I really don’t know what to make of this, but I think it means something, and whatever it is, it’s important to remember and learn from it. Now if I could only figure out what it is.
Here is what Ed Asner, the elderly “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Up” actor—he was also a bad guy in one of my favorite John Wayne Westerns, “El Dorado”—said in response to an interviewer’s question about why the Hollywood anti-war left was staying out of Obama’s self-made Syria controversy, in such marked contrast to its vocal opposition to the Iraq invasion (Where have you gone Janeane Garafolo, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you…OOOOO! ).
“A lot of people don’t want to feel anti-black by being opposed to Obama.”
Now, Asner has long been a vocal member of the Hollywood liberal activist community. Presumably, he still is well-connected and knows something about the culture and political pulse in Tinseltown. So I want to know: What can we glean from this ridiculous statement? What does it mean?
Is Ed Asner so stupid that he believes it?
Is the Hollywood Left so stupid that it could be true?
Is it possible that what knee-jerk Obama supporters have argued so long, that criticism of a black President’s policies is proof positive of racism, is something they actually believe ?
Is America so foolish that it can hear such a statement and ever, ever waste a second of time listening to the political views of any Hollywood performer? (MSNBC just hired Alec Baldwin, you know.)
Apparently, in just five short years of a Barack Obama presidency, significant portions of the nation have completely forgotten how democracy works, and how the public is supposed to, indeed obligated to, deal with incompetent, failing, unsatisfactory leaders.
From both the right and the left are coming unprecedented Bizarro World arguments that Congress must support a dangerous, pointless, misguided, murderous and probably illegal “limited ” attack on Syria because to do otherwise would diminish President Obama’s stature and credibility as a leader, when at least half the people making this argument already know he has no stature or credibility, and when his lack of competence and leadership skills is the reason the lame plan has been proposed in the first place, and is itself proof that he doesn’t deserve stature and credibility. Now this, a suggestion that Obama has to be indulged even when he proposes high-tech murder to cover for his own inept bravado and bluff about a “red line,” because to do otherwise would be feel “anti-black.” The first argument suggests that we are now approving bad policy so that the makers of bad policy don’t look bad, though that’s what they are. The second argument suggests that at least some members of the political left are using skin color above all else to determine what leaders and policies they support. Wasn’t that once what liberals were fighting against?
What the hell is going on here?
Whatever it is, it’s important.
Source: Hollywood Insider