The story of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and his manifestly racist comments has stirred up quite a bit of controversy, but most of it has focused on the wrong aspects. The poor focus is a partly a result of the liberal media echo chamber, but also from conservative failure to think clearly about why what he said angers us. It has nothing to do with his choice of words, and everything to do with the fundamental corruption at the heart of the Marxist movement he represents.
The widely quoted Harry Reid
[...] was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama, a 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,' as he said privately,
Jake Tapper of ABC News says that there is some truth in Reid's remarks. While that may be correct, it misses the point completely, or is perhaps exactly the point. There was "some truth" in the remarks, just as other racial stereotyping has "some" truth in it -- depending on what your definition of "some" is.
But the truth or falsehood of Reid's statement is of less importance than his use of the facts at hand as he saw them. Reid believed that Obama's physical attributes were the keys to his success.
Reid insulted everyone, some of whom are too caught up in moral relativism even to know they have been insulted by Reid's obvious projection of his own racial assumptions onto the electorate. Reid insulted
- Democrats, by his suggestion that their ideas could not be sold without pandering to race-baiting imagery
- Blacks, who were told that if they wanted to be taken seriously, they would need to have lighter skin and avoid black vernacular.
- Whites, by suggesting that skin tone is how they judge people in general and blacks specifically. I know that's not how I look at people, and I've never gotten the impression from my white friends that they do, either.
The papering over of Reid's cynicism with questions about the word "Negro" have involved Reid's age, as if he somehow missed the last 30 years in which use of that word has been ... deprecated. Various black leaders, from Al Sharpton to Eric Holder, have been trotted out to say that Reid had apologized, and that we should move on to deal with more important things. But the real reason for Reid's immediate absolution was best captured by President Obama, who neither Reid nor Obama thought was insulted at all. Obama said (emphasis added)
Harry Reid called me today and apologized for an unfortunate comment reported today. I accepted Harry's apology without question because I've known him for years, I've seen the passionate leadership he's shown on issues of social justice and I know what's in his heart. As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.
In Obama's book (entitled "Shut Up, I'm Talking"), all of these insults are covered over by one attribute of Harry Reid, that he has worked for social justice.
It's hard for conservatives to understand, but Marxists like Obama and Reid really believe that not only is working for social justice the highest virtue, but it trumps all other virtues, vices, faux pas and foibles. If one works for social justice, then any action intended to further that goal is virtuous. Conversely, anyone who does not work for social justice is to them incapable of virtue.
So Harry Reid can use deprecated language to insult blacks as unable to speak, whites as racists, Democrats as having no ideas, and Barack Obama as an empty suit, as long as he falls in line as a good little Marxist.
Some Republican Senators, such as Coburn and Ensign (lefty site Talking Points Memo), have decided to let Reid off the hook. They say they don't like "gotcha politics".
This is more than a Gotcha. This is the Senate Majority Leader telling me I'm a racist because he thinks I would vote for a man because of his skin color. The only way anyone can call this Gotcha politics is if they share Reid's view, and see nothing wrong with his disgusting manipulation.
So no, I don't accept the apology, and no, it's not playing gotcha. Harry Reid must resign.