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Showing posts with label Kevin Phillips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kevin Phillips. Show all posts

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Question Of Racial Supremacy

White Supremacy: Fringe Or Mainstream?


White Supremacy goes mainstream?

ABC News report posted January 2014.

Let's dig deep.  The Confederate Fag has for centuries stood as a defiant relic of US racism  and a moniker of the US South.  We would be remiss if we do not frankly state, there are rebels in society who adorn the flag as a moniker of their lives outside the norm. Granted but you know and I know the flag represents far more than mere defiance to the US government. 

On June 22, 2105, RT America posted the following video segment, including noted lecturer and anti-racist Tim Wise.
Published on Jun 22, 2015
More evidence supporting the white supremacist and racist leanings of Emanuel AME Church shooter Dylann Roof is coming forward, as a racist manifesto and pictures of the shooter draped in the Confederate rebel flag. Manila Chan speaks with activist Tim Wise about how a culture of racism may have influenced Roof’s violence and how it impacts much of the South perspective today.

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Kudos to RT America for posting the segment.

The ground swell of support for the flag is not surprising. America is slow to acclimate to social changes when the change involves matters of race. Those who argue the flag is about pride, differentiation, and identity, may as well argue, as some do, the nation was better off as a state with government sanctioned human bondage.  If you subscribe to the thought removal of the flag is an unnecessary side-bar for social America, you may find yourself as part of the problem.

Images via 

Why did racist southerners bring the confederate flag to civil rights marches? 


Brandishing the Confederate Flag is an issue that will come to fruition with less display of the racist moniker. The deeper issues is the extent to which white supremacy, white nationalism and overt racism are exponentially manifesting in the United States.

While the GOP is over the top in denial mode, the party is at the very heart of resurgent overt racism. Richard Nixon and the a much great degree Ronald Reagan, are as responsible for our current state of racial divisiveness as slavery contributed to the fighting of the Civil War. 

When a political party and its leadership work to leverage race as a political tool, manifest paradigm shifts follow.  With consideration of the GOP here is the genesis of politicking, policy and practice that handed some Americans the right to "bigotry, overt racism, and acceptable levels of discrimination. Moreover, the 1970s and 1980s OP leaders sanctioned your possible innate core of bias and intolerance.  Some of you may have received social indoctrination via parents and social environments that imparted white supremacy as a matter of life. 

In October 2013, Joan Walsh developed a piece for Salon that placed a stamp on Kevin Phillips as the God-Father of GOP "Southern and Northern" Political strategy. 
People talk about the role of race in Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”: how Pat Buchanan and Kevin Phillips helped him lure the old Dixiecrats into the Republican Party permanently. Far less well known was the GOP’s “Northern Strategy,” which targeted so-called white ethnics – many of them from the Catholic “Sidewalks of New York” like my working-class family, in the words of Kevin Phillips. Without a Northern Strategy designed to inflame white-ethnic fears of racial and economic change, Phillips’ imaginary but still influential notion of a “permanent Republican majority” would have been unimaginable.
Kevin Phillips as God Father gave way to Lee Atwater as emissary of racial politics as a tool of US conservatism. We offer an excerpt from a July 2013 TPI piece.
Atwater legendary 1981 interview (audio only 1:47 minutes)
The Nation November 2012 
You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

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When a political party so wantonly deployed strategy that provided "It is OK to be a bigot" ideology, the party has to accept its role in the metastasized state of US racism.

When Ronald Reagan accepted advice to coincide his announcement his first run for the White House with a visit to Philadelphia Mississippi, the home of the Medgar Evers assassination, he staked a claim on racial divisiveness. Moreover, Reagan solidified his anti-civil rights inner core with over-the-top affection and frequent visits to Bob Jones University (and its policy of racial segregation).

If a president leads as such and a political party leverages racial separation and implied white supremacy as policy, it should surprise no one half the nation will follow (in varying degrees). It should also surprise no one the national moniker of racial separation, moniker reminders of social oppression and brandishing for impact, would lead to a movement to disenfranchise the confederate flag as a national moniker. 


Isn't it time to cut the crap and eradicate a linger vestige of US oppression and human rights denial bundled with the nation's most visible racist moniker?

