Condi Busts a Move

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Condoleezza Rice has made a series of overtures in recent weeks toward the wingnut establishment which indicate that she is surreptitiously campaigning to be named as John McCain’s running mate. Now that her time as Bush’s concubine and plantation Negress is drawing to a close, she is busting a move toward conservative apostate John McCain. Her fealty toward Bush no longer has the cachet it once did and she is looking to replace one massuh with another.

Content and empowered as Bush’s Foreign Minstrel and the black face of American Imperialism and White Supremacy, Condi now sees it in her best interests to contest for the Vice Presidency at this time. The GOP consensus is that Barack Obama has a lock on the Democratic nomination, so the time is right for Condoleezza Rice. I have written of this possibility in the past and I clearly wasn’t too far off the mark.This has been out there for awhile but I felt that today is the perfect slow news day to discuss it. Have at it

Roseanne Barr to Obama: Bow to the White Woman

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Roseanne Barr wrote a post today on Huffington Post entitled “Bow to the Woman” I have decoded her meaning below.

Barack Obama: Bow to the white woman, and take the vice presidency. Heal our bruised white feminist egos. You’ve come too far too fast and you know it. This was supposed to be our turn. You will run in eight years with our vocal support as we surreptitiously undermine you behind the scenes and destroy any possibility of your election. You must pass through our feminist sieve first though: bow to the white woman.

Otherwise it will be about your voting record and you do not want to live through that punishment, especially if you are innocent. Premier Hillary represents the soul of the Democratic Party: the white women who support her, Latinas, Latinos, 5 percent of the black voters, white blue collar worker, male and female, as just proven in Ohio, and the fake azz white Baby Boomers…quit bitching and moaning and whining now! Be a punk and take vice, bow to the white woman who is the last vestige of the neoliberal white power structure which represents the military industrial complex. You can’t win without the votes of the people who support Clinton. You do not have the white working class vote; you do not have the white majority on your side even with white independents. The states you win are not swing states or even Democratic states. You are a spoiler and your campaign is alienating Clinton’s white vote. Many of Clinton’s white feminist backers are turned off due to the truthfulness of the attacks your supporters Gary Hart and Samantha Power has let loose on your opponent.

You can’t fight back dirtier than she can — it will bury your message of hope and change. It obscures the message of the people in this party!

The white feminist message is: Hoes before Bros. The white women who hold up this party and are its majority want equal rights for the Machiavellian she-devil that claims to care about those of us who work for a living. Equality and no less. Attacking the female candidate as the power obsessed monster that she is will not work for you. Your strident leftist advisors are off the mark. White people are centrist, especially during a war.

Join and ultimately lose!!!! It will take both of you to win this campaign: the one who was wrong on the war and the one who was right: however, the people want to be ruled by a white above all else! If you take this nomination from her she will see to it that the party factions itself to death and you lose to another old white man, Fuhrer McCain. Then she’ll run again, serve two terms, and by then Chelsea will be old enough to run for office and continue the dynasty.

Be stupid, Barack, show us how cooperation works, let’s live the fake white liberal dream of Dr. King…blacks and whites, Christians and Jews, male and female left and right holding hands on the way to another two centuries of white imperialist domination of the earth. Stop the massive movement for “Change we can believe in” and be a damn fool by taking the vice presidency.

Clinton/Obama 08: Never gonna happen

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At some point, we need to give up on this fantasy ticket idea.  It is as likely as a Paris Hilton presidency. I entertained the delusion of a Clinton/Obama ticket actively-you can go back and check.  It’s dead. And like all dead things, it will never be resurrected.   The latest debate dustup over dictators and such is truly ridiculous posturing at its worst and should be completely disregarded as a serious statement of principle.   

Ain’t no principle been involved for these two for quite some time.  Principles would have meant that neither would have supported any funding for the B.S. in Baghdad.  Principle would have meant that  the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court would have been actively filibustered by both in a show stopping display we would still be talking  about. Principle would have meant that neither would have supported anti-labor free trade agreements like the Oman Free Trade Agreement.   

When you get down to brass tacks, neither Clinton nor Obama is progressive in any meaningful sense of the word.  There are those of us in the black community who support Obama because they think he represents the best we have to offer.  There are those of us that think the Clintons represent the halcyon days of 90’s prosperity and progressivism. The reality is that these are really misconceptions that have no basis in fact.  Draconian welfare reform, willful denial of genocide in Rwanda, and a craven capitulation to pharmaceutical company racism in the denial of anti-retroviral AIDS medications to African countries desperate for help, is the real legacy of the Clintons.  Barack Obama has done absolutely nothing to castigate their record or chart a different course that black folks could respect.  

