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Jackie Robinson – And When the Republican Party Went South

There has been a lot of effort extended by conservatives to rehabilitate Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater’s record and stances. Until Goldwater, the Republican Party had strong support among black folk and other minorities. Goldwater’s assertion that the Civil Rights Bill wasn’t needed sent the Republican Party off the abyss and led to Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”. It was in Goldwater’s presidential run in 1964 that the Republican Party became the racial cesspool we have today. As a kid, I remember the “AuH2O” bumper stickers and other items, and all along a campaign more driven by race than any “principles”.

When Jackie Robinson Confronted a Trump-Like Candidate

At its core, Barry Goldwater’s campaign threatened blacks’ ability to fully engage in a two-party system.

The Press Interviews Jackie Robinson at 1964 Republican Convention

“The danger of the Republican party being taken over by the lily-white-ist conservatives is more serious than many people realize,” Jackie Robinson cautioned in his syndicated column in August 1963. He was worried about the rise of Barry Goldwater, whose 1964 presidential bid laid the foundation for the modern conservative movement. Today, Goldwater’s shadow looms over Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination.

“During my life, I have had a few nightmares which happened to me while I was wide awake,” Robinson wrote in 1967. “One of them was the National Republican Convention in San Francisco, which produced the greatest disaster the Republican Party has ever known—Nominee Barry Goldwater.” Robinson, a loyal Republican who campaigned for Richard Nixon in 1960, was shocked and saddened by the racism and lack of civility he witnessed at the 1964 convention. As the historian Leah Wright Rigueur describes in The Loneliness of the Black Republican, black delegates were verbally assaulted and threatened with violence by Goldwater supporters. William Young, a Pennsylvania delegate, had his suit set on fire and was told to “keep in your own place” by his assailant. “They call you ‘nigger,’ push you and step on your feet,” New Jersey delegate George Fleming told the Associated Press. “I had to leave to keep my self-respect.”

The 1964 campaign was pivotal for Republicans because, despite Goldwater’s loss, the GOP came away with a dedicated network of people willing to work between election cycles to build the party. The GOP has won more presidential elections than it has lost since Goldwater. Donald Trump’s campaign plays on fears and resentments similar to those that fueled Goldwater’s presidential bid five decades ago. It is not yet clear, however, how this strategy will play out with an electorate that will be the most racially and ethnically diverse in U.S. history (over 30 percent of eligible voters will be racial or ethnic minorities).

As the Draft Goldwater campaign expanded in early 1963, the editors at the Chicago Defender warned that Goldwater’s “brand of demagoguery has a special appeal to ultra conservative Republicans” and that he “cannot be laughed off as a serious possibility as is being done in some quarters unfriendly to him.” After the 1964 Republican National Convention, the Defender suggested, “Goldwater in the White House would be a nightmare from which the nation and the world would not soon recover.” Another editorial two days later struck a stronger tone: “The conviction is universal that Goldwater represents the most diabolical force that has ever captured the leadership of the Republican Party. After 108 years of exhortation to freedom, liberty, and justice, the GOP now becomes the label under which Fascism is oozed into the mainstream of American politics.”

Recalling the applause line in Goldwater’s acceptance speech—“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue”—the Defender argued, “Goldwater’s extremist pronouncement is an invitation to violence and race riots.” On the eve of the election, Defender editors wrote that Goldwater “is in a frantic search for an issue that can stir the voter to an emotional pitch.  He tries to frighten the people into believing the country is not in safe hands.” (These and other editorials cited here can be found at Black Quotidian, a digital archive of black newspapers.)

In 1964, unlike 2016, it was not a foregone conclusion that the vast majority of black voters would support the Democratic Party. Republicans Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon received 39 percent and 32 percent of the black vote in the 1956 and 1960 presidential elections, compared to 6 percent for Goldwater in 1964. No Republican candidate since Goldwater has earned support from more than 15 percent of black voters….Read The Rest Here

 

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The old Drumph Party…And the New

Up until 1940, the largest Nazi Party in the world behind that in Nazi Germany…Was in the United States.

Today, the US fascist faction is the largest.

American Nazis, 5,000 strong paraded in Chicago in the 1930’s

Chicago paper publishes prescient history of local Nazis hours before Trump rally explodes into chaos

A well-timed article  in the Chicago Reader on Friday morning described the rise of a local Nazi party — just hours before a Donald Trump rally that drew thousands in Chicago had to be canceled due to protests.

On June 18, 1939, between 4,000 and 8,000 people gathered at a location that used to be known as Merrimac Park for a meeting of the  German-American Bund whose stated mission was to “defend the Constitution, Flag, and Institutions of these United States of America.”

Despite those altruistic goals, there was little difference difference between the nationalism of the Bund and the Nazi Party in Germany.

The event that began with “The Star-Spangled Banner” — and ended with the Hitler salute and German hymns — was attended by several hundred men and boys dressed in uniforms similar to those worn by Nazi storm troopers.

According to the Reader, the Nazi movement in Chicago began 15 years earlier as the Teutonia Society, puckishly described as an “anti-Semitic drinking society” and Hitler fan club that eventually went dormant.

