Black Elected Officials endorse Michael Steele

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Michael S. Steele

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In a stunning reversal timed for maximum impact, Republican Senate Candidate Michael Steele, in a trick fit for Halloween, announced the endorsements of all Five sitting Black Democratic County Councilmembers in affluent Prince Georges County.  To add insult to injury, he also announced the endorsement of former Prince Georges County Executive Wayne Curry, the first African American County Executive in Maryland.

This has clearly been in the making for some time and is indicative of some kind of Karl Rove plot or CIA mind control.  That is the only thing that makes sense. That, or either there is something in the water in Prince Georges County that makes reasonable black people go weak in the knees and fall head over heels for Dubya’s Pet Negro.

Do these turncoat Nigra’s really believe, as Wayne Curry said, ” The person to elect, who is most responsive to the things that will make our future brighter is Michael Steele…he is a good man with a good plan.” 

Plan. What Plan? Does it come from the same party that “Planned” Iraq and Katrina.  Does this coalition of the confused coloreds really believe that electing a Bush rubber stamp is a solution to Kweisi Mfume not winning the Democratic primary as he should have?  

They were so concerned about Mfume that not a single soul gave him a contribution large enough to report on his campaign disclosure report.  None of these confused coloreds got their hands dirty to help Mfume.  None did any heavy lifting; By what right are they using the nothin’ they did for Kweisi to justify betraying the entire black community by endorsing one of Dubya’s dupes?

If Dubya’s Pet Negro had these endorsements in the pipeline, why treat Black America to the spectacle of being endorsed by a Killer and a Thug and crackheads before that?

Kinda makes me wanna holler.  What about Y’all?

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#1 The Congressional Black Caucus is falling down on the job

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Congressman Kendrick B. Meek (D-Miami) is sworn in as a Member of the 109th Congress with Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York and Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen of the Virgin Islands.  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus participated in a mock ceremony at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, January 4, 2005.

 “Where there is no vision, the people perish”-Proverbs 29:18

The Politics of Division

The Congressional Black Caucus, according to the CBC monitor, has transformed into the  “Corporate Black Caucus” , due in large part to the nefarious tentacles of the “racist and rightwing Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). The DLC was created after the Reagan years to move the Democratic Party more to the right and to do this they have unleashed the corporate hounds to payoff Black faces  to perform for them what whites cannot. ” 

We can see ample evidence of this nefarious corporate influence and lack of black unity in the glaring disparity of support for two members of the CBC attempting to move up to the U.S. Senate, an elected body called, “the greatest deliberative body in the world” that has only elected five African Americans in 216 years. The U.S. Senate is the most stunning example of the power of white privilege and social connections.   The top three richest Senators are Democrats with a combined net worth of at least $1.193 billion dollars.

Given the millionaires club atmosphere of Congress, 123 members of the House of Representatives are also millionaires, you’d think that Black members of Congress would do their part to show some love to their contemporaries tryin’ to move up the rough side of the political mountain.  Not so.

Former NAACP President and former Congressman Kwesi Mfume ran for the U.S. Senate this year as did a younger, brasher contemporary, Harold Whore, Jr.  Who do y’all think the CBC showed more love to, the one who used to lead them as Chairman, or the Corporate Whore?

You guessed it, the Whore.  Most members of the CBC vote differently than Ford on the vast range of issues, yet they still support the Charlatan in their midst. CBC members gave $36,268 to Harold Whore, Jr. Barack Obama and Charlie Rangel gave nearly $19,000 alone. 

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If they were trying to treat both men equally, which Ford doesn’t deserve, the following contributors would have given to both him and Mfume.  The following gave only to Ford: Dianne Watson, Kendrick Meek, Gregory Meeks, Sanford Bishop, Emmanuel Cleaver, Alcee Hastings,  Barbara Lee, Barack Obama, Charlie Rangel and former Congressman Bill Clay whose successor, his son, told the Hill newspaper that he and his father would both support Mfume, but neither came through with enough money to show up on a disclosure report.

There are 43 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Barack Obama in the Senate and 42 members in the House. Nine members of the CBC gave contributions to Kweisi Mfume.  Yes, that’s right, I said Nine.  Of the $1.3 million raised by Mfume, $16,500 came from Black members of congress.  That’s about 1%. 

Mfume’s heroes

Mfume’s contributors represent a heroes and sheroes roster: Elijah Cummings, Carolyn Kilpatrick, Juanita Millender-McDonald, Chaka Fattah, Danny Davis, Corrine Brown, Mel Watt, Don Payne and Bobby Scott.  I find this list fascinating because it says so much about us as a people. 

Prominent black and white celebrities stepped up. The white creator of Good Times and the Jeffersons, Norman Lear, gave $2,100,  Black Billionaire Bob Johnson and Debra Lee, the corporate chieftains of BET, gave over $17,000 between the two of them, more than the entire CBC.  Black Publishing executives, Susan Taylor of Essence, Linda Johnson Rice of Ebony and Jet, and Earl Graves, Sr of Black Enterprise gave $19,300 between them.  Friend of Bill Clinton, Atty Vernon Jordan and Michael Jordan’s wife Juanita gave as well.

