RUSH: Here's Siobhan in Columbia, Mississippi. Hi, welcome, it's great to have you here. It's Open Line Friday and you're next.
CALLER: Hi. I'm so happy to finally get through to you. I have one major problem, and that's Barack Obama himself. My problem is, as a black woman, I am embarrassed to be a black-American. My grandmother is 94 years old, and I imagine that her and all of our ancestors that died and fought for what we're supposed to call freedom, this is not what they imagined of the first black president. I mean, Congress is not doing their job. They don't want to say anything that criticizes him.
RUSH: Wait. Hang on. Siobhan, hang on, hang on. You're very provocative here, and I need to pick your brain.
RUSH: 'Cause you've said a number of things about which I have questions. Your first thing, you said that you are embarrassed to be a black woman?
CALLER: Yes! To be black, period.
RUSH: You know, I happened to see the other day, some white, feminist, female professor. She taught feminist studies somewhere, and I wish I had it in front of me. I don't have it here, but she was saying how guilty she felt at being white, that she just wanted to rip her skin off and turn herself inside out.
CALLER: Oh, don't (garbled).
RUSH: She just can't stand living the life of luxury she has, given that it came on the backs of people of a different color. She's so guilty. She's so ashamed.
CALLER: (Unintelligible) That's what they want for people to feel guilty because of the fact that they're white. I mean, being white has nothing to do with. It's a matter of being educated. I don't care whether you're black, white, purple, green, blue. I don't care. This man can't even spell "respect."
RUSH: Okay, I agree with you. But I need to go back and ask you the second question.
RUSH: You said that to you and a lot of people, that this is not what you imagined the first black president to be. What do you mean?
CALLER: Meaning that as a country overall, when you look at where we were and how far we've come, and you get somebody in this position of power that is of African-American descent, you don't expect Obama. This is not what you expect. You expect somebody who can actually use their brain without somebody else telling them what to say, that knows how to articulate, that knows how to do what needs to be done without looking like an idiot.
RUSH: (chuckling) Now, wait. What you're saying... (laughing) I don't want to put words in your mouth, so let me ask you.
CALLER: Let me put it this way: When I think of a black man or black woman as president of the United States of America, Barack Obama is the last -- just the bottom -- of the totem pole. You need somebody, a person in that position --
RUSH: So you think...? It sounds to me like you think that Obama has... Let's face it: The first black president could have been a huge deal, a great opportunity for the country and for everybody. You think Obama has blown it because he's actually harmed the perception?
CALLER: Yes, he's done more harm than good, and the biggest problem that I have is that when he ran for the first time, nobody voted on him based on character, and that's one problem I have with politics in general. People vote based on what they see. Everybody saw "a black man" that could be president. "Woo hoo! That's gung-ho! Let's get behind this ban." But nobody wanted to vote on the character of this man. Nobody bothered honestly look into what this man represents. What is he tried to go trying to do? How he is going to be advance this country? This is supposed to be America land of the free, but, you know, "Hey, if you say anything that goes against what she saying, you're racist." That's racist in itself.
RUSH: Right, it is. But let me... Again, you're speaking very rapidly, and I'm having trouble hearing this. I've gotta ask you again. Did you say that when people voted for Obama the first time in 2008, they were voting for him based on his character? Or not?
CALLER: No. They voted for him based on the color of his skin.
RUSH: Yeah. Okay. All right. Well, but I think there were a lot of people... There's no question you're right. But, Siobhan, I have to tell you, I think a lot of people did buy the idea that he was messianic, that he was something like we'd never had in politics before.
CALLER: Oh, yes.
RUSH: The media did it, and he helped create this impression that he was a unique character, a special human being, finally come to be among us who was gonna heal all of our divisions and bring about world peace. And that is character. People were investing in what they thought was his character. The racial component, there's no question that was a big factor, too. But I think in the second election, in 2012, the racial aspect was of course number one then.
CALLER: Yes. And, see, the problem, people don't stop and look at, "Okay, what good has he done?" Forget about color. You know, yes, he's black. We can't deny that.
CALLER: Well, what good has he done overall for this country?
RUSH: You sound like a person who is more concerned about a president's impact on the country rather than just one group of people.
RUSH: But there are a lot of African-Americans who thought that Obama's election would mean that he would do things specifically for them, and that hasn't happened. Black unemployment is skyrocketing. Black teenage unemployment is skyrocketing. None of the grievances that black leaders cite have even been addressed by Obama. As such... In fact, Don Lemon -- the anchor at CNN who thought that maybe a black hole had swallowed the Malaysian airline flight. I forget what Obama did this two weeks ago, but Don Lemon said, "This is when he became about."
RUSH: Okay, he announced a program for black men out of the White House. But Don Lemon said that now he finally become the first black president, as though, "Finally Obama's doing something for us." But you don't look at president's responsibility that way, it seems like to me.
CALLER: No, I do not. Because I don't just represent African-Americans. You don't just represent one person, one color. You represent this country, and your job as the president, whether you a man or whoever you are, your job is to advance this country. Personally, if I had my way, we'd do away with affirmative action. That's done more harm than good for this country. There are a lot of things that a lot of black people say that we should do, we should have, that I don't agree with. Because I don't believe for one second that the circumstances of one's birth or the circumstances of one's upbringing dictates the outcome of one's life.
RUSH: Hear, hear. You are absolutely right.
CALLER: If you want something to happen, and that doesn't happen, you have to look at yourself.
RUSH: You are absolutely right about that. It's up to everybody to make their own way.
