Friday, September 05, 2008

The Black Republicans

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a fifty-year-old white guy. And while I am not at all qualified to criticize any race but my own, I do feel compelled to offer up for your reading pleasure a few choice thoughts regarding a small but growing trend within the microscopic, upper class, African American community that has me, to say the least, somewhat puzzled. These are the men and women whom, through either fortitude, dumb luck or affirmative action, have found themselves as members of the privileged class but who, for reasons known only to them, have sought to pull up the ladder to prevent other members of their own, disadvantaged race from achieving the same piece of the American dream. In polite society they might be known as "traitors to their race". Malcolm X called them "House Niggers".
I am referring to the parable Minister Malcolm used to tell about the House Nigger and the Field Negro. The House Nigger, who did light work inside the home, loved his Master. The Field Negro, who did the back breaking work out on the plantation, hated the old bastard. When you think about the House Nigger, picture Stephin Fetchit. When you think of the Field Negro, picture Ossie Davis. That puts it beautifully.
The underlying analogy here deals with people who have been able to obtain fame and treasure because of something called affirmative action. That was a program put forward around forty years ago by a nasty conspiracy of commie-loving, Karl Marx-reading, latte-swirling liberals, in order to level the playing field so that black persons would have more of a fighting chance at obtaining a middle class lifestyle - Clarence Thomas, for instance.
No one (with the possible exception of Antonin Scalia) gets as apoplectic as Justice Thomas at the mere mention of affirmative action! In his memoirs, "My Grandfather's Son", published late last year, Thomas wrote that when he received his diploma from Yale Law School, he slapped a "15 cents" sticker on it and relegated it to the basement of his home. You see, the good judge was ashamed and embarrassed that all of those silly and stupid Great Society types had helped him along his journey. By his twisted reasoning, his law degree would have had real meaning and his position on the Supreme Court would today be all-the-more legitimate had he merely gone it alone and not relied on the assistance of those goddamned, nosy, liberal do-gooders. Why can't those people just mind their own business?
Just where do you think Clarence Thomas would be today were it not for affirmative action?
He would be mounted on the front lawn of some beer distributor's home in Albany, Georgia, wearing a jockey uniform and holding a lamp.
At the time Judge Thomas came out with his book, Bill Maxwell, an African American writer for the Times of St. Petersburg, Florida and, like Clarence Thomas, an "affirmative action baby", wrote the following:
"Clarence Thomas' diploma may be worth fifteen cents to him. My degree from the University of Chicago is priceless."
Like any government program, affirmative action is not perfect. While it has done a great deal of good throughout the years, one of its glaring flaws is the fact that it occasionally allows someone of mediocre talent and intellect to rise to the top. Clarence Thomas' very presence on the Supreme Court is proof positive of that.
Excluding the guy on the Creme of Wheat box, forty years ago it was difficult - if not impossible - to find a person of color in this sick country spouting a right wing point of view. In recent years, however, they have been coming out of the freaking wood work: In addition to Clarence Thomas, there has been Condoleeza Rice, Tony Brown, Armstrong Williams, J.C. Watts, Michael Powell (Colin's half-witted kid) - and more than a few others.
Where the hell did these people come from? What do they want? Once upon a time, most black people were Republicans. It had not a thing to do with right-wing ideology and everything to do with the fact that the Grand Old Party was, after all, the party of the great emancipator, Abraham Lincoln (I must emphasize the word, "was". Old Abe wouldn't recognize his party today). Things began to change in the nineteen-thirties. By that time it became apparent that black people had a real friend in the White House in the person of the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. No one is more responsible than she for the great migration of blacks from the Republican to the Democratic party in the years during and after World War Two. In 1937, she made no apologies when she was vilified in the southern press after being photographed graciously accepting a bouquet of flowers from a little negro girl. It is no wonder that she was such an admired and beloved figure to the African Americans of her generation.
With the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the "solid south" of bol weevil, conservative Democrats fled like frightened rats to the GOP within a matter of a few short years. The very concept of even acknowledging the equality of people with dark skin finally gave them enough motivation to join the party of "that bearded bastard who freed the slaves". When those two laws came into being, President Lyndon Baines Johnson told his aides Jack Valenti and Bill Moyers that the Democrats had lost the south for at least a generation. A generation and then some. The "solid south" has been solidly Republican ever since. The conservative line today, that the mass exodus of disaffected Dixiecrats was all about economics and had nothing to do with race, is pure, unadulterated bullshit. It was all about race. Let's stop kidding ourselves.
As a result of the legislative and judicial gains made in the quarter of a century following the Supreme Court's Brown vs Board of Education decision in 1954, by 1980 a black middle class - which had barely existed in the mid-fifties - was beginning to emerge. That progress came to a dead halt when Ronald Reagan became president in 1981. Nearly every study has found them losing ground in the years since.
Given all we know about the agenda of the right wing, why on earth would any descendant of a slave want to sleep with the devil, so to speak? It really isn't that hard to figure out if you think about it. Let's face some serious facts here, folks: Black faces at a Democratic gathering are a dime a dozen. What better way for an ambitious (devious) person to stand out than by joining the ranks of the GOP as a Black Republican? It is the perfect, quid pro quo scenario! It gives the black person in question a chance to be noticed and maybe even make a little extra bread on the side (as Armstrong Williams did when he was paid $250,000 in taxpayer money by the Bush Mob to promote their "No Child's Behind Left" scam). It also gives the Great White Father the opportunity to say to the rest of the country, "See? We really are the party of all the people." Black hand washes the white hand. You get the idea.
For years, whenever you scanned the pictures transmitting from any Republican convention, they always showed the same old faces - white faces. That was the case with the convention which mercifully concluded last night. There was hardly a black face to be found in the crowd. So where were all these newly recruited Black Republicans of which I speak? They were all up on the stage - EVERY FUCKING ONE OF THEM! You want to talk about a good old fashioned minstrel show? So help me Hattie McDaniel, I thought I was watching the "Tribute to Scatman Crothers" portion of the evening. Oh, Lawdy! Lawdy! Watchin' all dem smilin' 'n' slap-happy Uncle Toms shufflin' 'cross da podium - that was truly a funny thing to behold. The Great White Father had indeed pulled off another great trick. I can just imagine one of his hired, token Negroes congratulating him back stage:
"Hee! Hee! Oh, Mistah White Folks, You sho' is sly!"
Very funny....and unspeakably sad at the same time. You would think people like that would know better, wouldn't you? You would think that someone born (as all of them were) on the lowest rung of the economic ladder would want to make it possible for all the members of his or her oppressed race to take full advantage of the same government programs they so skillfully exploited in order to reach the heights to which they have been able to climb. Any black person who embraces the sick ideology of the extreme right wing - no question about it - needs to have his or her head examined. We're talkin' serious therapy here. They should also hang those heads in complete and utter shame.
You've got to hand it to Malcolm X's House Nigger, though. He had a pretty sweet deal inside the Master's home and he knew it. The last thing in the world he wanted was to have another servant move in on his territory, replacing him in Massah's affection. If he witnessed another slave stepping so much as an inch out of line, he made damned sure that the poor bastard was beaten senseless. He didn't want to give any of his black brothers and sisters the opportunity to enter Massah's comfortable house and share in Massah's treasure.

