Sunday, July 17, 2011

Michele Bachmann, Obama, and Slavery, Old and New

It's easy to portray Michele Bachmann as ridiculous, since she is ridiculous, although her anti-intervention stance vis-a-vis Libya is preferable to Obama's absurd rationalization of the NATO war. According to him, it's not even a war, because technological slaughter from the skies requires no boots on the ground, and without infantry there isn't really a war. Isn't he clever?

Obama recommends "smart" wars, as opposed to the "dumb" wars of the Bush era, now happily left behind while our Nobel Peace prize winner attacks one country after another with no hint of U.N. or Congressional authorization. If Obama represents intelligence, I'm no longer afraid of the designated idiots like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

Bachmann recently created quite a stir by signing a political statement that included the following claim: "Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President," the opening statement reads.

As Stephen Colbert pointed out in his July 12 satire, black children born in the slavery era were blessed to have not just African American parents, but also a biological father, who incidentally OWNED them. That, says Colbert, is clear evidence of fathers being INVESTED in their children.

Liberals and conservatives alike have a touching concern for the welfare of black families, which makes one wonder why they never get around to investigating the devastating impact the prison industrial complex has on them. Of course, the theory is that prisoners (of whatever race) are in jail solely because of their criminal conduct, and therefore deserve to be there. Unfortunately for this theory, however, the truth is that reported crime has fallen for the last 40 years, while prison construction has boomed, which makes it difficult to claim that the astonishing growth in the U.S. prison population is a response to crime. More plausible is the idea that blacks and other despised minorities have been declared economically superfluous and are locked up as a means of social control. Many, most, or all of them may be guilty as charged, but that's not why they're in prison.

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