Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Was David Duke right in calling the Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele a "racist"?


When David Duke made the comment about Steele being a racist, I was pretty confused at what he could have possibly meant. As I was going about my day, Duke's comment nagged at me like a mystery I couldn't solve. It would have been easy for me to just have dismissed Duke as an irrelevant out of touch fool and anti Semite and left it at that. I couldn't do it. Even though David Duke is a moron on too many levels to count, I had this gutt feeling that there was some validity to what he was saying, but I didn't know why. I just didn't know why I felt that way. As I was scrolling through the blog to respond to some of the comments posters left, I discovered the answer right under my nose. I came across the story I wrote last week about Obama's economic advisory Robert Reich wanting to use affirmative action to discriminate against construction workers based on race if the pork bill passes. I know Michael Steele better then most people do that don't live in Maryland. Many people believe that Michael is a pure paleo conservative, he's not. Michael has an ideology of center to right. On the issue of Affirmative Action, Michael Steele supports it. He shares the position of Colin Powell and Condalezza Rice. Steele's position in supporting Affirmative Action is what David Duke was referring to when he called Steele a "racist" and "Obama Jr.". So is David Duke right? Is Michael Steele a "racist" or merely supports "a racist policy"? I don't mean that Michael a racist in the "traditional" sense. People that support Affirmative Action believe they are championing a just and necessary agenda in trying to "level" the playing field among racial groups when it comes to "equal treatment" in employment practices. When I wrote the Robert Reich story, I also reviewed the Jesse Helm's "hands" video again. I believe Michael Steele supports a racist policy that really goes against one of the core principals of the Republican Party and more importantly conservatism in general. Republicans and conservatives try to promote the concept that people of different ethnic groups in our country aren't "victims" that need "protection" or "looking out for". Liberals in the Democrat Party are known for having the opposite mindset. They thrive on racial strife among ethnic groups against whites. Conservatism isn't about "pandering to this ethnic vote or that ethnic vote. It's about attracting people of a shared vision regardless of race. That is why I am conservative. I don't like Michael Steele's position on Affirmative Action, but I do accept it. The Republican Party is known for being the "big tent" party for a reason. I supported Ken Blackwell for the job but Michael Steele won it instead. That's water under the bridge, and I will support Michael in his new role. Still I wonder is Duke right or not.

9 Comments:

Blogger JARNCO5 said...

Conservative Brother,
Nice investigative work and writing. I don't blankly embrace Steele on the same basis as you... I respect Steele though in his ability to communicate a message. Steel as you have mentioned is no teleprompter reader.

I know you back Palin... I did and I won't over a more qualified conservative again. She had the chance and blew it. I am not into "affirmative action" in gender or race.

Huckabee is not the one who gave us McCain. Mitt Romney did.

My point is it will be hard to sell two conservatives like Huckabee on one ticket in 2012 so a Huckabee\Steele ticket makes sense to me. You must admit Steele is doing a great job thus far handling the press?

Either we pick a winner or Obama gets 4 more and that will be a disaster for America. How about Palin as Secretary of State till she gets used to the Press and politics in Washington?

I like Eric Cantor too... but he is not a communicator like Huckabee or Steele and he is to conservative to diversify the draw on a ticket with Huckabee heading it. Huckabee is a real deal conservative.

Cantor would have been a good McCain pic. To late now.

I know we have elections before 2012 to worry about first.

You have a great blog! Keep up the good work friend.

*This comment was actually also a response to some things you said to me in a different comment area. I am sure you figured that out... but you have other readers.

8:08 PM  
Blogger conservative brother said...

jarnc05 "Conservative Brother,
Nice investigative work and writing. I don't blankly embrace Steele on the same basis as you... I respect Steele though in his ability to communicate a message. Steel as you have mentioned is no teleprompter reader."

Than you jarn. Steele knows how to work a crowd and get donors to part with their money. Ideology aside, that is the core responsibility of a chairman. Steele is good at it. As long as conservatives have an ear to Steele, I have no problem with him the chairman. I will be vocal if he does stray though.


jarnc05"I know you back Palin... I did and I won't over a more qualified conservative again. She had the chance and blew it. I am not into "affirmative action" in gender or race."

Actually my number one candidate is Bobby Jindal. I'm not going to lie though jarnc, I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Palin. I do disagree with you in your assertion that "Palin had her chance and blew it". She never ran for President jarnc. McCain PICKED her as his running mate for VP. I know you are a Huckabee fan. I can't stand Mike Huckabee, sorry jarn. It was because of Huckabee's selfishness in staying in the race when it was clear he couldn't have won that allowed for McCain to beat Romney. I can't forgive Huckabee for that. Romney would have destroyed Obama. He was the perfect match in intelligence, charisma and knowledge of the economy. Huckabee was the one who had his chance, and he blew it. As for Palin, I'm just sitting back and researching her. From my perspective right now, she got an extremely raw deal when she was picked by McCain. The same type of people that dismissed Palin today are the same kind that dismissed the "dumb actor" aka Ronald Wilson Reagan almost thirty years ago. I will give anyone a chance until he or she proves me wrong. I see something in this woman that others don't. I would like to see her run and duke it out in the Republican primaries. If she can hold her own against the GOP Veterans, then she will indeed be deemed legit to go against Obama. I can't dismiss her off as an "affirmative action" candidate because she has a solid background of accomplishments to solidify her as a candidate.

jarnc05 "Huckabee is not the one who gave us McCain. Mitt Romney did."

How was it Mitt Romney jarnc, when it was Huck that was taking delegates from Romney that prevented him from catching McCain.

jarnc05 "My point is it will be hard to sell two conservatives like Huckabee on one ticket in 2012 so a Huckabee\Steele ticket makes sense to me. You must admit Steele is doing a great job thus far handling the press?"

