As Susan Rice is settling in to her National Security Advisor position, I am reminded of the stark disparity of respect the NSA Bush appointee received versus President Obama’s chosen advisor. When Condoleezza Rice held this coveted, powerful position from 2001-2005, the white president Bush 43 received virtually no opposition, outrage or controversy vis a vis Ms. Rice. Incidentally, Condi was the NSA while the worst terrorist attack on American soil occurred. As a pivotal player in the Bush Crime Family, she too is guilty of war crimes which include sanctioning torture. If anyone earned a fair amount of scorn, it’s Condi Rice. However, the GOP views her as a hero, begging and pleading her to run for the White House. As a Black Republican, she joins the likes of self-loathing African-Americans whose policies stab their fellow countrymen in the back while acting as puppets to the White Republican majority in the party. In fact, a movie critic of Django Unchained likened the villainous character played by Samuel L. Jackson to SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas.
Up until the early 1960’s, African Americans, including MLK aligned themselves with the GOP because the Dixiecrats, A.K.A. Southern Democrats adopted a states’ rights segregationist platform. We all know what they became: the current racist, sexist crazies of the GOP, feebly attempting to court voters by relying on fear, religion and shameless gerrymandering to grasp at the last straws of power in a losing demographic shift against the GOP.
Since the onset of the Obama Presidency, any prominent African American has received an unprecedented amount of criticism and scrutiny, so much so as to force several competent appointees to retire from service.
The Right Wing pounced all over the Benghazi Consulate attacks as a massive scandal of Herculean proportions, pinning blame on then Ambassador Susan Rice who simply delivered the briefing she received from the CIA. Her alleged omission of the term terrorist attack put Senator Lindsey Graham (and his troika, McCain and Ayotte) right on his fainting couch with a bad case of the vapors. Then Secretary of State Clinton testified masterfully and put these frivolous claims to rest, but Ambassador Rice had to withdraw her name from consideration to replace the outgoing Mrs. Clinton as her successor. Fortunately, President Obama had the last laugh as the NSA position perhaps wields more power than the Secretary of State. The NSA position, incidentally, required no Congressional approval.
African American Attorney General Eric Holder, as recently as last week was urged to resign by both Democrats like Senator Manchin of West Virginia and Republican loudmouth Peter King of New York. So what’s the reason for such a devastatingly contemptuous suggestion? Have we ever seen an Attorney General so maligned as Eric Holder?
We’ve seen desperate attempts at creating fake scandals such as the IRS brouhaha over scrutinization of Teabaggers who certainly deserved dissection over their social welfare tax-exempt status. As recently as June 11, Texas Representative Ted Poe called the NSA’s surveillance issue government spooks drunk on power, both deriding blacks with a not-so-thinly-veiled attempt at overt racism while simultaneously suddenly finding fault with a program they overwhelmingly supported under GWB, aka Bush 43.
Never before has a whistleblower (Snowden) who intentionally leaked classified info been given a pass as some patriot while behaving like a self-aggrandizing media whore who relies on the shady likes of Glenn Greenwald to lend credibility to his nothing to see here proclamations. We’ve known this has been going on since 9-11-2001, so this revelation is nothing more than a cheap stunt to get Greenwald the attention he so craves. As far as the Right Wing Media is concerned, all this surveillance was just fine and dandy back in 2006. However, notice an almost bipolar attitude change from Fox News’ always inflammatory Sean Hannity.
The Supreme Court is ruling on Section 5 of The Voting Rights Act of 1965 and it is widely known that Chief Justice John Roberts has been itching to dismantle this protection for racially discriminated, poorer minorities in areas having an ugly history of past violations of ethical voting practices. States like Texas, Alabama and Mississippi are prominently featured in this category. Ever since Roberts was a clerk for then President Reagan in 1982, he has worked to remove this statute of the 14th Amendment. If Chief Justice Roberts has his way, the country will take one giant step backwards in the direction of racist Teabaggers who will disenfranchise those who dare to vote while being Black or a minority in Republican strongholds.
Stay tuned for the decision on Monday, June 17. Actually, it looks like we’ll be waiting until the last possible day before SCOTUS goes on recess. This just makes anyone interested in equal rights a bit more on edge.
UPDATE: 6/25/2013. Section 4 is officially gone. Chalk up a victory for racism to flourish in the South. No check on questionable election practices now.