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Shelby Steele, Your “Racist” Slip Is Showing

I love these “intellectuals” who believe that America is going to the voting box in 2012 to vote for Barack Hussein Obama’s color. Trust me, other then the 90% of Blacks that always vote Democrat the only thing people will be voting for is deliverance of the hellhole this Country has become. You Sir Are No Gentleman, You Are A Racist.

The problem Mr. Obama poses for Republicans is that there has always been a disconnect between his actual performance and his appeal. If Hurricane Katrina irretrievably stained George W. Bush, the BP oil spill left no lasting mark on this president. Mr. Obama’s utter confusion in the face of the “Arab spring” has nudged his job-approval numbers down, but not his likability numbers, which Gallup has at a respectable 47.6%. In the mainstream media there has been a willingness to forgive this president his mistakes, to see him as an innocent in an impossible world. Why?

There have really always been two Barack Obamas: the mortal man and the cultural icon. If the actual man is distinctly ordinary, even a little flat and humorless, the cultural icon is quite extraordinary. The problem for Republicans is that they must run against both the man and the myth. In 2008, few knew the man and Republicans were walloped by the myth. Today the man is much clearer, and yet the myth remains compelling.

What gives Mr. Obama a cultural charisma that most Republicans cannot have? First, he represents a truly inspiring American exceptionalism: He is the first black in the entire history of Western civilization to lead a Western nation—and the most powerful nation in the world at that. And so not only is he the most powerful black man in recorded history, but he reached this apex only through the good offices of the great American democracy.

Thus his presidency flatters America to a degree that no white Republican can hope to compete with. He literally validates the American democratic experiment, if not the broader Enlightenment that gave birth to it.

For someone whom I have paid attention to and enjoyed his writing, Mr. Steele is WRONG here, white guilt?, you betcha, in 2012? no way. The only plus Barack Hussein Obama has going for him is the lefty media and in case Shelby you didn’t note, no one respects them nor listens to them. The American voter will be voting their pocketbook and there isn’t a speechwriter alive that can put those dollars in the American employees pocket. There is no commercial that can explain away their loss of disposable income because of the skyrocketing gas prices. You, Mr. Shelby Steele, as will the rest of the 95-corridor elite writers, will find you have absolutely no idea how We The People feel about this President!

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  1. I want to study Steele’s piece more, but I think his main indictment is against those that remain slaves on the Dem plantation because given his vast body of work, some of which are seminal, we know he is a conservative that loathes the race hustlers, Obama, and especially his indictments of misplaced white guilt. more later

  2. My God Jaded, read the whole column. Shelby is preaching the Jaded, Rush and gamecock gospel that it is time that Republicans took the gloves off and broke thru the media cover of political correctness. His message is that his failures alone will not ensure his defeat. You should also read his book of a decade or so ago titled, “White Guilt”! I have written two major columns (one that made the WSJ) that posits the theory that Obama’s election essentially killed off most white guilt esp among indies and Repubs. I think all Steele is saying is that much remains and that conservatives need to combat what remains and win this thing on the merits. But even if Steele is wrong on how much white guilt remains, that doesn’t make him a racist and your unfortunate title suggests that and I have to say that it disappoints me that you wrote it and that UP promoted it.

    Gamecock, an honest chicken! smile

    • I did Gamecock and that he even “thought” that a white Republican will have a harder time because Obama is Black shows he is thinking and feeding into the elite thinking that this is of a concern for Americans, I READ IT!

      • Rush’s take on the column and shame on you for the title of your column and any suggestion that any of Steele’s column evidences racism; and shame on UP for allowing that title column to be featured:

        From transcript of Rush:

        Quote

        You know, Shelby Steele has an interesting piece today. I admire Shelby Steele’s writing. He has an interesting piece. You know, I better find it. This is worth quoting rather than paraphrasing. He also thinks Obama can be beat, but he thinks, however, that Obama still can benefit from being the first black president, that there’s still value in that. “This Presidency Flatters America to a Degree That No White Republican Can Hope to Match.” That’s the headline of Shelby Steele’s piece. Now, when you hear that headline, and you haven’t read the accompanying story, you might see, “Okay, ‘This Presidency Flatters America to a Degree That No White Republican Can Hope to Match,'” so you might think Obama can’t be beaten.

