seems to be in the nature of plundering packs to reveal their
true intentions just before going in for the kill. Something
in the character of hyenas compels them to yelp involuntarily
as they gather near the wounded prey. They pace and salivate,
hyperventilating, hearts pounding in anticipation of the final
evisceration. As if already tasting the victim’s entrails, they
noisily celebrate the as yet uncompleted act – sometimes prematurely.
the Bush men telegraphed – yelped – their intention to first
remake Iraq and then proceed to dominate the region and the
globe – long before the first American tank crossed the Kuwaiti
border. The Pirates could not resist telling the entire planet
that Iraq was to become a laboratory for loony U.S. corporate
think tanks – Texas on the Tigris and Euphrates. As should have
been expected, all sectors of Iraqi society recoiled from the
prospect. Consequently, the Pirates have no significant Iraqi
allies other than the ones they imported for the occasion, and
an alarmed world determinedly seeks ways to circumvent and,
ultimately, free itself from American power. (See "The
Pirates' Blunt, Useless Instruments,” in this issue.) The
hyenas yelped too soon.
the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) reveals its corporate-Republican
nature by shamelessly reveling in George Bush’s political victories.
It becomes increasingly clear to the rest of the Democratic
Party that the DLC considers Bush’s successes to be their own.
Every Pirate legislative and battlefield victory, each rise
in the President’s poll ratings, is used as a stick to beat
progressives about the head. “Don’t you see, this is a conservative
country,” the DLCers snarl. “We need to be more like our President,”
they hector, visibly enjoying the idea. Involuntarily, the “New
Democrat” snarl turns to an ugly, spit-dripping smile. Confident
that total corporate triumph is inevitable, these hyenas are
laughing inappropriately, giving away the game, and provoking
the current mobilization among progressive, “real” Democrats.
It’s still an open question as to who will
have the last laugh. The “New Democrat” plague threatens to
destroy political cohesion among African Americans, the only
dependable mass base for progressive politics in America. A
growing number of Black Democrats are baring their butts for
branding as DLC property. In exchange for inclusion on DLC corporate
contributions lists, Black “New Democrats” are displayed as
evidence of a fractured Black Consensus, the subject of Associate
Editor Bruce A. Dixon’s June 12 Cover Story, “Muzzling
the African American Agenda – with Black Help: The DLC’s corporate
dollars of destruction.”
DLC's mission is to erase the last vestiges of social democracy
from the Democratic Party, so that the corporate consensus will
never again be challenged in the United States. Acting as a
Republican Trojan Horse in the bowels of the Democratic machinery,
the DLC claims the "real" party lives somewhere off
to the right, where George Bush dwells, and that minorities,
unionists, environmentalists, feminists, men and women of peace
- virtually every branch of the party except corporatists -
must be purged or muzzled.
DLC formula for defeating the GOP, hatched in the party’s dwindling
white, southern ranks, is, essentially, to become faux
Republicans – a losing as well as treacherous proposition. Rowan
Kaiser sees the dark humor.
you for the fascinating profile of the DLC. Before reading it,
I hadn't been certain what their role in Democratic politics
was. After reading it, I'm wondering if DLC should perhaps stand
for “Dixiecrat Losership Cabal?”
most Democrats don’t know the difference between the DLC and
the DNC – the Democratic National Committee. (Often, there isn’t
any.) However, as their yelping gets louder, the DLC’s true
nature becomes more apparent. Gertrude F. Treadway is – shocked.
was a great article on the DLC. I could not believe my ears
when I listened to one of their panels on C-span awhile ago.
They are surely a divisive element in the Democratic Party.
Johnson writes from Washington, DC.
Thank you for Bruce Dixon's timely and absolutely accurate
analysis of the DLC, and especially its negative effects on
African-Americans. We need the same critique from a labor writer,
but we don't seem to have one as smart and gutsy as Bruce Dixon,
so I will send this around as broadly as possible.
As a white ethnic citizen of the U.S.,
it truly saddens me to see that the only consistent critique
of the DLC coup of the Democratic Party and a consistently progressive
critique of U.S. society, in electoral politics, comes from
the Democratic Black Caucus. It makes me truly proud that I
sent money to Cynthia McKinney, who was temporarily derailed
by the Zionist lobby, and I look forward to her return.
