Over the weekend, it emerged that Harry Reid had privately made very offensive and racial comments about Obama's skin color in 2008: "He was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama -- a 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,' as he said privately."
Well Senator Reid, I'm offended as a voting American that your opinion of me is so low. I am outraged that you believe I am so racist that I would care how dark or light a candidate's skin is. You don't just owe Mr. Obama an apology. You owe me one- and every other voting American. Just to show you that I am in fact not as racist as you think, here is a list of five African Americans who I would love to be president of the United States, regardless of their skin color:
1. Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell is a brilliant economist and libertarian thinker who understands that the world's people should be free people, unencumbered by the perverse incentives and fiscal burdens of government regulation and central planning. Listen to him explain the economic folly of welfare statism:
2. Clarence Thomas
One of the Supreme Court's most strict constructionist judges (i.e. he believes in doing what the Constitution says), Justice Clarence Thomas also acknowledges some libertarian leanings. He understands that our Founding Fathers designed and intended for the Constitution to be a restraint- not a blank check- on Federal power.
3. Walter E. Williams
Walter E. Williams is a libertarian professor of economics at George Mason University. He believes in a free market, not a centrally planned economy. He believes in the states' right of nullification and secession. He is a voluntaryist and has gone on the record supporting the libertarian Free State Project. Listen to him explain why the government's good intentions usually just get in the way:
4. Janice Rogers Brown
A Federal judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, Janice Rogers Brown is a strict proponent of property rights and an enemy of collectivism, which she describes in very Randian terms as "slavery to the tribe." In her speeches, she casually throws around buzz-words like "leviathan" which is a pejorative for government used pretty exclusively in libertarian literature. I would absolutely prefer her Presidency to Mr. Obama's.
5. John Monds
According to the Independent Political Report: "John Monds, an African-American Libertarian, is arguably the biggest rising star in the Libertarian party right now. In the 2008 race for Public Service Commission, District 1, Monds collected over one million votes, the highest amount of votes for a Libertarian candidate, not just in Georgia, but in the history of the United States." His slogan is "Smaller Government, Lower Taxes, More Opportunities." Not only would he make a fine Governor of Georgia- I would prefer a John Monds Presidency to that of Barack Obama's.