Wednesday, September 18, 2002

I Want To Cheer and Be Depressed at the Same Time

This news story suggests that infighting within the Democratic Party is taking on an ugly racial tone. Certain heavy hitters among black Democrats are turning the recent primary defeats of pro-Palestinian House Democrats Earl Hilliard and Cynthia McKinney into "The Jews did it!" Of course, Cynthia McKinney's father, defeated in a Georgia legislative race for similar reasons, also blathered on like the worst neo-Nazi about how the Jews control the media.

On the one hand, anytime I see Democrats engaged in internecine warfare, I'm pleased. The Democratic Party has become an uneasy alliance of corrupt, mainstream politicians who love America, and a pretty idealistic, reasonably honest bunch of politicians who hate America, and especially hate the ideas of capitalism, racial equality, and Judeo-Christian morality. With both factions at work, they are perfectly capable of bankrupting and destroying America in one operation. So you won't be surprised that I am tempted to get some popcorn, and applaud, when I watch two different factions of the Democratic Party go after each other.

At the same time, I am just horrified that the political factionalism is expressing itself in ethnic terms. This is the sort of problem that leads, at its worst, to race wars. This shouldn't surprise us, however. The Democratic Party, because it is so focused on identity politics, has almost made this inevitable.

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