Matt Petteson, a columnist for the Washington Post and other outlets wrote a recent piece in which he called Obama “The First Affirmative Action President.” He plagiarized the statement, if not pieces of his article from me.
The following was written on December 26, 2008. It appeared in an earlier version of PJ Fusco On The News. Other articles followed, one critical of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 upon whose heels Affirmative Action was introduced.
It’s one thing to steal from an obscure blog like this, it’s another to bask in the light of wit when you have none of your own.
Mr. Obama is the country’s first Affirmative Action President. Like so many who are given jobs because of their race, Obama received his by virtue of his blackness, certainly not his background, experience or proven ability.
Think about it this way: Suppose you had a heart attack. You make it to the hospital in the nick of time where a staff of ER people keep you alive long enough to call for someone who knows how to treat heart patients. Two doctors show up. The first is a young, newly minted black physician, the other, a seasoned white pro. You are in pretty dire straits, but you still want to ask some questions. “Dr. Young Black Physician, how many heart operations have you performed?”
“None, but I’m pretty sure I can do it.”
“And you, Dr. Seasoned White Guy, how many have you done?”
“Ok, I’ll go with the white guy.”
An administrator with a rule book walks in. “Uh, sorry sir, you can’t have the white guy because we have to give the black guy a shot at doing some heart surgery.”
“But, I want someone who knows what he’s doing!”
“Can’t do it,” the administrator says, “we have to have the black guy do it because, well, because he’s black.”
Is this not what half the country did to the other half this past election? Are we not saddled with the equivalent of a fresh-faced, inexperienced pup to solve perhaps the knottiest economic, social and defense problems in the last sixty-five years?
It is certainly time for the United States to put race behind us, but simply awarding people who do not merit the position, the job of governing the country at a most critical time is not the way. It is planly stupid.
Black people are ecstatic over Obama’s presidency, as they should be, but beyond their ecstasy is a nation in need of better than a third Clinton term, which, judging by his staff is exactly what we have. Beyond the black person’s pride at having one of their own in the White House is a far more serious concern: the welfare of an entire nation, and we don’t mean “welfare for the entire nation.” Beyond the black person’s hip-hop view of the world there is the matter of national defense in a time of constant threat from a determined, fanatical enemy. Thus, it would be a good thing to have someone in office whose response to the threat is something a bit more comforting than, “I’ll talk to them.”
The left, through the media, acted like a giant HMO with an Affirmative Action program when they assigned Barack Hussein Obama to cure our ills, and now we may have to die with the decision.
Obama is a dangerous man because he is a bush-leaguer in the majors. He is a dangerous man because there is fantasy pushing him along, not the substance of strength and wisdom forged in a crucible of past trial an error. Worse still is a Congress led by a madwoman, and a Senate driven by the mewling of a 90 pound weakling. It would be best, at this stage of the national health-care regimen, to consider changing HMO’s in 2010, and doctors in 2012, if we live that long. It’s one thing to support equal treatment for all people, quite another when Affirmative Action runs amok. Enough is enough.