Two Parties, Two Problems

Posted: January 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
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“The white conservatives aren’t friends of the Negro, but they at least don’t try to hide it. They are like wolves; they show their teeth in a snarl that keeps the Negro always aware of where he stands with them. But the white liberals are foxes, who also show their teeth to the Negro but pretend that they are smiling. The white liberals are more dangerous than the conservatives; they lure the Negro, & as the Negro runs from the growling wolf, he flees into the open jaws of the smiling fox.
One is the wolf, the other is a fox. No matter what, they’ll both eat you.”
-El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcom X)

Two Parties, Two Problems

My new year’s resolution is simple: reveal to the people the true problem in America. This problem encompasses global warming, Benghazi, the obesity epidemic, September 11th, the foreclosure crisis, terrorism, prison rates, cancer, the fiscal cliff, medical costs, & unemployment because they all result from that overarching problem. The problem is an institution…senators, congresswomen, congressmen, governors, lawmakers…even the voters. Ultimately, the Republicans & the Democrats are the problem. This article will define the the two problem system & what can be done to stop it.

The Problem

Republicans: The Personality Disorder Party

“We help those that already have the means to help themselves.”

-Family Guy

The Republicans are a very confused bunch of individuals. Through all my personal observations, interactions, & studies, I’ve concluded that there are two types of Republicans: The rich Republicans & the redneck Republicans.

The rich Republicans are a selfish, snooty, “my grandfather owns the bank,” type of people. They graduate from top universities without any help from student loans. Young Republican men are legacies at college, pledging fraternities with their Northface jackets & boat shoes on. They are the type of people who swipe their dad’s credit card at Chick-Fil-A while saying, “there is no such thing as a free lunch”. Young Republican women pledge sororities, go serve a year in a poor country preaching the Bible, then return home & marry a doctor. They preach self-reliance while working as a domestic engineer…also known as a housewife. They preach the virtue of motherhood while letting a mammy, an old Black lady, cook the meals, clean the house, & raise the housewife’s five future rich Republican children. It’s a vicious cycle. Rich Republicans are a walking contradiction, loving money while listening to their minister say “the love of money is the root of all evil”. Most rich Republicans, like their money & political leanings, are born into them.

Living in the South since 1993, I have interacted intimately with the next set of Republicans. Redneck Republicans are dumb, beer drinking, ignorant people who lack proper mannerisms. They are the type of people who invest more into their pickup truck & gun collection than in their children’s future. Redneck Republicans hate Muslims because they think Muslims want Allah to rule the world, yet pray daily for a reincarnated Jesus to rule the world. Double standards maybe? These poor & lower middle class people say twenty minute long prayers before breakfast, lunch, & dinner…or as they say, “supper”. I’m not sure if redneck Republicans believe the American Civil War is over with yet because they still proudly walk around donning their Confederate flags. Slogans on their Dixie Outfitter shirts read, “history not hate, pride not prejudice, the South will rise again, & these colors don’t run”…I guess they didn’t hear about what happened at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia 1865? Redneck Republicans value a fetus more than actual life; just ask them their stance on capital punishment & wars. Redneck Republicans believe strongly in the right to own firearms but not the right of a government to ensure their citizenry is fed, housed, & insured. Interestingly enough though, these people claim to be the party of Jesus. Yep. Jesus would rather a people be well armed than well fed. I guess I missed the part in Exodus when God sent down assault rifles & manna? Or was it quail & Glocks? No, no, no…Moses hit the rock & shotguns flooded out right? Yeah…I didn’t think so…

As of late, there have been a couple of Republican Party knock offs to emerge in the mainstream; the Tea Party & the Liberty movement.

In a nutshell, the Tea Party rallied for lower taxes. The Tea Party was nowhere to be found when White politicians continually raised taxes or military spending, but when Obama was elected & began talking about taxes,
DEMOCRATS ARE SOCIALISTS!!!
OBAMA IS A NAZI!!!
LETS TAKE AMERICA BACK TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS!!
The Tea Party claims they weren’t racist though because they had two or three Black faces dotting the crowds, including Herman “Walnut” Cain & the baldhead guy who serves as Sean Hannity’s lapdog whenever an issue of race comes up. With those two Black men speaking on Fox News for an entire race, I slept well at night. Not really. The rich Republicans bought them out shortly after they garnered steam.

