While Sen. Joseph Biden may have only brought his “C” game to the vice presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, last week, Gov. Sarah Palin certainly brought her cue cards.
She never leaves home without them. In high school, we would have described them as the “Borax Mule Team.” Between her interview with Katie Couric of CBS Evening News and the vice presidential debate this past Thursday, it would have taken a mule team to save her. Palin went for everything she could haul into the auditorium. Even then, she was unable to answer many of the questions. A debate is akin to a trial. The moderator, like a judge, enforces the rules. In this debate, the moderator was Gwen Ifill. Republicans and Democrats agreed that she was a safe pick. Palin announced early, however, that she would dance to her own tunes. If she had been in a court of law, she would have been held in contempt of court and immediately hauled off to prison. During the debate, Palin announced her own rules. Ifill asked Palin to answer Biden’s charge of McCain “letting Wall Street run wild on deregulation.” Palin responded, “I’m still on the tax thing because I want to correct you on that again. And I want to let you know what I did as a mayor and as a governor. And I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I am going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also.” In other words, Palin would march to her own drummer.
Default is not sanctioned in this country. A home-owner has an obligation to meet mortgage payments. If there is a default, foreclosure will follow. I refused to violate the attorney-client privilege and I have been suspended from the practice of law for 18 years and counting. This defiance of debating rules was a glimpse into Palin’s mindset. She was met with the same criticism in Alaska in a troopergate scandal similar to the one being played out in New York. In Alaska, the intended victim was her former brother-in-law, a state trooper, who Palin suspected of two-timing her sister. Palin asserted that she would not cooperate with the investigation in any shape, form or fashion. The District Attorney of Albany County refused to put former Gov. Eliot Spitzer under oath, who was accused of employing state troopers to go after former Sen. Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. So far, Spitzer is laying low. Both cases involve abuse of gubernatorial powers. In addition to her contempt for the legal process, Palin is also a racist. She reportedly told a group of Black leaders in Alaska that she not only has failed to hire any Blacks but that she was not an equal opportunity employer. Her administration is as white as Mount McKinley. Palin’s hatred of Blacks was evident during the debate. She refused to respect Obama’s title. It was always “Barack Obama.” On the other hand, she used John McCain and Sen. McCain interchangeably. Obama was lucky that she did not refer to him as “boy.” In discussing clean coal technology, for example, she said, “Yes. Sen. McCain does support this.” She added, “Barack Obama and Sen. Biden, you’ve said no to everything in trying to find a domestic solution to the energy crisis that we’re in.” “So Sambo beat the bitch. “Palin has trouble with nouns. This was her reported description of Sen. Barack Obama’s historic victory over Sen. Hillary Clinton. She is accused of defaming other historically oppressed groups, including Alaska’s aboriginal people. If this had been forty years ago, the Republican National Convention would have looked like Chicago, 1968. America would have looked like the Little Bighorn. Since 1968,there has been a regime change in Black America. Every Black leader, recognized by the Establishment, is in hock to Wall Street and Madison Avenue. Rev. Jesse L. Jackson had to get down on his knees at the 1984 Democratic National Convention and beg for forgiveness after describing New York City as “Hymie town.” Ifill should have sent her home packing for disrespecting the moderator’s chair. The public was entitled to hear her answers to all of Ifill’s questions.
