Day: July 21, 2010

Fox News Channel: Reminiscent Of Strom Thurmond, George Wallace, Lester Maddox, And Jesse Helms! :(

In the 1960s, we saw the passage of landmark civil rights legislation, designed to end the racial divide and provide equal opportunity in America!

Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who had run as a segregationist Presidential candidate in 1948 on the States Rights Party, voted against it, and switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party!

Governor George Wallace of Alabama was defiant in the face of civil rights advancements, and exploited the issue of race in his several presidential campaigns, including his third party American Independent Party candidacy in 1968!

In the same era, Lester Maddox, a restaurateur in Georgia, who gave his white patrons little pick axes as a symbol of what would happen if any African American dared to enter his chicken restaurant, was elected Governor, and shamed his state, that such a prejudiced person could be elected to the state’s executive mansion! The state of Georgia finally redeemed itself by electing as his successor a peanut farmer from Plains, Jimmy Carter, who advanced racial progress in his four year term as Governor, before running for and winning the Presidency!

From 1972-2002, North Carolina elected Jesse Helms to the US Senate, after a disgraceful career as a segregationist talk show host on radio! Helms proceeded to use the issue of race constantly against his opponents, including an African American competitor, Harvey Gantt, who had been Mayor of Charlotte, and twice opposed him in the election campaigns of 1990 and 1996! Nothing racist was avoided by Helms, who gave no concern that he was promoting hate and division in the nation with his poisonous prejudice!

All of the above politicians, and many others, utilized the fear of middle class and poor whites that any advancement of African Americans was a threat to them,and that they were being denied opportunity because of black progress!

Well, the reader might say, that is all history, so why relate it now?

The answer is that racism and prejudice is alive and well at FOX NEWS CHANNEL and on talk radio, as they have constantly berated Barack Obama, accusing him and his administration of racism, rather than looking themselves in the eye! ๐Ÿ™

So now the race baiters are Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, and many other conservative activists, who have no shame, and yet are no different than their predecessors in Southern politics from Thurmond to Helms! ๐Ÿ™

Now it is the so called NEWS MEDIA on the right, acting as if they are legitimate, who are the promoters of race hatred! ๐Ÿ™

And all of these characters have distorted the 101 year history of the NAACP, an organization dedicated to interracial understanding and cooperation, whose name “COLORED PEOPLE”, does not refer to only African Americans, but people of all colors and races who have faced discrimination and prejudice in this country’s history. They are still facing it today, as the conservative activists leave no stone unturned to turn whites against African Americans, who are supposedly not entitled to equality and advancement, and that it is only coming about at the disadvantage and loss of opportunity of whites!

What a terrible lie, and a disgrace, that these forces spew so much hatred and division, and are seen by many people as legitimate! ๐Ÿ™

They are no better than Thurmond, Wallace, Maddox, or Helms! They should all be ashamed of themselves! ๐Ÿ™

It’s About Time That Fox News Channel Be Boycotted Permanently By The Obama Administration!

The latest outrage by Fox News Channel, besmirching the reputation of Shirley Sherrod, an Agriculture Department employee, as a racist, should be the last straw for anyone who believes in fairness, justice, and objectivity in news reporting! ๐Ÿ™

Fox News Channel IS NOT a news channel; it is a propaganda organ; entertainment for the ignorant, the bigots, the hate mongers, and the liars; and the advocate of the extreme right wing, which wants to destroy anything that advances the lives of a vast majority of Americans of all races, nationalities, religions, and classes! ๐Ÿ™

The Obama Administration has always been sensitive toward accusations that it is favoring people of the President’s own racial heritage; it has always been defensive toward its critics, instead of being defiant and combative!

It is time to change course, and to declare “war” on Fox News Channel! The administration should refuse to answer any questions or agree to any interviews with anyone connected with Fox News Channel! It is not a requirement that the government must agree to speak to all journalists and channels! Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and other administration officials should accept no questions from Fox, and ignore all attacks, rather than give them credence!

