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The Left’s Race Baiting Is Bewildering If You Argue Rationally

Posted on | November 24, 2012 | 29 Comments

by Smitty

A taste of Jonah Goldberg in the New York Post

Racial slander is like duct tape: There’s no limit to what you can do with it.
But can you imagine how much worse it will get if Republicans actually do reach out to black community (as they should)?
One of the points of racial slander is to signal that only liberal policies are guaranteed to be non-racist (even when such policies were forged with racist intent, like the Davis-Bacon Act). This is why the Congressional Black Caucus insists on calling itself the “conscience of the Congress.”
That’s why policies like school choice are routinely denounced as racist, even though they’re largely aimed at improving the lives of inner-city blacks trapped in bad schools. Teachers unions don’t like school choice, ergo, it’s racist.

The United States is founded upon an Enlightenment approach to rational argument. The myopic genius of the Left has been to rediscover purely hormonal populism, and turn it into political power.

The $16T question is: how do you fight that? Rational argument is predicated upon both parties arguing in good faith. The Left seems to argue from the standpoint of bogging down honest discussion, and running out the clock. Meanwhile, votes are bought on the side with ‘free stuff’, and the Left continues to build the entitled mob.

How do you argue with that? Are there any teachers other than time and pain for these Lefties?

via Insty


29 Responses to “The Left’s Race Baiting Is Bewildering If You Argue Rationally”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    November 24th, 2012 @ 1:21 pm
  2. Veritas
    November 24th, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    Why is it I have never heard the usual suspects ask if the Dhimmies should reach out to veterans and white males?

  3. Bob Belvedere
    November 24th, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    You don’t argue with ‘that’. You ignore it. It is not worthy of consideration by freedom-loving people. We have to stop granting the Left and it’s perverse ideas any legitimacy, refuse to play by their Rules.

    Let them scream ‘raaaaacisst!’ until they turn blue in the face [and become another grievance-based minority group/tribe]. Ignore them, like the trolls they are.

  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    November 24th, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    If raaaaacism is duct tape, sexism is scotch tape. A damn pain to get off things once stuck on.

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  5. Christy Waters
    November 24th, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    The challenge for conservatives is to address the decay in the culture. There used to be dignity in self-reliance, as well as shame in dependence. If we act like nothing more than chimps that throw their own crap, we shouldn’t be surprised when we find ourselves caged. We will be policed by someone. If we don’t police ourselves, the govt will do it for us. It comes back to those intangible values, without which freedom is not possible.

    “Values Voters” are mocked and derided even by those in the GOP. They need to expand their message to include not only the protection of life, but the protection of the quality of life. Turn issues like our national debt, and our lack of borders into moral issues. Remind people not to tell their children that they love them if they’re willing to leave them a country that’s been completely laid to waste.

  6. dimonddragon
    November 24th, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    Rational argument is predicated upon both parties arguing in good faith.

    The corollary to this that the arguers have to be willing to publically call out those who are NOT arguing in good faith as hypocrites or to otherwise show that they are not arguing in good faith.

    It cannot be just a

    “no, we’re not racist”

    response, it has to be

    “NO. We are NOT racist, and instead of having a rational discussion with us about a serious issue, you would rather scream ‘racist’ than actually consider the damage being done to the community and develop solutions to solve it.”

    I disagree with Bob Belvedere below, ignoring it is EXACTLY how we got into this situation in the first place, because we allowed it to take root in the consciousness, and by not objecting it was a form of tacit admission.

  7. MrPaulRevere
    November 24th, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    Wonderfully stated and 100% correct.

  8. SDN
    November 24th, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    The only debating tools when dealing with Lefties are measured in calibers. Until we recognize that and act accordingly, we will lose.

  9. contructiveConservative
    November 24th, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    I showed how it is actually cult like behavior. Another way of putting it using historical terms is it is the return of the counter revolutionary movement called romanticism in response to the rationalism of the Period of Enlightenment

    The point is that you can only change the attitudes of illogical or misinformed people by the use of overwhelming force and persuasion. This doesn’t necessarily have to be violent, think peer pressure, for example.

  10. rrpjr
    November 24th, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

    You don’t argue with it. You fight it — with openness, relentlessness and joy. Breitbart understood. But he was a phenomenon. The Right in general simply cannot or refuses to engage the Left, does not even try to understand it. I’ve never seen such intractable, idiotic and uncomprehending pacifism. The Left wants to exterminate conservatism; in turn, the Right wants to figure out ways to politically outpace the Left without offending it. Truly amazing. Maybe we deserve extinction.

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  12. darleenclick
    November 24th, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    Actually, I think we should take a page from William F. Buckley who, when Vidal called him a “crypto-nazi” on live tv told him if he said it again, he’d knock him out and Vidal would stay plastered.

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  14. curri
    November 24th, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    Yet their backers in the “international community” say that Americans not fully on board with the left-wing project are like this:


    “We want to believe that Obama failed because of the conservatives inside his own country. Indeed, the fanatics that Mitt Romney depends on have jettisoned everything that distinguishes the West: science and logic, reason and moderation, even simple decency. They hate homosexuals, the weak and the state. They oppress women and persecute immigrants. Their moralizing about abortion doesn’t even spare the victims of rape. They are the Taliban of the West.


  15. Sherry Cesnajke
    November 24th, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    Its not about true racism…its about racialism…a political mind game used to create division, hate and chaos.

  16. brother bob
    November 24th, 2012 @ 10:43 pm
  17. sheryl
    November 24th, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    Honest to God I really thought we would be putting this presidency behind us.

  18. K-Bob
    November 24th, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    You deal with it by responding with: Only Democrats care about race.

    Broken record. Repeat it until they get frustrated and go away.

  19. Bob Belvedere
    November 25th, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    Even if Obama had lost and the GOP gained control of the Senate, (1) we would still be repairing the damage done by BHO and Reid and Pelosi and their minions for decades and (2) we be spending a great deal of time battling Romney and McConnell and Boehner.

  20. contructiveConservative
    November 25th, 2012 @ 1:13 am

    Is your post an attempt at parody? If so, I have to compliment you on doing an excellent job.

  21. Thers
    November 25th, 2012 @ 1:42 am

    Well, apparently, you fight it by being unemployable and begging for scraps from the Wingnut Money Machine, Gollum. .

  22. Alex
    November 25th, 2012 @ 3:09 am

    Treat people as individuals, don’t pander to them as racial groups. That’s something the left can’t comprehend. They think everything we say is racist, they think criticizing Biden is racist against black people. Can you get a whiter guy than Biden?

  23. garymrosen
    November 25th, 2012 @ 3:24 am

    I believe he was quoting some Euro-dbags at the link.

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  26. Rob Crawford
    November 25th, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    Voice of experience?

    (Because when I think “unemployable wingnut”, I think of the blogger known as Thersites.)

  27. contructiveConservative
    November 26th, 2012 @ 12:45 am

    My mistake…you are absolutely right.

  28. Bob Belvedere
    November 26th, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    I should have been more detailed: I believe in ignoring their arguments, not the Leftists themselves. Any response should be on our own terms.

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