I was listening to Hannity’s radio show on the way home last night, hoping for some scoop on the latest ACORN video (Giles and O’Keefe MUST get a Pulitzer. They won’t, given how that works, but there hasn’t been a bit of reporting this year more deserving.) And this woman called, who sounded to me to be an African-American, and asked Sean, “What do people mean when they say, “Take this country back”? Hannity gave her the basic Tea Party argument, but he didn’t pick up on the question she was actually asking, or thinking of. Here we have a whole mess of people who are predominantly white (and thank you, all you black conservatives who are part of the movement). They get a black President, and now they want to “Take their country back.” I can’t blame her at all for thinking “They want to take it back from us black people” as opposed to “take it back from the Marxists”. After all, when a group of young black punks started beating people up in Akron, saying “This is our world now”, it was very clear what “our” meant.
For the record, I don’t want to “take our country back”. She can have it; she just needs to keep it out of my face. The only thing I want to take back is my personal sovereignty. The key problem is that there is enough government power to fight over. This isn’t a country for white people or black people; it’s a country for individuals. And it doesn’t seem that white racism is the problem here; I’d like to see some statistics, but anecdotally I’ve noticed an increase in black-on-white violence, with more of it being racially motivated.
We’ve got the Senile Cracker Carpenter claiming that opposition to Obama’s policies is rooted in racism. Well, let’s compare the goings-on to the happenings during the term of “America’s First Black President” (and notice how you never hear that any more about Clinton, now that we have a mulatto holding the office?) Nobody has brought down any government buildings. Obama hasn’t been accused of murder even once, let alone several times. He hasn’t been set up with a blue cocktail dress (and this time that would work out better, as Michelle would kill him with her own two hands), nor has he (yet) faced articles of impeachment. Overall, the Right has been a lot easier on Obama than Clinton, aside from the issue of his status as an undocumented worker. Even the press has been.
Now the difference is that we didn’t have 1.7m people marching in D.C. against HillaryCare. But then, we didn’t have a “Republican Revolution” with a “Contract with America” , dishonored by politicians which were themselves revolting. We didn’t have 8 years of a center-left President spending money he didn’t have. If there’s anything that scares the bejeezus out of the Beltway crowd, it’s that the TEA folk are just about as disgusted with the Republicans as the Democrats, and can’t be fobbed off with false change in 2010. At least I hope they can’t. But I’m probably wrong.