Category Archives: Election 2008
In 2008, I was driving a cab. A fellow driver named Skip and I were sitting up at the airport discussing a certain potentially historic event. “If that m__________r gets elected, watch White folks start acting just like n!gg&hs. They’ve been wanting to for a while.” Now, Skip was/is a retired guy who only drives a cab to avoid going stir crazy. He also does it to keep his father’s business going. Guys like him talk junk, but they do so from experience. Here’s a guy who grew up in the segregated South who had seen all types of people by now. And he had to know something to last this damned long.
Not too long ago, NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders stated that much-hyped college football star Johnny Manziel would have problems in the NFL. Sanders stated that “Johnny Football” has ghetto tendencies. By this, he meant Manziel’s bravado and flair. Inexplicably, Sanders felt the need to deny the comment, made on a morning radio show. He wasn’t lying, though. When Manziel got sent to the Cleveland Browns at the NFL Draft, he did act rather ghetto. It’s just that the term is rarely used to describe a Caucasoid.
I see where Skip and Deion were coming from. Ghetto mentality is not a product solely for poor people, or even just Black people. Anybody can be ghetto. Really, when comparing scenarios and words common in the ghetto/hood, lined up beside what’s on display in “mainstream” society, it’s actually easy to spot the similarities.
“I don’t give a damn what anybody says about me!” (Five minutes later…) “I know he/she ain’t talkin’ no sh!t!” The same person who puts all their business and “only God can judge me” memes out blows a damned gasket every time somebody says something. Be it Bookie on the corner, the showboat abortionist, or evangelical house-flippers, the faux outrage and busybody foolishness occurs in spades.
A Black, unmarried mother of two picking a fight with somebody over some “he said, she said” sh!t… What do people call her? Ghetto. If said woman has a college degree, she’s a “strong Black woman”. If they’ve got a radio room or television camera on them, they’re called a host. But when some nominal LGBTetc. or Tea Party acolyte does the same thing, they’re vocal, maybe even a troll, but never ghetto. May I ask why not?
“My man better have this, this, and this,”. (Three months later…) “At least I got a man” or “I need a man”. Tea Party zealots are still hoping out for the next Ronald Wilson Reagan. In the meantime, they’ve thrown those legs open for anybody that can quote the catch phrases. And just like ol’ girl, they have little to show for it. Both are sitting around waiting for Captain Save-a-Ho to rescue them. And they better get comfortable.
“RIP”… Speaking of Reagan, ghetto dwellers have no real future to look forward to. So they sit around asking themselves “what if” about somebody they want around, and “what was” about somebody long gone. They seldom face “what is”. When they finally do, it’s only a temporal, situational remedy that never worked in the past. That, of course, makes things even worse. But being ghetto cuts you off from ever learning any different.
The shamed White preacher in the urban church… because nobody else will have him. Would you believe there are people who actually write for a gay conservative website one-upping each other insulting “gay-sex marriage”, with the approval of the website moderation itself? Sadly, neither party sees the absurdity or irony in it. But hey, they’ve got that understanding, right?
“Here comes Becky!” The affluent White female who carouses with Black men out of rebellion doesn’t love Black folks, and won’t acknowledge them around certain folks, but once she’s in the hood, it’s on. And again, everybody’s got that understanding. She’ll always be welcome there if nowhere else. Why, I know of some progressives and even some NAACP supporters who look down on minorities and fXck them, too.
When I use terms like “Afrocentrists” or “activist crowd”, I do so to point out the certain segments of people who create problems for those they’re most frequently associated with. I also do so to emphasize why I refuse to comply with it. I make a point of not saying “Black people” because not all Black people are alike, nor are all LGBTetc., White, Hispanic, Latino, on and on. But ghetto is definitely a universal term. It can, and should, be used to describe anybody who fits it.
The fact that even the most educated, articulate, and affluent people are conducting themselves like common hood rats is hardly a sign of “progress”. One of the worst aspects of ghetto life is how it cuts people off from one another, yet has them unknowingly pretty much acting the exact same way. Hopefully, people will get out of their mental ghettos and avoid waking up one day in a physical one.
