Meanwhile, the revisionist New Dealers are out in force claiming that FDR was a genius and his new deal limited the Great Depression to lasting just over a decade. Of course, we've had over 20 recessions in the last 100 years, and FDR's Great Depression was the only period that lasted so long, the rest on average were about 14 months. But to hear big government liberals talk about it (with the requisite glint in their eye), FDR saved this country. I really don't think so, and there are plenty of those far more studied than I on the matter that agree. The very fact that there are many dissenting views flys in the face of Obama's own rhetoric that the question on the New Deal was settled long ago. Nevermind any of that, we have no time to think about the best approach because as Obama says, "We are going through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression," which by the way is another misrepresentation of the facts.
Last but not least is Eric Holder, the Attorney General of our country, suggesting that America is a nation of cowards because of a supposed lack of discourse on race. Of course, race has been in the public discourse for the better part of America's history. Not to mention the reality that if any of us were to go arguing about racial matters in our workplace, we would quickly find ourselves out of the work place. The fact is, we fought a hot war over slavery, and a soft war over civil rights. While there will always be prejudice by the ignorant, America has been anything but cowardly in doing what is right on this issue.
Comments like Holder's do nothing to heal the racial divide, in fact they do just the opposite. Internally, such comments put whites who are not racist on the defensive, and they provide cover for those who see racism behind every ill in their lives. Externally, it prepetuates the idea that America is intolerant of certain races, when the exact opposite is true. I thought that one of the silver linings of an Obama presidency is that we could finally stop the victimology of race after a majority of Americans, regardless of their race, voted for Obama regardless of his (I voted against Obama, but also not because of race). Not so. I'm not sure what outrages me more, the Holder comment itself, or the nodding heads that are quick to agree with this dreck (just look at many of the responses in the link). Apparently, it's more important to have a discourse on race than on the stimulus plan, but I digress.