He has a whole hell of a lot in common with these modern day House Niggers, doesn't he?

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
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At 11:05 AM, Blogger Germanicus said...

Absolutely Wrong ! ! !

Man, I don't know where you get off saying:

"Any black person who embraces the sick ideology of the extreme right wing is - no question about it - the most despicable creature currently walking on two feet.

I cannot agree with you here. George Bush and Dick Cheney are clearly the most despicable creatures currently walking on two feet.

Other than that, you post is, as usual, dead on.

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

You make a good point, Germanicus. It certainly is hard to top Bush and Cheney when referring to the truly loathsome. I have changed the offending passage to read, "one of the most dispicable".


At 2:20 PM, Blogger Teacher Mom said...

Hi Tom,

I was just thinking about this same topic as I listened to an NPR story on how the Repugs refuse to even release the demographic composition of their delegates. Regardless, it was pretty obvious, as you pointed out.

I am an intelligent person (at least that's what I think!) but for the life of me, I cannot figure out how ANY minority or woman could support the Republican platform. If you are a fiscal conservative (which used to be the excuse for being Republican and a woman or minority), then you cannot look to the Republicans to exercise financial restraint. Spending under W is through the roof! If you are a woman - like Sarah Palin - how could you support policies that undermine the future of your OWN DAUGHTERS? Ditto if you are Condolezza, how can you support a party who wants to eliminate the very policies that benefited you? I just don't get it. The only explanation I can think of is that these people are completely opportunistic and selfish.

