(If anybody has a bone to pick in Massachusetts it should be my mother’s people the Acadians. Gov. Shirley and his ilk came up and whupped on us, burned down our churches and sent us all over the world, and yet I’m not a victim either. – promoted by EaBo Clipper)
he has to say to distance himself from his pastor, Rev. Wright.
I am not a white, Anglo Saxon, Protestant male. I am a white, French Canadian, Catholic female. And I still don’t think I’m a victim. I believe in freedom, personal responsibility, the strength of the free markets, and smaller government.
I live in a wonderful community that’s multi-racial and everyone gets along (except for this one pain in the butt [white] guy who’s never happy).
I think the Wall Street Journal nailed it in today’s editorial:
It is also notable that Mr. Obama situated Mr. Wright within what the Senator sees as the continuing black-white conflict and the worst excesses of racial injustice like Jim Crow. He dwelled on a lack of funding for inner-city schools and a general “lack of economic opportunity.” But Mr. Obama neglected the massive failures of the government programs that were supposed to address these problems, as well as the culture of dependency they ingrained. A genuine message of racial healing would also have given more credit to the real racial gains in American society over the last 40 years.
The Senator noted that the anger of his pastor “is real; it is powerful,” and in fact it is mirrored in “white resentments.” He then laid down a litany of American woe: “the white woman struggling to break the glass ceiling, the white man who has been laid off,” the “shuttered mill,” those “without health care,” the soldiers who have fought in “a war that never should have been authorized and never should’ve been waged,” etc. Thus Mr. Obama’s message is we “need unity” because all Americans are victims, racial and otherwise; he even mentioned working for change by “binding our particular grievances.”
And the cause of all this human misery? Why, “a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many.” Mr. Obama’s villains, in other words, are the standard-issue populist straw men of Wall Street and the GOP, and his candidacy is a vessel for liberal policy orthodoxy – raise taxes, “invest” more in social programs, restrict trade, retreat from Iraq.
Needless to say, this is not an agenda rooted in bipartisanship or even one that has captured a national Presidential majority in more than 40 years. It would be unfortunate if Mr. Obama’s candidacy were toppled by racial neuroses, and his speech yesterday may have prevented that. But it also revealed the extent to which his ideas are neither new nor transcendent.