C’mon People Now, Let’s Get Together
By Lynn Woolley
July 24, 2009
This might not be the best time for a racial flare-up in America. While a black, privileged Harvard professor is in a snit about the Cambridge Police Department – America is in trouble.
Enough already. Give it a rest. Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was breaking into his own house – but there was no way officer James Crowley could have known that. He put his own wellbeing on the line to approach someone who could have been an armed robber. Was Professor Gates thankful? Not quite. According to the police report, he became belligerent and screamed two now-famous lines: “This is what happens to a black man in America.” And – “You don’t know who you’re messing with.”
Well! What happened to THIS black man in America is that he got an education, became a professor at an Ivy League school, runs in the same circle as the President of the United States and lives in a tony neighborhood to which the police came running to make sure that his house wasn’t being robbed.
Professor Gates was returning from China and he was obviously tired and frustrated that he could not get the door to his house opened – and “Ivy League Syndrome” kicked in when the officers arrived. How dare they suspect him, a man of stature in the community!
It might have all been over, but the President exacerbated the situation, throwing aside any thought that he might be the first post-racial president. Mr. Obama stated that he did not know the facts, then proceeded to state them quite lucidly. He had obviously been briefed, and he DID know the facts well enough to comment. But he spun the story in Gates’ favor and accused the police of acting stupidly.
So now we have a full-blown news cycle about a “racial” incident that really was nothing of the kind.
While this is going on, America is being crushed under the weight of terrible polices foisted upon the people by the same president who took a verbal shot at the Cambridge police. Mr. Obama’s initial budget will eat up 28 percent of the nation’s GDP. Add state and local budgets and government is a behemoth that will grab 40 percent of GDP.
Look at the national deficit: $1.8 trillion for 2009. And look what’s on the Obama agenda. Nationalized healthcare, the Cap & Trade energy tax, repealing of the Bush tax cuts --- and taxes, taxes, taxes.
California, where residents and businesses are taxed to death, is handing out IOU’s because there is no money, and yet Obama is taking the country down the same path.
Nancy Pelosi wants to soak the rich with a 5.1 percent surtax to redistribute the wealth through the healthcare plan. There’s also a proposal for an 8 percent tax on the payroll of small businesses that can’t provide health insurance for employees. The Texas Association of Business is warning that unfunded healthcare mandates might force a state income tax in Texas. Both healthcare and education may soon be considered “rights” in America. The government will then provide them no matter what they cost.
While all this is going on, the news cycle is all about a minor incident in Cambridge that blew up when the President made it into a federal case. C’mon people now, smile on your bother. Americans of all ethnicities – white, black, Hispanic, Asian – have to get together to demand that sanity be restored to our policy decisions. This is not the time to bicker.
Imagine if, instead of a failed stimulus, the government had handed a $787 billion TAX CUT to both individuals and businesses? People would be buying cars; companies would be hiring people. The recession would be nearer to an end. This is what’s important! Let the race-baiters do as they will. The rest of us have to band together to save the country.
Lynn Woolley is a Texas-based radio talk show host streaming live from www.BeLogical.com
. The show airs live in Dallas at 9 a.m. on KVCE AM 1160.