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Thursday, November 19, 2015

GOP Politics: Can It Get Any Worse?


The United States has a political party that is undergoing and promulgating the most heinous of social regression in US History.  

Over the centuries, we have evolved away from our more shameful historic events and historic washy of life.  Native American genocide (via manifest destiny), Women's Suffrage, Anti-Union thuggery, Japanese internment (during WWII with no Germany ancestry internment), and Jim Crow (albeit it short lived), are classic examples of how we as a nation we overcame past horrors. You might have noticed I expressly avoided past treatment of Italian Immigrants, horrors perpetrated against Irish immigrants. Moreover, I am certain you noticed no mention of the forced immigration of Africans to facilitate early American capitalism and elitism. 

All in the past; all with documented and existential evolution away from the sins of our social past.  Alas, we now regress.  we regress out of the shadows of GOP regression that commenced in the early 1970s via political expedience under the auspices of Richard Nixon. Social regression that was honed to a fine science under Ronald Reagan under the tutelage and ownership of Lee Atwater and a finely tuned version of Richard Nixon and Kevin Phillips "Southern Strategy."  No, my point isn't one that gyrates solely around race.  My point is a direct address of policy and ideology born of political expedience and turned into paradigm shaping fodder via Fox News.  

In 2015, the two leaders of the herd of GOP candidates for the 2016 nomination have, over the past 24 hours, illustrated US social regression. Donald Trump and Ben Carson remind of why voting against the GOP in the coming elections could be tantamount to nations saving. If you are inclined to feel comfortable Trump and Carson will wane of the primary race, know the GOP has a few equally regressive candidates on their bench. Rubio, Cruz, Huckabee, and Paul are social misfits ready and willing to follow the footsteps of the party's leading demagogues.  

Trump and Carson over the past 24 hours. As you pursue the following recall, the Paris terrorists were to the person citizens of Belgium and France.  Could we have a racial or ethnic components to what follows?

The Hill: Trump won't rule out database, special ID for Muslims in US

The Hill piece was developed from a Yahoo News interview. Excerpt
“We’re going to have to do thing that we never did before,” he said during a Yahoo interview. 
“Some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule,” Trump said. 
“Certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy,” he added. “We’re going to have to do things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.” 
Trump would not rule out warrantless searches in his plans for increased surveillance of the nation’s Muslims, Yahoo reported Thursday. 
He also remained open toward registering U.S. Muslims in a database or giving them special identification identifying their faith, the news outlet added. (color added by The Pardu)
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"......identification identifying their faith."
 Children of the Yellow Badge
Thirteen must watch minutes of developing US History and very audaciously so. We offer The Rachel Maddow Show with Trump on camera. Ben Carson's "Neighborhood Rabid Dogs" Talking Points Memo


 “Used with permission from the TPM websites, a service of TPM Media LLC.”

Ben Carson Compares Some Syrian Refugees To 'Mad Dogs' (VIDEO)


AP Photo / John Locher
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Thursday compared the process of vetting Syrian refugees wishing to enter the U.S. to a parent protecting a child from a rabid dog. 
"If there's a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you're probably not going to assume something good about that dog," Carson said during a press conference in Mobile, Ala. "And you're probably going to put your children out of the way. That doesn't mean that you hate all dogs." 
He said it was simply "putting your intellect into motion" to call for a strengthened screening process to weed out potential terrorists before letting more refugees into the country. 
"We have to have in place screening mechanisms that allow us to determine who the mad dogs are," Carson said. "Quite frankly, who are the people who want to come in and hurt us and destroy us."
Watch Carson's comments below:
Donald Trump and Ben Carson are setting a tone across conservative America that alone could fill a vault with evidence of dangerous social regression.
Before I move on with a salient point regarding GOP regression, I will once against ask, why no forced internment of white American homegrown terrorist who are becoming more overt with their acts of horror. I have yet to hear one single comment from the right about people such as those in the following video news segment.

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (local News segment)

UPDATE: And, this man is an alleged minister!
How very Christian of him. Posted by If You Only News on Thursday, November 19, 2015
Can it get any worse? StumbleUpon

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.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Larry Wilmore For The Daily Show: Unmucking The "Confederate Apologist" And More

American's who are denizens of far-Right social ideology are people who attempt to cling to "conferred privilege," while in some cases actually rationalizing a sad past!

A past that spans humanity with glowing examples sprinkled throughout the existence of the human being.  

Ronald Reagan's political posturing under an umbrella of what amounted to, It is OK to be bigoted" racism and bigotry has metastasized into what we see and experience today. And, we see it on a daily basis. Sadly, neither Reagan nor his political guru/operative Lee Atwater were avowed racist! Yet, their politics contributed to reversals of the short-lived Equal Rights revolution  in America. 

The 2008 and 2009 inauguration of an African-American (In a direct sense) president has moved racist dialog from the deep-Right closeted nuances to the level of consistent and expected by those who feed on its vile and deleterious impact on their psyches. They have been taught bias and hatred without exercising opportunity to modify or alleviate the sickness via available intervention. Interventions that simply require a basic thought of, let me question what my parents, my social environment and my schools have taught me about people who are different from me.

The following diagram illustrates my point and I will follow with a vile example of my point. The Fox News example, is admittedly fueled by quests for revenues via feeding those who relish the sad lessons (rhetoric, oratory and lies). Nonetheless, the Fox News segment is vile and indicative of the harm the network feeds the nation and the world. 

I copied the following diagram from the website linked via the Cycle of Socialization link below. The linked diagram is colorized version of the diagram found via the Diversity and Social Justice link. The link is provided for point of reference only; we are not about the business of advertising for book sales.
As you view the diagram we ask that you recognize, the human being who moves through the cycle has opportunity to intervene at "Direction For Change" or the "Do Nothing" Points (of the diagram). 

A quick look at the diagram and we offer exposure to a well educated "preacher for political leverage and profit." 

The Jon Stewart, Comedy Central - The Daily Show, show turned the camera and microphone over to Larry Wilmore for an exposition on the "neo-Confederate apologists." Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano, knows better.

The Fox News segment....
"Napolitano argued that the 16th president could have avoided the “murderous” Civil War if he’d allowed slavery to die a “natural death,” as it had elsewhere ..."
Seriously Napolitano? Just as slavery was becoming a capitalist opportunity in more and more territories as people looked to grow the nation?

‘Daily Show’ obliterates Fox News Confederate apologist: ‘I just un-f*cked your facts’ (via Raw Story )
Jon Stewart and The Daily Show’s “senior black correspondent,” Larry Wilmore, drove a stake through Confederate apologists’ arguments Monday night in an epic segment. Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said during a Feb. 14 panel discussion…


I offer another example of how the American Right uses ignorance, bigotry and racism to nurture and promulgate their poli/social agenda? How about John Sunnunu traipsing around the country and the globe on the coat-tails of Mitt Romney speaking about President Obama as, "....not being of the Anglo experience...."  Now, think about how quickly the member of the British Parliament and the media published the private remarks as an exhibit of deeply embedded racism. 

Thought leads to behavior and action. Did Mitt Romney's campaign website exclude African-American outreach? Of course, it was a development decision to exclude the black portion of the "47%" of what Romney and Ryan called "takers."

And, what was Romney's and Paul Ryan's stated reasons as to why they lost the election? Ryan: "the urban vote." Romney, "Don't get the minority vote." Interesting considering their levels of inherent ignorance!

Wilmore mentioned the "unraveling" (he chose another word) of the "confederate apologist." It is also important to "unravel" all things converative because they mean us great harm.

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.