Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Crying Fowl

Look, here comes the Boogie Man...
Bringin' his Crow with him.

The Crow, 1994:  According to IMDb - A poetic guitarist Eric Draven is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancée are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank.

One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine.


Oops, so sorry, WRONG 'Crow'.

I came across an article at lunch today posted on WashingtonExaminer.com entitled, "Dem: Tea Party Reps want me "hanging from a tree".

Which was odd, because I don't remember anyone talking about hanging anyone from trees...  I'd better do some snooping to find out what's up.

And there it was, transcribed in black and white, online, a quote from Andre Carson, D-Ind,

"This is the effort that we're seeing of Jim Crow. Some of these folks in congress right now would love to see us as second class citizens. Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me hanging on a tree." -  Andre Carson, D-Ind 

Since I'm not old enough to remember 'Jim Crow' laws 'personally' (not to mention the fact that I was NOT paying  enough attention in History class), I've taken the liberty to look up the legislation. 

Per Wikipedia: 
In the 1870s, conservative white Democrats gradually returned to power in the Southern states, sometimes as a result of elections in which paramilitary groups intimidated opponents, attacking blacks or preventing them from voting.


Gubernatorial elections were close and disputed in Louisiana for years, with extreme violence unleashed during the campaigns.


In 1877, a national compromise to gain Southern support in the presidential election resulted in the last of the federal troops being withdrawn from the South. White Democrats had regained political power in every Southern state.


These conservative, white, Democratic Redeemer governments legislated Jim Crow laws, segregating black people from the white population.


...


In some cases, progressive measures intended to reduce election fraud, such as the eight box law in South Carolina, acted against black and white voters who were illiterate, as they could not follow the directions.


While the separation of African Americans from the general population was becoming legalized and formalized during the Progressive Era (1890s–1920s), it was also becoming customary. Even in cases in which Jim Crow laws did not expressly forbid black people to participate, for instance, in sports or recreation, the laws shaped a segregated culture.

Jumping ahead 130+ years, if you are to believe Mr. Carson, the White Democrats who passed this un-fair racial legislation are now...  TEA Party people? 

Seriously? 

How'd THIS happen?  And, if I'm not mistaken, Democrats have ALWAYS been supportive of Minority causes - so what's with the 'Hate' legislation back in the post-Civil War South?  How could history have gotten the story so completely wrong?

I know that Democratic leadership is all for supporting Blacks in this country - why else would Black leaders encourage their friends and families to vote 'Democrat' for the past 60+ years? 

Did all these people not pay attention in their History class also - or is there something else going on?

It couldn't be because the Democratic Party has actually worked very hard to keep Blacks (sorry, this one's gonna sting, but it's the only way it's going to come out) 'In their place' could it? 

A few weeks ago I posted a blog entitled, "The Late Great Society" which looked back at LBJ's Great Society.  Don't look too hard at the Great Society in daylight, because if you do, you'll see that Blacks, and other Minorities in this country, have had their standard of living decimated throughout the ensuing years. 

It's NOT a nice picture to look at.  And yet, Blacks nationwide are encouraged by their local community leaders to continue their support of...  The people who have actively worked to keep THEM in poverty by destroying their families. Check out the charts referenced in the 'Late Great Society' quoted above - what's happened to Minority Citizens over the past sixty years is horrendous.   

I don't get it.  I really, truly do not.   

Getting back to the topic at hand, if we are to believe that TEA Party people want to 'Hang Mr. Carson from a tree', well, there must be proof, or evidence of this, somewhere, right?

Maybe if we watch and listen to the actual recording of Mr. Carson's speech, along with a few of his fellow Representatives in Congress we'll be able to sniff out the truth? 


So what IS the truth?
From the Examiner article quoted above: 


"The Washington Examiner contacted Rep. Carson's office to see if he would identify the particular members of Congress that he thinks want to see him murdered. Carson's office did not respond in time for this post.

Similarly, The Examiner also contacted Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the second-ranking member of Democrat party leadership,  to hear their reactions to Rep. Carson's comments, but neither office returned requests for comment in time for this post.


Update: a subsequent attempt to reach Leader Pelosi has also failed, because her press secretary is "away from his desk." When The Examiner asked when he might be available or might respond, the response was "I don't know, that's at his discretion."

If you're looking for the quantifiable and documented sources of Racial hatred in our country, look no further than certain elected officials charged with upholding and faithfully discharging their Oath of Office while in service to their constituents. 

In case haven't looked at it lately (this includes MOST in Congress), here it is in its entirety:

“I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

Do you feel the people captured in the video / audio clip above are living up to this Oath?

For those who do not honor the commitment which they freely made in exchange for the honor of representing the citizens of their districts:

I will do whatever I can to assure that the burden and obligations of leadership are taken from them, at the ballot box. 

So help me God. 

Difference between me and them? 

I keep my promises.  And I do not lie. 


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