(ThyBlackMan.com) I am hearing all these complaints about the president’s bus, the president’s big, long black bus. They are saying it is too expensive, too luxurious, it was made in Canada, it is too ostentatious, and what else? What else is it that bothers them about the president’s big, long, thick black bus!
Governor Rick Perry of Texas has just thrown his Texas 10 gallon hat into the ring. And in true Texas fashion he then threatened the head of the Federal
“Pretty ugly” to put it mildly means serious bodily harm. For example, the Governor of Texas in the 1940s, Coke R. Stevenson, refused to do anything when Blacks were being hunted down and put to death by howling mobs. He is reported to have said, “”Well, you know these negroes sometimes do those kinds of things that provoke whites to such action.”
Yes, Texas Governor Rick Perry is considered a front runner, and he may well may get the Republican nod, but does anyone think he has a chance of winning the presidency? Did I mention he is against abortion, does not believe in evolution or global warming, won’t raise taxes on the rich and is determined to make hefty cuts to all social programs?
Look at Michelle Bachmann. She has the same opinions as the Texas governor on all of the above issues. Meanwhile, she and Perry are both Evangelical Christians. As for Romney, he is against a woman’s right to choose and he is a Mormon. How can a Mormon be elected president when even Evangelical Christians, whom many in this country are wary of, are themselves reluctant to vote for Mormons?
The forgotten man in all of this is Ron Paul. He came in second in the Iowa caucuses, but the talking heads do not even want to mention that. He is the only one who really stands out in the Republican field. Yes, he is a staunch conservative, determined to cut government spending, but he would, unlike everyone else including Obama, take a meat axe to the bloated defense budget. And so he gets the Jesse Jackson treatment. He is branded “unelectable,” hence, not worthy of serious attention in a boldface attempt to generate a self-fulfilling prophecy.
As for President Obama, he has been taken to task by Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, in their recently ended nationwide tour, for not doing enough to help the Black and the poor. And they are being ripped to shreds by other Black leading figures for having the temerity to say anything about the president. But is that fair? Yes, West is upset that he was not invited to the Inauguration, and Smiley is perturbed that Obama did not attend his annual gathering, but each man, and anyone else, has the right to criticize the president if they feel he is not doing his job.
Yes, we can respect and revere President Obama as the American Head of State, but like any other president, he also wears the title Head of the American Government, and as such, he should be taken to task by those who feel he needs to be criticized.
Many have wondered why the president never takes a hard line, populist stance in dealing with the opposition. They say he is not a good negotiator. Perhaps, but I suspect something else is also at work.
The one person the establishment definitely does not want to see in the White House is Ron Paul. As for Perry, Bachman, Romney, et. al., they are “Straw Men,” a phony opposition that cannot win. In addition to the fact their political stances are way out of the mainstream, a significant element of the Republican electorate does not like President Obama because he is Black.
The disturbing undercurrents of racism that occasionally flash to the surface in, what has now become, a white, Evangelical Christian party frighten Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Muslims and quite a large segment of the majority population. Obama may, or may not be, a good negotiator, but I suspect he is playing to the establishment interests that backed him in ’08 and that are certain to support him in 2012. He shows every sign of being the sure front runner and is quite reluctant to hedge his bets as he campaigns around the country in that long black bus.
Staff Writer; Arthur Lewin
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