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On Pat Buchanan!

Posted in On Right Wing Pundits and Bloviators, Playthell on politics with tags , , , , on September 20, 2009 by playthell

Patrick Buchanan VIII

Pugnacious Pundit of the Right

 

 Perceptive Pundit or Racial Arsonist?

  I recently got cable television again after a hiatus of several years and it has opened a whole new world to me.  Most importantly, I can now watch the 24/7 news channels and see all of the celebrated pundits speaking off the cuff on the great issues of the day.   In candid moments many have exposed themselves as shallow windbags – like that grinning coon with grits for brains Joe Watkins – and when the topic turns to Barack Obama some have revealed themselves to be spineless or racist or both.  Others have radiated hope and joy because they believe that the fact that Obama is making such an impressive showing is concrete evidence that our society is moving toward finally fulfilling her creed of liberty and justice for all.  Not so with Pat Buchanan and his lynch mob of right wing kooks, virtually all of whom are American Exceptionalists who still believe the world should be governed by a racial hierarchy led by white American men.  Buchanan manages to barely disguise his feeling on this question when he is on main stream television; but on his blog he drops the pretense and lets his true colors shine through.  

            Alas, nearly all of the pundits, black and white, have exposed themselves as dreadfully ignorant of history and the social sciences; it is as if they believe they can navigate the thorny problems of race and class in the US – which are terribly complex matters and demand both a historical perspective and what that great thinker C. Wright Mills called a “sociological imagination” – with a near total ignorance of Afro-American history and an indifference to sociology. Fortunately I have a tape recorder in my television and I am carefully taping all of these guys; but since Pat is the most offensive of the lot because he is smart enough to know better, I am critiquing him for posterity.  At the end of this election I will publish a book of commentaries “Notes on the Obama Phenomenon,” and like Mark Anthony said of Caesar: “I have come to bury Pat not to praise him” and to make certain the evil he does will live on after he is gone.  So friends, seekers of wisdom of truth, and countrymen lend me your ears, and I shall tell you tales from the dark side of human character.

            After overdosing on Jonathon Capeheart of the Washington Post, a grinning over solicitous intellectual mediocrity, and Pat Buchanan, a shanty Irishman who became neuveau riche from crafting political graffiti for charming dopes like Ronald Reagan and has lived up to the old Irish Republican adage: “Give an Irishman a horse and he will vote Tory every time!”  I decided to take a close look at the punditocracy, these verbose painters of American life; the smart guys who are supposed to pull our coats to the deeper meaning of the events we hear about in the news.  Although Patty is a helluva lot swifter on the cap than Jonathon Seagull, and most of the other talking heads, he is also a rigid ideologue whose arguments are predictable and a racist pugnacious bore to boot. 

            It is no accident that Pat’s columns on Barack Obama are prominently displayed on the cover page of that great American fascist David Duke’s website: For Our Heritage and Freedom.  In a syndicated column titled: A Brief for Whitey, written in response to Barack’s historic speech on race in which he called for a new conversation on race relations in America, old pugnacious Pat had this to say: “America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.”  The problem with that response is that this statement is also true for shanty Irishman like him. 

Had Pat’s people remained in Ireland and didn’t starve to death during the British induced potato famine in an attempt to starve them like rats, he would probably have been a stable boy in County Cork or bootblack in London.  He is who he is because his Irish ancestors came here and were moved ahead of black people in the line of progress because of the biological accident of being born with white skin, and the historical accident of his parents settling in America – where there was a pigmentocracy based on skin color!  So Pat’s observation that “Wright should get down on his knees and thank God he is in America,” is better advice for Irish-Americans like him who would are such big shots here but would have been nothing back in the old country.  Hence by Buchanan’s logic, if slavery was a good thing because it resulted in African Americans winding up in this country, it is more than a good thing that the British Crown decided to starve the Irish and drive them out of Ireland!

