This POC Crap Is Overblown

We have abundant POC. We are running thin on People With Class

The social justice warriors have done it. They have turned me into a racist. And I don’t like it.

I am past weary of the whining about whites oppressing people of color. Whites should try walking into a bar in south Chicago and feel the daggers of hate. How do you think whites fair in Nigeria? I recall going into a bar in Yokosuka only 19 years after we nuked Japan. All conversations stopped. I wondered if I would get out alive,  There were more whites sold into slavery by Muslims than blacks. That is ignored in favor of building consensus for reparations. There is no end to the injustice one group will do another. We have been at for over 100,000 years.

I  think I was pretty color blind until Barrack and Michelle taught us all racism. It has only escalated since then. Daily someone claims there are not enough POC in this or that category.  I find I am initially weary of POC until I realize that they are just like me.  It is the ones that live to create divides that deserve my contempt. But, I confuse one with other.

That said, Blacks are increasingly adopting vile elements into their culture. That leads me to stay my distance and yes to view them with disdain. Over 20 years of hoodies, pants around knees, plaited colored hair sewn into their hair, etc is enough. Standing apart from white culture does not help them one bit, rather it hurts them.

Some POC like Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are now proclaimed as mainstream entertainment. I remember when performers opened their act with “Ladies and gentlemen”. It’s a long way from I Wanna Hold Your Hand to Wet Pussies. And none of us are the better for it. Class is gone, replaced by loud and vile speech and acts.

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When I read an article that expresses my views, but in a way, I can do, I sometimes share the article. Here is Dan Henniger of the WSJ, writing what I can only wish I could write.

Biden Abandons Normalcy

In an era of social media’s emotions, progressive politics is about saving us from constant apocalypse.

It means more than nothing that President Biden recently could not come up with the name of the defense secretary standing behind him or even the Pentagon—“the guy who runs that outfit over there.” But do not confuse these lapses with the notion that Mr. Biden is unskilled in the art of political magic. He fooled me—getting nearly $2 trillion of long-term spending passed under the pretense of a Covid crisis that is fading. He’s taking a victory-lap tour now, and why not? He earned it.

We’ve said more than once here that the pivotal event of the 2020 Democratic contest was Rep. Jim Clyburn’s endorsement of Mr. Biden before the South Carolina primary. We seconded the conventional wisdom that Mr. Clyburn concluded Sen. Bernie Sanders was too far left to win the general election against Donald Trump. Mr. Clyburn saw that success ran through a “moderate” Mr. Biden.

He was right. Where we were wrong—and for this flight from cynicism, an apology is in order—was in thinking Mr. Clyburn disagreed with Mr. Sanders’s politics.

Still, many voters believed the Biden campaign was, as advertised, about rediscovering “normalcy.” It turns out the Biden presidency isn’t about anything very normal. Now it’s about “going big,” despite his minimalist election mandate.

Going big began with “Covid relief,” a euphemism to bury the bill’s non-Covid goals, such as rolling back Bill Clinton’s landmark welfare-to work reform law. The work part is being eliminated.

Recall as well how last July many thought Mr. Biden was throwing a sop to the party’s defeated progressives when he tweeted that his administration “won’t just rebuild this nation—we’ll transform it.” In reply, Mr. Sanders said Mr. Biden could be “the most progressive president” since Franklin Roosevelt. Cynics snickered. Wrong again.

Mr. Trump was fond of saying the Democratic establishment “rigged” the 2016 election against Bernie to favor Hillary Clinton. We now see that while Mr. Trump plays politics day by day, Mr. Sanders plays long ball. Mr. Trump lost Georgia and retired to Mar-a-Lago. Mr. Sanders lost South Carolina and won the presidency.

Much as I hate to eat more crow, a secondary winner in 2020 needs to be acknowledged: Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Her campaign was also an accurate predictor of what the “normal” Biden presidency would in fact become.

Sen. Warren’s contribution to what our politics have become was to promote her ideas in the language of the political apocalypse, calling out one dire crisis after another. She outranted even Mr. Sanders in describing America as a failed nation requiring radical solutions.

During the campaign, conventional wisdom discounted the chances that she or Mr. Sanders could win with the claim that the U.S. was in a sea-to-shining-sea state of catastrophe. Instead, the argument went, the U.S. electorate remains fundamentally center-left to center-right and wants to be governed that way. But when 10 Republican senators visited Mr. Biden in the Oval Office to offer center-right adjustments to his Covid bill, he showed them the door.

So less than 100 days into the Biden presidency, a question: Mr. Biden’s centrist or “normal” campaign pitch may have put him in the White House. But is the Sanders-Warren political model—threaten the country repeatedly with apocalyptic disasters if “we don’t act”—the way you win at governing in our time?

Mr. Biden promoted his spending bill by saying, falsely, that America’s Covid economic crisis is “not getting better; it’s deepening.” But it was getting better. Days after the bill passed, a headline in the Journal noted: “Factories Struggle to Meet Demand.” Amazing how Mr. Biden has re-created the miracle of the loaves and the fishes. Still, raising the stakes to apocalyptic levels worked.

The Sanders-Warren over-the-top crisis rhetoric will now be deployed daily to sell the rest of the party’s agenda.

The Biden climate bill’s estimated cost: $2 trillion, naturally. We have a “narrow moment,” Mr. Biden says, to “avoid the most catastrophic impacts of this crisis.”

Nor will we be allowed to forget we’re also in a “systemic racism” crisis that emerged this past year. Some 55 years after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Democrats are selling H.R.1 “to overcome rampant voter suppression.” Mr. Clyburn, the godfather of normalcy, says the Senate filibuster shouldn’t apply to H.R.1 because it is “voting right” legislation.

And if a real crisis happens, as with Central Americans flooding through the southern border, euphemize it as someone else’s mess.

Somebody inside the Biden team recognized that normalcy wins elections, but sober realism doesn’t move legislation or public enthusiasm. The new reality may be that in an era of social media, the most relevant metric is having one’s ever-at-risk heart in the right place. That means turning every political issue into a referendum on catastrophe. So far, smiling through the apocalypse seems to be working for Mr. Biden.

Copyright ©2020 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Appeared in the March 18, 2021, print edition.

 

 

One thought on “This POC Crap Is Overblown”

  1. WOW! As a POC, I say thank you for hiding your racism in plain sight. And you’re right we need more “People of Class”. The unfortunate thing is … not to found on this blog.

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