Contrary to popular belief, I don’t think the current paranoia in America began in 2008. At the very least, it started with the volatile 2000 Presidential Election. The last two elections, in comparison, are obviously smaller in impact than the aforementioned events. In fact, it’s safe to say that all the prior dramas left the door wide open for the current sh*t. And the origins of our current plight in America are varied but always… interesting. The main goal of these conspiracy theories is to point blame for all of mankind’s ills at some supernaturally powerful secret society. The last two U.S. Presidents are certainly lightning rods for conspiracy theories. But nowadays, anything unfavorable to somebody could be considered the work of some shadowy empire.
George Walker Bush is only the third President ever elected without the popular vote following the 2000 Presidential Election. Following the 9/11 attacks, the Bush Administration declared a long “War on Terror/Islam”. Based on sketchy information that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, Bush also declared war on Iraq. The wars abroad and the housing market collapse in the U.S. left his Presidency and America a wreck. And with the public’s anger came the conspiracy theories. The “Truthers” claim 9/11 was not the work of Muslim jihadists, but of the Bush Administration to gain respectability and blame Muslims for the attacks. But Bush’s Presidential successor got it even worse.
After an incredible keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Illinois Senator Barack Hussein Obama all but vanished. His 2007 announcement of Presidential candidacy went unnoticed until he upset former First Lady and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 Iowa Caucus. “Birthers”, egged on by Hilary, claimed that Obama was born in Kenya, thus ineligible for Presidential candidacy. Obama actually presented a birth certificate that stated he was born in Hawaii to a Black Kenyan immigrant and a Kansas White woman several times, but that didn’t stop the Birthers (or the media using the slave owners’ “one-drop rule” to deem Obama the “first Black President”). Despite, or maybe even because of, the controversy, Obama was elected President in 2008.
Conspiracy theories have now taken over politics, whether people admit it or not. When an election doesn’t go as planned, the defeated voters claim there was voter fraud, which they never do when their people win. Or they’ll blame villainous billionaires like the Koch Brothers or George Soros for funding the winner’s campaign, which, again, they never do when their people win. Look at what happened when we wound up with a Democratic President and a Republican Congress, BOTH publicly elected. This had to be the work of the International Bankers. Never mind that almost ALL Presidents have had opposing Congresses.
But this is not exclusive to politics. I recall when iconic singer Whitney Houston died. Not even a week later, there were videos of Dave Chapelle and Brandy, in some sort of way, alluding to Whitney being an Illuminati sacrifice ordered by her longtime mentor, mega-producer Clive Davis. Whitney simply overdosing and dying after years of drug use would be too… rational. Let’s get closer to home. The conspiracy theories start out early. You know, “the teacher doesn’t like me.” That graduates to “I’m sorry you misunderstood me”, “I couldn’t help myself”, and “he can’t hold his liquor.” Then you get “a legacy of slavery”, “the Prison Industrial Complex”, and “blaming the victim”.
So what’s the point of all this conspiracy business? Simply put, they shift blame anywhere but upon ourselves… where it most often truly belongs. It’s easier to blame the current political state in America on some “powers that be” than the self-absorbed voters that elected these people, or the lazy whiners that never voted at all. It’s easy to tell where unpopular politicians got their dubious manner. They got it from their voters. After all, America has a REPRESENTATIVE government.
It’s easier to cope with some secret society controlling people rather than accepting that other people don’t share your opinions. It’s nobler to be a sacrificial lamb than admit somebody selfishly did themselves in. And it’s always easier to act as if it’s society that made you like you are, when the overwhelming majority are nothing like you… even if they do make excuses for you.
When things don’t go as we like, or we just don’t like facing something we’ve done, conspiracies are often comforting, if not entertaining. The thing is, whatever we use them to avoid will inevitably be waiting on us, nonetheless. Contrary to conspirator doctrine, yes, most circumstances in life ARE controllable, and only losers would really say otherwise. For those situations that aren’t, well, there are ways of dealing with them that don’t require some mysterious underground explanation. Now, if you’ll excuse me, Tupac and I have a Bilderberg meeting to attend. (H/T Dave Higgins) Thank you for reading.
In this, the finale of Volume Two, I’d really just like to add more perspective to many of the things I’ve witnessed.
I never, ever feel bad for mocking Afrocentrism. First of all, not everybody Black engages in it. Secondly, seventy percent of its apologists live in middle-class and mostly White suburbs. And they support Afrocentrism to keep inner city Blacks “in their place”. If you really want to know what White liberals think of Afrocentric culture, look no further than who they elected as the so-called First President: a biracial man raised everywhere but the “hood”. Even worse, look at the virtually any statistic for Black people since 2009.
