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Rand Paul Should Avoid Use Of Race In His Speeches; Liberals Should Give Him "NO Quarter."

In Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, NSA, President Obama, Rand Paul on March 24, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Be aware of the Chameleon. You know Rand Paul!
Do not allow false messages to tip your
psyche into allowing him in the Gate.”

Rand Paul continues to traipse around the country campaigning for the 2016 GOP nomination for president. Paul is a seriously misguided man, despite comment from certain pundits on the right that his message “reverberates,” (Michael Steele, former RNC Chair).  

His message may “reverberate” among fringe liberals who may very well subscribe to libertarian ideology. He may also attract attention among liberals who abhor NSA meta-data gathering. The quirky Senator from Kentucky may be the current front-runner for the GOP nomination in 2016, but he fails to seep into the psyche of people who know Paul for what he is. He is an angle player who has spoken publicly as against Civil Rights legislation, against freedom of access for some Americans based on property rights), and he has visual history that informed liberals will not forget.
Jack Hunter, a former staffer for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) who was outed as conservative mascot “The Southern Avenger” ….

Back to Paul for a moment. Since Paul is opposed to the government legislating on who business owners rights to deny service.  Am I to believe that Paul was in favor of the Arizona “deny LGBT service” vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer? How about by implication Paul’s tacit approval of reinstating rights of companies to develop and maintain “Men Only” health club? How about moving back to the Masters denying Tiger Woods the right to tee-off?

Thus, Paul would have a lesser problem with what you are about to see and hear than many in the nation.

My point in the previous comments relate to Paul’s gall and temerity, as he rolls-out criticism of President Obama as a tool for his political ambitions. Even more Gaulish, are those who know Paul’s history, and still will join him in applause as he goes about his phony political appearances.  Paul should restrict issues related to race to his well documented past. He should do so while recognizing he may fool some fringe progressives and fringe conservatives, but he lives on a small island of Paleozoic Era bigotry.

The Daily Kos published a piece that address the Paul visit to Berkeley and his comments about the nations 44th President far better than can I.  I will admit one point.

Paul is definitively interjecting race into his politicking. His choices are clear and do not surprise as he and his father have deep and documented roots in issues of race. As Paul interjects race, he should keep-in-mind J. Edgar Hoover even spied on Richard Nixon and just about anyone from the Oval Office to any 1960s activist. Yet, he chooses to wave the race flag as a tool against President Obama. The criticism you are about to read and digest could have been accomplished well shy of foraying into issue of race. An issue he of all politicians should avoid.

Paul’s remarks as he tested the waters of pointing a finger at Obama and lacing the finger-pointing with racial messages. “The nation’s First African-American President should be conscious….”  

Does Paul not realize his words clearly denote exercise of “white privilege?” Did his supposedly highly educated audience, not recognize the use of “privilege” when it need not have been exercised?

Huffington Post March 19th, 2014

During an interview with The New York Times, Paul brought up the government’s response to dissent in the 1960s, when leading civil rights advocates, including Martin Luther King Jr. 
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“The first African-American president ought to be a little more conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of domestic spying,” Paul told Times reporter Jeremy Peters. “Martin Luther King was spied upon, civil rights leaders were spied upon, Muhammad Ali was spied upon, antiwar protesters were spied upon.” 

“The possibility for abuse in this is incredible,” the senator added. “So I don’t care if there’s never been any evidence of abuse with the NSA. They should not be collecting the data.”

Read more after the break below

Since the little Libertarian bigot went there and received no major backlash, he took his criticism a bit farther. I am only slightly reticent about use of the word racist today. I do firmly believe Paul is a racist and fine cut from an apple that fell directly below the Ron Paul tree. 

Last weeks visit to the highly liberal campus of UC- Berkeley.

 “I find it ironic that the first African-American president has without compunction allowed this vast exercise of raw power by the N.S.A. … Certainly J. Edgar Hoover’s illegal spying on Martin Luther King and others in the civil rights movement should give us all pause.”

