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The Occasional Muse
My humble opinion on current events

February 12, 2003

Dubya's a Racist! 

So actor Danny Glover was cruising around Brazil the other day, and some reporter asks him if President Bush is a racist, as if Glover has some supernatural ability to gaze into another person's heart. Of course, the reporter asked this because Glover is black. One doubts if some cracker like George Clooney would have been asked this. 

Anyway, Glover apparently thinks he does know President Dubya's heart, because he responded that, yes, "he's racist."

So there we have it. Now we know. Dubya is an evil man full of hatred and animosity for people of color. He considers them all inferior, including his Secretary of State, National Security Advisor, Education Secretary, White House Counsel, Labor Secretary, and a host of other minority appointees. The truth must be that he and Dick Cheney lead a secret cabal of old white men in running the U.S. and trampling the black man. And, of course, all Arabs.

But Glover wasn't satisfied with his grand pronouncement. He had to expand on it, and back it up with unassailable logic and irrefutable facts. “We all knew that but the world is only finding it out now. As Texas’s governor, Bush led a penitentiary system that executed more people than all the other U.S. states together. And most of the people who died from [the] death penalty were Afro-Americans or Hispanics.” 

I love that "we all knew" line, as if Glover and his enlightened buddies are smarter than us ignorant rubes, as if we didn't know that Dubya was governor of a state that enforces the death penalty. Apparently, it is racist to execute criminals, which makes Democrat god Bill Clinton no better than Trent Lott for his support of the death penalty. I believe Slick Willie even slipped the needle into a few people of color, as well. 

Glover makes much of the fact that "most of the people who died" were black or Hispanic. Is Glover suggesting that minority murderers shouldn't be treated the same as white or Asian murderers? Do we need an affirmative action program for whites and Asians on death row? 

But even more importantly, Glover's anger seems a bit misplaced. Maybe he should be more distressed by how many blacks and Hispanics are committing murder. Maybe that's the real problem. If fewer blacks and Hispanics killed people, there would probably be fewer blacks and Hispanics on death row. And of all those black murderers who were sent to their Maker by the state of Texas, I wonder how many killed other blacks? National statistics show that black murderers tend to kill black people. So one could say that Dubya gave those black victims and their families much needed justice by executing their executioners. In fact, failing to execute black murderers who kill other blacks while executing whites for murdering other whites (or even blacks) could also be racist, though that seems to be what Glover would want. 

But Glover still wasn't finished. “[Bush] promoted a conservative program, designed to eliminate everything Americans had accomplished so far in matters of race and equality.” 

And here we come to the heart of the matter. Bush is racist because he's conservative. It's a hoary old argument of the Left that all conservatives are racist and conservatism itself is racist. Leftists like Glover often resort to this name-calling rather than debate the issues. It's a McCarthy-like tactic to silence any dissent and brow-beat dissenters into shutting up. It often works, but lately many conservatives have refused to accept such a smear.

This is a good thing. The more people who hear the truth, the better. Conservatism involves cherishing each individual on his or her own merits, and treating all people like children of God and equal citizens. It's Leftists like Glover who believe people should be treated differently based on their skin tone or opinions or political beliefs. 

Who are the racists again?

Valentine Day

Another Valentine Day is almost upon us, that one day where we'd all better show our sweeties how much we love them, or else. Public displays of affections are required to remain in the good graces of our loved ones and society. Valentine Day is a benevolent coercion, an emotional blackmail. It doesn't matter how well you treat your honey the other 364 days of the year, how often you tell your pookie how deep is your love, or how many grand or mundane tasks you perform to demonstrate your love, you'd better do something on February 14, or you're an unfeeling ogre and a heartless brute.

I could go on and on, but I have a little errand to run. You can guess what it is.

One More Thing

Yet another Survivor series debuts this week, and it would be impossible - no, it would be a Herculean task requiring more intelligence, determination, and analytical reasoning than any mere mortal possesses, and would even challenge the Almighty Himself - to measure the vast depths of my indifference.

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