The Liberty movement is slowly but surely headed towards the Republican cause. The Liberty movement developed from the Ron Paul movement, an “end the fed”, Laissez Faire, “take my gun from my cold dead hand” type of movement. It’s ironic when it comes to the term “liberty” though. The Liberty movement rallies for liberty when it comes to the liberty to own a gun, but are silent when it comes to the liberty to be safe from the carnage that results from a gun. I would respect the Liberty movement more if they fought for disenfranchised citizens who’s liberties are continually taken away due to class & race. How about the Liberty movement protesting against stop & frisk, racial profiling & discrimination, the disparities in crime sentencing due to class, & the countless ever-growing barriers separating Americans from the liberties they are constitutionally entitled to? Well, they are the liberty movement basing their platform on the Constitution right? Right?

The most ironic thing about the Republican Party is how polar opposite its members are. People like Mitt Romney & people like Billy Bob have nothing in common yet they vote the same. Why is that? One can thank the Southern Strategy for that. This political tactic resembles that of Black codes, the first act of disenfranchisement initiated after the Africans were “emancipated” following the Civil War. Using terms like “Welfare mammies, crack heads, & junkies” instead of “struggling single mothers, drug user, & addicts”, the Republicans separated poor White from poor Black (hence redneck Republicans). Certain terms brought certain reactions. Tough on crime is another example. Tough on crime doesn’t mean sentencing crime the same way no matter a person’s race or class (compare Lindsay Lohan to a poor person with the similar crimes), it means raiding poor neighborhoods of color to make arrest quotas. Thanks to Southern Strategy’s use of rhetoric & policy, Whites started loathing Blacks & left the Democrat Party…all this to the delight of the Republicans.

Bottom line: The Republicans are a party of old rich White men & dumb Rednecks. If they want to survive as a party & not morph into a hate group, they need to change their rhetoric & update their party platform. It’s 2013, not 1965. The Old Testament is named “Old” for a reason.

Democrats: The “I Used To Be” Party

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, & from man to pig, & from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which”.
-George Orwell
Animal Farm

The Democrats are a very sneaky & intelligent party. Because of that, they have pulled off the biggest hoax in American political history. The Democrats sell this dream of being the “party of the poor”.
Question: How many Democratic senators, congressmen/congresswomen, judges, & other appointees live or have ever lived in a homeless shelter?
How many Democrats make less than 25,000 dollars a year?
How many Democratic politicians don’t have Ivy League degrees?
How many Democrats don’t serve the interest of bankers & lobbyists?
Does one truly think Nancy Pelosi drives a Toyota Camry or Joe Biden a Honda Accord?
Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Throughout my observations, I have broken down the Democrats into two groups: Democrats & Black Democrats.

Democrats are an interesting bunch. In college, Democrats wear lots of hemp bracelets, listen to Bob Dylan albums, smoke weed, & drink Starbucks like its going out of style. Democrats major in social work & go on mission trips with their parents money. Yeah, Democrats are rich too. They return home with plenty of “awww, look at the poor little brown kid” pictures. Democrats love minorities and “stand for Trayvon”. Interestingly enough though, most of them have no friends named Trayvon. They are cool with the Blacks though. Where else would they buy their weed from? In ten years, most of these people become Republicans. It’s a maturity thing.

Black Democrats on the other hand, have a serious problem. Instead of beginning where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Huey P. Newton, & other exemplary black community leaders left off, they gave all their hopes, dreams, power, & aspirations to a class of rich White people. To this day I still have no clue why. Instead of instituting free breakfast programs like the Black Panthers did, Black Democrats waited for the other Democrats to come & feed them. Instead of marching against racism & discrimination, Black Democrats waited for the other Democrats to institute hate crime legislation & affirmative action. Handout dependency is another issue Black Democrats suffer from.

