As long as shameless, irresponsible race-baiters keep attributing opposition to President Obama’s presidency to bigotry, I’ll keep naming them Ethics Dunces.
The latest in this disgraceful parade is distinguished African-American actor Morgan Freeman, who told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview that the Tea Party and the Republican Party antipathy to the President is motivated by racism, saying…
“Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What’s, what does that, what underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here’…It is a racist thing…it just shows the weak, dark, underside of America. We’re supposed to be better than that. We really are. That’s, that’s why all those people were in tears when Obama was elected president. “Ah, look at what we are. Look at how, this is America.’ You know? And then it just sort of started turning because these people surfaced like stirring up muddy water.”
Freeman is a marvelous actor, but his roles as the President, God (twice!), and assorted other sage roles gives him a degree of credibility beyond what is appropriate for a high school grad whose non-acting experience in the real world consists of a hitch in the Air Force as a mechanic and serving as a transcript clerk. For Freeman to attach the bogus prestige of his roles to foolish and divisive political theories in national TV appearances is the height of hubris and thoroughly irresponsible, as is Piers Morgan questioning him about politics when his credentials to assess the political scene are no more impressive than those of Kim Kardashian or Manny Ramirez.
It seems that the Obama Administration will go down in history as the “Fundamental Attribution Error”* Administration, known for declaring all positive results, however few, as due to the President’s brilliance, all failures as due to the fault of others, and the insistence that the Administration be exactly as accountable for its performance as every other administration as racism.
Not that there is any reason for an actor with Freeman’s limited perspective to know or understand any of this, but:
- It is the objective of every opposition political party to restrict the adversary party’s President to one term.
- The opposition of Republicans to President Obama is no more fierce or unreasonable than the opposition of Democrats to President Bush
- Those who want hold the President to one term sincerely believe, with some justification, that allowing Obama to serve two terms would “screw the country”
- The President put the policies in place that he asked for while his party had control of both Houses of Congress, and in doing so promised that unemployment would fall to 8%. At 9% plus, any President would be under fire.
- If anything, the President’s race has insulated him from criticism, as members of the Congressional Black Caucus have stated clearly, noting that “blacks would be marching” against a white Chief Executive who presided over 17% African-American unemployment.
The way presidents get re-elected in America is by demonstrating strong leadership, and working—successfully—to make conditions in the nation unequivocally better after four years of their tenure. It is clear now that in their desperation to rescue Obama from the fair consequences of his own futility, unscrupulous Democrats, reckless liberals and deluded Hollywood activists will attempt to counter justified opposition with class and race hatred.
I expected better of God, but that was naïve of me. Morgan Freeman is just another actor, a foolish and irresponsible one.
*“Fundamental Attribution Error,” also known as Self-Serving Bias: When individuals or organizations attribute positive outcomes to internal factors, and negative outcomes to external factors.