Fox News runs what might be the most disturbing op-ed I’ve read in a good long while; it’s written by Dr. Keith Ablow who is apparently a member of Fox’s “Medical A-Team” … which can’t possibly be a good thing.
Here’s the crux of it:
The president’s victim mentality could contribute to dissolving the will of countless Americans who might otherwise see themselves as capable of summoning internal resolve and creativity to surge out of poverty.
True victims can’t surge out of anything, because they are hostage to forces outside their control. They await justice and restitution.
They don’t, ultimately, see themselves as able to stamp out poverty; they see themselves as the rightful recipients of food stamps.
They don’t, ultimately, see themselves as able to take control of their health; they see themselves as the rightful recipients of free health insurance.
They don’t, ultimately, see themselves as someone worth hiring and worthy of investing themselves with education and training; they see themselves as worthy of 99 weeks of unemployment checks.
Everyone’s a victim and they’re taking victimhood lessons from our Victim-in-Chief. And that’s why our country is in the mess it’s in. Because “Victims aren’t expected to lead. They expect to be rescued.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m anxious to meet all the people who have surged out of poverty. And I’d love to hear more about how people should take control of their health without access to health insurance.
I assume Fox’s “Medical A-Team” also advises anyone who breaks a leg to just keep on running in order to avoid becoming a victim. And, of course, if your van breaks down, just keep on driving it. Whatever you do, just don’t be a victim and ask for help from someone else!
Oh — and also — this op-ed is one of the more racist things I’ve read lately. You might think, from what I quoted above, that Dr. Ablow is just screeching at people who sometimes need the assistance of others to survive, those disgusting weaklings. Except here’s the opening paragraph, the one that sets up all this talk about “victims” and that leads into the discussion of President Obama and all the other victims who are impoverished, on federal assistance, out of work, and without health insurance:
President Obama’s rhetoric is finally coming closer to what appears to be his psychological truth: Because America victimized him and countless millions of others, any person or party or movement that opposes his views and does not yield to him is not just his adversary, but abusive, predatory and even threatening.
You think he’s talking about white victims?
Because he’s not:
A victim mentality would explain why the president immediately allies with anyone else he thinks might be a victim, too.
This explains the seemingly bizarre statements he made castigating local police in Cambridge, Massachusetts for detaining a distinguished Harvard professor and man of color who they understandably considered possibly to be an intruder.
It explains him thinking that if he had a son that his son would look and act just like Trayvon Martin, an alleged drug user and burglar who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, an older man of a different race.
In fact, the president went further to suggest that, were he 35-years younger, he could be Treyvon Martin.
If the president sees himself as a 17-year-old being held at gunpoint by an older man, then it is too much to expect him to govern effectively.
I’m not even going to get into these two examples and the casual racism Dr. Ablow tosses in (like, obviously, the local police were going to be suspicious of a black man trying to enter his own home; I mean, this is Cambridge, friends!).
I’ll just say that a better title for Dr. Ablow’s op-ed would have been, “Is My Racism Coloring My Perception of the Obama Presidency?”
HT: Marcus Sanborn.