The Worst of the Campus in the White House

In a chilling piece, yesterday, Andy McCarthy argues — I would phrase it — that Barack Obama is the fruit of the leftist lunacy that has flourished on American campuses:

For Obama, that society is an ineradicably racist “white world.” He is more opaque than mentors like Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers, who mince no words in portraying America as an apartheid state. Still, as Hank De Zutter wrote in a fawning 1995 profile, Obama learned to see “integration was a one-way street, with blacks expected to assimilate into a white world that never gave ground.” One hears the echoes of Obama’s wife, Michelle, whose Princeton thesis decried the thought of “further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant.”…
As Obama wrote in his chapter [in a tribute to Saul Alinsky], “Why Organize? Problems and Promise in the Inner City”:

The debate as to how black and other dispossessed people can forward their lot in America is not new. From W.E.B. DuBois to Booker T. Washington to Marcus Garvey to Malcolm X to Martin Luther King, this internal debate has raged between integration and nationalism, between accommodation and militancy, between sit-down strikes and boardroom negotiations. The lines between these strategies have never been simply drawn, and the most successful black leadership has recognized the need to bridge these seemingly divergent approaches. [Emphasis added.]

Breathtaking. Observe that the organizer does not reject separatism, menacing, and civil disobedience. They are iterations of the hard power he “bridges” with soft power, the exploitation of the system’s regular politics. And in a society that venerates dissent and free association, there is much to exploit in the blurry line between critiquing our society and advocating its destruction.

In his partial review of laws likely to be signed into law by an “unchecked” Obama, David Freddoso is correct to note that Republicans’ abandonment of their principles has helped to bring us to the point at which the likes of Obama have a shot of running the country, but if he wins, dark days seem to be looming for freedom in the American sense.
If Clinton’s era was a “vacation from history,” Obama’s will be nostalgia for the fantasies of co-ed years, during which several generations learned to pump their fists in a show of disconnected, play-acting vanity. He’ll be a “transformative” figure, indeed, but not in a way amenable to the spirit in which that banality has so often been uttered.

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OldTimeLefty
12 years ago

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Brian Mc
Brian Mc
12 years ago

Well done
OldTimeLefty
Signed
The Folks at
BANK OF AMERICA
BAC–NYSE

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
12 years ago

I watched a 3 hour interview with John Hope Franklin,an Afro-American history professor at (I think)Duke.He’s about 90 years old,but very astute mentally.
He was a history professor at Brooklyn College when I was in high school!
He delivers an unsettling and pessimistic view of race relations in the US.He remembers every slight he encountered in his life for just being Black.Can’t say I wouldn’t feel bitter either.It depends who you are.
He is no Farrakhan or Jackson or Sharpton.He is a very accomplished historian,but he is depressing to listen to.It’s the hopelessness of his tone that comes through.Ironic, given his middle name.
It was on CSPAN.

Pragmatist
Pragmatist
12 years ago

The only thing chilling about that piece is that you consider it legitimate journalism.
McCarthy (the irony is too rich) makes many declarations about what Obama believes. The problem is that other than one quote from one of Obama’s books and a few words from an interview from the mid-1990s, McCarthy provides no support for his assertions.
A good deal of science fiction for the NRO crowd, but not a serious examination of Obama’s beliefs. Of course, since Obama is a thoughtful author and a serious thinker, I would not expect an NRO hack to waste his time on legitimate criticism.
Poor Bill Buckley, turning over and over again in his grave as the anti-intellectualism of the right reaches ever new heights. What is worse, the right now revels in it. Ivy League educations are a source of embarassment. Plumbers and mayors of third-rate towns are now the standard for our political leadership.

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

Socialism, Arab ties…
Coming up next: Barack Obama kicks dogs.
But seriously, folks…Osama bin Laden wasn’t vilified this much.

msteven
msteven
12 years ago

Rhody, you have got to be kidding me. Ever heard of Sarah Palin? If you think Obama has been more vilified her then you have your eyes closed or are totally blinded by partisan-ism.
Not saying that Obama hasn’t been unfairly attacked – as opposed to any Presidential candidate. But not in the league of the venom and mud spewed toward Sarah Palin by the MSM.

bobc
bobc
12 years ago

OTL,
Never has anyone used so many words to say so little.
Nostrovia

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

Palin brought it upon herself with her arrogance and sense of entitlement from Day One.
I’m sure plenty of Republicans feel the same way, too.
As for those who foisted her upon McCain because they wanted a storyline, well, sometimes in life you gotta take the bad with the good.

msteven
msteven
12 years ago

Palin brought it upon herself with her arrogance and sense of entitlement? As opposed to the behavior of some woman named Clinton?
Come on, Rhody – at least be honest. She’s a woman. She’s conservative. It is clearly unacceptable to be both in today’s culture. This proved it.

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

I completely agree Hillary brought her problems on herself. She managed to pull defeat from the jaws of victory with her sense of entitlement.
Men can do it too – look at Romney and Guiliani.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
12 years ago

Hey Rhody-how about Obama?Publicizing the menu for the victory party and all.
I mean he looks good to win,but the fat lady hasn’t even farted,let alone sang yet.

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

If you’re talking about the New York Post Page 6 kerfluffle…three words:
Consider the source.
Now if Palin won and wants to have Bugaboo Creek cater the party, most of us would be down with that.

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