Tuesday, January 31, 2012

“A Time To Kill” & The GOP?

Remember the 1996 movie “A Time to Kill”? Even better, remember the defense’s closing argument? When I think about some of the inflammatory and suspect remarks, behaviors, and associations of the past and current field of GOP candidates for the 2012 presidential race, I’m reminded of the defense’s closing argument in the movie.

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Assuming that you remember the defense’s closing argument, or that you’ve clicked on the link above to refresh your memory- or see it for the first time, I’m going to ask you to close your eyes for a moment (not literally like in the movie though because this is a blog post and you have to have your eyes open to read the rest of this post, [smile]). When we examine some of the most offensive, incendiary, and dividing rhetoric, actions, and associations of the final four of the GOP candidates for the 2012 presidential election, we find what some may view as disturbing facts.

We have a candidate in Rick Santorum stating, “I don't want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money”.  We have another candidate in Ron Paul who published a racially insensitive newsletter that bore his name that he recently attempted to distance himself from. Next, we have a candidate in Mitt Romney who’s a member of a religion, commonly dubbed as a cult, which banned people of African descent from priesthood or participating in temple ceremonies and viewed black skin as a curse from God (see my blog titled, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. vs. Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. for more details on this). Last, we have a candidate in Newt Gingrich who has a thirty-plus year history of playing race and class warfare politics and refuses to address President Obama as “President” (see my blog titled, I Just Can't Put My "Finger" On It (Jan Brewer) for more on this). Mr. Gingrich also commonly refers to America’s first black president as the food stamp president.
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Please, continue to keep your eyes closed……can you see them?.......can you hear them?......now, imagine these candidates being black……hold on, continue to keep your eyes closed……can you see them?......can you hear them?......now, imagine yourself being black……now, open your eyes……I mean really open your eyes people! You can make all the arguments you want to about how you don’t agree with these candidates on the issues I pointed out but how you agree with their political philosophies and so on and so forth. However, I’m willing to bet everything I own that nearly all black voters (to include black Republicans) have eliminated these candidates simply because of the issues I described above- and maybe you should too. You see, racism is not just some “issue”; it indicates cowardice and skewed morality. It’s not okay to say that you’ll vote for David Duke because you agree with his fiscal conservative policies while ignoring that fact that he is/was a card-carrying KKK member.

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I understand that eliminating all these GOP candidates totally wipes out the current field. Maybe the powers-that-be in the Republican Party should introduce more options while there’s still time. I believe the GOP has better options within its ranks. Imagine Herman Cain saying what Santorum said (replacing the word “black” with “white”); imagine him publishing a newsletter riddled with racial epithets against white people; imagine him belonging to the Nation of Islam; imagine him saying the nation’s first white president was nothing but a slave owner who loved impregnating his black female slaves. Any one of these issues would have promptly ended Cain’s career as a politician.

Let’s not even attempt to argue a non-winnable argument that racism or prejudice can’t or won’t factor into how one governs. In fact, such ignorance and fear will overwhelm how one governs. Wth?...

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Weekly Therapy

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. vs. Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.

I try to keep my blog posts as short as possible and will attempt to do the same thing on this one. However, this subject can be a little more complicated.

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I think we all remember President Obama’s minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, during the last democratic primaries. Wright became a household name after most American media outlets released a very controversial sermon given by Wright inside his Chicago church. Wright’s church was founded on the vision of Black liberation theology. A combination of the controversial sermon and association with Black liberation theology by Wright caused an outcry for Obama to distance himself or disavow his church and pastor of twenty years. The outcry came from both, Obama’s constituents and conservative media outlets. After a controversial National Press Club speech by Wright, Obama had no choice but to leave his church and cut ties with Rev. Wright in a passionate speech called “A More Perfect Union” in Philadelphia.

