In 1837, Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen published what would become one of his most beloved tales. "The Emperor's New Clothes" told the story of a vain monarch who hires two con men to make him a new suit of clothes. The tailors tell the king that the material they are using has the quality of being invisible to any man who is unfit for his office or who is "unpardonably stupid." When his suit of clothes is finished, and the emperor parades through town for his subjects to see what his tailors have made for him, only one little child states the obvious: "But he has nothing on at all!"
I thought of Andersen's story, and the honest reaction of the innocent child, when I heard about the latest antics of Jesse Jackson. In case you missed it, Jackson was set to appear on a Fox News show when he whispered to another guest (into a "hot" microphone), "Barack been talkin' down to black people with this faith based..." He then proceeded to express the desire to surgically turn the Democratic presidential candidate into a eunuch. All because Barack Obama recently told a crowd of African-Americans that black men needed to take responsibility for their actions and raise the children they father. Could it be that one struck a little too close to home for the "reverend?"
Obviously, Jackson disapproved of Obama's statement. Apparently, telling men to take responsibility for their actions is "talking down to black people." It seems that in his speech Obama forgot the victim's mantra about how whitey is to blame for every ill in the black community and only government can fix it. (I have doubt that Obama believes these things; he just neglected to mention them.)
Jesse Jackson's entire race-baiting "career" has been one scam after another. This is the guy who staged the photos of himself holding the dying Martin Luther King, Jr., in his arms.
This is the man who used to call abortion a tool of genocide against black people - even comparing it to slavery - but who long ago jettisoned his pro-life views in favor of the politically correct liberal party line on the issue.
This is the man who has cozied up to Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Mohammar Quaddafi and any number of other Arab thugs - all in the name of "peace."
This is the man who for the last four decades has shaken down corporate America in the name of racism, as chronicled in Kenneth Timmerman's 2004 book, "Shakedown: Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson." As Timmerman points out, Jackson claims to have an annual salary of one dollar, but his lavish lifestyle includes limousines, three mansions, big bank accounts, first class travel, private schools and the best universities for his children.
Having run for president in 1984 and 1988, Jesse Jackson is green with envy that this upstart freshman senator from his own home town of Chicago seemingly has breezed to the Democratic presidential nomination this year. Furthermore, as I have noted in previous columns, what greater threat could there be to his empire of victimization than to have a black man elected to the presidency? How does a professional "civil rights leader" shake money out of the corporate trees when a person of color is living in the White House? They are more likely to tell him to go get a real job than to write him a check under those circumstances.
Jackson's latest whispered tirade against Obama is proof of his pettiness and his narcissism. The realities of his own out-of-wedlock child, combined with a massive sense of entitlement, have given this man an ego that is out of control. Rarely has so little talent been rewarded with so much attention.
As the out-of-touch members of the mainstream media fall all over themselves making excuses for the latest boorish behavior of their favorite race pimp, most Americans are not surprised by it. After all, we have known for forty years that Jesse Jackson has no clothes.