Furthermore, Rev. Wright’s ancestors were here building America when Patty’s people were grubbing for potatoes in the bogs of Ireland!  As Dr. Benjamin Quarles has shown in his seminal text The Negro in the American Revolution, and Dr. Sydney Kaplan reveals in his thoughtful study of the period The Black Presence in the Revolutionary Era, African Americans were right in the thick of things: militarily and philosophically! Racist dunderheads like Pat, and his verbose disciples on the Republican right, manage to get away with the kind of self-aggrandizing racist prattle precisely because of the shameful ignorance of American history by the vast majority of the American punditariat –black and white, left and right.

Beyond that Jeremiah Wright served this country in the US Marine Corps, for real tough guys that accept only “a few good men” – while Pat is a classic version of the “Chicken Hawks” that Senator Lautenberg dismissed as tough talkers who have never fired off anything but their mouths!  But I will have much more to say about Mr. Buchanan’s brief in my Open Letters to Pat Buchanan, which I am presently composing, and they written in the same instructional spirit as that well meaning but misguided drunken Irishman Pete Hamill’s Letter to a Black Friend.

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  In a column dated 3/20/08 titled Pastor to the President?  Patty writes with the kind of righteous anger and simple minded argument designed to excite the passions and dull the intellect of the clueless, racist, right wing numbskulls who think of him as their brilliant verbal bully. His attempts to excerpt the sermon of the Reverend Doctor Jeremiah Wright in his column was no doubt popular with the ditzy white crowd who look to him in search of wisdom – a case of the blind leading the blind! – but I found Pat’s argument pedestrian at best and racist hysteria at worse.  And like all sophistic arguments his polemic cannot stand   rigorous examination. 

           Frankly put, if Buchanan can muster up the “cahones” to debate me on the veracity of the assertions in Revered Wright’s speech that so offends him in his column, I will kick his pugnacious punk ass!   For one thing, like virtually all of the white commentators fat mouthing about Rev. Wright, Paddy has nothing to say about the Reverend Hagee, the powerful Texas pastor who is a frightening full blown Christian Evangelical fanatic.  Hagee has said far more outrageous things about Catholics than Rev. Wright or Minister Farrakhan – both of whom are far better men than Pat Buchanan by my estimate – has said about Jews or white America in general, and Hagee is as tight with John McCain as the haunches on a country hog.  Yet I haven’t heard a peep out of old pugnacious Paddy, even though he is a former Alter boy who was educated by Jesuit priests, and to hear him tell it he is a big time believer in Catholicism!   Whasssup wit that Pat?

           Although I think it is hypocritical I can understand Abraham Foxman’s indifference to Rev. Hagee – when recently questioned about his silence on Hagee in the face of the Texas Pastor’s vicious attacks on the Catholic Church, and his insistence that Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of New Orleans was punishment for a gay pride parade they had scheduled for that time – Foxman said coldly “These are not Jewish issues,” according to a report in the March 14, 2008 edition of the Jewish Forward.  So unlike principled Jewish leaders who are concerned with the with the entire human condition – such as Rabbi Irwin Kula, President of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership – who is alarmed by Rev. Hagee’s close relationship with the Republican Party and John McCain – or some members of the Israeli Mossad’s concern that his preachments might fire up some young Jewish fanatic who will then go out and deface a sacred Islamic shrine, bringing the endless Muslim hordes of Asia down upon the little desert nation; Abraham Foxman had nothing critical to say about Rev. Hagee. 

 A vicious anti-Catholic bigot and warmonger who has called the church of Rome “The whore of Babylon” and denounced the pope as religious fraud and agent of the Devil, while steadily pressing the US government to attack Iran; Hagee is a full blown iconoclastic lunatic.  I wonder however what Mr. Foxman would think if a billion Catholics around the world announced that they didn’t want to hear anything more about discrimination against Jews or the horrors of the holocaust because it isn’t a Christian issue!    

