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Showing posts with label Senator Rockefeller. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Senator Rockefeller. Show all posts

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Scarborough Attacks #UniteBlue While "White-washing For His Party!


If you are a curious person, you have to wonder what would incite a conservative former member of Congress ($100,000 per week) MSNBC host of the Morning Joe Show, "go there?"

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Scarborough defends GOP against Senator Rockefeller's 
assertion of ObamaCare opposition  in part based on the 
"wrong color" of the president.   

The Background Perspective

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-VA) May  2014

Rockfeller's statement
Youtube transcript
Published on May 8, 2014
Dem Sen. Jay Rockefeller says that racism is behind the opposition to Obama's policies - that the GOP opposes Obama because of his skin color. "It's an American characteristic that you don't do anything which displeases the voters, because you always have to get reelected here," Rockefeller said at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday. "I understand part of it. It has to do with — for some, it's just we don't want anything good to happen under this president, because he's the wrong color."
The senator said there is a "lack of will to keep ourselves from dropping into rivers and rolling over bridges that are no longer there," in part because of narrow self interest.                                                                                                                "For some it's the tea party. For some it's just a fear of their own reelection prospects," Rockefeller said. He also blamed himself for not speaking out more on the issue sooner. Rockefeller, who has served in the Senate since 1985, will retire when his term expires in January.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)

Johnson responds to Rockefeller's statement with a level of angst generally reserved for one caught with their paradigm exposed or one who was anticipated the statement from Rockefeller and came to the arena prepared to respond.

Johnson's encapsulated words
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Johnson jumped in to blast Rockefeller's "regrettable" decision to "play the race card." He said, "I found it very offensive that you'd basically imply that I'm a racist because I opposed this health care law. That is outrageous."

    As posited above, Johnson's reaction to Senator Rockefeller's accurate assessment is suspect. Rockefeller did accuse the GOP of universal racism regarding ObamaCare. In fact, Rockefeller's remarks appeared very much carefully crafted with equally careful wordsmithing and the need to make the statement. Of course, most on the Right abhor Obama's policies and those of Democrats et al. However, it is irrational to act as if there are known on the Right who hate the president, and any initiative or policy without consideration of his "skin color."  

    During a twenty minute segment obviously crafted for Scarborough  gave his version of "good offense is the best defense." while defending his party." 

    I am going to post a snippet of Scarborough's attack against Senator Rockefeller with specific focus on his guttural attack on #UniteBlue. First, let's visit with a few cases of clear racism from the Right  and its target: African-Americans and Obama as president. As the following examples came together, I am of the mindset no one can argue race is an integral aspect of all GOP interaction with Obama.

    Let's start with the most glaring example of GOP racism from one who "would be president." 

    Santorum played to his Iowa audience with a open comment that could be only construed as racist. The next day he squirmed through a "BLAH people" claim. As you watch the 1:11 minute clip watch  and listen carefully after he says "black people." Am I to assume the State of Iowa has residents who have seen, or know "BLAH" people. They certainly got Santorum's "dog whistle" and responded heartily; almost comparable to a sighting of Sasquatch right in the in the townhall room.


    Now for a bit of Mitt Romney John Sununu "stew." In July 2012, Romney started his now famous (Keystone Cops) campaign world tour with two very non-presidential setbacks in England. We will skip over his elitist remarks about England hosting the summer Olympics. While completely ill-advised those remarks are not related to the point at hand. Do you recall reports of a Romney campaign aide (and we surely know which aide) connecting with what he thought was his Anglo-Saxon brethren, behind closed doors? 
    The Star Dot Com July 25, 2012                                                                                                                                                 An unnamed adviser to the Republican presidential hopeful has caused a scandal by raising the apparent plight of Anglo-Saxons under U.S. President Barack Obama in an interview with a British newspaper. 
    The aide suggested that the Republican presidential hopeful could forge deeper ties to the United Kingdom than the president due to Romney’s heritage. 
    “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser told the Telegraph. 
    “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”

      Before we move-on from Romney/Sunnunu, take a quick and very revealing look at why Scarborough's defense of his party is inane. Do you notice any omissions in the website "outreach" page (below)? 

      And, Romney "would have been president!" _____________________

      Despite your thoughts on Charlie Crist former Governor of Florida, his defection to the Democrat Party and his willing to speak frankly cannot be ignored.

       Another noted Republican often speaks out. Lt. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Secy of State Colin Powell, aide on Romeny's John Sunnunu after one of the campaign officials many racist utterances.


      In January 2013, Bob Cesca's The Daily Banter via Ben Cohen published a piece with many examples of why Senator Rockefeller is safe in his assertion "some" resistance to anything Obama has roots his color.

