Does anyone seriously wonder what the Democratic campaign against Mitt Romney will feature this fall? Romney will be portrayed as an out-of-touch rich guy…and a racist.
Indeed, “racism” is now such a standard charge made by the Obaman wing of the Democratic Party that it’s become routine. If you don’t want Obama re-elected, you must be a racist. If you’re in the Tea Party…racist. And on and on.
But it has never been as bad as in the last week, when the charge was picked up and amplified by Obama’s amen corner in the American media. The media lapdogs were on vulgar display when Mitt Romney had the nerve to honor that part of America’s heritage that is Anglo-Saxon. Racist, said some. And Cokie Roberts, whose late father had been Democratic leader in the House, informed us that Romney’s visit to Poland was just an attempt to appeal to a diminishing pool of white voters. “I think that getting those ethnic voters excited is really what Romney has in mind here,” Roberts said. “It’s more for the folks at home — the descendents of the people that he will be speaking to — in Poland.”
The lowest level was reached yesterday. Romney, in Israel, committed the unforgivable sin of saying that Israeli culture had a great deal to do with Israeli success. “Racist!” yelled some Palestinian hack. (The PALs are now using that term more and more, aligning themselves with the Western left.) One must not say the obvious. “Racist!” echoed the amen corner in the U.S. One must not speak the obvious…that culture counts, that there are cultural reasons why some people succeed.
Does anyone doubt that Cuban Americans are so successful because of their culture? Does anyone doubt that culture drives Asian Americans, who come to this country without knowing a word of English, and produce children who are at the top of their classes only five years after arrival?
Does anyone doubt that there’s an American culture, a spirit, a drive, that has made us so entrepreneurial and innovative? Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote, in “Crusade in Europe,” that “the trained American possesses qualities that are almost unique. Because of his initiative and resourcefulness, his adaptability to change, and his readiness to resort to the expedient, he becomes, when he has attained a proficiency in all the normal techniques of battle, a most formidable soldier.”
All a coincidence?
I knew a restaurant in central Virginia owned by Vietnamese refugees, who came here after the Vietnam War. You walked in and, on a front table, were a violin and textbooks. The teenaged daughter of the family would wait on tables and then, between customers, would practice her violin or study her textbooks. Where do you think she’ll be in 20 years? She won’t be looking for a handout.
Culture, my friends. Nothing Romney said was wrong, but in so-called “news” stories both the Washington Post and The New York Times, now in full Obama mode, went after him as if he were a member of the Klan. We need a conversation about culture in this country, but the so-called “multiculturalists,” who tell us that all cultures have their own “validity,” have made it impossible. Who wants to risk being called a bigot and a racist?
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