With the rise of Nazism, workers hit hard by the Depression began to flock to the reinvigorated organization and soon the Chicago chapter claimed to have over 500 members — including 40 storm troopers that performed weekly military drills.

In March 1936, the German-American Bund was created and led by naturalized citizen Fritz Kuhn, a Detroit chemist with a flair for organizing.

Remarkably mirroring Donald Trumps meteoric rise for the GOP presidential nomination, historian Sander A. Diamond wrote of Kuhn, “His bombast, propensity for exaggeration, and lies were part of his technique.”

The group portrayed itself as a deeply patriotic organization, however it took its cues from the German Nazis: stating that Jews controlled the press, radio, movie studios, schools, courts and banking. Allegiance to the Nazi Party was enforced with two students reportedly assaulted for refusing to salute the Nazi flag.

In 1938 fights broke out between the Bundists and those who attempted to bring an American flag into a meeting hall, leading to 150 police officers being dispatched to stop a possible riot among 5,000 protesters.

The Bund eventually dissolved amidst claims of financial shenanigans, with Kuhn accused of embezzlement.

After Nazi Germany declared war on the U.S., Kuhn had his citizenship stripped and was deported to Germany where he died in poverty in 1945.

 

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ISIS Terrorist Executes Own Mother…

The resident Board Troll and ISIS Sympathizer likes to point out that the “evil” Obama has killed a number of terrorists…

This is what the Destructive Flapjack is supporting.

ISIS fighter executes own mother in Syria for ‘apostasy,’ rights groups say

An ISIS fighter has executed his own mother before a public audience, an expat Syrian rights group said.

The 20-year-old killed his mother in the Syrian city of Raqqa, ISIS’ de facto capital, as hundreds looked on near the post office where she worked, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

ISIS had accused her of apostasy after her son turned her in, the activists said. She allegedly had been “inciting her son to leave the Islamic State.” She wanted to escape with him and told him “that the coalition will kill all members of the organization.”

The observatory reported that the victim was in her 40s. The activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reported that she was 35.

Treason.

Ali Saqr al-Qasem wh shot and executed his own mother, Leena al-Qasem

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2016 in Black Conservatives

 

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On the Next American War… Syria

It’s fairly obvious the American people aren’t buying in to the justifications for bombing Syria. There are a lot of reasons, not the least because the previous President and his Staff lied America into it’s last, and longest lasting War in Iraq… And quite possibly in Afghanistan. All to accomplish exactly nothing.

The list of American national interests in Syria is very very short…

In fact you’d have to search hard to find just one.

The just isn’t any evidence on the table that should the Syrian rebels overthrow the existing government, they will be any better than the current monsters. Indeed,, the only way terrorism and extremism has successfully been destroyed in the past is to implement an even greater level of barbarity. Think Romans and Spartacus, where the roman crucified each and every “rebel” after defeating them alongside  the road to Rome. Opening the doors of the hidden armories, unleashing the gates of WMD hell – completely depopulating the region may well be the ultimate solution – but a cancerous “victory” won at the cost of our collective morality and national souls.

Ergo – We aren’t going to go there. And as such will be fighting pinpricks for the next 20-30 years as the region burns.

Giving the “bad guys” bombs to kill the even “badder guys” isn’t a strategy based in a formula for success. We tried that with Saddam. We tried that in numerous other places around the world. Didn’t work then…Won’t work now.

Sometimes, you just have to let the fire burn out by itself.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2013 in General

 

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Civil War…Part Deux?

Glad someone else sees this…

Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) dali painting

Salvador Dali - "Premonition of Civil War"

Apocalyptic GOP Is Dragging Us Into a Civil War

Had a friend send me this article by former Republican staffer Mike Lofgren under the subject line, “Informative reading for tonight’s Republican showcase.” I’m probably late in seeing it, but Lofgren’s piece raises fascinating and terrifying questions about the future of our political system and the increasing possibility that we are headed toward something like a civil war, or a constitutional crisis.

Lofgren, in describing the reasons for his defection from the Republican party, describes a Republican camp that increasingly acts not like a traditional peacetime political organization, but more like an apocalyptic cult or one of the authoritarian movements from early 20th century European history.

In particular, the insane decision to turn the once-routine procedure of raising the debt ceiling (Lofgren notes it was done 87 times since WWII) into a political crisis revealed that the GOP party mainstream had sunk to the level of terrorism – holding our economic system hostage in exchange for political concessions.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2011 in Domestic terrorism, Stupid Tea Bagger Tricks

 

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Judicial Nominations – More Republican Obstructionism

Republicans Hold American Justice Prisoner to Extremism

Time to Stop GOP Obstruction of Judicial Nominees

As the Senate prepares for a planned recess scheduled through Labor Day, it is incumbent upon Republicans to allow floor votes on the rapidly increasing number of judicial nominees who have been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee but whose nominations are still pending before the whole Senate. As of August 2, a total of 24 nominees are still waiting for a final confirmation vote.

Yet despite the urgent need to fill judicial emergencies and ensure a working judicial system, GOP opposition remains as intransigent as ever, and their obstruction has a particularly large impact on nominees who are women or people of color. Despite claims to the contrary, Republican Senators are still playing politics with the federal judiciary.

