Random Thoughts About Romney & Race

In spite of what Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the Obamas, claim, America welcomes people of all races and colors so long as they don’t insist that they have anything but the opportunity to succeed coming to them.

Native-born black Americans have been coddled like newborns for the past 50 years, which is two full generations, three in the urban community. They have been the recipients of trillions of tax dollars in federal and state programs, and what does the country have to show for it?

The fact is, blacks who have emigrated from Africa and the Caribbean have done so, like other millions of immigrants, in order to improve their lives and the lives of their children. They work hard and they are cheered on by a white society that, unlike black America, is, by and large, colorblind.

Frankly, if I were black, I would be embarrassed that the areas in which my people excelled, aside from music and sports, were crime, violence and rioting. It would shame me that in spite of Operation Head Start, Affirmative Action, welfare, food stamps and government set-asides, I was still playing the victim of bigotry, and blaming crime statistics, illiteracy and children raised without fathers, on Whitey.

What does it say about a society when a 16-year-old peddling drugs in the street is a poster boy for urban enterprise?

What does it say about a society when the president, the attorney general, the ambassador to the U.N. and two of the last three secretaries of state, have all been blacks, and we still have to listen to all the whining about how oppressed these people are?

When people such as Sharpton, Jackson and Charles Rangel, are hailed as civil rights leaders, and the likes of Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Shelby Steele and Ward Connerly, are essentially ignored by their fellow blacks and the mass media, it reminds us that a great many white liberals are active participants in the vile conspiracy to keep black Americans dependent and malleable. After all, when decade after decade, nothing is demanded of millions of people except that they troop out every election to vote for Democrats, it’s no accident when they come to regard state and federal handouts as their due.

Treat any individual as an invalid long enough and it’s no big surprise that at some point he comes to accept that he can’t walk under his own power.

It’s worth noting that Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, and $15 trillion later, this war is going just about as well as the one he waged in Vietnam. The main difference is that this one has lasted roughly five times as long, and with no end in sight. Talk about not having an exit strategy.

If I were working on Romney’s presidential campaign, I would suggest that we produce a TV spot in which Santorum and Gingrich are sitting on that same sofa that Gingrich once shared with Nancy Pelosi, and I would have them say that, even after all the insulting things they each said about Romney, they still have every intention of voting for him. So just imagine what they think of Obama!

Another couple of TV ads would consist of Obama’s telling us that if he didn’t cut the deficit in his first four years, he deserved to be a one-term president, and another in which we show the speech in which he declared that if he didn’t get the unemployment rate down below 8%, he surely deserved to be a one-term president. Romney’s contribution would be a voiceover in which he simply said, “I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message.”

Another spot would show Obama leaning over to Russia’s Premier Dmitry Medvedev, unaware that the mic was live, and saying “After my election, I’ll have more flexibility.” Romney would then hold up a toy he’d borrowed from Santorum or Gingrich and say, “Etch-a-Sketch, anyone?”

Still another would consist of a Joe the Plumber type uttering the great line that I’ve seen attributed to various people: “Apparently, I’m supposed to be angrier about what Mitt Romney does with his own money than what Barack Obama does with mine.”

Quite frankly, whether or not Obama reaches his goal of raising a billion dollars for his war chest, I think the only way that Romney can lose the election is if the National Enquirer provides proof that he’s been dating a sheep. And even then, the election would be a toss-up.

Speaking of animals, whenever I hear Barack Obama insist he’s the right guy to fix the economy, I’m reminded that dog owners use that exact same verb when they take their pets in to be neutered.

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com!

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  • genann59

    Got to quit reading today. You are making me fall in love. Have no idea who are what you are as an individual, but love what you have to say. You say it so well, and love that you have the forum to get it out to so many. You have made me do what few can do, gonna fork over some real cash to buy your books. You are making me an addict. Bad, bad. Don’t like being an addict. But maybe can live with being addicted to your writing. God bless, Mr. Burt. Love it.

  • ConBelle

    Perfectly stated article, Burt. Right out of high school, I was denied a typing job where my sister worked because of quotas, she told me. I went thru multiple low paying jobs until I hit the jack pot and stayed with the railroad until retirement. I understood quotas back then but like you so eloquently stated, there is no excuse for it today. The democrats have done a real dis-service to those they claim to be helping, when in fact, they have only  been helping themselves. When will our African-Americans ever going to wake up and say NO MORE!!!!

  • BurtPrelutsky

    cma: Thanks for the clarification.  I almost suffered a brain freeze trying to figure out who Dr. D. Rice was.  The only one that came to mind was Gary Hart’s little chippie, Donna, and I didn’t think she was any kind of doctor.

