John Kasich said: “Affirmative action has a negative effect on our society when it means counting us like so many beans and dividing us into separate piles.”
I’ve written about affirmative action on numerous occasions, but it never fails to rear its ugly head in an entirely different context. The Left has always claimed to be the Party of Black people, the Party that really cares about the needs of the Black community. It’s all blatant lies, of course. The Liberal elite only pretend to care about minorities to garner votes. And if those minorities defy the Democratic Party by converting to conservatism, they become dead in the eyes of Liberals.
Democrat elites are simply racists for a new age. Affirmative action essentially tells Black people and other minorities that they are too weak and stupid to achieve without help. It’s disgusting. But the Left sees affirmative action in a different context. Average Democrats actually believe that affirmative action acts as a leveling device to allow minorities to play on the same field as White people. This belief stems from an old guilt, going back to the time of slavery. However, the smarter Liberals—the ones in positions of power—cannot actually believe that. To them, it’s just a game.
That being said, MSNBC host Chris Matthews is one poor soul who seems to actually believe in affirmative action. On an episode of his show, he discussed the lamentable fact that there are no Black people in the United States Senate (except for the two that are in the Senate…oy). Matthews:
“We don’t have any African Americans in the United States Senate, which I think is a disgrace…You know, it’s one of the reasons I voted for my friend Michael Steele when he ran because I think we ought to have some. It’s absurd in this country. It’s absurd.”
An ardent Democrat, and an Obama acolyte voting for a Republican? Why would Chris Matthews violate his beliefs like that? Because he needs to fill a quota. Matthews’ overwhelming need to fill his guilt quota led him to vote for someone with whom he likely strongly disagrees. He compromised his principles (and I use that word only in terms of Matthews’ own doctrine, not relating to any moral code) just to make himself feel better.
Affirmative action—for those who truly believe in it—helps to alleviate White guilt. Casting a vote for a Black person, whether that person is qualified or not, makes Liberals feel like they are civil rights heroes. A Liberal will never acknowledge that, of course, but it’s the truth.
Affirmative action is destructive. It harms the Black community by providing them with a false sense of achievement, and it trumps all other beliefs for the sake of political correctness. It’s a charitable racism. In one sentence, Chris Matthews made the case against affirmative action crystal clear. Merit means nothing, so long as we feel good about helping our poor Black friends. Yikes.