        “Well, of course he can give away things that no Republican will give away.” That’s not what Shelby Steele means. What he means is, that Obama, by virtue of being president, is a walking testimonial to the greatness of America — that a guy from a group of people who were slaves, from that race of people, can become president of United States (and therefore the most powerful man in the world) says more about America than any nation in the world — that Obama, as president, just occupying the office (not even doing anything, just occupying the office) is a greater testament to the greatness and the uniqueness of this country. And Mr. Steele says that white guys cannot hope to have that same aura about the country be realized or felt if they are elected.

        Because we’ve always had white guy president, it’s still novel and still unique enough. I’m not sure I totally agree. Now, he also says that Obama can be beat, and he lays out how to do it. His term is “social exceptionalism.” He says, “[T]he media hold the president’s exceptionalism,” and that simply means his race, “against Republicans.” A black president still makes this an exceptional country. It doesn’t matter what the black president does or even who it is. It’s just that fact alone represents an American triumph that a white president can’t hope to tap. “[T]he media hold the president’s exceptionalism against Republicans.

        “Here is Barack Obama, evidence of a new and progressive America. Here are the Republicans, a cast of largely white males, looking peculiarly unevolved. Add to this the Republicans’ quite laudable focus on deficit reduction and spending cuts, and they can be made to look like a gaggle of scolding accountants. How can the GOP combat the president’s cultural charisma? It will have to make vivid the yawning gulf between Obama the flattering icon and Obama the confused and often overwhelmed president. Applaud the exceptionalism he represents, but deny him the right to ride on it as a kind of affirmative action.

        “A president who is both Democratic and black effectively gives the infamous race card to the entire left: Attack our president and you are a racist. To thwart this, Republicans will have to break through the barrier of political correctness. Mr. McCain let himself be intimidated by Obama’s cultural charisma, threatening to fire any staff member who even used the candidate’s middle name. Donald Trump shot to the head of the [class] by focusing on Mr. Obama as a president, calling him our ‘worst’ president. I carry no brief for Mr. Trump,” writes Shelby Steele, “but his sudden success makes a point: Another kind of charisma redounds to those willing to challenge political correctness — those unwilling to be in thrall to the president’s cultural charisma.”

        In other words: GET OVER IT!

        Get over it and stop being cowed by political correctness. Treat him as the president, not somebody of affirmative action, not somebody special. He’s the president. It’s sort of like Newt and his reaction to David Gregory on Meet the Press when Gregory came up with this BS question about “food stamp America” being racist, and Newt looked at him and you said (summarized), “You gotta be serious! He’s president of the United States, for crying out loud! He’s got to be accountable! Forty-seven million Americans are on food stamps, the majority of them are white. What are you talking about race?” In other words, what Shelby Steele is saying is: Do not be afraid to criticize him as president doing a lousy job.

        Amen, bro! Amen! You know, every time Shelby Steele publishes a piece, I find that we’re on the same page, and it makes me very proud.

        end quote

  3. The Rest of Steele’s column:

    The point is that anyone who runs against Mr. Obama will be seen through the filter of this racial impressionism, in which white skin is redundant and dark skin is fresh and exceptional. This is the new cultural charisma that the president has introduced into American politics.

    Today this charisma is not as strong for Mr. Obama. The mere man and the actual president has not lived up to his billing as a historical breakthrough. Still, the Republican field is framed and—as the polls show—diminished by his mere presence in office, which makes America the most socially evolved nation in the world. Moreover, the mainstream media coddle Mr. Obama—the man—out of its identification with his exceptionalism.

    Conversely, the media hold the president’s exceptionalism against Republicans. Here is Barack Obama, evidence of a new and progressive America. Here are the Republicans, a cast of largely white males, looking peculiarly unevolved. Add to this the Republicans’ quite laudable focus on deficit reduction and spending cuts, and they can be made to look like a gaggle of scolding accountants.

    How can the GOP combat the president’s cultural charisma? It will have to make vivid the yawning gulf between Obama the flattering icon and Obama the confused and often overwhelmed president. Applaud the exceptionalism he represents, but deny him the right to ride on it as a kind of affirmative action.

