From The Real News Network: “How Dems Allowed the Tea Party to Rebrand the GOP”

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Read the post Polarization and hot rhetoric conceal two similar political parties. Will we ever notice? from the Fabius Maximus blog.

Read the post Full Circle—Back to Sharecropping.

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37 Responses to “From The Real News Network: “How Dems Allowed the Tea Party to Rebrand the GOP””

  1. Hodan says:

    I remember few yrs back when right wing neo-nazi like parties were on the rise in Europe and in fact few won in places like France, until the populace rose against them. It was a shock to the system of these countries that many would vote for such racist paranoid party leaders in the name of fear against immigrants, Muslims in particular. Even here in Canada, we had the Canadian Alliance (the likes of Frum who made Goerge Bush II admin the f*&^ up it is also messed up the Canadian Conservative party before heading to your shore) with extreme views that they had to bring down and pretend to be no different than the old party.

    Perhaps white America and many others needs a jolt to realize the Conservative party is dead in their country. What they have today are racialist, birthers and intellectually and politically bankrupted ideology bent on dragging the country into the 16th century. America has one republican party, and its the democratic party. I agree thou how stupidly they allowed the tea party to basically rename the republican party by pretending to be a different movement with real concern of fiscal responsibility.

    Bill Maher BECOMES a Teabagger
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if88PgI-vfU&feature=related

    Bill Maher: Democrats Are the New Republicans
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jc4U4ugi_4

  2. geekgrl says:

    The video reminded me of one of my favorite quotes:
    “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.” – Carroll Quigley

    I supported the first tea party rallies in 2007. It was so cool; libertarians, independents, constitutionalists, and anti-war groups getting together to start something. Then it got taken over by the republicans. I remember when republican radio started talking about the rallies and people were like ‘yeah, they’ve seen the light; we’ll be out of Iraq in no time’. But nope, they just took it over, corrupted the message and its business as usual. sigh. Here’s the old webiste. http://www.freedomrally12-16.org/

  3. Hodan and Geekgrl,

    I lay all of this at the feet of the extremely gullible, naive, and most of all WEAK Pres. Obama. I did several posts discussing in detail Pres. Obama’s naivete and weakness at the previous blog.

    To quickly sum up, Pres. Obama should have done what Bush II did: governed like someone who had won a landslide, and pushed through a bold agenda. Which is what Bush II did—even though he never won anything remotely resembling a landslide.

    Pres. Obama also should have taken every opportunity to remind folks that it was Bush and the other Republicans that drove the economy into the toilet during their 8-year reign. Instead of trying to reach out to Republicans who consistently and correctly interpret the Democrats’ attempts at bipartisan cooperation as a sign of their weakness.

    Bush II and his crew were also quite ruthless at slapping back at their opponents. And doing everything they could to delegitimize anybody who objected to their policies. Pres. Obama should have done the same thing—starting with the Republican-operative-controlled Fox News. But no, Boo-Boo The Fool-Obama allows Fox News to have continued access to White House press briefings. He should have been looking to have some of those Fox folks exposed, harassed and indicted like the Wiki-Leaks man is currently being hounded internationally by the US government.

    By being a weakling who foolishly sought to placate implacable opponents, Pres. Obama missed the opportunity to keep his base energized in support of him. He sold out every constituent group that was part of his base in attempts to win over people who CAN’T be won over by any Democratic politician. And certainly not by a Black(-ish) Democratic politician. Unlike silly AAs who will cling to their false Obama-ssiah to the bitter end—no matter how much he ignores our issues—other groups (such as the gays) are not going to put up with being betrayed and thrown under the bus.

    Since Pres. Obama was too stupid and weak to make the necessary bold moves (which are described in detail by the video I posted) at the point when he could have done so—at the very beginning of his term—he’s sealed the fate of the Demopublican party. I predict a bloodbath tomorrow for the Demopublicans. What the Demopublicans like Obama don’t understand is that whenever given a choice between real and CRAZY Republicans and Republican-Lite Democrats, these deranged White voters their chasing always pick the genuine Republican lunatics.

    In any event, any AA who wants to survive and thrive must immediately detach their personal abundance plan from anything that might depend on Pres. Obama and the other fools in the Demopublican Party. And also refrain from hoping or planning on sympathy OR sanity from the Republicans and their Tea Bag Lunatic contingent.

    Expect Success!

    • ann says:

      I am still wondering why in the world would the Prez. keep any of Bush II’s administration. Why bring them into your inner circle? That was a bad move.

    • Ann,

      Yes, it was a VERY bad move for Pres. Obama to keep any of those Bush II officials. The first rule of Politics 101 (and this includes office politics) is that the incoming “prince” gets rid of his predecessor’s upper management and puts his own cronies in those slots.

      Pres. Obama is an example of a person who is very book smart (in a narrow way, because it’s obvious that if he ever read “The Prince” he didn’t understand it), but has NO common sense and no fire in the belly. He’s too busy trying to be a people-pleaser. He doesn’t understand that certain factions and large segments of the population won’t be pleased until he’s dead. Either politically or literally…And some of the people who literally want him dead are officially responsible for his physical safety.

      Why didn’t Pres. Obama catch the hint from the Secret Service allowing various nuts with rifles to get into events where he was speaking? Why didn’t he catch the hint from the Secret Service allowing a nut to throw a book at his head—it could’ve been a grenade for all anybody knew—without having this nut indicted? During the Bush II regime, you couldn’t get into a venue where Bush II was speaking if you were wearing a t-shirt that had writing on it opposed to his policies!

      Bush had to go overseas—where foreign security were involved—to be in a spot where somebody could toss a shoe his way. The Secret Service didn’t allow anything like that to happen to Bush II in the US. Meanwhile, look at how lax they’ve been about Obama’s physical safety.

      In short, Pres. Obama is a naive fool. Anybody (especially any Black person) who counts on him will lose. And lose big.

      Expect Success!

  4. Neecy says:

    So then how do we vote? lol. If we aren’t voting for the Dems or repubs who are we voting for then? B/C I am really at a stand still right now. Personally, I don’t want to vote for either, but feel an obligation JUST to vote for something or someone…

    • Neecy,

      A response before I come back to this conversation later tonight…

      I’m sitting out this particular election. I’m sitting this one out because I’m not going to run up into the voting booth to spend my votes on people that I haven’t thoroughly researched. Instead, I’m going to take my time researching various Green Party and other 3rd party platforms and candidates.

      In my research, I’m going to be on the lookout for specific 3rd party candidates throughout the country that I’ll give small, but regular financial contributions to their campaigns. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) taught that it’s better to do small good deeds on a regular, consistent basis than rare, grand gestures.

      It’s going to take time and patience for those who are displeased by Tweedle Dee-Tweedle Dum politics in the US to build a viable alternative for ourselves. It’s not the sort of thing that one can run out and do on the spur of the moment.

      I will also add that voting is simply the final step in building a viable alternative. The Republican Juggernaut didn’t appear out of thin air. It was created by a slew of supporting infrastructures:

      1-the Republican-owned and operated media noise machine of countless AM talk radio shows and cable tv show;

      2-the Republican-owned and operated fake think tanks that churn out reams of educated-sounding books, articles, essays, op ed pieces, and policy papers in support of insanity;

      3-lunatic Republican candidates mobilizing at the local level who stood for election for local school boards, and so on.

      At its beginning, Air America was a good step toward prong #1. There are relatively small things that all of us could do help establish prongs #2 and 3.

      It doesn’t take that much energy to write a letter to the editor every once in a while. For those who are more energetic, they can use the new technology to do their own podcasts that they disseminate—this is a step forward toward prong #1. In her latest post, Gina at WAOD is calling for some WAOD readers to run for election in the future. This would be part of prong #3.

      For another example in the American Muslim context, I plan to join an AA Muslim think tank that I hope will be formed in the near future. The overall purpose would be to take back the Muslim American narrative AWAY from the Immigrant Muslim Syndicate that wants to tie American Muslims and our issues to various unsavory foreign-based agendas. I firmly believe that immigrant Muslims and their foreign-based agendas are endangering the safety of naive, gullible AA Muslims. I don’t want naive, gullible AA Muslims to end up in a concentration camp just like the Japanese-Americans during WWII because of immigrant Muslims.

