Posted on | August 5, 2014 | 35 Comments
Kathy Groob is a Democrat Party stategist in Kentucky, where Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is fighting for re-election against Democrat Alison Grimes. Saturday, in a complete non sequitur, Groob sent out a series of Twitter messages saying that McConnell’s wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, “isn’t from KY, she is Asian.”
Groob’s tweets quickly disappeared — indeed, she deleted her entire Twitter account — but not before Phillip Bailey, political editor for Louisville public radio station WFPL screen-capped the “Asian” messages. Democrats rushed to condemn the messages, but this certainly isn’t the first time Chao’s ethnicity has made her the target of Democrat race-card tricks in this campaign. They were doing this stuff last year, back when it was still rumored that movie star Ashley Judd was going to seek the Democrat nomination against McConnell.
Question: How is this different from “birther” attacks on Obama?
How is it that Democrats get a free pass for doing this kind of stuff to Republicans, yet object vehemently to anyone who dares mention that the president’s father was a Kenyan socialist? If “the personal is political” — as feminists have been insisting for more than four decades — why is it these kind of identity-politics arguments are only acceptable if they help elect Democrats and advance a left-wing agenda? Far be it from me to argue that one’s personal experience, including perceptions about ethnicity, are always irrelevant to politics. Dinesh D’Souza (who, last time I checked, wasn’t from Kentucky, either) was roundly vilified for arguing that Obama’s worldview was profoundly influenced by his father’s anti-British/anti-colonialist/anti-capitalist attitudes.
D’Souza’s argument was less “racist” than the arguments of liberals who routinely claim that anyone who opposes Obama is a racist. And certainly, D’Souza’s own worldview has been shaped by his personal experience. In order to be a conservative Indian-American, after all, one must reject the kind of anti-Western attitudes — the residual resentments of colonialism — which D’Souza saw in the attitudes of Obama and Obama’s father. And I would argue that, whatever one’s ethnicity, for any “outsider” or underdog to succeed in America, it is necessary to resist the temptation to resent successful people. If you don’t want to be a loser, you must learn to emulate winners, not envy them.
Whatever your disadvantages in life, or whatever unfair privileges others may enjoy, determination, hard work and an honest character can overcome any obstacle anyone puts in your way. Resolve yourself to work hard despite every discouragement and to learn the lessons of every failure. Study the examples of others who have triumphed over adversity. Make a vow that, whether you ultimately win or lose, no one will ever be able to say that you failed because you didn’t work hard enough. Develop the kind of mental toughness that enables you to survive amid crisis and confusion. Constantly improve your skills, learning whatever you need to know to become better at whatever it is you do. Be flexible and quick to adapt to new circumstances. Learn to recognize opportunity. Become resourceful, so that no problem you encounter leaves you helpless. Most of all, remember that your struggle has a purpose that transcends your narrow selfish desires.
If God has chosen you to do great things, your success will be to His glory. God’s chastisement of your weakness and lack of faith — for this is what your failures really are — should be welcomed with gratitude, for by such chastisement is your faith tested, so that you become more humble, recognizing your debt to God’s grace, even as you grow stronger with each failure. God has some reason for all your toils and setbacks. God is testing you and teaching you, so that you will be ready to fulfill whatever purpose He has for your life. Therefore, thank God for your struggle, and determine to work harder every day to be prepared for whatever He may choose for your task.
This is my belief, and as D’Souza is a Christian, I presume that it is his belief also. Faith in God and a belief in the value of hard work were both crucial to the founding of this nation. We fight to defend our liberty and to defend our faith, and if it should be necessary, we will fight to defend America against any enemy, because we know that America truly represents the last hope for humanity. As Ronald Reagan once said, people come to America in search of freedom, but where will we go if we lose freedom here?
Elaine Chao is not exactly my favorite Republican. She’s not the kind of ferocious, two-fisted, red-meat, right-wing populist who gets me fired up. She’s a Chamber of Commerce type who speaks generally for the interests of big business. Nor is her husband a politician I admire; to be honest, I’m not even sure I would vote for McConnell if I lived in Kentucky. Nevertheless, insofar as Elaine Chao’s ethnicity is of any relevance to this election in Kentucky, it is as an example of how the American Dream is still very much alive. She arrived in America in 1961 as an 8-year-old who didn’t speak English, yet through hard work she got a Harvard MBA, became the Secretary of Labor and married a man who has become the most powerful Republican in Washington.
It is this kind of success story that should make every parent scream at their children: “Turn off that TV! Put down that videogame console! Pick up a book and start studying, you lazy brats! This is America! If Elaine Chao can make it, you’ve got no excuse!”
Such is the true lesson of Elaine Chao’s life, but Democrats . . . well, they’re Democrats, and if appeals to racism or sexism will help elect Democrats, this is what we expect from them. Last summer, when Alison Grimes announced her Democrat candidacy, Kathy Groob gushed all gooey what a wonderful thing it was for women:
Kathy Groob, a Covington-based political consultant and author of the book Pink Politics which focuses on female candidates and the way they can win, is supportive of a Grimes candidacy.
“Alison’s announcement (Monday) is an important step for women in politics in Kentucky and across the country,” said Groob, who attended the press conference in Frankfort. “When a 34-year-old accomplished woman is ready to take on one of the most powerful political men in the country, it’s a great day for women.”
Yeah, “a great day for women.” The feminist message in Kentucky:
You stay classy, Kentucky Democrats.