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To my fellow Brothers and Sisters, who happen to be Republicans...

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This scene I believe reflects the state of African American Republicans during this election and in the recent past. The clip shows Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington in a death-match for control of a nuclear sub. According to the plot the sub was given an order to fire nuclear weapons at Russia in retaliation for or in anticipation of a strike against the US. The crew was divided between those who supported the captain (Hackman), who wanted to launch nuclear weapons immediately according to the last message from the Pentagon against those who supported the XO (Washington).  Washington's group wanted to wait until the radio was repaired so that an incomplete message could be received, just in case the message was for them to abort the launch.

The movie climaxed with Hackman and Washington in  a final standoff waiting for the message from the soon-to-be repaired radio before Hackman launched the missiles. Hackman twice struck Washington in the face, bloodying his nose, and demanding the key to unlock the missile systems. Washington refused, and in the midst of the stand-off they were informed the message might soon be received. Hackman gave radio repairman three minutes to get the message or he would proceed. 

While they waited the 3 minutes, with both sides' weapons trained on each other, the pair sat down on the bridge. Hackman, after lighting a cigar and crossing his legs begin to taunt and insult Washington with a thinly veiled racial insult visa vi an anecdote about the Lipizzaner Stallions about their color and the fact that you could "stick a cattle prod up their a// and they'll do just about anything."  The purpose of the exchange was to  demean Washington and any accomplishments he had achieved up to an including any that gave him the audacity to confront the captain over the control of the sub and the defense of the country. It was clearly a racial insult on top of striking him, bloodying his nose and bruising his cheek. 

My issue was with LT Darick Westergaurd an African American played by Rocky Carroll. He had allied himself with the captain and therefore was armed and against Washington. Both men were black, but were on different sides of this stand-off. In my view, Hackman represented the Republican Party, while  LT Westergaurd represented Black members of the GOP standing by in defense of a captain I'm sure he respected and allied himself with for good reason, but what must he have thought as a fellow black man as he listened to the captain bait Washington using racial innuendo. He supported him, but here he is, listening to the "real" captain. Must he have thought he had his weapon trained on the wrong person? Certainly if the captain had no respect for this respectable black man, how much less much he have for the  man who helped him subdue him? 

As black Republicans defend their party, training their rhetorical, financial and creative weapons on their fellow African Americans in general and President Obama in particular, how must they feel when Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum et al light their cigars and discuss the welfare and food stamp receiving  Lipizzaner Stallions? And the biggest stallion of them all--President Obama? And what must the mitt group think of them? 

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  •  It's nice to see (1+ / 0-)
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    a diary talking about Republicans who happen to be of a demographic that usually votes Dem, that doesn't call said Republicans evil or stupid, or both. Tipped for that.

  •  Um, no... n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Susan from 29

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 09:22:12 PM PDT

  •  You are in the absolute wrong place. (0+ / 1-)
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    Try restate, free republic or one of those sites that appeals to Republicans. You will not find any republicans here, of any shade. Nor will you find "Africans."

    Go away.

    "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

    by Susan Grigsby on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 09:42:31 PM PDT

    •  Did you even read what he wrote ??? (1+ / 0-)
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      He's calling them out as idiots and traitors.

      People address Republicans on DK all the time, even though they aren't members.


      •  Yes, I did. And I don't care what he calls them (0+ / 0-)

        when he calls my President a Stallion.

        Perhaps you ought to go back and read what he said.

        "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

        by Susan Grigsby on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 09:52:20 AM PDT

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      •  BTW, this is his first diary and he has made no (0+ / 0-)


        Now you may be willing to assume that he is sincere in what he is writing, but you should also be willing to extend that courtesy to someone who has actually written a diary before tonight and generally responds to other users comments and has never treated anyone on this site with anything other than curtesy.

        "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

        by Susan Grigsby on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 09:56:21 AM PDT

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        •  Your job is to drive off new black members??? (0+ / 0-)

          I still don't think you read what he wrote.  He was excoriating black Republicans.

          Your response?

          1.  Get lost

          2.  No Africans are allowed on DK

          Oh man, the words I want to use would get me banned.

    •  And who appointed you DK Segregationists??? (0+ / 0-)


      Nor will you find "Africans."
      Is this just a stupid, factually incorrect observation? (There are members from Africa as well as African Americans.)  

      Or a command that there shall not be Africans???

      Who appointed you to command that there shall not be Africans on DK???

      WTF ???? ??????? ???

  •  I long for the day... (0+ / 0-)

    When black conservatives are truly comfortable joining the republican party. Because that will be the day the republicans are consigned to permanent minority status, no pun or innuendo intended

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 10:18:57 PM PDT

  •  Blacks in the Republican party are (1+ / 0-)
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    useful idiots.

    "@MittRomney spent five interviews last night whining. Time to buck up. This is politics after all, not Horse Ballet." Brad Woodhouse @woodhouseb 7-14-2012

    by surfermom on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 03:11:48 AM PDT

  •  Haters - My father was a lifelong black Republican (2+ / 0-)
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    brae70, a2nite

    Many of his generation were.  That's because he was from the South and there, Democrats were the party of segregation and Republicans were the "liberals" on racial issues.

    When he moved to the north and shortly thereafter the parties switched positions on civil rights, he never made the switch as many older black people didn't.

    But the parties were completely different then. Here in New York, the Republicans were liberals -- Nelson Rockefeller, John Lindsay, Jacob Javits.  They simply were somewhat more concerned with balanced budgets than the Democrats who also were liberals.

    My father was open minded and probably voted for Democrats more often than Republicans.  He voted for Lyndon Johnson, but also voted for Richard Nixon.  He was anti-war (he was in WW II) and worried that Democrats had a record of getting in more wars and believed Nixon's lies that he had a secret plan to end the war, while Humphrey was kind of boxed in by his support of the Vietnam War.  My father despised Reagan as the worst president in his lifetime and voted for Carter and Mondale.  He adored Bill Clinton, and would chuckle, "hahaha, slick Willy," whenever his name came up because my father firmly believed that a politician, to be effective, had to be a little crooked, and he felt that Clinton, like LBJ, had just the right amount of crookedness to improve life for the people.

    I'm sure if he were still alive he would enthusiastically support President Obama and would probably have been so disgusted by George W. Bush and the modern Republican Party that he would have finally changed his party affiliation.

    (My mother was a life long Democrat and union organizer.)

  •  Black Republicans (3+ / 0-)

    It appears my post has been misunderstood. I have a sneaky suspicion that those that did so, did not read it. I would not call PBO a stallion and repeat the same insult I was alluding to in my post. I was writing about how Black Republicans can remain so while their party race baits, dog whistles and attacks the first African American president with race-based weaponry. Further, some Black Republicans not only sit idlely by, but train their weapons on other blacks and the president as well. I hope this clears things up. That is all.

    •  In that case, I owe you an apology. I completely (1+ / 0-)
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      misunderstood the aim of your diary. Apparently my racist radar is not only faulty, but working way too hard.

      Please accept my apology.

      "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

      by Susan Grigsby on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 01:31:45 PM PDT

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