THE SAPIENT SPARROW: conservatism for commoners

"What has always made the State a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven."–Holderlin

THE TRUE HEART OF LIBERALISM

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When words are closely examined, especially those uttered in “private” situations, they often reveal the underlying beliefs of the speaker.  All of us, to some extent, instinctively know that this is true.  It is what caused all the turmoil over the “bitter clinger” remarks made by Mr. Obama during the 2008 campaign.  His words reflected a particular belief about specific people whom Mr. Obama had obviously labeled.  And, the labels were not very attractive—unintelligent, ignorant, irrational, uncivilized.  It becomes easy to discount and minimize those so identified.  They become stereotyped caricatures not deserving consideration.

In the same way, the utterance of Joe Biden, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”  As well as that of Harry Reid, with respect to Obama being a good Presidential candidate because he is “light-skinned … with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one”, give insight into their beliefs about specific people.  (Oops, almost forgot about the Clinton “coffee” comment.  It is informative in an of itself).  Perhaps, the argument could even be made that these liberal Democrats, to some extent, represent the beliefs held by other liberal Democrats.  Generalizations can be slippery things, but in this case, knowing how liberal Democrats have treated, and continue to treat, the black community, they might be right on target.  Think about it.  What do these remarks by these powerful Democrats say about black people as individuals?  As a group?  Furthermore, what do they say about white people as individuals and as a group?  Nothing good.  However, they do reveal the heart of these people.

As Rush Limbaugh said yesterday during his program, “the Democrats are now running naked through the streets.  There’s no cover.  Everybody sees them for who they are…”  Indeed, we do.

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