What do you think about women who support the Repugs (other than for evangelical reasons)?

At 2:41 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Dear Teacher Mom,

Woman who support the GOP (other than for evangelical reasons as you say) - particularly those who have children - are women who, I believe, are not paying attention. It is beyond me how ANYONE could suport this crooked and criminal organization.

I had a look at your blog. You should post more on it as you deinitely have some interesting things to say!

By the way, I see that we are neighbors. What town are you from and where do you teach?

All the best,
Tom Degan

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Prairie Waif said...

Apparently, there is some cognitive dissonance occuring amongst the Republican Black Caucus.

Some are starting to think, "What will I tell my child, or Grandchild, when they asked how I helped get the first black man elected President? I can't justify telling them, 'nothing, I voted for the white guy.' "

It reminds me of the excellent parable told by the man voted as "The Greatest Canadian;" Tommy Douglas, Father of Socialized Medicine in Canada (and Grandfather of Kiefer Sutherland).

As many told how things could not be done, Tommy told the story of the mice and the cats.

Seems the mice had for years voted for the black cat and were never delivered the promises the cat had campaigned upon. So, in the next election they voted for the white cat, only to find, that AGAIN the promises went undelivered.

One brave mouse stepped out from the befuddled group arguing over which cat to vote for and said, "Maybe we should start voting for MICE and not cats!"

Black Republicans? They are voting to give their "Overseeer" a longer and thicker whip to crack. Will they work or provide the minstel show?

By the way, the stats I read on the number of black DELEGATES to the Republican Convention in Scandinavian Minnesota?

36 out of 2,380 delegates. The place was as white as McCain's hair.

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Another African-American who should be included on the "Wha' the fuck is he a Republican for?" list is Michael S. Steele, ex-Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. Did you happen to catch him on Real Time with Bill Maher last night? Bill has had him on before, maybe a few times, so he obviously likes the confrontation and mingling of ideas. He's always so pro-Bush, pro-conservative, and zealously Republican. Last night was no exception.

As you'd expect, the topic of Sarah Palin consumed much of the hour. Mr. Steele felt she is "a highly qualified woman" to be vice president; that she "brings talents as a mom, a coach, a mayor" to the position. When the studio audience soundly booed him for this, and other similar remarks, he turned to them and said, "Get used to it, folks, you'll be calling her vice president soon enough." Of course, he was treated to a chorus of the Bronx Cheer after that line.

He's an enigma to me.

At 5:35 PM, Anonymous sharon said...

Boy, I never thought I'd be "defending" Clarence Thomas, but when I graduated from UConn Law in 1997, there was no way that professors grading exams could possibly know which belonged to who. Exam booklets were coded with a number given to us by the registrar and, as far as I know, inaccessible to the professors. That Clarence Thomas got into Yale Law School under affirmative action is certain, but that he did the work and graduated on his own ability is also certain.

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous james said...

as an african american, i can tell you that the only reason that i am registered with the republican party is because, i hate what this country stands for, and i believe that they are the best hope for destroying the place completely, or at least bringing it to it's knees. as a u.s. citizen however, i am not completely unaware that republican policies are entirely stupid...but like i said, payback is a bitch, and finally the evil racists are going to get exactly what they deserve, unfortunately so will the rest of the nation, maybe then the american people will wake up from their slumber...and actually practice democracy, of the people,by the people,for the people, but until then, i vote for the biggest hypocrites, because they have the longest nails for the coffin.

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the real Black Republican website:

The Democrats' Missing History

The DNC Web site section labeled "Party History," linked here, is in fact scrubbed clean of the not-so-little dirty secret that fueled Democrats' political successes for over a century and a half and made American life a hell on earth for black Americans. Literally, the DNC official history, which begins with the creation of the party in 1800, gets to the creation of the DNC itself in 1848 and then--poof!--the next sentence says: "As the 19th Century came to a close, the American electorate changed more and more rapidly." It quickly heads into a riff on poor immigrants coming to America.

In a stroke, 52 years of Democratic history vanishes. Disappeared faster than the truth in the Clinton administration. Why would this be? Allow me to sketch in a few facts from those missing 52 years. For that matter, lets add in the facts from the party history before and after those 52 years, since they aren't mentioned by the Democrats' National Committee either.

