I consider myself a libertarian conservative which tends to align me with the Republican Party on many issues. However, for some strange reason, I watch Real Time with Bill Maher on a regular basis. In fact, I download episodes to my iPhone. I call this strange because the show's format incorporates extreme left-wing viewpoints, with the occasional token conservative being invited and pounced on by Mr. Maher and 2 to 3 of his guests. I find myself cringing during each episode and in many cases arguing with the television because of all the uninformed and oversimplified comments and opinions expressed on this show. I guess it's a form of opposition research - my attempt to understand "How Modern Liberals Think."
While watching a recent episode, Mr. Maher said: "...if you're a racist...you're probably a Republican." As a formal liberal, there was a time when I believed that. However, I've matured to the point where I now understand the true nature of racism as well as the actual definition.
1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2: racial prejudice or discrimination
What Bill Maher (and many other "progressives") consistently ignore is that racism is not an exclusively Caucasian policy. They exclude overtly racist organizations like The Nation of Islam and The New Black Panther Party that overwhelmingly support the Democratic Party. In addition, they openly accept racist government policies like Affirmative Action that are championed by the Democratic Party and its affiliates. Why do I call Affirmative Action a racist policy (it's also sexist by the way)? There are a host of reasons but a good one relates to Ward Connerly and Jennifer Gratz's successful bid to make the following proposition law.
"The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting." (emphasis added)In short, they wanted to write into law that the state "shall not" discriminate. Let that sink in for a few minutes. Read the proposal a couple of times and realize what it says. It's basically a further clarification of the 14th Amendment which affords equal protection of the laws. Coincidentally, today is the 141st anniversary of the ratification of this amendment (ratified July 28, 1868). Which organizations felt that overt discrimination was so essential to the operation of the states involved and thus opposed this proposition? A who's who of Democratic Party-affiliated organizations including, but not limited to:
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
- American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee
- American Civil Liberties Union
- National Education Association
- National Organization of Women