by Ckarice Feldman
This week the economic news is so grim even the media’s usual qualifier “unexpected” is meaningless. We have grown to expect a stagnant economy on the rocks. Meantime, the Obama campaign is heading into full conman territory, hoping like the Wizard of Oz that we’ll just pay no attention to the pint sized amateur behind the curtain pulling the government levers.
Thomas Lipscomb in a Facebook conversation explains:
The innate optimism of Americans makes us particularly vulnerable to con men… consider the Duke and the King from Huckleberry Finn, Melville wrote a whole book on it called THE CONFIDENCE MAN… and then we have THE MUSIC MAN, John Edwards, Sweet Daddy Grace, Farrakhan, Sharpton and Jackson Madow… the list goes on and on. And yes, we are complicit in our own defrauding… But when the lights come up and the illusion dies, we ALWAYS blame our codeceiver for the total fraud…. Now Obama is finding that out,
He and his troops are fanning out in a 24/7 re-election campaign in which they hope to draw together a rag tag coalition of former supporters and scare them into showing up at the polls to keep him in office.
We had the Republicans hate women scare for ill-informed women. You know the kind who don’t understand, for example, that aborting girl children because they are girls is like, you know, the ultimate sexism.
Now the pitch is to blacks and anti-capitalists. And those categories proved not co-extensive.
The Attorney General headed off to speak to black ministers ostensibly to advise them of what conduct on the part of the churches is legal. In actuality he attempted to scare them into concerted action to get out the vote by suggesting that voter I.D. laws were no more than efforts to deprive blacks of their “sacred right” to vote. And when Florida started purging its voting rolls of 52,000 deceased voters and 180,000 non-citizens (undoubtedly aided in election fraud by the ill-considered Voter Motor law), he dashed off a letter to the Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner demanding the state stop the clean up. Christian Herren, chief of the Department of Justice’s corrupted Civil Right Division, demanded a pledge the practice would stop. Once again, (as it did respecting Arizona) the Department of Justice sees its role as precluding states from acting to protect their citizens and to promote proper function of state operations.
The conning of blacks is to be expected, per Lipscomb:
The conmen tend to come from the last ethnic group still unmelted in the barrel… for over a century from the potato famine to JFK’s election it was the Irish who gave us Curley, Daly, Tammany etc… now it is the blacks. Unmelted ethnics tend to want to believe what is being dished out by their OWN, not trusting the wider America yet which they feel still excludes them.
… keep in mind that: Con men are MOST effective in their own ethnic groups where they understand the grievances and dreams with the skill of a cultural anthropologist. The CON is constructed to use both. So John Edwards understood the poor white, Farrakhan the ghetto black, and Curley the big city Irish, and Bernie Madoff, the upwardly mobile Jew.
If Lipscomb is right, and I think he is, the black conmen will be effective in the black community. But the attacks on Bain and Romney’s business acumen seem to be far less effective to a broader audience.