      As things stand, foolish AA Muslims are passively sitting around. They don’t have passports. They’re not creating emergency relocation options for themselves. And they’re not doing anything to counteract immigrant Muslims from being the ONLY voice of Muslims in the US. Basically, AA Muslims are a group of sitting ducks. That’s not me.

      Right now, I’m feverishly busy creating relocation options for myself, if things develop to that point in this country. But I also try to do what I can to help prevent things from getting to that point. I never signed on to the things said by CAIR or any of these other immigrant-dominated Muslim groups in the US. They DON’T speak for me. And I want the sane members of the overall American public to clearly understand that these immigrants don’t speak for me, or for other AA Muslims who feel as I do.

      Part of creating relocation options for myself is building my various income streams. Right now, I’m totally preoccupied with furthering my income streams so that I’ll be okay no matter who gets in, no matter who controls the Congress, no matter who controls the Senate…no matter any of that.

      I DON’T advocate that AA women take on the burdens of any sort of crusades. I’m talking about doing the small, comfortable things that help build viable options for ourselves.

      Expect Success!

  5. Magenta says:

    There is an excellent post at Jack and Jill Politics that discussed how the Democratic party has screwed AAs with their insistence of supporting “centrist” policies.

    I think the wakeup call for me has been the fiasco over Kendrick Meek in FL. For Bill Clinton and others to demand that he drop out the race so they can support a white Republican turned Independent is mind boggling. For this to happen under Obama’s watch tells me he has no control over his own party and that it is still Slick Willie running the show.

    Then I went to some other black blogs who were actually defending this mess! Talking about black folks need to see the “big picture” and that it is more “stategic” to rally for a White Republican who supports Chain Gangs back to FL!!!

    I thought about your comment about how AAs have become so foolish that they think politicians publicly dissing is some kind of hip strategy. I am also annoyed at the frantic “get out the vote” efforts going on. Frankly the “we need more votes!” talk is very similar to the “we need raw numbers” talk that AAs love to engage in. I would rather have a Democratic minority that gets things done then to have SUPER MAJORITIES and accomplish nothing! When will folks learn that quality trumps quantity every single time?

    I apologize if my post is all over the place but I am highly frustrated with all of this. I am definitely refocusing my energies into making sure I “get mine” regardless of who is in office.

    There is an another excellent post over at Erica.Biz titled “there is no savior.” I think it can definitely apply to our situation as AAs.

  6. Karen R. says:

    There are lessons that AW women can learn from the approach that President Obama has taken. What I am learning is that although he has tried to be concilliatory toward his enemies, they have not conceded ANY ground. I have been a people pleaser, but what I am learning President Obama is that your enemies aren’t going to like you or concede to you even though you may extend an olive branch. No. Matter. What. It is not a wise use of talent to try and when them over which is what President Obama has spent the last 24 months trying to do. What has that gotten him? Nothing.

    One thing

  7. SweetSoulSister says:

    Khadija…Please get out of my head because it’s getting creepy. lol! I was having this discussion via email this a.m. with my best friend (since age 12). She’s a white former conservative turned Democrat for Obama and she is stuck sooo far up Obama’s a** it’s unreal. She can’t see what you’re saying but, I certainly sent her this post since you’re backing me up on this. She’s an Obama koolaid drinker.

    ME: “i am soooo angry with obama and the democrats. the republicans are already calling victory by saying they will win the house but not the senate. he will essentially be a lame duck president for the next 2 years.

    pointless. i will not vote for ppl who do not put forth their best candidates and who roll over and play dead in the face of opposition. obama has spent the last 2 years pandering to republicans who will not meet him half way and this is what he gets from it. i am sickened.”

    HER (of course she’s right but, she was deflecting blame FROM Obama):

    “I am angry with the populace who are willing to tie the hands of our government because things are moving as fast as they want them to. I am angry with Democrats who won’t stand up to the status quo. I am angry with right wingers who have destroyed an awesome party. I am angry with career politicians who put their own greed ahead of the people. I am angry with a media juggernaut who capitalize on scandal and weaknesses to manipulate the ignorant populace as a game to see if they can. I am just fking angry.”

    ME again:
    “i’m angry with all of that. it goes without saying and i’ve said it a million times but,ultimately, it is the president and other democratic leaders responsiblity to push out the vote and push their agenda and not pander to republicans. the blame has fallen to every other president when this happens and obama should be no different.”

    Her:
    “I personally think he did all that he could to rally the vote, but I really do think that many of the public are quick to become discontented with a black president whereas I think they would have given a white one more credit… he attended a lot of rallys around the country, as did Michelle to try to encourage the vote… I do hold him accountable for not being more aggressive for sure.”

    Me:
    “thank you! at least you hold him accountable for SOMETHING.
    i agree with discontentment being easier when it comes to a black president but,he knew that coming in. the republicans are going to get in there and stall his entire program and he’s going to be the one to suffer in 2012 because of his lack of cajones. i’m telling you now, with losing the house, no WAY in hell does he get re-elected. just sayin’.

    her:
    “I still believe he can win in 2012 even with the house lost, if it is lost…..its just going to be ugly if that happens.”

    Do you see what it took for her to hold him accountable for ANYTHING???! Her kool-aid consumption is becoming a bit much for me. She’s white so, I guess she can afford to drink it. At any rate, I obviously agree with you about his weakness and thank you for posting this.

  8. Karen says:

    The bottom line is that when you are President, it is not about being liked it is about getting the job done and making sure EVERYONE knows who is boss.

    What I find fascinating is that every administration brings in their own, EXCEPT Obummer. He has no group of his own that owes him and that he can rely on to run with his agenda. He was a “Lame Duck” as soon as he was elected. All the subsequent actions only validate this…

    Bush II and his daddy’s cronies made sure everyone knew they were not to be messed with. Obummer should have shown a backbone but he did not and now it is too late.

    Everyone needs to be working on an “Abundance Plan” ASAP.

    • T says:

      Karen,

      That’s what I was thinking when President Obama started announcing his appointments. My first thought was “who are these people?” They were not familiar to me, and probably not to the majority of AA’s, and they had no personal or professional connection to Obama-none that I could see anyway. I thought he pulled these names out of a hat and kept it moving for the sake of all involved. When they started resigning en masse, it seems, the “who are these people?” turned into “what’s really going on?” These sort of things should have signaled that there was some ineptitude going on behind the scenes-either with the person resigning or the person that did the appointing. Either that, or someone realized that these appointments were huge mistakes tactically and strategically-and sought to cover it up. Either way, there was trouble in paradise….

  9. Muse says:

    Khadija, I’m a fan of Fabius Maximus’ blog. It is one of the resources I use to stay informed about domestic and international politics. The main points addressed in the video will be the reason why President Obama does not get re-elected. He is lost his power base. His choices will also weaken the Democratic Party’s political clout in the country. Present Obama had a fantastic opportunity to make significant strides but instead he is destroying his chances by pandering to individuals who are banking on his downfall. He could have had a great legacy but instead he will be known as the administration that was weak that was full of EXCUSES. He has enemies in his own party and Clintonians who are loyal to Hilary and Bill. He made a huge mistake by not cultivating his own alliances. Instead Obama leeched off the establishment who are using him as a puppet to promote their own agenda.

    Here are some of the issues I wanted to address from the video.

    1. Allowed Republicans to rebrand themselves as populist. I saw this coming a mile away. At first I was curious about the Tea Party movement because initial this group was composed of individuals who had legitimate issues with how the government was operating. Those sneaky but clever Repub-thugs use the Tea Party moment has an opportunity mobilize their own group by introducing racial rhetoric into movement such as patriotism, nationalism, and my all time favorite “traditional values.” Anyone with an IQ over 80 can see that the Republicans played off the fear that Whites privilege was eroding and these ignorant fools became afraid. At this point I can’t distinguish the Tea party supports from the folks at Stormfront. These people aren’t interested in promoting small government, they want to have a homogeneous society where foreigners and people of color, ESPECIALLY Blacks, don’t have power. These same individual fight policies that benefit them. Instead of addressing Bush era policies that destroyed domestic jobs, they are turning their attention and blame to minorities and foreigners.

