Paul Waldman At The American Prospect Shouldn’t Misrepresent My Work
It's unfortunate that all the left has to fall back on is deception, dishonesty and false accusations of racisim.
Over at Breitbart's web site, I count eight separate pieces on Derrick Bell (who died last year), trying to make the case that he was some kind of insane radical pushing radical theories of radicalism, all with the intention of oppressing white people, which is obviously what Barack Obama is up to as well. Just to get a flavor, here's an excerpt from one of the articles:
All Waldman does in response is spew nonsense, ridiculous charges and misrepresentations. Only Waldman and others on the left would suggest this is about trying to tell white people blacks are out to get them. Bell's thinking as embodied in Critical Race Theory is obvious and easily understood.
I have called Bell a racialist, not a racist, though any race should see him as that. His position was, any race will always and forever act in group think and out of a race-based self-interest over any other race. Consequently, every multi-racial society must be inherently racist, because the majority will act without interest in, or concern for any minortiy race residing within it.
I reject that short-sighted thinking and put my faith in individual liberty, not race-based liberty. The argument we're having is no more complex than that. There is nothing nutty, racist, or evil in understanding Bell's thinking and asking to what extent it may have influenced Barack Obama's thinking, and to what degree it still may. If anything is cause for concern, it should be Obama and the left's failure and fear as regards even engaging this debate honestly.
More to our point, it isn't so much about what the left thinks about either it, or us, it's that the Obama campaign efforted to conceal Obama's many associations with radicals and the media enabled them in doing it. There have been more than enough substantive points for debate already brought to light to discuss.
Unable to effectively engage, or refute them, all people like Waldman across the broader left have in their bag of tricks is to cry race-baiter, or scream racism. That's as dishonest as it is despicable and I won't engage in the follly of attempting to disprove false and illogical accusations based upon emotion and driven by ideology.
The irony here is in seeing how afraid the left is at the thought of America finding out precisely how they think, when, apparently unlike Waldman, they actually bother to think and speak honestly. At this point, I all but believe people like Waldman lie to themelves more than any other. They wouldn't be so good at it, otherwise.
Here is the post of mine in question. Below, concisely, are several key points from it Waldman could have engaged but didn't. Instead, his only response amounts to slander and false charges of racism. That may demonstrate all one need know about the left's inability to address them and the, apparently, very little one need know about Paul Waldman as an alleged thinker, or honest broker.
Another campaign adviser is Charles Ogletree, a Harvard Law School professor…. National Journal identiﬁed prominent radicals on the Obama presidential campaign’s black advisory council. (“Obama’s Inner Circle,” March 31, 2008).
Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree told the Herald he was just kidding when he suggested that a decades-old clip of a young Barack Obama praising and embracing controversial Professor Derrick Bell was kept hidden from voters during the 2008 campaign.
And we were caught up in Reverend Wright's rhetoric as the former pastor of Barack Obama. And amazingly, he sort of disappeared from the scene. He has a book that was scheduled to come out in August, than in October. I can't tell you where that book is, or where he is, but you'll see him after November 5th. (laughter)
"Open your hearts and open your minds to the words of Prof. Derrick Bell." Those are the words of Barack Obama in reference to the controversial racialist Derrick Bell. Prof. Charles Ogletree, Barack Obama's mentor said "We hid this throughout the 2008 campaign."
Ayers is not only a flag-trampling apologist for domestic terror. He’s an inveterate liar. Andy McCarthy refreshes your memory.Obama can wrap himself in the flag and attempt to gag his critics, but his false portrayal of Ayers as just a guy in the neighborhood is not going to fly. Obama’s friend is America’s enemy. And America deserves to know.
Despite only partial review of the papers, some outlets are pooh-poohing the disclosures. The Chicago Tribune writes: “A partial examination of the documents did not reveal anything startling about the link between Obama, the Democratic presidential contender, and Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground, a Vietnam-era anti-war group that claimed responsibility for several bombings.”