My irritation continues in response to the new meme that Republicans lose elections because we run "pasty" - or "doughy" - WHITE candidates (and all the worse if they happen to have "pretty blond wives").
If we are going to start estimating political viability on the basis of skin color, I think we need to consider some of the more infamous Left-Wing Monsters. Not exactly a bunch of pasty white guys.
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In his "I have a dream" speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said,
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Not so often remembered and repeated, perhaps, is this line from the same speech:
"In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."
King also thought it important to point out that his dream was "deeply rooted in the American dream." Neither of these dreams should be dishonored - much less, abandoned - in our time, nor going "forward."
AfterWords: Lest Keith Koffler think I treat him unfairly, I urge you to read the really great piece he wrote yesterday: Romney Should Tell Obama To Take a Hike.
"In terms of policy, Obama’s campaign was not about much. It was, instead, about destroying a good man’s character."
Now that's where our discussions belong. Let's stick to character -- or what Jabotinsky termed for Jews, hadar:
.... The essence of hadar is untranslatable. Literally, the word means shine or glow, but as Jabotinsky taught it, it implied a certain chivalry in conduct and life-style, a combination, as he defined it, of "outward beauty, respect, self-esteem, politeness, faithfulness. Hadar consists of a thousand trifles which collectively form everyday life."
Shmuel Katz, Defender of the Faith. Jabotinsky poster in the background.