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Posted by MrScorpio | Fri Nov 7, 2014, 07:40 PM (18 replies)
First and foremost, the purpose of black conservatives is not to be eventually elected as some far-right wing versions of the President of the United States.
It's never going to happen. Ben Carson has all of a snow cone's chance in the blast furnace of ever occupying the oval office. His well established delusional thinking is just par for the course, as he's entertaining running as a Republican presidential candidate.
Even no less than Chris Wallace on Fox News has told him that to his disbelieving face: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/09/28/fox-news-host-tells-tea-party-darling-ben-carson-president.html
No rational person is worried that Carson's going to find his way to into White House as the Tea Baggers' answer to Barack Obama. If anything, were he to actually run, his campaign would provide loads of entertaining vignettes,as he circles the drain, taking the hopes of all other Black right wing presidential candidates with him.
Frankly, I hope that he runs… The failure that he'd inflict on the Republican Party would be epic.
WHY NOT BLACK REPUBLICANS?
Now with that out of the way, I think that I should take a little time to explain why and how black conservatives operate in the current iteration of far right Republican politics. First off, there used to be a time when blacks actually had a role as smart, progressive voices in Republican politics. From the very beginning of the GOP, black voices were important and respected elements, from Reconstruction to the Eisenhower era, blacks were there. Only in a supporting role, of course, but they were far from the pandering clowns in black face that we see today.
Sadly, those rational black voices no longer have a place in the Republican Party. This, of course, is due to the overall radicalization of all Republicans. It's just that, due to racial and social politics, no black Republican can be seen being less than full-blown wacked-out city, lest they be rejected and banished from their current positions as visible tokens.
THE UNSWEETENED TABOO
If I wanted to derail some black conservative's standing in the Republican Party, I would insist that they describe how they're coping with the visible racist attitudes of fellow white Republicans. Black conservatives will avoid answering those questions about white Republican racism at all costs. Because were they to give an honest and non-delusional candid answer, even if they'd say that they're working to eliminate right wing white Republican racism they'll be toast in a heart-beat.
It will never be the proper role of black conservatives to solve the problem of white conservative racism. It's a very taboo subject. Here's one such case when a black Republican staffer DARED to address the issue of white privilege within the ranks of the GOP, while fervently defending their white candidate boss. She was CANNED: http://newsone.com/3041527/black-gop-staffer-fired-after-complaining-about-white-privilege-on-facebook/
Black Republicans can never discuss white GOPer racism if their want to keep their jobs. That privilege is only for whites, usually talking about it in a hypocritical way, without a trace of irony, I might add.
BLACK CONSERVATIVE PANDERER'S CLUB
The first rule of Black Conservative's Panderer's Club is that they can never talk about Black Conservative's Panderer's Club, the second rule of Black Conservative's Panderer's Club is… Well, you know the routine.
Black Conservative's Panderer's Club has a very exclusive membership, which serves to cater to a particular clientele. Basically, all black conservatives are card carrying members of Black Conservative's Panderer's Club. Club members perform two specific roles: They tell white conservatives EXACTLY what they want to hear and they serve as black faces and black voices to blurt out the most reprehensible and stereotypical rhetoric about other black people.
It's never the role of Black Conservative's Panderer's Club to actually convince black people why they should be black conservatives. They already know that most black people think that black conservatives are the worst scum imaginable. That's no secret. Black Conservative's Panderer's Club's proper audience is racist white Republicans, to whom they parrot the same reprehensible bullshit said by racist whites in nothing more than the right wing echo chamber.
White conservatives detest and fear black people. Black Conservative's Panderer's Club justifies that hatred and fear in black face and in black voices and nothing more.
THE NUTTIEST FRUITCAKE IN THE ROOM
There's an understanding, that to succeed as a Black person in this country, you need to be twice as good in order to even be considered half as good. That's in anything, on the playing field and even in the board room. A Black man has to go all out to strive to be the best, or else he won't get any respect on his own merits at all.
That's just how the game is played.
But what happens when you're a Black Conservative, trying to make it in the lilly white world of the Republican party? Well, if you're Allen West, Ken Blackwell, Herman Cain, Alan Keyes, Larry Elder, Ben Carson, Ward Connerly, Star Parker, or another damned fool, you either become the biggest sell-out to the worst of Republican ideology, freaking insane, or both.
And there's no one crazier than a Black Conservative, my friends. No... One. It's so easy to understand why. They have to convince all those crazy as bat guano White conservatives that he or she is legit in their crazy as bat guano world. That's their audience, not the Black community. Black people are embarrassed by these crazy fools. They show up at the family turn-up function or whatever and make complete asses of themselves while everyone else is trying to have a good time.
