Tag Archives: Newt Gingrich

Video of The Week #8: President Obama, Melissa Harris Perry, Citizens United, Racism & The GOP (Updated)

1. “Today, President Obama will participate in the first completely virtual interview from the White House to talk about his State of the Union Address. During the live interview, which will be held through a Google+ Hangout, the President will answer questions submitted by people from across the country. In fact, more than 227,000 people have participated already, submitting over 133,000 questions and casting more than 1.6 million votes on the questions they would like to hear President Obama address. In the Hangout, the President will be joined by a selection of citizens who will engage in the conversation live.

Don’t miss your chance to Hangout with the President. Watch live at 5:30 EST on Monday, January 30, 2012. Your interview with President Obama will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov, YouTube.com/WhiteHouse and on the White House Google+ page.”

2. I found this video compiled by Think Progress in an article entitled, “The GOP’s Racial Politics“. The video does a great job of underscoring how much Race still matters in America. In particular, how racism is used as a tactic to appeal to bigots to drum up Republican support. Some have opined that this is just a “bad” election year but as I’ve said before it’s implications are much deeper than that. The fact that such behavior is a historic tool of the GOP makes me wonder why any person of color, or conscience, would ever align themselves with the Republican party.

You may also find this interesting, a letter from Catholic leaders taking the GOP candidates to task for their racialized messages.

3. This video, Democracy For Billionaires,  is an excerpt from 1/28, Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. It’s about Newt Gingrich, Sheldon Adelson and Citizens United. It’s excellent and a must watch. If you would like more information on Sheldon, click here. Take a stand…

4. And finally, the fantastic Melissa Harris Perry in a Q&A session on her book Sister Citizen.

BONUS: The fight for democracy, equality and integrity continues. MHP’s new show starts this weekend  on 2/18/12 and I’m expecting big things 🙂 Enjoy!

“In addition to her role at MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry is also columnist for The Nation magazine, and will continue to write her monthly column, titled Sister Citizen. Harris-Perry is also a Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, where she will continue to teach, and is the Founding Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South, housed at the university’s Newcomb College Institute. A celebrated author, Harris-Perry recently published her second book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale 2011), which examines the effects of persistent harmful stereotypes on black women’s politics. Her first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

In 2009, Harris-Perry became the youngest scholar to deliver the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University, as well as the youngest woman ever to deliver the prestigious Ware Lecture. Harris-Perry received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School.”  – Excerpt from http://www.MSNBC.com

Videos of the Week #7: A Day In History

Ah, yesterday. Isn’t it amazing that a date can shift with meaning based on historical events?

Just think, on January 21, 2011, Newt Gingrich won the Republican South Carolina Primary. On the very same day in 1997, he was fined $300,000 for ethical misconduct. The first Speaker in history to earn that umm distinction. Amazing!

Does yesterday’s vote indicate the collective amnesia of our citizenry, the corrosive effects of time, or the amazing propensity of humans ability to forgive? *Arched eyebrow* Inquiring minds want to know.

jan-21-1997-ethics-sanctions-gingrich-12641213

In the very strange hallways of my mind, the following cartoon has leapt to prominence as a result of yesterday’s election. Three guesses on who The Brain represents and who’s Pinky ;)…

Well, you have to give Newt one thing, he sure is quick on his feet when it comes to slinging mud and tapping into the lizard-like mindset of bigotry and anger that infects many Americans.

Racism In America: Make A Conscious Choice (Updated)

**Some of us ARE talking. I found this wonderful post and blogger called Beverly Diehl. She has sponsored a blogfest on racism commemorating MLK. Check it out.**

Sometime in December, I was on Twitter raving about the racism reported in the media that has become a daily onslaught. I was enraged by the the unholy triumvirate of Newt Gingrich’s ideas on the poor and his brilliant solutions; Gene Mark’s article on Poor Black Kids and Rihanna being called a Nigga Bi*** in a Dutch magazine.

Imagine my surprise, when one of my soon to be ex-followers sent me a tweet implying that the reason for all this blatant evidence of racism was just that it was an election year. Coincidentally, he was White.

My head spun. Truly. I think sparks flew out of my head.

  • As if, racist attacks only occur during an election year and magically dissipate when they are over.
  • As if, such behavior is merely talking points for rich, white, moneyed elitists and politicians to increase their hit rates, book sales etc. No one else says, or thinks these things, heavens no.
  • As if, said opinions do not inform, or affect, the minds of the populace.

Distilled to 140 characters, I sent back one, or two, irate (but respectful) tweets, stating that as a Black person he would never get me to agree with that synopsis. Indeed, the evidence of what we are seeing has widespread implications.

