I VOTED: TEA PLEASE, AND HOLD THE WHITE SUGAR
By: Fahim A. Knight-El
The midterm elections in the United States should have given the American people some clear indications of how disappointed and dissatisfied the American people are with President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. This writer, ordinarily before every election would often have a political conversation with his daughter who is twelve years of age. My daughter in her own way, is very astute and politically savvy. She had seen all these Tea Party television political ads and she had heard snippets of sound bites from some of the tea party backed candidates. Let me tell you right off the back, she likes Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell—she said they do not seem as mean as some of the other Tea Party candidates and lastly she said they both looked and dressed nicely.
Then she pressed to ask me, if I was going to vote for a Tea Party candidate in which this led me to the core of this civic discussion that we were having just prior to the midterm elections. Thus, this became a teachable moment in which I explained to my daughter that I do not vote party, but I vote on which party (Republican, Democrat, Independent, Third Party, etc.) and candidate are representing my issues and interest. I proceeded to further explain to her that African Americans vote party and not issues (over 94% of African Americans are registered Democrats) and this has compromised their collective bargaining power to be effective players in the game of politics and to get their political agenda front and center.
However, this writer has never believed that electoral politics was the sole answer and solution to the social, political and economic predicament affecting black people. We have been voting for a very long time in this country, but our collective plight as a people has not changed and I would admit that there have been some important gains, but for the most part our gains have been token success at best. We need to take our destiny into our own hands and stop looking to some lying politician to be our political messiah and yet we are steadily pulling the lever for reactionary and petite bourgeosie candidates who uses us to further their own political and economic interest (only the classes benefit and not the masses). I personally don't give a damn about American style electoral politics (I totally understand that voting will never render us total freedom, justice and equality), its nothing but an illusion and sham (sophisticated state supported con) designed to give the appearance that we live in a participatory democracy—this factor keeps us quietly sedated while the invisible Elitist continues to run circles around the ignorant masses (robbing us blind).
'We the People' lost power over 100 years ago and/or if not longer. I recently heard Senator-Elect Dr. Rand Paul of Kentucky talking about taking back the country (who does Dr. Rand Paul wants to take the country back from?). May be he realized that an injustice was done to the so-called Native Americans and he want return the stolen land and resources back to the so-called original man (now this would be a good humane gesture on the part of Dr. Rand Paul). This is the type of hypocrisy and polarizing message of patriotism that the Tea Party advocates. If Dr. Rand Paul truly wants to know who stole our country, he just needs to consult his father, Republican Congressman Dr. Ron Paul of Texas whom this writer has a lot of respect for and perhaps he could explain to his son that those who stole our country met on Jekyll Island in 1913, as international bankers and established a monetary policy that usurped the United States Constitution and this was the beginning of the dismantling of our government.
Surely, Dr. Rand Paul must know that this is the most dangerous sector to the liberties and freedoms of the American people, in particular and the globe in general. Congressman Ron Paul has been one of the most vocal lawmakers and politicians on Capitol Hill who have criticized the Federal Reserve—these are the principal culprits who stole our nation, our constitution, our democracy and stole the wealth of our nation. Some of the Patriot movement has been duped into believing that Latinos and Blacks have stole their nation and have yet to realize that there are some invisible forces with a lot more power and influence than these above mentioned marginalized people and possess a much more sinister agenda.
The white electorate showed up in big numbers for this midterm election because President Obama’s election to the office of president has somewhat acerbated racial tensions inside America. Whites in America right after Obama’s election bought up a lot weapons and ammunition; they were somewhat fearful that President Obama was going to pass legislation relative to gun control (and disarm them) but in reality, they were arming themselves because what they perceived as heighten racial contradictions because a black man was now commander-in-chief and this wasn’t settling well with the good ole boys. It was not because they were mischaracterizing President Obama’s policies as being Socialist oriented because many of them had never read the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and their ignorance were evident in their assessment of Obama’s policy—this was only a political distraction and smokescreen which to hide behind in which the real deal was racial rage.
The other misnomer was the falling economy which was attributed to Obama and Democrats, which they allowed America to forget that President George W. Bush brought this nation to the brink of economic destruction. Now, lets be clear a lot of the political, social, and economic problems and instability he inherited from President George W. Bush administration. Something went wrong long before President Obama was sworn in as commander-in-chief and the Democratic Party did very little to expose the mess that Obama had inherited.
President George W. Bush in his new book titled, “Decision Point” in which Amazon editorial staff stated: “President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions of his presidency and personal life. Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America’s 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life. In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings readers inside the Texas Governor’s Mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America’s most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the 21st century”.
