Friday, March 11, 2011

The Clown Show II: Hitting Them With Confetti

Oh, look - it's Mary Katharine Ham again! Twice in one week! And she's back with another video expose' that promises to be as enlightening, and important to the conservative cause, as the last one she did! Yea! This time she's taking on the near-imbecilic socialist ravings of Michael Moore!

Now you may ask yourself, why is Mary Katharine Ham taking on the near-imbecilic socialist ravings of Michael Moore?

And I'd say "I don't know."

Is anyone who's serious about politics taking the near-imbecilic socialist ravings of Michael Moore seriously?


Is there a chance in hell that the near-imbecilic socialist ravings of Michael Moore would lead to anything happening that he envisions?


Then why is Mary Katharine Ham taking on the near-imbecilic socialist ravings of Michael Moore?

"Because there's a camera and, golly, she shure is purdy."

Let me break this down for you, real straight-talk conservative style:

While liberals are out there saying really stupid things, occasionally they'll say something we conservatives can capitalize on - like what was revealed in James O'Keefe's ACORN videos, or his latest ones that prompted this mind-bending statement from an NPR board member:

After working in many parts of public radio — both deep inside it and now with one foot inside and one foot outside — I believe there's an elephant in the room. There is something that I'm very conscious of as we consider this crisis that I'd like to speak to.

We have built an extraordinary franchise. It didn't happen by accident. It happened because we used a very specific methodology to cultivate and build an audience. For years, in boardrooms, at conferences, with funders, we have talked about our highly educated, influential audience. We pursued David Giovannoni's methodologies. We all participated. It was his research, his undaunted, clear strategy that we pursued to build the successful news journalism franchise we have today.

What happened as a result is that we unwittingly cultivated a core audience that is predominately white, liberal, highly educated, elite. "Super-serve the core" — that was the mantra, for many, many years. This focus has, in large part, brought us to our success today. It was never anyone's intention to exclude anyone.

But we have to accept — unapologetically — that this is the franchise we've built.

We have to look at this because the criticisms that are coming at us — whether they're couched in other things — do have some legitimacy. We must, as a starting point, take on board some of this criticism. Before we can set a path, we have to own this.
Now that's news. It's especially news because I've been reading a lot about how important it is for we conservatives to shake off the image of us as the racists and get minorities to break away from considering liberals as their partners. Well, there's the proof we're looking for! They're admitting it! They can claim it happened "unwittingly" all they want, but an in-depth examination of their elitist programming, coupled with an expose' on the way they fired Juan Williams, would put the lie to that claim in a heartbeat - and any black person would recognize it immediately.

There's only one problem. "I believe there's an elephant in the room" and I'm not talking about the Republican symbol:

Conservatives have "unwittingly" built a similar franchise to NPR's.

Mostly white, it too is "an extraordinary franchise" that uses "a very specific methodology to cultivate" a "highly educated, influential audience" with no "intention to exclude anyone." But exclude it does, based on religion, color, even what kind of music you listen to (like Rap) and a bunch of other nonsensical criteria - like whether or not you're perceived to be "nice" when no one has even met you personally. Criteria that have nothing to do with what it means to be a conservative.

[I did not use that picture of Ann Althouse to imply anything about her - she's different. The picture just "worked" artistically.]

Conservatism today is predominantly elitist, scared to death of anyone who doesn't exactly share their inward-looking views, and I don't just mean RINOs being scared of Sarah Palin. Hell, many who call themselves Tea Partiers are scared of Sarah Palin! Can you imagine what a whole bunch of black conservatives would do to their world?

And if I, a street-wise flag-waving hardcore black conservative, don't give a fig about Mary Katharine Ham taking on the near-imbecilic socialist ravings of Michael Moore, what do you think more like me would think - the people conservatives are supposedly trying to attract? I'll tell you:

Not a goddamned thing.

The kinds of things conservative organizations could be doing are just the kinds of things they don't seem to have either the balls, or the credibility, to do because they, too, are too busy trying to "Super-serve the core" - and playing favorites, the likes of Mary Katharine Ham.