A lot of my LGBTetc. activist animus stems from my experiences with Afrocentrism. Credit should always be given where it’s due; their rise to prominence happened pretty fast. But they, like Afrocentric peddlers, tend to exalt the lowest common denominator in their community. That’s why there’s so much “gift-giving” and domestic violence in a very small community. And allowing it to go unchecked can undermine any progress made. And no, people do not have to others solely because of who they sleep with. Hell, you don’t, so why should anybody else?
Presidential Candidate and former Illinois Senator Barack Hussein “The Long-Legged Daddy” Obama is, in my view, one of the greatest campaigners of all time. But as the 44th President of the United States, he’s one of the worst Affirmative Action hires in history. You know how AA works: find the first non-White you can, promote him like hell, set him up as a figurehead… and let everybody else lead from behind. As author Shelby Steele points out, “President Obama is more of a cultural phenomenon than a political one”.
Even when the Republican Party did not have a sitting President, they were often the steady, trusted, fiscally responsible hand in Washington. The terms of both Presidents Bush killed that notion. The re-election of Obama has sent them absolutely into chaos. The days of riding the coattails of Ronald Reagan and the Christian Coalition are no more. The Tea Party, touted as a return to the old school GOP, have proven to be anything but. They’ve been relegated to mostly state and local politics, with their most prominent national figures just kicking back. Why not? They’ll be re-elected out of brand loyalty, anyhow… with the Tea Party in tow.
The Religious Right called Mormonism a polygamist cult for years, then claimed that a Mormon elder, as President, could “bring America back to God”. The same fundamentalist who condemns homosexuality can be found all over GayPatriot comment sections, and letting their near-nude preteen daughters hustle grown men at a church car wash. With no sin left to rail against (the same-sex marriage issue is summarily decided), the religious right is rapidly evaporating as a key force in society.
And since Gay Conservatives seem to be the only ones giving religionists any sympathy, one has to ask: with same-sex marriages federally recognized, is refusing to get one with your lover make you “living in sin” and “shacking up”?
A young guy from Canada recently pointed out something about most American “atheists”. They are actually not atheists, who do not acknowledge an absolute final sovereignty. Because their worship is ultimately either their culture or, more than likely, an all-powerful government that protects them from their ideological enemies and themselves, they are, by definition, Statists. All religions and the main two political parties have embraced it as of late. And much like those who worshiped the Austrian house painter or the Chinese rice farmer, they’ll bring a whole nation down in the abyss.
If you really want to see if things like Multiculturalism, Balkanization, or any form of identity politics has ever worked here’s an idea. Ask your local gay, Black, fundamentalist, Muslim, “atheist” and moderate the best time they’ve lived through in their respective movement. NONE of their answers will match.
President Obama is the best thing to ever happen to talk radio. What else would Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levin do without him and the Democratic Party? The Advocate Magazine spends over sixty-five percent of its web space railing on Republicans or somebody else that hurts their feewings. But in the end their greatest and most prosperous weapon is… their biggest opponent.
The same people who swear by talk radio and MSNBC ridicule Vince McMahon and WWE. The funny part is, Vince is more honest than they are.When Vince McMahon and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin got done beating each other up, they both went out drinking, often to the same bar. But they both knew, and even now openly admit, they needed each other… to draw a happily paying audience. WWE fans know it’s scripted, too, but the whole point is to be entertained. Yeah, they get emotional at times, but eventually the match is over, and you’ve got to go home and get ready for the work week. (Shout out to Vince “Not McMahon” Smetana on that one) . And it’s fine to agree with people like Rush or Rachel Maddow, and buy their merchandise. But every so often, I think like other WWE fans. I can enjoy the spectacle, but recognize it as such… especially when it’s not on.
You know, ever since the historic 2008 Presidential Election, the media has been absolutely obsessed with finding “The First”. It was during this election season that America was presented with the most diverse choices for the next Commander-in-Chief ever recorded. There was the first Mormon candidate (former Massachusetts Governor Willard “Mitt” Romney, Republican), the first major female candidate (former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat), and the first major “Black”, or actually Biracial, candidate (Illinois Senator Barack Hussein Obama, Democrat). The media’s ever-present identity fetish was in overdrive. After eight chaotic years of statist conservatism under Republican George W. Bush, the voting public wanted anything but another Republican, so Romney was out of the running early. The real battle was between Hillary and Obama. One of them would be “The First” of their kind. And when the inexperienced Obama had the White women voters in Iowa sighing at his every word, the “Long-Legged Mack Daddy” pushed Hillary out of the way. The media had their “First”. And the eventual GOP candidate, 72-year-old Arizona Senator John Sidney McCain, never stood a chance, even with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate, trying to woo female voters.