The Daily Kos (Re-blog via Cretive Commons Licensure)  SUN MAR 23, 2014 AT 08:00 AM PDT

Rand Paul speaking to his father's supporters at a
Rand Paul, expert on being black.
Yep, you read that right. Rand Paul went there. Here’s how he did it: “I find it ironic that the first African-American president has without compunction allowed this vast exercise of raw power by the N.S.A. … Certainly J. Edgar Hoover’s illegal spying on Martin Luther King and others in the civil rights movement should give us all pause.” In an interview prior to giving this speech on privacy, Sen. Paul was even more direct in telling the president what he, as a black man, ought to be doing:
“The first African-American president ought to be a little more conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of domestic spying…Martin Luther King was spied upon, civil rights leaders were spied upon, Muhammad Ali was spied upon.”
Overall, Paul’s remarks at Berkeley represented a strong and thoughtful criticism of the NSA’s domestic surveillance operations, which are unquestionably out of control. Furthermore, the Obama administration specifically deserves to be not only criticized but held accountable for what has gone on under its watch. I have no problem with Sen. Paul or anyone else doing so. Having said that, Rand Paul crossed a line.
Look at what Paul did here. Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, and other civil rights leaders were real black men. They fought the system, ’cause that’s what real black men do. They weredangerous, dangerous enough that The Man himself—in the form of J. Edgar Hoover—had to break the law to spy on them (imagine the theme from Shaft playing as you read this). Clearly, Paul is saying that Hoover’s spying was wrong, he’s identifying with King and Ali, not Hoover. But what Paul’s also saying is that President Barack Obama, well, he’s Hoover. He’s certainly more Hoover than he is King or Ali. A real black man—Paul clearly says even if he didn’t use those exact words—should have known better, or, in the words Paul did use, a real black man should have been “a little more conscious.” Because Rand Paul knows what it means to be a real, “conscious” black man.
Almost as soon as he emerged on the national stage in 2004 with his message of cross-racial American unity, some have questioned whether Barack Obama is actually “black enough.” Most of the time, the people asking that question have been black. But Rand Paul fancies himself a truth-teller, someone who can talk about race and talk to black people in a way that less brave white politicians aren’t willing to do. He’s scoring points with the media (the headline of a news article—not an opinion piece—about the NSA speech characterized Paul as a “rising star”) as someone who will go before audiences most conservatives avoid, and will say things others won’t say. In reality, however, he’s just another whitesplainer.
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Whitesplaining” is a term of relatively recent origin. It can too easily be overused, employed by some to discourage white people from talking about certain topics rather than actually engaging with the content of what they are saying. No one, simply by dint of their race, should feel that they have nothing of value to say on a topic of such importance as racism in America. However, whitesplaining is supposed to be used to call out a white person for telling black people how they should feel or act, or how they should see a certain situation (i.e., “is it racist or not”), or condescendingly lecturing black people about black life in America. Rand Paul has here engaged in a textbook definition of whitesplaining. And it’s not even the first time, as the students at Howard University (and anyone who heard his remarks there) can attest.
Now, Barack Obama has spoken on countless occasions about the special responsibility he feels as a black president to address issues that disproportionately affect African-Americans. He’s also repeatedly said that he is the president of all Americans, and he takes his positions based on what he believes is best for the country as a whole. On the matter of the NSA, I’m not convinced that the black community today (as opposed to, say, during the years of Martin Luther King or the Black Panthers) is affected more by dangerously excessive domestic surveillance than any other community, but Rand Paul isn’t seriously making that argument. He’s just using Obama’s blackness for his own political gain.
Let’s turn Paul’s thinking around on him. Born in Pennsylvania, Rand moved to Texas at age five and stayed there through college (at Baylor), and since then has continued to live exclusively in the South (North Carolina for medical school and residency at Duke, and Kentucky for his medical practice). If Barack Obama—due his being of the same race as those black people persecuted for centuries—should feel a special responsibility, then I would suggest that Rand Paul, as a Southern white male who shares the racial and regional background of the worst of those doing the persecution, should also feel some special responsibilities to protect the civil rights of the persecuted.
Yet, Rand Paul has a long history of criticizing and even opposing major elements of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Now, to Paul’s credit, he has also done some very good things more recently, like join the push to allow ex-felons to regain the right to vote. Rand Paul is not Rush Limbaugh, to be sure. But, to use one of my favorite phrases, that’s an awfully low bar to clear.
If Rand Paul wants to criticize President Obama on the NSA and domestic surveillance, he should have at it. There’s plenty to criticize, and Paul isn’t alone. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and Muhammad Ali are all black men who fought and struggled to make this country a better place. Do any of you think that Rand Paul, were he an adult in 1964, would have been standing with Martin Luther King instead of with Barry Goldwater, who ran for president in that year on a platform that opposed the Civil Rights Act? Rand Paul’s contemporary arguments against that law parrot those of Goldwater, so we know exactly where and with whom Paul would have stood.
Barack Obama has a lot to answer for when it comes to the NSA. However, the president certainly does not have to answer to Rand Paul when it comes to whether he is black enough.


