We discussed yesterday the smart way Donald Trump is responding to race-baiters. That response is appropriate to attempts to shut up others politically with the toxic shout of “racist”.
There is another type of race-baiting designed to appeal emotionally to white liberal guilt and to African-Americans who are less and less enamored with Barack Obama. Here is an example of that type of emotional race-baiting:
“The worst part of it all wasn’t that we had to listen to Donald Trump’s narcissistic ramblings or watch his bad hair flapping in the wind. It was that my president, our president, had to stand in front of the world and justify his right to be in the White House..
And Trump’s assault on the president’s integrity hasn’t stopped. He now questions the president’s academic standing and worthiness to have been accepted into Ivy League Schools like Columbia and Harvard law.
Worse than all of this, was that just like the late baseball legend Jackie Robinson before him, President Obama has to put up with the insults, lunacy, and outright bigotry with a smile. He can’t lose his cool because he is the first. He must handle himself with grace and class or the next black candidate for president won’t stand a chance.
For many of us who are educated African-Americans of a new generation, we get it. We live it. We know what it feels like to be the first in our firms, corporations, universities, or industries. We know coded race talk when we see it. We know what it feels like to be delegitimized, and questioned, stared down in a funny way regardless of the accolades and laurels of our degrees or achievements.
And we hurt for the president yesterday.
We tweeted and Facebooked, texted and emailed in total shock and awe. I think it took a good five minutes for my younger brother, a minister, and my mom to calm me down on the phone as I was yelling at the top of my lungs about how appalled I was that the president of the United States was being treated in such a shameful manner. I truly felt off center — like I had personally been kicked. Once we stopped and prayed, I was able to put pen to paper and begin to write down my thoughts.”
How can anyone respond to such well-crafted emotional blackmail? And that is all it is, emotional blackmail. The emotional blackmail is “you are hurting me when you do not politically support the person I support so shut up.” The only way to respond to politically motivated emotional blackmailers, presumably they are of adult age though they try to dodge adult responsibility, is to confront them with facts. Confront the emotional blackmail race-baiters with cold, brutal, unyielding, uncompromising, slap-in-the-face, FACTS.
“… Many of the groups that Obama needs to turn out most enthusiastically in 2012—particularly young people, African-Americans, and Latinos—are still suffering the most as the economy crawls back from the Great Recession. That dynamic looms like a crack in the foundation for Obama’s reelection, which relies on those groups surging to the polls in 2012 after their participation sagged even more than usual in the 2010 midterms.
The continued strain on the groups at the core of Obama’s coalition underscores the political stakes in his recent turn toward deficit reduction. [snip]
To Borosage and like-minded critics, that means Obama is consigning himself to relatively high levels of unemployment in 2012. The risk is especially great among the groups that Obama most needs to mobilize. In the latest federal figures, unemployment stood at 15.5 percent among African–Americans, 13.4 percent among young people, and 11.9 percent among Latinos. In each case, those figures are down since January but still higher than when Obama took office—and considerably higher than among whites (8.3 percent).”
Those are facts. Not emotional blackmail, those are facts. The gentry white liberals and intellectuals who mock the White Working Class for supposedly voting against their interests, in such books as “What’s the Matter With Kansas,” do not dare slap African-Americans and gentry whites and young people with the facts.
What’s the matter with YOU Barack Obama apologists? Why do you support your oppressor? Those are the FACTS. The ugly, brutal, facts:
“The Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, recently analyzed the trends in greater detail. Its findings should chill the White House. Unemployment among workers younger than 25 with only a high school diploma averaged almost 23 percent in 2010—nearly double the level in 2007. Even among workers that age with a college degree, unemployment has averaged nearly 10 percent over the past year. There are enough Latinos in 15 states for the Bureau of Labor Statistics to track their job status; in 12 of them (including such battlegrounds as Colorado, Florida, and Nevada), the Latino unemployment rate exceeded 10 percent last year. In all 23 states in which there are enough African Americans to reliably measure unemployment, the average rate last year exceeded 10 percent; in 17 of them, it exceeded 15 percent.
