Here is another Nice Liberal who seems to believe that if Barack Obama doesn't stand for the things that he convinced himself for no reason and with no real evidence that Barack Obama stood for, then by the Lord above and all the choirs of heavenly goddamn angels, he must believe in nothing at all. But obviously Barack Obama believes in many things. He believes in state capital. He believes in the continuity of American hegemony abroad. He believes that terrorism is an adequate pretext for the erosion of liberty, and he believes that "security" is the most essential public function of the state. He believes in the narrative of personal uplift and betterment via meritocratic credentialism. He believes in American exceptionalism.
I do not expect Barack Obama to condemn the Tea Party's racist elements, any more than I expect Ben Jealous to lead the war in Afghanistan. But I do not expect him, or his administration, to make the work of the NAACP harder, to contradict them for doing that which the administration can not. I do not expect them to minimize those elements, thus minimizing the NAACP's fight, and then accede, to people who are pulling from the darkest, vilest reaches of the American psyche.This is nuts. The first sentence doesn't make any sense--not even if you stipulate that the war in Afghanistan is something other than an excercise in abject mass murder, which I won't, because it's an exercise in abject mass murder. The second sentence is even crazier, for exactly that reason: that the insane death-worshipping, Mammon's-teat-suckling, Molech-praising, blood-drinking reptiloid in the White House should somehow work in concert with the Nice-Liberal rump NAACP in order to bring about peaceonearthgoodwilltomen is plainly not . . . let's use the Liberal's favorite word . . . plainly not realistic.
Look, Ta-Nehisi, the "darkest, vilest reaches of the American psyche" aren't contained within the windy confines of infamous Coelacanth, Andrew Breitbart's skull, nor yet within the raucus but underpopulated tea-party clubs, but in the administration of Barack Obama.