by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
Until I can secure organizational and financial support for the formation of a media rights organization for the tri-state area, the acquisition of a board of directors and the election of officers, I am in a financial limbo and in a physical quandary. I have been saddled down with a variety of job duties.
This will be the first media rights organization for Blacks in the tri-state area. Knowledge of organizational science, finance and media law are conditions precedent to a media rights organization having “standing” to appear before the FCC. The initial task is “free” education. This explains the almost daily, in-depth and taxing writings to help the Black community understand media.
On Sundays, I am a media octopus. Before “Here and Now” airs at noontime, public affairs programming for whites are all over the myriad, television channels. Jim Crow is alive and well. Locally, only WABC-TV still operates a semblance of public affairs programming for Blacks and Latinos. Otherwise, the color of our tubes is white.
I was outside the region, this past Sunday. Sundays are already hectic for me. This past Sunday, “Fox News Sunday” was showcasing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. I had to give undivided attention to this “puff piece”. It would require the attention of a legal surgeon. As Dr. John Henrik Clarke said, “Black people must learn to listen”.
Politics is warfare. There are two battlefields in America. One is for the ballot. The other is for the bullet. Citizens are not told to disarm themselves. Only citizens of the United States are armed with both a ballot and a bullet. This is a full-time job. Bullets start flying when the ballots fail. There must be a well-armed militia with deep pockets.
Blacks routinely engage in plantation politics. There is a merger, and not a separation, of church and state. The job of Black preachers is to disarm the Black masses. Blacks go to polling booths like mules go to cotton fields. They both have on blinders. Public affairs programming is unavailable. There route to polling booths is “short and sweet”. Whites are on this political path for 365 days a year. Blacks are on it, unarmed, for only two days per year.
The perfect example is the Colfax Massacre in Louisiana during Reconstruction. There was a gubernatorial dispute. Armed white men and unarmed Black men assembled at the local courthouse. When the smoke had cleared, more than one hundred Black men were dead. This experience instructed Blacks to go to the courthouse armed to the teeth to settle political disputes.
Three white men were convicted but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Cruikshank that there was no federal claim for a conspiracy to violate constitutional rights. Instead, murder prosecutions should have been initiated in Louisiana. This is states’ rights. Federalism is unavailable to Blacks.
“Fox News Sunday”, this past Sunday, was all Romney. It was divided into three segments. There was an “inquest”, a “narrative” and a “summation”. This public affairs program was a campaign to humanize Romney. This is why Ronald Reagan gave the “Fairness Doctrine” the boot in 1987. Reagan licensed commercial radio and television stations to engage in media warfare. Propaganda is the first stage of warfare.
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While Romney might hold the Ace of Diamond, President Barack Obama holds the Joker and the Ace of Club. If skillfully played, Obama should win this high-stake game in a political casino. In a political contest, the top card is credibility. Romney has no Ace of Heart and he should refrain from playing the Ace of Spade. Credibility is not his strong suit. This is a major hurdle in his path to the White House.
Unless Romney hits a home run on Thursday evening at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, Katie might kiss the bell on Friday morning. This is like a criminal defense lawyer in a criminal trial. Studies have shown that a criminal defense lawyer will either win or lose a criminal trial before any evidence is heard. A home run must be hit by Romney during his opening statement.
Romney’s strategy should be to prosecute Obama but if he has to also defend himself after Thursday evening, he will be swimming in deep waters with hungry sharks on his tail. No lawyer can wear two hats at the same time. This is why Romney must either prosecute Obama or defend himself but not both. A strategy incorporating a prosecution and a defense simultaneously will inevitably lead to a political disaster.
In politics, Romney must operate like a fox in the chicken coop. He must convince the chickens that he is their friend and his mission is to prolong and improve their lives. Col. Saunders lives in a chicken coop. He has never seen a chicken that he has failed to put on the chopping block. Col. Saunders is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Romney, however, is simply a wolf. This is his political problem which is shrouded in secrecy.