But you know what I found out what's funny? Turns out that the problem of untreated mental illness affects roughly 5% of the Black community. But it just so happens that it's pretty much the same percentage of Black folks who call themselves "conservative." I'm very much convinced that this is not a co-inky-dink.
It's pretty obvious that Ben Carson is not playing with a full deck. Yes, I know of his distinguished career as a neurosurgeon. As a matter of fact, he actually a native Detroiter. There's a magnet school named after him on Mack Avenue in the city, just around the corner from the prestigious Detroit Medical Center complex. But since he's laid his cards on the table of the craziest right wing conservatives imaginable, he has to chuck all of his common sense of to the window if he wants any respect from those crazy assholes.
So keep that in mind when you hear him speak, he has to play by a different set of rules from any other white Republican.
The funny thing is that, due to his previous career, I can insult the hell out of his craziness by referring to him as a "brain surgeon." I can dismissively call him that, and there's nothing any of his supporters can say to refute it… Simply because that rocket scientist IS was actually a brain surgeon.
SELF-HATRED AS A WAY OF LIFE
It's imperative for any self-respecting black conservative to not be self-respecting at all. Black conservatism is NOT some independent from of black empowerment. It's not that way for obvious reasons that are too numerous to mention.
Just like all other minority conservatives, their in it for the money and they're willing to debase themselves in anyway possible to whore themselves out to racist white Republicans.
Never make the mistake of thinking that they're nice people. They're the furthest thing from it and are never to be trusted for anything. No one trusts them, not even the very people that they're working for. It really is a miserable, hate-filled life to be a black conservative, and they start with the face in the mirror.
At the most rudimentary level, black conservatives serve as functionaries of overall white supremacy and as validation of white privilege. They're apart from black liberals, who are strong opponents of white supremacy and white privilege. Even as opposite to the ranks of black liberals, the role of the black conservative is to justify the social subordination all people of color. We all can have this discussion on our side, argue it, debate it and, in the end, we're all part of one huge liberal tent, airing out our grievances.
That can never happen on the over side. It's much in the same way the conservative women serve to justify the social subordination of all women. It's the role of serving as unequal partners in a system of privilege.
The last thing that anyone should worry about is people of color taking over the Republican Party. Newcomers like Tim Scott and Mia Love are not in any danger of ever inhabiting the Oval Office, no matter what the GOPers are saying. The only reason why they're allowed to be promoted within the ranks of the party is because they've demonstrated sufficient subservience to tenets of white privilege and supremacy in the GOP. They're window dressing.
I'm sure that they're going to avoid the black independent press AT ALL COSTS. Can you imagine if they're actually expected to candidly answer the question about how they're coping with white racist motherfuckers? They're more scared of the question that they are of Ebola.
Someone should trap them in a confined space and pop camera in their faces when they least expect it… It'll be a bloodbath for their careers even if they'd make the mistake of admitting that white racism in the Republican party even exists.
Posted by MrScorpio | Fri Nov 7, 2014, 06:52 PM (6 replies)
Has contempt for the proper application of government, actively detaches itself from the responsibility of voting and even avoids informed decision making, then you get the sort of clowns that are elected as Tea Party Republicans these days.
The dependence on conspiratorial thinking, the selfishness, inability to understand context and just plain mean-spiritness as a guiding principle, well… They won't elect stable, thoughtful, intelligent and responsible legislators that way. Never mind picking Democrat politicians over Republicans, they can't even pick SANE Republican politicians over the insane and moronic ones.
It doesn't matter if every conspiracy that they have about President Obama has never come to pass. It doesn't matter if every aspect that they think of his personality and policies has no basis in reality. It doesn't even matter if they seem utterly allergic to rational thought. None of it matters… Because they'll just imagine that their worst fears are about to happen, or they already have and they'll only see what they want to see.
The Republicans could take control of government and then proceed to run it into the ground… Again. They won't ever hold the GOP responsible for their malfeasance, corruption and incompetence. The Democrats will come back again to save the day, but they will never give us credit, because we want to save everyone, including everyone that they want to exclude; minorities, women, the poor, immigrants, what have you.
They're all about the politics of division, even as if creates more harm than good.
I'm sick of them, I really am.
Posted by MrScorpio | Fri Nov 7, 2014, 11:20 AM (4 replies)
Right now a lot of people who wouldn't know a clue even if they passed it like a gallstone are predicting what's going to happen in the next two years.
All of those people are full of bullshit, because no one knows what's going to happen in the next two years. You'll know even less if you're depending on the people in government who are telling you what they're going to be doing in the next two years, only because politicians rarely say what's really on their minds in public.