Over the last few days, the dribble from Mary Katharine Ham has gotten front page status on Hot Air, and major placement on Instapundit, when her pieces don't contain any meaningful content, don't cause a ripple in the political firmament, and don't do outreach. They're just,...there.

But, boy, she shure is purdy!

Well, I'm sorry, but looks aren't the qualification that either Barry Goldwater, or Ronald Reagan, ran on. And no conservative said they weren't behaving when Goldwater gave his angry "Defense of Liberty" speech or Reagan bellowed "I paid for this microphone!" Miraculously, despite those well-known outbursts (that scared the beejeezus out of many) both were known as nice guys.

And, though she was beautiful to me, Jean Kirkpatrick wasn't a "looker" - but, damn it, she had ideas! And convictions that were unmistakably solid as a rock. And so do I.

As much as I like all the conservative players I've read, and interacted with online, I have to say conservatism cannot stay locked up amongst people like Mary Katharine Ham, Glenn Reynolds, and Ed Morrisey. (Glenn Beck's political accomplishments never would have happened if it was left up to the likes of them.) I know - "It was never anyone's intention to exclude anyone" - but exclude they do, to the detriment of the movement.

Or have I just missed all the black output - every day?

Nobody's asking for apologies, but there must be someone - someone - amongst you that has the guts to reach out and say "Let's meet and see what you've got to offer" rather than sitting on your online thrones and declaring "That guy seems weird and aggressive, let's let him twist in the wind." There are too many, like me, waiting to get in.

Supposedly you want us. Really? Prove it.

Very few saw the Tea Party Movement coming, or knew what it was going to be about, but one thing it is about is outsiders coming in and changing the direction of conservatism to something embraced by the nation. Well, despite recent candidates like Allen West and Herman Cain (or even Alphonzo Rachel) it's too easy, still, for the opposition to accurately frame the Tea Party as a lilly-white phenomena that doesn't attract a whole hell of a lot of blacks. I say that's because of the outdated, and elitist, attitudes I've seen from many of the current movers and shakers that are leading it, catering to each other, and the likes of political milquetoasts like Mary Katharine Ham instead. We could be stronger.

I, for one, am not afraid of - and look forward to - a powerful President Palin.

It's about time so-called conservatives stopped being afraid of someone like me.


  1. .........

    The solution will not come from the top down, but from the bottom up. First & foremost, the current lay out is designed to do exactly what it has done; divide Americans. However, I think that this is perception, more than reality.

    We are not as divided as media & entertainment would have us believe.

    I believe it is up to each of us individually to shatter those perceptions & ignore the PC bullshit, speak straight, & say your piece your way. Then the chips will fall where they may, which I truly believe, would look nothing like the story line developed by the left.

    In our heart of hearts, most of us know the difference between right & wrong, & we know if you do wrong, you get wrong. Life really is so simple and to pretend otherwise is a detriment to all of us. [This would be a natural segue into the whole New Age movement.)

    There were a million reasons, excuses really, that I could have fallen back on to explain a lack of success. A messed up teenage runaway, high school drop out, single mother is not supposed to succeed in our society, that's what I was told. Thankfully, I don't do group think and lived my life in defiance of that bogus bullshit. (And really, where else BUT America could a woman in my situation succeed if she really wanted to!?!)

    Even though society had provided me with a myriad of 'acceptable' excuses that I could claim for not taking care of me and mine, I knew that I would never be able to live with myself if I didn't do right.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm no saint, in fact if you took all of my flaws away there would be little left over, but I did have a saving grace. I always accepted the punishment for my infractions. I always pledged to do better. I did not expect nor want anything for free. (P.S. There is no such thing as free, there is always a string attached.)

    So what is the solution? Talk to each other! It is that simple.

    I believe what you seek is already happening, in & of itself, & much to the dismay of the left.

    Mr. Crack, you & I are doing it right now! I found your site thru one of Brietbart's Bigs, found you interesting & thoughtful, so I returned. I assure you that I am not here because of your pigmentation, nor do I tell anyone about your site by prefacing it with "this black guy has this great blog". I never fell in that trap.

