Al…Obama? Is There Really A Difference?

If there was any flash of humor to
relieve the excruciating tedium of the Democratic
National Convention last week, it probably came from the
lips of the

Rev. Al Sharpton,
who was allowed his several
minutes at the podium at a time when the grand masters
of the convention hoped nobody was paying attention.
Unfortunately, some people were. 

The Rev. Al, as he now seems to
call himself, is probably the nation`s foremost racial
demagogue, having moved up from perpetrating the

Tawana Brawley
fraud some years ago to his

presidential candidacy
of the last few months. The
Rev. is a

failed demagogue
, since his showing in the primaries
was miserable. What do you do with a fellow who devotes
his life to advancing himself by the most brazen
chicanery and finishes last?

In the Democratic Party, you put
him in the national spotlight, tell him what a great man
he is and allow him to explain why American blacks vote
for the Democrats. [Full
Text of Speech

"Mr. President," the Rev. Al
bellowed in his apostrophe to George W. Bush, "the
reason we are fighting so hard, the reason we took

so seriously, is our right to vote wasn`t
gained because of our age, our vote was soaked in the
blood of martyrs. … This vote is sacred to us."

Mr. Sharpton, you see, thinks that
the right to vote that whites enjoy was somehow not
gained by

"the blood of martyrs"
at places like

Valley Forge
and Bunker Hill. In the Rev. Al`s
world, all that counts is what his own race did.

Well, what also counts is what his
own race supposedly was promised by whites.

[President Bush again] said the Republican Party was the
party of [Abraham]

and Frederick Douglass. It is true that Mr.
Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, after
which there was a commitment to give 40 acres and a
mule. … We went all the way to Herbert Hoover, and we
never got the 40 acres. We didn`t get the mule. So we
decided we`d ride this donkey as far as it would take

 The Washington Times
reports that the Rev. Al`s comments were greeted with

"thunderous laughter and applause."
I told you
it was funny.

But Mr. Sharpton is angry because
he and his race didn`t get their fair share of the swag
the Republicans supposedly promised, and that`s why they
keep supporting the Democrats.

His logic is that of explicit
racial communism. The

40 acres he is buzzed about
would have come from the
land of white Southern landowners, and the idea was to
confiscate it and hand it over to the emancipated

That`s essentially is what is being
done today in

and may yet happen here if the Rev. Al`s
progress to political prominence and respectability
continues. Once the donkey no longer carries him and his
race to the rewards to which they consider themselves
entitled, they presumably will mount yet another beast
willing to put up with them.

To be fair, the Rev. Al was by no
means the only black celebrity to be showcased on what
might be called "Negro
at the convention. There was also the

Rev. Jesse Jackson
, whose own command of the art of
racial demagoguery the Rev. Al has long since eclipsed,
and a newcomer in the person of the Hero of the Week,
the personable
Barack Obama of Illinois.

Due to the inability of his
Republican opponent
to keep himself free of

sexual peccadilloes
, Mr. Obama is on the way to
becoming the next U.S. senator from Illinois and, as the

that have created him the last few days keep
telling us, the

"only African American in the U.S. Senate."

He also enjoys the advantage of
being half white and half black, though he readily
identifies himself as black. It`s an advantage because
it means that, like

Tiger Woods
, he can play on the mythology of

"color blindness"
while simultaneously wallowing in
a thinly masked racial identity.

The use of such a dual role is that
it allows Mr. Obama to

racial identity for whites while at the same
time legitimizing it for

That, after all, is what the
"multiracialism" of which he is supposed to be the
latest and best symbol really means.

My guess is that while the Rev. Al
may provide the funnies, Mr. Obama represents the real
future of the Democratic Party and perhaps the nation.
Already people at the convention were blabbering about
"Hillary and Obama in 2008" (a slogan that more
or less seems to concede that it will be "George and

in 2004"). But I would also venture the guess
that when you rip Mr. Obama`s thin mask away, what
you`ll see is a face that

strongly resembles
the Rev. Al`s.



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