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In The Hill, on Nov. 20, a column appeared citing Lt. Col. Allen West’s charge that the Congressional Black Caucus has failed the black community by promoting dependence on government welfare programs, among other things. Rep.-elect West, R-Fla., tentatively plans to become the only black Republican in the CBC.
Last Friday, West told Fox News that the Congressional Black Caucus is “a monolithic voice that promotes these liberal social welfare policies and programs that are failing in the black community, that are preaching victimization and dependency; that’s not the way that we should go.”
His assessment, of course, is dead-on correct. The CBC has always been in lock-step with the most politically left elements; in fact, Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., helped to found the Illinois Black Panther Party in 1968. Yes – a communist. As the reader may be aware, the CBC has also made several trips to Cuba over the years and holds Fidel Castro in extremely high regard. Let me know if you’ve figured out what that has to do with the so-called empowerment of black Americans, because I have yet to do so.
Many are asking why the representative-elect would wish anything to do with an organization whose political alignment is diametrically opposed to his own. Those who know of West know him to be one of the most astute, intellectually judicious men in government right now. So what gives?
It is possible that West’s intent to insinuate himself into the body is largely symbolic. The CBC has nothing to offer West, and the former won’t want anything to do with his political philosophy. However, it might be his intention to draw attention to the fact that the worldview of black Americans has, for the last several decades, been defined by those factions that have deliberately cultivated the monolithic belief system of which he speaks.
The political left has been singularly successful in propagandizing black Americans, and given the harsh criticism that awaits those who criticize or condemn a black person for anything, blacks have more latitude than whites concerning the degree of their radicalism and tone of their rhetoric. A good case in point would be the oratory of New Black Panther Party member King Samir Shabazz, who was captured on video calling for the killing of “crackers” (whites) and “their babies.”
As an aside: I honestly have no idea who some of these ex-cons think they’re fooling with such appellations as “King” and “Minister”; perhaps it is akin to the proclivity for tinhorn dictators to sport military garb replete with the medals of imaginary military campaigns.
At any rate, while King Samir daydreams of dashing white babies’ brains out against brick walls – for which I presume he’d receive at least one medal – conservative blacks have become more involved in the political process than ever before, and an increasing number of whites have tired of the race card. Concurrently, like a retroperistaltic paroxysm, America at large is suddenly attempting to void the tainted fare that is progressivism. Although many of their fellows remain somewhere between tentative and oblivious, the portentous veracity of Nikita Kruschev’s leering pronouncement – “We will bury you” – has been revivified with a dreadful irony. It wasn’t Russian communists who very nearly did us in, but their ideological brethren among us.
Nowhere have Marxism and Marxist advocates more been presented as mainstream than in the black community. The microcosm of progressives’ experimentation therein proved most elucidating; Now, we can see the implementation of devices that proved successful being put into practice on a wide scale in the general population. When politicians and activists offer such concepts as “social justice” and “redistribution of wealth,” they betray themselves as de facto enemies of the American people, regardless of race. Black Americans were among the first who were conditioned to perceive these notions as ideologically sound.
Most Americans would like to move past race, although at this juncture, few know precisely what that might look like. The sticking point, of course, is organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus. They, along with career activists, assail those who seek to neutralize the significance of race in public discourse, accusing those very reformers of the “racism” that keeps ethnicity an issue in America. When issues germane to the discussion come to the fore, the CBC (or the NAACP, the Urban League, or other analogous bodies) stands with whom or whatever most benefits the far-left agenda, even if it has a clearly discernible, palpably deleterious effect on blacks. This is similar to the phenomenon we see illustrated vis-à-vis the feminist political lobby and its absolute refusal to speak out on the misogyny of radical Islam, with which the far left empathizes.
Any potentially successful methodology for neutralizing the left’s influence is laudable, So in a sense, I can understand why West has considered membership in the Congressional Black Caucus from a strategic point of view. I, however, would need a good dose of anti-emetic in order to spend more than a minute or two with those folks.