I thought I had successfully cloistered myself away from political news for the holidays when my attention was drawn to the Chip Saltsman controversy by a friend’s Facebook status that said he was “embarrassed by Chip Saltsman.” That was enough to yank me out of my yuletide stupor and, to satisfy my curiosity, I googled Saltsman for the story.
A quick scan of the headlines had me believing that Saltsman had pulled a Mel Gibson in an intoxicated racist rant. But, no, it was all about a CD he had mailed to Republican National Committee members. As a candidate for RNC chairman, Saltsman sent a holiday greeting to members along with a copy of Paul Shanklin’s “We Hate the USA.”
The controversy surrounding a comedy CD distributed by Republican National Committee chair candidate Chip Saltsman has not torpedoed his bid and might have inadvertently helped it.
Four days after news broke that the former Tennessee GOP chairman had sent a CD that included a song titled “Barack the Magic Negro” to the RNC members he is courting, some of those officials are rallying around the embattled Saltsman, with a few questioning whether the national media and his opponents are piling on.
As a result of his position, a source close to the race said that at least 12 uncommitted committee members have contacted Blackwell to thank him for his support for Saltsman and have expressed anger toward Duncan and Anuzis “for throwing a good Republican under the bus.”
Press Release – OBAMA THE MAGIC NEGRO
Contact: Frances Rice
National Black Republican Association
December 28, 2008
OBAMA THE MAGIC NEGRO
By Frances Rice
Click here to listen to: “Barack the ‘Magic Negro’ (That’s What the LA Times Called Him)”
If it were not so hypocritical, it would be comical how Democrats and their media allies have created a media firestorm over a parody on racism in the Democratic Party. The Democrats’ display of rank hypocrisy on race is a familiar scenario. First, Democrats exhibit vile racism. Then, any Republican who points out the Democrats’ display of vile racism is attacked by Democrats as being racist.
The current target of this Democratic Party racial jujitsu is RNC chairman candidate Chip Saltsman. So, what did Saltsman do to warrant being called a racist? Well, he dared to distribute a music CD with a parody about the fact that black Democrat David Ehrenstein called Sen. Barack Obama a “Magic Negro” in an article published by the left-wing, Democrat-controlled “Los Angeles Times.” Huh?
None of the people now trashing Saltsman uttered one peep of protest when the article entitled “Obama the Magic Negro” was first published in the “Los Angeles Times” on March 19, 2007 with the subtitle: “The Illinois senator lends himself to white America’s idealized, less-than-real black man.” Below is the link to that article.
Sadly, some high-profile Republicans who should know better have joined the Democrats and the mainstream news media in their Republican bashing frenzy.
Lost in the media uproar is the fact that the parody has been broadcast several times on the radio, and the satirical content understood by the more than 20 million listeners of the popular Rush Limbaugh Show. One is left to wonder if the critics have even listened to the parody.
Where was all this outrage over racism when the Democrats used despicable racial stereotypes (just as Democrats did during the days of slavery and Jim Crow) to slur black professionals, such as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele?
Brazenly, on the left-wing Internet website called “The News Blog,” Democrats posted a doctored photograph of Steele, depicting him as a “Simple Sambo.”
Cartoonist Jeff Danziger depicted Rice as an ignorant, barefoot “mammy,” reminiscent of the stereotyped black woman in the movie Gone with the Wind who remarked: “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies.” Black comedian Harry Belafonte and Rev. Al Sharpton publicly denounced Powell as a “House Negro.” NAACP Chairman Julian Bond equated the Republican Party with the Nazi Party and called Rice and Powell “tokens.”
The liberal media showed not a hint of concern about racial insensitivity when Obama campaigned for white Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin and against Michael Steele during the 2006 Maryland senate race, not long after Obama issued a letter of support for the re-election of white Democrat and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd.
Not one word of angst was uttered by the liberal press when a black Democrat pundit on national television called black Democrat Juan Williams a “Happy Negro.” What offense did Williams commit that resulted in such a vicious racial slur? He had the temerity to defy the Democratic Party’s “thought police” and wrote a book called “Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-end Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America.” His book exposes how the failed socialist polices of the Democrats who have been running black communities for the past 40 years have turned those communities into economic and social wastelands.