Well, we’ve seen several “Firsts” since then. Televangelist T.D. Jakes became “The First” Black Spiritual Counselor to a President. Eric Holder became “The First” Black U.S. Attorney General. And Sonya Sotomayor became “The First” Wise Latina Woman on the Supreme Court. But nothing, and I mean nothing, compares to the perhaps the most coveted “First” in modern “journalism”, which was handed to the media on April 30th, 2013. It was the announcement that Jason Collins, an obscure NBA basketball veteran, is gay. He is now “The First” openly gay male athlete in a mainstream team sport.
Don’t get me wrong here. I think it’s great that the NBA and America are welcome to an openly gay professional athlete. It’s very possible “The First” gay Michael Jordan could emerge from all this, with the focus he draws going to where it should, his talent, and not on his personal life. That’s assuming, of course, the media allows for it.
The Collins affair highlights the main problem with people steeped in identity politics, and people who center their entire life on one aspect of their life (or in the case of the media, everybody else’s). I’ve said this about online dating services for years, and it’s just as true in everything else: if all you want is somebody Black, pretty much anybody Black will do. It’s the same way with gay, White, blonde, on and on. It doesn’t matter that Jason Collins doesn’t average 4 points a game, went to three different teams this past season, and is not even currently signed to a team. It doesn’t matter that he was on the down-low for eight years with his blonde girlfriend (an everyday sight in Atlanta, and we know what’s happened to the Black community because of that). It doesn’t matter that something outside the game of basketball is pretty much the only reason to even sign the 34-year-old to a team, even if a more deserving athlete is cast aside. Jason Collins is “The First” openly gay pro athlete. The sacrifice required for a potential pro athlete’s love of the game is trumped by the love of the d*ck and a headline.
This is contrary to the legacies of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the guy Collins is constantly being compared to, Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. These two men broke barriers and SET EXAMPLES for others of all races to follow. As is the case with any major social movement, the few people who benefit from it will have to assimilate and validate themselves through the content of their character. Those willing to follow those examples were better off; those who didn’t were cut off. In a way, it’s wise for the media to pump up Jason Collins. Promoting a down-low marginal pro athlete presents a reachable standard. The LGBTetc. activist crowd is constantly looking to the media and celebrities to present for them the “role models” they’ve never been. By pushing Collins, there’s finally somebody to take the critical eyes of the general public off them, and somebody’s coattails they can ride. However, this will make the emergence of an outstanding gay athlete cumbersome. When this guy arrives, others will have somebody to compare them to on and off the field or court. People will now see there’s more than one kind of gay person, and will welcome the ones they like, and jettison those they don’t. It happened with Dr. King and Mr.Robinson, and will inevitably happen again. That’s part of the problem with pro sports, anyhow: we know more about their exploits outside the game (sex life, arrest record, financial dealings) than is really necessary.
I guess, as a gay person, I should be happy that President Obama took time out of his… busy schedule to personally call Jason Collins regarding his announcement. Never mind that the families of those in the Texas explosion or the Boston Marathon attack weren’t. And don’t get me started on his hometown of Chicago, the American murder capital. It’s all about being gay. Nothing else matters.
There has to be a specific reason for “minorities” to leave their birthright, the Democratic Party. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT, repeat, NOT, because of “self-loathing”. Let me tell you what self-loathing looks like. It’s raising babies in poverty just long enough to send them to jail and/or the grave. It’s “Hoodie Marches” when a White Hispanic kills a Black teenager, but thinking it normal when Blacks kill Blacks. It’s screaming “Racism!” while living in a White neighborhood. It’s letting somebody spread AIDS in your community and not stigmatizing them. And any minority who excuses or profits from these things is definitely self-loathing. These are the reasons minorities leave the Democratic Party. It’s better to trust those who promise nothing than those who let you do yourself in. It’s predatory, it’s blatant, and nothing good has ever come out of it.
The Republican and Libertarian Parties have never encouraged such bloodletting. But the Republicans in particular are taking on some other Democrat characteristics. It’s not like people have a high standard for Democrats. But the Republicans are held to a higher standard, mostly because for years they’ve been able to meet it. Democratic traits are now commonplace in conservative areas. This has alienated loyal voters, who became conservative to escape these behaviors.