At least the smart ones never tell... The morons, however, are very, very generous with their thoughts. Which is one thing i love about those fools; no matter how little they have, they're always willing to give. But despite the fact that morons are candid, even their colleagues think they're fucking stupid.
People are inherently focused on whatever they're invested in and are driven to maintain those investments, no matter how narrowly focused. The narrower the focus, the greater degree of investment and the higher the risks if that investment fails.
This behavior forces people into thinking what they're hoping will happen is going to happen, even if it doesn't. Although delusional thinking is bipartisan, our friends on the right are particularly susceptible because they rely on projection, transference and outright hypocrisy to compensate for their utter lack of any hold on reality.
Remember, that these aren't people who define themselves by what they're for. They define themselves by what they self-righteously stand against. Which basically means that they can inflict chaos and failure on the world around themselves and justify it by deluding themselves into thinking that they're doing the right thing. If they feel any suffering, they're quick to blame others, usually the very same people who are trying to help them, i.e., liberals. They consider all of that to be a God-given right.
The hardest thing for a liberal to do is to watch someone else suffer. That's our Achilles Heel.
You may not want to hear this, but I think that the Right needs to face the consequences of their own delusions. We've been spending too much time and effort trying to pull their fat out of the fire, and I'm pretty much fed up with it. It's time to inflict some good old fashioned gridlock. Now I'm not saying that it will happen, but I think that we should put the primary focus on putting our own houses together, instead of dealing with the morons. Gridlock will allow us to do that.
Next, we needs to reexamine our own investments, the first one being to stop trying to save the right. There is no saving the Right, they are doomed. The Right's strategy to shift wealth in an upward fashion and destroy upward mobility, by which we call "The American Dream," has made progress stagnant in this country.
We need to reject rehabilitating the Right, because all that's doing is making us shoot ourselves in the foot.
We're refusing to do what it takes to defeat them and we're preventing them from suffering the consequences of their own actions. What the fuck are we going to do? It's time to pick a side, our side.
Next, we need to prepare to engage them on all fronts. Do not concede anything. Even if we lose, we still would have forced them to spend capital that they would not have needed to spend while running unopposed. Consider that this will have cumulative affect and force them to shift resources and weaken stronger candidates where the can afford it.
Once we reengage the right, who would have not seen the benefit of trying to fruitlessly rehabilitate them, they should be weaker than ever.
Do you want to get back what you lost? Well, you have to want it and you're going to have to earn it.
No more Mister Nice Guy, people. It's time to play hardball.
Posted by MrScorpio | Thu Nov 6, 2014, 10:49 AM (1 replies)
First day on the job and the lazy bastards haven't done anything yet.
It's like they don't even care.
No excuses, OK?
Posted by MrScorpio | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 11:03 AM (3 replies)
Ladies and gentleman… This is a map of Democrats winning an election.
ONLY a presidential election, one in which we out voted the Republicans by roughly 9 1/2 million votes. However, if you're trying to have Democratic control of Congress with a map that looks like this, you're pretty much fucked.
This tells us two things… There's more of us than there are of them and we're all bunched up together in tightly constructed clusters, while they're all spread out like a motherfucker.
This shouldn't be any new to any of us. It's pretty obvious what the problems are and what the solutions are.
- Gerrymandering: While Republicans control state houses, where going to have gerrymandering. However, redistricting only happens after a ten year period, i.e., post census.
I suggest that Democrats and liberals start moving into the red areas of the country. I'm not suggesting that people move en masse into Idaho. Fuck that noise. However, by these blue area, there are fringes of red which may be almost indistinguishable to the blue areas right next to them.
I live in such an area myself. When I moved back into a new place a couple of years ago, I could have easily moved out of the 10th Congressional District with a Republican congress critter, into the 9th which is safely Democratic. But I decided to stay here. It takes me less that 10 minutes to walk from one district to the next, so culturally, socially and just about every single measure, there really is no difference between the two where I am.
I live in a relatively diverse area; people here vote locally for Democrats, there are union supporters here and just about everyone hates Republicans. But due to the structure of this district, the vast majority of voters are just north of here and are comprised of mostly white, Republican voting ignoramuses.
I can't see any other way to solve this problem than to take what they have away from them, their overwhelming majority in the widest areas of the country.
Yes, I know that I'm suggesting a lot. But, just a slight demographic shift could mean a lot until the next round of reapportionment. If we're going to get back control of Congress, a shitload of us are just going to have to move out of our comfort zones and physically invade Red America.
Either we do this, or we concede most of the land mass to those assholes.
Posted by MrScorpio | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 07:59 AM (5 replies)