for the sick, the elderly and the disabled.” A) Mother Teresa, b) the Grim Reaper, c) Jack Bauer, d) Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.
     
    “When you look at the way the (then-Republican-controlled) House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation. And you know what I’m talking about.” A) Kunta Kinte, b) Harriet Tubman, c) Booker T. Washington, d) then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, former first lady and current secretary of state.
     
    Larry Elder’s piece: Against Obamacare? You’re a racist hater.
    http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=529210

  4. Charles Martel says

    No, no, no, suek, “bedlam” is the wooly creature that the Gene Wilder character in “Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex” became so fixated upon.

  5. says

    Hi Bookworm,  Just dropped by to see how things are going on your blog.  The fact that this piece won says that a lot of people agree with you.  That doesn’t surprise me a bit.    Anyone can redefine anything to suit his/her beliefs.  This article remind me of how very far we have to go in America before we truly become “on nation, under God.”   Being a racist is about refusing to listen to what the minority says it needs.  Electing a black president was obviously not a sign we are going forward.   Otherwise, we’d be doing just that.  Racism is about fear, and so many afraid of change, because they know it will cost them something.    And, of course, they are right;  equality will cost us.  Equality (justice) will come, but apparently the majority of Americans are just too selfish for it to come yet.  We shall overcome (just not yet).

  6. says

    “on nation, under God.””
     
     
    That’s one nation under Obama.
     
    “Being a racist is about refusing to listen to what the minority says it needs.”
     
    Wants, not needs. People need the cooperation of social contracts under the US Constitution. They want special privileges, but that’s not what they need.
     
    “Electing a black president was obviously not a sign we are going forward. ”
     
    That’s what cults say. When one thing doesn’t work, it is always because of those evil enemies getting in the way. Thus justifying even more radical and extreme behaviors for the cult.
     

  7. Charles Martel says

    I’ve always loved Helen’s inability to see the gigantic beam in her eye while she’s tsk-tsking the racist motes in ours.

    I see that our resident critical race theorist subscribes to the thoroughly and despicably racist notion that the teensiest eensiest drop of “black” blood makes a person black, but that a drop of white blood—hell, 10 million drops of white blood—can never reverse the process.

    This was the lie that southern racists introduced generations ago with their fiddle-faddle over quadroons, and octaroons and all the other gradations they used to establish their racial superiority. It’s nice to see that Helen, a southern white woman, is continuing the farce. Barack Obama is not a black man. Nor is he a white man. He is half of each.

    Good luck, Helen, with explaining to people how a man who is half of something is all of it.

  8. BrianE says

    Helen,
    That’s like the pot calling the kettle black, er, white… no black…well, kinda black.
     
    OK, the kettle is definitely black, but the pot was white… well kinda aluminum actually, but that’s  the new black, so it all makes sense now.
     

  9. says

    I don’t mean that as a joke. From her perspective, it is true. Black and white are less color or dna and more of a cultural matrix. If you believe in the US Constitution, you are white. If you believe in social justice, you are black. If your skin color is black yet you believe in the US Constitution and don’t believe in the Democrat party, then you are a race traitor, period.
     
     

  10. says

    One of the things that Dems have learned works is that Republicans will back down if you call them racists.
     
    The thing is, Republican leadership has often been spineless. Because they revolve around DC politics, shame or some kind of personal assassination campaign, works on them. Because their power is centralized, given the national party’s structure. A select targeting of one person, can then lead to an entire change in Republican PR frontage.
     
    The Tea Parties are different, however. It’s like Helen here telling us we’re racists. Some of us may feel more or less offended. Some of us may back down or ramp up. Some of us may agree or disagree. But we’re not centralized in our views. Helen can’t just target one person and that gets all of us singing the same tune.
     
    With the Republican party structure, they can do it. They’ve done it. With the Tea Party’s decentralization security scheme, it’s impossible for the Left to accomplish that. So all the Left is doing is ramping up public fervor. The more they talk about racism, the less it appears to work, the more they think they just need to ramp up the pressure.
     
     
    Every single time, almost, when they have used this tactic, it has worked on Republicans. Why not on the Tea Party as well? Because the organizations are set up differently. TP leaders actually have spines, for example. Cause many of them are alphas, not betas.

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