There’s a lot of noise surrounding President Obama’s appearance on the Marc Maron podcast, which broadcasts out of his garage.
Actually, before we get into anything, from one podcaster to another, how cool is it to live in a world where you can interview the President of the United States out of your garage? God bless technology.
Anyway, this is the Obama quote in question…
“And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n****r in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.”
People are going absolutely bananas over that, but his point is not without merit. We aren’t cured of racism. The rub is the way his supporters have recklessly and irresponsibly thrown around the words “racist” and “racism” to the point where the words have lost all meaning. Heck, the guy interviewing him, Marc Maron has even accused me of racism on Twitter. Now here we are facing an act of actual racism, and they’ve cried wolf so many times, it doesn’t carry the shock value that it actually should.
However, there was another part of the interview that was more interesting. After the usual straw men attacks against the NRA and Congress, he at least acknowledged law abiding gun owners and said this:
“The question is just is there a way of accommodating that legitimate set of traditions with some common-sense stuff that prevents a 21-year-old who is angry about something or confused about something, or is racist, or is deranged, from going into a gun store and suddenly is packing, and can do enormous harm.”
Again, fair point. It’s actually an interesting question, and one that could start a serious discussion about a serious topic. Serious, meaning no wiener jokes.
*insert wiener joke here*. Sorry, I get immensely uncomfortable with serious topics.
I would just ask, what of his “common sense gun laws” would have prevented this? I want specifics, not just ad hominem attacks against the NRA. Let’s say for a second that Barack Obama had carte blanche, that he could sign any executive order that he wanted; how could he have prevented this?
If the President could be intellectually honest more often, we might be able to get a real debate. Also, wiener wiener wiener.