A question that laments the state of conservatives America. If Donald Trump can in his first speech announcing his candidacy for the GOP nomination, can go full octane racist, should we actually expect better from the GOP (and the nation's conservatives)?

If you think the last sentence was a bit harsh, direct the readers to significant or even moderate protest against Trump's racist oratory. Better yet, direct to conservatives speaking out against brandishing of the Confederate Flag.

If such ground roots protest or public outcry does to exit, the lede question above can be answered only as: 

"White supremacy has become mainstream." 

Mobile City Councilman Fred Richardson was a victim of an anonymous racist letter.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Richard Cohen: Bigot, Racist Or Poor Writer? [We can assume he is not a poor writer!]

I have read images such as those posted below are offensive to one nationally know writer. 

 Michael Murray and Alyson West with their daughter, Alexandra. The Atlanta couple has created the popular Tumblr, in response to the hate stemming from a recent Cheerios ad.
Jenn and Meadow of New York City.Gabriel, Dana and Beth of Atlanta. Richard, Kieran and Kamakshi of Rockville, Md.
The original Cheerios commercial that sparked a string of racist backlash for featuring an interracial couple with a biracial child.

Seriously, did you see anything about the images and video above that would make you "gag?"  

Allow a bit of sarcastic reality. 

The developers of the Cheerios commercial should be commended, the General Mills Vice President who refused to take-down the commercial once it hit media markets and took flak, should receive accolades.  You should know the innocent and carefully crafted 30 spot was developed to avoid any just about all opportunity to come across as offensive even to the nation's bigots and racist.  

Of specific note, the black male is comfortable in another room well away from his white wife. There is no bedroom scene, no shred partial nudity, no touching (even innocent touching), certainly no kissing or even an embrace! Ah, the creativity from the highly compensated ad agency. Yes, we are aware the commercial was developed to depict family life, so some of my points above were actually flip (but relevant overall). Cheerios did not evade the ultimate American taboo for some Americans by avoiding the interracial family with white/black parents. A couple of well known companies (one surface coating products and one insurance company) developed interracial couples with the black female/Asian male coupling. Those commercials received no noticeable angst among the nations racists. Cheerios (General Mills) caught hell from a moderate number of racist because they took their coupling to the more common (generally accepted) coupling of white/black interracial couples. 

For some, race in America is more an issue than national security. 

Apparently, one well published writer for the Washington Post finds the following image repulsive (my word). He even went beyond race in his fiery screed;  he attacked the newly elected New York mayor's wife!

We realize there are millions in the United States who would not hesitate to join Richard Cohen in his state of "gagging repulsion," but we wonder about his brash openness. Most racist (or the more intelligent racist) continue to mask their deprived social and psychological state. The majority of racists no longer use the Ante-Bellum/Jim Crow garb more commonly associated with overt racist. They lurk on the internet or they attend events generally reserved for conservatives or republicans. It is rarity to find a nationally known writer for a national publication come out of his closet, and he is doing it more frequently. 


Cohen's remarks published in the Washington Post. Gawker's Hamilton Nolan. 

Mr. Cohen's column today centers on the prospects that various Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination may have in the Iowa caucus. Iowa, Cohen notes, is a conservative state, which may pose a challenge for Republicans perceived as moderate.
Then, out of nowhere, comes this paragraph, which we have bolded for ease of reading:
Today's GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn't look like their country at all.
I... I... think, perhaps, that even in the most generous of interpretations, that could have been... more clearly stated?

Cohen has verged on revealing a deep hatred of African-Americans in the past and very much equally public. The following is an excerpt from a Cohen article related to the murder of Trayvon Martin. Another shameful example of his twisted mind and keyboarding skills follows via Gawker:

Not every columnist would look at the death of an unarmed 17-year-old black kid, shot after he was racially profiled, as an occasion to write a column about how all black teenagers deserve to be racially profiled. But the Washington Post's Richard Cohen is a very special columnist. The killing of Trayvon Martin, Cohen writes, is
a quintessentially American tragedy — the death of a young man understandably suspected because he was black and tragically dead for the same reason.

