Obama Hands McCain The Quota Issue. Will He Use It?
Predictably, Senator John McCain`s presidential
isn`t picking up much traction. Running on a
platform of Four More Years of George W. Bush`s grand
invade-invite-in hock is a less than knockout
Yet, also not surprisingly, McCain
hasn`t completely slipped beneath the waves in the
polls—because a substantial fraction of the electorate
healthy skepticism about Barack Obama.
So far, McCain has done little to
voter concerns about
who Obama really is. Yet McCain, who has survived
five lost planes, is not an unlucky man. Obama has
handed him an actual issue—one on which McCain could
both take a stand on principle and highlight
Obama`s fundamental vulnerability: the unanswered
question of whether Rev.
Wright`s long-time congregant`s
primary loyalty is to
all Americans …or just to African-Americans.
As you`ll recall, mid-term Election
Night 2006 was a dreary experience. The Republicans
drubbing they endured, yet the Democrats didn`t
deserve their victory. The one intriguing development
was in Michigan. Ward Connerly`s Michigan Civil Rights
Initiative banning racial preferences in state business,
having finally made it to the ballot over the
united opposition of the state`s powers-that-be and
the thuggish left, won a thumping 58-42 victory.
And that`s despite Obama recording a
commercial for the pro-quota opposition.
Connerly, who led the successful
1996 campaign for Proposition 209, authored by Tom Wood
Glynn Custred, and a similarly victorious initiative
in 2000 in Washington, will likely have anti-racial
preference initiatives on the ballot in three states
this November: Colorado, Nebraska, and John McCain`s own
"Sen. Obama believes in a country in which opportunity
is available to all Americans, regardless of their race,
gender or economic status. That`s why he opposes these
ballot initiatives, which would
roll back opportunity for millions of Americans and
cripple efforts to break down historic barriers to the
qualified women and minorities."
Somehow, "regardless of their
race" winds up meaning, in Obama-speak,
"regardful of their race."
whether his daughters should benefit from affirmative
action, Obama routinely makes a head fake in the
direction of supporting adding class-based preferences
to the mix.
But he`s not serious about this.
Nobody has ever adequately explained
how class-based quotas would actually work, since class
is a hazier concept than race. What class
was Obama as a young man? For that matter, what
class was McCain as a youth? Economically, McCain wasn`t
particularly well off, but within his caste, he was
a prince of the finest blood—the
son and grandson of admirals.
Moreover, you can intentionally
lower your kid`s class through your bad behavior. You
can write the cartoon caption: "I`m drinking my kid
Finally, Obama knows perfectly well
closest friends in Chicago`s black corporate
business elite benefit hugely from affirmative action.
The plain truth is that, the farther up the social
ladder a black person is born, the more money
affirmative action puts into his pocket.
Consider Obama`s friend
John W. Rogers Jr., founder of
Ariel Capital Management, who manages eleven-figures
worth of Other People`s Money. Obama knows Rogers
through his brother-in-law Craig Robinson, who was
Rogers`s teammate on the 1979 Princeton basketball team.
I`ve followed Rogers` career since
the early 1990s. He`s a smart, cautious, responsible
"Raytheon looks to NCM, Ariel and MDL Capital to oversee
pension fund monies. An $800 million deal via the
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition`s Wall Street Project has set
up several minority-owned money management firms for a
"The Raytheon Co., which had $19.8 billion in revenues
in 1999… will now entrust 5% of its pension fund assets
to women-owned and African American-owned capital
management firms during 2000. The Fortune 500 firm
employs 105,000 and has $14 billion in its pension plan.
Among the minority-owned firms chosen by Raytheon…Ariel
Capital Management, based in Chicago …"
by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. What`s the human connection
between John W. Rogers and Jesse Jackson? Well, let`s
see … Rogers`s old teammate and former employee
Craig Robinson has a
sister who used to be named
Michelle Robinson. Long ago, Michelle was Rev.
Jackson`s babysitter. She became a lifelong friend of
the Rev.`s daughter
Santita Jackson, who is the godmother of the first
daughter born to Michelle Robinson Obama.
