Sunday, February 12, 2012

Block Out The Vote (BOTV)?

Since the presidential election of Barack Obama, 40 Republican-controlled legislatures at the state level have introduced legislation to change voting procedures in their states. The NAACP and other civil rights organizations have gone on record suggesting that the overwhelming majority of the changes in these states voting procedures are deliberately intended to suppress the vote of blacks and other minorities, the elderly, the poor, and the youth vote.These groups also suggests that these changes are intended to vote President Obama right out of office in the November presidential election by suppressing the vote of his base supporters.
One of the most disturbing and revealing of these state legislative proposals is in the state of Florida. Many churchgoers in the state, particularly in black churches, had grown accustomed to voting the Sunday before Tuesday elections  in an event commonly known as "Souls to the Polls". Ministers and other church leaders would make valiant efforts getting their congregations and surrounding communities out to vote on those Sundays before election day. Many of the churchgoers are elderly, disabled, and poor and lack transportation and other resources to make it to the polls on Tuesday. These churches were instrumental in providing transportation needs on Sunday utilizing buses and vans and encouraging carpooling. The Florida state legislature passed legislation canceling voting on the Sunday prior to election day. Governor Rick Scott signed the legislation into law.
40 Republican-controlled legislatures at the state level have introduced legislation to change voting procedures in their states; 17 of those states have already passed legislation changing procedures. Is this proof that PTBPD exist? Or, is it simply states attempting to prevent voter fraud and protecting voting integrity?
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Are Black Dems Getting Intolerant of Black Repubs (video)?

Has the political flames been turned up between blacks on opposite ends of the political spectrum? Has what many view as racially charged rhetoric and actions/deeds from Newt Gingrich, other GOP presidential candidates, and other GOP elected officials taken its toll on many black democrats? The interviewer in this video definitely seems at his wits end! However, kudos to the lady; she demonstrated great poise in the lambasting she was getting from the interviewer. Was the interviewer out of line here (especially considering the interviewee’s a woman)?   

Also, do you think the rhetoric from self-identified black conservatives like Herman Cain and Allen West has really help intensify the heat between black liberals/progressives and black conservatives/Tea Party members? How should the two groups handle this going forward? Watch the video to the end for reference to the related link below.


Operation Black Storm

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Q & A Session: Black Conservatives

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The intention of this post is have a virtual question and answer session with black conservatives. It is not intended to stereotype or label this group in any kind of way. Actually, it’s intended to have the opposite effect. I want for my blog readers to have a better understanding of this group. So please, if you are a black conservative, chime in and answer whatever questions you feel comfortable answering. And of course this is a blog; so please feel free to discuss whatever you want or critique the Q and A at the end. I may adjust questions accordingly. I encourage you to cut and paste the questions to make it easier on the reader. As long as the language is fairly appropriate, I will not delete or alter your comments in any way at all- that’s not what I do here. I’ll be conducting Q and A Sessions in the future for other groups as well. Please, you can comment on this post no matter who you are; but only answer the questions if you are truly a black conservative. Thanks in advance.

  1. Are you a U.S. Citizen?
  2. Are you a registered voter?
  3. What’s your primary political party association? 
  4. Are you affiliated with the Tea Party? 
  5.  What state or region of the U.S. do you reside? 
  6. Do you own a firearm? 
  7.  How long have you considered yourself conservative? 
  8.  Name at least one of your political idols? 
  9.  If you’re of age, were you active in the Civil Rights Movement? 
  10.  What’s your gender? 
  11.  What’s your marital status? 
  12.  What’s your age group (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, etc.)? 
  13.  If married, is your spouse black? 
  14.  What’s your religion? 
  15.  What’s your sexual orientation? 
  16.  Did you vote for Barack Obama in 2008? 
  17.  Do you feel the Democratic Party is nothing more than a plantation? 
  18.  Do you feel that black voters are too monolithic in their voting decisions?
  19. Do you recognize the Confederate flag as a symbol of positive American history? 
  20. What’s your individual annual income (if a student or similar, please state)?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Congressional “Blank” Caucus?

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Remember a few months back when Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Calif.) and some other members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) wouldn’t shut up about a statement made by President Obama to a crowd of CBC members in which he told the crowd to "stop complaining" and "put your marching shoes on”?  On the other hand, has anyone noticed the deafening silence from Maxine Waters and other CBC members on what many view as divisive and incendiary rhetoric and behavior coming from Newt Gingrich, other GOP presidential candidates, and other Republican elected officials?

As I’ve expressed throughout this blog, if the PTBPD phenomenon is real, it’s not limited to white people. In fact, it has no racial barriers. Therefore, it is my suspicion that Maxine Waters and other members of the CBC may be suffering from the disorder. How so? Barack Obama was not the establishment candidate. He also didn’t come up through the ranks of the Civil Rights Movement or sanctified by the “old heads” of the Movement.  Remember, many of these same CBC members jumped on Hillary Clinton’s bandwagon during the 2008 democratic presidential primaries when she was often referred to as the presumptuous nominee. However, when Candidate Obama won the Iowa Caucuses, many CBC members took notice and slowly began jumping on the Obama bandwagon.  

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Several people have long suspected that many members of the CBC were jealous of Obama’s political success. I’ve even heard them being referred to as “Uncle Toms” and “Aunt Jemimas”. Here’s my question- Are they even relevant? There’s no question that black people have been hit the hardest by the current economic crises in America. I’m always hearing about this caucus or that caucus- this gang of six or that gang of six. What about the CBC? Now, I’m not suggesting that the caucus had its place and is now irrelevant. What I am suggesting is that maybe it’s time to get rid of most of the members and replace them with fresh blood. Fresh blood that will be servants to their constituents and bring energy, purpose, and fearlessness and speak out against all forms of divisive and incendiary rhetoric whether it’s coming from the right, left, or center. Can you imagine what House and Senate Republicans would do or how they would react if President Obama made statements on the campaign trail (or anywhere else for that matter) alluding to taking money from black folks and giving it whites? Or, saying that he’s “not concerned about poor people” (or maybe that should say "rich" people)? Or, if Obama belonged to a religion often dubbed as a cult and recently viewed white people as cursed? Or, indicate that white people are lazy and don’t understand work ethics? Or, if the president published a racially insensitive newsletter that bore his name?

Well, I guess we don’t have to use too much of our imagination on what House and Senate Republicans would do or how they would react at all. Remember how they reacted when Candidate Obama made a statement in what was supposed to be a private dinner with campaign donors about “distribution of wealth”? Remember their reaction when it was discovered that Obama belonged to a Christian church founded on Black liberation theology? Do you recall how they pointed out how far to the left President Obama may be for being the President of the Harvard Law Review? A pattern may be starting to form here people.

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