There is no reason to delay in confirming every one of the nominees pending before the full Senate. All but one of these nominees enjoyed strong bipartisan support in committee. In fact, 21 of the 24 were approved without recorded opposition. There is simply no good reason for continued delay on these consensus nominees. Yet Senate Republican leaders refuse to consent to floor votes. During the past two months, although the Senate Judiciary Committee has steadily processed nominations, the Senate has voted on a mere five judges.

Why are Republicans blocking votes on unopposed nominees? Are they trying to keep as many seats empty as long as possible in the hopes of capturing the White House – and the right to nominate judges – in 2012? Are they simply trying to score partisan points? What legitimate reason could they have?

The obstruction is even more shameful when you consider that there are 89 district and circuit court vacancies, 37 of which have been officially designated as “judicial emergencies” by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. That is an official designation for courts where there are simply not enough judges to get the work done effectively. As a result, more and more people seeking to protect their rights in a court of law are forced to wait, and justice delayed is all too often justice denied.

Twelve of the languishing consensus nominees would fill those judicial emergencies, immediately reducing by a third the number of urgently overstressed courts.

In a nation woefully short of judges, we have two dozen unquestionably qualified nominees who are forced to sit and wait for Republican leaders to finally agree to let the Senate hold a vote. Many of these are part of President Obama’s significant efforts to diversify the federal bench. They include:

  • Bernice Donald, an African American woman nominated to the Sixth Circuit who is strongly supported by her senior home state senator, Lamar Alexander. Donald was originally nominated in 2010, renominated in early January, and approved without objection by committee in early May.
  • Kathleen Williams, a Miami public defender who was nominated over a year ago to the Southern District of Florida, which has been a judicial emergency for over two years. She met no objection in committee and has the public support of Republican Senator Marco Rubio, yet Republicans have denied her a floor vote for over two months.
  • William Kuntz, a prominent African American commercial litigator who is needed to fill a judicial emergency in the Eastern District of New York dating back to 2008. He, too, has been waiting for a floor vote since May.
Unfortunately, it is not unusual for women and people of color to have to wait a long time after committee approval before a confirmation vote. While President Obama’s white male confirmed nominees have waited an average of 82 days, women and people of color have been forced to wait 100 days, or 22% longer. In fact, the entire confirmation process takes an average of almost a month longer for women and people of color.
 

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Why November May Not Be As Profitable as Republicans Expect

Polls have failed to predict tectonic shifts before – such as in 1994.

Democrats need to put an early order in for a Rose delivery, not for any Democrat having figured out how to win an election…

But to Mr Beck, Mrs. Palin and the Faux News Tea Party for losing one for the Republicans.

I tend to agree with this analyst – what the fruitcake brigade has done is to stir up some pretty deep seated anger, not only among black and Hispanic folks…

But among moderate white folks. And in the case of Moderate white folks, it isn’t the political positions of the Republican Tea Baggers that’s driving that silent anger – it’s the “in your face” way they have attacked anyone with different ideas. Payback is hell.

Here is the issue though – to seal the deal, Democrats are going to have to convince their own base they are willing to govern. No more of this mincing around begging on bended knee for that one Republican vote. The issue isn’t Afghanistan. The issue is Democrats, despite some big successes – are perceived as having pissed away their mandate. The one thing Republicans do well is the mechanics of governing. Unfortunately they combine that with a disastrous, dysfunctional political platform and belief set.

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Democrats will hold the House and Senate

Maybe I’m wrong.

In fact, maybe I’m really, really wrong, which is the reaction I hear when I dare even to broach this notion to commentators and political strategists in both parties. So let me state it plainly: I now think the Democrats will hold the Congress—yes, the House as well as the Senate—and turn back high profile Republican challengers in California and elsewhere.

The GOP strategy of “no” worked to slow the recovery, stoke fears about fictions like death panels in the health reform bill, and persuade voters to strike out in frustration against Democrats. The trend peaked in August, a month Democrats probably wish they could abolish given the dog days they suffered then, in 2009 as well as 2010.

But with the onset of autumn, there are signs that the Republican tide is receding. Karl Rove would understand – the same dynamic was the key to George W. Bush’s narrow re-election in 2004, when the GOP base showed up to vote in numbers that defied the polling models. This time, it’s the Democratic base that’s stirring—and finally engaging—and the survey research is registering the shift. In the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, the Republican advantage in the ballot for Congress has declined from nine points to three. The explanation: African-Americans and Hispanics are re-entering the likely electorate.

California is a prime example. The GOP covets a comeback in the state that produced Nixon and Reagan before turning a deep navy blue after the party scapegoated immigrants and scorned Hispanics. But Democrat Jerry Brown has pulled ahead of eBay mogul Meg Whitman, who’s bid $119 million and counting for the governorship (and yes, her paid consultants are counting fast and furious). Whitman never managed to open up a real lead even when she had California’s expensive airwaves to herself; now, after immigrant-baiting during the primary, she can’t afford for the electorate to expand. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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