Mfume came within 3.2% of winning that primary against five white opponents who raised nearly $12.5 million against him.  He was outspent by nearly 12 to 1 and almost won. 

The Washington beltway crowd and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee led the charge against Mfume.  Mfume’s two leading white opponents Ben Cardin and Josh Rales spent over $11 million to defeat him.  Rales spent millions of his own money. Cardin raised over $373,000 from Members of Congress alone, including two Uncle Tom’s in the CBC, Alcee Hastings and Kendrick Meek.  A single white Senator, Blanche Lambert Lincoln, gave Mfume a contribution so it wouldn’t look so obvious that Senate Democrats were attempting to prevent a qualified and respected former Black Congressman from being elected. The white power structure conspired through negative press coverage and aggressive arm twisting of potential donors to damage Mfume’s candidacy. With all of that going for him, Cardin barely won the primary.

Jesse Jackson, Sr, whose son also sits in the Congressional Black Caucus gave so little to Mfume that it didn’t show up on a disclosure report, or gave him nothing at all.   I find that astounding.  I have always had great respect for Jesse.  It wasn’t too long ago that Mfume and Jackson were leading marches together.   He found time for Ned Lamont, a white Connecticut Millionaire running against Senator Joe Lieberman. So did Maxine Watersand Al Sharpton.  Lamont is not going to ultimately defeat Lieberman, so these people wasted their time and effort on a white candidate that cannot win and didn’t help a black candidate that could. 

It makes no sense that Kweisi Mfume was struggling for cash while Harold Whore, Jr is buoyed by a river of special interest cash $7.3 millon dollars greater. Similarly, I hope Barack Obama doesn’t think these Negroes are gonna help him get elected President.  Left to their own devices, they will do for him what they did for Mfume: next to nothing.

Our Black leadership is hopelessly fractured and leading in opposite directions that usually lead to the same right-wing corporate cul de sac.  They can’t even support each other based on general principle, is it any wonder that they don’t support or represent us?

Where in God’s name is the vision?   The distorted and confused amalgamation of leaders and positions is disheartening.  We are marinating in the aftermath of two Presidential Elections in which significant questions of black and brown voter suppression exist and these Black politicians can’t even get it together enough to fight that and support each other at the same time for election to the Senate, where the community has never had adequate representation.

Manning Marable teaches us that, ” Oppressed people learn strategies for survival: if they do not learn, they perish.”  If these highly educated people cannot navigate these shallow waters, how can they fight poverty, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, Globalization and the rest of the ailments to the black diaspora? 

Thanks Y’all

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At some  point this week, I will reach 10,000 site views.  It has been a wild ride and I thank you for reading my perspectives.  I don’t think I am saying anything revolutionary or different here.  The site traffic says otherwise.  Thank y’all for the support and the criticism, I thrive on it all.

Starting this week, I will begin a series of posts on the Congressional Black Caucus and what I see as their abdication of the battlefield of policy to the right-wing in several key areas.  Given the liklihood that Democrats will again assume control of both houses of congress next week, I think now is the time to examine what they should be doing going forward.

Also, I think that Barack Obama has made it plain that he is seriously considering a run for President, his experience nothwithstanding.  I think the CBC has a role to play in that scenario which should be proactive.

Harold Ford, Jr., The Omen, and the Antichrist

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“There are a lot of smooth-talking charlatans loose in the world who refuse to believe that Jesus Christ was truly human, a flesh and blood human being. Give them their true title: Deceiver! Antichrist!”

-2John 1:7 Message Bible

Behind Harold Ford, Jr’s boyish good looks and megawatt smile is something sinister and dark, something evil.  I have vilified him in the most caustic of terms and this post shall be no different.  I have called him a corporate whore, a whore, a sellout, and a dangerous nigra.  He is all of those things and more.  His ambition is the thing that he exalts above everything else and it is on the alter of his ambition that we in the black community will ultimately be sacrificed. 

In the mind of a child, evil is almost omnipresent, lurking in the shadows until darkness falls.  I generally had a great childhood. Mama’s only child, I enjoyed snuggling up close on the sofa to watch TV on Saturday night.  My favorites were Saturday Night Live, (I did get the jokes) and the horror movies that came on late at night that Mama had no business letting me see.  Of all of the movies of the seventies, none scared me more than the Amityville Horror, The Exorcist, and The Omen.

The Omen was particularly chilling because it blended fundamentalist endtimes theology with an exquisitely written hollywood script and it became a masterpiece of the horror genre.  During this time, I was particulary influenced in my theological perspective by my great Aunt, a Seventh Day Adventist, which is a conservative, fundamentalist christian form of protestantism.  They believed in the endtimes theology and they produced a series of biblical children’s books which I read that emphasized the rapture.

I remember in particular being told that the rapture of all believers into heaven would be announced by a shout and a great trumpet sound.  You don’t tell a child that who lives right next to a railroad track unless you want him to be terrorized every time a train comes through.  I was absolutely terrified of being left behind with the unbelievers.   The Omen series taps into this theological perspective brilliantly by spinning a fictional tale of the child of satan being given to a prominent family who will use their wealth and power after they are eliminated to eventually vie for the Presidency and extend his malevolent dominion over all the earth as the Antichrist.

