I think he should run for office. I’m not sure what he would think of the idea but he makes me believe there’s hope even for California.
The irony of course is that none of the questioners were really asking if I appreciated the “historical moment.” What they really wanted to know was: “I know you Black conservatives are a bunch of – insert ugly epithet – with no sense of race pride, but can’t you – even now – feel proud as a Black man?”
Of course I have always been proud; proud to be an American and proud of my heritage. I am a conservative precisely because I love my country and believe strongly in the principles of its founding. I do not discount our nation’s founding because of the original sin of slavery; I have always celebrated this nation’s founding. I do not wish to toss away the Declaration of Independence because of white racism; I want to make the principles found in the document real.
It was fascinating to read people describe a sense of finally being able to “unpack their bags,” finally feeling at home. Black conservatives have always felt at home – always believed in the goodness of America and have always been derided with sneering and name calling as a result. That these same newly proud folk would now ask if I recognize the historical moment is great irony indeed. The events of last week are a confirmation of the veracity of the founding; they are a testament to the truth that conservatives have been preaching about America for years. THAT is the historic moment. The issue of race pride completely misses the point.
It also misses the opportunity to truly move to a post racial America.
I disagree with the politics of Barack Obama. To suggest that because we share the same skin color I should be teary-eyed as he takes office is to make the election about racial validation rather than ideas. I feel the same disappointment in this Democratic win as I would have had John Kerry won election four years ago. THAT to me seems the true spirit of a post racial America. The ability of one man to listen to another man and say I disagree with your ideas and for THAT reason cannot give you my vote is the true Promised Land. Truly how much progress can we claim if men are motivated to vote for a candidate because that candidate shares his ethnicity but not his ideology or is condemned as an – add ugly pejorative – when/if he does not? How loud can we really cheer if race continues to trump those principles and values one holds dear?
Not much left to say and I hope he forgives me for pasting so much of his article here.
I opposed the bailout from the beginning, in spite of what was said about what it would do. Looking back, I believe I was right. Nothing has changed since it was signed into law except the Treasury Department has new powers; powers it shouldn’t have.
Companies are lining up to get their share of the bailout fund and the treasury will likely call for more funds. None of these funds are going to be put into the hands of consumers. Instead they will be used to prop up failing businesses which are failing for various reasons. This is not capitalism. Sorry, but, it isn’t.
People are human and have some fault or another. Greed is one of those. Covetousness and envy are two others. Others are wrath, sloth, pride, and gluttony. Any one of these can lead to actions that are not good for the person or the people in his environment. When I hear talk about redistributing the wealth I get a picture in my mind of people who have worked for a wage, used those wages to buy goods or services, and now want their wages back because the people who received them are too rich.
In the real world it doesn’t happen quite that way. The government does it for you under the guise of giving back to the people who aren’t rich. The problem with that is the government plays the “middle man.” Anybody who knows anything about manufacturing, goods and services, knows the middle man has his cut, too. Bulk wholesale prices are far below the retail price, so when you buy those goods and services you’re paying for a lot of jobs on the way back to the manufacturer who initially offered the goods. So, the government becomes the middle man for redistributing what others created; in this instance wealth.
As the richer sectors of America are required to redistribute their wealth via the government, the government is the only one growing richer. Its cut of the wealth comes first. Unfortunately, they’re the greediest of all. The more they have, the more they want. What gets spent down is often the tiniest percentage of that wealth actually in the hands of the people for whom it was garnered in the first place. Rather than trickle down prosperity, we have trickle down poverty.
There is no longer any incentive for the rich to keep creating wealth as it is confiscated by the government. If they’re not creeating wealth, they’re also not offering jobs and expanding the tools by which they create that wealth. The rich become less rich as result, not just from higher taxation, but from the lack of wealth creation. It can be taxed only once… at least until they die and then it will be taxed again.
People are still losing jobs left and right. The government still plans morehardship adding to the economic woes and expects everyone to look to it for the answers. It’s funny how we’re supposed to look to a body of people, most of whom have never created any wealth at all, except for themselves, for the answers to prosperity.