I am what American society refers to as a "minority," although I don't believe that there is anything minor about me. The fact that I have survived for 56 years as an African-American woman in a sometimes racist society; raised two sons on my own; went to school; decided to relocate across country from Ohio to California as a single parent with two young children; secured my first job in Beverly Hills and my first apartment in Hollywood during the Reagan years; and survived, I don't feel minor at all. But because of my skin color, I have been placed in a minor status, which is supposed to remind me that I am "less than" my fellow Americans and inferior. In my minority status, I am supposed to be reminded that I'm not part of the American big picture, and as such I'm not really "seen", "heard" or have any societal, statistical or political significance. There are millions in my minority status, but few realize how much we really do count.
For as long as I live, I will never understand how any minority or "different" group of people could be supportive of the Republican party, especially in today's toxic political environment where the hatred, disdain and disgust of us is front and center and in-your-face for African Americans, Mexicans, persons of Middle Eastern descent, the French, the poor and certainly the LGBT community is front and center.
Of course, I have also come to learn that there are three distinct types of Republicans: (1) those who profess to be Christian, despite the fact that they don't practice the principals of Christianity according to Jesus; (2) those who are Republican because of the financial benefits of being so, and who are more than willing to sell out the less fortunate in order to ensure they personally benefit; and (3) those who rely on that lame and old tired line of "I was raised a Republican and for that reason, I'll always be a Republican", despite the fact that if they are middle-classed Republicans they will suffer the same fate as a Democractic middle-class person.
Cynthia Tucker, a Pulitzer Prize winner, synidcated columnist and editorial page editor of The Atlanta Constitution, gets it right with respect to Michael Steele's ill-equipped run for the position of Chairman of the RNC at the urging of the Republicans. Obviously the Repubicans' desperation to answer the call of the first black President of the United States back-fired, as expected. This act of desperation of the Republicans is the stark reminder of the same thing the Republicans did when they brought in the other black man, Alan Keyes, to run against Obama. Needless to say, this race-based attempt failed miserably and Obama won the election by an astounding 73% of the vote. Since Republicans never learn their lessons, and are always on the wrong side of history and reality, they repeated this tactic again with the black man Michael Steele debacle. To this lack of reality on the part of the Republicans we can also add to this ignorance bringing in Sarah Palin to answer the woman-to-woman call as a strategy against Hillary Clinton.
In 1971, Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" album included the song "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology Song)whose lyrics were not only heart-wrenching then and now, but also prophetic. The What's Going On album not only dealt with the environment, but humanity, racism, hunger, hate, corruption, the political climate, etc. As I listened to Marvin's lyrics in my mind's eye, I was blown away because the words are more alive today than they were in 1971. Why? Because the same "mistakes" or intentional behaviors that were exercised then are being perpetratated now - boldly and without conscious. The BP oil disaster, lacklaster response, the Judge's ruling against the six-month moratorium, Bobby Jindal, Haley Barbour, and others remind us of that truth.
I don't know about you, but I find it unbelievable that Blanche Lincoln would have the audacity to write a "diary" on the Huffington Post. Is she so completely out-of-touch that she expected a warm and fuzzy reception and resulting responses, or is her ego from winning the run-off so stunning that she believes her words have resonated will all Democrats? Or, does she just simply take all of us "little people" for fools. I'm just simply amazed.
It's astonishing, but not surprising at all, to again learn and know just how much corruption runs deep within the Republican party. However, it is equally astonishing to live during a time where the a lot of what we already knew was going on as it relates to payoffs and kickbacks to politicians from corporate executives in varying industries is coming to light for all the world to see. In just two weeks' time, Mitch McConnell's name has come up twice in not so flattering references in two of America's most recent tragedies: the Massey Energy explosion that killed 29 people and the Wall Street greed that led to America's greatest financial melt-down since the Great Depression. Needless to say, McConnell is not the only benefactor of Wall Street greed. But since McConnell insists on being so high-profile and in-your-face with his arrogance, this Diary specifically discusses him.
Former President Bill Clinton will give the keynote speech Friday, April 16 at a symposium marking the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. The event being sponsored by the Center for American Progress and the Democratic Leadership Council will also feature a discussion among political figures, former law enforcement officials and experts on domestic terrorism and extremist groups.
According to Politico and Huffington post, one of the RNC's top fundraisers has resigned.
According to Huffington Post, the RNC's Chief Of Staff resigns on wake Of 'Bondage-Gate'
Unfortunately for Michael Steele, his recent alleged past of campaign finance impropriety is going to come back to haunt him. At this point, it doesn't matter whether he is guilty, directly involved or not with respect to the current investigation. The fact that he will now have at least twice been implicated in matters concerning RNC-related financial impropriety will most assuredly devour him.
As such, Michael Steele may very well end up being the fall guy - guilty or not for the actual expenses - for the RNC. They may actually use this controversy against him to do what they have been wanting to do all along: finally get rid of him.
It's official! The Republicans have embarrassed the United States in front of the whole world - again. While we all know that because of the Internet(s), the 24-hour news cycle, You Tube sound bites, Twitter, Facebook and the like that it only takes seconds for information to circulate around the world, those realities are brought home more emphatically when they are delivered to us in a stunning message from our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
You know, every time I get discouraged and I think that I am the only one who is paying attention to a particular political plot, plan, issue or thing, I get proven wrong again and shown that in fact, millions of us are paying attention and know the truth when we see it. It's fantastic when challenge and truth is put on full display for the whole world to see. Today, the women on the View stepped up and gave Conservadem Evan Bayh an earful of challenge and truth, something that the mainstream media knows absolutely nothing about.
"I reached the conclusion that I could get more done for my country and for my state in the private sector," he told Barbara Walters. "Congress is so gridlocked these days. It's regrettable that with brain-dead ideology and strident partisanship, months go by and we don't get anything done."
It is always interesting to look back at a particular time in your life or issue that gave you pause, or a passion that ignited a fire in you for one reason or another and made you take action. In the Spring of 2009 when one of the hot political issues was the formation of the Conservadems, it became my hot moment - and not hot in a good way. Like many of us, we were disgusted to learn that we had come so far as a party and with a leader who was clearly qualified to take charge and make a difference in this Country, only to learn that we were being betrayed by the inner workings of a subgroup of Democrats called "Conservadems". Talking about a house being divided against itself! I was furious and felt personally like I had been kicked in the stomach. From that fury I wrote the following letter to Senator Evan Bayh, which I am confident he did not read. However, in light of his recent announcement regarding retirement, I am convinced more than ever before that he truly is an enemy of the party and was (and will probably continue to) work against it. I continue to be grateful that Barack Obama did not select him as his Vice Presidential running mate. Yet another wise decision made on the part of our now President.
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