When I first saw that Kos was running an ad for Cynthia McKinney's opponent, my first action was to stay off this blog for a few days. Kos, you're Hollywood, now, and quit masquerading as a progressive because if you did your homework on Hank Johnson, you would know he's in the pocket of those who perpetuate toxic landfills in minority neighborhoods and he's taking money from land development interests as well as AIPAC.
As you will recall, AIPAC contributed to Ms. McKinney's ouster in 2002, to Denise Majette, a former ReThug convinced to switch to the Democratic Party because a Black ReThug wouldn't get the Democratic seat in DeKalb county.
See how African-American elected officials are pitted against one another, splitting voting blocs and everyone else lapping it up like candy.
Far worse is something I've long speculated on regarding Condoleezza Rice. I've never liked her politics, or her trying to claim alliance with the Black community by claiming she was friends with Denise McNair, one of the four African-American girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Alabama. What people who survived the Jim Crow bigotry tell me, is that Dr. Rice's father wasn't breaking his neck to join in with other Black preachers supporting Dr. Martin Luther King, and I'm willing to bet that Condi wasn't hosting Denise over her house for play time either.
But I'm digressing. What I want to point out is that there is now a movement on the part of GOP conservatives to put the pressure on Bush to oust Dr. Rice, and blame the whole Middle Eastern fiasco on her. Totally. I don't know how factual many of you would find Americablog, because I've had my disagreements with John Aravosis, too, but his take on Dr. Rice and increasing "Negro-itis" is spot on:
Conservative national security allies of President Bush are in revolt against Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, saying that she is incompetent and has reversed the administration's national security and foreign policy agenda.
The conservatives, who include Newt Gingrich, Richard Perle and leading current and former members of the Pentagon and National Security Council, have urged the president to transfer Miss Rice out of the State Department and to an advisory role. They said Miss Rice, stemming from her lack of understanding of the Middle East, has misled the president on Iran and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
"The president has yet to understand that people make policy and not the other way around," a senior national security policy analyst said. "Unlike [former Secretary of State Colin] Powell, Condi is loyal to the president. She is just incompetent on most foreign policy issues."
You can read more about the attempt to get rid of Condi here: http://www.americablog.com
It never fails in Black America. We either take the moral, ethical road and get ridiculed for our actions or our positions, mostly by those who should have our backs, or we sell our souls to the highest bidder, betray any and everything that defines who we are as a people and as an etnicity, and when our usefulness to them is gone, they have us removed and eviscerated from public memory.
Yes, Dr. Condoleezza Rice is loyal to the President. It is a loyalty that is going to cost her her political career, if not her very life. She consistently betrayed all of us, but in particular, African-Americans, because like it or not, she represents our race. Supporting Bush's biogted policies, like Claude Allen, Alphonso Jackson, Colin Powell, was a slap in the face to African-Americans everywhere, and our shame in them grew as they went on to be 2% Negroes for Rent. Now, on many of them, including prominent Mega-Preachers, the rental lease on them is expiring, and Bush is not showing any inclination to renew it.
While you may not like Cynthia McKinney for whatever reason, she, too, is vilified by those who should, if not agree with how she does things, at least respect that she's trying to speak the truth to power. Her own CBC collegues continue to sling her under the bus, and only now, they are starting to rally around her, while former impeached judges like Alcee Hastings has publicly said he avoids her.
She didn't avoid him when he was being impeached as a judge down in Florida, did she?
Unfortunately, this is a schism among African-Americans that continue to divide us as a race, and allow the forces around to keep it that way. You want our votes, but not us. You yell about Civil Rights, but don't want to include those of us who are affected the most, people of color, even though our gains paved the way for America to reflect what she has long promoted herself to be.
Read this post while you can. It will probably be my last one, because I expect Kos to ban my privilages as a result of disagreeing with him and his ever evolving politics and selective promotion of whom he considers to be "progressive" candidates.