How can a man with who votes the Democratic Party line in the U.S. Senate 97% of the time genuinely claim that he will unify the country? He can’t.
How can a man who has attended an African Nationalist church for over 20 years claim to transcend race? He can’t.
For the above reasons, I just can’t buy the almost defied image of Obama presented by both his official campaign staff and his unofficial campaign staff (i.e. the members of the media who cry when they hear him speak). While Obama is intelligent, charismatic, and an effective public speaker, he isn’t the savior that many want to make him. [BTW, check out this interesting footage of people fainting during his speeches.] Moreover, the hope that many Americans have, a hope to find a racial savior that can wipe the slate clean has unfortunately led to a myopic vision on the part of Obama supporters to overlook the wildly overstated case for his presidency. Perhaps even more frightening is Obama’s own belief that he does live up to the hype.
Charles Krauthammer said it best in a column he wrote back in February called “Obama, The Platitude Salesman.”
“Obama has an astonishingly empty paper trail. He’s going around issuing promissory notes on the future that he can’t possibly redeem.“
Moreover, Krauthammer has written two more columns that should give almost any Obama supporter a reason to stop and think about their chosen candidate. The first is his response to Obama’s now famous (or infamous) speech in response to the controversy about reverend Wright’s comments. Wherein he writes:
“This contextual analysis of Wright’s venom, this extenuation of black hate speech as a product of white racism, is not new. It’s the Jesse Jackson politics of racial grievance, expressed in Ivy League diction and Harvard Law nuance. That’s why the speech made so many liberal commentators swoon: It bathed them in racial guilt, while flattering their intellectual pretensions. An unbeatable combination…”
Krauthammer concludes by asking:
“If Wright is a man of the past, why would you expose your children to his vitriolic divisiveness? This is a man who curses America and who proclaimed moral satisfaction in the deaths of 3,000 innocents at a time when their bodies were still being sought at Ground Zero. It is not just the older congregants who stand and cheer and roar in wild approval of Wright’s rants, but young people as well. Why did you give $22,500 just two years ago to a church run by a man of the past who infects the younger generation with precisely the racial attitudes and animus you say you have come unto us to transcend?”
The second Krauthammer articles is a more general condemnation of the identity politics that we now playing out on the national stage. It is a sad display that Krauthammer sums up brilliantly:
“The pillars of American liberalism — the Democratic Party, the universities and the mass media — are obsessed with biological markers, most particularly race and gender. They have insisted, moreover, that pedagogy and culture and politics be just as seized with the primacy of these distinctions and with the resulting “privileging” that allegedly haunts every aspect of our social relations.
They have gotten their wish. This primary campaign represents the full flowering of identity politics. It’s not a pretty picture. Geraldine Ferraro says Obama is only where he is because he’s black. Professor Orlando Patterson says the 3 a.m. phone call ad is not about a foreign policy crisis but a subliminal Klan-like appeal to the fear of ‘black men lurking in the bushes around white society.'”
To quote Rev. Wright, it seems the chickens are coming home to roost. While it remains to be seen if the Democratic Party will nominate a white woman or a black man as its candidate for the presidency, it seems beyond question that the controlling factor in that choice has not been merit, experience, or ideology, but instead it has been identity.
To conclude, I will not vote for Obama. I won’t vote for him because I refuse to vote for an image when I can vote for an ideology. I won’t cast a vote for vagaries and speculative promises when there are candidates willing to offer actual plans. I certainly will not vote for a candidate whose stock in trade is all too often old cliches, familiar bromides, and comforting platitudes. Have we forgotten that answers don’t come from self-congratulatory hopefulness, they come from hard fought struggle and deep introspection. Unfortunately, the Obama campaign is anything but deep. In reality it is quite shallow.