Now that that's done, let's take a moment to fisk Kathleen Parker. It's a good thing I'm sitting in a hospital because I'm sputtering and hyperventilating as I'm reading her column.
Let's take a look, shall we? Her thesis seems to be that the Republican convention was too white. She opens with the mind boggling question: "What if Barack Obama had been a Republican?" Have I been hospital-bound too long? Can anyone even fathom that concept? I can't. She contends that if he'd been Republican, i.e., if Republicans had a black nominee, then the delegates on the floor would have been black. And she gets paid the big bucks for this.
To Parker, it's all about race. She writes:
Obama was elected not only because of his attractive eloquence but because we are fundamentally a good people who value fairness and equality. Electing Obama was part of our reward to ourselves. It allowed us to feel that we were this good and this big.
Choke, sputter, gag. "part of our reward to ourselves"? Is she kidding? Is this satire?
He was also a tantalizing candidate with a message of hope that felt like honey after eight bitter years of terrorism and war. He courted our better angels and articulated our best instincts. We were going to become a purple, post-racial nation, never again to be divided. Who wouldn’t fall in love with that?His "message of hope that felt like honey" never came across to me. His message from day one was of big government and socialist style programs. Anyone who fell for his "purple, post-racial nation" bullshit was not listening past the scripted prose to examine the real man.
And by the way: Republicans are racist:
Republicans were certain that Obama was all style over substance, but their criticisms quickly were interpreted in some quarters as racial animus. Certainly some who call themselves Republicans also can be called racist. Anyone who spends time on the Internet is aware of the racist content of some political dialogue. It’s out there, and it’s ugly.
Then Parker asks "Where are the blacks?" Kathleen Parker, meet just some of the blacks in the Republican party:
Let's start with Rev. C. L. Bryant:
Rev. Bryant gave a brilliant speech at FreePAC in July following on the heels of his brilliant documentary Runaway Slave. Did you see Runaway Slave, Miss Parker?
Meet Mia B. Love. Did you see her at the RNC convention? Wonderful speech!
Meet Mason Weaver, author of It's Okay to Leave the Plantation.
Meet Marvin D. Rogers, author of Silence Makes the Loudest Sound, a revealing look at the racist history of the Democratic party.
Marvin appeared in C. L. Bryant's Runaway Slave documentary and was one of the more powerful segments in the film.
Meet Star Parker, author, activist, and founder of CURE. She speaks out on a regular circut of conservative appearances:
Meet Deneen Borelli, author and activist. She spoke on Fox and Friends recently about her new book Blacklash.
Meet K. Carl Smith, a Frederick Douglass Republican:
Mrs. Parker, I'm sure you're familiar with Condoleezza Rice, Herman Cain, Allen West, Alveda King, David Webb, and others.
What about Stephen Broden, Sonja, Schmidt, Kevin Daniels, Jesse Lee Peterson, and Erik Rush. You ever heard of them?
In Kathleen Parker's article, she does note that there are some minorities in the Republican party, she writes:
Appearances matter, and the GOP simply doesn’t look that friendly. Regardless of what is true, when an arena full of white people cheers jabs aimed at the first African American president, it feels wrong. This may not be a conscious recognition, but the subliminal is powerful. It was with a deep, inner sigh of relief that white Republicans heard Romney say that he had wanted Obama to succeed because he wanted America to succeed. Bless the speechwriters.
I would suggest that Miss Parker and others get past the appearances and quit worrying so much about surface issues. Nobody boo'd or jabbed Obama at the RNC because he was black. It's because his policies are failures. It's not "subliminal" racist code. His policies are failures. They'd be failures if he was a white man. It's not about race here. Get over it
In all her search for racial code and dog whistles, she concludes with this, which I'm not even going to touch:
There they’ll learn that ecosystems thrive and are most productive when there is biodiversity. The same can be said of political parties. An all-white party will not long survive in a diverse environment.
The strongest and fittest are those who adapt, and that species for now goes by the name Democrat.
Take a look around you, Miss Parker. The black conservatives are rising.