Hooking up an already deficient brotha to that legacy of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy is really not what the Lord is calling for in these last and evil days.  It makes no sense at all, really. Respecting the principled legacy of the last serious black presidential candidate is one thing, equating Barack Obama with that same legacy is quite another.  They ain’t the same thing, no matter what Jesse says to the contrary.  

 

Hillary’s Catch 22

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Let’s just say for the sake of argument that Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Nominee. Now, more than ever, that is a debatable proposition. Work with me. Y’all with me? O.K. It’s July 2008 and Hillary, who 50% of the American people are adamantly opposed to voting for, is facing a decison about a Vice President.

Hopefully can we agree that Barack Obama, regardless of his flaws and evasions from the progressive black consensus, has earned consideration for Vice President. Even if we don’t agree, I think the majority of African Americans believe that. If Obama continues on as he has and comes close, but falls short of the mark in the primaries and Hillary doesn’t choose him to be her VP, Black folk are gonna be, as Momma says, “much pissed.” You see, Obama is who my mother is for. I view Momma as kind of an “everyblackwoman” and can gauge a lot of things accurately by her responses. Momma made it plain that she, “don’t want her” [Hillary].

Dukakis before her had a similar decision regarding Jesse Jackson in 1988 and his poor handling of that politically charged and delicate decision resulted in the lowest share of black support for a Democratic nominee in quite some time. A lot of black folk just sat on their hands at home and let him twist in the wind. Being white and female however, is a different situation.

The woman pictured above with Hillary is former Maryland Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the eldest daughter of former Senator Robert F. Kennedy. A popular figure, she blew her big chance at the corner office in 2002 when she chose a republican as her running mate instead of a number of qualified black elected officials. That was perceived as a slight by the African American community that had never elected anybody to statewide office. It was a weakness that Bob Ehrlich deftly exploited by choosing Michael Steele, a corporate lawyer and freelance Uncle Tom, as his running mate.

It is interesting that in a democratic state with one of the most affluent black suburbs in the nation, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend didn’t feel free to choose an African American as her running mate for fear that she couldn’t win. Race, as much as we like to deny it, is still the elephant in the room. Some people just can’t wash that white woman/Mandingo taboo outta their hair. Black folks responded to that by either turning out in lower numbers or voting in higher than normal numbers for the ticket with the brotha on it.

I don’t harbor any illusions about who and what both Hillary and Barack represent. They are both servants of the multi-national corporate power structure. Politically speaking though, Obama’s candidacy represents a cross-roads for African American Democrats. If he is spurned, the relationship between African Americans and the Democratic Party will be irreparably damaged.

Will Hillary make the same mistakes as Dukakis and Townsend? She’s damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t in some respects. Only time will tell. Talk to me. Don’t hold back.

Obama turns New Hampshire out

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Barack Obama spoke to a sellout crowd in New Hampshire and turned the place out.  White folks ain’t never been this excited since John and Bobby Kennedy.   Tickets sold out quickly and they packed the house to touch the hem of his garment.  This enthusiastic reception is what black folks have been praying for.  We’ve been waiting since Adam and Eve left the garden for a black politician to receive a reception like this.  Too bad we don’t know what this brotha stands for.   He has done absolutely nothing to define himself as anything but a Safe Negro.  He has voted against John Kerry’s amendment to immediately redeploy the troops out of Iraq.  He voted for the Anti-working class Bankruptcy Bill.  He voted for the right-wing Oman Free Trade Agreement.  Folks have fallen in love with a media creation, not the man himself.

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I have never seen the undisguised look of adoration in white folks faces towards a black political figure.  This is totally unprecedented.  One old man looks as if he is one year younger than God, he’s holding an Obama sign.  Amazing.  In 1992, these same flinty New Hampshire voters wouldn’t give former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder a chance.  Running as a right-wing, budget cutting centrist, Wilder had little appeal to blacks or anybody else outside of his own family.  New Hampshire has a small black population that make’s Iowa’s look like Atlanta.  In light of these facts, the achievement the other day is all the more remarkable.