All eyes will be focused on Romney Thursday evening. Romney must go for all he knows. Given the failed speeches on Tuesday night to prove good character, he will be doing a high wire act without a cushion. Otherwise, it will be up to Obama to trip himself. It is better to rely on your own political prowess to win the political sweepstakes rather than to rely on the political clumsiness of your opponent to fall off the high wire.
On August 23, I picked up the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A headline read “Incumbents feel voters’ wrath”. Eleven of thirteen candidates lost in local races. This means that voters had upset the applecart. Clayton County, GA is predominately Black. The virtual sweep also included predominately white counties in suburban Atlanta.
It would be a shame if Black voters in New York refused to follow the lead of these voters on the first Tuesday in November. For the past two years, these Black selected officials have conspired with white elected officials to do in Black voters. It should be payback time in New York in November.
There is more than two months to prepare for a total, political sweep. In this time, Black people can select their own candidates and use the write-in vote to put them in political office. They will become Black elected officials. This will be a new day and it will be a signal that the Black vote will not be taken for granted in 2013 and afterwards.
Three decades ago, it was routine for Blacks in New York to annually convene a political convention during the summer at City College. There were serious workshops. This notion of a political convention should be revived in October. The “colored” convention concept was initiated in this country in the 1830’s. Whites stole this convention concept for themselves. In other words, Blacks initiated political conventions.
The strategy is simple. All incumbents must be voted out of office in September. Challengers should benefit from this mindset. During the primary, Blacks have historically voted for Democrats. It is easier to defeat a challenger than it is to defeat an incumbent in November. Challengers should get our vote only once and in September.
It is preferable in November to cast a vote for a write-in candidate than it is to vote for the candidate favored by the Democratic Party. A people’s convention in October should give the Black community political directions for November. It is plantation politics to vote for candidates in November who are pre-selected by the Democratic Party. Stop complaining. Get busy.
By employing this strategy, no one is asking anyone to vote for former Gov. Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama. In fact, recent polls suggest that Mitt Romney will receive zero support in the Black community. At the very least, no one wants to jump from the skillet into the fire. Romney is the “fire”.
The Freedom Party was short-changed in November 2010. There is an applicable statute of limitations which exceeds January 2013. This means that our political grievances are not stale. It is my personal opinion that in 2013 the Freedom Party will get a better shot with Obama rather than Romney. However, Obama is not a sure shot.
The U.S. Justice Department should file a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of the Freedom Party. The gubernatorial candidate of the Freedom Party in 2010 has refused to take any action. New York has historically disenfranchised Blacks by an undercount or devaluation of Black votes or the pre-selection of Black candidates by white election officials. This is a “white primary”.
As a copycat, the Republicans will hold its political convention in Tampa, FL in August with the permission of Hurricane Isaac. The following week, the Democrats have scheduled a political convention for Charlotte, NC. John Patterson Green, a Black man, ushered in Labor Day. No one will mention these contributions of Blacks.
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Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Do you need any more information about Romney? Paul Ryan’s Congressional district includes Oak Creek, WI. He had no sympathy for the Sikhs. Ryan and Cong. Todd Akin are adherents of eugenics. They are laying the foundation for a “master race”.
The media will never discuss the real issues. As the Freedom Journal said, “We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have other spoken for us”. Today, it is Sanford Rubenstein or Norman Siegel speaking for us. We have no independent voice that can get access to the airwaves.
Access to the airwaves is key. It is not by accident that all Black voices with access to the airwaves are pre-selected. Censorship has been in existence in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for years. Censorship is a tool of oppression. It was cultivated during slavery. All commercial television and radio stations practice it. Black censors are as guilty as white censors. The goal is to preserve the status quo. The media will promote incumbency.
The time to knock off Black selected officials will be in November and after “Black Solidarity Day”. It must be a grass-roots effort and it must be achieved by Blacks. Time is of the essence. The write-in vote is the weapon. Since it will protect against political glitches, it is better than computerized voting.
A write-in vote will also let President Barack Obama know that many Blacks have been dissatisfied with his lack of achievements for Blacks over the past four years but we will steer clear of jumping from the skillet into the fire. It is also a demand that the U.S. Department of Justice take up the cause of the Freedom Party.
Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471