"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren and the Gamesmanship of Race

One of the reasons why the seemingly minor brouhaha over whether Elizabeth Warren, candidate for the Senate from Massachusetts and Harvard Law Professor, lied about being a 1/32nd Cherokee is actually a big f***ing deal, as our Vice President would say, is because it exposes the underlying gamesmanship of race played by American liberal elites.   Conservatives have always known (and predicted, see, e.g., Thomas Sowell, Preferential Policies: An International Perspective) that the regime of affirmative action is corrupting and soul-killing.   Think:  what must an Asian-American eighteen year-old with perfect SATs and great grades think when he or she is denied admission to Harvard because of an unspoken maximum quota, all in the name of diversity, and then finds out that a whiter-than-white rich woman named Elizabeth Warren gets to be a tenured professor at Harvard at least partly on the strength of a bogus claim of "minority" status?   Nothing is more embittering than to think that there are secret rules of a game that others know and you don't.

Anyway, Ace of Spades has a hilarious/horrifying collection of recent news on the Warren fiasco, including this prime example of liberal hypocrisy:

Shelly Lowe, executive director of Harvard University's Native American Program (HUNAP), told Breitbart News today that U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren had not, to her knowledge, participated in the program's events while Warren was a professor at Harvard.
Last week, Warren explained that she had listed herself as Native American "in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group something that might happen with people who are like I am." However, she had not been involved in HUNAP, the most obvious avenue for meeting fellow Native American faculty and students.

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