[…] The injustices endured by black Americans at the hands of their own government have no parallel in our history, not only during the period of slavery but also in the Jim Crow era that followed. But the extrapolation of this logic to all “people of color”-especially since 1965, when new immigration laws dramatically altered the demographic makeup of the U.S.-moved affirmative action away from remediation and toward discrimination, this time against whites. It has also lessened the focus on assisting African-Americans, who despite a veneer of successful people at the very top still experience high rates of poverty, drug abuse, incarceration and family breakup. … Where should we go from here? Beyond our continuing obligation to assist those African-Americans still in need, government-directed diversity programs should end. Nondiscrimination laws should be applied equally among all citizens, including those who happen to be white. The need for inclusiveness in our society is undeniable and irreversible, both in our markets and in our communities. Our government should be in the business of enabling opportunity for all, not in picking winners. It can do so by ensuring that artificial distinctions such as race do not determine outcomes. … – Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege, by Senator James Webb
Oh, the irony. Pres. Obama blames the media for finding himself on his political heels. How perfect. His administration is the victim. Perhaps, but only of their own feckless incompetence and political stupidity.
“He jumped the gun,” Obama said of Vilsack, “partly because we now live in this media culture where something goes up on YouTube or a blog and everybody scrambles.” – Huffington Post
The whole thing has Josh Marshall very upset. Obama central is in a tailspin. His “analysis” always centered somewhere inside the Obama administration’s inner ego, after all it’s good for business to blow smoke up the boss, once again Marshall misses the story, but also the irony embedded in his own political analysis, if you want to call it that. It wouldn’t pass the smell test in junior high cub reporting class.
[…] as Josh Green ably notes, most of Breitbart’s scoops center on race and/or race-baiting…
Marshall inadvertently admits everyone knows Andrew Breitbart, who is now calling himself “public enemy number one,” focuses his “scoops” on race. Remember the ACORN take down? What Marshall can’t bring himself to admit is that not only did the White House political shop miss it, but why. They were too busy running Pres. Obama’s “the ideological battles that we fought during the ’90s that were really extensions of battles we fought since the ’60s” political strategy. The one that ducks ideological confrontations that matter at all cost, replacing Democratic principles with bipartisanship compromise no matter what, including when you have a majority in both houses of Congress.
Nothing to see here, says Josh Marshall. Recommence fluffing.
The wider media, including die hard Obama supporters Keith Olbermann, Ed Schultz and even Eugene Robinson, have sensed a seminal moment in the Obama presidency, and they’re freak. The Obama administration’s foundational moral cowardice revealing something even more distressing and recognizable if you’re a Democrat.
Having lost the job in Georgia she loved, Obama has found a new and bigger position for Shirley Sherrod, where photo ops can be grabbed and capital cashed in. There’s something stunningly patronizing about offering Ms. Sherrod a job in Washington, D.C. where she will be charged with expanding her reach to bridge the racial divide for all. Though it is a job that has remained unfilled since Pres. Obama was elected, because the man in the White House doesn’t want to fight the battles of the ’60s, even if it was those battles, which Sherrod herself fought, that helped put him in the presidency. Again, with the irony.
Thank the gods Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pres. John F. Kennedy didn’t operate like Barack Obama.
Instead of “changing the ways of Washington,” Pres. Obama and his administration have proved conclusively they are unequipped and unprepared to even recognize the ways of Washington. If they were they would never have fallen for Andrew Breitbart’s bait in the first place. “Changing the ways of Washington” first requires that you recognize them.
A vase in and of itself means nothing without the opening, the space it has in the center that can be filled to manifest its purpose. A leader isn’t a leader unless he or she is filled with purpose and the courage to take on the toughest issues when presented with a golden opportunity.
Pres. Obama, after first throwing Ms. Sherrod under the bus, has dragged her out only to pass the buck to her.