* * *

So what's missing?

• There is no reference to the number of Democratic Party platforms supporting slavery. There were six from 1840 through 1860.

• There is no reference to the number of Democratic presidents who owned slaves. There were seven from 1800 through 1861

• There is no reference to the number of Democratic Party platforms that either supported segregation outright or were silent on the subject. There were 20, from 1868 through 1948.

• There is no reference to "Jim Crow" as in "Jim Crow laws," nor is there reference to the role Democrats played in creating them. These were the post-Civil War laws passed enthusiastically by Democrats in that pesky 52-year part of the DNC's missing years. These laws segregated public schools, public transportation, restaurants, rest rooms and public places in general (everything from water coolers to beaches). The reason Rosa Parks became famous is that she sat in the "whites only" front section of a bus, the "whites only" designation the direct result of Democrats.

• There is no reference to the formation of the Ku Klux Klan, which, according to Columbia University historian Eric Foner, became "a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party." Nor is there reference to University of North Carolina historian Allen Trelease's description of the Klan as the "terrorist arm of the Democratic Party."

• There is no reference to the fact Democrats opposed the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution. The 13th banned slavery. The 14th effectively overturned the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision (made by Democratic pro-slavery Supreme Court justices) by guaranteeing due process and equal protection to former slaves. The 15th gave black Americans the right to vote.

• There is no reference to the fact that Democrats opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1866. It was passed by the Republican Congress over the veto of President Andrew Johnson, who had been a Democrat before joining Lincoln's ticket in 1864. The law was designed to provide blacks with the right to own private property, sign contracts, sue and serve as witnesses in a legal proceeding.

• There is no reference to the Democrats' opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It was passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses Grant. The law prohibited racial discrimination in public places and public accommodations.

• There is no reference to the Democrats' 1904 platform, which devotes a section to "Sectional and Racial Agitation," claiming the GOP's protests against segregation and the denial of voting rights to blacks sought to "revive the dead and hateful race and sectional animosities in any part of our common country," which in turn "means confusion, distraction of business, and the reopening of wounds now happily healed."

• There is no reference to four Democratic platforms, 1908-20, that are silent on blacks, segregation, lynching and voting rights as racial problems in the country mount. By contrast the GOP platforms of those years specifically address "Rights of the Negro" (1908), oppose lynching (in 1912, 1920, 1924, 1928) and, as the New Deal kicks in, speak out about the dangers of making blacks "wards of the state."

• There is no reference to the Democratic Convention of 1924, known to history as the "Klanbake." The 103-ballot convention was held in Madison Square Garden. Hundreds of delegates were members of the Ku Klux Klan, the Klan so powerful that a plank condemning Klan violence was defeated outright. To celebrate, the Klan staged a rally with 10,000 hooded Klansmen in a field in New Jersey directly across the Hudson from the site of the convention. Attended by hundreds of cheering convention delegates, the rally featured burning crosses and calls for violence against African-Americans and Catholics.

• There is no reference to the fact that it was Democrats who segregated the federal government, at the direction of President Woodrow Wilson upon taking office in 1913. There \is a reference to the fact that President Harry Truman integrated the military after World War II.

• There is reference to the fact that Democrats created the Federal Reserve Board, passed labor and child welfare laws, and created Social Security with Wilson's New Freedom and FDR's New Deal. There is no mention that these programs were created as the result of an agreement to ignore segregation and the lynching of blacks. Neither is there a reference to the thousands of local officials, state legislators, state governors, U.S. congressmen and U.S. senators who were elected as supporters of slavery and then segregation between 1800 and 1965. Nor is there reference to the deal with the devil that left segregation and lynching as a way of life in return for election support for three post-Civil War Democratic presidents, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt.

• There is no reference that three-fourths of the opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Bill in the U.S. House came from Democrats, or that 80% of the "nay" vote in the Senate came from Democrats. Certainly there is no reference to the fact that the opposition included future Democratic Senate leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia (a former Klan member) and Tennessee Senator Albert Gore Sr., father of Vice President Al Gore.

• Last but certainly not least, there is no reference to the fact that Birmingham, Ala., Public Safety Commissioner Bull Connor, who infamously unleashed dogs and fire hoses on civil rights protestors, was in fact--yes indeed--a member of both the Democratic National Committee and the Ku Klux Klan.



