by Chris Stevenson
Who they are: A bunch of raw street-level/country level White Americans who are trying to take over the republican party.
What they want: Basically a hard-white racist census and recruitment for the purpose of wielding power within the GOP and ultimately field candidates to take over the House, Senate and eventually run someone of their choosing against President Barack Obama in 2012.
What they believe: A pot-luck of anti-Obama rumors and convoluted theories; Obama was born outside the US, Obama is a Communist, Obama is a Socialist, Obama is a Fascist, Obama is trying to brainwash children, Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing, Obama is un-American.
How they’ll get there: They won’t if you cut them off at the path and vote democrat. The one exception could be New York State, where voting democrat could give you a Governor and Lt. Governor that stands to deliver Tea Party-like results not unlike that of the disturbing Carl Paladino.
President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton when they were both US Senators in ’07
Newton said it best in his 3rd law: “To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: or the forces of two bodies on each other are always equal and are directed in opposite directions.”
This has been most clearly manifest since the election of President Barack Obama in ’08, new opposition has risen from unpredictable directions, a new political party has arisen even more radical than conservatives, obscure names of people long-harboring obtuse thought patterns and views have become household names. People formerly considered kooks by their local townsfolk are now considered serious candidates. In response to this, especially in New York State I urge Blacks and Hispanics to vote the Freedom Party Ticket. On a national scale 43 million Americans are now living in poverty. That’s 14% of the nation’s population (1-in-7). It used to be that when a war was going on the economy went up back home. What the Bush Administration did was something rare and ridiculous; find a way to make the economy go down while concurrently waging two wars.
Wikipedia probably sums it up best: “The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 4.2% in January 2001, peaking at 6.3% in June 2003 and reaching a trough of 4.4%in March 2007. After an economic slowdown, the rate rose again to 6.1% in August 2008and up to 7.2% in December 2008. From December 2007 when the recession started to December 2008, an additional 3.6 million people became unemployed. And, in January 2009, his last month in office, the nation lost 655,000 jobs, raising the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent, the highest level in more than 15 years.”
By contrast EH.net (economic history) shows “although the US was actively involved in WWI for only 19 months, from April 1917 to November 1918, the mobilization of the economy was extraordinary.” EH.net analysis on WWII is for the most part common knowledge, “WWII ended the Great Depression. American industry was revitalized by the war, and many sectors were by 1945 sharply oriented to defense production (for example aerospace and electronics) or completely dependent on it (atomic energy). The organized labor movement, strengthened by the war beyond even it’s depression-era height, became a major counter balance to both the government and private industry.” Even though Vietnam was the first war to bring down the economy, even then the US unemployment rate dropped below 4%. Women, blacks and other minorities were the biggest beneficiaries, and the early ’90’s first Gulf War in Iraq saw economic gains. What Bush/Cheney did was destroy optimism. No small feat.
This was crazy George W., what do you think things will be like if these Tea Party people-even less educated than the academically challenged Bush-gain control of the legislative seats? You think Paladino and Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell are bad, they got outrageously, certifiable nutcases and space-cadets we ain’t heard about currently being groomed for leadership.
The new ultra-right Joe The Plumbers would try to put Obama’s face on this present economic crises. Don’t take the keys for granted, and nevermind any minute complaints about Obama you might be harboring currently. Don’t give the republicans the keys back, or what you saw Bush do was just a small sample of the horror that lays in front of you. Thus far Andrew Cuomo has a credible lead (56%) over the Tea Party prankster Paladino (40%) according to the Marist poll. The 9/16-9/20 Quinnipiac poll has Cuomo with a narrower lead over Paladino 49% to 43%, and the Siena Research Institute late Sept. numbers has Cuomo pulling away from Paladino 57% to 24%. My refusal to back Cuomo is based on my knowledge of his Choice of Lt. Governor Robert Duffy. Before he became Mayor of Rochester, Duffy was their Police Chief during a time of numerous police shootings and incidents regarding black “suspects” and victims. Some of which I wrote about. He was like a small town Guiliani, never trusted him. There was the shooting of Vernard “Vandy” Davis (21) during a clumsily-handled drug raid where he was shot by an officer while unarmed. Rochester Police was said to initially have told Davis’ family that no drugs or weapons were found on, after which they claimed they did find drugs (72 bags of cocaine on Davis, 180 bags in the apartment).