I think the DLC's Mrs. Clinton may get a
surprise in 2008 when she sees a truly progressive woman on
her left flank
DLC is, as Bruce Dixon has written, “the Mother of All Trojan
Horses” inside the Democratic Party. Vampire metaphors are also
apt. From Texas, Denothra Rose writes:
Dixon’s article on the DLC was very informative and well written.
Now I understand why the Democratic candidates have been so
fleshless and bloodless. I now also better understand
what was going on in his article from the previous week.
Rose is referring to Dixon’s June 5 commentary, “In
Search of the Real Barack Obama: Can a Black Senate candidate
resist the DLC?” (For
the full and updated story, see "Not
'Corrupted' by DLC, Says Obama,” in this issue.)
Brammer is a New York investment analyst:
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Bruce Dixon’s piece on the DLC muzzling Black America
is one of the most concise and important analyses of this dread
organization the DLC, I’ve yet read.
I will be sending every Democrat I know to your site
to read it! This is
knowledge all of us should have.
I don’t know how many times I’ve had discussions with other
Democrats and we’ll look at each other and say why are
they (the leadership) doing that?!?
Now it’s beginning to make sense.
Let’s hope you gain readership because everyone who depends
on the Democratic Party needs to understand the basic thesis
that you’ve outlined.
are happy to inform Mr. Brammer that our readership is expanding
quite nicely. Brammer also remarked on Dixon’s use of a quote
from Robert Dreyfuss’ excellent 2001 American Prospect article,
the DLC Does It”:
ensure that liberals don't slip through the cracks, NDN requires
each politician who seeks entree to its largesse and contacts
to fill out a questionnaire that asks his or her views on trade,
economics, education, welfare reform, and other issues. The
questions are detailed,
forcing candidates to state clearly whether or not they support
views associated with the New Democrat Coalition, and it concludes
by asking, "Will you join the NDC when you come to Congress?"
Next, [the DLC] interviews each candidate, and then NDN determines
which candidacies are viable before providing financial support.
Anthony Kennerson, of Lafayette, Louisiana, can hear the auctioneer
Excellent article, Mr. Dixon, and the rest of you at .
brings to mind something that has been yanking my chain for
time immortal: why in the holy hell are so many progressives
still – even after getting duped again and again and again
– breaking out that old canard that any Democrat
would be better than Bush???
Yes indeed, it goes without saying that the GOP Bu shites
are open fascists, raw racists, and brutal "Pi-Rats
" (using the word "Pirates" to describe
this band of louts is an insult to legitimate, honest, pirates)
who need to get their butts driven far, far away from any
seat of power. But… we should remember the basic fact
that the Pi-Rats would not have gotten away with even half
their gains without the stellar assistance of those quislings
over at the Democratic Leadership Council, including the Great
Triangulator Bill Clinton and his dear wife Hillary, who is
even now as we speak proving with her ridiculous biography
and her latest rightward political shift (she's even to the
right of Bush on Middle East policy) how spineless
the "liberals" can be when they really get their
mind to it.
Of course, I'm not at all surprised that the DLC is trying
to get its hooks into Brother Obama. Since they feel that
they already own the other two Democratic candidates, why
not try for the sweep and block out any meaningful progressive
candidate? They can do this because
they have control of the main strategic asset in today's whack
electoral system: the $$$$$. With labor flat on its
back and about to be buried deeper and deeper, and the traditional
civil rights and social rights movements more concerned with
celebrity worship and lining up to the Greedygut Faith-Based
Welfare Clearinghouse than actually defending their constituents
against this ‘offensive’ offensive, I guess that Al From's
guys feel that there's now nothing standing between them and
complete control of the Dems.
In my opinion – and as stated in Mr. Dixon's excellent article
– the only cure for this is for the regular Black, Brown and
Red folk – and please, please, my brother and sister White
progressives and Leftists, feel free to join in on this
whenever you get your heads out of the sand – to rise up collectively
and either take back the Democrats and reform it into a real
party of opposition and ideology, or just abandon it to the stinking, rotten grave that it
will deserve if the DLC continues its stranglehold, and form a true second
party of their own. Given the track record of the
Dems so far in my lifetime, I'm more for the second option...
but then again, I've been an Independent since 1986, so I
have the advantage of being able to see the Jackass Party
from the outside.
