As I’m sure you know by now, gentle readers, reparations for slavery have been raised again, this time by the all-knowing, all-seeing Alexandria Occasio-Corez, the self-described Boss of the Democrat Party, and apparently of America. Jumping on a particularly insane bandwagon, most of the other Democrats running for president, or thinking about joining the ever-swelling throng, have endorsed the idea. Apparently, they’re planning to bypass socialism—communism lite—entirely in a headlong rush to embrace the stunning and historic success of Stalin, Castro, Mao and a variety of other deservedly dead Marxists.
The invaluable Kurt Schlichter commented about that issue this week:
So, Senator Willy Brown Side Piece and Senator Panders With Wolves have decided to so something even Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit never dared – they’ve come out in favor of reparations. ‘Reparations’ is, of course, the notion that a bunch of people who are not guilty of slavery owe money to people who were not slaves for some reason that never quite gets explained but that you’re racist for wondering about.
This horrific idea is, not shockingly, really unpopular with the majority of people who did not do anything wrong but are expected to cut a check. It is, however, really popular with the leftist activists driving the out-of-control clown car that is today’s Democrat Party.
The Dem candidates are not crazy, and their plan is no doubt to gaslight the SJW suckers with this nonsense during the primaries to win the nomination. Once that mission is accomplished, they will pull the old “Just kidding!” when it comes time to campaign in the battered, opioid-shattered Midwestern states like Ohio and Michigan where the besieged white working class voters would be surprised to learn how privileged they are, as well as how in debt to people they never did anything wrong to.
I’m not so sure about that, but more later. Like Schlichter, I’m wondering how this noble gesture is supposed to work:
Now, on the surface, I’m pretty much near the bottom in their heirarchy of racial grievances. The Schlichters came here from Germany before the Revolution and settled in rural Pennsylvania. Clearly, the world was my oyster. Sure, back in 1981, as I was swabbing out toilets in the Foster City, California, Carl’s, Jr., I did not have a solid understanding of the windfall of privilege bequeathed to me. Nor was it readily apparent as a Private First Class at basic training, except when Drill Sergeant Whittlesey would say “No push-ups for the college boy. Two hundred fifty years ago, his ancestors were in Bavaria, so he’s special.” My privilege is clearly the only reason I became a successful lawyer, writer, colonel, and Twitter legend. The decades of hard work were secondary, and anyone who thinks different is a racist.
You would think I’d need to pay full reparations freight, but hold on. My mom’s mom cruised over here from Scotland in about 1910. Do I get a break for that since it was a half-century after slavery ended? And it ended, in some tiny part, because of my great-great grandfather, or maybe great-great-great grandfather, who served with the Union Army in the Civil War. We’re pretty sure some other relatives did too. Oh, and the Confederates burned down the Schlichter hometown, Chambersburg. That’s got to be worth something. Basically, I think I’m entitled to a discount.
Now, my wife immigrated here from Cuba after the Democrats’ pal Fidel Castro started tossing her family in jail for liking freedom. And it gets more complicated – she did one of those 23 and MeDNA things, and she’s got a few percentage points of African and, bizarrely, Native American (more than Big Chief Warren, not that that’s hard). So, as a Latina immigrant of femaleness with some African and Native American heritage, I’m thinking not only does she not owe reparations, but she’s probably due a refund. Just make the check out to cash and I’ll make sure she gets it.
That brings us to our kids. So, they are half-Latin with some extras, and half-Anglo, but with some recent immigrant credit and bonus points for the Civil War. How much do they owe? Or do they get something back?
Who, exactly, is responsible for the institution of slavery? White people of course, but all white people? Are all equally culpable?
What about the white people that went to war rather than give up slaves? What about the white people that actually lynched Black people, that blew up Black churches, killing little girls, that turned fire hoses, and loosed police dogs on, innocent Black men, women and children? What about the white people that tenaciously, viciously resisted the Civil Rights movement, and every bit of civil rights legislation? The white people of segregated busses, lunch counters, water fountains, schools, you know, the white people who began, manned and lauded the Ku Klux Klan?
What about the White, Southern President who said this:
As LBJ explained to fellow Democrats after doing a 180-flip on civil rights as president and pushing the 1964 Civil Rights Act (which resembled the 1957 Civil Rights Act he had gutted as a senator): ‘I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for 200 years.’
That’s according to a steward on Air Force One, who overhead him say it.
LBJ was right—thus far—what about those white people–you know–Democrats? Shouldn’t everyone ever related to him have to pay through the nose? Every descendent for 1000 generations?
Obviously, all white people will have to be fleeced to atone for the sins their ancestors never committed against people who have never been sinned against, but shouldn’t the descendants—Democrats—of people who actually did sin, and sin as much as one can sin, pay more? A great deal more?
How does one measure such things? Will there be mandatory DNA testing, and if I have some portion of Black, or other than white DNA—of at least Elizabeth Warren’s (she’s all for reparations too) proportion–am I blameless? And what about white people who immigrated to America, say since 1970? Democrats hold immigrants sacred, particularly if they broke the law to get and stay here. But if they’re white shouldn’t they ante up too, and more if they’re Democrats? Will we cut off relations with every nation that ever participated in slavery? Impose sanctions? Demand reparations from them too? What about the slavery going on around the world today? No more foreign aid to the despotic regimes Democrats love so dearly?
And speaking of Fauxcohontas, what about American Indians? They took and kept slaves. To who will they pay reparations? To themselves? Because almost all of the tribes had no written language, they’ll have to do that, because there are no records. Unless of course, that’s different because shut up. Schlichter again:
But, of course, it doesn’t work, because it’s stupid. And it’s not merely stupid; it is the anti-thesis of justice. The very idea these factors entitle or obligate you to anything is staggeringly immoral and utterly disgusting. Which explains its eager embrace by the Democrats.
Democrats will, of course, exempt themselves, because by their innate intellectual and moral superiority, and because they came up with the idea of robbing normal Americans to pay off their constituents, they’ve expiated their sin, so they don’t have to pay.
Schlichter is right. Not only is it a stupid idea, it’s surely unconstitutional. But that’s not the point, gentle readers. Socialists are all about stupid because they believe they can never be wrong, regardless of the evidence–like Venezuela.
Infanticide, 70% tax rates (some have actually said 100% taxes are a great idea), obliteration of the First and Second Amendments, single payer health non-care, destroying all border walls, eliminating immigration and customs enforcement, returning America to a pre-industrial state, and more, have always been their goals. They’ve surfaced, from time to time, in the past. Democrats have always pushed them back under as quickly as they could, but no longer. For the first time, Socialists are revealing their intentions. They’re saying, boldly, what they’ve always wanted to do, what they’ve always planned to do. Like the Chinese whose tyrannical qualities they wish to emulate, Democrats/socialists take the long view.
They believe they’re going to win the White House and the Congress, and when they do, reparations will only be the beginning. Normal Americans, people who revere the Constitution, should pray their descent into Trump Derangement Syndrome has made them so insane, they’re wrong, that Americans don’t want socialism. They don’t want AOC and the rest in charge.
If those prayers aren’t answered, if the socialists are right, things are going to get ugly. We have only 12 years before the end of the world by climate change. If Socialists are right, make that two, or three at the outside, by Socialists.