The pain in these communities extends beyond unemployment to a historic liquidation of wealth. Census figures, for instance, show that homeownership rates have declined significantly faster among both African-Americans and Latinos than whites.
In 2008, Obama won three-fifths of voters under 30, two-thirds of Latinos, and 95 percent of African-Americans. With his support among older and blue-collar whites eroding, he needs big showings among all those groups again in 2012.”
The race-baiting, emotional and other strains, are to gin up the vote for the oppressor. Barack Obama has always done very well for himself, but those that protect him the most (think Alice Palmer, his freezing constituents), suffer the most. Recall the record of “racist” Bill Clinton (Bill became a “racist” when he campaigned for Hillary and her lifelong work to help those Barack Obama has swindled). Recall all those great jobs and all those new homes when “racist” Bill Clinton fought for you every day? They’re gone. Obama took ’em.
Keep apologizing, keep defending – Obama has a great big grin when you act like such fools – embrace the oppressor:
“There’s no sign of wavering in Obama’s black support. But in 2010, exit polls found that the Democratic vote in House elections dipped among both young people (to 55 percent) and Latinos (to 60 percent). In Gallup’s weekly averages of its tracking poll, Obama’s approval rating has reached 60 percent among Latinos only once since January—and has never been that high among young people. His ratings among both groups have fallen below 50 percent over the past two weeks; among Latinos, he’s at his lowest level ever.
Against those warning signs, the White House is betting that these young and minority voters will mostly look forward, not back, as they choose in 2012. Recent Gallup polling shows that while young people and minorities are more negative than older whites about their current economic circumstances, they are also more optimistic about their financial future. One senior White House official argues that such optimism suggests a residual faith in Obama.”
Idiots of America Unite! You might lose your oppressor. Fight for your exploiter! Defend your tormentor – he has a grin you like – he has a skin color which thrills you.
Brownstein is not writing anything readers of Big Pink will be shocked by. Here is what we wrote on March 24, 2009 in “The “Who Obama Hurts Most” Press Conference”:
“We think Big Media should focus questions on who Obama hurts most – his supporters.[snip]
We are talking about young people and African-American supporters who were ever so fervent in their religious worship of Obama.
Mind, some of Hillary Clinton’s strongest supporters were African-Americans who courageously withstood the race-baiting attempts to force them to support the Mess-iah. [snip]
Many young people too cared about the content of character over color and supported Hillary Clinton. But many young people voted for the celebrity, do-nothing, flim-flam, unqualified, race-baiting, and gay-bashing, and woman hating, Barack Obama.
Now, the chickens have come home to roost for African-Americans and young people:”
Spare us the emotional blackmail because we have sufficient emotional outrage to drown you out in that battlefield. And we warned you. We warned you the day after the 2008 general elections in “Big Media Elects Its Stooge“:
“Last night Obama kool-aid drinkers think they won, but they did not. It was a win for Big Media and the Obama strategy, as betrayed by his history, of picking an unsavory actor and doing his (in this case, its) bidding in order for Obama to advance himself.
Obama kool-aid drinkers will swagger in confidence and proclaim themselves winners. But they will soon learn they are not part of the “we” in “we won”. Americans who, battered by years of Bush and his myriad disasters, cast aside their doubts about Obama in desperate hope for “change” will also discover they are not part of the “we” of “we won”. [snip]
Need we once again repeat the Obama history of betrayal?
When Obama desired to advance himself in Illinois he took up with corrupt machine politicians in order to advance his career. When Obama desired to advance himself in Chicago he took up with the now convicted Rezko and abandoned poor and black constituents as they froze in Rezko controlled tenements which Obama himself had helped Rezko interests acquire. When Obama desired to advance himself he organized a gay-bashing tour of South Carolina. When Obama desired to advance himself he race-baited. [snip]
Obama supporters want us and themselves to believe that the leopard changes its spots, that history is not a teacher, that the scorpion changes its nature. [snip]
Obama kool-aid drinkers will soon be presented with the small fine print of Obama’s promises. [snip] Like with FISA, Obama will soon forget all those campaign promises and crib drown them in a sea of flowery words and say “it can’t be done now”. [snip]
Obama, who strategically employed “change”, is the third Bush term – just as inexperienced, only more grandiose and with even more messianic delusions.”