Memo to Barack Obama: If you're going to be the progressive,
then be the progressive and throw out the DLC bums.
Otherwise, you will learn what countless victims have paid the
price for: you can't be a progressive and a reactionary
at the same time.
L. Chapman is a Black Howard Dean supporter from Montclair,
New Jersey. Dean, the
former governor of Vermont, is rising rapidly in the polls and
is not (currently) connected to the DLC. Mr. Chapman pitches
ninety percent agree with your article and that is why I am
supporting Howard Dean. The DLC statement quoted in
the article pertaining to the "elites" was drafted
as a response to the political rise of Dean in Iowa and New
Hampshire. Although you quoted Kucinich and Sharpton,
Dean has also spoke truth to power. Unlike Kucinich
and Sharpton, I believe Dean is electable as President of
the US. This is in part due to his principled stands
on many issues from the Iraq war to equal rights for all of
America's citizens but also his staff, utilizing the internet
have put together a network of supporters that number over
30,000 through Meetup. This establishes a base of support
as well as a network that Dean can tap into for financial
contributions and direct action.
to their statements about Dean and the "elites",
the DLC received over 10,000 emails as a direct request from
Dean to his supporters telling the DLC that they are wrong
about Dean, they are wrong about the Democratic Party and
they are wrong about America. Dean states that he is
from the "Democratic wing of the Democratic party".
Dean states that he "wants his country back", but
before he can have it back, he has to get his Democratic Party
back. I believe the African American community, of which
I am a proud member, has to pick a "political horse"
in this election that can get to the finish line while also
maintaining a progressive message. Dean fits that description.
Besides Kucinich, Sharpton and Braun, the other democratic
contenders are all tainted by the DLC and have already sided
with Bush on key issues of great concern to the African American
community, in particular the Iraq war.
has past baggage as well as never holding political office,
which raises serious liabilities. Kucinich has flip-flopped
on many issues now that he is running for President, in particular
abortion rights. Brawn is only in it to keep Sharpton
from getting too large a political voice for the DNC convention.
I believe African Americans cannot afford a "new millennium
Jackson run" from Sharpton and we must be in it to win
it. Dean readily admits that he cannot win the Democratic
nomination without African American and Latino support and
he says it unabashedly….
am not an official representative of his campaign, but I am
an enthusiastic Dean supporter, financial contributor and volunteer.
Keep up the good work, and the excellent journalism.
Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is assuring local supporters
that she will attempt to take back the suburban Atlanta seat
won by Denise Majette with overwhelming white Democratic and
Republican crossover support, last year. In our July 12 commentary,
Seems Set for Comeback Bid,” we noted that many Green Party
activists seemed to be counting on McKinney to join their ticket
should find someone else to carry their banner. McKinney has
unfinished business to take care of in the majority Black 4th
Congressional District, now represented by the white people's
choice, Majette, whose presence in the Congressional Black Caucus
is an affront to African Americans, nationally. Majette rode
to victory in an open primary tidal wave of commingled white
Democratic and Republican votes. McKinney supporters sued, charging
that Democrats were effectively disenfranchised by GOP crossovers
- a case that is still pending but should not figure into the
five-term lawmaker's plans. Majette must be removed, and there
is no one but McKinney on the horizon.
Chaubey just wants Cynthia McKinney back in the game, whatever
office she chooses to pursue
for the article on McKinney. It was very informative. I agree
with your analysis on what happened to McKinney. I believe she
can beat Majette. Let us also not forget that Majette was supporting
Keyes in the Republican primary for President, this is a fact
that the mainstream media is not going to tell you neither will
AJC. Majette was a creation of the media just like the Lieberman
campaign for president for 2004. Let
us support McKinney in 2004 as much as possible. To be honest
with you, I wish she were running for president instead of Sharpton.
I believe her honesty is very impressive. Her support for so
many progressive causes needs to be highlighted. I believe
people like her and [California Black Congresswoman] Barbara
Lee proves that Black progressives are putting up a vision for
the future. Let us support McKinney in 2004.
the face of it, Cynthia may be a more attractive candidate than
Al Sharpton. But history does not deal us the cards we want,
and there is a specific task for McKinney to finish in DeKalb
County, Georgia. The Right is attempting to shut down Black
politics as such, and without a coherent Black politics
there is no such thing as progressive politics in the U.S.
