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Molon Labe
08-21-2008, 04:22 PM
William F. Buclkley predicted the Obama phenomena nearly 38 years Ago! :D
RIP

http://www.amconmag.com/blog/2008/08/19/the-first-obamacon/



The First Obamacon: Bill Buckley
Posted on August 19th, 2008 by Daniel McCarthy

From Mark Royden Winchell’s William F. Buckley Jr. — this passage comes just after a discussion of Buckley’s support for the hiring of more black teachers:

Perhaps Buckley’s most extreme please for racial preference came in a January 13, 1970 article in Look in which he argued for the election of a Negro president “in 1980 (or thereabouts) (GL, 181). His point is that such a dramatic gesture would be emotionally liberating for black and white alike. Significantly, the therapeutic candidacy would come not from among the national civil rights establishment, but from among “a class of young Negro leaders who work in the ghettos, in economic cooperatives, in straightforward social work, who are arguing that progress is possible within the System” (GL, 184).

GL refers to The Governor Listeth, one of WFB’s essay collections which, along with the rest of his oeuvre, is available on-line from Hillsdale College. Here’s more from Buckley’s essay:

You can find them in Cleveland (some of them will make it a point to be just a little bit rude, just for the record), struggling to do something for Hough; in Detroit, learning the politics of adjustment, throwing their weight around in economic and political maneuvers; in San Francisco, deeply involved in trying to spread an understanding of the role of education as the instrument of liberation; in Los Angeles, calmly (if not openly) countering the witch doctors and practicing a tough-minded idealism (the top people at Watts are brilliant, ingenious, tough, graceful irresistible.

Buckley even anticipates the salvific context of Obama’s support:

There are reasons for urging that final achievement (the black President) which are more important than merely buying the reassurance of American Negroes. They are a form not exactly of white expiation, though I would not dismiss this as a factor in any corporate effort to elect a black President. They are a form of self-assurance. The outstanding charge against America is hypocrisy. … the election of Negro public officials (yes, because they are Negro) is a considerable tonic for the white soul.
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IanMartins
08-21-2008, 04:50 PM
The only benefit of an Obama Presidency would be that we'd achieve the "cultural milestone of electing the first black president", so that race -- at least the black race -- should become a non-issue in future elections. No one will campaign to be "the second black president." Future African-Americans will have to campaign on ideas and policies, not their skin color, and that will be a good thing. (The only drawback is that the immediate focus will shift to "the first female president," and you know who that means).

Ayn Rand wrote the following 37 years ago:


Americans admire achievement; they know what it takes. Europeans regard achievement with cynical suspicion and envy. Envy is not a widespread emotion in America (not yet); it is an overwhelmingly dominant emotion in Europe. At present, even so dismal a figure as President Nixon is a hopeful sign – presisely because he is so dismal. If any other country were in as desperately precarious a state of confusion as ours, a dozen flamboyant Führers would have sprung up overnight to take it over.

The first of the "flamboyant Führers" she mentions has arisen, something which speaks volumes about the cultural decline of the United States. Perhaps the dismal figure of John McCain will grant us more time to shift the balance in our favor.

Molon Labe
08-21-2008, 05:22 PM
The only benefit of an Obama Presidency would be that we'd achieve the "cultural milestone of electing the first black president", so that race -- at least the black race -- should become a non-issue in future elections. No one will campaign to be "the second black president." Future African-Americans will have to campaign on ideas and policies, not their skin color, and that will be a good thing. (The only drawback is that the immediate focus will shift to "the first female president," and you know who that means).

Ayn Rand wrote the following 37 years ago:



The first of the "flamboyant Führers" she mentions has arisen, something which speaks volumes about the cultural decline of the United States. Perhaps the dismal figure of John McCain will grant us more time to shift the balance in our favor.


I mentioned in another thread a book by Eric Hoffer called "The True Believer". I think it has some relevance to what Rand suggests. I've never heard quite like Rand....maybe by Friedrich Hayek but her "Flamboyent Fuhrer" is a pretty good take on a man like Obama.
And it's the description of the type leader that Hoffer would probably say our "soul raped" society is ripe for.