    2. Old mindset in US foreign policy: After college I worked at the UN in Geneva for about a year and I have to say that as a result of Bush era policies, the respect of the US around the world has gone down the toilet. The Bush Administration has violated the constitution on numerous occasions as well as the Geneva Convention by starting an unjustified war in Iraq. Let’s call it for what it is: Bush and his cronies wanted Sadam out of power and used 9/11 as an excuse to start war despite the fact that Iraq had NOTHING to do with 9/11. In fact Osama Bin Laden and Sadam were enemies! Bush’s goal was to protect the financial interest of this family and the corporations in the oil business. Sadam stopped playing the role of a puppet (he got a little taste of power and didn’t want to listen to anyone) so they took the opportunity to take this man out by accusing him of having weapons of mass destruction. I’m all for lunatics like Sadam being taken out of power but where was all the concern for the Iraqis when genocide was becoming mitted against the Kurds and individuals who opposed the Iraqi government were systematically being murdered? Where was the concern over the human rights atrocities taking place in Iraq during Sadam’s reign? America’s credibility further went down the tubes when fellow puppet Colin Powell lied on national television about Iraq finding WMD. Notice how they threw Powel but not Rove or Cheney under the bus…Just saying… Oh the nut running Iran openly said that he has WMDs, yet you don’t see US troops on his soil or trying to implement another regime change. In fact we are pandering to The same situation is with North Korea and Kim Jong. Those two countries don’t care and mark my words if we ever attacked them, I’m pretty sure Kim Jong or Ahmadinejad would not have a problem sending a surprise back our way by targeting one of the major export cities.

    3. Not defending the public option for healthcare reform: This situation also showcased Obama’s weakness. This could have elevated his status if he didn’t allow republican rhetoric and traitors in his own party (Blue Blood Democrats especially) have an audience or a voice. During this time Democrats had a filibuster free congress! How often does this happen? NEVER. One thing I do respect about republicans is that they don’t get a flying cow about bi-partisanship. When they want something done, they just do it!

    4. Not using auto bail outs to build green economy: The Obama administration put a band aid over a gunshot wound. Investment needs to be made in Research and Development if you want to save the American auto industry. People aren’t buying American cars because they can get better quality foreign cars for the same price. While foreign competitors are developing green cars that require less fuel, we have stupid American companies who are banking on the ignorance of their consumer base and not working on improving the technology in their cars. American cars tend to be mediocre in comparison to foreign once such as Nissan and Hyundai. The goal America should have is to be less dependent on foreign oil. If we made green cars that depended on alternative fuel sources, we would not have to pander to middle east countries. Furthermore America could also make billions of dollars in export revenue if they improved the technology of their cars. Brazil is going to be a super power within the next few decades because they are utilizing ethanol fuel and is the world’s largest exporter. Revenue from exports causes a surplus in the budget and makes other countries dependent on your goods. Why do you think China is also taking over and practically owns US debt? Brazil becoming a place where the wealthy is starting to lay down roots because they know Brazil is an emerging SUPER economy. Of course the typical Negro is more concerned about some silly entertainment instead of how global affairs will impact their lives. Brazil is not dependent on the help of other nations which puts them in a powerful position. I wasn’t surprised with the Olympic committee selected Brazil to host the next games. I saw that coming a mile away, not some silly Chicago which is on the verge of economic and social collapse. In addition to French I’ve actually started looking into learning Portuguese. One of the guys I’m dating is a Venture Capitalist who had previous experience at a hedge fund and he was sharing with me the other day that a lot of investment is going into Brazil as a result of ethanol fuel. Brazil is also investing in other green technologies as well and companies are moving there because of the favorable tax advantages.

    5. bailing out bankers not the banking system: Where do I get started on this… In layman’s terms there were a lot of fraudulent activities that took place on Wall street which was covered up by the Bush Administration. Ignore what is going on in the stock markets, there are still signs that the American dollar will bottom out as a result of the unscrupulous activities that were taking place. We do not have enough gold to back up the US dollar. We are now running on debt which is dangerous. I guarantee you that the day Russia, China, and the Middle Eastern countries stop using US dollars to price oil, is the day US will lose bottom out. Sadly most people are not paying attention. They will wake up one day and realize that all the money they have in the bank is utterly worthless. My parents are close to retirement and my dad recently acquired duel citizenship. Furthermore I don’t think it’s just American Muslims who should consider getting duel citizen. If something goes down in the US I want the option to flee. For the last few years I’ve been researching and making investments in other foreign countries so that if I have to leave I will assets elsewhere. Also in order to acquire duel citizenship you need to be fluent in the language and have assets in that country.

    6. not investigating bush and Cheney: President Obama would have had the support of the whole country and most of the world if he set up a tribunal against Bush and Cheney for war crimes. The fact that he didn’t do this despite clear cut evidence of misconduct lets me know that Obama is nothing more than a puppet or he is making secret deals under the table to secure his own interest. Please believe that if Obama took the same actions as Bush did, he would be charged with war crimes. Bush may be dumb (or give the appearance of being dumb) but that man had power behind his name which is why he was able to get away with the atrocities that he did during his 8 year reign of hell.

    • Muse,

      Guurl, I could write a book in reply to the many excellent points you’ve raised, but instead I’ll focus on the one that I believe is most important for the audience.

      You said, “Furthermore I don’t think it’s just American Muslims who should consider getting duel citizen. If something goes down in the US I want the option to flee. For the last few years I’ve been researching and making investments in other foreign countries so that if I have to leave I will assets elsewhere. Also in order to acquire duel citizenship you need to be fluent in the language and have assets in that country.”

      Muse, I hope and pray that more folks from the reading audience take heed of what you said here. It could make the difference between hardcore suffering and living a good life.

      I know that 99.99% of AAs are mentally incapable of taking heed of this excellent suggestion. This is because most of us are literally addicted to Business As Usual. We are deathly afraid of anything that requires us to make a change. Even if the current status quo is an extremely painful one. We do this with all issues. We do this across the board. I don’t worry about such individuals—they are destined to die in whatever wilderness they find themselves in. Because they’re too timid to step out into the outer world.

      You said, “In addition to French I’ve actually started looking into learning Portuguese. One of the guys I’m dating is a Venture Capitalist who had previous experience at a hedge fund and he was sharing with me the other day that a lot of investment is going into Brazil as a result of ethanol fuel. Brazil is also investing in other green technologies as well and companies are moving there because of the favorable tax advantages.”

      I think that’s a very shrewd move to study Portuguese. From what I’ve read about Brazil, it’s busy making itself totally self-sufficient in terms of food, minerals, and other resources (if it’s not already totally self-sufficient). Apparently, Brazil is positioning itself to be an exporter of various things, while importing nothing or next to nothing. I’m also considering studying Portuguese (after I get my Spanish together :-)).

      It sounds like Brazil’s economy will soon be not just a regional powerhouse like Germany’s, but a global economic power like China. As I mentioned during an earlier post, I know an AA limo/driver service owner who has the same kind of business in Brazil with his Brazilian business partner. More of us need to make these sorts of moves. [This AA gentleman does not live in Brazil, although he does spend large chunks of time visiting there.]

      Expect Success!

      • joyousnerd says:

        Get OUT of my head!!! I am currently completing my application for dual citizenship. My family thinks I’m nuts! Since America is on top of the world (roll eyes) why would I bother with any other country? SMDH, let them keep on thinking just like that. Meanwhile I’m saving up money to buy a large tract of farm-able land over there and learning the language. If (really, WHEN) something ugly jumps off, I’ll be chilling on my beautiful farm with enough food and firewood to last years. And three guesses who will want to come and live there with me? I already know.

        I didn’t even have a passport till a few months ago. I read and thought and stressed and worried… but I didn’t start to move my feet till this year. Better late than never, I guess.

        • JoyousNerd,

          I’m glad to hear it—good for you! 🙂

          Unfortunately, I don’t have any family ties to any other countries (so I could be grandfathered into dual citizenship). So, it’ll be harder. Nevertheless, I’m steadily working at creating relocation options for myself.