The building hysteria and vacuous press coverage is feeding the movement and contributing to his healthy poll numbers.   The consultants all see dollar signs when they see this brotha.  They are all chomping at the bit to get a piece of him.  Professional campaigns these days are light on specifics and long on platitudes.  The public supposedly is hip to it but then you see the above reactions as if Jesus alighted from Heaven to address the earth.  The time has come to make a decison or get off the pot.  Once its made, and we all know what it will be, he needs to start articulating some real positions, not the focus group pablum we’ve heard so far. It just won’t cut it.   We need to hear some real stuff from the heart about social and economic justice.

It is clear from the temper and tone of the press coverage that they want him to run, and not for Vice President as I would prefer.  In my mind, it is nothing more than a trap from the pit of Hell.  I categorically don’t trust the “mainstream media.” Their irresponsible flacking for the Vietraq War is right in line with their corporate responsibility to their shareholders’ profit margins.  They live to build somebody up and then tear them down.   The Obama train has left the station, the only question is whether he’s leading it or being led by it.  Time will tell and we’ll all be waiting with baited breath.

Happy Birthday to me

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I won’t gonna post nothin’today, the 35thanniversary of my birth, but I heard from the Voice of God, as far as I am concerned, when Bruce Dixon, formerly of Black Commentator, contacted me on this blog.  The Black Commentator has been an uncompromising voice of authentic black thought and protest.  The former contributors, of whom he is one, have launched a new website and blog that pays me the ultimate complement by linking here.  I cannot tell y’all what a gift and ego boost that is to me.

It is more important than Courtland Milloy’s mention of this blog in the Washington Post, the establishment voice of the white power structure. It is the ultimate validation. I look forward to reading their site and have provided a link to them.

I bought Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign vehicle today, The Audacity of Hope, and will fill you in on my perspectives in the coming days.  I intend to be as supportive of the brotha as I can be, but I still firmly believe that with Russ Feingold’s exit from the Presidential race, Hillary’s position as the frontrunner is solidifying. Whichever road to the Convention I take, it will be with the express purpose of getting Obama on that ticket. I ain’t even gonna front, I believe people of color have earned a seat at the table of power. 

The time is right for it, and I feel he is the right one for this ticket. I don’t really care whether Bill and Hillary agree or not. Enough delegates can be elected that make his presence on the ticket mandatory.  The question is whether or not Obama deserves that kind of loyalty from us or from progressives more broadly.

The Congressional Black Caucus is still in my crosshairs and their growing power as a result of Tuesday’s election will be a focus this week, as well as the traitors in their midst:  Al Wynn, Artur Davis, David Scott, Gregory Meeks, Edolphus Towns, Hankerchief Head Johnson, and Sanford Bishop. I hate to include brotha Sanford on the list because he has been supportive of Cynthia McKinney, but he has too many black constituents (44%) to be voting like a damn redneck.

The Audacity of Hype: Obama’s Meet the Press Interview

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Like a toke on some good weed, Barack Obama has been inhaling the considerable smoke the eastablishment press has been blowing up his narrow behind. He acknowledged today on Meet the Press, that he will be seriously considering a Presidential bid after the Nov 7th midterm elections. Obama told Tim Russert that “Given the response I’ve been getting the last several months, I have thought about the possibility” although not with any seriousness or depth, Barack said. “My focus is on ‘06. … After November 7, I’ll sit down and consider it.”

This can only be considered bad news. As I’ve said before, the Clinton’s don’t play well with people not on the home team. He will have arrayed against him the most gifted political strategist in the history of the cosmos, Bill Clinton. It is going to be a very tough slog that he will have to grind out. I don’t think it is doable. The Clinton’s will be poised to annhilate him politically and it can be done with the help of the establishment press. His rhetoric of Hope will be snuffed out and he will be substantially outraised. I don’t care what the dreamy eyed liberals say.

Let’s assume the brotha does run. What is the strategy? Does he really think he can win Iowa and New Hampshire? Two states that ain’t got two Negroes to rub together? New Hampshire is 96.2% white. It’s black population is not even 1%. His popularity in Iowa notwithstanding, being a Senator from a neighboring state, does he really believe he can do this against the most formidable political juggernaut ever assembled for a non-incumbent democrat. These two states are the whole enchilada in the process with Nevada and South Carolina thrown in. This is the starting line up. After these four states go forward, its over.

Given his rhetoric about race and his emphasis on bringing people together, I don’t see how he can launch a candidacy and ignore Iowa and New Hampshire. This has been tried before by Jesse Jackson and Doug Wilder. Doug Wilder, former Governor of Virginia and now Mayor of Richmond attempted to make a case for his election as America’s first black President. His announcement speech is quite good and you can read it in the above link.