McKinney’s defeat last August was a national blow to
African Americans that can and must be reversed, to demonstrate
to everyone that the Black Consensus does, in fact, exist. The
most important audience for this demonstration is Black people,
themselves. We hope she is up to it.
has a somewhat different task - to demonstrate that the Black
electorate cannot be chopped in little pieces.
defeat was falsely trumpeted by all of the national corporate
media as evidence that Black voters were split along age and
income lines. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published the
unverifiable results of a fraudulent “study” to prove that Majette
had won with the support of a “biracial coalition” including
a third to a quarter of the Black vote. Bruce Dixon exposed
the lie in the November 4 issue of ,
Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Bogus Election 'Study,'”
which showed that Majette could not have garnered more than
19 percent of the Black vote. Later, University of Georgia political
science professor Charles Bullock – no fan of McKinney – concluded
that Majette received just 17 percent African American support.
Bullock urged Majette to begin getting out into “the
black community, trying to broaden her coalition because she
did so poorly in her community."
comeback prospects are also buoyed by the fact that, in 2004,
Georgia Republicans will be holding hotly contested, statewide
primary races, making a huge crossover vote less likely.
L. Renford, CCAPA, from Buffalo, New York, is a non-stop community
activist. She knows how to lead, how to follow, and how to cheer.
Girl! Cynthia McKinney is a strong Black Woman and one who rides
out the storm with tenacity and determination to right injustice.
She is moving past the racial injustice and the obvious attempt
to obscure the Black Voters. A woman and political representative that is well deserving of our
support and admiration.
gets moral support from Ron Chandler, a scientist of limnology
in Gainesville, Florida.
I appreciate Black Commentator – excellent articles, wonderful
political cartoons. I met Ms. McKinney a few months ago at the
"Town Hall Meeting" for peace and the reclaiming of
government by the people. I was thoroughly impressed with her
professionalism, intellect and genuine personhood, thank you
for supporting her.
the rather aggressive title, “Right
Hook at the Bell! Bell Hooks’ Black Male Bashing,” Joseph
Anderson struck a counterblow against author bell hooks (she
eschews capital letters) in his June 12 Guest Commentary. Hooks,
white feminists and others, wrote Anderson, routinely engage
in the “pundit sport” of Black male pathologizing.
precisely because the rules of analysis - and white acceptance
- set forth by the establishment and media require
acceptance of the premise that Black males - albeit with "the
good Black" provisional exceptions - are fundamentally
different than other human beings. Under this analysis, Black
males are, at root, not only fundamentally different, but uniquely
pathological, uniquely predatory (especially sexually) and misogynist
- in Hooks' words, sexually immature, traumatized and dysfunctional.
Those white and Black feminists who at least implicitly accept
this general premise get rewarded. They are awarded, fęted and,
most importantly, regularly invited back to white highbrow social
and media forums. They are well paid for such service.
CD Goodison was very disappointed with us.
I'm sorry if I didn't read the entire Joseph Anderson essay
on bell hooks. I believe it's the first time I didn't read 100%
of my BC. I have to say though, as a "black feminist",
that I'm in shock and awe that someone out there actually takes
the prolific, egoistic, powder puff ding dong hooks (lower case
letters) seriously. I mean, really, guys, let's get back to
publishers of ,
who have no interest in bell hooks, were also initially put
off by the often-trivialized subject matter of Mr. Anderson’s
piece. However, after reading three or four sentences we decided
that Anderson was not engaging in “barbershop” conversation,
and that he correctly identifies the essentially murderous premises
embedded in what he calls "Black male-bashing."
widespread insistence on the supposed peculiar and unique (usually
predatory) characteristics of Black males is actually a justification
for casual murder and perpetual imprisonment - just another
variation on the ancient theme. Anderson seems most concerned
that these conversations occur in white forums. However,
is also alarmed that intra-Black barbershop-type discourse
often mimics this white racist construct.
are confident that Ms. Goodison will forgive us whatever lapses
in rigor she found in our June 12 issue.
angle on Jayson Blair
seems that the Jayson Blair-New York Times discussion has more
wrinkles than the human brain, touching as it does on the nature
of objectivity, the endless permutations of white supremacy
in America, and Black people’s responses to racism.
