‘Racist!’ He cried…: A Thought-Terminating Cliché in Decline by Adam Baldwin 26 Feb 2010 post a comment Share This: ‘Racist!’, the political epithet, has rapidly lost credibility and political sting recently thanks to clumsy overuse by grievance-mongering thugs. The slur is a tactical viewpoint discrimination launched as a means to stifle intellectual diversity, rational discussion, and to shame people that diverge from race-hustling orthodoxy. ‘Race hustlers’ are commonly known as shakedown artists and/or smear merchants who expertly deploy the “R-word”, and it has somehow garnered them credibility to preach the gospel of social justice -- and reap the ill-gotten gains of equality-of-outcome Statism -- to the intellectual wreckage left below them. Tragically, such rhetorical abuse damages the appropriate use of the term - and leaves actual victims of "traditional" racism with a neutered descriptor that is quickly beginning to make the accuser sound like a whining name-caller. The sad irony is that abusers harm the very people they claim to be defending, most often for selfish political and financial profit. Of course, follow the money… Thomas Sowell: Being a race hustler is a very lucrative business for people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. But such people can extort money and power from white business and political leaders precisely because it is easier to pay off a relative handful of noise makers than to be bothered fighting them. But tens of millions of blacks cannot duplicate what a small band of extortionists do. Chasing a will o' the wisp like reparations cannot produce what blacks most want -- respect, including the self-respect that comes ultimately from one's own achievements. This is something that whites could not give blacks if they wanted to. That fading race-business model is likely depressing its intolerant participants’ financial outlook. Time-out to play Spot the ‘Racists!’ (*NSFW*): A true classic, no? Moral-crusaders on self-congratulatory, highly profitable missions exploit and perpetuate the ‘soft bigotry of low expectations’. They are now desperate to keep their minority mascots in political servitude to one political party’s destructive ideology, i.e., dependence. Ironically, Candidate Obama’s denunciation and public divorce from his long-time racist pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, played a pivotal role in accelerating the loss of race-hustler credibility in the current American zeitgeist; this cultural good fortune – secured for now by new/alternative media success -- is likely to continue its progressive course into the foreseeable future. Addressing his former pastor’s failures and “mistake” in his famous March, 2008 campaign ‘Race Speech,’ President Obama characterized our nation’s “racial divisions” as being in a “stalemate.” He asserted a firm conviction “rooted in [his] faith in God and [his] faith in the American people - that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds.” Later, elected president, Mr. Obama acknowledged his careless rush to judgment – which some deemed as reflexive reverse racism -- that the Cambridge, MA Police “acted stupidly.” The president manned up and provided leadership at a healing “Beer Summit.” Ben Franklin, no stranger to beer, would’ve likely approved this gesture. Rhetorically speaking, thank God that from now on when thought-terminating clichés such as “racist!,” “sexist!," “bigot!,” “xenophobe!,” “homophobe!,” “hypocrite!,” “chicken-hawk!,” "Uncle Tom!," "white supremacist!" etc. are hastily concocted (Max Blumenthal call your office), Americans are no longer intimidated by these divisive, intellectually-stifling smears. Fearless rhetorical engagement in the modern cultural/political arena of ideas is a good and necessary component of our vigorous and successful Republic. With principled firmness, a solid rejoinder to race-hustler-ridiculousness: “What hard evidence do you have other than clumsy guilt-by-association character assassination, and/or sins-of-the-father attacks and innuendo?” Too often Modern Liberal arguments amount to nothing more than self-anointed moral rulings that certain people don't at all have standing on various issues, especially race. These rulings are never ideologically neutral but, rather, are the notorious political weaponry of Saul Alinsky. Once exclusively reserved for very effective use against unarmed conservatives, Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” is now self-defeating his radical ideological progeny. Now those are ‘chickens come home to roost’ that can benefit America! Ridicule is, according to Alinsky, man's most potent weapon. Highly effective also is Andrew Breitbart’s approach of keeping the pressure on by freezing the target and making them live up to their own book of rules: It’s time to hit back at these people — that these people keep calling you a racist… Instead of slinking into the corner and crying or saying ‘I don’t like that,’ you walk straight towards them and confront them; and they’re bullies, they’re just bullies and bullies crumble when you hit them back. Unity is overrated… Saddle up. Let’s Roll!