Obama: Our First Post-Racial Failure
By Stuart Schwartz|American Thinker
Barack Obama has become the nation’s first post-racial failure…and we are all the stronger for it. After almost two years in office, he is living proof that America has managed to safely cross the racial divide. Failure is no longer the sole preserve of white presidents and Caucasian New York Times publishers. Obama has fashioned what Harvard historians would call a watershed in modern American history, right up there with the creation of MSNBC and the 1978 Star Wars Christmas television special, Happy Life Day. He has failed.
Indeed, Obama has failed so obviously and on such a grand scale that historians will look back in awe from an exceptionally American future and say that his presidency inarguably established as truism that failure knows no color, and fecklessness transcends all races and religions. Generations of schoolchildren will learn that obtuseness is not the sole preserve of the DNA strands that weave their way toward a pale John Kerry or inextricably combine to produce a lighter-shade-of-pale Jimmy Carter.
Barack Obama has failed not because he is black, but, as one PajamasMedia reader put it, because “everything he has done or wants to do is a disaster!” For the country, that is — Democrat leadership, the faculty lounge, and the Upper West Side of Manhattan view Obama’s governance and our misery as success…but that’s another story for another day. The rest of the nation, however, sees a decimated free market, out-of-control regulation, shrinking liberty, and historic deficits fueling a descent into what Thomas Lifson terms “progressive feudalism,” in which “even the most mundane tasks” will be regulated by government. And we don’t like it.
The inimitable Rush Limbaugh, asked what is “sinking” the Democrats, put it this way: “It’s Obama’s Jackassian Policies.” Leave it to the Maha Rushie to get to the heart of the matter. He put it in such a way that even the simplest of the simple (MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, for example, or a New York Times columnist) can understand: an African-American can be every bit of a “jackass” as a dunderhead of the white persuasion. And, extending the logic, ignorance may now also be associated with brown and yellow skin, with females as well as males, with gays and lesbians…why, the possibilities are endless.
“Stupid is as stupid does” is no longer just white and Forest Gump; it is black and Barack Obama (three months into his presidency, the Philadelphia Bulletin, a mainstream newspaper that also doubles as the Democratic house organ in Philadelphia, whined that he is setting “a record for incompetence”), or brown and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (a Latino whose latest achievement is making the “America’s Worst Governor” list, having already achieved fame as one of the nation’s worst cabinet members during the Clinton era). Washington has shown us the way, colorblind and brain-dead from the top down. What a wonderful country!