Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Thomas Sowell is a brilliant Republican thinker.

"...I began reading not only the economics of Thomas Sowell (our greatest contemporary philosopher) but Milton Friedman, Paul Johnson, and Shelby Steele..." David Mamet

The brilliant Thomas Sowell says that the Republican Party can peel off 20% of black voters by changing unsuccessful tactics to successful ones. And what are his suggestions?

"A sober presentation of the facts — "straight talk," if you will — gives Senator McCain and Republicans their best shot at a larger share of the votes of blacks....

There is plenty to talk straight about, including all the things that the Democrats are committed to that work to the disadvantage of blacks, beginning with Democrats' adamant support of teachers' unions in their opposition to parental choice through vouchers.The teachers' unions are just one of the sacred-cow constituencies of the Democratic Party whose agendas are very harmful to blacks....

Black voters also need to be told about the tens of thousands of blacks who have been forced out of a number of liberal Democratic California counties by skyrocketing housing prices, brought on by Democratic environmentalists' severe restrictions on the building of homes or apartments."

And that's it. Teachers' unions, which are very weak to non-existant in the south, and the rise in property values in San Francisco, one of the most desired locations to live in the nation. Plus school vouchers, which parents fully realize would not pay for transportation to a charter school, which often don't like to take at-risk kids, who need more and expensive services. The brilliant Thomas Sowell actually can't come up with a single convincing reason in his little op-ed. Did he write this on the train on his way in to work?

6 comments:

Righteous Bubba said...

"White people are fags" is still in the future for the swarthier Republicans.

Susan of Texas said...

It's certainly more effective. I have to wonder about people like Sowell and Condoleeza Rice. The price of acceptance in the Republican community must be very high--total denial of who they are.

zeppo said...

It's the same kind of question that I have for the Log Cabin Republicans. I keep thinking, "What the HECK are you guys smoking?" I have a hard time understanding any individual that will submerge the person that he or she is to support a political position. O.K., sure, I suppose I can see well off black people or gay/lesbians who really think that smaller government is the way to go, or that taxes really are illegal and immoral... But Jeez. How can ANYONE support a political party that just comes out and is against everything that you are, as a person? Unless, as we have seen in some particular cases, that person is full of self loathing and desires to deny who he or she is.... Then, I suppose it makes has some sort of twisted logic at a psychological level.

I dunno. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what is driving people these days, because, on the surface, it appears that many people have just lost all sense of sense, justice, integrity and morality. What DRIVES people in that direction? It's bizarre to the nth degree. I think historians and sociologists in the future are really going to have some fun looking back at the first decade in the 21st Century.

Unless, of course, the current mindset actually wins out. Then they might all be in jail or sent to camps for some "re-training".

Susan of Texas said...

Maybe self-loathing, maybe a desire for acceptance? It must be pretty complicated.

t4toby said...

"What DRIVES people in that direction?"

Fear.

People are so overwhelmed by the scale and speed of the world that they just cave in.

Susan of Texas said...

Yes, fear's a huge part of it. It's almost impossible to get people to become aware of exactly what they're afraid of, however.

Hmm, there's a post in that.