Sambo to the Senate!

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haily Appoints Tim Scott

 Tim Scott is a Burlesque of a Black Man

The simple minded belief on the part of many Republicans that black people will support anybody who happens to be black for high political office is about to be exposed as a dangerous delusion- just like their belief that Mitt Romney was a sure shot over President Obama.

This is clearly the thinking behind the appointment of Congressman Tim Scott to the Senate seat abandoned by Jim Demint.   Alas Timmy is going to break their heart because most Afro-Americans wouldn’t follow this grinning bald headed Republican lickspittle to the toilet if they were suffering from diarrhea!

.Demint quit the senate to head the Heritage Foundation, a major right wing think tank.  It will be interesting to see if Norman Orenstein, the foremost scholar on the US Congress, will retain his research fellowship at that institution since has been cast in the role of enemy by conservatives after he fingered the Republicans in Congress as the major cause of gridlock in Washington in his recent book, “Its Worse Than it Looks.”

An ineffective legislator who cares more about ideology than governing, Demint will be happy as a hog in slop at the Heritage Foundation, where he can play a major role in taking the Republican Party even further to the right while directing the propaganda efforts designed to win new converts to their cause.

In Tim Scott Demint feels he has a trustworthy successor.  After all, this is a guy who has introduced a bill that would make it legal to kick children on food stamps off the program if a family member goes on strike with their union.  And he called for the impeachment of President Obama over the debt ceiling.  Hence this guy is one of the most rabid of the far right Tea Party reactionaries, and he will not gain many more black votes than Jim Demint. As my aunt Rosa would say: He may be our color but he ain’t our kind.” Tim Scott is a redneck in black face, or at least that’s how he presents himself.   Only he knows for sure.

However, given what the Republican Party stands for Tim is working against the interests of the majority of black Americans; hence he is willing to sell his people down the river for personal gain.  The Republican Party became prominent in the South – where not that long ago Republicans were almost as rare as flying saucers – by systematically playing on the racial resentments of  white southerners who were enraged and threatened by the advances made by Afro-Americans by virtue of the successes of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.

If Tim Scott does not know this history then he can be dismissed as a pitiful ignoramus, and this is not beyond the realm of possibility since the boy looks and sounds retarded.  But if he is fully aware of the Republican Party’s history in the South – which has been brilliantly documented in the book “The Politics of Rage, by Dr. Dan T. Carter – then he is a quisling, and favors no one so much as the “Sambo” character defined by Dr. Stanley M. Elkins in his treatise “Slavery and the Sambo Personality.”

Sambo Doin his Thing!

2012 Republican National Convention: Day 2

 Sellin Us Down the River!

In an attempt to explain the character of the obsequious slave who loved his master and wanted to be just like him, Professor Elkins constructed a comparative analysis of black slavery on an American slave plantation and Jewish life in a Nazi concentration camp.  Based on the observations of Jewish Psychiatrists – like Dr. Bruno Bettlehiem – who observed the personality deterioration of their fellow inmates in the camps, some of whom began to act like the Nazi guards to the extent of trying to shape their prison caps so that they looked like the Nazi caps, Elkins extrapolated a theory of the pathological slave personality which he called “Sambo.”

Sambo was the type of slave that loved the master no matter how badly he was treated, it was pathological behavior, to love and imitate the behavior of those who are oppressing your people contradicts the first law of nature: Self-Preservation!  Although Professor Elkin’s thesis has been proven incorrect regarding the majority of slaves by other historians who examined his thesis – see “Slave Culture” by Dr. Sterling Stuckey, “Slave Community” by Dr. John Blassingame,”  “American Negro Slave Revolts” by Dr. Herbert Aptheker, and “Negro comrades of the Crown” by Dr. Gerald Horn – the Sambo personality was real in a minority of slaves.

And, I fear, Timmy Scott is their direct descendent! What can one conclude about a black man who opposes anv changes to the Second Amendmentbecause he wants to uphold the original values of the US Constitution.  Now, it could be that this bald headed charlatan is as ignorant of the Constitution as many of the Tea Party zealots who voted him into office.  But the “original values” of the Constitution protected the slave trade, sanctioned slavery and confined voting to property holding white males!