    What's happening with grass roots conservatism is happening naturally, it's killing the left who wholeheartedly believe in manufactured groupism, & this is the only way that it will stick.

    People like you & I will change this mess, doing just what we have been doing. We are out of the closet, so to speak, and we're not going back in. Just remember, we were asleep at the wheel for a very long time, much damage has been done & the repair will not happen over night.

    But I am hopeful. We are not who they think we are. The tide is turning, & as always the truth will prevail.

    I guess it's obvious that I have a lot to say! And I'm just getting warmed up.

    Thanks for your time.

  2. This is actually the beginning of my post two posts. Posted them backwards.

    Mr. Crack,

    I've only been visiting your site for a short time, but I have tried to read as many of your posts as possible, in an effort to "get to know you". In so doing, I've come to believe that you appreciate a straight shooter.

    Myself, I have always been and will continue to be very leery of ANY group that comes looking for me; this has always constituted a 'red flag' to my sensibilities.

    My thought has been, if your message or gig is so great I'll find you, not the other way around.

    I would say that the Democrat party selectively targeted and 'went after' the Black American community. [Note: the very fact that I have to state an identification 'separator' like Black American, is a big problem to my mind.]

    I have always found the specific targeting of any group to be at its core nefarious. Think about it, someone had to sit down and say "let's go get 'that' group". Ick!

    I'm a single mother, any group that has specifically targeted me, and then sought me out, has sent me running in the other direction. I just happen to be a single mother; it's not what defines me. My character defines me. Period.

    To be fair, I'm not a 'joiner'. I'm not a group person. I'm an individual and want only to be treated as such. In fact, I am fiercely individualistic and independent. My motto: Please, don't help me!

    Two year ago I went to a 'Coffee with Michael Steele' event, something unusual for me to do, but I was feeling a need to do something and thought this would be a good place to start. Although I met some very nice and interesting people, the event itself felt so contrived.

    Mr. Steele was taking the approach that you suggest in your piece. Unfortunately, when something doesn't happen naturally, you cannot help feeling the forced nature of it, which is not appealing or attractive. Moreover, the overall message comes out sounding like "we've got the whites, now we need the blacks and hispanics", again, ick!

    It's manufactured, phony, forced and, despite the best of intentions, it divides.

    Those of us who believe in individual freedom and all that it entails cannot employ the same targeted tactics of the left. A bad thing is a bad thing regardless of any good intentions.

  3. Is Miss Ham someone's relative or something?

    I'm not feeling the greatness...not sure why she's front page material everywhere. her ideas are not quite clear and cogent, she's a bit shallow.

    But she must be someone's neice.

  4. She's not terribly compelling but I think she's alright for "conservative 101." And... she IS purdy.

  5. The established self-titled conservatives are not all that consistently big on freedom. It is too bad since they are presented as the alternative to liberals who appear eager to intrude on every facet of an individual's life.

    I agree with much of what you said, but I am not sure what you want. I doubt you would care to hear my views and include me, whatever that means, any more than the general world of conservatives would.

    It is sad that year after year they manage to prevent themselves from bringing in those they need if they are to succeed. More McCains and Romneys won't do it.

    If Allen West were to run in 2012 then there would be a shot.

    So what do you want? I got here from a white lady lawyer's blog. Now I check it out regularly.

  6. PS: for a guy on crack you do damned good work.
    Another good case against mandatory drug tests. If it ain't broke, don't break it.

  7. That's because "conservatism" is a fashion show serving the interests of more powerful players behind the scenes, just like "liberalism"

    Think about it. What does stopping gay marriage or teaching creationism alongside evolution in public schools actually have to do with the push to crank out big tax breaks to companies that outsource their manufacturing operations to China and India?

    Neither particularly benefit the actual citizens of this country but both are nearly covered by flag waving phrases like "traditional values" (for the first) and "free market capitalism" (for the second)

    It's just a different flavor of look-aid, whether crack or ham, its still just sugar water and no substitute for actual food

  8. Now you see, if you weren't anonymous, that might be a compelling argument.