Cross Posted at PoliticalVindication.com
President Obama's Attorney General has settled into his new position. Previously Eric Holder was second in command at Justice during the Clinton Administration, and was known as a 'yes man' who eagerly shredded his moral credibility by pushing through his president's pardons for FALN terrorists. When the news broke about that travesty, he was as unapologetic as the freed terrorists were. It says a lot about him. So when he declared during a speech yesterday that America is a nation of cowards because it's unwilling to deal with racial issues, the insult comes off as so graceless that one wonders if Mr. Holder was reading from Reverend Wright's Sunday notes. In the Obama administration, he might be the thug with the Bush-like ability to be doltishly sagacious. Following are comments from the Black History Month speech to employees at the Department of Justice:
"It is an issue we have never been at ease with and, given our nation's history, this is in some ways understandable," Holder said. "If we are to make progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with one another and tolerant enough of each other to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us."
"The fact that we have an African-America attorney general, and African-American president, I think is extremely significant. But it is not an indication that all the problems that we've confronted as a nation over the years are now resolved."
Mr. Holder, the first black attorney general, told Justice Department employees that "this nation has still not come to grips with its racial past" and suggested Black History Month could be used to spark more candid discussion of racial issues.
"This will be, at first, a process that is both awkward and painful, but the rewards are, I believe, potentially great." Mr Holder said. "The alternative is to allow to continue the polite, restrained mixing that now passes as meaningful interaction but that in reality accomplishes very little."
"Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race."
How one can ever trust Mr. Holder to recognize "justice" or "moral strength" when he considers a nation that fought it's bloodiest war ending slavery "a nation of cowards" is a mystery. From the underground railroad to the marches for civil rights, to the reparations of affirmative action and generational welfare, to the institution of race based regulations in sports and the imposition of "polite, restrained mixing" (political correctness) throughout American culture to protect the self esteem of minorities; the only thing anyone can rightly argue is cowardly is America's submission to a guilt ridden ethos that patronizes minorities and eschews assimilation. White guilt breeds a perspective that dismisses the havoc wreaked by liberal social policy on African-Americans by blaming poverty and racism for skyrocketing illegitimacy and crime, and then argues that such a culture is not dysfunctional, it's just different. Why would anyone argue such a thing? Some say it's because leftists couldn't care any less about the people trapped in that dysfunctional culture, but I'd say it's because they think they're doing minorities a favor by infantilizing them.
Mr. Holder insists we need to talk more about race, but there's a good reason why that's not going to happen. Most Americans avoid discussions of race because nothing is accomplished when the liberal across from you answers every "candid discussion" with "You're a racist." The left in this country has avoided adult conversations on the sensitive issues of race, choosing instead to stoke resentment and accuse enemies of believing racism doesn't exist. Any "frank conversation" about crime or education, drug use or rap music - name any issue - are answered by assailing the character of anyone who doesn't agree with their political prescriptions. Against affirmative action? "You're a racist." Don't believe that black crime is a consequence of racist cops? "You're a racist." Think rap music is misogynistic and glorifies violence? "You're a racist." You argue that liberal programs have decimated communities and undermined the opportunities of generations of black Americans? "You're nostalgic for a time before liberal programs when they hung blacks from trees." People of all colors avoid discussing race because as a nation we're not mature enough to do so constructively. Mr. Holder, along with his race hustling enablers on the left, is the reason why this nation doesn't talk about race.
But beyond the urge to exploit the guilt complex of Americans in a facetious attempt to bring the races closer together, focusing on our racial differences rather than recognizing the commonalities that unite us is a typical leftist ploy for political power. The Democratic party has successfully balkanized Americans into interest groups - and it pits them against each to keep the air of desperation hovering above them until it's time to vote against those evil Republicans. When our attorney general antagonizes Americans as "cowards", he's in actuality using code-speak to activists nationwide, signaling that he's re-opening the gates to the grievance industry. Unlike the Bush administration, who he condemns for ignoring the plight of poverty pimps and shake-down artists, the Obama administration is announcing that America is once again open to exploitation. It's the Grievance Stimulus Act, and it's being led by a black president and his black attorney general against the crisis of " a nation that has not come to grips with its racial past." The irony couldn't be thicker, but we're talking about an industry that is too shameless to fail. Everyone in favor of bailing out Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, open your wallets!
Unless you don't want to repeat the failed racial policies of the Old Left. Then the conversation is over, and you're a racist.