Posts Tagged ‘Conservatism’

Rush…..Wide Right!!!!!

October 16, 2009

At this point, I am pretty sure that everyone has heard of Rush Limbaugh’s unsuccessful attempt to be part owner of an NFL team, the St. Louis Rams. I have my own personal feelings about whether objecting to him being an owner was right or not, but let’s apply Rush’s own beliefs and tactics to the situation. He along with other conservatives often proclaim that “life is not fair”; so no problem there, what happened is just life. A few months ago, Rush claimed he wanted President Obama to fail, then he came back and clarified saying that he wanted the President’s PLANS to fail. Well, it seems as if a lot of NFL fans, players and owners wanted Rush’s PLANS of being part owner of an NFL team to fail also. Even more recently, Rush announced on his show, with much pleasure , that Chicago was denied their bid for the Olympics. When you behave like that and seem to find pleasure in other people’s failure or when they come up short, the universe has a way of showing you what that is like. Rush just got a taste of what he wished on the United States, Chicago, and President Obama.

Anyone that has listened to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show knows that he is very opinionated and strives to influence his audience to think in particular ways. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but why wouldn’t he expect others to treat him in the same way? When he does a skit on President Obama or the “Justice Brothers (Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson) is he claiming that he is trying to make them look good or bad? Of course he is trying to make them look bad and discourage his audience from supporting anything these individuals do. How is that any different from what happened to him in the case of people opposing him for being part owner of an NFL team? The only difference I see is that Rush is on the receiving end of the smears and slander this time….if they are actually smears and slander. Any reasonable person that listens to Rush knows that he creates impressions of people or makes up things he wants his audience to believe about people he does not like. He attacks individuals and groups in a very aggressive way often only armed with his personal opinions of them. Also, he takes things that individuals have said or done and holds it against them and uses it to characterize them for eternity, which basically is the same thing that happened to him in this instance. How can he behave in one manner, but expect others to treat him in another manner? There is something very arrogant about that way of thinking. One of two things happened, Rush Limbaugh got exactly what he deserved OR he got a dose of his own medicine. However, Rush surely was not mistreated because people expressed displeasure wth him being part of a group to acquire the St. Louis Rams. Rush would have people believe that the decision was because of President Obama, the “liberal media” or because he is a conservative. The only reason this was a problem is because of Rush himself and his behavior over the years. He fails to admit that he has a right to say whatever he would like, but he does not have a right to everyone rewarding him for it. Just as he as an opinion about just about everyone, people can have an opinion of him as well. Where is that “personal responsibility” conservatives always talk about? Also, what does “Freedom of Speech” have to do with people supporting someone in owning a professional sports team. Let’s flip this thing and imagine what Rush Limbaugh would be saying if Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson or President Obama wanted to own part of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We all know that he would blast the idea and try to get all of his listeners to do the same. And all of the people that claim what happened to Rush was unfair would not have a problem with Rush trying to deny someone else the very thing he wanted. That is a scary element that exist out there today. People create all sorts of different standards for themselves that they have for others.

Lastly, I would ask Rush’s African American friends like “Mr. Snerdley or “Hutch” if they actually know him so well and do not believe that the things that people interpret about him are  accurate, why don’t they ask him to behave differently? Until situations like this, Rush enjoys playing people against one another and he will use this incident to continue doing that. Instead of using this as an opportunity to self evaluate, I can guarantee you that he is going to use this incident to make his audience feel that what happenned is an attack on them. If Rush Limbaugh actually has African American “friends”, they should be friend enough to tell him that in a lot of instances what he says is wrong and divisive.

As this thing plays out, I just ask that people apply Rush’s own standards to it. “Life is not fair”, you are guaranteed free speech, but not guaranteed that people have to agree with or support you, etc. How many times have we heard conservatives say that only access should be guaranteed, not the outcome? Well, Rush got access, it is just that his attempt was …….Wide Right!!!!

Black Republicans/Conservatives Have Mental Vitiligo

August 20, 2009

Vitiligo is a skin disorder that gained notoriety for being the cause of Micheal Jackson’s loss of skin color. I think I have discovered a condition that a lot of Black Republicans/Conservatives seem to have, Mental Vitiligo(M.V.). I actually discovered this condition by accident when I began to look into politics more deeply and observed what people had to say. I began listening to a local Black Conservative Talk Show host which prompted me to listen to more nationally known figures. Almost without fail, I noticed that whenever a Black Republican/Conservative was on a program whether it be television or radio, they sounded the same. All of them seemed to have the same personalities and qualities. I am sure that I am not the only one that has noticed that a good number of Black Republicans/Conservatives seem fixated on making Black Democrats seem racist or stupid. I have had hundreds of conversations with Black Conservatives and a lot of them seem to be on a mission to dissassociate themselves from the black community. Regardless of the circumstances, they are often recruited to say that a particular thing was not racist if it is an action of a white toward a black or that it was racist if it was the action of a black toward a white.

As I became more interested in the topic, I began to look around to see what I could find. One of the first people that came to my attention was Jesse Lee Peterson who is a favorite of Sean Hannity who reportedly said that slavery was a gift from God. That statement reminded me of something a local Black Conservative Talk Show host said which was that slaves were better off in America than not being slaves in Africa. That sort of mindset nearly blew me away. How could anyone be so ridiculous? I remember contacting Frances Rice who is the Chair of the National Black Republican Association to complain about the tone of Black Republicans. Her response was that she and others were going to do everything in their power to bring Obama down. It was clear to me that her response had more to do with race than politics. Black Republicans will be the first to suggest that the Democratic Party is fixated on race and often plays the race card. I think the opposite is true. I can demonstrate that Black Republicans are fixated on race and there main weapons are race cards. In my opinion, they play to the disgruntled whites who feel that the United States is changing and that minorities are taking over.

I thought I should conclude this peace with some examples of what I consider “Mental Vitiligo”. All of the following titles were taken from the National Black Republican Association website.
“Is Obama a Racist?” by Frances Rice, “A Post Racial President?” by Thomas Sowell, Stupid Black Men by Larry Elder, Bamboozled by Angela McGlowan, and They Think You’re Stupid by Herman Cain. That is much more than a coincidence, but represents a way of thinking.  Mental Vitiligo seems to be a condition that tells Black Conservatives that they have to go out of their way to dissassociate themselves from the Black Community and they seem to want to achieve that by attacking it.  I personally believe that sufferers of Mental Vitiligy believe that if they take every opportunity to attack the Black community or defend attacks against the Black community, they will be more accepted in society. They fail to realize that their actions only serve to feed the predjudices that some people have.