America has no shortage of sell outs
and traitors. We are awash in good-for-nothing sell out colored
preachers. Traitorous Democrats in Congress help corporations
enslave us through an atrocious bankruptcy
bill. The media sell us out every day when they choose to tell
us all about the latest celebrity divorce but ignore the Bush
meltdown in the international community or the death toll in Iraq.
The latest stab in the back outrage
is the growing number of black ministers who make a political
and financial calculation to ally themselves with this most corrupt
and unrighteous administration. Their cynicism and greed are so
blatantly obvious that they come off as the unscrupulous always
do, like lunatics making bizarre pronouncements that have no basis
"Historically when societies have
gone off kilter, there has been rampant same-sex marriage,"
claims Bishop Harry
R. Jackson of College Park, Maryland. I donít know what
history books the good Bishop is reading, but I donít know of
any society that had same sex marriage, rampant or otherwise.
It is interesting that these same preachers
claim to curry favor with Bush because of their opposition to
the gay rights movement but are conspicuously silent when the
White House sets up a former gay prostitute to pose as a White
House reporter. The truth is awful and clear. These ministers
are rank opportunists. They are pigs feeding at the faith based
initiative trough and they are every bit as bad as the gang they
have decided to do business with.
These ministers claim to be concerned
about high rates of out of wedlock birth and low rates of marriage
in the black community. Yet they refuse to touch the issues that
cause these trends to take place. Do they talk about the high
rates of unemployment and incarceration that are destroying black
family life? They do not. If they did they would actually have
to do some heavy lifting, spiritually and politically.
These Bush loving preachers are useless
to black people. They donít serve a spiritual need and their actions
are in direct opposition to the political will of the vast majority
of black Americans. The way to deal with them is simple. Their
congregations must leave their churches en masse and tell them
why as they run out the door and down the church steps.
Traitorous politicians are harder to
deal with. Rumors abound that
Democrats, perhaps even former vice presidential candidate Joe
Lieberman, will find a compromise that allows Mr. Bush to succeed
in privatizing part of Social Security. Senator
Lieberman was Al Goreís running mate in the 2000 presidential
election, a role that should make him an honored elder statesman.
Sadly however, Lieberman is the Democratic point man in the effort
to do away with Social Security. Even Clintonite, DLC triangulators
like Paul Begala have felt emboldened to call
Joe out on the street to settle things mano a mano. ďLook,Ē said Begala, ďany Democrat who rescues Mr. Bush's assault
on Social Security ought to be defeated in a primary and allowed
to begin their own retirement early."
As satisfying as it may be to imagine
Lieberman being run out of town on a rail, it is too early for
celebration. Democratic movers and shakers have decided that the
only good Senate candidate is an anti-abortion
candidate. Black Democrats arenít the only part of the base who
now get the cold shoulder.
Republicans have the majority and can
get away with whatever they like. They donít need Democratic help
but manage to get it anyway. Eighteen
Democrats voted in support of the bankruptcy bill that will
make it nearly impossible for working people to get debt forgiveness
but make it easier for the rich to keep their assets and successfully
have their debts erased.
The Begalas of the Democratic party
should not be given any credit for their belated righteousness.
He and his mentor Bill Clinton made a decision to fight for school
uniforms and welfare so-called reform but did little to keep the
right wing at bay.
The right wing are master propagandists.
Despite public opposition they may yet prevail in the destruction
of Social Security. While they hone their skill at deception and
fear mongering, Democratic Senators like Lieberman make their
If Democrats donít make good on their
threats to unload Lieberman and his ilk there wonít be a party
worth saving. The defeats of 2000, 2002 and 2004 should have been
enough reason to galvanize anyone. If the continued defeats didnít
energize them, then the Bush efforts to end Social Security, or
take away our rights to sue ought to move them to action.
Black preachers and others are scratching
at the Republican door in large part because they are the only
political game in town. The Democrats are out and show no sign
of getting back in any time soon. The politically crafty and opportunistic
wonít give them the time of day.
There is an old song called ďWhat does it take?Ē The song is
about love but the question is valid politically. What will it
take to get the Democrats to act? Will we all have to work at
Wal-Mart, before our jobs are out sourced, to pay the medical
bills caused by an injury brought about by product liability that
is now more difficult to be compensated for because tort reform
makes a lawsuit impossible? It may not be hyperbole and we may
still be asking the same question. What does it take?
Margaret Kimberleyís Freedom Rider column appears weekly
Ms. Kimberley is a freelance writer living in New
York City. She can be reached via e-Mail at [email protected].
You can read more of Ms. Kimberley's writings at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com/