      Ben Cohen 
      January  2013  
      Yes the republican party is racist and heres why
      Accusing someone of racism is pretty serious, and it isn’t a line of attack I take lightly. However, if you look at the track record of the GOP over the past four years, it is abundantly clear that they have used racially charged rhetoric against the President and engaged in disrespectful behavior that no white politician in his position would ever have to face. Let’s go through some examples:
      1. At one of President Obama’s first appearances before Congress, Rep. Joe Wilson shouted “You lie!” at the top of his voice while Obama spoke on health care reform. 
      2. House Speaker John Boehner rejected President Obama’s request to speak to a joint session of Congress. This was the first denial in the history of America – unsurprisingly directed at the first African American President. 
      3. ‘Birthers’ were given prominent speaking roles at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida. 
      4. Mitt Romney openly courted Donald Trump, one of the most visible proponents of the Birther movement. 
      5. Newt Gingrich labelled Obama “The greatest food stamp President in American history,” a remark clearly designed to rile up white America.
      6. In a rant on Benghazi, Sarah Palin wrote on her facebook wall: “President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.” As CNN’s Roland Martin stated:
      “Shucking and jiving” have long been words used as a negative assessment of African Americans, along the lines of a “foot shufflin’ Negro.” In fact, I don’t recall ever hearing the phrase used in reference to anyone white.
      7.  Mitt Romney’s speech at the NAACP in 2012 where he lectured the audience on welfare dependency was one of the most blatant uses of the ‘Southern Strategy’ in modern history. As Charles Blow in the New York Times wrote:
      The speech sounded like it was designed not for the audience in the room, but for those in Republican living rooms.
      It sounded as though he wanted to show force and fearlessness: “Look folks, I walked into hostile territory unafraid and unbowed.” This was his version of a Daniel in the lions’ den speech.
      Talk tough. Get heckled and booed for telling the truth to those who don’t want to hear it. Take the president down a couple of pegs in front of the most loyal segment of his supporters… Read more 

        After our journey through the GOP, let's now take a very condensed look and listen to Scarborough acting as if issues of President Obama's ethnicity and race have fallen on his virgin ears. It is important to remember, Senator Rockefeller never once said the word racist nor did he imply racism (per se) was at the root of resistance to ObamaCare. He certainly and appropriately bundled resistance into a Venn Diagram that has the president's skin color in the confluent area.

        Scarborough is an intelligent GOP functionary. He knows the intricacies and nuances of his party and he knows how to use those ropes as effectively as any of his cohorts. The real value in Scarborough is opportunity play the "good offense is the best defense game." on a network that is more progressive than its competitors. I should say MSNBC is more progressive after the morning Andrea Mitchell show. From the start of the Scarborough show through increasingly overt conservative Chuck Todd and the sly conservative Mitchell, the morning hours at MSNBC provide a conservative slant to all news events with only short interruption for actual news segments.

        Thus, Scarborough's feigning horror upon his virgin ears is as disingenuous as Rience Priebus declaring the need for an "autopsy" in 2012 and booking  a 2014 Republican Leadership Committee speaking crew as zany as any in GOP History. [A partial list of 2014 RLC speakers] Scarborough's act was pure opportunist demagoguery and nothing more.

        As a member of #UniteBlue, I join others in demanding Scarborough revisit his rant and issue an apology. While he may receive tweets replete with Left-leaning angst, he should recognize his defense of GOP social shortcomings via lashing out at #UniteBlue is almost child-like while lacking any degree of credible substance. It was a ploy, a cheap shot and existentially more offensive to the "rational person" than Martin Bashir's suggestion for a Sarah Palin mouth rinse. 

        Open Letter to Phil Griffin, President MSNBC 

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        Sunday, May 25, 2014

        Mark Cuban, Tim Wise, Crystal Wright, on "We Are All Bigoted!" (VIDEO)

        Donald Sterling's racist validation (as it has been reported for many years) and more recent revelations continue to reach across the full fabric of our nation. Yet, another NBA Team owner backed-up his early concerns about NBA actions against Sterling with a more detailed explanation of his psyche.

        Mark Cuban Dallas Mavericks Owner:  'I think we're all bigots.'  

        While I am certain you may have found Cuban's self-imposed support for Sterling reason forgiveness, I vehemently disagree. First, his support for the seething racist Sterling appears as a message to the millions who hold similar views that they are "OK."  It is OK to harbor such views, and by the way do not bother to work at being a better or different person. His words fall way shy of even adequately speaking about a problem he himself labelled as a lack of tolerance. The fact that he is so verbal in support of Sterling only leads to a form of condoning others to just live-on as a bigots without regard for their impact on others.  

        Two points before moving into the central theme of this screed. Cuban's serious and blanketing stereotypical feelings about "hoodie-garb" and association with young black men, is simply horrific. Horrific in disregard for Trayvon Martin's family. (Of course, Cuban later apologized, but the apology these days is mere perfunctory without deep meaning and relevance). Cuban's stereotypical psyche reminds of this: the yellow shirt Publix store manager stalking two black teens.  

        As I watched the manager stalking the kids, I have two thoughts. First, think of Trayvon Martin as George Zimmermann stalked him that rainy night, when his only crime was to seek munchies during a pro Basketball game half-time. Next point...... you and I have to wonder if the grocery store may have actually experienced theft from a white person while the manager stalked the teens.

        Wonder if Cuban recognizes the dangers of his bigotry and racial intolerance?  His remarks lead me to believe he could fall victim to a Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer or a John Wayne Gacy. "Stretch" examples, but nonetheless with a point.