quoted ourselves at great length in previous e-Mailbox columns,
we will go straight to Lawrence Watson’s thoughtful letter.
like many in our current society has opted to indulge himself
at the expense of all around him. There is no particular need
to single him out. He shares this space with a myriad of opportunists,
Black, White and "other" who have trampled over the
backs and legacy of civil rights activists and workers who made
the ultimate sacrifice so that we could experience full humanity
Today we find a conglomerate of drugged up
entertainers, lying preachers, ego inflated politicians, wanna
be entrepreneurs and a perverse fraternity and sorority of "affirmative
action" babies whose only commitment is to acquiring greater
It is no wonder that this "brother"
looked around and saw that as some Blacks moved into the boardrooms
of America, they embraced all the values of greed and unabashed
"whoredom" that continues to sustain America.
I feel no particular burden to distance myself
from Mr. Blair. He takes his place amongst the litany of hustlers
of Black culture, history and most of all our people. I have
to claim him just as we have to claim all of those amongst us
who whether we like it or not come from our collective experience
as African descent people in America.
Integrity and morality are not inherent requirements
or prerequisites for competence. Mr. Blair is a brilliant writer
who recognized early in the game, that despite his talents,
The New York Times would always view him as an exception, "different"
from the run of the mill Negro. Armed with that patronizing
and condescending insight, Blair did what any self-respecting
American whore would do. He hustled his pimp.
Lawrence "Larry" Watson (www.lawrencewatson.com)
is a performing artist and faculty member at Boston College
and The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
In the process of describing the near-death
of local news on Black radio (“Who
Killed Black Radio News?” May 29), we referred to the current
FCC chairman as “Colin Powell's totally corrupted son, Michael.”
Leutisha Stills, from Oakland, California, likes that kind of
you, Black Commentator, for keeping our media REAL! I
notice no one else is calling Colin Powell or Condoleezza Rice
to task for being the "lackeys" under the current
administration being run by a Sock Puppet! Did anyone
else notice that now that the Administration is under pressure
to produce those WMDs (since we were told that was the reason
for the war), they didn't send Rumsfeld, Cheney, or any others
of those who authored that PNAC [Project
for a New American Century] document, but good ol' Condi
and Colin were sent on the talk show circuit to explain and
put spin on the fact that this country was pimped in order to
start a war in their quest for global domination and wealth
to the few.
Amiri Baraka was right: Condoleezza is a
skeeza who can't see that if no WMDs are found, Bush is going
to lay the blame at her feet and set Equal Opportunity Progress
back another 60 years. Colin Powell gives new meaning to the
phrase, "Uncle Tom." He's also taught his son
the fine art of selling out as well.
Keep the stories coming; thanks to Powell's
son, and his actions on the FCC, your publication may be the
only thing left if we want true, honest journalistic news reporting.
phantom WMDs Ms. Stills writes about are also of dubious practical
use, according to last week’s Guest Commentary by Dwight Welch,
“The Weapons of
Mass Destruction Hoax.”
the only true WMDs are nuclear weapons. On this front, the leaders
of Russia, the USA, France, and England are the four aces of
mass destruction. Unfortunately, nerve gas and pathogens also
get grouped into this categorization. But examine the facts:
the atomic bombs of WWII instantly killed hundreds of thousands
of people. The Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system killed
only 12 while sickening more than 5,000. Hardly a comparison.
nerve gas and pathogens are tricky to work with. They may wind
up killing the user….
disingenuous complaint is about Saddam using poison gas against
the Iranians and Kurds. Hello, this nerve gas was supplied by
the USA (the world's largest producer of nerve gas) under the
Reagan Administration. After Saddam gassed the Iranians Donald
Rumsfeld, now Secretary of Defense, recommended diplomatic recognition
of Saddam's regime, something he doesn't care to discuss these
Tampa, Florida, Alicia Adrian gives big props to the author:
Welch is da man! Excellent article. No,
Rummy does not want to discuss this "untidy" business.
to you, Dwight Welch.
Luce, of the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst Labor Center, dropped us a nice
note, which we greatly appreciate.
I've been receiving your emails for awhile now, and been
meaning to write and say thanks. I think the Black Commentator
is great. It is sorely needed in these horrible times.
Please keep up the good work.
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