It’s about time we put vitiation for white guilt behind us and worry about the safety of our country. Shelby Steele has an opinion column in today’s Wall Street Journal that illuminates the matter precisely:
America still has a race problem, though not the one that conventional wisdom would suggest: the racism of whites toward blacks. Old fashioned white racism has lost its legitimacy in the world and become an almost universal disgrace.
The essence of our new “post-modern” race problem can be seen in the parable of the emperor’s new clothes. The emperor was told by his swindling tailors that people who could not see his new clothes were stupid and incompetent. So when his new clothes arrived and he could not see them, he put them on anyway so that no one would think him stupid and incompetent. And when he appeared before his people in these new clothes, they too—not wanting to appear stupid and incompetent—exclaimed the beauty of his wardrobe. It was finally a mere child who said, “The emperor has no clothes.”
Our President has no clothes.
Barack Obama, elegant and professorially articulate, was an invitation to sophistication that America simply could not bring itself to turn down. If “hope and change” was an empty political slogan, it was also beautiful clothing that people could passionately describe without ever having seen. [snip]
Mr. Obama won the presidency by achieving a symbiotic bond with the American people: He would labor not to show himself, and Americans would labor not to see him.
It is not only the Emperor’s New Clothes that cannot be seen, though. According to Steele, Obama has no clothes at all.
I think that Mr. Obama is not just inexperienced; he is also hampered by a distinct inner emptiness—not an emptiness that comes from stupidity or a lack of ability but an emptiness that has been actually nurtured and developed as an adaptation to the political world. [snip]
But then Mr. Obama always knew that his greatest appeal was not as a leader but as a cultural symbol. He always wore the bargainer’s mask—winning the loyalty and gratitude of whites by flattering them with his racial trust: I will presume that you are not a racist if you will not hold my race against me.
A leader is developed by years of testing the world and personal convictions. A leader finds out through trial and error what he or she truly believes in, then is an advocate of that belief to others. A person cannot be a leader if they have emptied themselves of convictions and refused to take principled stands – as witnessed by Obama’s voting “Present” 130 times while serving in the Illinois state senate.
[W]e have a president whose benign—and therefore desirable—blackness exempted him from the political individuation process that makes for strong, clear-headed leaders. He has not had to gamble his popularity on his principles, and it is impossible to know one’s true beliefs without this. In the future he may stumble now and then into a right action, but there is no hard-earned center to the man out of which he might truly lead.
It is a well developed article and deserves reading in its entirety.
With no segue, on an entirely different subject, am I the only one who finds it interesting that Obama is vacationing on Oahu while Nancy Pelosi is on the island of Hawaii? And the media has with no suspicion that they are working on Obamacare? Really???
If I’m wrong it certainly won’t be the first time, but that might explain why he doesn’t seem much interested in the Eunuch Bomber and isn’t returning to the White House to tend to national security.