Meet Virginia representative Jim
The year is still quite young but the esteemed democratic representative Mr. Moran has issued what will probably be the most idiotic statement out of Washington D.C. for some time to come. Wait a minute, what am I saying, this is DC we're talking about.
Anyway, following the President's SOTU speech last Tuesday Moran stated that "the reason the Democrats lost so heavily in November's elections was because voters don't want to be governed by an African-American." He went further saying; "It happened ... for the same reason the Civil War happened in the United States". "Southern states, particularly the slaveholding states, didn't want to see a president who was opposed to slavery.
"In this case a lot of people in this country, it's my belief, don't want to be governed by an African-American, particularly one who is inclusive, who is liberal, who wants to spend money on everyone and who wants to reach out to include everyone in our society. And that's a basic philosophical clash,"
Grab a chair, put the TIVO on record, and bring in refreshments because this is going to take a while. This statement is ludicrous on so many levels that it's hard to know where to begin.
Let's try by dissecting his statement. "voters don't want to be governed by an African-American". Was Mr. Moran visiting the planet Zenon in 2008? I think we elected an African-American if I'm not mistaken. I think it's safe to say that even those of us who didn't vote for Obama (because of ideological differences, by the way) felt a twinge of pride that America showed the rest of the world that we can put prejudices aside in a big way. So what does Obama do right away? He went around the world apologizing for our country. Not exactly uplifting was it? Did Mr. Moran also take a trip to the Klingon galaxy in November? Mr. Obama was not on the ballot. His policies however, were. Was Moran beating the anti African-American drum when Obama's approval rating was 70% and he was awarded a Nobel Peace prize just for showing up for work? The gist of the election result, Mr. Moran, was not that we don't want a President that is African-American, it was that we don't want a President who is a big government spendthrift.
His comparison of this political climate with the pre-Civil War climate is beyond the pale. In the first place, as he himself points out, the Civil War was an armed insurrection against a white president because he was sympathetic to the plight of African-Americans. The November elections were a constitutional vote against the policies of the President, not him personally. If Obama has any political ear at all he will moderate his positions as it appears he is starting to do. The November elections may have been the best thing that could have happened to him, vis-a-vis his bid for reelection in 2012.
His last utterance is so self-incriminating it is laughable. "Particularly one who is inclusive, who is liberal, who wants to spend money on everyone and who wants to reach out to include everyone in our society. And that's a basic philosophical clash," 1. Let's look at inclusive first. This whole country was built on being inclusive. We have citizens here from every country on earth. Our Universities and colleges matriculate a very high percentage of every race, creed and sexual preference that exists. We are so inclusive that there are an estimated 12 million undocumented aliens working and living in this country as I write this. Yes, we would prefer that they had taken the legal route to citizenship, but they are here nonetheless. 2. Wants to spend money on everyone. This paradoxical statement is astounding. Obama doesn't have any money to spend on everyone. Neither does the treasury. You do. The money he wants to spend is yours. Wouldn't you rather decide who you want to help with your money? Do you think Obama might be just a wee bit influenced to spend money on the people who might then vote for him in return? What if they're not the group you think needs the help? That's what the November election was about Mr. Moran. 3. Is liberal. Well, Mr. Moran, the last time I checked the history books, this country has and has had liberals and conservatives since its very founding. To say that we don't want an African-American President because he is liberal is the ultimate compliment to the Constitution. We elect and remove conservative and liberal presidents like salicylic acid removes warts. Mr. Obama is in good company, sir. 4. Include everyone in our society. Society: An extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization; or: A formal association of people with similar interests. Taken literally, that means that Mr. Obama would like all 300 million of us to have the same interests and like it. Let me ask you this Mr. Moran: does everyone in your own family even have the same interests? I didn't think so. I thought the byword for liberals was diversity. Has that changed?
The most aggravating thing about this shallow statement by Moran is its obvious attempt to use race as reason to elect someone. If you follow his logic how can it be otherwise? Mr. Obama is an African-American. Voters don't want to be governed by an African-American. The only way to prove that we are not racist is to keep electing an African-American. They don't have to be good, they just have to be African-American. Let's take Moran's logic a step further with a hypothetical. Let's say that Sarah Palin defies all the odds (like Obama) and is elected President. Let's say that she is voted out in the following election. Do you think the liberals would say that we are a nation of misogynists? Would Mr. Moran say that voters just don't want to be governed by a woman? So you see, it's more a matter of your particular loyalties isn't it?
Adding insult to injury, Mr. Moran made these statements about America's perceived injustices to an Arab Cable Network. I guess the fact that the Arab world still oppresses women and stones them to death if they are raped or won't agree to an arranged marriage has escaped Mr. Moran. But he wants Arabs to know we're baddies because he thinks we don't want to be governed by an African-American....oh wait, we are governed by an African-American aren't we? There's that annoying little fact again.
Well, I could go on and on about this but would most certainly be repeating myself. I'll leave you with this ironic note. In the same published article and on the same page with Mr. Moran's comments, was this recent poll by Real Clear Politics:
You'll note that the approval numbers for Obama, the African-American President, are positive 7.1%. The numbers for "is this country going in the right direction" i.e., his policies, are negative 23.5 %. Perhaps Mr. Moran should have read this before he made his asinine statement.