I do not believe that Hell froze over, but it had to have dropped a few degrees in temperature when Democrat Senator Jim Webb posted this story titled ‘Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege’ at the Wall Street Journal.
Here are a few choice paragraphs:
The NAACP believes the tea party is racist. The tea party believes the NAACP is racist. And Pat Buchanan got into trouble recently by pointing out that if Elena Kagan is confirmed to the Supreme Court, there will not be a single Protestant Justice, although Protestants make up half the U.S. population and dominated the court for generations.
Forty years ago, as the United States experienced the civil rights movement, the supposed monolith of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant dominance served as the whipping post for almost every debate about power and status in America. After a full generation of such debate, WASP elites have fallen by the wayside and a plethora of government-enforced diversity policies have marginalized many white workers. The time has come to cease the false arguments and allow every American the benefit of a fair chance at the future.
I have dedicated my political career to bringing fairness to America’s economic system and to our work force, regardless of what people look like or where they may worship. Unfortunately, present-day diversity programs work against that notion, having expanded so far beyond their original purpose that they now favor anyone who does not happen to be white.
The injustices endured by black Americans at the hands of their own government have no parallel in our history, not only during the period of slavery but also in the Jim Crow era that followed. But the extrapolation of this logic to all “people of color”—especially since 1965, when new immigration laws dramatically altered the demographic makeup of the U.S.—moved affirmative action away from remediation and toward discrimination, this time against whites. It has also lessened the focus on assisting African-Americans, who despite a veneer of successful people at the very top still experience high rates of poverty, drug abuse, incarceration and family breakup.
Those who came to this country in recent decades from Asia, Latin America and Africa did not suffer discrimination from our government, and in fact have frequently been the beneficiaries of special government programs. The same cannot be said of many hard-working white Americans, including those whose roots in America go back more than 200 years.
Nondiscrimination laws should be applied equally among all citizens, including those who happen to be white. The need for inclusiveness in our society is undeniable and irreversible, both in our markets and in our communities. Our government should be in the business of enabling opportunity for all, not in picking winners. It can do so by ensuring that artificial distinctions such as race do not determine outcomes.
Memo to my fellow politicians: Drop the Procrustean policies and allow harmony to invade the public mindset. Fairness will happen, and bitterness will fade away.
In my opinion Mr. Webb realizes the party is over and is simply attempting to leverage himself as a Conservative at a time when Liberalism has run its’ course and is quickly losing popularity among the voters.
Keep in mind this is a Democrat Senator that has voted for every one of President Obama’s Socialist redistribution of wealth programs and happily supported a radical agenda that the majority of Americans do not want.
With the help of the lame stream media he initially ran for Senate in Virginia as a Conservative anti- Bush Democrat. However, upon election he quickly assumed his Liberal position and has whole heartily supported the far left Socialist redistribution of wealth agenda that has dominated federal legislation this past three and a half years. He is anything but a Conservative. He is simply a politician that has read the writing on the wall and is seeking to save himself at the expense of others.
This is a move of desperation. Mr. Webb recently witnessed a Republican takeover of the top three positions in the Virginia State Government. He understands that Virginia has shifted back to the right and knows that he cannot win re-election running on his voting record. The MSM will not be enough to save him.
The recent standing ovation his party gave to the President of Mexico in the U. S. Capitol will bode ill against him in a state that may very well follow Arizona’s lead in the fight against illegal immigration. In fact, over three years ago, Prince William County enacted an illegal immigration law very similar to the Arizona law and there is push on to adopt the Prince William County law statewide.
While I applaud what Mr. Webb has written, and I totally agree with his call for Unity vice Diversity, I do not trust him in any way, shape or form. The man is an Obama Democrat. A Socialist Liberal attempting to redefine himself for the upcoming 2012 Senatorial Election.
Heed his message. It is well written and clearly defines the issue. However, reject the messenger as, his actions have revealed that, his words and what is in his heart are not one in the same. This is simply his way of announcing that his 2012 campaign for re-election has begun.