The Constitution is an 18th century document written by racist, sexist,  white supremacist Anglo-Saxon males who could neither conceive of a black congressman nor devastating military assault weapons in the hands of ordinary citizens in a nation with a nuclear armed military capable of destroying the world in 30 minutes.

With a standing army and domestic police force capable of  conducting total surveillance of the populace and suppress any domestic disturbance, it is insane to argue, as the Gun Ownere of America and other right-wing nuts are doing, that they need assault rifiles to defend themselves against the federal government.  Especially since any attempt to organize an ad-hoc military force would be carefully monitored and destroye at the first attmpt to carry out an armed assault.

Ironically,  both slavery and an unfettered gun culture represent grave dangers to the possibility of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for Afro-Americans – yet Senator Sambo believes this to represent the “original values” of the Constitution.  And the fact that Mr. Scott refuses to join the Congressional Black Caucus, which came into existence so that black legislators could plot legislative strategies to benefit Afro-Americans in that overwhelminly white and very powergul branch of government.  Hence, when all things are considered,  it is self-evident that Timmy is either a damned fool or a traitor to his people…a post-modern Sambo!


Tim Scott’s Voting Record after two years in the House of Representatives

He’s anti-union. Scott’s website salivates over the free enterprise of right-to-work states. He  supported the anti-union bills listed below and published the list on his website under the guise of “protecting worker’s rights”:
• HR 745, Davis-Bacon Repeal Act
• HR 1047, State Right to Vote Act
• HR 2040, National Right-to-Work Act
• HR 2978, Protecting American Jobs Act
• HR 3135, Adjusting Davis-Bacon for Inflation Act

He’s anti-gay. His website proudly announces that he believes in “defending traditional values” and the “moral principles our country was founded on.” He even signed a formal measure (H.Con.Res. 25) “disapproving” of the administration’s decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

He wants to impeach the president. Scott just threw it out that that he wouldn’t mind impeaching Barack Obama over the debt ceiling talks. When the GOP threatened to shut down the government over the debt ceiling, the point was raised that Obama could invoke the 14th Amendment and raise the ceiling himself. Scott said that would be an “impeachable act.”

He cut AIDS and HIV funding. Scott supported a bill that slashed funding to more than 2,000 South Carolinians with HIV and AIDS because he’s totally against government spending — unless the government is spending money on something he wants (see #7 and #8 on this list).

He wants to kick kids off food stamps. Scott proposed a bill that would remove children from a family’s food stamp program if one of their parents went on strike.

He’s pro-gun. Scott says he will fight to make sure that the Second Amendment “is not weakened in any way.” He supported these bills:
• HR 58, Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act
• HR 420, Veterans Heritage Firearms Act
• HR 645, Second Amendment Enforcement Act
• HR 822, National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act
• HR 1093, ATF Reform Act
• HR 1181, Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act
• HR 3814, to prohibit the Department of Justice from tracking and cataloging the purchases of multiple rifles and guns

  1. He defends      tax subsidies to Big Oil. Scott rejected a bill to close      loopholes that would have saved taxpayers $53 million and      another that would have ended taxpayer subsidies      for the five largest oil companies. When ThinkProgress asked him why it      was fair for him to protect Big Oil at the expense of the taxpayer, he had      the audacity to reply, “‘Fair’ is a relative word.”
  2. He loves      government spending for his pet projects. Scott tried to get the government      to pay to put statues of the Ten Commandments outside the Charleston City      Council Chambers. It took a lawsuit from the ACLU      to stop it.
  3. He’s      hardcore pro-life. Here’s just a sampling of the bills he’s supported      on that front:
    HR 3, No      Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
    • HR 217, Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
    • HR 358, Protect Life Act
    • HR 1179, Respect for Rights of Conscience Act
    • HR 2059, to prohibit funding to the U.N. Population Fund
    • HR 2299, Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
    • HR 2874, Abstinence Education Reallocation Act
    • HR 3803, District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act



Playthell G. Benjamin

Harlem, New York

December 22, 2012






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