Neal Boortz: Santa and Martin Luther King! Really!

In Martin Luther King, Neal Boortz, The Raw Story on December 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Herman Cain minstrels with Neal Boortz!
Have you ever heard of the “angry white men” syndrome? Without further comment we offer a classic zoo ready specimen via the Raw Story.

Think about these two names for a second: St. Nicholas (AKA Santa Claus) And Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Neal Boortz defends ‘white Santa’: ‘Martin Luther King is always portrayed as black!’ (via Raw Story )

A self-described libertarian radio host on Monday defended Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s assertion that Santa Claus was white, saying he was going to “scream and complain because Martin Luther King is always portrayed as black.” In a clip obtained…

UPDATE: GOP "Outreach" to African-Americans, Bill O’Reilly And An Embarrassing News Network

In Bill O'Reilly, Boehner, Cantor, Fox News, Martin Luther King on August 29, 2013 at 7:23 PM

UPDATE: O’Reilly admits mistake!(See at end of the piece)

GOP “Outreach” to African-Americans
Mitt Romney 2012 website Outreach Communities.

Could this be as far as it goes? The son of Juan Williams and Williams working for Fox News? 

Bill O’Reilly helps with outreach!

“Today’s events excluuuuuuuded (not a typo) conservatives.”  “No, Republicans an no conservatives were invited.”  Bill O’Reilly, Fox News Number Show Host. 
Conservative America’s number two demagogue, Bill O’Reilly, has stepped out unto “credibility” thin-ice, again.  Yesterday, O’Reilly literally raced to his air-time with invited guest James Carville to blast on the lack of Republicans invited to yesterday’s March On Washington-Martin Luther King Commemoration event. The segment embedded below is typical O’Reilly: wrought with lies, misinformation and “Fox News Model” reporting.   
There-in lies the difference between media for high information viewers vs. media for low information viewers. O’Reilly was factually incorrect and pressed on like a wounded animal. The problem is, facts would be readily available within hours.  Facts are for those who want facts. O’Reilly’s audience obviously has no interest in credible reporting. The viewing audience shows signs of immediate gratification via O’Reilly (fiction rooted) manipulation. Excuse me if the last set of words induced an undesirable image.  

Mario Piperni and " I Have A Dream."

In Mario Piperni, Martin Luther King on August 29, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Re-blogged from Mario Piperni Dot Com

‘I Have A Dream’ 50 Years Later

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One hundred years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and 50 years after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the conservative wing of the Supreme Court saw it fitting to strike down key components of the Voting Rights Act which enabled the Republican Party to move forward on legislation which suppresses the black vote. Also, as Trayvon Martin’s parents know only too well, 50 years after King spoke of his dream, every child in America is still not judged on the content of their character alone.

That said, 50 years later, and in spite of the best efforts of the bigots and haters, the president of the United States is a black man serving out his second term. After 150 years of freedom and 50 years of civil rights, the struggle continues but there is no denying that King’s dream is more real today than it’s ever been.

The MLK source image is from United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs collection.

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Tom Robinson Fights Racism

In Frederick Douglass, The Progressive Influence on December 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

There are times when we posts related to Tim Wise. We have  also posted Facebook screeds from Mr. Tom Robinson. We offer yet, another from Tom Robinson.

Before we post the screed, know that facing racism and bigotry (or even bias) is not an easy mission to accomplish.  It takes courage (as you will read below), it takes focus, and it takes commitment.  Some have accomplished work unparalleled during the course of mankind to alleviate the world of such psycho/social mental deficiencies. All must be reminded of that in our lives that can be eliminated.

 I hope Mr. Robinson does not mind the following. 

You know Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King,  Ghandi, Susan B. Anthony (and company),  Malcolm X (Malik Shabazz), Medgar Evers, murdered civil rights and voting rights workers, and like the thought our not, you know the original (and real) Black Panther Party for Self Defense.  If you know of those people, you know they have one thing in common, “death to oppression and freedom for all people.”   

Why did I reference Tom Robinson with regard to those names?  Because I think he is a humble man on a mission.  A mission that most of us dare not undertake (for various reasons).  And, it is people like Tom Robinson who have potential for impacting our world, if people will listen read and involve themselves.  I offer Tim Wise as another and much more recognized ‘speaker of the word’.

Before Tom’s short personal screed, Allow me to repeat an experience of a few years ago. The Cherry Hill House.  

Tom Robinson “Agitates”.  Tim wise “Agitates”.  We do not restrict our work to the elimination of racism, bigotry and bias, but we consider that we at The Progressive Influence also “AGITATE”. 

