It’s the belief system, stupid

September 11th, 2008

NPR’s Morning Edition featured a discussion among people of various races this morning about how race is influencing the election.

And lots of other people want to talk about how sex is influencing it.

But what really divides people in America is not race or gender, buy viagra troche it’s ideology.

It’s what we believe that makes us allies or enemies.

I’m much closer to a black Conservative like James T. Harris than I ever could be to a white liberal like Michael Moore.

James’ color is irrelevant to me, buy it’s his philosophies that I identify with.

If you don’t believe that ideology is more powerful than race or sex, medicine just look at the attacks on Sarah Palin (a feminist role model if there ever was one) by liberal women.

Or check out what African-American progressives say about one of the most accomplished black men in America: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

In the end, which side of the political divide you inhabit in this country is less about what body you were born in, than what body of thought you believe in.

And isn’t that they way it should be?

Entry Filed under: Philosophy,Politics

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim  |  September 11th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    If Harris’ color is so irrelevant to you, Elliot, why do you refer to him as a black conservative? You don’t refer to Sarah Palin as a female conservative.

  • 2. elliot  |  September 11th, 2008 at 10:57 am

    I referred to James color to draw the contrast with the white Michael Moore whose color I also noted.

    And I’m not saying color or gender are completely immaterial. I would never be that dismissive of another person’s experience.

    My point is that when it comes to whom we associate with in America (and how we behave) is less influenced by race and gender than it is belief systems and mindsets.

  • 3. Tim  |  September 11th, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I understand the point you were trying to make, Elliot. But the point is in a post in which you are trying to make the argument that color should be irrelevant, you go out of your way to say it is relevant.

    I dislike Harris’ thinking precisely because his are the rantings of a lunatic. Period. Of course, now I’ve probably offended the lunatics out there. Aargh.

  • 4. Fuzz Martin  |  September 11th, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Elliot’s argument is that color is irrelevant to one’s morals and mindsets. Color IS relevant to Elliot’s argument, as it would be impossible to establish that color IS irrelevant, without first mentioning color.

    It’s like Carlin’s seven bad words skit. He had to actually say them in order for the audience to know which ‘bad words’ he was referring to.

    I like Harris because he is a father and he doesn’t pussyfoot around parental issues. You’ve got a kid? Then grow up and be a parent. And apparently that pisses people off.

  • 5. BobG  |  September 11th, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    “Why am I going to hate someone based solely on the color of their skin when if I get to know them I can find 1,000 other reasons to think they’re an asshole?”
    – George Carlin

  • 6. The Chad  |  September 12th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I don’t care if someone is black or white, or has a penis or vagina…if that person’s policies and doctrine line up with mine, I’m probably gonna side them/vote for them.

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