As author Michael Scheuer stated, the Democratic Party is the party of the four S’s: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism. Visit the website http://www.NBRA.info on the Internet to see the racist cartoons of Rice and Steele and the details about the Democratic Party’s 150-year history of racism.
The time is long overdue for Republicans to stop cowering over the issue of race. Republicans should cease attacking fellow Republicans for telling the truth about Democrats, recapture the Republican Party’s rich civil rights legacy, and shed the light of truth on the failed socialism and racism in the Democratic Party – past and present.
Frances Rice is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, a lawyer and chairman of the National Black Republican Association. She can be contacted at http://www.NBRA.info
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When I read that RNC member Gary Emineth, the North Dakota GOP Chairman, organized a coalition to demand an unprecedented “special” RNC meeting before the RNC Chairman’s election, I had my usual reaction: “Another meeting?…ugh…what a waste.”
On campaign after campaign, I’ve bemoaned the fact that too much time, out of a typical 14-hour workday, goes to useless time-wasters. No, I’m not referring to staffers who surf the Web, look at their friend’s pics on Facebook, or play practical jokes on the guy or gal in the next cube over. Those serve an important purpose compared to the biggest, most useless, waste of time on most campaigns: the never-ending, often unfocused meetings where little, if anything gets accomplished, except teeth grinding, nail chewing and overeating.
Thus, I’ve come to hate the word “meeting.” “Let’s get together on,” or “rendezvous about” or “discuss over coffee,” are preferable. Meeting sounds so official, institutional, excessive.
But then I read on, and opened my mind…and sipped some coffee.
This special RNC meeting, which RNC Chairman Mike Duncan has now called, has made an impact even before being held. It has traveled a road that most other meetings never dare travel. RNC members have successfully coalesced around an idea, a plan, and quickly put it into action. They have been pro-active. They have shown leadership. They have provided much hope for the future of the Party. They have already taken a step towards accomplishing their goal — a more open forum for major party decisions.
Just as important, the RNC members have built on the ideas of others, even more low-down in the totem pole of official Party power: grassoots organizations outside the official Party heirarchy. Since Election Day, several organizations, old and new, have pushed and prodded open the RNC Chairman’s race.
Sorry for the lapse in coverage, but keep checking back for more updates between now and the chairman election
National Review Online sat down with Katon Dawson and talked to him about the race, his vision, and where he wants to take the GOP. The article is here, but I posted some excerpts below.
They start with an interesting factoid: “Only two states in the country had more people vote for John McCain for president in 2008 than voted for George W. Bush in 2004: Louisiana and South Carolina.”
South Carolina is, in the national imagination, deep Dixie and fertile ground for Republicans. But Dawson notes that beating Democrats in this state isn’t as easy it may look from outside: The state had a Democratic governor as recently as 2002, and Democratic senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings held his seat with an iron grip for several terms. Republicans only retook control of the state senate in 2000, and they hold an 8-seat margin; in the state assembly, the GOP has expanded its majority from a 12-seat margin in 1998 to a 22-seat margin today. South Carolina Democrats are rarely foolish enough to run as liberals, and running against a conservative opponent represents unique challenges. Dawson notes that recently five Democratic sheriffs switched parties to the GOP, because they knew the new partisan label could ensure their reelection.
Dawson jokes that back in 2002, when he began running the state party, every time he entered a bar, patrons would move three barstools down, because they knew he would be hitting them up for donations. During his management, the state party has raised $18 million, and expanded its donor base to 18,000 individuals.
While every candidate has talked about strengthening the grassroots, Dawson has laid out perhaps the most ambitious plan, “Project 3141,” which aims to have a viable county party in all of the nation’s 3,141 counties, as well as fielding candidates in each of the 435 congressional districts.
He also says he is offended that his membership in an all white country club has become an issue when he’s been endorsed by 2 of the 3 African American RNC members. Well that’s fine but do we really expect the Democrats to mention that when they are pounding him on it?