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Walter E. Williams column: of black voters and Obama
« on: December 05, 2013, 04:42:41 AM »
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Walter E. Williams Column: Of Black Voters and Obama

By Walter E. Williams

Created 12/04/2013 - 6:45pm


 

 
In a March 2008 column, I criticized pundits' concerns about whether America was ready for Barack Obama, suggesting that the more important issue was whether black people could afford Obama. I proposed that we look at it in the context of a historical tidbit.

In 1947, Jackie Robinson, after signing a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization, broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. He encountered open racist taunts and slurs from fans, opposing team players and even some members of his own team. Despite that, his batting average was nearly .300 in his first year. He led the National League in stolen bases and won the first Rookie of the Year award. There's no sense of justice that requires a player be as good as Robinson in order to have a chance in the major leagues, but the hard fact of the matter is that as the first black player, he had to be.

 
In 1947, black people could not afford an incompetent black baseball player. Today we can. The simple reason is that as a result of the excellence of Robinson — and many others who followed him, such as Satchel Paige, Don Newcombe, Larry Doby and Roy Campanella — today no one in his right mind, watching the incompetence of a particular black player, could say, "Those blacks can't play baseball."

In that March 2008 column, I argued that for the nation — but more importantly, for black people — the first black president should be the caliber of a Jackie Robinson, and Barack Obama is not. Obama has charisma and charm, but in terms of character, values, experience and understanding, he is no Jackie Robinson. In addition to those deficiencies, Obama became the first person in U.S. history to be elected to the highest office in the land while having a long history of associations with people who hate our nation, such as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor for 20 years, who preached that blacks should sing not "God bless America" but "God damn America." Then there's Obama's association with William Ayers, formerly a member of the Weather Underground, an anti-U.S. group that bombed the Pentagon, U.S. Capitol and other government buildings. Ayers, in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack, told a New York Times reporter, "I don't regret setting bombs. ... I feel we didn't do enough."

Obama's electoral success is truly a remarkable commentary on the goodness of the American people. A 2008 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reported "that 17 percent were enthusiastic about Obama being the first African American President, 70 percent were comfortable or indifferent, and 13 percent had reservations or were uncomfortable." I'm 77 years old. For almost all of my life, a black's becoming the president of the United States was at best a pipe dream. Obama's electoral success further confirms what I've often held: The civil rights struggle in America is over, and it's won. At one time, black Americans did not have the constitutional guarantees enjoyed by white Americans; now we do. The fact that the civil rights struggle is over and won does not mean that there are not major problems confronting many members of the black community, but they are not civil rights problems and have little or nothing to do with racial discrimination.

There is every indication to suggest that Obama's presidency will be seen as a failure similar to that of Jimmy Carter's. That's bad news for the nation but especially bad news for black Americans. No white presidential candidate had to live down the disgraced presidency of Carter, but I'm all too fearful that a future black presidential candidate will find himself carrying the heavy baggage of a failed black president. That's not a problem for white liberals who voted for Obama — they received their one-time guilt-relieving dose from voting for a black man to be president — but it is a problem for future generations of black Americans. But there's one excuse black people can make; we can claim that Obama is not an authentic black person but, as The New York Times might call him, a white black person.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/walter-e-williams/2013/12/04/walter-e-williams-column-black-voters-and-obama
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Re: Walter E. Williams column: of black voters and Obama
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2013, 08:15:35 AM »
Obama poisoned the well. Add that to the growing list of disasters in the aftershock of Obama, America's first Affirmative Action president.
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Re: Walter E. Williams column: of black voters and Obama
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2013, 08:38:27 AM »
The only group of people who see OPapaDoc as a "black" president are liberals who constantly use racism to defend him.  To the rest of us, he is not a black president, but merely a lousy president; maybe the worst in our history.  His being black has very little to do with that.

That's not to say OPapaDoc is unaffected by his race.  He is.  We are all affected by our genetics.  But different people are affected in different ways.  In OPapaDoc's case, one could make the case that his ineffectiveness is actually the manifestation of his being mulatto.  He alternates between white guilt and black anger.  He develops policies based on his guilty half, and when they don't work, the angry victimized black man comes out and blames someone white and powerful, as if OPapaDoc himself was not the most powerful man in the world.

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Re: Walter E. Williams column: of black voters and Obama
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2013, 10:05:45 AM »
Agreed. But, in large part white Americans voted for Obama because he was black and "it was time" not because he possessed an impressive resume. Otherwise, they would have voted for Mccain.

"Race" had everything to do about the outcome of that race.
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Re: Walter E. Williams column: of black voters and Obama
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2013, 04:49:14 PM »
"Race" had everything to do about the outcome of that race.

Can the Civil War be over now? :shrug:
Abraham Lincoln:

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
--January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these
great and true principles.
--August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan

Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.
--July 10, 1858 Speech at Chicago

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Re: Walter E. Williams column: of black voters and Obama
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2013, 11:40:25 PM »
[[ Obama poisoned the well. Add that to the growing list of disasters in the aftershock of Obama, America's first Affirmative Action president. ]]

We should be glad for that much.

Hopefully, no more black messiah presidents in my lifetime.

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Re: Walter E. Williams column: of black voters and Obama
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2013, 12:03:51 AM »
I can envision the GOP with the first Hispanic VP, later elected first Hispanic Potus.

Sandoval, Martinez, Rubio, Cruz.

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Re: Walter E. Williams column: of black voters and Obama
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2013, 12:11:09 AM »
I can envision the GOP with the first Hispanic VP, later elected first Hispanic Potus.

Sandoval, Martinez, Rubio, Cruz.

How about a two-fer:  any Hispanic women who're prepped for a shot at it?

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Re: Walter E. Williams column: of black voters and Obama
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2013, 01:06:31 AM »
How about a two-fer:  any Hispanic women who're prepped for a shot at it?

Martinez, but I'm not sure she is that ambitious.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susana_Martinez

"Polling and opinion[edit]

Martinez has one of the highest approval rating of current governors in the United States.[35] Her approval ratings have not dropped below 60% in her tenure as governor.[36][37][38] In an April 2012 edition of the Washington Post, Martinez was named 8th most popular governor in the United States.[39]

As of May 2013, Martinez had an approval rating of 66%,[40][41] over 44% of Democrats in New Mexico approve of Susana Martinez.[42]"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b0yuSTVARc

Watch her, at the 2012 Republican Convention. She WOULD gain plenty of Hispanics for the GOP ticket. She is the real deal.

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Re: Walter E. Williams column: of black voters and Obama
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2013, 01:24:07 AM »
A 60% approval rating in a very blue state may - or may not - be a good thing.  It would be nice to actually wait for people to declare and debate before laying down a gauntlet of who should be the candidate.
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