            This was Pats chance to call Foxman out for hypocrisy – Foxman has sure been all over his ass for years because of his apologia for Nazi war criminals the Jews were attempting to bring to justice…and rightly so!   And we can now see why, because Pat has recently written a book, titled Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War: How Britain lost the empire and the West Lost the World, which is a brooding meditation on a White supremacist paradise lost, which argues that America should never have entered World War II because we were in no physical danger from Hitler.  Is this guy crazy or just the closet Nazi my Jewish friends have long suspected?  Does he really believe that not opposing Hitler could have saved the British Empire and the world wide system of white supremacy that it represented?  What an argument for a shanty Irishman to make!  I have so much to say about this book that it will require another piece to adequately address it; and that will soon be forthcoming.  Stay tuned because I’m gonna stay on Pat as long as he stays on Brother Obama; which probably means from now on!

           Even Donald Trump, himself no intellectual heavy weight – has publicly called Buchanan “a whacko” who “doesn’t like the Jews and he doesn’t like the blacks.”  And that was echoed by Bill Press, a white TV pundit, who told Pat Buchanan back in January: “Pat you want white supremacy and you’ve had it!  You are the same white supremacist you always have been!”  Press gave this assessment after a heated discussion about Barack Obama and The Black Congressional Caucus, with Pat Buchanan and that pasty faced bow tie wearing super light-weight Tucker Carlson – who is a conspicuous example of the preferential treatment accorded mediocre waspy white males in the media.  Buchanan was so obnoxious Bill Press was forced to call him out although they are obviously buddies.   But Pat was unmoved and just sat there with an IDGAF –“I Don’t Give A Fuck” – sneer on his bulldog face.   He is such a committed racist he can’t hide it so it seems he has decided to just go with the flow and let it all hang out.

           Pattty hanging out with Neo-Nazi David Duke

            Pat Buchana with David Duke

Birds of a feather!

On the matter of Reverend Wright – whose views I will objectively examine in another commentary – I have some advice for Pat.  Instead of sounding like a broken record, repeating ad nauseum the chant for Obama to quit his church in spite of all the good works that everybody who knows anything about Trinity Church has testified to, he should devote his energies to stopping the widespread rape of children by Catholic priests!  After all, Pat has not seen fit to leave his church in spite of the disclosure of numerous cover ups by the hierarchy and the Pope employing proven pedophiles in the Vatican – or worse sending these child molesters to another Parrish where unsuspecting parents will leave their children in their care – instead of sending these criminal perverts to jail.  And the present Pope alas, was part and parcel of the cover-up!

            And while he is dealing with that unholy mega-mess in his church, Pat should tell everybody why he is not running away from David Duke and vigorously protesting the self-confessed Republican neo-Nazi who once represented the Grand Old Party in the Louisiana legislature prominently featuring his writings on Duke’s website!  I think the answer to Pat’s silence on this issue while he is so exercised by Rev. Wright lay in the fact that pheasants of similar plumage generally congregate in close proximity; or as my grandmother would say: “Birds of a feather flock together.”   I know you like to tell black people what to do Pat, like all white supremacists, but I say go clean up your own house you racist potato head hypocrite!  

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Playthell Benjamin

Harlem NY,

Spring 2008

           

         

         

 

 

 

In Opposing The President’s Speech…

Posted in On Right Wing Pundits and Bloviators with tags , , on September 18, 2009 by playthell

Pat Buchanan

 Verbal Arsonist Pat Buchanan

 The Republicans Promote Stupidity!

The swelling Republican attacks on President Obama’s decision to give a pep talk to the nation’s students on opening day – which turned out to be an old fashion lecture on the virtues of hard work and personal responsibility which American students desperately needed to hear – tells us much about the nature of the contemporary Republican Party.  For those who have followed my commentaries over the years it will come as no surprise that the Republicans encourage racism and ignorance in the American electorate. In fact I have argued that they figure these factors into their calculus for victory.

 As I observed during the presidential election, the selection of Sarah Palin for VP was a play for “the Dumb Dora vote.”  The Republican Party is so committed to this strategy that they continuously emphasized that their support came largely from non-college educated whites.  One has only to look at the demographics of the Republican base to see that they are largely concentrated in those states with the lowest level of educational achievement.  This fact led the GOP to adopt a strategy of attacking and ridiculing an Ivy League education – Which both the President and the first Lady successfully completed.

