The first time I ever heard the Clearance Clearwater Revival hit, “Bad Moon Rising” was at Bill Cosby’s house in my home town of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. It wasn’t actually his house at the time, it belonged to the family of my 7th grade best friend where I was spending the night. Mr. Cosby bought it a few months later.
I heard the tune recently on a classic rock station just after watching the utterly bizarre “First Meeting of Three Cosby Accusers” on CNN. (I almost never voluntarily watch CNN but it was on the TV in the breakfast area of my hotel.) In that odd confluence of events I was reminded that there does seem to be a ‘bad moon” on the rise in America on the issue of race relations.
I’m not entirely certain that Bill Cosby is innocent. It could be that his accusers are telling the truth. But I’m giving Mr. Cosby the benefit of the doubt. Innocent until proven guilty is still an important principle in our law and culture, notwithstanding the conclusions of CNN’s editors.
What tips the scale for me in Mr. Cosby’s favor is the timing of these accusations. It seems awfully suspicious that the bravest Black man in America on the issue of irresponsible Black youth and their adult enablers was suddenly re-ensnared in an old scandal just when President Obama and his Marxist fellow-travelers were ginning up a race war in Ferguson, Missouri — by inflaming racial hatred among irresponsible Black youths and their adult enablers.
At least these leftist agitators are consistent: it‘s “lynch mob justice” for anyone for whom an assumption of guilt serves the Marxist agenda, whether it’s a white police officer or an iconic Black civil rights hero. (Remember, they did the same thing to Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain.)
The Marxist agenda in America is largely the design of Herbert Marcuse, darling of 1960’s radicals. His recipe for destroying America was three-pronged: elimination of the natural family (primarily through the LGBT movement), elimination of the “patriarchal society” and male authority (the radical feminist movement) and elimination of the cultural “melting pot” (through “multi-culturalism” and racial conflicts).
In Cosby the Marxists get a “threefer.” Here is a man whose career promoting a healthy image of the natural family has served as a bridge across the Black/White racial divide. By stirring up deep-rooted feminist resentments and unleashing them like a raging river, the Marxists believe they can take out a key bridge over which Black and White Americans of my generation found a way to express commonality and community in family values. In one fell swoop these diabolical Marcusians undermine the family, male authority and the goal of racial harmony.
I don’t know Mr. Cosby personally, but I have long admired his courage. Whatever sexual improprieties he may or may not be guilty of, the fact remains that Cosby is a symbol of racial healing and that part of his legacy should be protected and preserved, as well as the truths he told about healthy family — stand-alone truths that are not diminished in the slightest by any personal failings in his private life.
Indeed, If I were Mr. Cosby’s advisor I would encourage him to turn the tables on his attackers. Take their siege tower and turn it into a platform for his own message on authentic Black empowerment, especially in the wake of the revenge-assassination of the two police officers in New York City.
Instead of hiding from the spotlight like the Marxists hope and expect, he could step right into the center of it and preach the plain color-blind truth about personal responsibility, setting an example of fortitude. I think if he did that he might be shocked at the number of fed-up Americans — both Black and White — who would rally to his side.
To have a race war, you need to generate mindless hatred on both sides — hatred that dehumanizes the individuals on the “other side” and assigns blame based on skin color. The Socialist left has been grooming inner-city Blacks in anti-White racism for a long time, while the Fascist left has been doing the same with suburban Whites by lumping all Blacks together with the “Knock-out Game” gangsters and other punks (remember that National Socialists are NOT rightists — they are nationalistic leftists).
The take-down of Bill Cosby is a tactic to manipulate Whites into giving up on Blacks. Let’s not let it succeed!
The thing that “moons,” scandals and social crises have in common is they run in cycles. There is indeed a “bad moon” on the rise today, but if the Marxists can be thwarted in the early stages of it, that moon will wane before the destruction they desire can be accomplished.