    A president who is both Democratic and black effectively gives the infamous race card to the entire left: Attack our president and you are a racist. To thwart this, Republicans will have to break through the barrier of political correctness.

    Mr. McCain let himself be intimidated by Obama’s cultural charisma, threatening to fire any staff member who even used the candidate’s middle name. Donald Trump shot to the head of the Republican line by focusing on Mr. Obama as a president, calling him our “worst” president. I carry no brief for Mr. Trump, but his sudden success makes a point: Another kind of charisma redounds to those willing to challenge political correctness—those unwilling to be in thrall to the president’s cultural charisma.

    Lastly, there must be a Republican message of social exceptionalism. America has more social mobility than any heterogeneous society in history. Isn’t there a great Republican opportunity to be had in urging minorities to at last move out of their long era of protest—in which militancy toward the very society they struggled to join was the way ahead? Aren’t Republicans uniquely positioned to offer minorities a liberation from both dependency and militancy?

    In other words, isn’t there a fresh new social idealism implicit in conservative principles? Why not articulate it and fight with it in the political arena? Such a message would show our president as unevolved in his social thinking—oh so 1965. The theme: Barack Obama believes in government; we believe in you.

    Mr. Steele is a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Among his books is “White Guilt” (Harper/Collins, 2007).

    • Stop, you’re all three right – Steele, GC and Jaded. My fault with Steele is where he says “applaud the exceptionalism he represents – 1. O doesn’t represent exceptionalism, and 2. You cannot in any way praise Obama because they take it and run with it; and 3. It is not up to the Republicans to court the black vote. It is up to black leaders, and black conservative groups to do the heavy lifting. Repubs can be welcoming; but when GWB appointed all those people of color to his administration, what did the Republican Party get out of it. No, Steel is not a racist, but he is a black man, and he wants to take the high road. In that, he sounds like a RINO. This election is going to have to be won with guile.

      • No Bob, there is no basis in that column for implying that Steele is racist. Quite the contrary, and Rush happens to agree with me. I published the transcript of Rush on the matter above.

        • In other words, we can’t all be right. We all have good hearts and mean well, but either Jaded is right to imply Steele is racist or she is not. And the conservative movement needs to be very strict in its use of the language for reasons of honor, honesty and to contrast our movement with the reckless way that the Left throws around slanders against our brethren and sisteren.

          • Bob, Steele, Gamecock and Rush are advocating quite the opposite of any McCain strategy and rudimentary English comprehension skills make that obvious if one reads the whole Steele essay. It saddens me deeply that I had to point this out at all! It is quite depressing that so many here still don’t get it.

          • Mike, I was being a little facetious there, but in seriousness, this is a microcosm of the bigger thing going on among all of us for a while. It is borne out of frustration with the establishment R’s, and the Ficons, and the ‘trucers’. Perhaps Jaded meant ‘racialist’ instead of racist, I don’t know, but you can take from Steele a little bit of ‘give Obama his props’ if you are a sensitive type, which many of us are, as well as the ‘give America her props’ angle. There is another Steele, named Michael, who many felt let us down during his tenure with some of his comments, et cetera, saying things like, paraphrasing, “Yeah, we Republicans have some problems” when he was speaking in a liberal venue. If Shelby Steele is truly saying to the establishment R’s “Get over it (guilt, fear) and attack on the substance, or the issues, fine. But if there is a need , as you say, for the “conservative movement to be very strict in its use of the language”, that sounds alot like ‘don’t refer to Obama’s character in any way, cause it could be construed as well, you know.” If we are truly going to be past it, then walking around on eggshells afraid to say ‘the Food Stamp President’ doesn’t demonstrate that.
            I get the principle – America. It’s why we’re here.America made it possible ….for a black to be President…..and for an anti-American to be President. What price fairness?

          • Bob, I learned a saying as a child in Spartanburg, SC when anyone demanded fairness: The fair comes in October. Think candy apples and the ferris wheel.