Tom Robinson (Facebook screed unmodified)

Image courtesy Tom Robinson…Peace and tranquility

  • Please understand that when I say ‘you’,

    I am not talking about everyone, but the one’s that I am talking about, know who they are. Yet I still have a question for us all of us; what are we afraid of ? Are we afraid of hurting the feelings of some people who might finds the ( truth ) offensive? Are we; who claim to be spirited fighters for truth and justice only willing to do it ” under some circumstances? “

    So here we go…

    The fact that there has been unprecedented Black achievement in America is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and resilience of a magnificent people.

    Yes, in spite of not only throwing the kitchen sink at us, and all the appliances too, and putting every conceivable obstacle possible in our path and creating laws that only apply to us, so that we can be easily convicted and warehoused, and denying us a proper education with which we cannot get proper employment and treating us with disgust and disdain; for the last 450 years, ( still we rise…) And that is what burns your ass to the point that you have ( bought and paid for ) lawmakers; to re-double their efforts to strip away laws that were meant to help us and provide opportunities, and creating shams to prevent us from voting.

    Yes, yes, yes, we understand that you think that everything is our fault; that if it wasn’t for us, your jobs would not have been out sourced or you wouldn’t have lost your homes and the economy would be better, and gas prices would be lower, and your savings wouldn’t have been wiped out. We understand that you’ve convinced yourself that we have international connections with multi national drug cartels, Customs and other law enforcement officials and the banking industry and are able to wash billions of dollars in drug money and have those same drugs shipped into the country, and then funneled into our communities’, where they have caused generations of devastation and havoc, and you blame us for broken homes due to systemic high black unemployment, and a lop-sided educational, judicial and justice system. And our children’s bright futures, have been dimmed, because we are lazy.

    And oh, yeah, lets talk about the guns too. You know the one’s that are readily available and sold in this country; and protected by 2nd. amendment rights and the NRA and our corrupt politicians. Sure, you remember that, the guns that any sick lunatic can walk into any gun store and purchase, because some people are so fearful that some one is going to come and take them away, so they stockpile them as if their was going to be an apocalyptic invasion from another planet, or maybe a race war, that Fox News keeps warning you about.

    Yes we know; that you think that it is all our fault, as well. And you’ve managed to convince a good portion of Americans too. You’ve convinced them to continuously vote against their own economic interests and excoriate programs that also help them; for fear that they would have to share something with us; and they have and they still do? (WTF) How else can you explain the Tea Party?

    Man, talk about blind hatred and selfishness. And they teach this to their children and still call themselves’ responsible parents?

    But guess what? The world has been watching you; and some of those Americans are beginning to wake up, and they are sick and tired of having a national identity and description in the world, that Americans are motivated by hate…

    We understand that you (some) refuse to take any responsibility for situations that you created or have allowed to happen right under your nose; because of greed, blatant racism and willful ignorance. We understand that you suffer from the psychosis of privilege and are so blinded by hatred that you don’t realize ( or won’t accept ) that you are getting played too. You refuse to admit to yourself that the views we are forced to peruse are the exact same one’s that light your vista’s too, because you have someone else to blame, right? Well, just let me ask; how is that working out for you? And guess what…

    You cannot hold a man down without staying down there with him.

    The only difference between us, and you is that you volunteer to stay down there with us; and you do it to protect the rich and the powerful, who tell you that if you just keep believing their bullshit, then scraps from their table will trickle down to you too. And they continue to demonstrate; time and again, that they don’t give a rats ass about you, your future, your children, your homes, your outsourced jobs, your college loans or your families’ health or well-being in general. But all of your problems are our fault; right?

    Oh, did I forgot to mention that they really don’t care about your husbands, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters, ( Some raped or otherwise sexually abused ) that they send off to wars for corporate profits who come home bruised and broken, spiritually, emotionally and otherwise. Only to be denied benefits and discharged from the military because of a “trumped up” personality disorder.

    When will you get it; that we are all Americans and if this country is going to live up to it’s potential and ideals, we are going to have to start to embrace our difference’s and stop letting fear and hate cloud our judgement.

    Whenever I post this I get all types of messages. Some people tell me that that I am ‘too’ serious about this whole racial thing and I need to chill out. Others say that I am too angry and then they un-friend me. Some people just cuss me out for blaming them and then proceed to to tell me that they never owned a slave, and then they call me a racist. The saddest part however, is the silence that I get from people I thought would support the ideals of their country…

    Tom ~

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