Welfare, food stamps, Medicaid…all these are forms of hush money. The Democrats give these commodities to poor people (largely African American) as bribes. “Look, ignore our responsibility in the bankrupting of Detroit…here’s two hundred dollars of redistributed middle class money if you don’t start a march. African Americans, ignore our support for tough on crime legislation & racial profiling, two policies that utterly destroy your neighborhoods…here’s free food bought by redistributed middle class money…it’s yours if you don’t organize”. You see? Democrats shoot poor people in the foot then offer them Band-Aids to fix it. If handouts truly did their job, why is it that the areas & neighborhoods that receive them the most are still poor, violent, & drug filled? Progressives are truly agents of regression when it comes to the poor. I don’t see people in Liberty City, Miami “moving on up”. I don’t see residents of 9th Ward New Orleans “moving on up”. Chicago? Don’t get me started. Democrats are what I like to think of when I read the famous Black educator & author Carter G. Woodson’s following quote: “If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto”. I REPEAT, “If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto”. One last time for the skim through type of reader: “ If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto”. I hope that sunk in.

I call the Democrats the “used to be party” because most of the stances they prided themselves on no longer apply. Some call it compromising, I call it selling out. Starting in the 1960s, Democrats were the party of change…recently though, that change has been for the worse. In 2013, its impossible to differentiate between “pig to man”…I mean between Republican to Democrat.

There are a few stances the Republicans are very proud of the Democrats for, including the National Defense Authorization Act, Guantanamo Bay, & the president’s use of drones

The National Defense Authorization act, otherwise known as NDAA, is a measure that has strong Democratic backing and was resigned by President Obama on January 2nd of this year. This bill authorizes the military & police to wiretap, watch, arrest, & detain indefinitely US citizens who are suspected of terrorism or any other type of “undesirable” behavior. While arrested, citizens are denied the access to a trial & the right to know what charge they stand accused of. Think of this as legalized COINTELPRO. United States citizens who are protected under the Constitution could be literally “Black bagged” for dissident political views. The Democrats not only supported this legislation, the President himself argued strongly for the indefinite detention language to remain in the bill.

Once arrested, the government will ultimately send the citizen to Guantanamo Bay, the place Mr. hope & change himself promised to close five years ago. Still waiting. Guantanamo Bay, or GITMO for short, regularly employs enhanced interrogation, or torture, to extract information. There is no Democratic outrage though. Obama, a constitutional lawyer by trade, sees no violation of the Geneva Accords. There are no marches or rallies by Liberals against that. Damn Democrats, where is your backbone?

The human rights abuses caused by Drones is another issue Democrats are not talking about. Drones are small-unmanned surveillance planes that gather reconnaissance information. Drones mainly operate in the Middle East & North Africa, but as of late, are being developed & sold to local police departments in America. I forgot to mention that Drones are also equipped with missiles and machine gun turrets. Drones don’t ask for driver’s licenses & proof of insurance before they wreak havoc. Lots of innocent civilians die, mostly women & kids, fueling hatred & resentment of America. Oh, that’s why they hate us? I thought it was because of Rock & Roll music? Again, there is no Democratic rage over clear as day human rights abuses. Democrats just wave their 9/11 flags and say “it’s necessary for national security”. Bravo from the Republicans, bravo!

There is a clear double standard here. When George Bush signed the PATRIOTACT, an act Obama has not repealed, the Democratic voters were up in arms. Protests, rallies, meetings, & petitions to impeach Bush were signed. Obama signs NDAA and the Democrats are more interested in the Lakers game that night. George Bush commits war crimes; Obama does what’s necessary. It’s maddening.

Bottom Line: If the Democrats are going to bring “hope & change” to America, they must first start by bringing it to their own party. The Democrats, with their support of Neo-Conservative style laws & policies, have lost their way. The Democrats will need another 1960s style grassroots movement to revive their party. If not, the masses will see through their veil & recognize them as being the “other” rich party. Black Democrats, read some Huey P. Newton.