          Expect Success!

        • Karen says:

          Make sure you fully research all the ramifications to dual citizenship.

          A citizen will have obligations to each country and it can become “touchy” depending on precedence and where you ultimately reside.

          Just be sure that you are not at a disadvantage with those obligations.

          Good luck and much success!

  10. Magenta and SweetSoulSister,

    Magenta, you said, “There is an excellent post at Jack and Jill Politics that discussed how the Democratic party has screwed AAs with their insistence of supporting “centrist” policies.

    I think the wakeup call for me has been the fiasco over Kendrick Meek in FL. For Bill Clinton and others to demand that he drop out the race so they can support a white Republican turned Independent is mind boggling. For this to happen under Obama’s watch tells me he has no control over his own party and that it is still Slick Willie running the show.”

    Well, it’s NOT “his own party.” The above circumstances are the logical and predictable result of Pres. Obama being a disconnected, Crossover Negro Politician who has NO posse of his own. Since he has none of his own, he tried to borrow other “princes'” retainers—who, of course, remained loyal to their original masters. [translation = the Clintons, Bush II, and whoever else created these people’s careers—Obama didn’t create any of the people around him] I explained how this would go down—and most likely end badly—during several posts at the previous blog. I have repeatedly said,

    Those of you who have staked your futures on Pres. Obama and the “change” he promised, need to figure out what your Plan B will be when Pres. Obama completes the process of becoming a lame duck for the rest of this term. And also figure out what you’ll do when he most likely fails to win reelection for a second term.

    Here’s where I told many of y’all so (about Obama) from the very beginning, almost 2 years ago:

    During one conversation at that time, I noted that

    When I first heard this “team of rivals” mess being bandied about, I just assumed that it was another part of Pres. Obama’s PR strategy of adorning himself in the trappings of Pres. Lincoln. It’s a nice-sounding fantasy for the masses.

    I was horrified when I realized that Pres. Obama might actually be naive enough to believe that this reflects what’s going on with his administration. If so, then he’s a fool. And even worse, a fool who has bought into his own hype. And this is the person Black folks are lifting up as our “messiah”? {shudder}

    During the post, Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ Versus Pres. Obama’s ‘Team of Rivals’ Cabinet, I warned about the indications of Pres. Obama’s naïveté.

    In my recent Sovereign Individual post, I mentioned some of the flaws inherent in the composition of what Pres. Obama apparently believes is “his” team. I pointed out that Pres. Obama doesn’t have a strong, faithful posse of his own. He didn’t create any of the people around him. Instead, he was loaned the use of other people’s posses and retainers. To use Renaissance terminology, Pres. Obama has surrounded himself with mercenaries and auxiliaries. Auxiliaries are troops borrowed from another (typically more powerful) prince.

    We can all see what’s wrong with depending upon mercenaries. They have no loyalty to anyone because they fight for money. The small saving grace is that mercenaries usually work as individuals with no real attachments to other rulers or factions. Therefore, they probably won’t work in an organized, united manner to undermine the prince that has hired them. When mercenaries betray the prince who hired them, they will usually do so as individuals. This is more manageable than the problems created by auxiliaries.

    Auxiliaries are even more dangerous than mercenaries. Auxiliaries are loyal to another prince!

    When you lose with auxiliaries, you lose. When you win with auxiliaries, you still lose. This is because you owe your victory to the power of another prince. The other prince who loaned you his troops wins because he controls his principality, and indirectly yours also.

    A prince without his own native troops will never be truly independent OR secure.

    In The Change That Never Came, Part 2, I warned Black folks about Pres. Obama in particular, and the general dangers inherent with Crossover Black politicians.

    Think quick: When, if ever, did former Pres. Bush “reach out” to non-Republicans? He didn’t. Bush governed as if he had been elected by a landslide or a clear majority of the voters, even though he wasn’t.

    Why is Pres. Obama acting like a beggar in what’s supposed to be his own house? Answer: Because he’s inherently weak. A people pleaser. And most importantly, he’s a Crossover Negro Politician who does NOT have his own independent power base.

    There are multiple things going on in this situation. There are some things going on that are particular to Pres. Obama:

    *weak, people-pleaser personality

    *half-White & half-foreign Black

    *raised by Whites

    *didn’t grow up among African-Americans, therefore no natural African-American posse from childhood/high school/parents’ friends, etc.

    *only really exposed to African-Americans as an adult

    And then there are some things that apply to almost ALL crossover Black politicians:

    *didn’t pay any “dues” in any Black organization or movement

    *no Black “posse”/troops as a result of the above

    *primarily focused on being perceived as “non-threatening” by Whites

    *no Black “posse”/troops as a result of the above

    I think this situation is exposing some of the costs of being a disconnected, crossover Black politician. Basically, Pres. Obama doesn’t have a natural posse because he was dropped in by parachute among us.

    Because he never formed a natural, Black posse, there’s nobody around him that HE created and lifted up. NOBODY owes him. Meanwhile, he owes many, many other people and political “princes.” Pres. Obama’s situation is somewhat more extreme than “typical” African-American crossover politicians because of his family background. Typical African-American crossover politicians at least have Black potential posse members that they grew up with, or are friends of the family, etc.]

    On February 8, 2009, during the For Your Own Survival, You Must Become a Sovereign Individual Instead of a “Typical” Employee post, I told folks how this would go down:

    Don’t Stake Your Survival on Pres. Obama

    Don’t stake your (and your loved ones’) survival on anything that Pres. Obama might do. First of all, there’s no way of knowing whether or not his economic proposals will actually work. Second, there are MANY other parties that don’t want any of his proposals to succeed. Including many individuals that are nominally on his “side.”

    Pres. Obama Does NOT Have His Own Posse. Nobody is Watching His Back. This Means That Anything He Does WILL Be Sabotaged. From the Inside-Out.

    I can see that the masses of our people will be devastated (in many different ways) when various factions from within as well as outside the Democratic Party finally pull down the Obama-ssiah.

    It doesn’t matter how much Pres. Obama tries to appease these factions. The problem is that these various factions cannot be appeased. This is because they don’t want to be appeased. What they want is to make sure that whatever efforts the Obama-ssiah makes fail, and he gets ALL of the blame, while they position themselves to reign. . . err, rule. . . err, govern. . . once he’s been politically destroyed.

    This illustrates another problem with most Black folks’ concept of politics. We don’t understand that the “ruler” is only as strong as his infrastructure (aka “posse”). In Chicago terms, his political “machine.” Does Pres. Obama actually have a loyal, faithful, strong posse of his own? Or is he somebody who was loaned the use of other people’s posses? We know the answer to this.

    It looks like he didn’t understand that these various “retainers” are only loyal to the people who actually own and created them. They are loyal to the individuals who loaned them to him. NOT to him. He didn’t create any of these people. This is one of the unspoken consequences of Pres. Obama being a crossover candidate who did not come from any sort of organized Black movement or infrastructure.

    Black voters simply hopped on the Obama-ssiah bandwagon after they saw that Whites in Iowa were willing to vote for him. Pres. Obama did not come from us. Not that our infrastructure or organizations are particularly solid, but Pres. Obama has NOTHING but thin air under his feet.

    Pres. Obama’s recent blindsided stumbles with several cabinet nominees should be a signal to you. The manner in which all of that went down made it quite apparent to me that he doesn’t have anybody who is actually watching his back. He doesn’t even have an old-school, Chicago political “machine” to watch his back. That’s his own fault for being naive.

    Machiavelli warned about the dangers of a prince being dependent upon mercenaries. Especially foreign ones. They have a nasty habit of abruptly abandoning the prince (at the worst possible moment) in favor of the highest bidder, and/or their previous employers.

    For the love of God, don’t rely on this one (naive) man for your survival.

    Magenta, you said, “Then I went to some other black blogs who were actually defending this mess! Talking about black folks need to see the “big picture” and that it is more “stategic” to rally for a White Republican who supports Chain Gangs back to FL!!!

    I thought about your comment about how AAs have become so foolish that they think politicians publicly dissing [them] is some kind of hip strategy.”