            Words matter. I know Jaded well and I know that she means well and that she is on the same page as Steele and Rush and me. I know her heart. I call her THE conservative. But I also know Steele’s work, and even more so, I read the whole column and esp the 2nd half, and so, know that there is ZERO justification for any approbrium on racial terms that could be directed towards Steele. ZERO.

            Words matter, not just hearts, and we need to be big enough to admit when we are wrong and to retract the wrong words. Steele may be wrong concerning his fear that too many Americans are still swayable on racial terms. I have written many columns saying that I think Obama;s election extinquished the race card and white guilt. But, admittedly, my columns were vague, in that I don’t even think that there areZERO such voters. That is a small point. Steele’s main point is that Jaded, Rush’s and my point. My point so much so that the point of my FIRST MSM dead tree column in 2006 for theCharlotte Observer , was that whites needed to get over the fear of the PC police. And that is THE MAIN POINT OF STEELE’s column. This is a matter of simply reading Steele’s column!!!!! The honorable thing to do is to admit same and move on.

  4. My take on this; is the idea that Shelby Steele is thinking “racially.” I think that what is difficult, and almost offensive to those of us who try so hard to stand strong in the face of the Left’s ammunition of constantly calling our side racist. And in Mr. Obama’s case in particular, they’ve used that term to deflect any criticism of him, and protect him from an honest appraisal.

    We were so battered in 08 (McCain’s PC tiptoeing was a killer on this), and have been hammered since then with even heavier cudgels, it will indeed be a battle that continues. IOW, if we defeat Obama, we’ll be called racists for “not tolerating” a black man as president. It is a no win. There is some merit in what Steele is trying to point out, but there is also anger from our side that we have to still deal with it.

    • Lady P, you NAILED IT, it is the inherent thinking of those who would tell us that a “white guy” is going to have a hell of a time, whether that is to give good advice or not, enough is enough with the damn race thing, its over, its done and I am sick of hearing about it. I don’t care what color someone was in 2008 a green martian could have won, but to somehow still believe that Americans who are SUFFERING, with 1 in five Americans unemployed or under employed with $75 tanks of gas to get to work and no extra to even go to movie, to think that ANYONE other then a liberal is thinking color is to be removed from the masses!

      BTW my boss gets WSJ everyday and he definitely agreed with GC BUT totally understood where I was coming from 🙂

      • The title doesn’t “nail it”! It implies (hell, it says) that Steele is a racist. NOTHING in his column exhibits racism. Nothing! He may be wrong in his assessment that many Americans retain a politically correct race-based view of politics. But such an assessment is NOT racism. My God people, let s get real with the English language and let’s be willing to correct ourselves. Please!

        • Damn GC I put it in quotes and moved it from the front page and if you see what I am saying but still disagree with it at least give me credit for giving your response credit and doing the above! BTW I have read everything Shelby Steele has written as well and I also was unhappy with his “white guy” Republican remark, it was un-necessary and showed a level of thinking that I think is OVER, IMO!

    • Was Amos worthy of anger for warning of the reality in the OT? No. Steele’s conservative street cred and the actual meaning of his actual words deserve respect writ large, and not this unreal scepticism. I am ashamed of the discussion here. He is not thinking “racially”. He is thinking, period. He is warning us! He is admonishing us to have the courage to combat the racial BS. Jesus help us.

  1. I want to study Steele’s piece more, but I think his main indictment is against those that remain slaves on the Dem plantation because given his vast body of work, some of which are seminal, we know he is a conservative that loathes the race hustlers, Obama, and especially his indictments of misplaced white guilt. more later

  2. My God Jaded, read the whole column. Shelby is preaching the Jaded, Rush and gamecock gospel that it is time that Republicans took the gloves off and broke thru the media cover of political correctness. His message is that his failures alone will not ensure his defeat. You should also read his book of a decade or so ago titled, “White Guilt”! I have written two major columns (one that made the WSJ) that posits the theory that Obama’s election essentially killed off most white guilt esp among indies and Repubs. I think all Steele is saying is that much remains and that conservatives need to combat what remains and win this thing on the merits. But even if Steele is wrong on how much white guilt remains, that doesn’t make him a racist and your unfortunate title suggests that and I have to say that it disappoints me that you wrote it and that UP promoted it.