The solution

People Power: The Forgotten Weapon

The people have been doing for self since mankind appeared on Earth. Before organized religion & politicians received all the credit, people created their present day situations as well as their hoped for futures. For some odd reason in the course of history, people began thinking that they were powerless without a man in a suit speaking for them. People got more & more comfortable with “equal representation” until it eventually became “unequal representation”. More & more people are becoming poorer while fewer & fewer people are becoming richer. Though oppressed people have know this for centuries, the American dream had finally been revealed as a facade. People are noticing how powerless they are no matter how many town hall meetings they attend or letters they write to their representatives. Huey P. Newton, Co-founder of the Black Panthers would always say “Power to the People”. “Power to the People”, not “Power to the lesser of two evils who one only votes for because they feel they have no other choice”. People do have another choice & it starts with themselves. The solution is people power…grassroots movements for change. Occupy has no leader…Anonymous has no leader. These are organizations that are changing the world with no “suit wearing representatives” pulling the strings for them. Gandhi said, “be the change you want to see in the world”. Gandhi is 110% right. BE THE CHANGE, not believe that a Harvard educated lawyer will bring about hope & change…or forward…or whatever gimmick a politician is spinning the next election cycle. The power belongs to the people, & only the people can change America for the better.

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Comments
  1. Peace,

    One thing I’m not a fan of is absolutes, although you make good points throughout. “With their Northface jackets & boat shoes on”, is hilarious. Now, I’m a raging liberal in general and don’t want to come off as on apologist but their are definitely hard scrabble stories to be found in the histories of our elected officials. One of the problems for me, though, is how these public servants get rich in office. Beyond that, history leads me to believe that Dems would facilitate black issues more so than Republicans would. And I also consider that legislation like Affirmative Action or the Fair Sentencing Act did happen as a result of the power of the people organizing, marching, voting, and voicing their concerns. I do agree that once we achieve certain things, it may placate us so as not to demand more. There are no black senators. The unemployment numbers in the black community are always higher than other groups. That’s the shit I don’t like. But there are also plenty of people who hold both major parties accountable and take Pres Obama to task for things like drone strikes and the Patriot Act. But at the end of the day, I agree that the power of the people needs to be used more effectively/aggressively to be of any actual good to the people. Consider the economic power we wield as a community but only invest 3% back in our own community.

    • I appreciate you taking the time out to read my article brother & also sharing your views. I understand where you come from & I agree that the Democrats seem to help Blacks more than the GOP..but if the help the Democrats offer is to be thrown under the bus slower, I don’t want it. If people want to control their destinies, they must have some sort of control first. Blindly trusting the same people who kept one’s ancestors in chains then released them only to be thrown to the back of the bus is ridiculous. People power. And Black activists loving Obama, the guy who supports the type of laws that killed the civil rights movements in its most literal sense, is maddening..straight maddening..
      Peace brother..
      RIP Fred Hampton
      RIP Lil Bobby

  2. While agree with much of what you say I do not agree that “leaderless” organizations such as Anonymous and Occupy are much of a panacea. In fact I think these types of organizations have as limited use as hunger strikes and boycotts.

    • Thanks for reading! I have to disagree. The Black civil rights movement, had leaders, but from numerous organizations. SCLC, SNCC, Black Panthers, BLA, & numerous others..These new organizations breathe the life back into the people and make them want to organize and fight for the people. One thing is for sure. The Dems & the GOP stands for the bankers & Israel..not our interests..people power, not politician power.

  3. @Ncite45 says:

    I believe societal change begins with the delicate balance of cues from the top down, and actions from the ground up. Obama may have over sold the change mantra, but in fairness, his passion has led him into the paralyzing playing fields of politics and media and you have to play the political/media game to be heard on a grand scale today and like it or not, he must ‘publicly’ support some unpopular positions or programs to get that perfect balance of votes needed for election wins. Speaking of passion, it’s not sincere to suggest similarities between him and the GOP considering his passion and actions as a younger adult. I always believed he would’ve been more effective as an outspoken house member banding with the likes of Nina Turner affecting change from the ground up. I truly think that the black community bought too much into his change campaign and overlooked our own responsibilities. For him to make the first move may be political suicide. His actions must be an extension of our voices, which are simply not loud enough as yet. You may argue that our voices are loud but that will only happen when the ‘safe’ districts are redrawn and house members begin to feel the pressure from their constituents…but that’s an entirely different convo.

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