    Oh yes. And expect the silly AA arguments of “It’s a hip strategy to support people who treat AAs as if we have cooties” to escalate as conditions become increasingly desperate.

    You said, “I am also annoyed at the frantic “get out the vote” efforts going on. Frankly the “we need more votes!” talk is very similar to the “we need raw numbers” talk that AAs love to engage in. I would rather have a Democratic minority that gets things done then to have SUPER MAJORITIES and accomplish nothing! When will folks learn that quality trumps quantity every single time?”

    Well, I’m NOT responding anymore to those emotional pleas of “if you don’t vote, AAs are going back to slavery.” I’m also not going to respond anymore to “let’s make history and elect the 1st Black dogcatcher” arguments. I have finally jumped off those deceptive merry-go-rounds. For good, this time.

    SweetSoulSister, you said, “At any rate, I obviously agree with you about his weakness and thank you for posting this.”

    You’re welcome! With all the Obama kool-aid being consumed, somebody has to say something. 🙂
    _________________________________________

    KarenR.,

    You said, “What I am learning is that although he has tried to be concilliatory toward his enemies, they have not conceded ANY ground. I have been a people pleaser, but what I am learning President Obama is that your enemies aren’t going to like you or concede to you even though you may extend an olive branch. No. Matter. What.”

    More AAs need to understand the central lesson contained in one of Machiavelli’s quotes:

    “There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.”
    ______________________________________

    Karen,

    You said, “The bottom line is that when you are President, it is not about being liked it is about getting the job done and making sure EVERYONE knows who is boss.”

    This gets back to the Machiavelli quote above.

    You said, “What I find fascinating is that every administration brings in their own, EXCEPT Obummer. He has no group of his own that owes him and that he can rely on to run with his agenda. He was a “Lame Duck” as soon as he was elected. All the subsequent actions only validate this…”

    Yep.

    You said, “Bush II and his daddy’s cronies made sure everyone knew they were not to be messed with. Obummer should have shown a backbone but he did not and now it is too late.”

    Yes, again.

    You said, “Everyone needs to be working on an “Abundance Plan” ASAP.”

    YES!!!

    Expect Success!

  11. KM says:

    The only reason why I’m voting this year is because the governor’s election in my state is close and the Democratic candidate is worth voting for. If it wasn’t for him, I’d be doing what I did in 2008 (voting a write-in for President then voting the rest of my slate).

    Obama will not be re-elected in 2010. And like you’ve said before, Khadija, AAs better recognize quick that the tide has turned and no one cares about racism and inequalities anymore for AAs. Obama has broadcast the weaknesses about alll BM worldwide from the beginning (bowing to the Japanese PM (if I remember right)? complete show of weakness).

    America itself is declining and declining fast. When China decides to call in the debt, we’ll see what a depression really looks like.

    • KM,

      There’s no need for anybody to explain what they’re doing or what their focus is right now. Everybody knows their own particular situation best.
      ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      I’m simply saying some things out loud for the benefit of any silently lurking AA Muslim readers. Let me repeat for their benefit:

      Ya Muslimeen—

      As Muslims, you and I are in a VERY PRECARIOUS situation in this country. This is because of the actions of the Immigrant Muslim Syndicate. I figure that we’re about 1-1.5 mass casualty, Muslim-committed terrorist attack from being rounded up! Y’all betta recognize that, and start preparing a Plan B to get up out of the US with a quickness, if necessary.

      You need to figure out where you’re going to go if conditions get too tight for Muslims in the US. And you need to figure that out RIGHT NOW.

      Wa Salaam.

  12. The President didn’t have a deep bench to begin with. There have been criticisms that the people fleeing his administration are being replaced by the “junior league varsity” team. From day one he’s been doing what Clinton did, continuing the policies of the previous administration.

    I also don’t think he’s ever had the power, or could command it, to do the things a lot of liberal / progressives wish for – like that War Crimes Trial against the Bush Admin. Folks have to realize that the Bushes are true gangsters. The family wasn’t even touched by the Great Depression. Bush I was a vice president and ran the CIA.

    Back in the early primaries Obama had no trouble tossing Mrs Susan Rice under the bus, once she was accused of saying something “horrible” about Mrs Clinton. It was a mild comment, but the media and other cronies were looking for him to sacrifice someone black.

    That trend started with Mr Clinton. Whenever a democrat runs for office, he has to show how tough he is by sacrificing / castigating black people. Like you said Khadija, it is the “treat AAs as if we have cooties” strategy. Clinton executed a retarded black guy on death row (he didn’t have to be there). He had his so-called “Sista Soulja” moment. I can still recall his disrespectful treatment of Mrs Joycelyn Elders and Lani Guinier.

    Pres Obama has NOT nominated a black woman to an actual powerful position like the Supreme Court, although they were his largest voting block. Politicians learned long ago they can treat black women badly and still get our vote. They never fear getting punished by us like with other groups….

    • BettyChambers,

      You said, “The President didn’t have a deep bench to begin with. There have been criticisms that the people fleeing his administration are being replaced by the “junior league varsity” team. From day one he’s been doing what Clinton did, continuing the policies of the previous administration.”

      Well, we saw how that all worked out for Clinton. The same Republicans that he tried to appease in various way tried to impeach him.

      You said, “I also don’t think he’s ever had the power, or could command it, to do the things a lot of liberal / progressives wish for – like that War Crimes Trial against the Bush Admin. Folks have to realize that the Bushes are true gangsters. The family wasn’t even touched by the Great Depression. Bush I was a vice president and ran the CIA.”

      If a candidate is unwilling or unable to do what we need them to do, then we shouldn’t support them.

      You said, “Pres Obama has NOT nominated a black woman to an actual powerful position like the Supreme Court, although they were his largest voting block. Politicians learned long ago they can treat black women badly and still get our vote. They never fear getting punished by us like with other groups….”

      Let me stress these are just my thoughts. Everybody is perfectly free to have their own opinions.

      Part of the reason nobody fears being punished by AAs or AA women voters in particular is that they know that we’ll NEVER be willing to strategically sit out an election while building another option for ourselves! This is yet another negative attached to our penchant for the following 2 types of voter participation appeals:

      1-“If you don’t vote, we’re going back to slavery” and

      2-“People died so you could vote, so you have to vote—even if it means choosing the purported lesser of two evils” [I’ll note that people “didn’t die so we could vote.” AA civil rights martyrs died because racist Whites decided to murder them. Our AA martyrs never intended for us to turn voting in a cargo cult-type of empty magic ritual. Our martyrs intended for voting to be simply one of many tools that we could use for empowerment.]

      Our refusal to strategically sit out an election while we build a serious 3rd party choice means that, for 95%+ of us, whenever we vote the Democrats are the DEFAULT beneficiaries of that vote. No matter how much they ignore and diss us as a group.

      And let’s be real, I’ve been saying the “cooties” thing to be polite. The real deal is that the Democrats—including Crossover Negro Politicians—treat AA voters like a side piece of a** mistress that they DON’T want to be seen with. They only come around us—in the dark, around the corner, by the back door where nobody else can see—when they want some “sex” (= votes).

      The Demopublicans are okay with AA voter apathy. Because this do-nothing, build-nothing apathy ensures that we continue to have nowhere else to go but back to them whenever we do decide to come crawling back to the polls.

      Expect Success!

  13. Everybody,

    Author Chris Hedges has written an excellent essay that perfectly describes the damage that has been caused by the absence of a true left wing in American politics:

    The loss of a radical left in American politics has been catastrophic. The left once harbored militant anarchist and communist labor unions, an independent, alternative press, social movements and politicians not tethered to corporate benefactors. But its disappearance, the result of long witch hunts for communists, post-industrialization and the silencing of those who did not sign on for the utopian vision of globalization, means that there is no counterforce to halt our slide into corporate neofeudalism. This harsh reality, however, is not palatable. So the corporations that control mass communications conjure up the phantom of a left. They blame the phantom for our debacle. And they get us to speak in absurdities.

    …As long as the liberal class speaks in the dead voice of moderation it will continue to fuel the right-wing backlash. Only when it appropriates this rage as its own, only when it stands up to established systems of power, including the Democratic Party, will we have any hope of holding off the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party.

