Herman Cain: America's First Real Black President?
I've said it before and I'll say it again: My problem with Obama isn't that he's black. My problem is that he's a white liberal.
In fact, I recommend this as a seriously good way of driving a liberal crazy. Next time you hear a reference to "America's first black president", counter by referring to Obama as "America's 44th white president." Explain that you're doing so on feminist grounds: "What? You're trying to tell me that his Caucasian Mom's genetic input doesn't count? But that's so SEXIST!"
If this seems offensive or insensitive it shouldn't be. We know for a fact that fully 96 per cent of the African-American vote went to Obama. In other words where politics are concerned, skin color really can be a game changer. So we shouldn't be squeamish about discussing its nuances or the way it can so easily be exploited by those of a liberal persuasion to game the political system. To do so is to give the opposition a free pass they simply do not deserve.
This, incidentally, was what was so disgusting and frightening about the recent court case involving Andrew Bolt, Australia's answer to Mark Steyn and Rush Limbaugh - and probably the world's greatest living blogger. Bolt had made a similar point about 'political aborigines': fair-skinned Aborigines who used their legal “indigenous” status to intrigue themselves into lucrative positions open only to indigenous Australians and further their (predominantly activist) careers. Unfortunately, the judge decided that the fundamental truth of this was no defense.
But on to Cain. At the moment I'm rooting for him, I'm really excited by him and I'm not ashamed to admit that part of this is down to his ethnicity. As a conservative/libertarian, my ideological position is that skin color is a sublime irrelevance: we should all be equal under the law; positive discrimination is demeaning and divisive; identity politics is a game played by liberal shysters; etc. But as a realist, I can't help noticing that Herman Cain does have dark skin, that this probably isn't just because he's fresh from vacationing in Bermuda, and that this is something we conservative/libertarians should be delighted by rather than consider an irrelevance or even a problem.
Call me a racist, but I think there's something extra special about a black man who has chosen to become a conservative. (It's why I worship Thomas Sowell). It's because we inhabit a culture where there are so many financial and socio-political temptations for him not to be.