    Gamecock, an honest chicken! smile

    • I did Gamecock and that he even “thought” that a white Republican will have a harder time because Obama is Black shows he is thinking and feeding into the elite thinking that this is of a concern for Americans, I READ IT!

      • Rush’s take on the column and shame on you for the title of your column and any suggestion that any of Steele’s column evidences racism; and shame on UP for allowing that title column to be featured:

        From transcript of Rush:

        Quote

        You know, Shelby Steele has an interesting piece today. I admire Shelby Steele’s writing. He has an interesting piece. You know, I better find it. This is worth quoting rather than paraphrasing. He also thinks Obama can be beat, but he thinks, however, that Obama still can benefit from being the first black president, that there’s still value in that. “This Presidency Flatters America to a Degree That No White Republican Can Hope to Match.” That’s the headline of Shelby Steele’s piece. Now, when you hear that headline, and you haven’t read the accompanying story, you might see, “Okay, ‘This Presidency Flatters America to a Degree That No White Republican Can Hope to Match,'” so you might think Obama can’t be beaten.

        “Well, of course he can give away things that no Republican will give away.” That’s not what Shelby Steele means. What he means is, that Obama, by virtue of being president, is a walking testimonial to the greatness of America — that a guy from a group of people who were slaves, from that race of people, can become president of United States (and therefore the most powerful man in the world) says more about America than any nation in the world — that Obama, as president, just occupying the office (not even doing anything, just occupying the office) is a greater testament to the greatness and the uniqueness of this country. And Mr. Steele says that white guys cannot hope to have that same aura about the country be realized or felt if they are elected.

        Because we’ve always had white guy president, it’s still novel and still unique enough. I’m not sure I totally agree. Now, he also says that Obama can be beat, and he lays out how to do it. His term is “social exceptionalism.” He says, “[T]he media hold the president’s exceptionalism,” and that simply means his race, “against Republicans.” A black president still makes this an exceptional country. It doesn’t matter what the black president does or even who it is. It’s just that fact alone represents an American triumph that a white president can’t hope to tap. “[T]he media hold the president’s exceptionalism against Republicans.

        “Here is Barack Obama, evidence of a new and progressive America. Here are the Republicans, a cast of largely white males, looking peculiarly unevolved. Add to this the Republicans’ quite laudable focus on deficit reduction and spending cuts, and they can be made to look like a gaggle of scolding accountants. How can the GOP combat the president’s cultural charisma? It will have to make vivid the yawning gulf between Obama the flattering icon and Obama the confused and often overwhelmed president. Applaud the exceptionalism he represents, but deny him the right to ride on it as a kind of affirmative action.

        “A president who is both Democratic and black effectively gives the infamous race card to the entire left: Attack our president and you are a racist. To thwart this, Republicans will have to break through the barrier of political correctness. Mr. McCain let himself be intimidated by Obama’s cultural charisma, threatening to fire any staff member who even used the candidate’s middle name. Donald Trump shot to the head of the [class] by focusing on Mr. Obama as a president, calling him our ‘worst’ president. I carry no brief for Mr. Trump,” writes Shelby Steele, “but his sudden success makes a point: Another kind of charisma redounds to those willing to challenge political correctness — those unwilling to be in thrall to the president’s cultural charisma.”

        In other words: GET OVER IT!

        Get over it and stop being cowed by political correctness. Treat him as the president, not somebody of affirmative action, not somebody special. He’s the president. It’s sort of like Newt and his reaction to David Gregory on Meet the Press when Gregory came up with this BS question about “food stamp America” being racist, and Newt looked at him and you said (summarized), “You gotta be serious! He’s president of the United States, for crying out loud! He’s got to be accountable! Forty-seven million Americans are on food stamps, the majority of them are white. What are you talking about race?” In other words, what Shelby Steele is saying is: Do not be afraid to criticize him as president doing a lousy job.

        Amen, bro! Amen! You know, every time Shelby Steele publishes a piece, I find that we’re on the same page, and it makes me very proud.

        end quote

  3. The Rest of Steele’s column:

    The point is that anyone who runs against Mr. Obama will be seen through the filter of this racial impressionism, in which white skin is redundant and dark skin is fresh and exceptional. This is the new cultural charisma that the president has introduced into American politics.

