Parallel GOP Universes: Hyperbolic and Counter-Intuitive Myths, Claims, and Canards, August 26, 2013

1. GOP Racism on steroids showcased in this blogpost from MJ Media, linked to via the National Review website. This irony-gone-terribly-wrong post manages to link minorities with alcoholics, manual laborers, felons, profligates, law-breakers, and deadbeat dads:

There’s nothing wrong with making excuses for bad, self-destructive behavior. That might be called “enabling” in some other context, but not here. It’s not really the criminal’s fault, after all. Conservatives just don’t know how hard it is and how the world is mistreating people of color. When you see an alcoholic who is down and out, it’s just common decency to buy him a drink.

When Dr. King said that he hoped for a day when his children would be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, he meant precisely that: That racial preferences are a good idea, and that telling someone that they can’t have a job or vote because of some silly felony conviction is terribly, terribly wrong.

And it’s not just crime that is no big deal. Why should employers be able to get away with telling people that they have to pass some kind of firefighting test before they can become firefighters? Why should bankers care if someone is likely to repay a loan before deciding whether to make a loan at a particular interest rate? In our schools, isn’t it more important that all racial and ethnic groups be disciplined at the same rates than that there actually be school discipline? And why encourage immigrants to learn English when everyone knows that not knowing English is no impediment to a rewarding and successful career as a ditch digger?

People of color are much, much better off if they are not encouraged to study hard, live within their means, follow the rules, and otherwise “act white.” Acting white is, after all, for white people, and conservatives should not insist on such undiverse behavior for anyone else. In the long run, if folks in a particular group are not meeting some standard, it is better for them if we get rid of the standard than if we encourage them to meet it. After all, too, too many people of color won’t.

What’s worse, the fact is that it is much harder to raise children who do well in school and stay out of trouble with the law and have a lot of “values” in a home without a father. Now, given the choice between getting rid of these trifling and unrealistic standards, on the one hand, versus embracing an inspiring diversity of childrearing possibilities, on the other, isn’t it obvious that we should be nonjudgmental?

Fess Up, Conservatives: Time to Accept Blame for MLK’s Unrealized Dream

2. It’s shaping up as a big week for GOP racism, pegged to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. They aren’t even hiding it anymore, as exemplified by this perfect counter-intuitive National Review piece that argues that affirmative action and racial preferences always actually only  hurt minorities’ educational attainment

But the Times story conveys a subtler point as well: Racial preferences are not just ill advised, they are positively sadistic. Only the preening self-regard of University of California administrators and faculty is served by such an admissions travesty. Preference practitioners are willing to set their “beneficiaries” up to fail and to subject them to possible emotional distress, simply so that the preference dispensers can look out upon their “diverse” realm and know that they are morally superior to the rest of society.

3. Not to be outdone on the race-baiting front, George Will plays the ancient, discredited and counter-intuitive non-sequitur card that single mothers are to blame for racial inequality, conservative columnist George Will asserted on Sunday that single mothers actually presented a bigger threat to minority communities than a lack of voting rights.

During a segment on ABC’s This Week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington for civil rights, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile noted that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would still be marching today if he were alive.

“Marching to raise the minimum wage, to ensure that workers could organize,” she said. “He would be marching for the same values that he marched for 50 years ago.”

ABC’s Cokie Roberts said that the progress made in the last 50 years was why the voting restrictions being passed by Republican-controlled legislatures around the country were “downright evil.”

Will, however, pointed to a report published by Daniel Patrick Moynihan eight months after the march that said there was crisis in the African-American community “because 24 percent of African-American children are being born to unmarried women.”

“Today, it’s tripled, 72 percent,” Will added. “And that, not an absence of rights is surely the biggest impediment.”

4. Obamacare Derangement Syndrome continues, in this nice little bit of hyperbole from Mark Steyn in the National Review:

It requires a perverse genius to construct a “health” “care” “reform” that destroys everything from religious liberty to full-time employment, while requiring multitudes of new tax collectors and other bureaucrats and ever fewer doctors and nurses.

5. Tomorrow marks the  onset of the media blitz for Obama’s impeachment, spearheaded by Aaron Klein’s # 1 Amazon bestseller, Impeachable Offenses: The Case For Removing Barack Obama From Office. This grasping-at-straws, ragtag collection of trial balloons that went nowhere include the following “high crimes and misdemeanors”, which, collectively, resemble a garage sale of discredited ideas:

·                  Obamacare not only is unconstitutional but illegally bypasses Congress, infringes on states’ rights and marking an unprecedented and unauthorized expansion of IRS power.

·                  Sidestepping Congress, Obama already has granted largely unreported de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens using illicit interagency directives and executive orders.

·                  The Obama administration recklessly endangered the public by releasing from prison criminal illegal aliens at a rate far beyond what is publicly known.

·                  The president’s personal role in the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack, with new evidence regarding what was transpiring at the U.S. mission prior to the assault – arguably impeachable activities in and of themselves.

·                  Illicit edicts on gun control in addition to the deadly “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation intended, the book shows, to collect fraudulent gun data.

·                  From “fusion centers” to data mining to drones to alarming Department of Homeland Security power grabs, how U.S. citizens are fast arriving at the stage of living under a virtual surveillance regime.

·                  New evidence of rank corruption, cronyism and impeachable offenses related to Obama’s first-term “green” funding adventures.

·                  The illegality of leading a U.S.-NATO military campaign without congressional approval.

·                  Obama has weakened America both domestically and abroad by emboldening enemies, tacitly supporting a Muslim Brotherhood revolution, spurning allies and minimizing the threat of Islamic fundamentalism.

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