As I declared and predicted, almost alone in the conservative blogosphere, two weekends ago at TMR, Redstate, Race 4 2012, and Blog Talk Radio on TMR's Aftermath and last weekend on Unusable Signals, most Republicans missed another opportunity to refute the 40+ year old liberal meme that we are racists and to exhibit the singular race obsession of the left and that Rush Limbaugh (pictured) would echo same almost verbatim when he returned to the golden EIB microphone yesterday.
Rush echos my claims (see bold excerpts below) that too many in the GOP exhibited their seemingly congenital fear of the liberal PC police and refutes the claims hurled against me on line and in general against Saltsman, Rush and the Shanklin parody, including those of Newt Gingrich, that the sending of the parody was a result of "poor judgment."
I was lonely two weekends ago, but increasingly less so today, especially since Ken Blackwell's reaction and subsequent reactions in his favor.
Of course, this concerns the more than a year old "Barack the Magic Negro" parody whose lyrics are taken verbatim from an LA Times column by a liberal Black Obama supporter. The parody exhibits the obsession of the left with race, especially including the claims by Al Sharpton and other liberal democrats early last year and in 2006 that Obama wasn't "authentically black" enough, and the issue of race victimhood and class envy.
They took the occasion of somebody running for the RNC chairmanship sending out a CD that had this song on it to revive it anew, and frame it and cast it as they wanted it cast. The last person they wanted commenting on it was me because I'm the one who could have set it straight. Newt Gingrich couldn't set it straight because Newt Gingrich was clueless about what this was all about. Instead, Newt Gingrich sends a note to the Drive-By Media saying, "This is wholly inappropriate. I can't believe it! This is not how we reach out."
So the truth of "Barack the 'Magic Negro'" in this incident last week didn't matter. Winning an argument over "Barack the 'Magic Negro'" would not have mattered last week because this was about something totally different. It was not about "Barack the 'Magic Negro.'" It was about the Drive-By Media and the Democrat Party once again being able to promote the myth that racism exists only on the Republican side of the aisle, when in fact all of the racism in the 2008 presidential campaign was found on the Democrat side of the aisle, and we laughed at it.
We parodied it with "Barack the 'Magic Negro.'" It also illustrated that there was this bit of analysis from some Republicans saying, "Well, this is not the way to reach out to minorities. This is harmful." This is 2007! Look, you Republicans better understand something. You had the candidate you wanted. You had the moderate who was gonna go out and get the Hispanics. You had the candidate who was gonna go get minorities. You had a moderate who was going to say, "The Republican Party is not what it's always been," and look what happened. You tanked, and the Republican Party tanked because it's afraid to use the blueprint for landslide success, which is called Reaganism -- and Reaganism is simply freedom. Reaganism is conservatism.
Reaganism is not beating the Soviets. Reaganism is not just tax cuts. Reaganism is about individual liberty. That's what conservatism is. Conservatism is devotion to the founding of this country, the entrustment of the individual, working among other individuals to make this the greatest country on earth based on freedom, ambition, capability, and desire. It has nothing to do with specifics on issues. Reaganism, conservatism doesn't need to be "redefined." It doesn't need to be rebranded. It needs to be used, and the Republican Party refuses to use it! There's a simple way to reach any American. There is a simple way to reach minorities, Hispanics, women, gays, straights. There is a simple way to do it. You look at 'em as human beings. You don't look at them as victims like the Democrats do. You don't look at them as people of color or gender or orientation.
You look at them as Americans and you campaign on the basis that this is what you are going to have to do to make this and keep this the greatest country on earth. You campaign on the notion that your prosperity and the country's prosperity are intertwined. You campaign on the notion that our objective is to make life more prosperous, safer, and healthier for everybody. Not that we want government to do more for everybody and contribute more and more to this notion that more and more Americans are victims and incompetent, incapable of doing for themselves. We don't want to live on this class envy business.
At any rate, that opportunity was squandered during the 2008 presidential campaign, squandered in the 2006 midterms, squandered during the "Barack the 'Magic Negro'" controversy, all because our side remains petrified of itself.
Read it all, as he also goes line by line with the parody and explains the factual bases for all its words and devices.
Gamecock hopes that next time such opportunities present themselves that more Republicans and especially conservatives will not retreat in fear from the PC police like they did this time and have so many times since I left the Democrat Party in 2000, imagining that they can make the Drive-bys like them by adopting the neutered castrati tone of the left in vague rhetoric denouncing "poor judgment" when what they do is affirm the false memes of the left against the right. Or dismiss matters as puny by focusing on the particular players as an avoidance technique.
Rather, they should seize opportunities to boldly advance the truth of the left's obsession with race and victimhood and the truth that the GOP is not racist. Americans hate the political correctness of the left.
This was exhibited in spades on C-Span's Washington Journal when a republican official that took the wimpy Newt position and was bombarded with callers that denounced the republicans and boldly defended the parody, Rush Limbaugh and Chip Saltsman.
Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer, Examiner.com and Minority Report columns
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