Black Congressmen Under Investigation? Must Be Racism!

For many conservatives, the only benefit to accrue from Barack Obama becoming president is the notice his election served to those who portray our nation as a bastion of oppression. Thankfully, his inauguration illustrated (once again) that rank-and-file Americans are among the least racist and prejudiced persons on earth. This outcome was no minor blessing in light of the daily war that the political left wages on our culture and history. Despite having to combat the presence of a radical ideologue in the White House, conservatives hoped our opponents would desist in their longtime passion for pretending that America is racially unchanged since 1959. Our fine country is no longer marred by the practice of slavery or segregation (no thanks to the Democratic Party), and the elevation of my former senator was yet another indication of how far society has evolved.

However, for those who care more for fantasies of power and control than their homeland, acknowledgment of progress is verboten as, without resentment and grievance, pseudo-liberals would lose control over their constituencies entirely.

If Democrats did not peddle victimology and faux moral superiority, their status would be reduced to that of a fringe party, and they would end up having to get in line for a statist bailout of their own.

In 2009, only if one refuses to examine reality can race be depicted as a major societal problem. In order to sell the chimera of “institutional racism,” activists must dumb the concept of discrimination down to the point in which even unknown words evidence a foul heart.

Passé is the idea that one should take no offense where none is intended. Thanks to progressives, we freely explain to others not only how they offended us but also why their intent is irrelevant.

Most of us are never sure of what we can say or what we cannot. Our trepidations in regards to speech are profound and our high anxiety over race is perfectly illustrated by a recent news story at the Politico.

Its text and subtext elucidate societal dysfunction along with the mainstream media’s passion for exacerbating (read: fabricating) racial tensions.

The title of the piece, “Racial Disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers,” suggests the fashion by which political correctness trumps truth in our interesting times.

The editors at deemed this editorial report so integral that they featured it atop their popular homepage as well. Essentially, it is a story full of character but devoid of plot:

The House ethics committee is currently investigating seven African-American lawmakers -- more than 15 percent of the total in the House. And an eighth black member, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), would be under investigation if the Justice Department hadn’t asked the committee to stand down. Not a single white lawmaker is currently the subject of a full-scale ethics committee probe.

I italicized the last sentence due to its being the sole rationale for why -- in the eyes of the press -- this banal announcement is newsworthy. Congressional representatives getting probed for corrupt practice is about as unremarkable as discovering that a cat climbed a tree.

Apart from skin hue there is nothing novel about the Politico’s tale. Moreover, none of it matters in the final analysis. The case of Representative Charles Rangel proves that the speaker of the House possesses a “no enemies on the left” mentality when it comes to prosecuting the criminality that blossoms in her midst.