For a long time I have been asking, "Why do all these wealthy, elitist, white liberals want to pay higher taxes and fund more entitlement programs?" They of course say it is because they are compassionate and care about oppressed and underrepresented minorities in America and ache to help the poor. So then I would ask, "Why don't they just give to charity instead? Their money would go almost directly to the disadvantaged, rather than running a course through a bureaucratic gauntlet leaving only pennies for the poor. Or why don't they volunteer more?"
I could never figure it out. Ever. Something just didn't add up and I couldn't put my finger on it.
Well, Victor Davis Hanson not only put his finger on it, he put his whole hand out and wrote it down for all to see. In an article about race, written for National Review online, Hanson explains it all.
No matter. The media and the liberal elite ignored these telltale signs, and instead were eager to accept the implicit pact that the soothing racial healer Barack Obama offered them. It was an unspoken understanding that might be paraphrased as something along the following lines: “Vote for me and I will offer you instant exemption from all prior racial guilt — and yet allow you to live your rather secluded lives as usual.”
In other words, the endowed professor, the corporate attorney, the green CEO, the endowment officer, and the high-school teacher could all continue to live in safe and separate neighborhoods, ensure their children went to mostly white and Asian schools (whether elite public or private), and through taxes for entitlements and abstract support for affirmative action still feel they were doing a great deal for race relations. As they saw it, they elected one comfortable and hip Barack Obama as their president — without living among, going to school with, or working alongside the Other.
Get it?? Those whimpy, white, rich, liberals want to assuage the guilt they feel (that they have been bullied into feeling), but they don't reeaalllyyyy want to change their neighborhoods or schools. Paying higher taxes allows them to pay their reparations without getting their hands dirty. It allows them to still maintain their private schools and country clubs, while simultaneously speaking of the wretched inequalities and social injustice perpetrated by those less intelligent and worldly than themselves, i.e. "conservative rednecks" (insert Sarah Palin). You know, those selfish, greedy people that don't want to pay more taxes; the people who fight for limited government and limits on entitlements; the people who insist on working for themselves and their families and earning their way through the world; the people who give more to charity and volunteer more of their time than anyone else; the people who are elbow deep in the issues facing our society.
So I ask you this, who is more racist? The person who expects every able bodied adult to work hard to support themselves and their families, regardless of race, ethnicity, background, culture, etc., and so wishes success, prosperity and upward mobility to anyone willing to work for it? Or the person who cries out that blacks and other minorities can't make it on their own and therefore need more government handouts, the strategy which has viciously doomed generation upon generation of minorities to poverty, broken families, and crime?
The message from the rich, white, elitist liberals to minorities? Stay in your own neighborhood.