    Wall Street’s looting of the Treasury, the curtailing of our civil liberties, the millions of fraudulent foreclosures, the long-term unemployment, the bankruptcies from medical bills, the endless wars in the Middle East and the amassing of trillions in debt that can never be repaid are pushing us toward a Hobbesian world of internal collapse. Being nice and moderate will not help. These are corporate forces that are intent on reconfiguring the United States into a system of neofeudalism. These corporate forces will not be halted by funny signs, comics dressed up like Captain America or nice words.

    (emphasis added)

    http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/the-phantom-left-by-chris-hedges/#more-92065

  14. squarlymade says:

    Khadija said:
    “Politicians—treat AA voters like a side piece of a** mistress that they DON’T want to be seen with. They only come around us—in the dark, around the corner, by the back door where nobody else can see—when they want some “sex” (= votes).”

    Woop, there it is!

    why are many AAwomen taking cues about who and how to vote from bm’leaders’?
    I wont sit out, but I will vote for another party, so they know that I’m active and thoughtful, and my vote was a vote that could have gone to their party -but didn’t.
    If AAwomen voted for different parties to gain power , it will send shock waves not only to any political party, but also bm who think they own us.

  15. Truth P. says:

    It seems that some of us are lacking in the foresight department.From reading the comments,and thinking on all that has happened under Obama’s “reign”,and how he has handled things,it just seems like history repeats itself over and over again.
    Cross over negro politicians are EXTREMELY predictable and they
    fail us everytime.

    Thing is,foresight doesn’t matter if you are willing to coddle and make excuses for incompetent and even criminal individuals,at least when they are black males.This kind of behavior is what keeps holding us back.Despite all of our complaining FREEDOM is ours for the taking.I never fully grasped how easy some things could be and how so many of the HUGE problems we have could be
    remedied by doing some of the most simple and easy things.
    We have been creating our own negative issues and worrying over the fact that we can’t change other folks minds.

  16. Lever says:

    Understood.

    But, if by sitting out and not voting one thinks that any situation will become better in THESE United States? I will respectfully disagree. We wouldn’t have a President Obama to disparage and criticize, had folks not voted. Also: to say he’s done nothing is, well, wrong:

    http://blacks4barack.blogspot.com/2010/09/new-244-accomplishments-of-president.html

    He has done much in two years, given his (and others’) early realization that this midterm election — if history is a guide (and he IS a student of history and opportunity) and even before adding the huge unemployment rate and dozens of “Blue Dog” Democrats — WOULD result in a loss of a majority in both houses of Congress.

    I think the most useful suggestion in this post is Ms. Nassif’s relocation reminder in her post’s comments. I.LOVE.THAT. And, unlike, I suspect, a number of those who’ve posted here today? I CELEBRATE and APPLAUD President Obama. However, I ALSO have a recently-renewed passport and have read two great books re: which countries might provide a reasonable next home for me! Frankly, that you’ve encouraged such action is a great service, I think, particularly when folks feel as if they have no options or are angry/sad/frustrated/exhausted with and at the US. Thank you.

    • Lever,

      I cheerfully and respectfully agree to disagree about Pres. Obama’s so-called accomplishments. For 3 main reasons,

      (1) I would say that a plurality, if not the majority, of the people who voted for Pres. Obama did so with the expectation that he would do many if not most of the things listed in the video commentary that’s embedded in this post. He didn’t do those things.

      Folks did NOT vote for Obama so he could do things like most of the fluff listed on the site you linked to (“• Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane (which wasn’t even used in Iraq/Afghanistan) and other outdated weapons systems (2009)”). I’m not aware of anybody who voted for Obama so he could phase out the F-22 war plane. I question a number of the purported accomplishments listed on that site—whoever wrote that list is overreaching for something positive to say.

      But I’ll also note that even that list mentions things that Pres. Obama has failed to do, even though it was part of his campaign promises.

      • Announced his intention to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay (2009) * Note: The closure has been delayed due to massive opposition but it remains on the agenda.

      • Stated his interest in housing terrorists at a new federal “super max” facility in the US (2009) * Note: this has been delayed in the face of massive opposition but it remains on the agenda

      (2) In all the ways that matter, Pres. Obama has continued most Bush Regime policies, and kept many Bush Regime officials in place! For details, see Parts 1 and 2 of “The Change That Never Came” posts at the previous blog.

      (3) In many ways, Pres. Obama has betrayed and burned key components of his voting base. I’ll mention the gays as one example. The last I saw, Pres. Obama’s administration is fighting in court to keep the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

      You said, “Frankly, that you’ve encouraged such action is a great service, I think, particularly when folks feel as if they have no options or are angry/sad/frustrated/exhausted with and at the US. Thank you.”

      You’re welcome!

      I’ll note that for AA Muslims, creating overseas relocation options for ourselves is not just a trivial-sounding matter of being “angry, sad, frustrated, exhausted with and at the US.”

      It could mean the difference between ending up in a concentration camp like the Japanese-Americans and living free somewhere else.

      Expect Success!

    • Karen says:

      Lever,

      You are correct, I do not celebrate or applaud President Obama. There has been nothing to celebrate or applaud.

      I am a realist. As background I have successfully held positions of authority in leading men. What it always boils down to is whether as a leader you have the respect and loyalty of the people. In the end, it is they that have to execute your plans.

      It is self-evident that he does not have that and his next two years will be even more difficult than the last two.

      As a leader, being a “people pleaser” is not an asset. It is expected of a leader to take the tough decisions and be responsible for his/her actions.

      I am neither angry/sad/frustrated or exhausted as I have been dedicated to my abundance plan for quite some time and have also executed/implemented key parts of it.

      As I stated previously:

      Everyone needs to be working on an Abundance Plan ASAP.

  17. **Warning: VERY long reply. LOL!**

    Squarlymade,

    You said, “why are many AAwomen taking cues about who and how to vote from bm’leaders’?”

    This is a serious problem. It never ceases to amaze me that so many AA women look to individuals like Rev. Baby Daddy Jackson and Rev. Hot Comb Sharpton—both of whom are cheaters in their personal lives—for guidance. Furthermore, AA women don’t seem to notice that neither of these Revs. exercise any leadership over MEN. Instead, they fit into the same unfortunate pimp-profile of most AA Christian ministers.

    When I evaluate any kind of male leader, one of the first things I look at is whether this guy has any influence over other MEN. I don’t like pimps who can only influence women. If other men don’t respect a male wannabe leader enough to follow his leadership, then I won’t listen to him either. Let me point out something to the Christian readers:

    If you examine the patriarchs in your Bible, you’ll find that they exercised leadership over other MEN. In fact, their primary influence and leadership was over other MEN. They weren’t just over women. With all due respect, your choice to take guidance from males who can’t influence other men does not appear to be rooted in your scripture.

    Another dangerous problem with AAs is that we’ve grown comfortable with the idea of supporting corrupt Black men. Men who have ZERO personal integrity. AA women don’t seem to notice that the people who get burned the worst from these corrupt Black males’ antics are usually Black women. This came up about 2 years ago during a conversation at the previous blog, I reviewed the list of Black male leadership’s historical behavior pattern as pertains to Black women. Among other things, I mentioned:

    Complaints from BW that W.E.B DuBois only used light-skinned women with naturally wavy hair as cover models for The Crisis Magazine.

    Walter White of the NAACP dumping his Black wife of 20+ years for a White South African woman.

    Dr. King cheating on Coretta with White women. All of which was audiotaped by Hoover’s FBI, which tried to use these tapes to blackmail Dr. King into committing suicide.

    Elijah Muhammad cheating on Sis. Clara Muhammad with dozens (if not hundreds) of mostly light-skinned women (and underage girls).

    The Black Panthers’ focus on having sex with non-Black women, as well as their extreme chauvinism.

    Rev. “Baby Daddy” Jesse Jackson cheating on his wife. My mother kept an old magazine interview with Rev. Jackson from the early 1970s where he’s quoted as saying “variety is the spice of life” when asked about his marriage.

    Ben Chavis paying out NAACP money to settle a sexual harassment suit from a female employee.