Are you starting to see how it all
John W. Rogers is not a
poor kid from the streets who needed a break. He`s
the scion of perhaps the most upper crust black family
in Chicago. His
father was a
judge. His mother,
Jewel Stradford Rogers LaFontant Mankarious, was a
third generation Oberlin graduate who served as Deputy
Solicitor General in the Nixon Administration and
Ambassador-at-Large in the first Bush administration.
mom was on the boards of directors of Mobil,
Equitable Life, TWA, Revlon, Harte-Hanks, Hanes, and
To see why affirmative action
benefits blue-blooded blacks like Rogers most, think
about it from, say, Raytheon`s perspective. Jesse
Jackson has badgered us into establishing a racial quota
for our pension fund management. Okay, fine, we can
afford a quota, just as long as the quotees
don`t lose all our money. So, are we going to hand
millions over to some guys we never heard of operating
out of a storefront on the West Side? No, we`re going to
find somebody who seems trustworthy, like this guy
Rogers, whose mother was a famous Republican.
In 2008, Connerly has had to put up
with determined attempts by the far left groups
ACORN (which is one of the
beneficiaries of the new housing bill just passed by
intimidate his signature collectors trying to
qualify the anti-racial preference initiatives for the
November election. Please check out this extraordinary
video from the earlier Michigan struggle of a BAMN
rent-a-mob overturning a table in an attempt to
intimidate election officials. (And John Fund has a good
column on their 2008 antics in the July 26 Wall
The Far Left`s War on Direct Democracy.)
BAMN is generally treated by the
Main Stream Media as if it`s a legitimate civil rights
organization. But its very name bespeaks extortionate
intimidation. BAMN stands for "By Any Means
Necessary," a term made popular by
Wikipedia, (as of today) Malcolm apparently borrowed
Jean-Paul Sartre, who
invented it during one of his Stalinist phases:
"It is not by refusing to lie that we will abolish lies:
it is by eradicating class by any means necessary."
"By Any Means Necessary" is a
euphemism for violence. Wikipedia explains:
"It is generally considered to leave open all available
tactics for the desired ends, including violence;
however, the `necessary` qualifier adds a caveat—if
violence is not necessary, then presumably, it should
not be used."
That`s the mugger`s point of view—if
he has to slug you to steal your wallet, then the
violence is your fault.
And ACORN, the
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now,
which has also been active in blocking Connerly`s
signature collectors this year, is a 1970 spinoff of the
notorious National Welfare Rights Organization that did
so much to weaken the moral fiber of
black Americans in the 1960s. For the last two
decades, ACORN has been heavily funded by
Fannie Mae and other major players in the
mortgage industry. It`s provided the big boys with a
perfect excuse (helping minorities become homeowners)
for doing what they really wanted to do all along (lower
standards of creditworthiness in order to pursue a
policy of "Heads we win, tails the taxpayers and
savers lose” via what
Kevin Phillips has
called “Wall Street socialism”.
Interestingly, Barack Obama has a
history with ACORN. He was a leadership trainer for
ACORN, and ACORN provided many of the staffers for
Obama`s 1991 voter registration drive which,
according to Obama`s
official website enrolled "150,000 African
Americans" (not "Americans", boasts Obama,
but "African Americans".)
Endorsing Connerly`s Arizona
initiative would be a natural strategy for the senior
Senator from Arizona, J. McCain.
A few hours after I wrote this,
McCain briefly answered a Sunday news show question by
saying he favored Connerly`s Arizona Civil Rights
" `I do not believe in quotas,` McCain said on ABC`s
This Week With George Stephanopoulos. `But I have
not seen the details of some of these proposals. But
I`ve always opposed quotas.`
McCain sides with ban
on affirmative action, By
David Jackson, USA TODAY, July 27,
Of course this is untrue, as USA
Today`s Jackson immediately points out:
“When the Arizona Legislature considered a similar plan
10 years ago, McCain told a Hispanic group that `rather
than engage in divisive ballot initiatives, we must have
a dialogue and cooperation and mutual efforts together
to provide for every child in America to fulfill their
Obama immediately snapped back:
“Speaking to a
minority journalists on Sunday, Obama said he was
`disappointed` by McCain`s position. `I think in the
past he had been opposed to these kinds of Ward Connerly
referenda or initiatives as divisive. And I think he`s
right,` Obama said, referring to a leading critic of
backs ban on affirmative action in Arizona, AP,
July 27, 2008]
of course, is elite
Newspeak for a policy that unites a majority of
Equal treatment of Americans is
"divisive" because it`s
anti-diversity. Diversity, on the other hand is, by
not divisive. Got it? Then you`ve mastered 21st
Century Doublethink and could have a fine career ahead
of you in public affairs.
Does he have the “Right Stuff”
to go to the mat with Obama?
Or will he back off when he has
“seen the details” of Connerly`s proposals?