[Notice the very first use of “The Third Bush Term” post election. Kudos to us!]
Don’t expect Barack Obama to visit the economic devastation he has wrought. He’ll do publicity stunts which allow him to pretend to care but he won’t look the people he flim-flamed in the face and explain the fullness of his failures.
Yesterday we explained Donald Trump was very smart in how he responded to the race-baiters. Later in the day, in Las Vegas, Donald Trump was at a 900 person rally which gave Big Media the vapors because Donald Trump “dropped the F-bomb.” Horrors. What happened? Did Donald Trump go stupid?
Let’s stipulate that we do not appreciate crude language. Such ghastly behavior gives us the vapors. Our frail sensitivities aside, what was Donald Trump up to last night?
Donald Trump knew today was a tough day to squeeze into the news cycle. There was the weather tornado sucking up homes and attention, a space shuttle launch blasting hard-to-compete-with light and noise, another Obama publicity stunt to pretend he cares, and a massive wedding that nearly melted the internet. Trump understood he needed a hook to wiggle his way into the news
Trump knows Big Media wants to squeeze him out of any and all news programs. Big Media wants the narrative that post-birth certificate Donald Trump is no longer a player. Donald Trump knew he had to squeeze into today’s news cycle or else he would be consigned to oblivion.
Bill Clinton had the same problem in 1992 as his campaign for president faded to third place behind Ross Perot and George H. W. Bush. Bill Clinton, in a widely mocked (by Big Media) publicity stunt, put on some shades, grabbed the saxophone, and wailed that wild sax on the Arsenio Hall show. Bill Clinton got attention and fought his way into the news cycle and the presidency.
Donald Trump needed a publicity stunt to get in the news cycle too. It was a tough news cycle to bust a move in but Trump managed it. In ‘sin city” Trump dropped the dreaded F-bomb. Trump got into the news cycle and on coveted spots in the network evening news.
Did Trump lose by winning? Did he win a spot in the news cycle but lose the delicate ears of the nation? Consider the well targeted F-bombs placement before you answer the question.
Post the birth certificate, Donald Trump is pivoting his campaign. The deployed F-bombs brought attention to these sentences to an American public distracted by wedding cake:
The Donald also dropped the F-bomb, but it was censored, when he said “We go to Afghanistan. We go to Iraq. We build a school. We build a road. They blow up the school. We build another school, another road. They blow them up. We build again. In the meantime, we can’t get a school built in Brooklyn,” [insert F-bomb between “a” and “school”]
Americans who hear those soundbites might be offended by the ever so shocking language – but Trump wants them to at least hear those sentences. Trump bets that the reaction will be: (1) pearls clutched, “Heavens to Betsy!” exclaimed; (2) pearls eventually un-clutched and a deep breath taken; (3) “his phrasing is crude but I agree with him.”
The smartest pivot from last night though is how Trump continues to use the birth certificate issue, with a very sly twist which goes to Trump strengths and Obama’s weakness:
“The trip is his second in as many days to one of the states that will help determine the Republican presidential nomination. On Wednesday, Trump visited New Hampshire and claimed credit for Obama’s release of his long-form birth certificate, despite having questioned its existence for weeks. In Las Vegas, a jubilant Trump basked in applause once again.
“He did it because we went after him hard. We’re tough negotiators like this country needs,” he said. “I just ask him one thing: Why didn’t he do it two or three years ago? Why does he have to put this country through turmoil?”
Short version: Trump Defends America, Obama Apologizes For America.
Short version: Trump Means America On The Rise, Obama Means Obama On The Decline.
Short version: Trump Tough, Obama Weak.
Only the Obama apologists who applaud the oppressor will argue with those FACTS.