By Gloria Dulan-Wilson
Recently registered Rep-ugh-blican, Raynard Jackson posted a critical article stating that the Republican Party had abandoned him. And he took umbrage to some of their racist tactics. But, as you will read, he copped out in the end, and his conclusion left a lot to be desired. So I wrote the following response to his statement. You can read his complaint, and see if you agree with my response. His article follows my response:
LAMENTATIONS: Raynard Jackson Takes on the GOP - uh, Sort Of -
by Gloria Dulan-Wilson
Wow, Raynard! There was a glimmer of hope for your redemption there for a moment - you really took a principled stance in calling the rep-ugh-blicans, Romney, Ryan, Rove, Bush, Koch Brothers, etc, for the degenerate racists that they are. You gave so many salient points that I was totally cheering you on. But when you came to the end and you wimped out! What kind of decision is that? You call that a stand?
The part that amazed me was the fact that you expected the rep-ugh-blians to respect you, and the other non-white members of the party, and to really show some concern and compassion for you. Puh-leez!
But what really got me was your insipid closing that said you would not vote for President Obama because of some alleged insult he made at last year's Congressional Black Caucus dinner - which, by the way was a dinner I attended, as well, and he used tongue-in-cheek humor; he was not insulting, as you insinuated.
It seems to me, Raynard, that you are taking the coward's way out. Speaking of taking stands: where's yours? For all that bravado to end the way you did, makes you little more than a paper tiger.
And are you trying to compare some sort of perceived "insult" from President Obama to the overt and blatant efforts by rep-ugh-blicans to disenfranchize millions of Black voters, to deprive them of health benefits, deny them educational equity? Really?????
Are you trying to tell me that some perceived negative remarks by President Obama, are more serious than Sununu's egregious, overtly hostile statements about President Obama and Secretary Powell?? Or Todd Akin's? Huh!??
'Cause that doesn't work for me. With all the facts you yourself brought forth, how can you then completely shoot yourself in the foot with your reversals?
Raynard, didn't you say, and I quote: "But, twice this year some of these same people have approached me about funding for some election year tricks that they (White Republicans) have conjured up and simply need a Black face to execute the plan. On these two separate occasions, these funders were willing to spend upwards of $20 million to have me organize a national campaign to identify Blacks who would be critical of President Obama.
I was deeply offended by these approaches, but it’s not the first time in my life that I have had similar conversations within the party. So, the party and its funders will spend millions on negative initiatives within the Black community, but are not willing to spend a fraction of that amount on something substantive and positive. Interesting, to say the least."
You make that statement, then you close by saying that you can't vote for President Obama for some innocuous comment on his part, as compared to the preponderance of positive, empowering statements he as consistently made over the last 3.75 years as President. Negro, is U crazy!!!! (sorry, had to go street there for a second) Are you schizophrenic? Or, are you afraid you'll lose a cushy job, or funding, or clients? What's up with that?
There's an old saying that if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it's a duck!! So for you to duck the responsibility of taking a stand, is, what - uh, irresponsible?
There is no such thing as neutral in this election. There is no sitting on the fence, when the entire future of our country depends on who we elect to lead us forward. There is no room for tepid, wishy-washy decisions.
Either shit or get off the pot, Raynard. Time to get some BLACKBONE. While I prefer that you come to your senses, and your Blackness and vote for President Obama, to not vote for either candidate is absolutely unconscionable!!!
You stated you attended Oral Roberts College, then you are familiar with the Biblical Statement: "I would that you were hot or cold - but that you are neither hot nor cold - but that you are tepid, I spew you out." That means even God does not like indecisiveness.
So, in order to not incur the wrath of God, Raynard, let me make a suggestion: VOTE FOR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, it's the real "right" thing to do.
Stay Blessed &
RAYNARD JACKSON'S LAMENTATIONS:
My Republican Party has abandoned me
Written by Raynard Jackson
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 08:48
(NNPA)—During the past year, as my columns have been syndicated to more outlets throughout the world, I have been asked by many leaders in the Republican Party why I am so critical of our party. The short answer is that I am very concerned about the direction my party is taking. It has increasingly become the party of old, White, balding males.