Silence. No response. He’d gone off to resume drinking and sending out drunken tweets. Speaks volumes, yes?

I guess the complexity of the subject was too much, or *gasp* I was coming across as yet another angry black woman. No matter, I’m in good company :). If you’re not angry in the face of the soul-stealing evil being sold to you under the guise of truth, you’re too far gone for help in my book.

It’s a secret that many Americans continue to vehemently deny, racism is alive and well and *gasp* it’s pervasive roots spread beyond the Grand Old Party. The GOP, who, in my opinion, merely reflect back an ugly, and not so silent, reality.

The hypocrisy of Americans and their ongoing refusal to discuss racism, past and present, is sickening. Silence is, rarely, if ever, your friend. The cry that talk of race is divisive is so insulting that it leaves me speechless. An intelligent, mindful, open person recognizes the need for discussion, acknowledgement and adjustment. Curse me for my thoughts of a truly mutually beneficial resolution.

A great starting point, for such as he, would be to understand that it is easy for White people not to be concerned about race. It’s a wonderful offshoot of white privilege.

When your daily life isn’t riddled with attacks on your race, in the media; from the mouths of the would be leaders of our country; from the police who you pay taxes for protection but routinely fail to protect you; from the stranger on the corner who shifts away from you to safeguard their valuables; neighbors who watch you out of the corners of their eyes waiting for the “other shoe” to drop; every moron who is visibly surprised at the success of a Black person who is not a rapper, drug dealer, comedian, or athlete, or, even from so called well meaning friends of other races whose speech is riddled with insulting stereotypical questions, and jokes, then you have the luxury NOT to be concerned about race.

For The Clueless

Here’s an idea, instead of asking Black people to stop talking about race…

Think about it in a deeper fashion. Showing respect for the feelings and thoughts of others beyond how the world effects you personally is a giant step. Getting the money out of politics and financial reform are not the only ills of America.

Perhaps, for just one moment you might also consider that the construct of race was not invented by overly sensitive African Americans, but White colonialists/imperialists who used, and continue to use race, as a method of divisiveness.

Much of the Black defensiveness and anger you see, is a result of the overt racism and microaggressions that we deal with and internalize. Ask yourself how you would feel if your so called non-Black allies, who weren’t racist, actively engaged in attempting to get you to (a) contribute to the cover-up that says we live in a post-racial society, or (b) move “past” racism to some utopian society which is clearly out of reach. How exactly would that help you?

Then, perhaps, you might contemplate that not every Black person who brings up the issue of race is pulling the race card but has a legitimate gripe.

In the same way, that I acknowledge and am happy that many White people, and non-Blacks, are not clueless and insensitive to these facts and are intelligent and empathetic enough to seek to change.

In the same way, that I listen to Jewish people when they speak about anti-Semitism, or the Holocaust. Experience informs their narratives and trumps any supposition I may have.

Dismissiveness is insulting and disrespectful. We understand that it’s easy to walk around in your own head but please, please, please don’t articulate your one-sided BS opinions and not open your ears to listen. The veils have been ripped asunder and we are clever enough to see this for the deep down, self serving ignorance it actually is, despite what you may believe. If you can’t stand hearing about it, imagine how it would be to live with it.

We all have our issues but I do my best to listen to, validate, and accept all people because the width and breadth of the human experience is not only mine to claim and I know others have something to teach me. It is a conscious choice that we all have the option to make.


What Are We Thinking: The Politics of Immorality

I don’t know too many folks, Democrat or Republican, who are happy with what is sure to be a protracted, ugly election. The stakes being so much greater than we knew in 2008, the country so fractured ideologically, the uncertainty of the way forward and the racist, vitriolic hate that continues to infect politics have made it much more serious. Not to mention things like the Patriot Act, NDAA, SOPA, or Voter Id suppression laws.

We are splintered.

The GOP candidates are a joke and liberals are feeling pretty confident of the election outcome considering the glaring deficiencies of the opposition. Contrast this against sane, honest Republicans who will tell you flat out that they are disgusted with the choices before them.

Let’s not forget that there is a third crowd waiting in the wings who are so disgusted with the choices before them that they will not consider any candidate before them but are seeking a third choice. Enter stage right, American’s Elect. Few, seem overly concerned that this will splinter the vote in ways as yet unforeseen.

