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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Politics of Resentment

“You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There’s only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up, and if you don’t actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time... It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers. I happen to know this from personal experience.” —Ronald Reagan, 1983

Thomas Sowell writes in Townhall.Com; “Few things have captured in microcosm what has gone so painfully wrong, where racial issues are concerned, like the recent election for mayor of Washington, D.C.

“Mayor Adrian Fenty, under whom the murder rate has gone down and the school children's test scores have gone up, was resoundingly defeated for re-election.”

“Nor was Mayor Fenty simply a passive beneficiary of the rising test scores and falling murder rates. He appointed Michelle Rhee as head of the school system and backed her as she fought the teachers' union and fired large numbers of ineffective teachers — something considered impossible in most cities across the country.”

“Mayor Fenty also appointed the city's chief of police, Cathy Lanier, who has cracked down on hoodlumism, as well as crime.”

“Either one of these achievements would made mayors local heroes in most other cities. Why then was he clobbered in the election?”

“One key fact tells much of the story: Mayor Fenty received more than 70 percent of the white vote in Washington. His opponent received more than 80 percent of the black vote.”

“Both men are black. But the head of the school system that he appointed is Asian and the chief of police is a white woman. More than that, most of the teachers who were fired were black. There were also bitter complaints that black contractors did not get as many of the contracts for doing business with the city as they expected.”

“In short, the mayor appointed the best people he could find, instead of running a racial patronage system, as a black mayor of a city with a black majority is apparently expected to. He also didn't spend as much time schmoozing with the folks as was expected.”

“So what if he gave their children a better education and gave everybody a lower likelihood of being murdered?”

“The mayor's faults were political faults. He did his job, produced results and thought that this should be enough to get him re-elected. He refused to do polls and focus groups, and he ignored what his political advisers were warning him about.”

“No doubt Mayor Fenty is now a sadder and wiser man politically. While that may help him if he wants to pursue a political career, Adrian Fenty's career is not nearly as important as what his story tells us about the racial atmosphere in this country.”

“How did we reach the point where black voters put racial patronage and racial symbolism above the education of their children and the safety of everyone?”

“There are many reasons but the trend is ominous. One key factor was the creation, back in the 1960s, of a whole government-supported industry of race hustling.”

“President Lyndon Johnson's "war on poverty"-- a war that we have lost, by the way-- bankrolled all kinds of local "leaders" and organizations with the taxpayers' money, in the name of community "participation" in shaping the policies of government.”

“These "leaders" and community activists have had every reason to hype racial resentments and to make issues "us" against "them."

“One of the largely untold stories of our time has been the story of how ACORN, Jesse Jackson and other community activists have been able to transfer billions of dollars from banks to their own organizations' causes, with the aid of the federal government, exemplified by the Community Reinvestment Act and its sequels.”

“Racial anger and racial resentments are the fuel that keeps this lucrative racket going. How surprised should anyone be that community activist groups have used mau-mau disruptions in banks and harassed both business and government officials in their homes?”

“Lyndon Johnson once said that it is not hard to do the right thing. What is hard is knowing what is right. We can give him credit for good intentions, so long as we remember what road is paved with good intentions.”

The above is attributed to Thomas Sowell writing in Townhall.Com. Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

In the same publication Pat Buchanan wrote; "Black unemployment last month hit 16.7 percent. Among black teenagers, it is 45 percent. Blacks, bear the brunt of this economic crisis in ways that are unimaginable to other Americans. Their homes are being foreclosed on more often, and they are less able to rely on a source of background wealth to help them get through."

This is happening all across the nation as cities, counties and states are going broke paying for failed “Great Society” programs, bloated government and enormous unfunded liabilities from pensions and health and welfare obligations.

We have constantly elected politicians who have either promised way too much or vowed to cut the size of government and then bow to the pressures of the Left and go back on those vows. The public has become cynical and apathetic towards elections. This nation had its highest electoral turnout for 1960 presidential election (the first year I voted in a presidential election) with 67% of eligible voters going to the polls. Compare that to Iraq where they had a 95% turnout, in many cases voters facing intimidation and gunfire.  As the comedian George Carlin once said about politicians who get elected, “it’s not the politicians who suck, it’s the public who vote them in that sucks.”

For years the American public has been lied to, bamboozled and disappointed by the political leaders they elect each year. Most of the media does a horrible job of holding politicians accountable for their vows and promises. I have written ad nausea about the left biased press and their agenda so there is not gain to be made in being redundant.

In 2009 enter the Tea Party, the scourge of politicians of all stripes. Right now they are attacking the Democrats, because they are the ruling party, and backing conservative Republicans. If Republicans prevail in November I guarantee you the Tea Party will also hold their feet to the fire. This is why establishment Republicans, while accepting their support at the polls, are not happy to see them on the scene. They know their support is a mile wide, but an inch deep.

These elite Republicans like Lindsey Graham. Olympia Snow, Susan Collins, John McCain and Carl Rove to name a few are so used to eating the lousy bean soup that is served in the senate restaurant they will do and say anything to keep that members pin. I have eaten there and tasted the soup. Campbell’s is better, less expensive and more in line with my Tea Party leanings.

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