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  logomachy--1. A dispute about words. 2. A dispute carried on in words only; a battle of words.
logomachon--1. One who argues about words. 2. A word warrior.



Conservatives shouldn't buy into liberals' ideas on "racism"

Allen West is a retired Army lieutenant-colonel running for Congress in Florida. He is also a black Republican. He recently blogged about Harry Reid’s supposedly racist comments about Barack Obama’s electability.

West is a justly indignant about white liberal racism and desire to keep blacks on the liberal plantation, but he is wrong to describe Reid’s comments as “disgusting, despicable, and unacceptable”. He is probably wrong when he says “They are representative of how intellectual elite liberals do indeed speak of black Americans in their closed private spaces.” For that, you have to go to Bill Clinton’s jibe that 10 years ago he [Barack Obama] would have been fetching coffee for big shot white Democrats.

The problem is not that there is a double standard on racism for Democrats and Republicans. It is that liberals set the standard for racism, and that standard is racist and idiotic. Harry Reid’s comments were not racist. They were an obvious and accurate political observation that in no way asserted anything negative about American blacks. If they reflected or imputed any racism, it was that of American liberals. After all, Reid’s analysis couldn’t have applied to Republicans, who were not going to vote in the Democratic primaries, and they couldn’t have applied to conservatives, who would not vote for Frosty the Snowman if he had Obama’s presentation, principles, and policies.

The only racism under consideration was that of American liberals.


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