Artur Davis Adopts Tea Party Line at RNC Convention: “Let’s Take Our Country Back”
When you hear people on the right say they’re going to take their country back, you have to wonder from whom they’re going to take it. Unlike President George W. Bush, President Obama was elected by a majority vote, and so were Democratic members of Congress. So you have to wonder why, when Republicans are not in total control, they react as if the country has been stolen, when really they’ve just lost fair and square.
Some say that this “take our country back” rhetoric makes conservatives feel like rebels, and that it’s good for their cohesiveness and self esteem. Still others believe that those on the right who rally behind that cry are dead enders who are responding to the loss of white privilege in this country.
Those on the right want to take what they believe is their country back from immigrants, blacks, and other minorities in this country. They want a return of the era where codified white privilege was codified by law.
There’s some truth to that, which makes it all the more remarkable to hear a black politician, in this case Artur Davis, give a speech where he evokes the very same phrase, “Let’s Take Our Country Back.” Given that line, you have to wonder if Davis has, in all the uproar and egoism of politics, forgotten himself. This was never Davis’ country to take back. The Founders made it clear that only white men were to have a say in this country, so this country never belonged to Davis or his ancestors.
That wasn’t the only aspect of Davis’ speech that drew attention. Davis leveled a good number of cheap shots at President’ Obama and his competancy:
The Democrats’ ads convince me that Governor Romney can’t sing, but his record convinces me he knows how to lead, and I think you know which skill we need more.
Now, America is a land of second chances, and I gather you have room for the estimated 6 million of us who know we got it wrong in 2008 and who want to fix it.
Maybe we should have known that night in Denver that things that begin with plywood Greek columns and artificial smoke typically don’t end well.
Maybe the Hollywood stars and the glamour blinded us a little: you thought it was the glare, some of us thought it was a halo.
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