Apparently Congressman Paul has never heard the statement, “I am not a racist, my best friend is Black,” as if being a racist and keeping minority friends is mutually exclusive. Paul has maintained this type response to every inquiry that questions his feelings toward minorities, particularly Blacks. And despite repeated attempts to question him, Paul has not directly addressed his personal feelings, but rather has chosen to deflect these inquiries by stating facts that do not concern his own opinion. Paul’s character, in my opinion, speaks more to prejudice rather than racist, as racism depicts a superiority doctrine. (more…)
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During his commencement speech at the University of Michigan on May 1, 2010, President Obama took on partisanship and dirty politics.
Calling for more civility in our political discourse, Obama said, “But we can’t expect to solve our problems if all we do is tear each other down. You can disagree with a certain policy without demonizing the person who espouses it. You can question somebody’s views and their judgment without questioning their motives or their patriotism. Throwing around phrases like ’socialists’ and ‘Soviet-style takeover’ and ‘fascist’ and ‘right-wing nut’ may grab headline but it also has the effect of comparing our government, or our political opponents, to authoritarian, and even murderous regimes.”
Though the War Between the States, otherwise known as the Civil War, has been over for close to 150 years, a remnant of the Confederate ideology still thrives, particularly in the South. Nostalgic for a past gone with the wind, the South continues to challenge the federal government on issues pertaining to civil rights as it relates to States’ rights and the Tenth Amendment. Emancipation, integration, civil and voting rights, Medicare, and health care reform are benchmark legislation enacted by Congress that not only defines a civilization, but emphasized the federal government’s longstanding constitutional power to impose civil standards on the States. Nevertheless, federal sovereignty remains a point of conflict for those who subscribe to the Confederate ideology; the age-old challenge on grounds of a violation of the Tenth Amendment has not changed since mid 1800s.
The gig is up; the Tea Party is another Party Unity My Ass (PUMA) stunt devised and manipulated by Republican strategist in order to serve the will of Republican Party moguls. The PUMA movement, remember, was organized around the apparent rift that existed between Democratic supporters of former senators Clinton and Obama to the benefit of the Republican Party presidential candidate and to the demise of former Sen. Obama. The Tea Party has since taken up where PUMA left off and attached a so-called conservative agenda to its mission; strengthening the Republican Party by purging the party of moderates and “unacceptables;” propelling Republican Party backed candidates; and serving as a recreational outlet for anti-government and anti-Obama proponents. Despite Tea Party claims of independence, thus far, only Republican Party candidates have benefited from tea party involvement. There is no question the Republican Party is throwing the Tea Party, and as time moves forward this will become more obvious.