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    Saturday Night Card Game (John Lewis may have authority, but he’s also wrong)

    Saturday Night Card Game (John Lewis may have authority, but he’s also wrong)

    There is a phenomenon in American politics which is not exclusive to either party, what sometimes is called the fallacy of the appeal to authority.

    On the political level it involves finding a heroic figure, and then wrapping him or her around an otherwise odious political message in order to insulate the message from criticism.

    In the age of Obama that fallacy has played out around those who legitimately and in many cases heroicly fought state-sanctioned racism in the 1950s and 1960s.

    The message which is odious is that Republicans want to return to segregation and other forms of state-sanctioned racism such as denial of voting to blacks.

    It is a false and utterly vile form of racial politics which is given voice day in and day out by almost every host and commentator at MSNBC, and many Democratic politicians.   Joe Biden said Republicans want to put “y’all back in chains” and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has said that Republicans want to return to Jim Crow.

    Yet the message needs more protection from scrutiny than the commentators at MSNBC, Wasserman-Schultz,  or the Vice President can give it.

    Enter John Lewis, a heroic figure from the civil rights struggles of the 1960s who increasingly has served as the authority to which Democrats fallaciously appeal to insulate their race card politics.

    The speech at the DNC by Lewis recounted his history of being beaten, and then went into the political gutter by suggesting that Republicans wanted to go back to those days (h/t Gateway Pundit):

    Sure enough, because Lewis made the suggestion that Republicans want to return to the early 1960s, writers like Charles Pierce at Esquire announced that Lewis’ heroics rendered others incapable of questioning Lewis’ authority:

    And that is simply the way it is, and, if you don’t like the truth there, you’re  welcome to get your brains nearly beaten out of you on the Edmund Pettus Bridge  so you would begin to have the most basic qualifications to argue with John  Lewis about it.

    James Taranto correctly pegged this as “the most knuckleheaded appeal to authority….”

    Lewis may have expertise and experience in the state-sanctioned racism of the 1960s, but he doesn’t know what he is talking about in 2012.  If someone is to be the victim of state-sanctioned racism today or in the past couple of decades (if not further back than that), the victim almost certainly would not be African-American.

    Today the state expressly sanctions, to the fullest level the Supreme Court will allow, racial preferences which favor African-Americans.

    In 2012 the victim of state-sanctioned racism most likely will be of Asian descent, as the old quota systems applied to Ashkenazi Jews are applied in practice if not in theory, albeit in the name of diversity rather than exclusion.

    The Party of state-sanctioned racism today is not the Republican Party, which is the party of judging people on their merits not on the color of their skin.

    It’s a shame that John Lewis can’t see that, or doesn’t want to.


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    Oh, just a thought.

    The liberals love to set up alternate “absolute moral authorities”. It helps them hide the actual moral authorities they are denying have any basis in fact or reason to obey.

    They do it with global warming, with atheism and myriad other instances of their disdain for previous claims of moral authority over anything because they don’t want to be held account for their failure to be able to live by them.

    caambers | September 9, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Lewis deserves his footnote in history but his record since then is close to negating any heroics he performed. Remember this is the guy that claimed evil Tea Partiers spit on him when there has never been any evidence this happened, despite the plethora of cameras rolling and a hefty bounty for such proof. He continues to beclown himself with these idiotic statements again without any proof or indication the GOP has these plans. How the heck can these people—the DNC in general—continue to make these outlandish claims and not get called on it? Oh wait…I know. First…it’s all they can do. They have no record and no leader to run on so the only thing they can do is wage a war with molotov cocktail verbage supported fully by a media more than happy to be the echo chamber. Disgusting…and anyone who can’t see through this should never be allowed to vote until they can prove they have the ability to reason.

    Quixotic77 | September 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Maybe 1 in 500 people could survive the undiluted admiration of so many people, for a span of decades, with his moral character intact. John Lewis is one of the 499.

    OrgunCon | September 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    “And that is simply the way it is, and, if you don’t like the truth there, you’re welcome to get your brains nearly beaten out of you”

    Paging Kenneth Gladney who was beat up by SEIU thugs in St. Louis during the healthcare debates, Reginald Denny, Korean shop owners in LA, all the various victims in many US cities of the new “knockout king/polar bear hunting” attacks and many other victims of so called hate crimes that don’t get reported because well, it doesn’t fit the media’s mantras.

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