What scares me now, as an adult on the cusp of middle age, is the possiblity of a Harold Ford, Jr. Presidency.  He is the personification of the fictionalized Antichrist, whose burning ambition to do the bidding of Satan was a menace to everyone on earth.  Not to belabor the Antichrist thing too much, I do think Ford is particularly repellant and dangerous because he has sold his soul to the Democratic Leadership Council, an evil entity bent on corporate supremacy if there ever was one.

As a member of Congress, Ford has repeatedly voted to repeal the Estate Tax. The Estate Tax effects the wealthiest of the wealthy, a minuscule number of estates that are fewer than 1% of estates left by those who die annually.  In fact, the whole idea of repealing the Estate Tax is a scam by 18 of the wealthiest families in the U.S. with a combined net worth of more than $185.5 billion who wish to pass on their wealth to their heirs tax free.  

Moreover, he has voted to gut a woman’s right to choose by repeatedly voting to ban “partial birth abortion” a fake name for a rare procedure only necessary to save the life of the mother but written to inhibit a woman’s right to choose in other circumstances.  He has also voted to let small business whose products harm or kill people, off the hook by limiting their liability to victims to $250,000, no matter how much harm they suffered.

Lastly, Ford purposely missed a vote on closing the School of the America’s, an institution which trains foreign military officers in aggressive  paramilitary tactics which often lead to extra-judicial beatings, torture, and murder.  The school was responsible for training the Guatemalan military officers that murdered over 200,000 people in a 36 year civil war. Not standing up and casting a vote against that kind of evil speaks volumes about Ford’s lack of character and his unfitness for high office.

Even though I believe that the next President will be a DLC acolyte, that doesn’t mean that she should choose, as her number two, a man who is a soulless predator that has no intention of disturbing the corporate power struture’s lucrative arrangements.

At the end of the Omen, the Antichrist is vanquished, stabbed from behind by his love interest.  As people who love the world’s people, especially our own downtrodden black people, we have a moral obligation to kill off the rise of this smooth-talking charlatan and pretender to our nation’s throne by telling the truth so that we can ensure that he never get’s that close.

Elizabeth Dole: Plastic Magnolia

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Let me make a small confession: I sleep with the TV on. I was accosted late last night in my sleep by the honey-suckled voice of North Carolina’s Senior Senator, Elizabeth “Liddy” Dole. She and her opposite number, Chuck Schumer are chairs of the Senate’s GOP and Democratic campaign committees and they were speaking before the National Press Club about their parties efforts to hold the Senate.

Before I begin the substance of my political critique, a brief word about Mrs. Dole. Mrs. Dole, 70, has an amazing plastic surgeon. He has managed to make her look both ageless and lifeless at the same time. Combined with a mask of thick make-up, she looks like an amazingly animated right-wing mannequin. Chirping cheerfully, Miss Liddy has perfected a public persona of saccharine sweetness and stepford wife precision that gives me the creeps. Henceforth and forevermore, I shall dub her the Plastic Magnolia.

Hearing the plastic magnolia cheerfully prattle on about the necessity to keep the Senate in GOP hands to secure the “War on Terra” evokes a ridiculous mental picture of the plastic magnolia attired in a dress made of curtains, like Scarlet O’Hara in “Gone With The Wind” as she daintily alights down a winding staircase to make a dramatic entrance as Michael Steele, dressed as house slave Butterfly McQueen screams out, “Oh, Miss Scarlet, I don’t know nothin’ bout winnin’ no Elections.”

The plastic magnolia is in deep denial about her party’s chances to hold the Senate. She alone will probably not be able to keep a sufficient number of the ignorant patrician’s rubber stamp minions around to constitute a Republican majority. Miss Liddy went on and on about the party’s prospects in key races in Montana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Montana Senator Burns, a racist and troglodyte is in the fight of his life and has the plastic magnolia’s unqualified support; So does wingnut extraordinaire, Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and the ignorant confederate, Virginia Senator George Allen. To hear her expound on these hopeless races is downright funny, almost as funny as imagining how her half-embalmed, octogenarian husband, Bob Dole, a part-time Viagra salesman hounds her for sex. Can’t you just see her annoyance at the effectiveness of those little blue pills?

I, for one, will be glad when the whole lot of them is out of power. Perhaps then, Mrs. Dole can be put out to pasture in an expensive department store as the right-wing clotheshorse that she is.

Governor Deval Patrick D-Massachusetts

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After 16 years of divisive wedge politics and trickle down economics, the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are clearly yearning for something and someone different. They want hope, and the promise for a better future for their families.  They are tired of seeing the world through the rose colored glasses of race and are willing to give an outsider a try at steering the ship of state.  It’s about time because Massachusetts is a mess.  Its high cost of living and deteriorating schools and infrastructure need an overhaul.  As Deval Patrick stands on the precipice of what seemed to many an impossible dream, listen for yourself to hear what has the electorate of Massachusetts so captivated.