CALLER: Thank you.
RUSH: They have to carve their own life, and we all have obstacles. Everybody. Some people, it's their skin color. Others, it's their weight. Everybody's got something in their way that either society puts there or that they put there in their own way themselves. Nobody has smooth sailing. Hell, even the Kennedys don't have smooth sailing! Look at that. I mean, even though the way is paved, they still screw it up.
RUSH: It's never, never smooth sailing for somebody. Everybody has to overcome something.
CALLER: And sometimes having that last name itself can be an obstacle because they automatically just do whatever. Nobody listens because of your last name. What's your last name have to do with it?
RUSH: Do most of your friends agree with you, think the same way you do?
CALLER: No. A lot of people completely disagree with me because of the way I was raised. I was exposed to a bunch of different things, and one big pet peeve that I have with the African-American community is the women in particular who teach their children that based on the color of your skin, society owes you something. Society doesn't owe me anything. I see that in the black community. Nobody talks about the racism among blacks, how people who are fair-complected as opposed to people who are dark-complected. Nobody talks about the racism among black people.
RUSH: Well, you're not allowed to. You're not allowed talk about that.
CALLER: How can you not be allowed when...? Okay, I look at --
RUSH: Well, it's the same thing as African-Americans can say the N-word all they want, but nobody else can.
CALLER: But, see, that's wrong. Because if I'm saying it, but yet I'm saying other people, they can't say it, they're looking at it as, "Well, if I can't say it, why can you?" Okay, if you don't want other people to use the name, then you therefore should not be using it. That would be like me telling... I have a son that's 16 years old, an intelligent young man, okay? That would be like me telling my son, "Don't drink," and telling him, "I don't want you to drink," and not explaining to him why I don't want you to drink, but sitting there in front of him and I'm gulping the stuff every day. That's what I'm against. That's a contradiction, and he's gonna look at me and say, "How can you drink and I can't?" or "Why can you smoke and I can't?"
RUSH: It's gotta be frustrating to you to have so many of your friends disagree with you all the time on this.
CALLER: Yeah. Especially because it's not just friends. It's people who don't even know you. They automatically assume because you look a certain way. They look at me and say, "Oh, that's a black woman," and they expect things from me, and when I don't act that way and I don't talk that way, they look at me like, "Oh, you're very articulate. You're this; you're that." What, because I'm black I'm supposed to sound ignorant and not (unintelligible) like Obama?
RUSH: Yeah, they tell you you're not down for the struggle, Siobhan.
CALLER: No! Because everybody has struggles. No matter what, when you wake up in the morning, you should be thankful that you woke up. No matter what happens that day. If things don't go the way you want 'em to go, then you look back at what happened and say, "Hey, what can I do to make it happen differently, to change the circumstances?"
RUSH: Well, I appreciate your call. I'm up against it on time. That's Siobhan from Columbia, Mississippi. You know, I didn't get into it too deep, but I'm gonna tell you, I know exactly what she means. When she says that this is it is not what everybody was hoping for with the first black, I think I know what she means. Based on what she said here, I think I know exactly what she means, but I gotta run.
RUSH: That feminazi that I was thinking of was somebody supposedly named Robin Morgan. Now, the website for this is something called IndependentFilmNewsandMedia.com, and their graphic quotes Robin Morgan. Here's the problem. I never heard of Robin Morgan, and the Internet is famous for putting just some of the most ridiculous wacko stuff up there and attributing it to people. But on the other side of it, I can totally hear a liberal feminist professor saying this.
Here is the exact quote. Again, Robin Morgan is "a key radical feminist member of the American Women's Movement," and that is capitalized. So if this turns out to be is something totally made up, I just want it acknowledged that I acknowledged that possibility. "My white skin disgusts me. My passport disgusts me. They are the marks of an insufferable privilege bought at the price of others' agony. If I could peel myself inside out I would be glad. If I could become part of the oppressed I would be free."
This, folks, may be a bit exaggerated. This is the kind of thinking being taught young people in schools today about the founding of the country, about the arrival of Europeans, white Europeans, and the enslavement of the Native Americans and later the African-Americans. This is the exact kind of thing.
This is the guilt that is taught in schools today, which is why I have endeavored, undertaken this mission and project with my history books for children. This is the exact kind of thinking, this paralyzing guilt that everybody ought to feel, that we are unjust and we are immoral and we don't deserve any of the goodness and the good things that have happened to us.
RUSH: So this is just to close the loop. This Robin Morgan is key, radical member of "The American Women's Movement." She actually is. She's a close associate of Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem, and she has written books. I think she might be a professor. But she did say that in "The Demon Lover: On the Sexuality of Terrorism," published in 1989 by WW Norton & Company. It's on page 224.
She actually wrote this, published in il libro: "My white skin disgusts me. My passport disgusts me. They are the marks of an insufferable privilege bought at the price of others' agony. If I could peel myself inside out I would be glad. If I could become part of the oppressed I would be free." Robin Morgan. Can you imagine what kind of fun this woman is at a party?
Other quotes from Robin Morgan. "We can't destroy the inequities between men and women until we destroy marriage." "Sexism is not the fault of women. Kill your fathers, not your mothers." That's what she says. This is "The Demon Lover: On the Sexuality of Terrorism." It's WW Norton & Company, 1989. I don't know if these are the quotes from that book but they are accurately attributed to her. Sexism is not... And these babes... (sigh) I'm sorry. They're not babes. This woman and Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem have petitioned the FCC to get me punished. They say I have "hidden behind the First Amendment for too long." So that's who they are.