It should be considered a privilege for anyone to ask questions or gain interviews, and a standard of honesty and decency and accuracy must be expected, or face a boycott!

Such a boycott will gain critics, and cause some people to be angry with the administration, but there is no way to do anything about that, so the administration should not worry about the reaction! As it is, every administration has problems with the media, but Obama needs to make clear that he will not tolerate dealing with a media source that has no purpose, other than evil doing!

If it causes negative reaction, so be it, and if it affects the next election in 2012, so be it, as there is no guarantee that anyone can have that anyone, by any action, will guarantee a victory or a defeat in a future political race!

If it is fine that right wing Tea Party people, such as Sharron Angle and Rand Paul, refuse to talk to mainstream media, then it is fine for the administration to refuse to grant interviews to or answer questions of right wing media that has no purpose, except ill intent; to destroy, to divide, to stir up hate and slander!

Freedom of the press requires the right of people to question, but not of those in power to answer scurrilous charges! Nothing should be done to legitimize Fox News Channel as a reliable source of news and information as it is anything but that! ๐Ÿ™

Those who work for Fox News Channel, who in their hearts and conscience, know that their station is doing a disservice to the field of journalism, should be courageous enough to resign their positions on principle, as working for that station besmirches their own reputations! It would be a mark of honor if these people, and they know who they are, showed decency and principle, rather than simply act as lackeys in order to keep their salaries! It would be a service to the quality and principles of the great profession of journalism in America!

Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren Should Be Head Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau!

Now that the Financial Reform legislation has passed both houses of Congress and will be going into effect soon, the President has to find someone to run the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the right person is Professor Elizabeth Warren of Harvard University!

Warren has been the head of the Congressional bailout oversight panel, and has been tough on the Treasury Department on how they spent their money, and been a critic of a housing program that has not protected homeowners!

Warren has been a consumer advocate and watchdog, and a long term critic of Wall Street, which, along with Republicans, is fighting her nomination! The fact that she wants to hold Wall Street accountable is more than enough reason to appoint her to head this new consumer agency, which has been sorely needed for a long time!

This is a woman of courage and conviction, who will really be there for the American people, and hold the banking industry responsible for their reprehensible behavior which led to the Great Recession we are suffering through now for two and a half years!

If President Obama gives in to the pressure to deny her the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, then one will have to have doubts about his sincerity in pushing for this legislation, and progressives and liberals will have to reconsider their support of a President who caves in to pressure from the right wing! ๐Ÿ™

Senator Lindsey Graham And The Supreme Court: A Profile In Courage!

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina can be considered the “maverick” in Republican ranks, now that Senator John McCain of Arizona claims he is not now, and never has been, a maverick, despite his constant assertions over the years that he was a maverick!

Graham is the new “profile in courage” in the GOP, as he has been critical of the Tea Party Movement, and has shown willingness to work with the Obama Administration on some issues!

He is considered a “traitor” within the Tea Party Movement and his own party, particularly in South Carolina, and will probably face conservative opposition when he next faces the voters in 2014, but he is not concerning himself with that at this point, more than four years away from that challenge!

Yesterday, Graham was the only Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee to back Elena Kagan’s nomination for the Supreme Court, as it was reported out, and is ready to go to the Senate floor for final confirmation!

Graham reprimanded the other GOP senators on the committee, reasserting his earlier stated view on the Supreme Court, when Sonia Sotomayor was up for confirmation last summer!

That statement was that as long as the nominee of the President is qualified, one should give him the respect of supporting his nominee, as he was the winner of the presidential election, and should be entitled to whoever he wants to put on the Supreme Court! As Graham put it, when the voters speak, we should all respect that, and support the President in his right to choose whoever he wants, again as long as the person meets the standard of appropriate qualifications!

It will be interesting to see how many Republican Senators back Kagan in the final vote, as nine of them supported Sotomayor last summer!

Again, plaudits to Lindsey Graham for showing principle and courage! ๐Ÿ™‚