Michael Hamar

Senator Jim Webb - A Soon to be Convert to the GOP?

Filed By Michael Hamar | July 26, 2010 2:00 PM | comments

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Tags: affirmative action, anti-gay discrimination, Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal, Jim Webb, lies and liars, racial discrimination

Having already done his utmost to alienate LGBT voters by his refusalJim_Webb.jpg to support DADT repeal, now Virginia U.S. Senator Jim Webb is working hard to alienate the minority vote by stating that affirmative action programs for racial minorities need to end.

Of course, Webb is very selective in who he wants to "help." He whines that whites from families that have been in the USA for two hundred years are allegedly being unfairly treated and subjected to reverse discrimination.

Yet, for me, notwithstanding an ancestry on my mother's side that stretches back two centuries in the USA, I can be fired at will in Virginia and I am subject to unconstitutional religious based discrimination that has zero to do with affirmative action programs.

And where is Webb on such issues? He's either invisible or supporting those who support such discrimination. The word hypocrite quickly springs to mind.

What's next for Webb? Will a condemnation of unions and union members be his next next step?

Frankly, at this rate, I am waiting for the next shoe to drop and have Webb announce that he's switching to the GOP and that he wants to be Sarah Palin's running mate in 2012. He clearly doesn't give a damn about the traditional Democratic Party base. Moreover, in the case of affirmative actions programs, rather than looking at program shortcomings, Webb wants to throw the baby out with the bath water.

As bad as my former law school classmate George Allen was, at least you knew he was an enemy of LGBT and minority rights. With the benefit of hindsight, I regret ever voting for Mr. Webb. I will not make that mistake a second time. I'll take a clear enemy any day over a duplicitous back stabber like Jim Webb.

Here are highlights from Webb's op-ed in the less than liberal Wall Street Journal:

The NAACP believes the tea party is racist. The tea party believes the NAACP is racist. And Pat Buchanan got into trouble recently by pointing out that if Elena Kagan is confirmed to the Supreme Court, there will not be a single Protestant Justice, although Protestants make up half the U.S. population and dominated the court for generations.

Forty years ago, as the United States experienced the civil rights movement, the supposed monolith of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant dominance served as the whipping post for almost every debate about power and status in America. After a full generation of such debate, WASP elites have fallen by the wayside and a plethora of government-enforced diversity policies have marginalized many white workers. The time has come to cease the false arguments and allow every American the benefit of a fair chance at the future.

The injustices endured by black Americans at the hands of their own government have no parallel in our history, not only during the period of slavery but also in the Jim Crow era that followed. But the extrapolation of this logic to all "people of color"--especially since 1965, when new immigration laws dramatically altered the demographic makeup of the U.S.--moved affirmative action away from remediation and toward discrimination, this time against whites.

Those who came to this country in recent decades from Asia, Latin America and Africa did not suffer discrimination from our government, and in fact have frequently been the beneficiaries of special government programs. The same cannot be said of many hard-working white Americans, including those whose roots in America go back more than 200 years.

Beyond our continuing obligation to assist those African-Americans still in need, government-directed diversity programs should end.

Nondiscrimination laws should be applied equally among all citizens, including those who happen to be white. The need for inclusiveness in our society is undeniable and irreversible, both in our markets and in our communities. Our government should be in the business of enabling opportunity for all, not in picking winners. It can do so by ensuring that artificial distinctions such as race do not determine outcomes.

Memo to my fellow politicians: Drop the Procrustean policies and allow harmony to invade the public mindset. Fairness will happen, and bitterness will fade away.

Memo to Jim Webb: fool me once , shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I have no intention of being fooled twice and support those who have suggested that Webb be targeted as a turn coat Democrat who needs to be defeated in his next election cycle.

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Jim Webb is one of the reasons why it is foolish to suggest that we have 60 votes in the US Senate. It doesn't matter that he calls himself a Democrat.

At best we have a possible 57 votes in the US Senate thanks to the two Independents.

ActOnPrinciples shows him "Leaning Yes" on DADT Repeal, even though he's already said "No." HRC gives Webb a meaningless 85% rating.

That's a terrible column. He opens with a lie:

The NAACP believes the tea party is racist.

They said 80 times that they didn't, that they wanted them to join with them in fighting racism.

He follows with a false equivalency:

The tea party believes the NAACP is racist.

Obviously, that holds as much weight as the NAACP asking an organization whose leaders write racist internet screeds, etc. Tomato, tomah-to.

Then he cites Pat Buchanan as a poor, misunderstood man speaking truth to power and getting shut down by angry librul elites.

And it's just downhill from there, actually blaming white unemployment on affirmative action. There's barely any affirmative action right now! And doesn't the, um, economy have more to do with white unemployment than affirmative action?

He doesn't even name a specific affirmative action program he wants to eliminate. Just the vague idea of helping out minorities. It seems he's more just against the entire concept of believing that non-white people can achieve.

I have trouble believing that Webb is interested in being second chair to Milfy McMooseburger. However, when last there was a Repug sweep a bunch of fake Dems ripped off their masks and showed who they really were. I'm sure that Heath Shuler is salivating at the thought of being able to do so. Webb? Perhaps. We shall see.

I think it's very useful and educational to remember that during his NN keynote, Al Franken cited Webb as an a positive example for progressive Democrats. That should tell voters much about what Congressional Democrats really mean when they use the term "progressive".

How very sad that even a Senator who defines the great true progressive Paul Wellstone as his hero can promote a known homo-transhobic and quite possibly racist bigot like Jim Webb as someone who progressives should support and vote for. No doubt Wellstone is spinning like a dervish in his grave right now.

No wonder this Party is so fucked up. They've clearly completely lost sight of the principles they claim to believe in and fight for as they focus like a laser exclusively on getting anyone with a D after their name elected regardless of whether or not that member actually reflects the values they say they believe in.

We deserve better, far better, then what today's Democratic Party is offering this community and this country.

FurryCatHerder | July 27, 2010 12:01 PM

I agree with Webb in =theory= -- anti-discrimination laws should be applied to all of our citizens equally.

And when that happens, and when the effects of that not happening have been erased by time, then and only then will programs such as Affirmative Action no longer be needed.

I'm for stricter penalties, including the possibility of jail time, for people who violate anti-discrimination laws. We still have -- and still need -- Affirmative Action because the laws against discrimination aren't being adequately enforced, and the violators aren't being sufficiently punished. Discrimination is no less a property crime than any other and people who do it need to go to jail, lose their businesses, pay restitution, and so on.

And that, for people who don't recognize it, is a more Classical GOP "Law and Order" argument than Webb's "All better now!" delusions.