If you are writing for a quality publication with a history of being about ideas and keeping things on a higher plane there are probably lines you would not cross.
On the other hand, when you write for the National Review, there simply are no lines, it is all one big vacuous sphere of stupid.
Therefore, if you want to talk about the 60′s and a Democrat why not make use of the ol’ reliables racism and communism. Make the smear as broad and wild as possible.
Congratulations Lisa Schiffren:
Obama and I are roughly the same age. I grew up in liberal circles in New York City — a place to which people who wished to rebel against their upbringings had gravitated for generations. And yet, all of my mixed race, black/white classmates throughout my youth, some of whom I am still in contact with, were the product of very culturally specific unions. They were always the offspring of a white mother, (in my circles, she was usually Jewish, but elsewhere not necessarily) and usually a highly educated black father. And how had these two come together at a time when it was neither natural nor easy for such relationships to flourish? Always through politics. No, not the young Republicans. Usually the Communist Youth League. Or maybe a different arm of the CPUSA. But, for a white woman to marry a black man in 1958, or 60, there was almost inevitably a connection to explicit Communist politics.
Oh no, Obama’s a Commie! He must be, because clearly his parents were commies…not that she knows, but let’s just put it out there because of the "real world experiences" and clear empirical research of one Lisa Schiffren.
But wait…that’s not all?
Political correctness was invented precisely to prevent the mainstream liberal media from persuing the questions which might arise about how Senator Obama’s mother, from Kansas, came to marry an African graduate student.
Golly, I had no idea it was so effing specific. Wow, aren’t we pinko commie socialist america hatin’ terrorist lovin’ liberals incredibly strategic in our thinking [Mark Penn & Howard Wolfman excepted]? And here I thought it was to make it discourteous to use the "N" word, the "K" word, or the "F" word amongst others. Damn, we are good.
So he’s probably an atheistic commie — like his parents probably were (lack of evidence notwithstanding) …and all this time I thought we were supposed to think he was a Muslim fundamentalist terrorist educated in a bomb-making madrassa (lack of evidence notwithstanding)?
But wait, now how much would you pay?
Before readers level cheap accusations of racism — let’s recall that the very question of interracial marriage only became a big issue later in the 1960s.
Oh, please Lisa, I’ll have you know I would accuse you of racism for free. In fact, having read your tripe, I would suggest you pay me.
Yes, if only those long-standing anti-miscegenation laws were not on the books, biracial marriages would never have become an issue.
Lisa Schiffren’s depth of personal experience doesn’t even include hearing about the plot of ‘Mandingo‘. But that does not stop her — it never stops them.
But all-in-all, kudos to Lisa Schiffren for entering the National Review Hall of Shame, a MASSIVE place displaying more than fifty-years worth of embarrassments. Lisa’s work can go into the "Antebellum Room" where her piece can be exhibited with this classic from
1857, er, 1957:
The central question that emerges … is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas in which it does not prevail numerically? The sobering answer is Yes — the White community is so entitled because, for the time being, it is the advanced race.
Or maybe we can put it next to this piece from 1965:
“For years now, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and his associates have been deliberately undermining the foundations of internal order in this country. With their rabble-rousing demagoguery, they have been cracking the ‘cake of custom’ that holds us together. With their doctrine of ‘civil disobedience’ they have been teaching hundreds of thousands of Negroes … that it is perfectly all right to break the law and defy constituted authority if you are a Negro-with-a-grievance… And they have done more than talk. They have on occasion after occasion, in almost every part of the country, called out their mobs on the streets, promoted ‘school strikes’ sit-ins, lie-ins, in explicit violation of the law and in explicit violation of the public authority. They have taught anarchy and chaos by word and deed …”
There are a lot of exhibits, this could take some time — be fear not Lisa, your piece most definitely belongs.