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September 19, 2014 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) “I think it’s time we stop/Children, what’s that sound?/Everybody look – what’s going down?” Those lyrics – from Buffalo Springfield’s classic 1967 song “For What It’s Worth” are as timely as ever right now. In 2014, disingenuousness in America is prevalent. It’s all around us.

The word disingenuous is an adjective – and is defined as “not candid or sincere.” There are countless examples of disingenuous attitudes currently in this country.

Exhibit A: Dr. Ben Carson. Listen, folks: Dr. Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson is obviously a very brilliant man. He was a groundbreaking neurosurgeon (retired) who is a now bestselling author, an in-demand public speaker, and an outspoken conservative. I have absolutely nothing against Dr. Carson personally. I’m familiar with his backstory. I know that he’s a man of faith. Here’s the thing: all this talk of drafting Dr. Carson as the Republican Presidential nominee in 2016 is just that – talk.

The Grand Old Party has never elevated a person of color to such lofty heights. Someday, it might – but this isn’t the time, and Dr. Carson isn’t the person. Dr. Carson is as likely to win that nomination as Olivia Pope from ABC’s “Scandal.” The major political party which has called President Obama everything but a child of God and has abandoned even the pretense of outreach to Black Americans is suddenly enlightened enough to anoint Dr. Carson as its chosen one? Give me a break. Anyone who actually believes that is disingenuous.

Exhibit B: Brian Kemp. Mr. Kemp is Georgia’s Secretary of State. In July, Mr. Kemp said these to a conservative audience: “In closing I just wanted to tell you, real quick, after we get through this runoff, you know the Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November.” What was Mr. Kemp actually saying to the group of Gwinnettpolitics-2014 County Republicans this summer? Was he simply throwing them red meat?

Was he speaking from the perspective of Georgia’s Secretary of State or from the perspective of a private citizen who happens to be a Republican? I’ve heard the audio clip from this particular appearance. No conspiracy theory here. I wasn’t in attendance that day. I didn’t see the man’s body language. I choose to take Mr. Kemp at his word. But because of who he is and what capacity he serves in, shouldn’t Mr. Kemp have known better? According to Georgia’s Constitution, the Secretary of State is charged with the responsibilities of supervising and monitoring elections in Georgia and providing campaign finance disclosure. Mr. Kemp’s comments should have been a head-scratcher if he had said those things publicly in Oklahoma – considered to among the reddest of red states. Oklahoma isn’t geographically close to Georgia, either. For this man, serving in his capacity, to say those things in the same state and city where he’s supposed to be fighting for the integrity of voting rights for all Georgians – regardless of their political ideology – is preposterous. With all due respect, Mr. Kemp should be facing an ethics board. He’s clearly disingenuous.

Exhibit C: Those who criticize the President’s response to the ISIL/ISIS threat. So because he doesn’t want yet another ground war in Iraq, he’s a coward? Because the President authorized military airstrikes against ISIL/ISIS in Iraq and Syria, his critics are justified in calling him too cautious? It’s ironic that the only thing the House and the Senate have been able to scrap up the votes for in months was the authorization for funding to go to war with ISIS. The majority of our U.S. Senators and Congressmen are disingenuous. We are war – again – and these people went on vacation for 6 weeks, came to Washington for 8 workdays, and left again for home so they can campaign for re-election. They won’t be back until the middle of November. Once reelected, I presume they will return to Washington for the purpose of filibustering, not voting anything through, and blaming each other for everything. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – oh brother.

Exhibit D: We the people. We, too, are complicit in this foolishness. We allow ourselves to be played by bad political actors time and time again. We hear and see and smell the lies – yet we somehow convince ourselves that our side is always right. We declare the other side as always wrong. Why do we fall into the trap of demanding accountability from each other when we should be demanding accountability from our elected officials?

Children, what’s that sound?”

Disingenuous means playing games, and America’s issues are far too serious. Play time is over. For what it’s worth, our leaders should step up – or step off. 

Staff Writer; Arthur L. Jones, III

This talented brother is a local Minister, weekly featured Democratic Op-Ed columnist, non-profit advisor, and sees the Braves winning it all this fall. Rev. Jones welcomes your comments! Please email him directly at: tcdppress@gmail.com.