The most shameful example of this was posited by a leading Republican intellectual, Pat Buchanan.  In his attempt to defend a racist/sexist argument that Justice Sonia Sotomayor was unqualified to serve on the Supreme Court, he first said that she was unjustly admitted to Princeton and Yale because she was admitted under Affirmative Action guidelines.  But when it was pointed out that she graduated with top honors from Princeton – which is presently rated above Harvard – and she was an editor on the Yale Law Journal, this shameless charlatan said on the MSNBC talk show Morning Joe: “Everybody knows they just give out A’s to everybody in Ivy League schools!”

Buchanan, intellectual anachronism and moral cripple that he is, had nothing to say about the fact that there were several thousand students were more qualified than George Bush when he was admitted to Yale on a rich white boy legacy, or that he was refused admission to the University of Texas Law School!  Then he went on to become the worst President in history.  Nor did he have anything to say about their Negro errand boy Uncle Clarence Thomas, who, according to the distinguished Dean of the Yale Law School, Vito Calibrisi, was admitted only after they shaved 250 points of the standard admission score!

All the talk about Barack Obama being “elitist” combined both pillars of Republican strategy: promoting racism and ignorance.  Of course in their twisted minds this is a stealth strategy whose real intents and purposes are not visible to the electorate because it is obscured by smoke screens. They wrap their racist reactionary ideology in transparently bullshit polemics about speaking for “the real America” – which is to say small town bumpkins or disillusioned and confused white workers who are so clueless as to the real reasons for their deepening economic and identity crisis that they are willing to vote against their class interests and make their situation worse.

How else do you explain John McCain, a man who graduated from the elite Naval Academy, holding up Joe the Plumber as “My Hero?”  Here is a guy that was so stupid he opposed Social Security because it is “a government giveaway.”  And this is a guy who is as poor as the snake without a pit to hiss in!  To anybody who is not a certifiable moron this was insulting; it was greeted as an outrage by the unionized plumbers I talked to!  It would be interesting just for the historical record, to see how many times John and Cindy has had Joe and his wife out to dinner since the election.

Like the air head Joe Six Packs who voted for George bush twice, Joe The Plumber acted as if he had some interests in common with John McCain, a man with so many houses he couldn’t remember them all in a presidential debate.  These people are a sad and dangerous crowd, because they can be manipulated into doing whatever their Republican puppet meisters want them to do, even if it’s against their own and the public interests.

Joe The Plumber

Joe the Plummer

McCain’s Hero?

 It is an indisputable fact that the Republican party is, as the Nobel Laureate in Economics Paul Krugman observed, “the party of the plutocrats”- Which is to say the super rich!  However there are not enough of these people to win national elections, so the Republicans cultivate the untutored white mob, who are driven to the brink of madness by economic frustration and racist resentment over the fact that a black family now occupies the White House and a black man is President of these United States Of America.   Having achieved little in life, and standing in danger of losing even that, they desperately cling to their whiteness because that’s the only asset they have. The value of which – in a multi-racial America where participation in the work force is more and more based on merit rather than racial and gender  nepotism – becoming more and more like Confederate money.

However while the Republicans take ridiculous positions like  disparaging educational achievement in order to discredit the President, and hold up transparent ignoramuses like Sarah Palin and Joe The Plummer as “heroes” and Presidential candidates, they are encouraging educational failure in our students by stigmatizing academic excellence. They are echoing the rap of high school drop outs who disdain school and think its hip to be dumb.  And this is by all measurable indices a disastrous course for the United states that will hasten our demise as a world power.  That the future belongs to the nations whose students master math and science in the largest numbers is beyond question.  So what does the arithmetic tell us about America’s future?

According to the latest results of the Third International Math and Science Study American 12th graders who are a few months away from college, were out performed by 90% of the students from the other 21 nations who took the math exam and 76% 0t those who took the science test.  China is graduating four times as many engineers as the US and Japan is graduating twice as many.  On advanced placement math and Science exams American students were outperformed by 94% of students from these other nations in math and 100% in science!  The result of these frightening statistics is summed up by Rice University Professor R.E. Smalley, a Nobel Laureate in Science, who predicted in 2005 that if current trends continue: ”By 2010 90% of all Ph.D.  physical scientist and engineers in the world will be Asians living in Asia!

