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Yesterday he was in Wytheville for Congressman Boucher's campaign kickoff and today he followed this event with an appearance with Tom Perriello; later scheduled in Hampton Roads for a function with Bobby Scott. After an introduction by Creigh Deeds, the large crowd at the Buena Vista Democratic Committee's 32nd Annual Labor Day breakfast was provided Webb's take on the message. Webb began by assessing that a year is a long time in politics and we found that out last year in the gubernatorial race.
"I want to say, those of us who have been working for you in Washington, we let Creigh down...He ran against the same person that he lost to by 360 ? ... 360 votes and look what happened last year. Creigh Deeds didn't change; Bob McDonnell didn't change; some of the issues in the country perhaps changed. But we let Creigh down by the way we put issues forward." - Senator Jim Webb
Now, with respect to affirmative action, my view on affirmative action has been that-and, and remains that it's a 13th Amendment program. If you go back to the Johnson administration's executive order on affirmative action, it was based on the 13th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1866, designed to remove the badges of slavery. African-Americans are the only ethnic group in this country that have suffered from deliberate discrimination and, and exclusion by the government over generations. When this program expanded to the present day diversity programs, where essentially every ethnic group other than Caucasians are included, then that becomes state-sponsored racism. And we should either move this program back to its original intent, which I support, or we should open up diversity programs to the point where poor white cultures-and they are cultures, as in southwest Virginia-have some opportunity.So, again, none of what Webb wrote this past week was surprising. At least not if you've been following him for any length of time. However, Webb's latest venture into the thorny territory of race comes at a particularly interesting time in this country, with the nation's first African American president in the White House, with a still-bubbling controversy over the firing (and possible rehiring) of Shirley Sherrod, and with the NAACP demanding that the Tea Party movement "to be responsible members of this democracy and make sure they don't tolerate bigots or bigotry among their members." Into that maelstrom wades our old friend Jim Webb, ever the one to throw himself at an armed-to-the-teeth bunker. In this case, that "bunker," metaphorically speaking, comprises the interconnected issues of race, ethnicity, class, social status, and gender. Just another day at the office for Jim Webb!
With that, here are a few thoughts of my own, and specifically my opinion of where Webb is right - and wrong. [NOTE: This article turned out to be way longer than I originally intended, once again demonstrating that this is not a simple or easy subject to tackle.]