Diana West

It won't work. As promised above, I can stop it by mentioning the man's name. Fact is, the Americans who are now apoplectic about President Obama were once apoplectic about Jimmy Carter, and, later, Bill Clinton. (Some of us still are.) And please -- no American president, not even Richard Nixon, has ever been reviled to the gruesomely mock-violent degree that George W. Bush was. "Racism" had nothing to do with any of it.

In other words, it is not "racism" we are seeing breaking out around the country, it is political opposition. The Left is responding to vital signs on the Right, a stirring in the ashes of eight disorienting Bush years, that indicate there is a political fight to be had over the direction of this country.

And the best thing that Joe Wilson did for that fight was to stop apologizing while he was ahead.

But it is for this reason -- his refusal to submit to House Democrat pressure to participate in a show-trial-style mea culpa circus after the president accepted his personal apology -- that the public pillorying continues.

And is it ever ugly. Under cover of "racism" charges, the assault on the last unprotected victim group in America is rejoined. That victim, of course, is the white male. Or, as his politically correct tormentors like to taunt him repeatedly, "middle-aged white guys." These are certainly one of Maureen Dowd's favorite targets -- "white Republican men afraid of extinction," she calls them with the sadistic complacency of one who plays to society's approved prejudices. "Just it gives off a strange vibe," says MSNBC's David Shuster about the "older white men, all Republicans, sitting there" in Congress.

Wonder what Shuster says about the "older white men" at the Continental Congress? Or what Dowd says about such "middle-aged white guys" as Leonardo da Vinci, Louis Pasteur, Robert Browning, Thomas Edison and Clark Gable? As the academic leftists have reeducated us to believe, she would call them all dead white males.

Of course, you know something's changed when the tocsin of demonization targets live ones.

Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).