"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the
oppressed." --Steve Biko

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

White Wash:

Judging by the tone of your letter, you obviously are a Black Republican.

First of all, although I am no longer a Democrat, I must defend them here:

Comparing the Democratic party of the nineteenth century to the Democratic party of the twenty-first is as futile (and silly) as comparing the corpse of a man who died in 1863 to a newly born baby.

QUESTION: Are you crazy enough to contend that were Abraham Lincoln to come come back to earth today he would even recognize the party he helped found over a century and a half ago?


Tom Degan

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Prairie Waif said...


Does the From the real Black Republican website. . . include information as to THE NUMBER OF SLAVES, owned and submitted to the the vagaries and whims of their owners, on the ancestors' Plantation of John Sidney McCain, III?

If so, then their "Real Republican website" isn't worth the warm spit his ancestors spit at their plantation's "chattel".

I am going to get a pool going....

The American people are so mind-fuckingly stupid, they are actually going to send the team of McCain/Palin to the White House in January.

What do you say? Any takers?

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

I'm in.

ALSO, have you decided on the name for your 527 to get Hillary tossed from Robert F. Kennedy's Junior Senate seat for New York State?

My $20 are waiting. . .


At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Dina said...

I'm stunned to learn Tony Brown is a Republican. Still, I would not categorize him with the likes of Shelby Steele, Thomas Sowell, and John McWhorter, those who want to disengage from blacks once they’ve attained a certain level of success. For much of his life Brown was an aggressive activist and voice for civil rights, including working with MLK. He has used his voice tirelessly in media to motivate blacks to achieve. He is currently Dean of Communications at Hampton University, a HBCU, where he continues to aggressively encourage excellence from the black community.

Brown may have benefited in some ways from affirmative action, but he also struggled ferociously for his success, including fighting to keep his often controversial show on the air. Blacks such as Steele, Sowell, and McWhorter denounce affirmative action, likely hoping taking this position and becoming Republicans distinguishes them from the black community and wins favor with whites (some who decry AA, failing to realize most whites have benefited from white affirmative action for many years, but that’s another story). They seek to distance themselves from blacks, ingratiate themselves with whites, and their motives are self-centered. Brown on the other hand, has a long history of important service to, and remains passionately committed to uplifting the black community. As a black female I am beyond disbelief that this otherwise brilliant man became a Republican, but please know he’s no Uncle (Clarence) Thom(as)!

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Jibreel Riley said...

Holy Liberal Fascism
A Black Man with a difference of option. Dude, your a scum bag and If i seen ya... lets just leave it at that. I think your next in line to host the next MTV event BTW. This is low and it tugs at my intelligence. You can do better, much better than hailing our Race Hustlers but you stick to wallowing in your white guilt.

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Dear, Jibreel Riley:

My friend! Such anger!

I read your profile and I see that two of your favorite movies are "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Dead Poet's Society". Ah! I said to myself, "Underneath the gallons of venom there is indeed a sensitive young gut waiting to emerge.

I also see that one of your favorite books is the Bible. A good and please choice. Please, my friend, the next time you're going through it, go to the Gospel according to Matthew. There's something in there called the Sermon on the Mount - the basis of the teachings of our Lors and Savior, Jesus Christ. If you haven't the time to read it (we're all a busy these days, I know) here it is:

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingddom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inhrerit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.

Just a little something to think about, my friend.


Tom Degan

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Hey Mr. Riley, I have to admit that your message leaves me shaking my head in disbelief. Tom's article was right on the mark, and certainly wasn't meant to insult or "diss you". Clearly, that would be impossible until you started respecting yourself and your race.

Oh, as far as your remark, "Liberal Fascism", I don't think the two philosophies can logically coexist. It's too much of an oxymoron.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger murr said...

Right on Tom! Found you via a nice gentleman on the Moveon list in Harrisburg! Back to the phone bank--where I get to listen to a lot of this Hitler-Youth stuff.

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Welcome aboard, Murr, and thank you so much for the kind words! Keep reading and don't forget to vote for Obama!

