Skip to comments.Democrats to Blacks: Stay Angry, Vote Democratic
Posted on 07/05/2012 4:18:32 AM PDT by Kaslin
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., once said: "George (W.) Bush is our 'Bull' Connor -- and if that doesn't get to you, nothing will be able to get to you. It's time for us to be able to say that we're sick and tired, we're fired up and we're not going to take it anymore."
Connor was a racist sheriff who sicced dogs and water hoses on civil rights workers in the '60s. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., says Republicans "want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws."
The tactic is as obvious as it is insulting. Tell black voters that "they" are out to "get them" -- and pull that lever for us Democrats so we can resist their racist attempt to undermine your success.
Never mind that this kind of anger wrapped in paranoia -- assuming that others are out to get you -- is precisely the formula to undermine your own success.
Accomplished entrepreneurs say one of the keys to success is the assumption and the confidence that you can influence the outcome.
Anger is an opponent of success.
The movie "Red Tails" is a fictionalized film of the Tuskegee airmen, the brave black fighter pilots of World War II. They overcame racism and fought for their country in a segregated military that considered them unequal.
In one scene, a Tuskegee pilot goes into an officers' club in Italy. He is taunted and told "whites only." He starts a fight and ends up in a military jail, possibly facing court-martial.
His commanding officer, played by Terrence Howard, confronts the aviator whose anger threatened the mission: "What am I going to do with you? Everything's a fight, isn't it? It must be so goddamned exhausting being you. You know something ... ? You're a punk. You remind me of one of those kids from a comic strip. Walking around, pushing your sleeve up one arm, hand balled in a tight fist. Walking and looking at the world through a squint, always looking to knock something down just because it's standing.
"It's right there," says the CO, pointing his finger to the temple of his officer's head. "It's right there. You really want to knock something down? Try using that. Because I will tell you straight, I don't have anything against you. I have the highest expectations for you. Lieutenant ... I need everyone on this next mission, and you're lucky you're the best damn pilot we've got. Report to your unit."
Rep. Rangel wants anger for votes and power. In discussing the Trayvon Martin case, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, "Blacks are under attack." Under attack? By whom?
The "battle against racism" removes pressure from people to practice what works: personal responsibility, hard work, pursuing an education and a pledge to refrain from having children until capable of assuming the responsibility. Blacks are not helped by the angry, pessimistic rhetoric of those who claim to operate in their best interests. Getting ahead becomes elusive when others train you to think like a victim, that The Man holds you in a trap of weights and barriers.
Black actor Charles Dutton, playing a high school teacher in the movie "Menace II Society," gives to students this dismal "advice": "Being a black man in America isn't easy. The hunt is on, and you're the prey." Have a nice life, boys.
I was blessed with parents with no patience for those who felt sorry for themselves and who allowed others to make them feel inferior. In high school, my literature class read a poem that went something like this:
"While riding through old Baltimore, so small and full of glee,
"I saw a young Baltimorean keep a-lookin' straight at me.
"Now, he was young and very small, and I was not much bigger
"And so he smiled, but put out his tongue and called me 'nigger.'
"I saw the whole of Baltimore from May until September,
"Of all the things that happened there, that's all that I remember."
The teacher angrily talked about the permanent damage done to this little boy's psyche. The permanent stain of racism. The denial of the little boy's dignity. The boy, said the teacher, will never be the same. By the time the bell sounded, everyone was angry.
I went home and read the poem to my mom as she prepared dinner. When I finished -- "of all the things that happened there, that's all that I remember" -- she took a spoon out of a steaming pot, rapped it on the side, turned to me and said, "Too bad he let something that trivial spoil his vacation."
As Aristotle, in the "Nicomachean Ethics," wrote: "Anyone can become angry -- that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way -- this is not easy."
Apparently, Aristotle wasn't a Democratic strategist.
And don’t worry the check is in the mail.
Good idea. Vote democratic — the party that makes things very, very much worse for blacks.
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., once said: “George (W.) Bush is our ‘Bull’ Connor
Perhaps Rangel might want to check do a bit of research before using Bull Connors as an example of why blacks should vote democrat. He’ll find that that Bull Connors was a democrat. lol
Obama has got the racist black block vote in his pocket regardless. Whether they go 98 percent or 95 percent for him is largely irrelevant. The key to the election is the white vote.
Maybe the railroading of Zimmerman will be a tipping point for white awareness on how they are being shafted. Hopefully the trial will happen before November.
But then, Romney is Obama light, based on his stand on the issues.
That being said, it would be wonderful to see Obama lose just to see the hysterics and hand wringing anguish among the guilt tripping white “liberals”
Obama&Co will pimp anger and paranoia till the end.The dems only have the race card and free rides to offer,the lazy slackers live for free things that the working class have to pay for.
