The subject of American Inequality is almost too hot to handle right now with any objectivity. It has that same volatile quality of so many American issues, like abortion. The moral core of the subject is expected to be self-evident. People are expected to choose a side as a matter of moral reflex, rather than intellectual deliberation.
The result is a contentious debate between two seemingly irreconcilable sides. Everything you can find to read about it is a tirade.
Now that Mitt Romney has been selected as the face of Republican candidacy for November, it feels like a good opportunity to take a Big Picture look at the upcoming contest and the operative factors.
Disappointed as we may feel by it, it’s already clear that Race will be a factor, and that it will be used in divisive ways in the Campaign Conversation. Behold, also how the mere possibility that Rick Santorum may have begun to uttter the n-word ignited America.
We acknowledge the presence of Race in the Race.