    Kweisi Mfume’s scandal at the NAACP involving his womanizing. Also, didn’t he have 5-6 sons out of wedlock (or something like that)?

    . . . You know, the really pitiful thing is that many of these 1950s/1960s Black male activists’ proved the Klan right about their TRUE motivations: I’m convinced that the bulk of these Black male activists were involved in the movement in order to ultimately have increased access to White women.

    Actions speak louder than words. Just think about the actions of men like Harry Belafonte and the rest of them. It’s quite clear that this wasn’t about helping the Black collective (although that was Black male activists’ cover story).

    Whatever gains accrued to Black women & children from the movement was clearly by accident, NOT by design. The real point was about Black male activist’s egos & self-interest.

    While Black women did the thankless grunt work in these organizations, Black male leaders posed in front of the cameras, chased White women, and cheated on their wives with movement “groupies.”

    This basic pattern continues today. Black women are most of the foot soldiers in Black male-led organizations like the NAACP, Operation Push, and the National Action Network. Black women do most of the grunt work in these organizations that systematically ignore Black women’s interests!

    The only Black organization that I can think of that doesn’t have a majority of female footsoldiers is the Nation of Islam.

    Of course, me pulling the rose petals off the history behind these BM activists was extremely upsetting to a BM reader who wrote in to dissent. The truth about the BM leaders/sacred cows that we’ve all been taught to hero-worship is not flattering. He felt that since no crimes were committed (although that’s questionable in the case of Elijah Muhammad and his pedophile activisites), these men’s adultery and chasing of WW were of no importance for evaluating their leadership, and said that the personal is not political. I replied,

    . . . Hello there, [BM Dissenter]!

    We’ve reached an agree to disagree point in this exchange. We don’t have the same values. For me, negative, dishonorable activities don’t have to escalate to the level of constituting crimes before I take issue with them.

    I believe in integrity. I believe in doing one’s utmost to practice whatever one preaches. I don’t believe in adultery & other betrayals of confidence & promises. I don’t believe in Black folks’ self-hating brown paper bag tests (which in many cases have escalated to a manila-folder test in the current era). I believe in reciprocity. I don’t believe in “bait & switch” deceptions.

    In short, Black women were encouraged to support Black male activists for the goal of advancing the Black collective (which includes Black women & Black children). NOT for the goal of supporting Black men so that Black men can then take these resources to non-Black women. NOT so that Black male activists can cheat on their wives & live out Playboy mansion-style fantasies. This was largely a “bait & switch” scam.

    These particular scenarios do NOT advance Black women’s interests. These particular scenarios do NOT reflect reciprocity. Time out for these sorts of one-sided arrangements.

    Since you don’t understand why (so far) almost every Black woman I’ve mentioned this to is shocked & displeased to learn that Dr. King cheated on Coretta (whose life was ALSO in danger) with White women, you won’t “get” any of this. We don’t share the same values. Therefore, it makes no sense to invest much more time discussing this particular topic with you.

    I’m mentioning these things to encourage more Black women to do some critical thinking about our own interests. To encourage Black women to examine the motives of our mostly male leadership past & present.

    I believe that actions speak much louder than words. I also believe that knowing the personal histories of these men that we’ve been encouraged to hero-worship will shock more Black women out of blindly assuming that these men were true friends to Black women.

    I’ve seen that this often helps to encourage Black women to STOP blindly following modern Black male leaders & activists. I hope that this leads to more Black women demanding reciprocity (whatever that means to each Black woman) before giving support to anybody.

    I’m not mentioning these things to debate with you or other Black men. As you’ve indicated, these men’s choices are not significant or important to you, but it IS important to most Black women who discover what these men did.

    “Mr. NAACP” Walter White did not call himself a White man while involved with the NAACP. He was lifted up as a shining example of a light-skinned Black person who went undercover & “passed” as White to advance Black folks’ interests. You’re being disingenuous to call him “White.”

    As far as the Panthers, I would refer people to “A Lonely Rage: The Autobiography of Bobby Seale.” It’s…eye-opening. In ways that Mr. Seale probably didn’t anticipate when he wrote it.

    Furthermore, I reject the notion that the examples I listed reflected cherry-picking. I suspect that their behavior was fairly representative of a large number of their fellow Black male activists from these periods.

    I’ve read accounts of Black women activists from that era complaining about the Black male activists’ chauvinism & White-woman chasing. Anybody who’s sincerely interested can find source materials about this.

    You know as well as I do that African-Americans have a long and sordid history of intra-Black colorism. This is the mass historical context in which these men chose non-Black women. Chasing White and other non-Black women is simply an extension of this colorism.

    . . . Again, it boils down to different values. You don’t take exception to these men’s behavior. I do. For a variety of reasons.

    This goes beyond the cheating & womanizing that so many of these men did. No other ethnic group/race has such a large percentage of its male so-called leaders and celebrities chasing women from outside of their race. Given Black folks’ history of self-hating colorism, this behavior pattern does not reflect random choices out of the clear blue sky.

    I went on to say the following during that conversation,

    . . . Contrary to the way the reader tried to distort my objections as trying to “own” other people’s personal lives, what I “own” is my right to decide who I’m going to support! What I “own” is my right to decide under what circumstances I will give my support to someone.

    I, along with every other AA woman, have THE RIGHT to withhold my support from people who are doing things that are contrary to my interests as a Black woman. It’s really that simple.

    I have (at most) minimal interest in the activities of Black men who are of “No Value” or “Low Value” to AA women’s collective interests. [By the way, I love how you’ve simplified things by using these terms! LOL!]

    I only pay limited attention for the purpose of making sure that I don’t accidentally support a person who does not support Black women. I’m not going to rally around somebody who is of LV or NV to Black women.

    . . . *WARNING* {I feel a rant coming on…}

    I believe in accountability. This includes accountability for what I choose to support. I believe that I will be held accountable for what I choose to support on the Day of Judgment.

    Let me give a warning to the Muslims and the other believers:

    STOP SUPPORTING PEOPLE THAT YOU KNOW ARE WICKED! Stop enabling them to continue their evil ways in your presence! You will be questioned about this on that Fateful Day!

    This angle is another part of the problem with all of this. AAs have lost our ethical compass. There is NO real comprehension of right or wrong among us anymore. This is an angle to all of this that I really shouldn’t have to discuss out loud, but I see that I do. This is how we’ve sunk so low that folks are actually rallying around a known pedophile like R. Kelly.

    In terms of how this plays out in various movement situations:

    Dr. King, Elijah Muhammad, and others didn’t elicit our support as secular organizers. They came to us claiming to represent ethical, spiritual LEADERSHIP. Well, we should not be okay with having a wicked & corrupt person as our spiritual shepherd. I would be somewhat less appalled by their habitual cheating if they had not held themselves out as spiritual guides.

    The point when those around them realized that they would not keep their pants zipped is when they should have been removed from positions of spiritual leadership. At a minimum, folks should have withdrawn from continuing to support that sort of person as a religious guide.

    I’m not saying that their dishonorable behavior should have gotten them kicked out of their religious-based movements. But it should have disqualified them from continuing in leadership/command positions.

    Furthermore, on a practical level, they both endangered their organizations by exposing themselves to potential blackmail. Their chosen behaviors created huge openings for our enemies to disrupt these movements. On a spiritual level, I’m saying that their repeated behavior demonstrated that they were not fit to guide anybody.

    Let’s break it down even further on a practical, secular level: If you are willing to repeatedly betray somebody that you claim to “love,” what can I reasonably expect you to do with/to me? If you feel that the promises you make to your so-called loved one are “made to be broken,” I KNOW you don’t care about honoring any promises you make to me as a lowly follower!

    Let’s consider Walter White of the NAACP for a moment. This is somebody who cheated on and dumped his Black wife of 20+ years to marry a White SOUTH AFRICAN woman. How much value does anyone think he assigned to the Black members or followers of the NAACP? How obligated did he feel to keep any promises he made while operating in a leadership capacity?

    If you’re a lowly, poor, Black 1950s NAACP civil rights worker in the deep South, would you knowingly trust somebody like Walter White with making decisions & directives that could potentially send you to your death? Would you really feel like he values you? Or your life?