Tax spend and repeat for the last sixty years.
Yeah, stay angry..stay unemployed...vote dim.
Why, in Heaven’s name, does no Republocrat point out that Bull Connor and th rest of his king - including Al Gore’s daddy - were all Democrats.
Tell the story of RATs who overthrew the city government of Wilmington, NC and ran all the PUBs and blacks out of town.
Put THEM on the defensive. But that require intestinal fortitude, something completely foreign to the PUBs.
This also applies to conservatives and THEIR plantation.
they have a different way of saying that - “I don’t need no job...”
Blacks have nothing to be angry about ... the ones I see on TV think Obama is doing a great job with the economy, Obamacare won in the Supreme Court .... yes he could do more, but they have ‘won’ with The Won.
There are some blacks disenchanted with Obama for not doing more .... if disenchanted enough, they’ll stay home and not vote (seeing more of this).
The true, white-hot, motivating anger is on the ‘Right’ this election, not with the Dems.
what conservative plantation?
The Republican one.
Conservatives and blacks have something common. Both groups are disenfranchised slaves on their political plantations, Left and Right.
As if they needed to be reminded. That's like telling a dog to stay furry and eat table scraps.
This truly is astonishing. Black folk have been voting for Democrats for more than 50 years - and they are still poor.
That’s a pity.
They can do better.
Should read; ‘Democrats to FREE-SH*T slaves’....
Here is ammo to use against libs when they claim that the GOP has a history of racism.
October 13, 1858 - During Lincoln-Douglas debates, U.S. Senator Stephen Douglas (D-IL) states: I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatever; Douglas became Democratic Partys 1860 presidential nominee
April 16, 1862 - President Lincoln signs bill abolishing slavery in District of Columbia; in Congress, 99% of Republicans vote yes, 83% of Democrats vote no
July 17, 1862 - Over unanimous Democrat opposition, Republican Congress passes Confiscation Act stating that slaves of the Confederacy shall be forever free
January 31, 1865 - 13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. House with unanimous Republican support, intense Democrat opposition
April 8, 1865 - 13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. Senate with 100% Republican support, 63% Democrat opposition
November 22, 1865 - Republicans denounce Democrat legislature of Mississippi for enacting black codes, which institutionalized racial discrimination
February 5, 1866 - U.S. Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-PA) introduces legislation, successfully opposed by Democrat President Andrew Johnson, to implement 40 acres and a mule relief by distributing land to former slaves
April 9, 1866 - Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Johnsons veto; Civil Rights Act of 1866, conferring rights of citizenship on African-Americans, becomes law
May 10, 1866 - U.S. House passes Republicans 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the laws to all citizens; 100% of Democrats vote no
June 8, 1866 - U.S. Senate passes Republicans 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the law to all citizens; 94% of Republicans vote yes and 100% of Democrats vote no
January 8, 1867 - Republicans override Democrat President Andrew Johnsons veto of law granting voting rights to African-Americans in D.C.
July 19, 1867 - Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Andrew Johnsons veto of legislation protecting voting rights of African-Americans
March 30, 1868 - Republicans begin impeachment trial of Democrat President Andrew Johnson, who declared: This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government of white men
September 12, 1868 - Civil rights activist Tunis Campbell and 24 other African-Americans in Georgia Senate, every one a Republican, expelled by Democrat majority; would later be reinstated by Republican Congress
October 7, 1868 - Republicans denounce Democratic Partys national campaign theme: This is a white mans country: Let white men rule
October 22, 1868 - While campaigning for re-election, Republican U.S. Rep. James Hinds (R-AR) is assassinated by Democrat terrorists who organized as the Ku Klux Klan
December 10, 1869 - Republican Gov. John Campbell of Wyoming Territory signs FIRST-in-nation law granting women right to vote and to hold public office
February 3, 1870 - After passing House with 98% Republican support and 97% Democrat opposition, Republicans 15th Amendment is ratified, granting vote to all Americans regardless of race
May 31, 1870 - President U.S. Grant signs Republicans Enforcement Act, providing stiff penalties for depriving any Americans civil rights
June 22, 1870 - Republican Congress creates U.S. Department of Justice, to safeguard the civil rights of African-Americans against Democrats in the South
September 6, 1870 - Women vote in Wyoming, in FIRST election after womens suffrage signed into law by Republican Gov. John Campbell
February 28, 1871 - Republican Congress passes Enforcement Act providing federal protection for African-American voters
April 20, 1871 - Republican Congress enacts the Ku Klux Klan Act, outlawing Democratic Party-affiliated terrorist groups which oppressed African-Americans
October 10, 1871 - Following warnings by Philadelphia Democrats against black voting, African-American Republican civil rights activist Octavius Catto murdered by Democratic Party operative; his military funeral was attended by thousands
October 18, 1871 - After violence against Republicans in South Carolina, President Ulysses Grant deploys U.S. troops to combat Democrat terrorists who formed the Ku Klux Klan
November 18, 1872 - Susan B. Anthony arrested for voting, after boasting to Elizabeth Cady Stanton that she voted for the Republican ticket, straight
