The last week has provided a riches of embarrassments within the political arena. I sometimes wish I had a daily column, but somehow I will attempt to consolidate these embarrassing events into a coherent piece that will adequately do justice to each issue.
Let’s start with Republican Senate candidate, Rand Paul (from Kentucky). His public musings about his disagreements with certain aspects of the 1964 Civil Rights Act were appalling. But more appalling to me was the slowness of any public response by Republican senators and Black Republicans.
Republicans were clearly petrified at the prospect of having to confront a racial issue head-on. These senators anemic responses is one of the main reasons the party can’t penetrate the Black vote. Let Julian Bond (former chairman of the NAACP) make a disparaging statement about Ronald Reagan and these same Republicans would run over their own mothers to get in front of a camera to denounce him in no uncertain terms.
Just as appalling was the lack of any statements from Black Republicans. Had Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton made some type of incendiary statement about former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, these Black Republicans would have been begging the powers- that-be to let them go on TV and chastise Jackson and Sharpton. Again, they wonder why the Black community ignores them.
Some things are bigger than partisan politics. Some things go to the very core of who we are as a nation. Despite the flaws of our country, I am PROUD to be an American! I don’t see people rushing to leave this country or to give up their citizenship.
This is why I was mortified that our president, MY president, Barack Obama, allowed a foreign head of state to come onto our soil and totally disrespect its people.
How does a U.S. president allow Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderon, to come to the White House and criticize our immigration policy and the recently passed Arizona law? To add insult to injury, the president said he agreed with Calderon! In the immortal words of today’s youth, WTF?
Everyone knows that I voted for Obama (even though I am a longtime Republican), but this issue has my blood boiling. My cousin may be a no good SOB, but I’ll be damned if you are going to say that in front of my family over Thanksgiving dinner. I can call him an SOB—you can’t.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, Calderon then goes to deliver a speech during a joint session of Congress and continued his criticism of the U.S. During this very speech he was given several standing ovations by the Democrats in attendance. Again, WTF?
I was thoroughly embarrassed by Obama and the Democrats who applauded Calderon’s speech. I am very partisan when it comes to my politics, but this is about respect and national pride. I am American first, Republican second.
America was totally dissed by Calderon and Democrats will pay a serious price at the polls in November. Privately, many of my friends who work for Obama were embarrassed, but obviously, they can’t say it publically.
I have had calls from all over the world from friends of mine asking me how America could let a foreign leader say the things that were said on U.S. soil.
Former British Prime Minister during WWII, Winston Churchill once said, “To every man there comes a time in his life when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and ask to do a great and might work; unique to him and fitted to his talents; what a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the moment that could be his finest hour.”
Rand Paul, President Obama, Republicans and the Democrats were found to be unprepared for the moment that could have been their finest hour. Every American, regardless of politics, should have been appalled by how our nation’s image has been sullied by a major party’s Senate candidate questioning a law that made America into the great nation it is today; and how we let a stranger insult its citizens on home soil. We are a great nation, but right now our country is a house in pain.
(Raynard Jackson is president and CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a D.C.-public relations/government affairs firm. He is also a contributing editor for ExcellStyle Magazine.)