Expatriate Owl

A politically-incorrect perspective that does not necessarily tow the party line, on various matters including but not limited to taxation, academia, government and religion.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

What Color is Your Racial Prejudice?

"Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House" an Associated Press article proclaims. It is available here, here, and here, and hundreds of other places. The article makes a big deal of the fact that many white people are reluctant to vote for Barack Hussein Obama because he is b-l-a-c-k.

Yes, there is prejudice in this country; this we cannot deny. And not voting for Obama on account of his race is very shortsighted, considering that there are so many cogent race-neutral reasons for not voting for him. His policies (or lack thereof). His lack of consistency. The people with whom he associates or formerly associated, including but not limited to Bill Ayers and Jeremiah "Pastor G-ddamn America" Wright.

One of my own numerous reasons for not voting for him is that he owes his meteoric rise to the Chicago Democratic political machine. He owes that machine a big time, jumbo mortgage debt at a subprime rate. McCain, on the other hand, has already paid his dues, including but not limited to his involuntary stay at the Hanoi Hilton for more than 5 years. McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, has gone against her state's political establishment, and similarly does not carry a major political marker that can be called in.

Yes, there are people who will not vote for Obama on account of his race. While I cannot personally identify with such a mentality, such is their right when they step into the voting booth in this great Nation.

But I have an even bigger quarrel with many of those who criticize those race-based voters against Obama. Because, just as there are those who will not vote for Obama because he is b-l-a-c-k, there also are those who, this coming Election Day, will cast their vote for Obama solely on account of the fact that his is b-l-a-c-k.

Why isn't the latter manifestation of racial prejudice decried?

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