To those I have had these conversations with, my response was quite pointed, “Stop questioning my motives and address the issues that I write about.”
Last week, John Sununu made another racially incendiary comment towards a prominent Black. First, he called President Obama “lazy” and now accuses Colin Powell of supporting Obama only because Obama is Black. Sununu is national co-chair for Romney’s presidential campaign. What has been Romney‘s response to Sununu’s rhetoric? Absolutely nothing. Whether Obama and Powell are Black is not the issue; Sununu’s use of race-baiting language is unacceptable.
Romney’s refusal to distance himself from the likes of Sununu, Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, or Sarah Palin is repulsive to me. We are supposed to be a party of principles. Does Romney want to be president so bad that he is willing to forfeit these principles in order to win an election?
Do Romney and the Republican Party not understand or care that Sununu has thoroughly offended Blacks specifically with his comments about Obama and Powell; but also Americans of good will in general. Why is my party loyalty always called into question when I criticize a Republican who crosses the line into racially charged language?
Fortunately, there are a few White Republicans willing to stand up to Sununu. Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told Ed Schultz on MSNBC, “Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable.”
It’s too bad that Romney does not exemplify that same courage.
I am a Child of God first, then an American, and then a Republican. I will not check my Blackness at the door because I am a Republican. The language coming from Sununu and my party is counter to the founding principles of the party that I am a proud member of.
For many years, I have approached the party and its supporters about underwriting programs to bring together Blacks who are Republican or lean Republican so we can weave them into every facet of the party structure. The answer is always, no!
But, twice this year some of these same people have approached me about funding for some election year tricks that they (White Republicans) have conjured up and simply need a Black face to execute the plan. On these two separate occasions, these funders were willing to spend upwards of $20 million to have me organize a national campaign to identify Blacks who would be critical of President Obama.
I was deeply offended by these approaches, but it’s not the first time in my life that I have had similar conversations within the party. So, the party and its funders will spend millions on negative initiatives within the Black community, but are not willing to spend a fraction of that amount on something substantive and positive. Interesting, to say the least.
I joined the Republican Party upon graduating from Oral Roberts University because I believed in the principles the party espoused: lower taxes, especially for job creation for small businesses; equality of opportunity for all; a party based on Christian principles, to name a few.
I was brought into the Republican Party by the likes of Bill White, Curtis Crawford, Art Fletcher, Ed Brooke, Bill Coleman, and Sam Cornelius. These are legendary Black Republicans who are responsible for me being where I am today.
Once in the party, I was further schooled on Republican principles by the likes of William H.T. “Bucky” Bush (brother to Bush 41), Bert Walker (cousin to Bush 41), George H.W. Bush, Robert Mosbacher (former Secretary of Commerce), James M. Baker (former Secretary of State), and Jack Kemp, just to name a few.
Sununu could not have existed in the Party that I joined in the 1980s. Donald Trump would not have been allowed to have a role in the party that I joined.
Mitt Romney and all the other leaders of the party are too afraid of taking principled stands when it comes to Blacks and issues of race. They are too afraid of alienating the right wing of the party.
I will not vote for Obama because he has totally insulted the Black community at every opportunity (I refer you to his speech before the Congressional Black Caucus last year as exhibit A); and I cannot vote for Mitt Romney because he has, with his silence, endorsed the behavior of the likes of Sununu, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock.
I take my stand based on my principles. Romney and the Republican Party, what are you basing your stand on?" -- Raynard Jackson ###
Well, now that you've read Raynard's lamentations, I'd be interested to know what you think? To the rest of my readers, especially those of you who are Black Rep-ugh-blicans equivocating over what to do with your vote in light of your party's blatant racist moves against your own people. it's time to wake up and smell the coffee. In fact, I recommend you form a BRO - "Black Republicans for Obama", and vote to re-elect Barack Obama President of the United States. Any other stand is on shaky ground.
Stay Blessed &