4 Responses to “Politics; Disingenuous Mess in the U.S.”
  1. LMW54 says:

    The Grand Old Party has never elevated a ” person of color to such lofty heights”? Until 2008, neither had the Democrat party; however, the GOP had elevated Condi Rice to Secretary of State as well as Colin Powel. The GOP nominated the second African American to the Supreme Court. To imply that the GOP has never elevated a “person of color” is “disingenuous”.

    Dr. Ben Carson currently has 380,000 supporters, 18,000 volunteers and an organization in all 50 states and that support is growing. I guess we’ll have to see how “disingenuous” all those joining in the campaign to see him as a candidate will be in the end.

    It’s now “disingenuous” to discuss “get out the vote” details? Are you implying that only the Democrats are to be encouraged to speak to minorities about registering and showing up at the polls to cast a vote? Are you saying that the only reason that the GOP would do that is to win elections? Please explain then how the Democrats doing it is NOT to win elections?

    Perhaps the criticism of President Obama’s actions regarding ISIS is that a) he referred to ISIS as “JV” (Junior Varsity) when many of his advisors were trying to get him to take action last year? Perhaps its because ISIS erased the borders of Iraq and Syria before the President decided to take action against that JV and thousands upon thousands of lives were lost in the meantime? Perhaps it was because a certain President stated that to leave Iraq without US presence would lead to exactly what has happened and it was President Obama who chose to leave without that presence? (And it would be disingenuous of you to state that it was Iraq who didn’t want a presence there; all President Obama needed to do was place the remaining troops on diplomatic status to protect them from Iraqi prosecution.)

    I do however agree with your last statement – Americans need to stop playing games and insist that our elected officials stop playing the political games and start doing what is best for “we the people” and not their political careers. But, calling the GOP “disingenuous” for supporting Dr. Ben Carson is just more of the same is it not? And questioning why some of us would criticize the President for his foreign policy is more of the same, is it not?

  2. CD Smith says:

    I respect and admire Dr. Carson. If I had to follow a black leader today, he would be it. He embodies the hopes, dreams and success of the Black American experience. He certainly has more in common with 99% of the members of the black community than Pres. Obama.

    Realistically, he could not win the nomination. He lacks a certain charisma needed to be president. He would be invaluable as a cabinet member.

  3. Don Volz says:

    Brother Arthur, I must disagree with your lack of faith in a Ben Carson candidacy. The members of runbenrun.org have raised over $8 million dollars and signed up over 70,000 volunteers already and Dr. Carson hasn’t even officially entered the race. While it’s too soon to predict the GOP nominee, I’m confident that he will be in the top three coming out of Iowa and New Hampshire.

    And speaking of “disingenuous,” the last six years have proven President Obama to exemplify the term. Consider the following examples: 1) you can keep your doctor/plan, 2) under the ACA, no taxpayer funds will be spent on abortion, 3) not a “smidgen of corruption” at the IRS, 4) his administration will be the most transparent on record, 5) he labeled Bush unpatriotic for adding $4 trillion to the national debt over 8 years, then added over $7 trillion of his own over 6 years, … I could go on, but you get the picture. One reason that Dr. Carson excites people of all demographics is that he is the polar opposite of Obama. He is frank, forthright, and unafraid to be politically incorrect.

  4. ROBERT says:

    WE the people. WE too are complicit in this foolishness. WE allow ourselves to be played by bad political actors time and time again.

    BRO ARTHUR nothing can be more true than that it’s a shame you won’t take your own advice, because if you haven’t discovered who and what ISIS or ISIL is yet than you are complicit in these crimes

    OBAMA has been saying all along that he was supporting the SYRIAN rebels, well who do you think they are!

    BRO ARTHUR all the facts are out the whole world know who these guys are and whose funding them , I hope your not in denial because this is a very hard thing to accept that the first black POTUS is war criminal and a sponsor of terrorist who murdered countless innocent lives.

    PLEASE take the time a view the videos and read the article it’s all there!




    P.S I have far more than this if you need any more convincing!

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