The Pardu

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Martin Bashir Show And GOP Obstruction: "Don't Cut Off Dr. Dyson!"

There are times when interviews take on a life of its own.  The  Martin Bashir Show this afternoon took such a turn.

While I am certainly very biased, my sentiments are,  the interchange you will see in the segment is both not a surprise and, in fact, was long overdue.

The interview started with a review of severe and overwhelming obstruction to 'all things Obama'.  Regardless of your political and social "lean" GOP obstruction is obvious and as factual as the 24 hour clock.

Martin Bashir moved the interviews to a discussion of "persistent" obstruction and the wheels came-off the interview. The MSNBC host moved to his term "persistent obstruction" after the GOP pundit indicated that Immigration Reform was stalled, stifled and generally not moving forward because of President Obama. President Obama!   The pundit then moved into GOP talking-point mode with attempts to tie Immigration Reform and the glitch laden ObamaCare website to "people's concern for the White House botching things up." Yes seriously, the pundit went there. He completely disregarded weeks and months of GOP public statement against immigration reform and Boehner's flat-out statement the measure would "go no place" in the House. 

As you view the video, keep in mind, the show host asked about "persistent obstruction."  His third guest , Professor Eric Dyson, did not initiate the point; he simply attempted to respond.  The GOP pundit must have forgotten he wasn't sitting on Fox News.

The segment is 11:43 seconds, but dare not turn away!

Why am I biased on this interaction?  I am biased because I have come to know the GOP.  How about a few facts.

1. The GOP deploys the "Southern Strategy" replete with code with each general election.    In 2012 Rick Santorum won the 'prize' accordingly.

Did you notice the hearty applause after Santorum applied a heavy coat f race baiting? The next day he fended innocent of saying "black people".  OK, But who were the "them" he referred to in the segment. If you missed "them" play it again.

2. The GOP and the Libertarian party (movement) are overwhelmingly white.  The GOP is 92% white and a recent polling study left the polling authority with the Libertarian party is 76% white and very much predominately  male.  Ninety-two percent of anything is by design.  The demographics are beyond, coincidence, consequence and far beyond some weird anomaly. The Statistics have meaning and are impossible to separate from association by design, policy, practice and paradigm. Therefore, it doesn't take a leap of deductive reasoning to know that the GOP has issues with Barack Obama far beyond his political party and his past as community organizer. Their angst also cannot be attributed solely to his "liberal agenda." Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States is far from liberal; he is pleasingly progressive.  To deny race as a factor in GOP "persistent obstruction" is equivalent to denying the GOP adheres to and promulgates a "southern strategy." 

3.  In 2012, the Mitt Romney campaign website told a story that was as clear as newly blown clear glass bottle. 

We offer the omission of African-America was 'by design." A design that clearly delivered a message as an indication of systemic bigotry in the GOP.  Mitt Romney campaigned for President of the United States not some lowly state representative. Yet, his website excluded any reference to African-Americans. The very reason we (more than should be necessary) use the vernacular: "The Invisible Negro."

4. Romney's top, and most visible, campaign official spoke volumes about the GOP as Romney traipsed around the country and across (parts of) the globe in campaign mode. John Sunnuu repeatedly spoke about President Obama in both overt language and covert code.  Sunnunu called Obama "lazy." He traveled with Romney to Britain and offended members of the press via referring to the US President as not of the "anglo experience" (paraphrased).  Romney himself quipped about he and his wife not needing to prove their citizenship while campaign in Michigan.  

5. How many instances of overt racist images and confederate flags waving in the blue skies have you witnessed since January 20, 2009. How many Confederate flags did you see during the Bush years?  Dialog from the likes of Steve King, Louis Gohmert, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, and all conservative media (especially the internet rag that employs the pundit in the video segment: The Daily Caller) have practiced unfathomable levels of race baiting that at times showed as overt racism.

We ask, why would the pundit take such exception to Professor Dyson's response to Martin Bashir?  It was as if he was primed and ready to spring, knowing GOP racism and bias that also contribute to obstruction would come forth.  We know the pundit knows his party, he knows his party is practicing voter suppression of minorities, he has undoubtedly heard racist remarks behind closed door or across his cell phone. Why jump into Dr. Dyson's minutes as he attempted to respond to the host?  why interrupt as the professor was making his points.  When you sit and and fulfill your mission via delivery of talking-points, you should be big enough to listen to points important to others.

Profeseor Dyson perceived he was being stepped-on by a pundit who sat quietly as Krsytal Ball spoke her comments. He sat quiet as Bashir made his and point and commenced the interviews (panel discussion). What is it about Dyson's points offended him so? Do you think he wanted to defray points related to race as a factor in GOP obstruction of the president's agenda? Was it literally being the object of the words, White Privilege?" The words can startling and harsh, but the words denote reality. Despite the fact many will disavow "white privilege," the vast majority of that number know of conferred privilege, and some even leverage the form of bigotry.

How would the pundit have reacted had Bashir leveled the very same point Dyson offered. No one on the panel had mentioned obstruction based in an aversion to a black president.  When it comes to a truism regarding  race and the GOP, the pundit objects. I have yet to see the man on television speaking abhorrence for the constant racial exhibitions form people who claim his political party or share his social paradigm.

If you disregard Professor Dyson's point, a point often delineated here in the TPI, you disavowed what you are see in the image below.  The image depicts a phenomenon never witnessed during the entirety of the Bush Years.  While Bush/Cheney almost mortally ruined the nation, you never once saw a black demonstration outside the white with disparaging flags and placards.

Therein lies 'White Privilege."

Of course, members of Congress (most are too sophisticated do mimic the racist in the image. But, rest assured the GOP pundit on the Bashir Show knows full well professor Dyson was correct in his points.

In the world of Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS) and GOP obstruction, the pundits actions on The Bashir Show will receive praise. Later tonight and certainly tomorrow conservative Internet pages, websites and The Daily Caller will be filled with comment lauding the actions of the GOP pundit.   Here is a current headline from The Daily Caller:

'This Is A Joke!'

Daily Caller's Matt Lewis goes nuclear on race-card wielding MSNBC contributor

Isn't it amazing how the Right loves their war analogies!
The Joke is the sub-headline!

The pundits actions are no different than the man holding the Confederate Flag outside the White House. He attempted to step on a learned individual who has the platform to speak the truth. A truth the GOP and conservatives do not wish to have you hear. I should also point out, the Daily Caller headline is in congruent in an of itself. It starts with "This is a Joke" and then sub-headlines with the very script we anticipated.

Lewis not only didn't go nuclear, he was the recipient of a "hydrogen fusion" lesson in conferred privilege and failed in his attempt to deflect racial obstruction as a consideration of GOP unwillingness to work with the Obama Agenda.

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