Colin Powell, MSNBC host buy into the tie between progressives and racism.
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In the world America should be headed to — a world where presidents of the United States are sometimes called lazy even by each other (as the white Gerald Ford once said of the white Ronald Reagan when describing him as “intellectually-lazy” — lazy has zero to do with race. Which even Powell seemed to acknowledge when he said:
“Now, it [calling President Obama lazy] may not mean anything to most Americans….”
That’s doubtless true — for a reason. That a lot of Americans have died to make a color-blind America a reality. A country where a President Obama is treated with the same respect — or lack of it — that his 43 white predecessors have received.
But America is not headed to that colorblind world — at least, it seems, if the Joe Scarboroughs and Colin Powells of this world have anything to do with it.
For whatever reason — acceptance at MSNBC or in the larger world of the liberal media — going along to get along with the old left-wing formula of using race to win elections to build big government (or ratings for a big government supporting network) is just never going to be condemned outright by someone who is as intimidated or foolish as Joe Scarborough appears to be.
Or as dependent on schmoozing with NBC and the liberal media as Colin Powell appears to be.
Upbraid Chris Matthews or NBC like Powell did the GOP? Or Al Sharpton? Much less the rest of the MSNBC crew that feeds off this playing the race card business? Not a prayer. All this race card playing business is accepted in the liberal club. Racism is historically what has made the American Left the American Left. It is why Powell, when working for George W. Bush along with Condoleezza Rice, was called a “House Negro” by leftist singer Harry Bellafonte.
The fact that someone with Colin Powell’s career behind him doesn’t have either the will or the nerve to speak out and challenge the harsh reality of this mindset that has in fact been directed at him personally, not to mention at various conservatives or the GOP, by leftists says volumes. None of it good.
A few years back, trying to gently break it to Morning Joe about the realities of the race and progressive tie, I posted this piece about the title of his show.
The “Joe” comes from one Josephus Daniels, the Secretary of the Navy for President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921). Secretary Daniels was a progressive reformer like his boss (and his Assistant Secretary of the Navy, a young man named Franklin D. Roosevelt). One of Daniel’s “reforms” was to ban wine from the officer’s mess on Navy ships — and substitute coffee instead. As one might imagine, this particular reform didn’t go down all that well with sailors, and coffee on Navy ships acquired the nickname “Morning Joe” in honor of Secretary Josephus Daniels.
Alas, also like his boss President Wilson, Daniels was a thoroughgoing racist, as noted in my posting nearby, “Two Presidents and the Court: When Bigotry Takes the Bench.”
The nationally prominent owner and editor of the Raleigh News and Observer in his native North Carolina, where he vividly practiced a scurrilous racism, Daniels shrieked that Wilson’s predecessor Theodore Roosevelt (before Taft) and opponent in the 1912 election had insulted “the sensibilities of every man in the South” by inviting black leader Booker T. Washington to lunch at the White House during TR’s tenure. He insisted that “the subjection of the Negro, politically, and the separation of the Negro, socially, are paramount to all other considerations…short of the preservation itself of the Republic.” He prided himself as owner of the News and Observer, proclaiming his paper was “the militant voice of White Supremacy.” And, not to be forgotten, “Morning Joe” Daniels segregated the U.S. Navy. There’s more, lots more — a hat tip here to Bruce Bartlett’s informative book Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past — but you get the picture. This was someone who gives the words “overly ripe” a new meaning.
So the question in these quarters as we listen to the Sotomayor debate, where accusations of racism have been raised, is this:
Does Joe Scarborough realize his show is named for the phrase coined for Josephus Daniels? Do the suits at MSNBC realize the titter potential from a show that could quickly be tagged the “Morning Racist”???
Just asking. As Joe surely knows, the record of our friends on the left with issues of race…a record bequeathed by the likes of Josephus Daniels is…ahh…a bit dicey. Some would argue it’s the storyline for the American left. And since the left runs MSNBC…”
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