Now, this brings me to Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. Smith is the founder of the Latter Day Saints movement, which gave rise to the modern day Mormon theology. To conserve space on this post, I’m not going to go into all the questionable beliefs of Mormons and practices and beliefs Mormons have had about people of African descent. However, I will point out that until 1978, the Mormon church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- LDS), had a policy in place that prohibited people of African descent from becoming priests and participating in temple ceremonies. Why? Mormons believe[d] black skin was a curse by God.
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The leadership structure of the church consists of a First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve, Area Presidencies, Stake Presidency, Bishop / Branch President, and Family (members). This doesn’t appear to be too strange. However, the First Presidency is comprised of two counselors and the President of the Church who also serves as a modern-day living prophet (Thomas S. Monson) in the likes of Noah, Abraham, and Moses. Now, that’s where it gets strange. 

Herein lies my issue. My understanding is that Mormons have to follow the word of the prophet because the prophet is in direct communication with God and is only delivering the word of God. Now, that could be positive in the way that in 1978 the prophet received from God that it was okay for people of African descent to be priests and participate in temple ceremonies. The scary part of this is what if the prophet receives word that is not so positive or not in line with American moral beliefs. Either way, conventional wisdom suggests that Mormons have to follow the word from the prophet. In other words, because Mormons have a living prophet, it is impossible for a Mormon to truly separate church and state. No matter what the situation, the word from the modern-day prophet will always trump the Constitution of the United States and the American judicial system. Hence, a Mormon politician is bound to his prophet, not to the Constitution or his constituents.

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The current Republican Party frontrunner, and Republican establishment favorite, for President of the United States, Mitt Romney, is a proud and devout Mormon and believed to be or have been in the upper hierarchy of the LDS church. Now, Obama’s minister, Rev. Wright, may have said some things that some believed to be inflammatory; but by no means was he a prophet and he never claimed to be one. Black liberation theology is not a religion- it’s a set of principles. Obama worshiped in and Rev. Wright preached to a Christian congregation. With all that being said, there are a few questions on the table: where is the outcry from Romney’s constituents and the liberal media for Romney to publically disavow his modern-day prophet Thomas S. Monson (so he can govern freely) and the outcry for him to distance himself from a church or theology that believe[d] people of African descent were/are cursed by God? Obama had to do it while he was still a candidate. Why not Romney? 

It is obvious that the LDS church and Mormonism are a lot more controversial than a Christian church on the south side of Chicago founded on the vision of Black liberation theology. For purposes of length, I didn’t discuss the history of polygamy associated with Mormonism or the association with cosmology and other questionable beliefs or practices. Is there something more cynical here as to why there’s an absence of media and constituent outcry for Romney to distance himself? Wth?...

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Friday, January 27, 2012

I Just Can't Put My "Finger" On It (Jan Brewer)

Okay PTBPD Family, we all have seen the viral photo of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer pointing her finger in the POTUS face on the airport tarmac in Arizona shortly after the president arrived. Is this the same thing as Joe Wilson's "You Lie" comment or the notion that Newt Gingrich refuses to address President Obama as "President"? Or, was it just a photo op for Gov. Brewer to boost sells for her new book?

I'll be doing a blog soon solely dedicated to the divisive language coming from the GOP primaries, right-wing radio, and similar mediums that many have labeled: racial "dog whistling". The biggest problem that I have with Brewer pointing her finger in the president's face is the fact that this lady sometimes can't even articulate an appropriate thought and the fact that she doesn't even have a college degree (second paragraph)!
Dog whistling, white-skin-privilege, putting him in his place, book selling? What say you? Wth?...

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Weekly Therapy

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

What Should We Make of Gingrich Challenging Sharpton & the NAACP?

First Gingrich offered to speak at a NAACP gathering to discuss with their leadership black people and their apparent problem with being on food stamps. Now he's challenging Al to discuss the same issue. Are there dog whistles being blown here? Wth?...
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Gingrich Wins SC Primary! What Now...

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I'm Back After A Much Needed Hiatus!

Let's get started and get this thing on the road! It's going to be a long bumpy road 'til November and the PTBPD will be in full effect! Wth?...