A Little Bit on Obama and Race

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and someone with whom I agree on occasion (although, not too many occasions) had this to say about his vote for Obama:

I voted for President Elect Obama.

The rest of my votes went almost exclusively to Republicans , Libertarians and Independents.

In looking at the Democratic platform, there are a few things I agree with, but on the economic side, other than being ok with him raising my effective tax rate to 40pct, there isn’t a lot of his economic policy that I do agree with him on. So why did I vote for him ?

Having an elected black President will do more to energize this country than any economic or social policy ever could. In a single day of voting, our amazing country once again reinvigorated the dream that any child in this country, no matter what circumstances they are born into, can grow up to be anything they want, including President of the United States.

In a nutshell, then: it doesn’t matter which black man was elected President of the United States, just that a black man was elected. That fact, by itself, is supposed to be enough to lend credence to the “…dream that any child in this country… can grow up to be anything they want…” The black academics, non-presidential politicians, successful businesspeople, athletes, coaches, teachers, lawyers, doctors, etc., etc., all having been made possible by the remnants of freedom still alive in this country–those haven’t been enough to show the truth of that dream.

No, instead, the fact that a black man was elected President is supposed to offset this particular black man’s complete lack of experience and qualifications, his past associations with violent and virulent anti-American radicals, his shady dealings in Chicago politics, his Leftist ideology, his fraudulent campaign funding, his supporter’s destruction of Sarah Palin while his own court jester Joe Biden was ignored, etc., etc…

Let’s face it: the United States elected a President because of the color of his skin, not due to the content of his character–after all, much of the little we do know about Barack Obama’s character is questionable at best and terrible at worst. And if anyone looks at this objectively, and considers what Martin Luther King, Jr. really meant when he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, then one must recognize that Obama’s election does not signal an end to racism in America, but rather the rejuvenation of it.

As an Objectivist, I find racism to be the lowest, most offensive form of collectivism, and thus a great evil. I judge people not by their physical characteristics but by their (explicit or implicit) philosophical beliefs and the actions that derive from them. Rather than feel proud of my country, then, that a black man has been elected President, I feel ashamed of my country for electing a man whose principles–and lack thereof–are so far at odds with the principles upon which this country was founded.

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