Carol Platt Liebau: "Cheap Date"

Thursday, July 27, 2006

"Cheap Date"

John McWhorter attempts to explain to his fellow African Americans how monolithically supporting Democrats has undermined their political power as a group.

What's more, he even has the nerve to point out that some blacks in America might be better advised to pay more attention to policy and less to rhetoric:

In 2006, the "racist" Republicans are the party behind programs saving children from failing schools, assisting religious organizations (e.g. black churches) in turning around their neighborhoods (e.g. black inner cities), and maintaining welfare programs as focused on job training. . . .

Under Mr. Clinton, there was, we recall, the Conversation on Race. This would appear to have led to precisely nothing, especially given the conviction so regularly expressed by black commentators today that there still needs to be some kind of "conversation" on race in America.

It's worth pointing out that as long as Democrats remain the party of big government and the self-identified party of the "oppressed," they'll have an interest to make sure they have client-constituents. That should make anyone who's truly trying to shake the mantle of oppression nervous.

In the end, it all comes down to one simple question: What best represents real "compassion" -- merely empathizing with people, or actually trying to help them make a better life?

7 Comments:

Blogger JillMartin said...

Unfortunately, Republican compassion only goes to the have-mores and is bankrupting America.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Spoken like a truely blind, head in the sand lib.

12:43 PM  
Blogger dodger said...

Let's see, I'm of the (hypothetically) disadvantaged. I want some of the compassion that Republicans reserve for the have-mores. First, I think compassion causes bankruptcy. But aside from that I still want some compassion. So here is my plan. Vote in a block against the party that could give me compassion. Which party is that? Oh, the ruling party? Oh, so if you want compassion then vote for the party out of rule.

Well, if I am of the ruling party it follows that those who vote in-bloc against me shouldn't expect much compassion.

Course, since my party is not in the business of compassion to anyone its moot.

Any party should be in the business of governing for all. Remember, President Bush is the President of the United States. He is not the president of the Republican party. He is not the president of black americans. He is, say it again, in unison, the President of the United States.

8:44 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Me? I want PIE. More PIE from my Government! I will sell my vote to the party that offers me the most pie.

11:28 AM  
Blogger JillMartin said...

I want a sweatheart, no-bid government contract and for an elimination of capital gains tax, that'll save me hundreds of thousands of dollars. Grab what you can.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Cavalor Epthith said...

It is exactly this sort of prattle that makes America such a divided nation. Nothing constructive just narrowminded pronouncemnts of the "party in power" this or that.

Hogwash!

Anyone looking at the data rationally can see the tax cuts have put much more money in the pockets of the corporate elite and the ruling class by the very nature of money earned by these people. The average middle class person got anywhere from 9 to 30 dollars. How is this helping the working class and middle class? I have no idea beyond the fact that the majority in America are not very wealthy people most of them are workers that could have benefitted from some compassion.

And Dodger,

my dear misguided Dodger, I am pleased to hear a conservative really show their true colors. I could almost feel the heat of the revenge bubbling through my screen as you recounted just how much disdain thre GOP has for minorities and the working poor. Why not show these people some compassion to prove you work for all Americans. Never mind I am sure there are a fair enough share of red state voters who took their 9 or 30 dollars and bought a sheet to make a robe a pillow case to make a hood and enough wood and gasoline for cross burning.

America is not the nation we once thought it was and it is sad to see the great Lady decline so.

9:22 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

anyone looking at the data rationally can see the tax cuts have put much more money in the pockets of the corporate elite

And, weirdly enough, the Federal Government's coffers as well.

6:18 AM  

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