Rejecting Obama — For the Right Reasons
To many members of the mainstream media, the choice in the upcoming election is black or white -- literally. The merits of Senator John McCain or Senator Barack Obama are immaterial in juxtaposition with the color of their respective skins. The mental meanderings of Jacob Weisberg, editor of Slate.com, led him to interpret a future decision on the part of voters as being contingent on whether or not they harbor racist inclinations. Indeed, the specific message of Weisberg's article, "If Obama Loses: Racism Is the Only Reason McCain Might Beat Him," is anything but subtle:
But let's be honest: If you break the numbers down, the reason Obama isn't ahead right now is that he trails badly among one group, older white voters. He does so for a simple reason: the color of his skin. If Obama loses, our children will grow up thinking of equal opportunity as a myth. His defeat would say that when handed a perfect opportunity to put the worst part of our history behind us, we chose not to. In this event, the world's judgment will be severe and inescapable: The United States had its day but, in the end, couldn't put its own self-interest ahead of its crazy irrationality over race.
John Heilemann of New York Magazine seconded his view: "Call me crazy, but isn't it possible, just possible, that Obama's lead is being inhibited by the fact that he is, you know, black?" Both of these journalistic ventures into the world of conspiracy theory illustrate the fashion by which leftist advocacy now masquerades as political insight in our public square. The opinions of these pundits are also indicative of the political left's stand on "diversity" -- they do not believe in it. One either agrees with their views and their politicians or one is judged to be debilitated by a variety of anti-intellectual "isms."
With Weisberg, the ism du jour is racism, but his column is logically fallacious.
If Obama loses it will prove merely that blacks are not privileged, as no person deserves to be president based on their skin pigmentation. Equal opportunity is a reality at this time, which is why a fellow who first entered the Senate in January 2005 is free to run for the nation's highest office after just two years of work. Furthermore, the worst of our country's history is behind us. Slavery met its end over a century ago, segregation was outlawed in the sixties, and the Japanese were freed from internment in 1945. The only "crazy irrationality" stems from those leftists who view their homeland in the worst possible light and disparage America whenever possible. Few Republican politicians question their patriotism, which, in my mind, is a missed opportunity.