Harold Ford, Jr., the Black Congressman
from Memphis, Tennessee, is a clear and present danger
to African American political cohesion. As such, he represents
a grave threat to progressive politics in the United States,
because fully half of Americans who can reasonably be
described as progressive, are Black. African Americans
are the bulwark of what's left of the Left in America.
That's why the corporate Right, assisted mightily by the
corporate media, has for the past ten years been working
furiously to subvert Black Democrats. They have found
a willing accomplice in Harold Ford, who this month kicked
his campaign for the U.S. Senate into high gear. That
makes Ford an extremely high profile Black Democrat -
although his positions on key, "bright line"
issues are at great variance with Black voters, including
his own constituents.
Harold Ford this month made his fourth trip
to Iraq, the country he and three other Black congressmen
voted to give George Bush powers to invade. On his return,
Ford wrote a letter to George Bush, a man he says he loves
"personally" and considers a "friend."
Ford virtually begged Bush to resist pressures to withdraw
any troops, any time soon. "Don't withdraw prematurely"
from Iraq, said Ford. He went on: "We've made great
progress there. General Eikenberry and the team are doing
a great job…."
Back in July of last year, Congressman Ford
was calling for more U.S. troops in Iraq.
Before he left for Iraq, Ford complained
that his opponents in the Tennessee Senate race will try
to call him "some kind of liberal" - a word
he uses with disdain. Well, that would be wrong, because
Ford is no liberal, much less a progressive. And he is
wholly unrepresentative of the broad Black Political Consensus.
But so what, you may ask? He's just one
congressman. What's the big deal? The reason Harold Ford
is dangerous does not lie in his person, but in the uses
to which he is so willing to be put by forces that are
hostile to Black interests. They desperately want to create
the impression that Black progressivism is passé, and
that a new, more conservative Black leadership is on the
rise. They contribute lots of money, and the corporate
media donate free publicity to make their wish a reality.
Harold Ford may not be that smart, but he is slick. Ford
presents himself as the Black star of that right-wing
vision. He is a corporate funded cancer on Black politics.
There are about five Black congresspersons who are just
as politically corrupt as Harold Ford. But, for the most
part, they're not holding themselves out as high profile
role models. We at The Black Commentator don't want Harold
Ford in the Senate under any circumstances. Black America
cannot afford to be misrepresented at such a level. For
Radio BC, I'm Glen Ford.