Very very very BAD idea jarnc. Liberals are already saying that steele as RNC chair is a copy to Obama as president. Steele running on the ticket as a VP candidate will only reinforce that claim.

jarnc "Either we pick a winner or Obama gets 4 more and that will be a disaster for America. How about Palin as Secretary of State till she gets used to the Press and politics in Washington?"

Palin already has a tremendous ground swell of support. They're are over 30 different pro palin sites on the net. This woman has the rockstar power to go against Obama. Huckabee will not be able to match that type of intensity that Palin draws. I'm not speaking as a supporter of hers, but just presenting the facts jarnc. Look at the polls among conservatives on who they would like to see as the torch bear in 2012. Huck is in single digits. Palin is around 70%. Obama in 2012 has to defend his record. The hope and change tag lines won't be valid as an incumbent president. If the economy is worse then it is now. Palin wins period. I'm going to lay out the case for a Palin run just based on the facts and nothing else in a week jarnc.

jarnc "I like Eric Cantor too... but he is not a communicator like Huckabee or Steele and he is to conservative to diversify the draw on a ticket with Huckabee heading it. Huckabee is a real deal conservative."

The problem with lesser known candidates is that they usually get buried into the second tier group during the primaries. It's amazing that Huck made it out of the second tier. Duncan Hunter, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, Alan Keyes and Ron Paul were stuck in the 2nd tier.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Sidebar: Huckabee needs to stay out of politics with the anger and bitterness that he reeked of during the campaign. How can an angry bitter person be a good leader when their tendency is to undercut and destroy those that they do not like? He showed the nation how he would treat anyone that disagreed with him. The way he went after Romney scared me thinking about how he would lead the nation. I'm so glad that Huckabee lost and I hope that he will not run again for any political office. He was still showing his angst against him well after the Republican primaries. The Bible says not to befriend an angry person lest you learn their ways. I was really afraid of Huckabee becoming our president. Unless the man has a serious heart change he would be dreadful for this country

For the record this is the first time that I did not like a single candidate that went past a few weeks into the campaign. I mean none of them of either party. It seemed to me that a lot of the candidates may have had one thing that I liked but not much else. I would have liked a candidate that I agreed with at least half of the time AND had good character. For me none of them fit the bill. However I agree with CB that Romney would have been a more equal match as far as presentation is concerned against Obama.

1:19 AM  
Blogger JARNCO5 said...

Conservative Brother,
It was Romney who dropped out of the race first and not Huckabee... Mitt stayed in the race to long.

Huckabee... Palin is a ticket I would vote for.

I think Huckabee is the guy to back for all the reasons I stated.

Friend we see to many things the same for me to worry. We both want the country moving the same way.

Since I like good communicators I will say this to you... You are no slouch at communicating good ideas via this blog.

You have my email... wish you would use it some time would like to chat with you and be more frank on some things.

Jarnco5@gmail.com

11:09 AM  
Blogger JARNCO5 said...

Pamela.
I am sorry you feel that way about Mike Huckabee... I don't agree with you on this one.

At least you have some good opinions that set you apart from from many in America.

As far as Conservative Brother goes... he seems like a real stand up guy to me... I like bouncing my ideas off him.

I tell you that Pamela because you seem like his biggest fan... and I don't blame you. Just making sure you understand I also respect him and his opinions. He is solid in his beliefs and very logical. I come hear to read and get a breath of fresh air.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Same to you JARNCO5. I love reading the people that comment. The discourse is fun for me. A lot of my friends are with you about Huckabee. At least I did agree with him more on issues than McCain. He just really scared me during the campaign.

This is one of my favorite blogs. I am originally from MD. Any conservative black person in MD that comes out of hiding I will definitely support, especially one from Prince George's County or Baltimore. I'm sure CB understands my sentiment. LOL

6:59 PM  
Blogger conservative brother said...

That is sooooooooooooooo true pamela. I give Steele props for bravery alone standing up in this sickeningly stupid liberal state.lol

11:06 PM  
Blogger JARNCO5 said...

Conservative Brother,
Now look what you made me go and post :)

The Case For Mike Huckabee in 2012
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Pamela,
You said:
"A lot of my friends are with you about Huckabee."

I think you said you like Bobby Jindal earlier? I know CB mentioned him a comment or two up. Right back at you too if this is the case because a lot of my friends like Bobby J.

We can have a big tent as conservatives... no one has to agree on everything. We just have to get the left to stop destroying the country by passing the word and broadening the base.

In the end I vote for the most conservative ticket running.

You also said:
"Any conservative black person in MD that comes out of hiding I will definitely support"

I hear that load and clear... trust me I've been around the block and know exactly what place you are coming from. After all I live up in NY state and have been a Marine in and out of many a climb and place.

I like Steele as my number two because he is young born in 1958 and would make for a great run after Huck stepped down Huck is young too 1955. That ticket would regardless of the left calling it a copy show me the Republicans were serious. I just agree more with Huck on social issues really age aside. Communication is key and those two make a great one two punch.

Hey a Huck... Jindal or Palin or maybe even Marsha Blackburn would get my vote. Many others too!

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Steele supports a racist policy that ultimately suppresses black economic and social progress. This doesn't necessarily make him a racist. However, David Duke is a racist, but he opposes AA, a racist policy. I'm a black female and I don't care if Duke racist/anti-semitic thoughts and opinions. What concerns me is his behavior. I would support Duke for the President of the United States if I felt he would support ONLY race-blind government policies. Frederick Douglass claimed that blacks are perfectly capable of succeeding under "equal laws," and did NOT need "preferential laws."
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2:46 PM  

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