    Today this charisma is not as strong for Mr. Obama. The mere man and the actual president has not lived up to his billing as a historical breakthrough. Still, the Republican field is framed and—as the polls show—diminished by his mere presence in office, which makes America the most socially evolved nation in the world. Moreover, the mainstream media coddle Mr. Obama—the man—out of its identification with his exceptionalism.

    Conversely, the media hold the president’s exceptionalism against Republicans. Here is Barack Obama, evidence of a new and progressive America. Here are the Republicans, a cast of largely white males, looking peculiarly unevolved. Add to this the Republicans’ quite laudable focus on deficit reduction and spending cuts, and they can be made to look like a gaggle of scolding accountants.

    How can the GOP combat the president’s cultural charisma? It will have to make vivid the yawning gulf between Obama the flattering icon and Obama the confused and often overwhelmed president. Applaud the exceptionalism he represents, but deny him the right to ride on it as a kind of affirmative action.

    A president who is both Democratic and black effectively gives the infamous race card to the entire left: Attack our president and you are a racist. To thwart this, Republicans will have to break through the barrier of political correctness.

    Mr. McCain let himself be intimidated by Obama’s cultural charisma, threatening to fire any staff member who even used the candidate’s middle name. Donald Trump shot to the head of the Republican line by focusing on Mr. Obama as a president, calling him our “worst” president. I carry no brief for Mr. Trump, but his sudden success makes a point: Another kind of charisma redounds to those willing to challenge political correctness—those unwilling to be in thrall to the president’s cultural charisma.

    Lastly, there must be a Republican message of social exceptionalism. America has more social mobility than any heterogeneous society in history. Isn’t there a great Republican opportunity to be had in urging minorities to at last move out of their long era of protest—in which militancy toward the very society they struggled to join was the way ahead? Aren’t Republicans uniquely positioned to offer minorities a liberation from both dependency and militancy?

    In other words, isn’t there a fresh new social idealism implicit in conservative principles? Why not articulate it and fight with it in the political arena? Such a message would show our president as unevolved in his social thinking—oh so 1965. The theme: Barack Obama believes in government; we believe in you.

    Mr. Steele is a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Among his books is “White Guilt” (Harper/Collins, 2007).

    • Stop, you’re all three right – Steele, GC and Jaded. My fault with Steele is where he says “applaud the exceptionalism he represents – 1. O doesn’t represent exceptionalism, and 2. You cannot in any way praise Obama because they take it and run with it; and 3. It is not up to the Republicans to court the black vote. It is up to black leaders, and black conservative groups to do the heavy lifting. Repubs can be welcoming; but when GWB appointed all those people of color to his administration, what did the Republican Party get out of it. No, Steel is not a racist, but he is a black man, and he wants to take the high road. In that, he sounds like a RINO. This election is going to have to be won with guile.

      • No Bob, there is no basis in that column for implying that Steele is racist. Quite the contrary, and Rush happens to agree with me. I published the transcript of Rush on the matter above.

        • In other words, we can’t all be right. We all have good hearts and mean well, but either Jaded is right to imply Steele is racist or she is not. And the conservative movement needs to be very strict in its use of the language for reasons of honor, honesty and to contrast our movement with the reckless way that the Left throws around slanders against our brethren and sisteren.

          • Bob, Steele, Gamecock and Rush are advocating quite the opposite of any McCain strategy and rudimentary English comprehension skills make that obvious if one reads the whole Steele essay. It saddens me deeply that I had to point this out at all! It is quite depressing that so many here still don’t get it.

