Monday, May 19, 2008

Why I am Not Meeting President Clinton Today

Bill Clinton is coming to Danville today. The Kentucky primary is tomorrow. Hillary Clinton will win the primary, but Obama will win the nomination in a few weeks.

Today I am mad at Bill Clinton. I have been mad since the South Carolina primary when he started playing the race card, which he has done several times since. The Democratic Party, after great struggle and at great cost, shed our racist past. We should never play to race card again.

Bill Clinton used to be the best campaigner in the party. I believe that if he were campaigning on his own behalf, he would be more sensitive and deft to what should and should not be done. Because he is defending his wife, though, he feels authorized, even duty-bound, to be angry -- or at least snarky -- on her behalf. Any good spouse would be tempted to do the same.

I look forward to the end of the primary season, when the party will unite behind our nominee. I am pretty sure that will be Obama. At that point we will all shake hands, sing Kumbaya, and get on with the real campaign.

But not today.


Phelps said...

As an interested observer (I voted for GWB twice) I might have a better perspective than someone who is under attack from the Clintons.

From where I am standing, I see no difference between Bill Clinton 1991 and Bill Clinton 2007. The only difference is what direction the attacks are pointed in.

Phelps said...

Typo: Uninterested observer

Constructive Feedback said...

Professor Weston:

When you say that the Democratic Party has "shed it's racist past" - two questions for you:

1) Do you think that America as a whole has "shed her racist past" to the point where this nation should not be liable for Reparations any longer just as you have allowed the liability of the Democratic Party to lapse?

2) Can "racism" be seen in certain policies that assume the inferiority of ALL of the people of a given race per their skin color but no particular attention to their economic standing and the question of matriculation of their particular ancestors through slavery and Jim Crow? (Ie: a Caribbean immigrant who's family did not experience American slavery)

Please answer these specific questions and then also tell us if the ghosts of the Black Americans killed during the Calfax Massacre should forgive the White Racist Democrats who slaughtered them to gain Democratic party grip on the state of Louisiana - power that the party has held continually since this fateful episode?

How selective we are at forgiving and forgetting - especially when it has certain political benefits to do so TODAY per our own biases.
The Colfax Massacre: The Untold Story of Black Power, White Terror and the Death of Reconstruction


Anonymous said...

Why is it not rascism when blacks vote 90 percent for the Dali-Bama? What if a white candidate got 90 percent of the white vote? Wouldn't it immediately be labeled rascism? Obama is not the end of rascism I fear just the beggining. Hillary in my opinion is the only centrist candidate in the race. Obama is the most inexperienced candidate to ever get this far. There will be no Kumbaya.