Shortly afterwards Chief Duffy added there were guns in the house. Now you see it, now you don’t. Make up your minds will you. There was the New Years Day hit-and-run incident involving Deborah Conner struck and killed by an off-duty cop, the officer claims he left the scene to call for help, but it was known he had a track-record of abusive behavior toward blacks. These are just a couple of examples. What you risk in NY is at the very least a coverup artist, at the worst I’m afraid to ask.
The Barron ticket is one I find easy to get behind; former ’60’s Black Panther, former Chief or Staff for Rev. Herbert Daughtry while with the National Black United Front. According to another site: “On June 14, 2010, Barron announced that he was challenging Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo, because he was annoyed and disturbed that Cuomo picked Rochester mayor Robert Duffy, instead of an African-American politician, such as former New York City Comptroller and 2009 Democratic Mayoral nominee Bill Thompson, Jr., or Senator Bill Perkins. Barron said that it is ‘scary’ that every major statewide office nominated by the state Democratic party is filled or positioned by a white candidate. He created the New York Democratic Freedom Party, so blacks can choose Barron [rather] than the Democratic committee of New York.” This Freedom Party isn’t something full-blown, it is a newer version of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP).
Running with the New York City Councilman is Buffalo’s highly awarded educator/historian Eva Doyle for Lt. Governor and the Harvard educated attorney Ramon Jimenez for Attorney General. Having personally known Ms. Doyle for years as a fellow columnist at the Buffalo Criterion and Buffalo’s most foremost and zealous historian on Black History, I think her presence in Albany will lend a powerful voice. Don’t call this a protest vote, call it a peoples vote. If done right the Freedom Party can be around for a long time. Some of you already know that the MFDP was co-founded by Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) fundraiser Fannie Lou Hamer. Hamer’s Freedom Party arose as a result of her being unable to function freely within the MS Democratic Party. We all know about blacks being denied the right to vote, but neither could they belong to the party or run for office. Powerful southern MS lawmakers kept getting re-elected and appointed to chair pivotal committees which gave them power over racial affairs.
During Freedom Summer the MFDP signed up 60,000 members. They had an MFDP State Convention in Jackson chosed 64 blacks and 4 whites to go to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Atlantic City, NJ where they won the support of 9 state delegations andthe UAW. Understand this was after then-President Lyndon B. Johnson had passed the Civil Rights Act. Johnson was outraged because he was in the middle of a tough Presidential campaign against Republican Barry Goldwater. The Civil Rights Act outlawed outright discrimination, it did not address black voting rights. Johnson tried every trick he could to undermine and illegitimize Hamer and the MFDP.
It’s important to note that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was there also, already an established recognized black leader, but he was not trying to diffuse or bogart Hamer or other members of the MFDP. Instead he was busy showing support and trying to persuade the white delegates, so by the time the MFDP arrived and the sergent-at-arms tried to remove them, they and even other delegates shielded themselves between the MFDP and the sergent-at-arms. Most of the white MS delegates refused to sign Johnson’s Oath of Loyalty walked out and delegates from Michigan and North Dakota voluntarily offered some of their seats, and the MFDP delegates took them.
Earth shaking events once you understand these were just black sharecroppers. Many of you today try to pretend this kind of overt racism is out. Barron and his Freedom Party see some disturbing parallels in 2010 and it’s getting worse.
The tireless efforts by the right to illegitimize the first black President and his legislative achievements can only be met by tireless efforts by the left across the nation. In the hammering words of Fannie Lou Hamer. “We have to make it work. Ain’t nothing going to be handed to you on a silver platter, nothing. That’s not just black people, that’s people in general, masses. See, I’m with the masses…. You’ve got to fight. Every step of the way, you’ve got to fight.” Some have questioned what clear platform is the Freedom Party fighting for, but just as it was with the MFDP it’s access; a seat at the table of major New York politics armed with only the primary clout of black and Latino issues and lawmakers with no other option than to listen. While outside of NY voting Democrat holds back more absurdity, within this state Newton’s Law is moot because absurdity abounds with both parties.
Chris Stevenson is a syndicated columnist, his articles also appear in the Challenger Community News. Follow him on Twitter, Btweetz.com blackcommentator and Facebook, you don’t have to join either. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice and The Network for clbTV. Respond to him on the link below.