“President Bush writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments reforming education, treating HIV/AIDS in Africa, and safeguarding the country amid chilling warnings of additional terrorist attacks. He also offers intimate new details on his decision to quit drinking, discovery of faith, and relationship with his family. A groundbreaking new brand of memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on one of the most consequential eras in American history – and the man at the center of
Dr. Rand Paul is perhaps viewing the present day political and social contradictions in America from a 200 year old historical paradigm that is rooted in an skewed Confederate ideology and relating it to one of the greatest moments in American history which was in 1776, the Declaration of Independence—some of the Patriot movement is wrapped up in a nostalgic form of moral and ethical Puritanism, it boarders on self righteousness. Some of the Tea Party fringed activist have boarder on nothing short of treason and sedition—some have called for civil war type arm resistance and even succession. I am a constitutional constructionist and I agree that we have every right to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution from those who seek to weaken this great document and infringe upon the rights and liberties of the American people, which are protected under the U.S. Constitution.
The Tea Party should be outraged that President Bush and Congress passed the U.S. Patriot Act and instead of repealing health care reform, why not repeal the U.S. Patriot Act, in particular since you are concern about American liberties? Why not repeal the Federal Reserve Act? Let me tell you why the Tea Party aren’t dealing with real and tangible issues, it is because these damnable hypocrites are more concern about maintaining white supremacy than bringing about real change and challenging that 1% who has enslaved all of humanity. How can you ignore the fact that President Bush was a Gentile Front and agent provocateur for the Elitist who induced 9/11 as well as the global economic meltdown?
But you do not hear the Tea Party radicals addressing these type issues, which renders their tactics and strategies as being reformist and far from being revolutionary in scope. My studies have taught me that all social, political, and economic movements are controlled and instigated by the Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. So it is difficult for me to assess and evaluate the Tea Party outside of those who shape and dictate political trends, public policy as well as control every political movement. We often view these upstart movements as being grassroots and not able to grasp that their agendas are designed to benefit the agenda of the ruling class. The three above powerful organizations control dissention and revolutionary trends.
Black leaders, in particular and black folk in general, have been reluctant to criticize President Obama and his policies just because we share the same skin color and ethnicity (sort of he is bi-racial and I am not). This neglect helped place him and the Democrats on a wayward political course. Thus, after the 2008, presidential election, they felt invincible—they controlled the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, as well as the office of president. What else could the Democrats ask for? President Barack Obama negated his most loyal base, which was black voters and took for granted that their loyalty would exceed their level of apathy towards his public policy.
This writer has said over and over again, that it was insane for African Americans to be a one party voting bloc electorate as their only political option and strategy, in particular in a two party system. This phenomena in my opinion, is equated to being an act of political suicide and detrimental to their political progress and has rendered them as being political whores for the Democratic Party. Black leadership such as Reverend Al Sharpton, in particular has steadily conditioned black folk to continue to give President Obama a free pass and not challenge his reactionary policies. What is in the deal for Reverend Al Sharpton, Ben Jealous and Marc Morial? Perhaps they have been promised a butter biscuit by the White House (this class of Toms are dangerous to the legitimate political aspirations of the masses of black people), if they could keep black folk in check and believing that President Obama shares their aspirations—they might even be rewarded with some molasses to put on that butter biscuit. Black leadership has sold us sentimentalism and a false sense of racial solidarity and for this we continue to cast ballots for a party and candidates who do nothing, but betray our interest. These Negroes are just happy to get an invitation to the White House in which to raise their personal status as being important and so-called having the ear of the president.
This writer would have more respect for President Obama, if he invited Reverend Jeremiah Wright or Minister Louis Farrakhan to the White House, but this would upset his paymaster and that small minority who controls him and all politicians on Capitol Hill and they would punish him, if he invited Wright and Farrakhan without their permission and consent. Obama and all other politicians know their place and they do not move unless the puppeteer pulls their purse strings. Yes, for example, his Foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan is atrocious and yet over 35% of black folk are unemployed and underemployed in the United States (and the sad thing about this reality is that they are stringing the American people along and not telling them the truth that their jobs are gone for good and never to return).
Obama doesn’t have the authority to stimulate the economy and neither does congress. Bush was given orders to send America and the globe into panic mode while the Invisible Elitist ushered in a new world paradigm—money became devalued, property devalued, markets could not be stimulated and the credit based and debt system slowed global goods and services almost to a halt (this just about caused an Economic Depression in 2008). The Federal Reserve ensured that the markets would be flooded with worthless currency as well as heighten inflation at the same time—these variables were being induced to create panic and fear and ultimately these crises altered the world forever. If you did not know this, perhaps you should whisper this to the Tea Party that Ben Bernanke controls the country and is part responsible for the economic mess that we are experiencing in 2010. Their anger at President Obama is misguided to say the least, and those who are responsible for the domestic deficit and the trade deficit do not live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but at 2000 L Street Northwest, Washington D.C. (office of the Federal Reserve).