His candidacy was killed in the crib by a focus group of democrats in New Hampshire. You see, they liked his message and his background. When they found out he was black, they reacted negatively. The idea that Barack Obama is ready for this challenge at this time is just ludicrous to me right now. I think he needs more seasoning. There is nothing better than the Vice Presidency to get it. I think this should be the focus of his efforts and if you believe the same, shoot me an email at skepticalbrotha@yahoo.com.

The Audacity of Hype: Don’t drink the Kool Aid, Barack

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“I will give you the glory over these kingdoms and authority over them.” The Devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please.”

-Luke 4:6 New Living Translation Bible

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Don’t listen to the Devil, Barack and for God sake, don’t drink the Kool Aid of grabbing the brass ring of power until your ready to wear it.   Joe Klein thinks he has the power to give anyone the keys to the kingdom, don’t believe his megalomaniac B.S.  He is in love with the sound of his own voice and the perceived power of his pen.  Don’t fall for it.  It ain’t real and his luv ain’t genuine. 

You have the opportunity as the chosen one to be the first Vice President of Color, and subsequently, the first President of Color.   You’ll mess it up if you run now.  The Devil has a trap set, and its for you to run in 2008.  Face facts Barack, if you think your going to go Mano y Mano with Bill and Hillary Clinton and come out on top, you’re just as crazy as that black bastard on the Supreme Court. 

My best friend Tanya told me last night, “that Bitch can’t win.”  Yes, yes she can.  We have a standing bet for $100.00, dinner and a movie and I know my ass is gonna win. Name the last campaign Bill Clinton lost, ………exactly.   They are intent on wielding the enormous power of the Presidency again and Bill is going to do everything in his power to make it happen for Hillary.  Nothing says “I’m sorry, baby” more than giving your woman the power to launch a nuclear strike.

Do you feel me on that, bruh?  Play the smart inside game and get on the ticket, there are millions of people out here willing and able to make it possible for you or somebody else to break the barrier.  The Clintons don’t play well with others outside of their umbrella of influence.  Don’t be on the outside.  Otherwise, they gon’ look for another colored accoutrement.  I will commit suicide if you allow Harold Whore, Jr. to take your spot.

Don’t get played, brotha and don’t allow the hype of your book tour blind you to the political facts of life as I’ve laid them out.  Those folk in the chattering class “Ain’t none of your friend”, as the old folk say. In the meantime, find a way to be progressive because although we out here in the hinterlands recognize your promise, we also recognize the considerable hype that surrounds you.  It’s time to step up, bruh and live up to your marquee political name.

A Vice President Of Color

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I’ve been turning over in my mind for a few years the efficacy of organizing a group of dedicated activists with the goal of forcing a person of color onto the next ticket at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.  I’m a history buff and I never cease to be underwhelmed by the inadequacies of past Presidents and their stunning lack of commitment to fundamental fairness, equality, and democracy.

Republican leaders during the disputed election of 1876 sacrificed every single constitutional right of black folks to hold onto the power of the White House.  They ended reconstruction, the brief period in southern history where the social, political, and economic rights of black folks were respected. We could vote, hold office and were relatively free to go into any sphere of endeavor. Twenty two African Americans were elected to Congress during this period.  

Most of our black colleges were created during this time, and our people prospered as much as could be attained in an agricultural based economy.  Lincoln’s action in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation , and the subsequent Reconstruction Amendments abolishing slavery, guaranteeing equal protection, and the right to vote, earned the allegiance of a grateful critical mass of black folks that endured for over 75 years.  The experiment ended in a spate of violence and murder.

A repressive regime of racist segregation was pressed upon us and we were exploited as if slavery never ended.  It all came crashing down after a small, dedicated band of activists decided that they were sick and tired of being sick and tired.  They joined with church groups, organized labor, and civil rights groups across racial lines to demand justice.  They liberated the nation  and blazed a trail that others are still following.

Today that same regime of repressive racist exploitation burdens the majority of the World’s people of color. Our government is a key instrument in maintaining the tyranny.  The time has come again to do something big, and organize our way into wielding some real power for a righteous purpose. It’s time to organize our friends and allies into a political force to bring about some needed world-wide, political changes.

The lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions is at stake.  Isn’t it time to make a mark on the Presidency instead of letting the handmaidens of capital choose our leaders?  Will you join me in this effort? Do you believe we have the power?  Dr. King told us ” Injustice Anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  Do you believe that? If you do, contact me at skepticalbrotha@yahoo.com