    All resistance movements require a certain level of trust between their members; as well as between the members & the leadership. You can’t have an atmosphere of trust with people who have demonstrated that they have zero integrity.

    Another practical point is that it’s very difficult for any organization to be effective when key members of its leadership are mostly focused on getting laid by as many followers & groupies as possible.

    Any activist/leader/commander who is that foolish is NOT fit to lead/command. All an enemy has to do is send in an agent who is willing to have sex with such leaders. Would you trust such a person to make decisions that could mean the difference between life & death for you as a movement follower?

    People who support such irresponsible leaders are courting personal destruction.

    Evia wrote in to say,

    This hypocritical bit about “not allowing the personal to become political” made me think how quickly that would change if these black “leaders” had all been known to be sexing homosexual men. LOL!! The personal would have sho nuff gotten political then!! LOL!

    So this “personal” stuff is highly selective. However, I realize that bw are not supposed to have the intellect to see through that.

    SMH. Black women, in general, have allowed the actions of skin shade racist bm dating, sexing and marrying only non-bw and/or those who choose only the light-brite bw to become a sacred cow. Typical bm jump out from everywhere and use all sorts of stilted arguments to defend that sacred cow.

    That’s “personal” they say, as they stick out their colorism-contaminated hands to bw and to darker bw to get financial and other types of support and defense.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I have rarely if ever heard any bm denounce this skin shade racism practiced by bm against bw. Typical bm I’ve heard just tend to shrug that off and say “that’s just a brotha’s preference,” but expect for bw to go ballistic when any skin shade racist wm sticks it to any bm. That’s a racist white’s preference too.

    And notice how these same bm rarely if ever point out to other bm that it’s just a sista’s preference if she “prefers” to love a man who’s white. Don’t hold your breath for that one!

    Why is being victimized by a bm skin shade racist these days any less bad than being victimized by a white skin shade racist? It’s actually even more painful to some bw or darker bw when bm discriminate against them.

    Yet some bm keep talking about all black folks uniting to do this or that. Who the heck wants to unite with a whole bunch of skin shade racist bm? Wouldn’t that be insane? That’s like going from the old skin shade racism to the NEW skin shade racism.

    I want to make it perfectly clear that I don’t care who bm prefer or sex because I’m going to be with the Quality man of my choice. Period. But I DO care where bm draw their support (of all types) from and who they continue to bamboozle to support and defend them–BLACK WOMEN, including those darker bw. It is critical for AA women to keep their eye on the money/support/resources trail. Bm who get their push from bw and then take their resources and energy (of all types) to other communities are of NO VALUE or very low value to bw. Period.

    Some bm try to say bw are just jealous, but bw shouldn’t even react to that fluffy accusation at all because it diverts attention away from the money trail. That’s the KEY to focus on. IF or when that’s true, jealousy is just a feeling, but bw’s money and resources equate to TANGIBLES that uplift bm.

    I know that the accounting professionals reading this already know this, but from an accounting point of view, many types of non-financial support (helping to write a resume, writing a recommendation to help someone get a scholarship or job, making a phone call on a person’s behalf, giving someone advice or emotional support, etc.) can be converted to money or ASSETS. Many bw don’t realize that, but these assets are being siphoned off from bw. These are bw’s ASSETS and these women can never get ahead if you’re giving their assets to people who are of No Value (NV)or of Low Value (LV) to them because these people do NOT reciprocate.

    This is just another way of saying: Stay away from anyone who does not offer you RECIPROCITY.

    In reply, I said,

    Hello there, Evia!

    Oh yes. This “the personal is not political” stuff is extremely hypocritical & selective. BM activists’ adultery, etc. is even harder to ignore/justify when you look at the practical problems that this behavior created in these life & death movements.

    You’ve been talking about the REAL rules of life on your blog lately. Here’s the REAL rule about what motivates some Black men to rally around “the personal is not political” banner:

    “The personal is not political AS LONG as the ‘personal’ activity is: (1) something that I’m doing; (2) something that I want to do; or (3) something that I can envision myself doing.”

    And the example you gave about how quickly these “personal is not political” BM would take it personally if a BM leader was having gay sex has at least one real-life precedent: Bayard Rustin.

    From what I recall, other BM leaders drummed Bayard Rustin out of the SCLC because he was gay. Bayard Rustin’s personal life became extremely political for these other BM leaders!

    Some of these other (womanizing) BM leaders like Adam Clayton Powell did NOT allow Bayard Rustin’s “individual life to belong to” Bayard Rustin. Other BM gave Bayard Rustin the bum’s rush OUT of the mainstream civil rights movement! Even though Mr. Rustin had a lot to do with organizing Dr. King’s March on Washington.

    So much for BM activists sincerely believing that “the personal is not political.”

    Your other point about following the resource trail is well-taken. As one wise sister noted, Black women are the ONLY resource that Black men control.

    For the most part, BW have given support to BM without any sort of reciprocity. This is why AA women are currently in crisis. ALL of our assets are flying out to people (BM, trifling relatives) who are putting next to nothing back in.

    If AA women want to live at all (not to mention live abundantly) we must stop doing this. We must only support people who support us. We must demand reciprocity.

    Expect Success!

  18. Karen says:

    One other observation…

    As Khadija stated:

    “Why didn’t Pres. Obama catch the hint from the Secret Service allowing various nuts with rifles to get into events where he was speaking? Why didn’t he catch the hint from the Secret Service allowing a nut to throw a book at his head—it could’ve been a grenade for all anybody knew—without having this nut indicted? “

    The action that should have taken place is that the Secret Service Detail should have been summarily FIRED. I would have hired a private Security Firm to be in charge of my safety. It would have sent two messages: a) I am not to be MESSED with and b) I would then have security that is LOYAL to ME. That in an of itself would have sent a clear message.

    It would have not been the popular thing to do but it would have been the CORRECT thing to do. Because here is the thing, a leader knows they are a walking target (whether metaphorically or literally), therefore it is not always about making everyone else comfortable, more often than not it is about exercising power and men respect power…PERIOD

  19. Karen,

    You said, “You are correct, I do not celebrate or applaud President Obama. There has been nothing to celebrate or applaud.

    I am a realist. As background I have successfully held positions of authority in leading men. What it always boils down to is whether as a leader you have the respect and loyalty of the people. In the end, it is they that have to execute your plans.

    It is self-evident that he does not have that and his next two years will be even more difficult than the last two.” (emphasis added)

    Guurl, you ain’t neva lied! Look at this from today’s AP news story:

    “Obama signals compromise with GOP on tax cuts”
    WASHINGTON – A chastened President Barack Obama signaled a willingness to compromise with Republicans on tax cuts and energy policy Wednesday, one day after his party lost control of the House and suffered deep Senate losses in midterm elections.

    Obama ruefully called the Republican victories “a shellacking.” [Khadija speaking: OMG. Why isn’t he emphasizing the various Democratic victories? What’s wrong with him?]

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101103/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama

    You said, “The action that should have taken place is that the Secret Service Detail should have been summarily FIRED. I would have hired a private Security Firm to be in charge of my safety. It would have sent two messages: a) I am not to be MESSED with and b) I would then have security that is LOYAL to ME. That in an of itself would have sent a clear message.

    It would have not been the popular thing to do but it would have been the CORRECT thing to do. Because here is the thing, a leader knows they are a walking target (whether metaphorically or literally), therefore it is not always about making everyone else comfortable, more often than not it is about exercising power and men respect power…PERIOD

    Exactly. The same way American mercenaries have been the official security responsible for Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan (because local government forces are not reliable or trustworthy for that task), Pres. Obama should have brought in some mercenaries. Perhaps some British ones who are former members of the UK military. Since the ex-US military-American mercenaries (like Blackwater) who are currently on the US payroll tend to be among those factions who would like to see him dead.

    Expect Success!

  20. Faith,

    Thanks for the link! That was very interesting. It’s also interesting how several “home of machismo,” Latin American countries have elected women as heads of state. I hope Brazil’s economic growth continues under Ms. Rousseff.

    Expect Success!