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Roger L. Simon

Martin Bashir’s Nostalgic Liberal Racism

June 15th, 2013 - 9:45 am

A few days ago, MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir, in high dudgeon, accused critics of the IRS scandal of racism toward Barack Obama. I’m not going to rehearse the number of black conservatives — including intellects of the stature of Thomas Sowell and Shelby Steele — who would then be racists, or even go into my own personal story as a white civil rights worker in the South in the sixties (I’m older than Bashir) and how insulting it would be to people like me to be lumped in as racists because we object to the president’s policies.

Never mind the massive declines in racism in our (and other Anglo-Saxon) societies documented in a recent Pew Poll and never mind the late Andrew Breitbart’s offer of one hundred thousand dollars for evidence of the use of the n-word by even one of tens of thousands of Tea Party demonstrators for which not a single bid came forward.

What interests me is why people like Bashir maintain this need to brand anyone even vaguely to the right as racist. It’s almost a disorder worthy of classification in the DSM-5 — PRDS: Projective Racist Derangement Syndrome.

Actually, I don’t think it’s quite that sick, although it does have definite pathological aspects. A more obvious motivation is old-fashioned fear. The liberal canon is under heavy intellectual and practical assault at this moment. Keynesian economics hang by a thread as monumental deficits threaten the global financial system. Unemployment numbers coupled with entitlements escalating into the stratosphere spell disaster for all. The welfare state is on the brink of bankruptcy — or over it in many instances.

For the rational person, something must been done about this. But to do so would mean the dismantling of the liberal orthodoxy. For people like Bashir that would also mean undoing or questioning everything (or a great deal of) what they had believed since high school or college or even earlier. Not fun. I know — I had to do it myself. Like it or not, you pay. (If you’re an employee of MSNBC, you lose your job.) Most liberals I know don’t even dare to examine this.

Much better to blame the other and accuse him or her of racism, taking the ideas off the table and dehumanizing your opponent.

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I DON'T DISLIKE OBAMA BECAUSE HE'S BLACK.
I dislike him because he's red.
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It is less a symptom, Roger, than a calculus.

It is the Imbecile's Default Intentional Obfuscation Tactic. Use the acronym if you like instead.

If one is born a dirty, rotten, leftist Bashir..(and pronounce that any way you like), you can never mentally "lose" an argument on points to a non-leftist, because the douche ex machina pulls you out of the fire at the end, by firing off yet another Imbecile's Calculus charge of racism.

All the dirty, rotten Bashirs do this because in the final analysis, leftism cannot be defended by argumentation and persuasion. It would fail to thrive. It needs to cheat, lie, and slander.

Nobody would willingly accede to totalitarianism and leftism is merely the road to perdition that gets us there. Masked as "liberalism" so that it softens the hard edges of dictatorship and the stealing of freedoms and liberties. In order to embrace leftism, one must first lose their soul and become an Inglorious Bashir.
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The left's entire message is merely propaganda. They must use propaganda to control people's thoughts and opinions; they cannot tell the truth or they would lose every time (re: TEA Party revolt of 2010). Liberalism = Racism; liberalism oppresses people designated as "minorities" (inferior) under the guise of protecting them from evil, mostly white conservatives. They have been getting away with this scam for almost 50 years now....but, the new media is very slowly changing attitudes as more and more people educate themselves on the issues instead of soaking up the msm propaganda.

Will it be too few, too late?

Remember Benghazi!
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*Forgive me if posted twice*

Admittedly I too am against the '64 Civil Rights Act. It was and continues to be an Orwellian contract.

As the-late Goldwater had said then regarding the bill, 'You can't legislate morality'.

No *hit. Especially when bourgeoisie self-serving, hypocritical lifelong grifter's are those 'legislating morality'. That's been proven tenfold for decades. Daresay centuries!

The next emotionally-led, bovine-like morality legislation: de facto amnesty for tens of millions of low educated 3rd Worlder's.

Disgusting and sad.
1 year ago
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It's the Left's standard cheap tactic to keep from having to engage the serious and the thoughtful. As Jonah Goldberg has observed, the Left can't win a fair fight and they know it. So they use cheap tricks to divert the discussion.

Much as my ex-wife did. I haven't figgered out yet whether I dislike Obama because he reminds me of her, or if I dislike her because she reminds me of him.
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I'm of the opinion that many like Bashir are smart (but not that smart) and ignorant. Like Obama, they may have literally never heard or understood free market economics, studied actual US and world history, geography (not filtered by a Marxist dialectic), or the Constitution. They have studied Marxism and Socialism more than Adam Smith.
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Anybody who's studied recorded history knows that all peoples, at all times, everywhere, have lived in societies defined by in-group and out-group. Race, religion, and language are the predominant designators of "us" and "them". Always have been, always will be. It's called Human Nature. If you do not believe Human Nature exists, you are operating according to Enlightenment/Leftist philosophy. After their record of failure, it might bear going back to their basic beliefs to see if they might not be erroneous.
1 year ago
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The bad part about these constant phony racism charges from leftists is not they they continue to make them, but that too many people continue to beleive them
1 year ago
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I really believe this country would be better off going back to the old "Spoils System". One thing that would do is make it impossible to hide behind the "a couple of rogues in the Cincinnati office" excuse. Since everybody in the bureaucracy would have been placed there by the party in power, the party in power would be responsible for everything they did.
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It would be one thing if the ranks of our civil servants were comprised of a representative swath of the American political spectrum.

Instead, 95% of IRS agents are Democrats, and the State Department is not far behind.

The spoils system guarantees partisan political corruption, but it avoids the problem of criminals, subversives, and Democrats (BIRM) worming their way into the bureaucracy and creating institutions that are immune to electoral outcomes.
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Poor, Poor Martin. Nothing says 'Loser' like waking up every morning knowing you are at the apogee of your career and it's at MSNBC.
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A few days ago, MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir, in high dudgeon, accused critics of the IRS scandal of racism toward Barack Obama.

Nice of MSNBC to be the one's to connect the IRS scandal directly back to Obama.
1 year ago
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These kinds of accusations are so silly, they don't deserve a response. Seriously, they don't deserve a response. But now that you've given his silly comments some weight with your piece, you should remember that Bashir is the guy who called Michael Jackson out as a pedophile in a weird interview that I'm sure would fit Bashir's own description as "racist." P Diddy thinks he's a racist from his interview http://diaryofahollywoodstreetking.com/diddy-reveals-martin-bashir-racist/

So Bashir's stupid comments don't deserve a response but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be called to task for his own, racially charged history.
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@ Really Mike - Yep its not his PIGMENTATION its his POLICIES.
On Martin Bashir he is the perfect example of the distortion we are fed by a biased and racist Lame Stream EneMedia and Govt officials. A perfect example of this is in todays UK press where a stabbing attack on four men, including a Policeman, is described by both the Police and UK Media as having been perpetrated by a "LOCAL MAN'.
Now of course this being the heartland of UK you would expect a 'LOCAL MAN' to be a white Englishman however it turns out this 'LOCAL MAN' is a BLACK Somalian.
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Black Somalian = muslim
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I DON'T DISLIKE OBAMA BECAUSE HE'S BLACK.
I dislike him because he's red.
1 year ago
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Why is the racist charge hurled at Conservatives despite the fact that it is glaringly untrue? This article is the perfect example of why.
Roger spends ninety percent of his time debunking the false charge and only at the very end does he counterpunch.
Surprised you still fall for this Roger. The guy who hits first, hardest, usually wins.
1 year ago
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Actually, Mencachem, it's the guy how hits last!

Surprised you didn't realize that.
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