All the best,
Tom Degan

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous undrgrndgirl said...


just a little history - the term "house nigger" originally referred to the children born of rape (when white owners raped slave women); being mixed these children often times grew up working in the plantation house and sometimes would receive education, unlike black slaves who worked outside in the fields. these mixed children associated with whites and had some privileges the other slaves did not.

the term was almost always used in association with lighter colored skin...light skin = fawning to white society AND greater success in life...

but yes, today it means what you said...

i went to a predominantly african american school in northern california in the early 1970's, the black kids had a word for blacks like obama, cain, rice, was "oreo".

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

I did not know that, thank you! Have a look at some of my more recent postings when you have a moment or two. Here's a link:


At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Jay said...


I'm very curious as to why this was your particular post. Sometimes you seem to be at the epicenter of an issue. Other times you seem to come out of nowhere with a topic no one is talking/thinking about.

I do think it's unfair for you to target black republicans. In recent years the GOP has desperately tried to show off its "multiculturalism." Bobby Jindahl, Allen West, and Marco Rubio have thrust upon us and often in (undeserved) "leadership" roles in a vain attempt to somehow show that the GOP is "tolerant."

I have to wonder what the Log Cabin Republicans think of that one...

Really...would we even know who Marco Rubio was if he wasn't of Cuban heritage?

Although five years later, the GOP can't believe we elected a "nigger." They're astounded. Although they claim race has nothing to do it, they're full of shit. They can't stand that the "norm" has changed. They can't stand the idea that their country is changing and soon whites will be minority in the USA. This has them panicking.

As for why those of color would join the GOP; well it's that greatest of American traits: self-interest.

We don't have "statesmen" or "leaders" anymore; we have "facilitators." And if you're a person of color, your career isn't going to get fast tracked in the Democratic party because your skin has pigment to it.

Oh...and just 'cause I can: *ahem* Tom Degan is the biggest jackass on the Planet Earth.

Have a Good Holiday Tom!

At 3:43 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

The First Amendment thrives on the Rant. Good one, Jay!

All the best,


At 9:53 AM, Blogger John Armstrong said...

I believe that any FOOL that vote for big government is crazy. And that includes both sides of the political parties. I do not care if you vote democrat or republican just keep big government small. Government on any given day is evil!! An organization that can steal your money (you all call it taxes) and spend it against you is evil. Look at the recent dumb move by the government, that the democrat did. Took the greatest healthcare system from us and give all of the controls over your health to THE GOVERNMENT! They cannot even take care of a few vets. Tom! Instead of talking about stupid stuff and dividing the races lets help all of us to be free to live. Not controlled by these foolish people in government. It only gets worse. I see where most of the people responding do not like the last Bush - but look what we have now! It only get worse. Always vote for smaller government. Neither party cares about us! That just care about stupid people votes so that they can stay in office for their life. None of them cares about us. So you can spend your time dividing you or work for freedom and you will not find it in either party!

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Perry Cameron said...

Dear Tom,

The Hot button issue that you have so eloquently written about is yet another divisive technique that progressives use to derive power. It is the old divide and conquer meme. If progressives ran on what they really believed in...Marxism, then no one would vote for them. Instead they find groups they would otherwise care less about, such as gays, blacks, and Hispanics or any group that can be made into a minority. They then label these groups victims and pander to them for their votes. Evidence for this is made apparent when looking at the complete history of the Democratic party. Once Blacks had the right to vote in 1965 a new kind of slavery was born. Johnson’s and Obama’s “wars on poverty” are frauds to keep people poor and dependent on the federal government. By keeping blacks dependent on them, the Democrats “own” blacks, and keep them doing their bidding, their work. This is the modern face of slavery, slavery being something the Democrat party has always owned and has no intention of giving up.

At 2:04 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Thank you, Perry. That's the funniest comment I've received in quite some time.

Go back to sleep.

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave Cool

I will vote for Dr. Ben Carson,not because he is black but he has great ideas.
But I am tired of Sharpton and the gang at MSNBC who play the race card. So if you are black and a Republican you are called an Uncle Tom.
Now who are the real racists

At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave Cool

Al Sharpton calling Hispanic
"Brown Brothers" is a laugh.
If you wikipedia who were the 1st country to bring over the slaves you will find Porthagal Portugal
the Spain who bought the slaves to America. But hold on to your hats.
85% of slaves went to South America. Just wikapeda
How many black slaves were sent to South America.
And yes Sharpton is a big racist
as is the entire crew of MSNBC

At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave Cool

Btw,In Berkeley they want to change the name of a school named after Thomas Jefferson since he was a slave owner.
I guess they did not know the founder of Berkeley was also a slave owner. Go Figure

At 12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you realize that you people are the only ones focused on race, right?