I noticed while researching this piece, some writers refuse to label Cohen's acts as they are: unadulterated racism without questions. Let's define "racism" against the more commonly used (and softer) word: bigot.



 noun \ˈbi-gət\
: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)


 noun \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also -ˌshi-\
: poor treatment of or violence against people because 
of their race
: the belief that some races of people are better than 
Full Definition of RACISM
:  a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
:  racial prejudice or discrimination

Huffington Post's Ryan Grim and Katherine Fung published a piece earlier today reporting Cohen's aversion to being called a racist. The piece reads like a Cohen crafted satire. (Of course, Cohen does not write satire). He indicates he was speaking from a perspective of the Tea Party. Cohen made the assertion (or claim) and immediately indicated all Tea Partiers are not racist as some are black. Surely, Cohen has writing skills commensurate with use of writing constructs that could have avoided what he claims as some sort of metaphorical writing.

We have posted a short deck from the HuffPo piece. The full article almost reads like a Sarah Palin interview: convoluted, irrational and strikingly weak deflection. The authors of the piece performed admirably in reporting the utterances of a writer who I feel got caught hanging his robe and hood in the closet.

Huff Po
Richard Cohen says that his latest piece was not intended to be and shouldn't be read as racist. 
"The word racist is truly hurtful," he told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. "It's not who I am. It's not who I ever was. It's just not fair. It's just not right." 
The Washington Post columnist came under fire on Tuesday for writing that "people with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children." He insisted that he was expressing the views of some people within the Tea Party and not his own. 
"I didn't write one line, I wrote a column," Cohen said. "The column is about Tea Party extremism and I was not expressing my views, I was expressing the views of what I think some people in the Tea Party held."

Well, Cohen speaks! As I read the excerpt I could think of nothing beyond the posted words related the killing of Trayvon Martin. After thinking even more about his comments related to Martins killing, I do not wish to read his article. The Daily Beast published about Cohen's deflection, here.

While I remain committed to my belief that the nation's "It is OK to be a bigot" emanates from Kevin Phillips, Lee Atwater and Ronald Reagan, it is amazing the manifestation of overt racism since Barack Obama assumed the presidency.  I make no pretense to know Cohens ethni/relgious background, nor do I have insight into his DNA.  However, I have a suspicions. Of all writers he should be cognizant of the horrors of racism. He writes about the hurt in being called a racist. Well, I find Mr. Cohen is not very self-observant or personally reflective.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

Christe Goes On Fox And Delivers A "REAGAN BOMB"

Earlier today Chris Wallace, Fox News, asked Chris Christe about his intent to run for the US presidency. Any New Jersey voter who voted for Christe has to know he has no interest in repeating his "half-assed" (in the Christe vernacular) administration of the "Garden State." Surely, New Jersey voters realize they have simply catapulted a man to the GOP 2016 ticket who has proven he is not fit for to serve as the 45th President of the United States of America. 

Chris Wallace and a 2:00 minute segment of Christe invoking the ghost of Ronald Reagan via Crooks and Liars Dot Com.

Christie: I'm Prepared to Be President Because I Do 'Exactly What Ronald Reagan Would Have Done'

We have little to no interest in posting details about Christe's mediocre first term as governor of New Jersey.  Of note, however, was his decision to spend $25 million to move the special election eventually won by Cory Booker to the US Senate away from last weeks voting day. We also recall Christe spending a portion of Hurricane Sandy relief money for development of a tourism commercial while some New Jersey citizens are continuing to live in trailers outside of ruined homes. Earlier in the week, Chris Hayes, MSNBC, captured Christe's foibles and his re-election to a second term on the "spirit of Sandy."  If you have not watched the segment, become a high information voter and give-up 15 minutes of your day.  

Whether you watched the segment of not, we offer insight into the psyche and emotion of Chris Christe.  He stated to Chris Wallace he would serve "Exactly What Ronald Reagan Would Have Done."  Two points. We hope no US president would exhibit the temperament and loss of emotional control you are about the read and view.  Second, Christe plays the Ronald Reagan "dog whistle"  like a symphony flutist and without regard for millions across the country who understand beyond a "feel good president" Reagan's time in the Oval Office was not accolade-like successful. He had major failures, many of which are delineated in The Progressive Review piece linked  below.
Christe, an emotional wreck!

November 4th , 2013
After the rally, Christie made his way back to his campaign bus, flanked by low-key security guards. Tomlinson, who had been carrying a sign and handing out fliers from her Badass Teachers Association, asked Christie why he’d called New Jersey schools “failure factories.” Christie rounded on her, blurting out that he was sick of “you people.”

Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 7.10.35 AM Dave Weigel on Flickr
“This story—oh really? They have more money now than they’ve ever had before. This is an old story from you folks, and they fail because you guys are failing in those schools. Have you ever sent your child to one of those schools?
“You portray us as the bad guys,” said Tomlinson.
“Guess what, this is the most money the school has ever spent on education in the history of this state,” said Christie.
“It is not,” said Tomlinson.
“$9 billion in education!” yelled an onlooker.
“Yeah, and it’s down 0.1 percent,” said Tomlinson.
“And it’s never enough for you,” said Christie.
“All I want is money for my students and my school,” said Tomlinson.
“Do your job,” said Christie, turning away and heading into the bus.

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We offered only three Christe's episodes. There are many more. It is amazing that many of his outburst have been leveled at women. we also ask that you scroll up and take another look at the five images of Christe berating a public school teacher.  Our specific interest is Christe's wife and the elitist glee she exhibited towards the teacher. The image is priceless and speaks volumes about New Jersey's First Couple. 

The Progressive Review has a detailed listing of many of Reagan's leadership flops (some deeply serious and damaging, others unbecoming a US president). 

The Progressive Review

Reagan Presidential quotes (one as California Governor)....

"We were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry every night.  Well, that was probably true.  They were all on a diet." --Ronald Reagan, TV speech, October 27, 1964

"...a faceless mass, waiting for handouts." --Ronald Reagan, 1965.  (Description of Medicaid recipients.)

"Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders." --California Governor Ronald Reagan, in the Sacramento Bee, April 28, 1966

Is there any wonder so many int he GOP and conservative America harbor utter callousness towards people who are less economic fortunate (even if temporarily so)? 

The Progressive Review link provides for a deeper understanding of the Reagan's most chose to ignore. We will not forget nor allow our readers to forget Reagan's impact on our current economy. His trickle-down/supply side economics continues to serve as "main-root" GOP economic practice. Reagan and his financial advisers are singularly responsible for the current income disparity. If elected to the White House in 2016 any Republican will revert to trickle-down policies as surely as David and Charles Koch as permanent 'White House guests. In fact, Christe attended a recent Koch event and fulfilled a speaking engagement.  Do you seriously, believe the Koch's will not cash-in their 'marks' if Christe were president?

A couple of The Progressive Review graphics provide a degree of validation related to Reagan's economic impact on the nation. 

We often find it amazing even some progressive sources avoid Ronald Reagan's contribution to the current racist division in the United States. No, we do not feel Ronald Reagan was a seething Jesse Helms or Strum Thurmond racist.  However, we are suspicious of his typical GOP racial elitism. Nonetheless, our point goes more to actionable items vs. supposition.

Reagan, Kevin Phillips (popularized for Richard Nixon) and Lee Atwater planted a seed in the GOP that has fully metastasized into nation destroying racism that manifests all to often and as consistently as the 24 hour clock. 

Atwater during the Reagan Era...
Bob Herbert, a New York Times columnist, reported a 1981 interview with Lee Atwater, published in Southern Politics in the 1990s by Alexander P. Lamis, in which Lee Atwater discussed politics in the South: 
Questioner: But the fact is, isn't it, that Reagan does get to the Wallace voter and to the racist side of the Wallace voter by doing away with legal services, by cutting down on food stamps  
Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger." By 1968 you can't say "nigger" — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "Nigger, nigger."[4] 
Herbert wrote in the same column, "The truth is that there was very little that was subconscious about the G.O.P.'s relentless appeal to racist whites. Tired of losing elections, it saw an opportunity to renew itself by opening its arms wide to white voters who could never forgive the Democratic Party for its support of civil rights and voting rights for blacks."[1]
Do you recognize the 'coded words: "Food stamps", "Forced Busing?"  We will add a few: "Welfare Queen (coined by Reagan), "Affirmative Action", "Free stuff", "public schools."

You wonder how could Reagan and his behind the scenes operatives have contributed to our current stat of racial animus?  When a popular "father of Modern-day Conservatism" uses strategy and coded language based in racial messaging, people who placed their biases deep inside tend to feel better about coming of of the closet (sort of speak).  If you need a couple perfect examples of political operatives who pied piper the use of code or speakers of outright racist oratory: New Gingrich, John Sunnunu, and Rick Santorum.

