Last week we analyzed State Senator Tim Carpenter accusing fellow Senator Mary Lazich of racism on the hysterical grounds that Lazich supports greater uniformity for early voting at the local clerk’s office.
This week finds Congressman Paul Ryan digging out from under the avalanche of accusations because he had the audacity to state the obvious. Ending the cycle of urban poverty depends on solving a cultural problem of successive generations failing to obtain gainful employment.
Liberals swarmed to attack Ryan as a racist for the crime of noticing the painful reality that’s existed for decades. George Will applied his customary insight in Sunday’s Washington Post.
We are unprepared to believe skin color or ethnicity is the reason. Systematically absolved as a matter of public policy from all expectations of personal responsibility, any human being can be taught to accept idleness and dependency.
What Will calls “the intergenerational transmission of poverty” is in fact a political transaction. Democrats approach a constituency with the offer—usually implicit but readily understood—to place off limits any criticism of behaviors by those constituencies in exchange for their vote. But to any rule, there are always exceptions. What notorious racist said the following:
“In troubled neighborhoods all across this country—many of them heavily African American—too few of our citizens have role models to guide them.”
“We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households…. We know the statistics—that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of school and twenty times more likely to end up in prison.”
“We know young black men are twice as likely as young white men to be ‘disconnected’—not in school, not working.”
Mitt Romney, Rush Limbaugh or John Boehner?
Actually it was President Barrack Obama, on more than one occasion. Apparently racism is relative to what party you belong to.