Dear Readers: I was on my way to see Dolphin Tale with the Young Prince yesterday, when a post on Gateway Pundit featuring one of the film’s stars caught my eye: (Morgan) Freeman says the tea party is the “weak, dark underside of America” and will do whatever to “get this black man (Obama) outta here!”.
At that point, I exercised the Shrine’s most celebrated liberty — the FREEDOM OF SPENDING — and we stayed home. One of these days the Hollywood glitterati will learn it is not a good idea for their stars to insult potential customers if they want profit. The only opinion I want from Freeman is what denture cream he uses.
Therefore, I would like to thank the good citizens of Florida for making Herman Cain the clear winner during their straw poll the very same day. Selecting a black American, who is a savvy businessman as well as an energized patriot, was exactly the right way to refute this vile lie that the Hollywood glitterati are trying to promote. Via the Other McCain, Cain offered this response to Freeman — “Name calling is something that is going to continue in this because they don’t know how to stop this movement and this movement is making a big difference in politics,” said Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.
Selecting Cain was also a fabulous way to counter Obama’s racialist message: “put on your marching shoes” to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity. For those of you who find Perry and Palin’s dialect hard to take, I assert that the false accent Obama adopts on certain occasions is much harder to take — “It gets folks discouraged. I know. I listen to some of y’all.”
I think the race-based fantasy world of Freeman and Morgan has collided with the reality of a planet in which citizens recognize financial responsibility is part of personal liberties. Tea Partiers are well represented by Cain. Obama may think he is inspiring to black Americans, but as his economic policies have destroyed the wealth-creating potential of black-owned small businesses and black youth, I think his intended audience may be forced to rethink their 2012 support. This line from the 1951 classic movie sums it up: Your salvation doesn’t interest me; mine does.
Besides being a resounding “refudiation” of the meme that the Tea Party is racist, I think the selection of Cain as the Florida straw poll winner sends a second message no less important: Voters are angry that the elites and the media are trying to select their candidate for them.
The race is not over.