Brand Loyalty: John Sidney McCain is/was a longtime Arizona Senator whose often contradictory stances on issues kept him in politics, but nowhere near the White House. The established GOP members liked him. Voters, his opponents in the Republican primaries, and conservative radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, did not. When he became the 2008 GOP Presidential nominee, conservative media actually urged voters to support him. The Tea Party and conservative media constantly referred to former Massachusetts Governor Willard “Mitt” Romney as “Flip-Flop Romney” throughout the 2012 Election season. When Romney became the 2012 GOP Presidential nominee, it was the conservative media and Tea Party that declared him the “last hope for America”. The Republicans who wouldn’t settle for Romney have a lot more integrity than the two-faced brand loyalists who despised him six months prior. Brand Loyalty works great with Democrats, but seldom with more independent-minded adults, the majority in the GOP.
The Leader Lie: The concept of any politician as the “last hope of America” bothers me. America is a group of individuals, or even individual groups, able to coexist, with elected representatives working together when possible. North Korea is a dictatorship, where one man, through self-appointed officials, dictates his whims on the people. LGBTetc. and “Afrocentric” Black activists are constantly crying out for role models and leaders. When left to themselves, the results are usually those mentioned in the first paragraph. To think that entrepreneurs and successful capitalists would embrace such a philosophy is very troubling.
Statism/Identity Politics: This whole tear I’m on right now came from an interaction with a conservative statist. You know the type: he’s all about “LESS GOVERNMENT!” when it comes to business, but wants to use the government to decide who’s rewarded federal goodies based on their personal lives. Less government can’t just be less in certain parts, and more in others. The “LESS GOVERNMENT!” shout is just like the Democrats’ “EQUALITY!” or Ric Flair’s “WHOOO!”: it’s familiar, stimulating, and, after watching the government’s size explode under both parties consistently for decades, actually pretty pointless. The Democrats have mastered using politics as a platform for “social justice” and “identity politics”. The GOP may claim otherwise, but they’ve just tried it with the DOMA-supporting Romney, and lost big time. The 1990’s welfare reform, devised by House Speaker Newton Leroy Gingrich and signed by President William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton, is an excellent example of how well a conservative plan can work when executed with class and respect.
Hustlers vs. Hypocrites: In Orson Welles’ most famous film, Citizen Kane, the protagonist, Charles Foster Kane, ran for New York Governor. His opponent was the incumbent, Jim W. Gettys. Gettys was a lot like President Barack Hussein “the Long-Legged Mack Daddy” Obama. He was a true hustler: you knew what he was, and he never really hid it. He also knew the virtuous Kane had some shade about him, too. And by the time Election Day arrives, the voters know it as well. As in real life, the hypocrite Charles Foster Kane ultimately lost to the hustler Jim W. Gettys. In modern terms, the hypocrite in GOP circles is not necessarily the candidate, but those promoting him after destroying him for months prior.
Since the biracial Obama is the “first Black President”, there will be no novelty for Republicans to compete with (unless Hillary Rodham Clinton runs). But politics has become less about policy and more about ideology. A candidate’s stances, supporters, and detractors, now shape them. That’s why Ron and his obsessive PaulBots with their Obamaite antics tanked. Independent and discerning voters turned on MSNBC or FOX News. They also looked at the progressive and conservatives websites and the comments left by their respective sycophants. Many saw no major difference between them, and therefore saw no reason to vote for either. With the Tea Party crowd ripping two consecutive Republican candidates, promoting them a short while later, and cursing those who didn’t join in on the about-face, what was the voter to do? They stayed home. It wasn’t voter massive fraud. It wasn’t Satan. It was the fact that intelligent people don’t vote for just anybody; they don’t settle for whatever their party sets out for them. They don’t vote for leaders; they lead themselves. They don’t need the government to validate them.They validate themselves. And they know hustlers and hypocrites when they see them… and reject them both. If your strongest case for a candidate is he’s not his opponent, you don’t have much more to offer.
In closing, I’d like to thank Canadian Rattlesnake for bringing conservative statism up, Minister Derrick “TMOT” Grayson for the “Leadership Lie” video, and you for reading.
TMOT- White People: Victim to the Leadership Lie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn4fK5fYUoA