Even if Dr. Smalley’s timetable is off by a decade, the trend is unmistakable and spells the end of America as a dominant power in the world, let alone the leader in science and technology.  Especially when we consider the conclusions of the American Association For the Advancement Of Science that “90 percent” of our math textbooks and 1oo% of our science textbooks are inadequate.

Furthermore it is no secret that India has outpaced the US in the production of computer scientist, and this is due entirely to the decision of the Indian government to fund the Indian Institute of Technology as a vehicle for making the most of their intellectual capital.  A closer look at the cybernetic revolution in the so-called “Silicone Valley” of Northern California will reveal the IIT engineers played a major role in that development. Hence if ever the United states need a strongly pro-education President it is now.  And I can think of no better example than President Obama, who is living proof of the power of education.

George W. Bush, who bragged about being a C student spoke to school children; Ronal Reagan, a smiling ignoramus who said you could call nuclear missiles back once they were launched, and George Herbert Walker Bush all addressed America’s school children with the blessings of the same crowd who are now up in arms because President wants to address the nation’s school children!  The racist rage that the Republicans and their media spokes are whipping up in this country may well retard the President’s efforts to make the changes that are necessary to put America in position to compete in this new century.  And for those who argue that it’s a good thing for him to speak because “minority students” need to hear him are also missing the point: All students need to hear this president; the future of the nation my well depend on it! 

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September 8, 2009

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Judicial Activism On the Right!

Posted in Playthell on politics with tags , , , on September 17, 2009 by playthell
Undoing Precedent and Ignoring State Laws

Undoing Precedent and Ignoring State Laws

Does the Supreme Court’s 5/4 Ruling  kill Affirmative action…

 and  Doom the Sotomayer  Nomination?

 

As in the Mark Sanford case, along with myriad other right wing preachers and politicians whose sins have recently been exposed, the so-called “strict constructionist” on the Supreme Court have proven to be shameless hypocrites.  After arguing ad nauseum against “judicial activism,” and the need for judges to show restraint and follow precedent in their interpretation of the law, the reactionary Republicans on the High Court have rendered a decision in the New Haven fire fighters case that shows contempt for legal precedent and bowed to the reactionary racist agenda of the Republican Party.

A commitment to following precedent and taking into account the wishes and intentions of the legislative branch in interpreting the law, has  been a mantra of the Republicans. But in the New Haven decision they genuflected before the altar of right-wing ideology, and precedent or legislative intent be dammed.  The rabid ideologues on the Court were no doubt hoping to kill two birds with one stone: the last vestiges of Affirmative Action and the nomination of Sonia Sotomayer!

No matter what kind of false face they try to put on this flawed decision, which reversed an opinion written by Judge Sotomayor on behalf of a three judge panel of the Federal Appeals Court, who reviewed a lower court ruling in behalf of the city of New Haven’s decision to scrap the results of a test given by the fire department to decide who would advance in rank, it was blatant judicial activism!  Since no black firefighters passed the test, the city concluded that they were open to a lawsuit under Title Seven of the Omnibus Civil Rights Act of 1964, which provides for relief from any promotional instrument whose results have a racially discriminatory effect, and they decided to scrap the test

I will not pretend that there are not thorny issues of conflicting claims in this case, but Judge Sotomayor and her colleagues were following both precedent and the law in their decision to uphold the lower court and rule in favor of the City.   The Republican glee that we are witnessing over the High Court’s  decision overturning the Court of Appeals only confirms what most astute observers of Republican politics already knew.   These justices are doing precisely what they were appointed to do: arrest the progress of  non-white citizens and women of all colors, and turn back the hands of the clock to a time when hetero-sexual white males got the most and the best of whatever there was to get!    But it ain’t over yet.  The struggle continues.

Frank Ricci and fellow White Fire fighters savor their victory 

Pat Buchanan is attempting to build a neo-racist movement On white male greviences

Pat Buchanan is attempting to build a neo-racist movement On white male greviences