Vice presidential candidates are not given executive privilege. Since she was auditioning for the job, Palin should have been on her best behavior. After she muscled in on the right to pick and choose her questions, all television sets should have been turned off. Palin had also appeared on ABC Evening News with Charles Gibson. When she was unable to answer a question, she would either admit it or promise to go home and do her homework. She demonstrated utmost respect for Couric and Gibson. A vice presidential debate is easier than a television interview because the debate is scripted. Nonetheless, Palin had to take her cheat sheets to the inquisition. This only highlights her ignorance. Of course, the Constitution fails to bar morons from becoming vice presidents. There have been more than 40 debates during the 2008 presidential primaries. Moreover, the Republican and Democratic parties agree to keep hot button issues off the table. While she may not know the exact questions, she is aware that issues like civil rights and capital punishment are off-limits. The two major political parties structure their own debates. This explains Palin’s use of cue cards. She was too dumb for a crash course to have been of any assistance to her even with limited areas of debate. For the past four decades, she has apparently been a voracious reader of comic books. To make matters worse, the co-chairmen of the Commission on Presidential Debates are Paul G. Kirk Jr. and Frank J. Fahrenkopt Jr., lobbyists and lapdogs of corporate America. This favors Palin. These corporate sponsors of the CPD enjoy a quid pro quo. Presidential debates only address the concerns of Wall Street and Madison Avenue. The last time that Blacks were on anyone’s political agenda was 1964.
Malcolm X and Dr. Martin L. King Jr. were assassinated afterwards, and Blacks returned to the Democratic National Convention in 1984 as political share-croppers. By any debating rules, Biden trounced Palin. She either refused to answer some questions or her answers were non-responsive. For other questions, she matched apples with oranges. Many sisters, behind bars, would have outshone Palin in a debate. Palin is Gov. Spiro Agnew with lipstick. He was also an attack dog. Pres. Richard Nixon lived to regret that he had fingered Agnew as his vice president. Nixon was also unfamiliar with Agnew. Nixon would find out later that Agnew was not only a racist, but also an idiot savant. Since 1968, every Republican presidential nominee has played the race card. They have either used coded words or they have exploited racial stereotypes. This strategy was aimed at placating the religious right and the South, in particular.
Palin kicked off her campaign this past Friday by describing Obama as “unqualified.” Nixon loved “law and order.” Pres. Ronald Reagan promised states’ rights. Bush 41 exploited “Willie” Horton and Bush 43 simply stole the election. In each case, the “Whimp Party” simply raised the white flag. Now, Palin is engaged in McCarthyism. Even before September 4, Republicans had hog-tied Obama to Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Now,Palin is hand-cuffing Obama to Bill Ayers, founder of the Weathermen in the 1960s.
This is a “fear and smear” campaign. When it has been employed in the past, Democrats have usually folded. Meanwhile, Democrats are engaged in double-dealing and are speaking with forked tongues. They will fall for any white trick in the book. Sen. Joseph McCarthy criminalized the First Amendment in the 1950s.Guilt by association was the top count. The litmus test was one’s suspected associations with communists or communism. This net ensnared Paul Robeson as well as Hollywood. McCarthy defined anyone who sought to overthrow white supremacy in the United States as a communist. McCarthy was sprinting like Jesse Owens in his fearmongering campaign until he launched a stealth attack against Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, who was the fifth Black president of the United States (J.A. Rogers). Unlike Obama’s mother, Eisenhower’s mother was Black. Both mothers were from Kansas. Eisenhower’s childhood hero was Hannibal and he had religiously studied his military strategies before entering West Point, which adored this military genius.
This strategic knowledge propelled Eisenhower to the top of the military. During his presidency, he mostly kept a low profile on racial issues until Little Rock’s Central High School erupted and Daisy Bates had to defend the U.S. Constitution. These dogs can’t hunt. International bondholders have met. It’s all over but the shout. Obama will wear the crown in 2009. McCain has obviously received the bad news. The only memories from Nashville will be McCain referring to Obama as “that one” and his refusal to shake Obama’s hand after the “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.” Oct. 15–UAM’s weekly forum at the Elks Plaza, 1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) near Classon Ave. in Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Take the “C” train to Franklin Ave. For further information on all events, call United African Movement at (718) 834-9034. Nov. 6–United African Movement joins Sankofa International Academy for a live performance of Celeste Bedford Walker’s play, “Camp Logan,” a true story of racism in the military in Houston, TX, in 1917 at the Kimble Theater for Performing Arts, Long Island University in Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m. See: www.reinstatealtonmaddox.net