          • Mike, I was being a little facetious there, but in seriousness, this is a microcosm of the bigger thing going on among all of us for a while. It is borne out of frustration with the establishment R’s, and the Ficons, and the ‘trucers’. Perhaps Jaded meant ‘racialist’ instead of racist, I don’t know, but you can take from Steele a little bit of ‘give Obama his props’ if you are a sensitive type, which many of us are, as well as the ‘give America her props’ angle. There is another Steele, named Michael, who many felt let us down during his tenure with some of his comments, et cetera, saying things like, paraphrasing, “Yeah, we Republicans have some problems” when he was speaking in a liberal venue. If Shelby Steele is truly saying to the establishment R’s “Get over it (guilt, fear) and attack on the substance, or the issues, fine. But if there is a need , as you say, for the “conservative movement to be very strict in its use of the language”, that sounds alot like ‘don’t refer to Obama’s character in any way, cause it could be construed as well, you know.” If we are truly going to be past it, then walking around on eggshells afraid to say ‘the Food Stamp President’ doesn’t demonstrate that.
            I get the principle – America. It’s why we’re here.America made it possible ….for a black to be President…..and for an anti-American to be President. What price fairness?

          • Bob, I learned a saying as a child in Spartanburg, SC when anyone demanded fairness: The fair comes in October. Think candy apples and the ferris wheel.

            Words matter. I know Jaded well and I know that she means well and that she is on the same page as Steele and Rush and me. I know her heart. I call her THE conservative. But I also know Steele’s work, and even more so, I read the whole column and esp the 2nd half, and so, know that there is ZERO justification for any approbrium on racial terms that could be directed towards Steele. ZERO.

            Words matter, not just hearts, and we need to be big enough to admit when we are wrong and to retract the wrong words. Steele may be wrong concerning his fear that too many Americans are still swayable on racial terms. I have written many columns saying that I think Obama;s election extinquished the race card and white guilt. But, admittedly, my columns were vague, in that I don’t even think that there areZERO such voters. That is a small point. Steele’s main point is that Jaded, Rush’s and my point. My point so much so that the point of my FIRST MSM dead tree column in 2006 for theCharlotte Observer , was that whites needed to get over the fear of the PC police. And that is THE MAIN POINT OF STEELE’s column. This is a matter of simply reading Steele’s column!!!!! The honorable thing to do is to admit same and move on.

  4. My take on this; is the idea that Shelby Steele is thinking “racially.” I think that what is difficult, and almost offensive to those of us who try so hard to stand strong in the face of the Left’s ammunition of constantly calling our side racist. And in Mr. Obama’s case in particular, they’ve used that term to deflect any criticism of him, and protect him from an honest appraisal.

    We were so battered in 08 (McCain’s PC tiptoeing was a killer on this), and have been hammered since then with even heavier cudgels, it will indeed be a battle that continues. IOW, if we defeat Obama, we’ll be called racists for “not tolerating” a black man as president. It is a no win. There is some merit in what Steele is trying to point out, but there is also anger from our side that we have to still deal with it.

    • Lady P, you NAILED IT, it is the inherent thinking of those who would tell us that a “white guy” is going to have a hell of a time, whether that is to give good advice or not, enough is enough with the damn race thing, its over, its done and I am sick of hearing about it. I don’t care what color someone was in 2008 a green martian could have won, but to somehow still believe that Americans who are SUFFERING, with 1 in five Americans unemployed or under employed with $75 tanks of gas to get to work and no extra to even go to movie, to think that ANYONE other then a liberal is thinking color is to be removed from the masses!

      BTW my boss gets WSJ everyday and he definitely agreed with GC BUT totally understood where I was coming from 🙂

      • The title doesn’t “nail it”! It implies (hell, it says) that Steele is a racist. NOTHING in his column exhibits racism. Nothing! He may be wrong in his assessment that many Americans retain a politically correct race-based view of politics. But such an assessment is NOT racism. My God people, let s get real with the English language and let’s be willing to correct ourselves. Please!

        • Damn GC I put it in quotes and moved it from the front page and if you see what I am saying but still disagree with it at least give me credit for giving your response credit and doing the above! BTW I have read everything Shelby Steele has written as well and I also was unhappy with his “white guy” Republican remark, it was un-necessary and showed a level of thinking that I think is OVER, IMO!

    • Was Amos worthy of anger for warning of the reality in the OT? No. Steele’s conservative street cred and the actual meaning of his actual words deserve respect writ large, and not this unreal scepticism. I am ashamed of the discussion here. He is not thinking “racially”. He is thinking, period. He is warning us! He is admonishing us to have the courage to combat the racial BS. Jesus help us.

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