The U.S. Arm Forces is the only viable employer for our young men and women. But our tax dollars are being used to support the military industrial complex as well as dispersing U.S. Foreign aid to prop up international governments around the world. The Tea Party championed the slogan 'We the People" but they have been duped into believing that financial entitlements giving to the poor is wrecking the United States economy. They are not challenging the foreign welfare states who are receiving billions of dollars annually from the U.S. federal Government (why is this most important factor and variable being overlooked?). Why not put a referendum on the ballot to curtail aid to these international welfare states? If you are serious about lessening and controlling our escalating national deficit and demonstrating fiscal responsibility. The Tea Party knows that to question U.S. Defense and the recipients of U.S. foreign aid would put them on a collision course with the real power brokers who are hidden under many layers of deception and manipulation (we could balance the budget tomorrow if the United States taxpayers were not burden with huge amounts of American tax dollars going to foreign aid).
Moreover, for the Tea Party not to engage in this most timely discussion renders their political objectives as being suspicious and suspect. Who are the beneficiaries of these huge defense contracts? Surely someone is benefitting and if we are in an economic crisis, why haven't our policymakers proposed a bill in congress to curtail and withhold foreign aid to these welfare states? This writer would be in support of rechanneling those tax dollars to reeducate and retrain Americans and create industry to sustain our people. This is a common sense approach and if we are financially supporting these welfare nations with United States tax dollars, then at least every American should be afforded dual citizenship in these foreign nations who are the recipients and beneficiaries of our hard earned tax dollars.
Blacks do not leverage their vote and resources like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), perhaps the most powerful and influential pro Israel lobby in the United States and let me even take this contention a step further; there is no other lobby group of its equal in the United States. AIPAC lobby on behalf of Zionist and Jewish interest and in reality the majority of the United States policymakers are controlled by AIPAC (this powerful lobby group actually dictates American Foreign Policy). The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is just lapdogs for the interest of everyone else, and unlike the members of AIPAC, they lack the knowledge of self and have not accepted a common history and doesn’t see the importance and relevance to lobby on behalf of black folk. We should take lessons from the Jews who have vowed to defend Israel and protect the Jewish interest with their last dying breath and this should be our position toward Africa.
Obama initially poised himself as the candidate of change and ran on a slogan echoing the catchy statement: "Change You Can Believe in" and the first thing he did was to fill his top cabinet post with former President Bill Clinton's cabinet members and Washington, DC insiders (he even kept Bush’s Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on board—a warmonger). These moves were contradictory to the resounding message of change, which was the theme that created all the initial excitement and it were some of these factors that angered a lot of voters during this midterm election). It did not look like change to me, but in the excitement and euphoria, that the United States of American had elected its 44 president and in deed to some this was a very special and momentous occasion in American history, because it was the first African American to be elected to the highest office in the land. America and the world were looking for change and had anticipated with Obama's election there would be change and after two years it has become evident that President Obama’s agenda was no different than his predecessor George W. Bush.
He took office with a very high approval rating and I believe he thought that he could use his charisma and charm to excite his base in the twelfth hour of the midterm elections and that this alone would be enough to overcome any pollster deficits and galvanize the Democratic electorate to ensure victory (man was he fooled). The Democratic party lost seats in the United States of House of Representatives because the black vote was taking for granted and the lack of African American voter turnout negatively affected the Democratic party success in the midterm elections. Here is the new math the Republicans will gain 61 House seats and 8 Senate seats pursuant to the midterm elections. This is what people are missing the Tea Party should have established a third political party and ran candidates independent of the Republican Party because their agenda will be co-opted by the established Washington DC Republican machine.
The Tea Party made Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele’s job a lot safer and they should offer Rush Limbaugh an ambassador position because without his syndicated radio broadcast where he beat the hell out President Obama, Democrats and liberals on a daily basis and the efforts of Fox News and all the voices of the radical right contributed to the Tea Party success in this midterm election. But even with their success nothing is going to change on Capitol Hill, the Tea Baggers are in for a rude awakening and come January it is going to be business as usual and these newly elected congresspersons will be asked to play ball.
The Tea Party and Tea Party Express started to mobilize two years ago and unlike the Democratic Party they had an agenda and they recognized that Americans are dissatisfied with big government. I applaud their efforts to take the battle to the trenches and now they have the respect of all America and may be they will cast aside the musket and accept the ballot and read the Declaration of Independence at congressional ceremonial meetings. Perhaps this new position that they are in will dim the literal interpretation of how they perceived this great document prior to November 2, 2010. Now, are they part of the British (the power and colonial masters) or will they represent the oppressed colonist—if they don't do right lets cast some tea into all the harbors of America and protest these new tax assessors and collectors sitting in Washington DC. Lastly, I am thirsty, may I have some tea please and hold the white sugar.
Fahim A. Knight-El Chief Researcher for KEEPING IT REAL THINK TANK located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-EL can be reached at fahimknight@ yahoo.com.
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Fahim A. Knight-El