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To paraphrase Hillary: Tom Degan, I'm sorry you're so stupid.

Where would blacks be today if the Republican party hadn't formed and elected Lincoln President?

Where would blacks be today if Lincoln hadn't written the Emancipation Proclamation a hundred years before Democrats got on board with civil rights?

Where would blacks be today if the south had seceded and Republicans hadn't fought the Civil War?

Where would blacks be today if Republicans hadn't continued to fight and die for voting rights, to abolish separate but equal for a hundred years after the Civil war?

Where would blacks be today if long time uber racist Lyndon Baines Johnson hadn't seen how "uppity" they had become, gotten behind behind civil rights while creating a series of programs which would have them voting Democrat for 200 years?

Where would blacks be today if they had chosen to follow the philosophy of self reliance and true independence of Dr. Martin Luther King as opposed to the dependence, poverty and institutional racism courtesy of the Democrats?

Where would blacks be today if Democrats hadn't assuaged their collective conscience declaring blacks were unable to compete on a level playing field from college admissions to government contracts, they needed quotas, set asides, grants and assistance, special emphasis programs?

Where would blacks be today if Democrats hadn't turned their backs as the inner cities fell into ruin, crime became rampant, empty (and occupied) buildings were stripped for scrap metal, the schools decayed, the infrastructure decayed, life for the residents became never ending despair?

How about walking us through your logic in which Democrats who were hanging blacks and Republicans side by side for a century suddenly became the Republicans they detested because Democrats stopped the filibusters, gave up the resistance to civil rights a hundred years after the Civil War?

Democrats have created a permanent underclass in America rooted in Johnson's lasting racist beliefs. You've done nothing to help blacks but you have made yourselves feel better with the right words. But your hatred and bigotry is still there, your loud and clear message to blacks is if you think it's bad now, vote Republican.

At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have all missed the mark. Malcolm X did not want to have blacks integrated and raised within the system. HE wanted to be far from whites and from the oppressive materialistic and consumeristic and oppressive system. King was trying to be white, and that is an error of an agenda to take by any moral and thinking person. Noam Chomsky,an intellectual and informed author said-"the professional education and training system is nothing more than an elaborate filter to weed out those who are too independent, too free thinking, and who refuse to be submissive; because they are dysfunctional to the system." I agree. I would not want to be part of a system that exploits those who work harder for minimum wage (Laborers slaving at hard physical labor, much more difficult than any executive position), while they make millions whealing and dealing. I would rather be homeless than work to make the rich man richer and more powerful. I work a 70 hour week for free rather than two hours for riches, within the system. Our legal system destroys justice, our education system destroys knowledge and the ability to think, (nobody challenges the "authorities" anymore, the medical system destroys health, and the banks destroy the economy. Do blacks really want to be part of that? The reason so many are on welfare is because they are more moral and not afraid to go without luxury in order to live more righteously.

At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cameron and Armstrong were the only ones right on. Lincoln really was for the "union" his agenda was not freedom for slaves, but to stop the south from seceeding. Read "The People's HIstory of the UNIted STates" by Zinn. He did real research. Our nation has never been for the people, that is except for the filthy rich. We have been deceived by propaganda and smoke and mirrors for decades, and there is no investigative journalism. People's opinions seem to all be "within the box" and no original thinking seems possible, as we have all been educated by television and the education system which is teaching its pupils to learn what will perpetuate an evil system. Ever read "1984"? Our "defense system" is the most aggressive and militaristic tool of imperialism ever devised. Our revolution was not for "Liberty" a buzzword, but really the new rich and powerful ridding the country of the "old rich and powerful" (British) to gain power. Washington was the richest man in the nation, and had partaken in several wars (murderer). Jefferson ("all men are created equal") had 200 slaves. All men are equal except blacks and natives. We live in an imperialistic and evil nation. Wanting to obey and follow our leaders does not make you a good patriot. It makes you an ignorant fool willing to kill citizens of other nations because the people you follow unquestioning are evil.

At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If sheep could vote, they would vote for who feeds them.

Even if they are the same ones who will slaughter and eat them later.


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