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Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is a synthetic fluoropolymer of tetrafluoroethylene that has numerous applications. It’s best known by the brand name Teflon which is produced by DuPont. You probably own some non-stick cookware coated with it. If someone familiar with its properties thought it possible to apply to humans, Barack Hussein Obama would be the perfect example.
Since the day I first heard the name of this proclaimed rising star sometime before the 2008 elections, it was readily apparent that he had more of a celebrity pop status than that of a serious candidate. The adulation and adoration came well before the details or lack thereof were slowly and with measured cadence, released to the general public. He was anointed before he was elected and it is my belief that his meteoric elevation is the result of one thing and one thing alone – his race. I am well aware that I am not among even the earliest to have noted this.
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If an alien visiting this planet for the first time was given a set of history books, ostensibly to learn about the social and political evolution of our world, and, having not lived through the subtleties of those changes, he would be confounded by where we now find ourselves. Without realizing it, we are where we started. Progress if any as it pertains to race relations in America has been circular rather than lineal.
The ultimate ideal of the Civil Rights movement and legislation of the 60’s was to attain racial equality primarily focusing on black Americans. (I loathe the moniker African-Americans because it instantly delineates a difference that is a significant source of racial separation.) If any distinction is needed, black and white work just fine. Light skinned people are not categorically known to as European-Americans supposedly because we recognize the broad brush limited scope of that title. The same should apply to our darker skin brothers and sisters.
While I cannot support it statistically, I venture to guess that there are more people known as white with European roots than there are blacks with a relatively recent traceable African heritage. There are certainly more European-Americans with fewer generations in the United States than true African-Americans. My grandparents on both sides immigrated to America in the early 1900’s but I rarely refer to myself as Italian-American or Slovak-American. Even the outmoded anthropological classifications of Caucasian and Negro bear greater logical and relevant application. Regardless, any of these adjectives are pointless save for perpetuating fragmentation and divisiveness among us.
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This is particularly apparent in the rock star status of BHO. He is regularly referred to as our first African-American president. Ironically, he, more than most black Americans, actually has very recent, traceable African heritage. Despite his identifiable racial mix, as an American president, there is no justification for distinguishing it. He is never referred to as the first half-white executive, (at least not seriously), nor is he frequently known without some reference to his ethnicity. BHO’s racial background has served him well and has been the basis for ignoring everything negative or undisclosed about this man. Using the Teflon analogy, nothing sticks to him.
If I had not seen it with my own eyes, like the uninformed alien mentioned above, I would not believe it. I would not believe that so many rational, thinking human beings are so willing to accept an endless string of non-sequiturs and suppressed events without question or further inquiry. While I might not believe it, I understand why this has happened.
The paradox in race relations in America today is no more clearly illustrated than seeing throngs of white teens and twenty-somethings popularly embracing black culture in their dress, music and slang while completely ignoring all demonstrable negative aspects of the same. They readily accept misogynistic lyrics which they would (hopefully) otherwise reject especially those disrespecting or dishonoring either gender. I am hard pressed to think of anything positive about these aspects of recent black culture. It doesn’t matter though because it’s “cool” or whatever current buzz word is used to describe it. It’s all good.
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The only other explanation I can fathom is that attitude of certain social segments that like to bandy about popular meaningless phrases like “don’t judge me”, “it’s all good”, or “whatever.” But that is not consistent with a typically inquisitive press that lives to find the dirt and deliver it in droves to a controversy hungry public. Whatever the reason, it is indeed regrettable that successful and truly integrated black individuals are mostly ignored or even dismissed as sell outs to our mainstream American culture especially among their own race.
Many Americans have a deep guilt about the historical plight of enslaved blacks. (Personally, I don’t share that guilt. My ancestors had their own bag of burdens to overcome ultimately and eventually resulting in full social and economic integration while preserving familial and Old Country traditions.) This guilt runs so deep that instead of working toward true equality and forgiveness, those who suffer from it have swung the pendulum beyond true middle to the other extreme. The failed experiment known as affirmative action best illustrates this contention.
One of my liberal leaning constitutional law professors explained the then embryonic program of affirmative action with this analogy: If you have a foot race and allowed one group to start before the other, you have to stop the first group so that those lagging behind have time to catch up in order for both groups to finish with an equal chance of victory. As a young, impressionable undergrad, this sounded logical, altruistic and a worthy cause. With four decades of application, we now know it is a dismal failure that has perpetuated the racial divide and reinforced social resentment in America. My 20th century immigrant ancestors didn’t have a head start!
Many Americans do not want equality for so called minorities. Instead they want preferred, elevated status. Affirmative action mandated a preferential legal class for racial minorities and recent federal legislation has accomplished the same for homosexuals and sex change operatives.
BHO enjoys popularity because of this inexplicable racial adoration but there’s even more to it than just that. As our national executive, he is in a class all by himself. The press is not impressed by an endless stream of facts that would have resulted in a public crucifixion of any other politician. Reams of sealed records. A blurry and vague childhood; questions surrounding his birthplace and his choice of religion. He has no significant political experience; no experience with business or economics. He has a well documented and indisputable history of deep connections with unsavory and hate filled individuals. Can you imagine this list of hot topics being passed over for any other politician?
But even Teflon loses its non-stick properties when the food you are cooking burns. That is what happened in last week’s debate between BHO and Mitt Romney. Millions of Americans watched intently as BHO was annihilated by Mittney’s flame thrower of preparedness and true cool.
Polytetrafluoroethylene is not permanent, even on pots and pans so when it comes to BHO, that is indeed fortunate for America. BHO’s non-stick coating is wearing off due to four years of constant overuse. It is wearing thin, not because of his race but in spite of it. People are listening to the facts and they are looking closely at a record of failed and non-existent policies.
Hope is not a policy. It is a virtue. But without the support of other virtues like faith, wisdom, prudence and truth, it is merely a hollow vice. Mittney’s recent assertion that BHO’s weak and appeasing foreign policy is a failure by stating that “hope is not a strategy” is correct. “Hope and Change” is merely a slogan and like all the others before it, they fade along with the people who coined them. Catchy phrases don’t govern, governors do.
Americans who want to see BHO fired on November 6th should not however rest easy. Along with racial guilt and popular acceptance of black culture, there are many among us who will still cast their lot for their messiah. So long as the heat on the burner continues to char BHO’s non-stick coating, more voters will realize the truth and reality of who he is – an inexperienced, incompetent and unaccomplished would be rock star whose politics are no more relevant to the very survival of this great nation than those of Mick Jagger’s. At least Mick knows how to rock and roll.
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