Regardless of political affiliation, Americans want their country back on track and they want it like yesterday. They don’t care, if they ever did, about the Bush years or the 30 yeas of past political policies and apathy that has led us to this place. Nor, did they seem to hear President Obama’s pre-election prognostication that addressing the economic woes of the country and meeting his objectives would take time. This, even without knowing the scope of the struggle before him.Boy, was he right.

Such is our right. No one wants to hear logic (snark) as they suffer and sacrifice. That doesn’t mean the response is realistic, it just means that it is understandable, in terms of human behavior. Unfortunately, it is just during these times that LOGIC is required to stave off panic and make a sound choices, politically or professionally. Handing our country over to those with “extremist” ideas is the greatest danger I can imagine.

I understand that people are looking for a way out of misery and when circumstances force them to do that other things get left by the side like decency, morality, kindness and concern for one’s neighbor. I’m not being funny, history is filled with such instances. That’s exactly what’s happening when you see people cheering about the uninsured dying just because they against socialized health care.

They are looking for a scapegoat which is a very human proclivity, illogical at best. This might be time to remind people that the current difficulties caused by our do nothing congress rest squarely in the hands of Americans. Those who took their emotions, instead of rationality, to the voting booth and those who chose not to vote at all.

The one thing we all agree on is that our country is headed off the rails. What was bad before has become starkly worse. Issues are bubbling up like lava and people are taking to the streets in their sheer disgust that the political process, financial institutions, educational systems, healthcare industry and corporate giants are failing us in a stupendous fashion.

You may have noticed that the GOP candidates have no qualms about leveraging misinformation, racism, sexism, feminism, homophobia, warmongering and hate mongering to win the presidency. Those who are carefully watching keep calling them clowns and laughing at the circus they’ve created but now would be the time to acknowledge that things are as unfunny as they can get (or so you hope). It’s one thing to see a few misguided individuals espouse crazy theories and it’s quite another to see just how many people are comfortable with their ideas, uphold them and follow them. I’m not feeling that even one little bit.

Just look how many people their strategies work on.There seems to be an atmosphere of apathy and willingness to believe the spin of what MSM (mainstream media). The strategies of the GOP wouldn’t be so successful if their wasn’t an entrenched camp of Americans who refuse to read and research their candidates before choosing them. One has only to connect the dots to the corporations which control MSM to understand the inherent media bias and power which is being leveraged by and for the 1%. It’s not a conspiracy, it’s fact.

Ignorance of the political process and political history of candidates is inexcusable thanks to our technological age. The information is there simply waiting to be found.

That said, I can’t believe that people actually know about the history of some of the GOP candidates and still consider them viable options

Adulterers, liars, rascists, elitists, paranoid conspiracy theorists, warmongers and homophobes?! This is your choice? Where is the OUTRAGE of the Republicans that these are the choices put before them?

I respect anyone’s right to choose a candidate, or party but I can’t accept, even in times such as these, that any significant part of the populace is so incredibly immoral that the utterances and behavior of some of the candidates are not immediate disqualifiers for the President of the United States. Not in 2011.

How is it possible that the GOP base is not disgusted by:

  1. Ron Paul’s who under the banner of libertarian espouses ideas that are contrary to most civilized, sane folks. You know like racism, bigotry, homophobia, paranoid delusions and issues with civil rights to name a few.
  2. Rick Santorum who has laughably surged in last few weeks to become a real contender, seemingly because he is the best of a bad bunch. No concern at all about his racist rants? Delivered in a room full of White people and there was not one expression of shock or outcry against his glaringly inaccurate comment.
  3. Newt Gingrich’s unethical past and eat the poor policies. Don’t get me started on the Lunar colonies OMG.
  4. Mitt Romney’s only consistency, inconsistency. Some would call that lying.
  5. Michelle Bachmann who seems to be a warmonger amongst other things. Last week, it was rifles and this week she’s arming the missiles to show Iran we mean business.

That’s just a few. I stand staunchly behind the right of all human beings to make mistakes but these are not mistakes, they are flagrant, long-standing patterns of behavior, in most cases, which speak volumes about their belief systems They actually believe that spinning diatribes of hate and divisiveness will appeal to a section of the population and that will be sufficient to win the vote. Either that or they are better students of psychology than I.

It boggles my mind and makes me wonder at our decent, civilized and exceptional society. Where is the outcry and demand for better?

Radical as this, we should all agree that glaring issues of immorality and ethical issues, are disqualifications for the office of POTUS. Not one of the GOP clowns is fit to fill the shoes of our President. Considering what we are up against, maybe it’s time to set some other qualifications for the highest office in the land? You know, while we are demanding to have money removed from politics. What about keeping out the crazies and hatemongers? Right.