January 17, 1874 - Armed Democrats seize Texas state government, ending Republican efforts to racially integrate government
September 14, 1874 - Democrat white supremacists seize Louisiana statehouse in attempt to overthrow racially-integrated administration of Republican Governor William Kellogg; 27 killed
March 1, 1875 - Civil Rights Act of 1875, guaranteeing access to public accommodations without regard to race, signed by Republican President U.S. Grant; passed with 92% Republican support over 100% Democrat opposition
January 10, 1878 - U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduces Susan B. Anthony amendment for womens suffrage; Democrat-controlled Senate defeated it 4 times before election of Republican House and Senate guaranteed its approval in 1919. Republicans foil Democratic efforts to keep women in the kitchen, where they belong
February 8, 1894 - Democrat Congress and Democrat President Grover Cleveland join to repeal Republicans Enforcement Act, which had enabled African-Americans to vote
January 15, 1901 - Republican Booker T. Washington protests Alabama Democratic Partys refusal to permit voting by African-Americans
May 29, 1902 - Virginia Democrats implement new state constitution, condemned by Republicans as illegal, reducing African-American voter registration by 86%
February 12, 1909 - On 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincolns birth, African-American Republicans and womens suffragists Ida Wells and Mary Terrell co-found the NAACP
May 21, 1919 - Republican House passes constitutional amendment granting women the vote with 85% of Republicans in favor, but only 54% of Democrats; in Senate, 80% of Republicans would vote yes, but almost half of Democrats no
August 18, 1920 - Republican-authored 19th Amendment, giving women the vote, becomes part of Constitution; 26 of the 36 states to ratify had Republican-controlled legislatures
January 26, 1922 - House passes bill authored by U.S. Rep. Leonidas Dyer (R-MO) making lynching a federal crime; Senate Democrats block it with filibuster
June 2, 1924 - Republican President Calvin Coolidge signs bill passed by Republican Congress granting U.S. citizenship to all Native Americans
October 3, 1924 - Republicans denounce three-time Democrat presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan for defending the Ku Klux Klan at 1924 Democratic National Convention
June 12, 1929 - First Lady Lou Hoover invites wife of U.S. Rep. Oscar De Priest (R-IL), an African-American, to tea at the White House, sparking protests by Democrats across the country
August 17, 1937 - Republicans organize opposition to former Ku Klux Klansman and Democrat U.S. Senator Hugo Black, appointed to U.S. Supreme Court by FDR; his Klan background was hidden until after confirmation
June 24, 1940 - Republican Party platform calls for integration of the armed forces; for the balance of his terms in office, FDR refuses to order it
September 30, 1953 - Earl Warren, Californias three-term Republican Governor and 1948 Republican vice presidential nominee, nominated to be Chief Justice; wrote landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education
November 25, 1955 - Eisenhower administration bans racial segregation of interstate bus travel
March 12, 1956 - Ninety-seven Democrats in Congress condemn Supreme Courts decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and pledge to continue segregation
June 5, 1956 - Republican federal judge Frank Johnson rules in favor of Rosa Parks in decision striking down blacks in the back of the bus law
November 6, 1956 - African-American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy vote for Republican Dwight Eisenhower for President
September 9, 1957 - President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republican Partys 1957 Civil Rights Act
September 24, 1957 - Sparking criticism from Democrats such as Senators John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, President Dwight Eisenhower deploys the 82nd Airborne Division to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor Orval Faubus to integrate public schools
May 6, 1960 - President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republicans Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats
May 2, 1963 - Republicans condemn Democrat sheriff of Birmingham, AL for arresting over 2,000 African-American schoolchildren marching for their civil rights
September 29, 1963 - Gov. George Wallace (D-AL) defies order by U.S. District Judge Frank Johnson, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, to integrate Tuskegee High School
June 9, 1964 - Republicans condemn 14-hour filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act by U.S. Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV), who still serves in the Senate
June 10, 1964 - Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) criticizes Democrat filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act, calls on Democrats to stop opposing racial equality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced and approved by a staggering majority of Republicans in the Senate. The Act was opposed by most southern Democrat senators, several of whom were proud segregationistsone of them being Al Gore Sr. Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson relied on Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen, the Republican leader from Illinois, to get the Act passed.
August 4, 1965 - Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcomes Democrat attempts to block 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans vote for landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose. Voting Rights Act of 1965, abolishing literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting, signed into law; higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats vote in favor
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