Like chewing gum stuck to the heel of your shoe, racism seems to
be stuck forever to American public discourse. No matter what we do
or what happens, somebody will find a racial motive.
Democrats have passed government health care with no Republican
votes. Their leadership threatened and bribed their own members to
eek out a majority. They resorted to an arcane procedure that maybe
100 people in the whole country can explain in order to pass a
massive bill that polls show a majority of Americans donít want.
The federal government, for the first time ever, will force every
American to buy, with a big chunk of their income, a product
designed by government bureaucrats, with an army of IRS agents
snooping on each of us to make sure we did it.
And how are many liberals explaining why so many Americans are
Itís because our president is black. Itís about racism.
Even me. Iím steamed. And even though I happen to be black
Ė Iíve even
spoken at some tea party rallies
Ė I still must be
Obamaís approval rating has dropped from 70% when he was elected
to 50% today. His disapproval has skyrocketed from 10% when he was
elected to 42% today.
Per the Washington Post, in January 2009 58% of Americans said
that the Obama presidency helped race relations. By January 2010,
this was down to 40%.
Has this wave of disillusionment with Obama been driven by a
sudden realization that the man Americans elected president is
House Speaker Nancy Pelosiís approval has dropped from 41% in
January 2009 to 36% today and her disapproval has risen from 42% to
54%. Is she black?
Were the raucous townhalls last summer
Ė which gave
birth to the tea party movement- where irate constituents gave their
representatives a piece of their mind about Obamacare, racially
Care to understand what all this is really about?
Consider a powerful observation about a former time by one of
Americaís great historians, Jacques Barzun. Barzun was a professor
and dean at Columbia University and a Presidential Medal of Freedom
"We make a great mistake in calling the American War of
Independence, the "American Revolution," he wrote. "In 1776 the
Americans rebelled against recent rules and impositions. What they
wanted was not a new type of government, but the old type they
enjoyed. They were used to many freedoms, which they claimed as the
immemorial rights of Englishmen. Once they defeated the English
armies and expelled the Loyalists, they went back to their former
ways, which they modestly enlarged, and codified in the Bill of
In a similar fashion today, Americans are rebelling as the
freedom we have enjoyed, freedom which defines life in this country,
is being taken away and new "rules and impositions" are being
Itís not about theory or some abstract ideology. The intense
feelings flow from losing what you have and what you know is vital.
What is new today is we can no longer continue the illusion of
having our cake and eating it. We can no longer afford to be both a
big government entitlement state and a free, creative, and
prosperous nation. Itís the prosperity created by our freedom that
has financed the entitlements. But now the entitlements are
overtaking and strangling our freedom.
So now is a time of choosing. Weíre either going to remain the
land of the free or transform into the land of the bureaucrat.
The antipathy of activists toward Mr. Obama is not about how he
looks but what he has done. That he has chosen and imposed on us the
path of bureaucracy.