        Of course, Cuban's remarks are receiving much scrutiny. CNN pulled together a panel for a five minute segment worth every minute of viewing time. Towards the end of the segment you will observe what seems to be a conservative pundit (and politicians) strategy in combating cogent arguments when caught ill-equipped to retort. However, we also shouldn't underestimate the importance of entertaining the conservative base.

        Watch as the noted anti-racist educator, consultant and lecturer, Tim Wise addresses comments from "the Black Conservative Chic." Prior to Wise's opportunity to speak he sat quietly and very professionally as "The Conservative Black Chic" rambled on in support of Cuban's remarks. Rambling mind you that also reminds of Wright as a "Differentiator"* from those in the black community who view conservatoire America and the GOP in a very different manner. She not only took exception to Wise's use of data and statistics, she clearly joined  the "yellow shirt" manager from the video above in positing US prisons are full of black males (via implication) for a reason. Her comment and reasoning is both horrid and typically in line with millions on the Right

        You will notice " The Conservative Black Chic," Quickly adopted the very strategy delineated above. Grab a concept, bundle it in conservative dogma and rail like an on the edge guest on the former Jerry Springer Show. As you watch the segment, think about what Wise may have said that warranted  "The Conservative Black Chic's" behavior.

        "The Conservative Black Chic" Crystal Wright moves to a familiar place. 
        (image screen shot via FireShot)

        If you failed to see why Wright has monikered herself as  "The Conservative Black Chic," you viewed and listened to the segment with a blindfold and ear covers. Unless, of course, you did not bother to watch the segment.  

        How GOP is it to lump black imprisonment to the paradigm black people commit the majority of crimes? How crass and typically white conservative is it to lay hoodie garb to Rap Music and lay that genre to black kids.  It would be completely impossible for Rappers to become billionaires via purchases from black kids only.  
        Wright starts her rant with accusations Wise suggested she via his words might be "moronic." Wright's comments prior to Wise uttering one word, most assuredly spoke to her "moronic" mindset and equally idiotic conservative paradigm. But, when one monikers as Wright has monikered ("The Conservative Black Chic"), it is with clear intent to appeal to a very specific segment of the US population: the conservative. She also validates my assertion "African-Americans who claim conservatism literally hate the vernacular: "African-American."  

        "Just call me black."  
        "And, by the way, look at me I am so different than those people." 
        "While I recuperate form being attacked by that clean-cut white man, I was at least mindful of the black kids across the street." 

        Wright's on-camera behavior is becoming modus operandi from the Right.

        Do you recall the following from another conservative show guest on the Chris Hayes ALL-In Show? 
        Complete Jerry Springer Show like performance! Yes, I use the word performance as intentionally as I am keyboardist this piece.  Conservative pundits frequently resort to similar defense mechanisms via actually enacting a familiar attack. Recall the age old football axiom, "The best defense is a good offense." Why deal with challenges via civil and intellectual point-counter-point when pushed into a corner when a "conservative go-off" entertains people on the Right?

        We witnessed same this week when Senator Rockefeller (D) VA. mentioned the prospect political resistance to ObamaCare may fall into the pattern of obstruction. Obstruction that also includes Obama as president and "the wrong color." (1:24 minute embed below).

        Rockefeller did not accuse Johnson of being a racist, Rockefeller spoke frankly and truthfully about that which has heard, he has observed and knows is a fact. Johnson knows same, but chose to deploy the "Defense is the best offences' strategy. He was fairly civil, but frankly very childlike and strategic in his ploy.


        Senator Rockefeller, you and I have all witnessed clear evidence many on the Right have issues with Obama as an African-American sitting in that vaulted "white-male only" Oval Office. Alas, time passes slowly and change does not follow on the Right. The only Republican sitting in the hearing and defender of this party jumped to racism. He did so when Rockefeller stated a fact about some aspects of resistance to President Obama. If you are a conservative, you have also heard, seen it of sensed it. Yet, Johnson's antic received co-signing support from another noted GOP functionary: Joe Scarborough.

        Johnson and MSNBC resident and chief conservative, Joe Scarborough, know full well each has heard resistance to Obama in part related to race. It is an existential non-reality to think that overt obstruction doesn't also have fissures into the president's race.  Mark Cuban should forsake his "moating" for Donald Sterling. Crystal Wright should "perform" much more professionally as a conservative mouthpiece pundit. Her commentary probably sent a message to the 96% of African-Americans who have disdain for the GOP a message that validates their concerns. She literally exercised "white privilege" (in her comment) while on camera as black. 

        * The "Differentiator." The African-American who adopts a core conservative political (and social) core. There is nothing at all adverse about the Differentiator so far. The person also adorns layers of comment, actions and behavior to appeal to his/her 92% white GOP and false libertarians who dislike being called conservative. The comment, actions and behavior mirrors that of Wright as she asserts black imprisonment to higher crimes rates among black men. She doesn't bother with consideration of convictions rates for whites vs. blacks. The Differentiator knows white conservatives utterly love their existential reality. Most know they differentiate for various reasons, the more easily explainable and most obvious in Wright's case?  Checkout the sign on the door, "The Conservative Black Chic." 
        (Images and text via Fireshot)