Yet, Christe "dog whistles" to connect to a president who publicly supported Bob Jones University and who declared his candidacy for his first run the presidency in Jackson Mississippi. I believe, Medgar Evers was assassinated in Jackson Mississippi.

I suppose the Latinos who supported Christe realize that his lack of support from the Black Community was for a reason.

We would be seriously remiss if you did not provide a link (link, link) that depicts years in office as the most corrupt in US history. Even surpassing the misdeeds of Richard Nixon. 


Ronald Reagan and Corruption…the Truth Behind the Lies
The Republicans and the Corporate-Controlled-Media have spent the last 30 years trying to convince us that Ronald Reagan was wonderful. The reality is just the opposite…
Reagan ran the most corrupt administration of the 20th century.
By the end of his term, 138 Reagan administration officials had been convicted, had been indicted, or had been the subject of official investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violations. In terms of number of officials involved, the record of his administration was the worst ever.
{Click here to read about the convicted, the indicted, the bad, and the ugly.}

Well, as we consider Christe's opportunist remarks, maybe we should have considered his audience: "Red meat" conservatives who he must rehabilitate regarding his Sandy hug of Obama. We can only hope an informed electorate does not forget his Reagan remark come 2016.

Additional Information Sources:

Southern Strategy (Yes, we will use WIKI from time to time, but only after reviewing a few of the Wiki pieces referral sources.)
Exclusive: Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy

By leveraging race and religion — especially in the South — he set an example for today's bitter politics 


Saturday, August 10, 2013

GOP, The Deficit and "False Mantra"

illustration by Michael HogueOn September 5, 2012 Huffington Post's Bonnie Kavoussi published a piece that spoke volumes about the GOP and what they do not want people to know about the deficit. A deficit that the party "built" almost single handed.  A deficit the party consistently uses as a dog whistle to hook voters and subscribers to GOP mantra. The word "deficit" is as much part of GOP politicking as the words, "food stamps", "liberal", and the word "spending."

Warning: By now you know how I feel about my "journeys." Let's take a journey down a path marked "fiscal sanity." We are going to go a bit "high information." If you wish to remain low information, click-out off the site quickly. 

The "Eleven Things" the GOP does not want you to know about the deficit. 

In May of this year,  Rachel Maddow ran a lengthy segment about the Deficit as GOP false mantra. The "Sequester" kicked-in in March of this year.

MSNBC February 26th, pre-Sequester
Also in May, Bloomberg ran a segment on the dwindling deficit with accolades for the short term and caution about the long term.

Yesterday Business Week published a piece that pokes holes in GOP use of the deficit for political advantage.

The Shrinking Federal Deficit Hurts a GOP Argument
Is there a need to remind that President Obama was inaugurated to the US Presidency on January, 2009? 
Rachel Maddow: GOP Deficit Outrage (2:52 minutes)

The expositions above speak to the basic premise. Why are people continuing to fall for GOP mantra about the deficit when the deficit is being reducing at records unmatched in recent US History?

While we believe in the individual right to believe what one chooses to believe and for one to do as they wish. Issues arise when the wishes and desires of some reach into the lives of those who choose different belief systems. 

If people want to continue to follow the GOP around like minions following a "Pied Piper" which spews false messages, lies and practice surreptitious manipulation of sycophants that is their prerogative.  Major problems arise when they amass to visit the polls with zombie like paradigms and cast votes for people who are so obviously committed to the nation's wealthy. 

The following graphics are extracts from a brilliant piece over on The Daily Kos.  Each graphic is link to the Kos.

Much more on The Daily Kos

It is common knowledge people who view Right-Wing Media are "low information" Americans. Low information is as dangerous as flaunting an American Flag in the heart of Somalia, Pakistan or Afghanistan. 

Such voters will consistently vote for the GOP, despite the wealth of data that illustrate the fallacy of GOP manta about fiscal conservatism.

Another sad aspect of blind devotion to GOP mantra and policies: the GOP practices bigotry and racism in various forms and when most expedient for the party. But, as with the Harry S, Dent Sr., Kevin Phillips, and Lee Atwater "southern Strategy" the political manipulation of large swaths of the nation leads to racial divisiveness and civil unrest.