    I was heartened to hear that Romney’s team had also snubbed Dennis Miller.  At least now I figure it wasn’t anything personal; it was just the typical rudeness and stupidity  so often displayed by political insiders.


    • Jeffreydan

       “The only one that came to mind was Gary Hart’s little chippie, Donna, and I didn’t think she was any kind of doctor.”

        She wasn’t a doctor, but she played one.

  • cmacrider

    Burt:  I am always astonished by (a) the discrepancy of mental prowess between the African American Republicans and A.A. Democrats, and (b) the inability of the G.O.P to transform these remarkable Republicans into folk heroes.

    After all the Dems. transformed a negligent P.T. captain into a folk hero when, if he had not been part of the 1%, he would have been court marshalled.  (Who ever heard of a P.T. boat that can’t manoeuvre to avoid a collision with a destroyer?)

    So why don’t the Republicans rent a studio and do the poverty to most powerful woman in America (as she then was) story in relation to Dr. D. Rice?

    I think the same closed mentality which caused them to decline the services of you and Dennis Miller is their greatest weakness.  They just don’t seem to get the fact that using the media to make reasonable rational arguments about the issueS is but ONE way to attract voters to your cause.

    • cmacrider

      Burt: sorry should read “in relation to Dr. C. Rice?”

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Dan–You’re right, but it’s only liberals and their hand maidens in the media who call us racists.  I say you should always consider the source.  When those folks call me a racist, I regard it as a compliment.  I realize I’ve hit a nerve.


  • Dan_Thinks

      Great article Burt, I agree 100% My thoughts now are that there is a growing resentfulness among us Whites. I have always thought that to give one segment of society special rights you will have to take away from the rest of society. It’s like Obama’s fairness doctrine. He wants the end result to be fair never mind the effort to achieve. We on the Right want fairness of opportunity too achieve and let results be what they may be. In other words a hand up not a hand down. It’s ironic that we on the Right are proclaimed the racist when it’s the Democrats holding the Minorities down. 

  • BurtPrelutsky

    JohnInMa: It is tragic what the Democrats have done to black Americans over the past 50 years.  As if slavery and Jim Crow laws weren’t bad enough, the Democrats encouraged them to rely on the spoils of victimhood, such as affirmative action, food stamps and welfare, until they finally reached a point where a high percentage of them wound up good for nothing but playing basketball, performing bad music and peddling drugs.

    Tim: I wish I could take credit for the line.  It’s just one of those things floating around on the Internet attributed to nobody.


  • Tim Ned

    “Apparently, I’m supposed to be angrier about what Mitt Romney does with his own money than what Barack Obama does with mine.”
    Excellent Line!!

  • JohnInMA

    Burt, your additional comment hits the nail right on the head.   There is a blatant desperation in much of print media, due both to competition in general – driven by the Internet in particular – and the resulting loss of credibility.  It isn’t hard to imagine they are accelerating their own death spiral given their reactions.

    As an anecdote to other points in the article, I have some repeated observations from volunteering over the last decade, or so.  Working with a wide swath of minority communities, it is only the native born African Americans that are mostly consistent in their resentment and jealously.  Most of the Asian (e.g. Vietnamese, etc.) and Hispanic communities are essentially accepting and friendly to not only others like them, but other minorities in general.  The native born black culture has been so completely influenced by the race-baiters they are least accepting of the others.  In fact, some of the more powerful conflicts and rejections are directed at other non-native blacks.  A native-born Jamaican or African, for example, with good command of the English language is seen as a threat, even if their economic situation is the same or worse.  Those who speak a second language (usually French) are often especially shunned.  Most of the readers are probably familiar with similar symptoms where some accuse others of “acting” or “speaking too white.”  

    For those of us who truly have their heart in helping people help themselves, the best description I can apply is to call it criminal.  The delusion that others are responsible for their conditions is so fully entrenched now in the native born culture that many project the source of “social injustice” on everyone else, even those who share nearly all of their circumstances (including minority status).  It is beyond pitiful.  

  • BurtPrelutsky

    The mass media keeps on losing its influence, and it’s killing them.  That’s why Newsweek and Time have to resort to covers showing a  mother with her 3-year-old son sucking on her teat and Obama with a rainbow halo.  But even those covers won’t be enough to convince anyone who isn’t already a bonehead that there’s a case to be made by the Left for the Left.


  • GlenFS

    Good one. Burt!  The old keynesian snake oil sure did a neuter job on our economy.  The worst part is this toxic cure has suffered no tarnish and will be trotted out the very next time a leftist gains power.  The media will cheer with glee as we’re “fixed” again.