Friday, January 30, 2009

Being in Black Face

The Republican Party has just elected the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, Michael Steele, as the Republican National Committee chairman. Now, I must admit to not knowing much about Mr. Steele, except that he is black and looks more like our current popular president than Mike Duncan or Katon Dawson.


Judging by the sea of sameness at the Republican Convention last year and every year beforehand, I doubt it if many Republicans know anymore about him than I do. Wasn't Chip Saltsman, that "Barack the Magic Negro" guy, leading in the race up until he quickly withdrew his name yesterday?

This selection feels to me somewhat like the selection of Sarah Palin. In this football season, how apropos. Hail Mary anyone?

10 comments:

Jennifer said...

I just stopped by from CatVibe's blog. Your site is fascinating! I have been sitting here reading through many of your recent posts and I will definitely be back to read more.

Best,
Jennifer

judith ellis said...

Jennifer - I'm happy you stopped by and hung out a bit and glad to know you'll be back. I'll now pop over to your blog. See you there.

dave wheeler said...

Judith,

Sometimes the biggest challenge to improvement is admitting you need to change the brand and the message. If there is anything that is needed in our current political climate it's change...real change and political reform.

judith ellis said...

Thanks, Dave. I agree. Gimmicks, however, will never work, neither will face paint.

dave wheeler said...

Judith, I agree 1000 percent. All politics...both parties... it seems to me have become gimmicks and spin, Time will tell. It's not about the color of the messenger or the rhetoric...it's results that matter.

judith ellis said...

Results do matter, except, of course, for CEOs given multi-billion dollar bonuses while their companies tanked and their hands were out for welfare. I'm sick of the Rush Limbaugh image of the working poor non-paying taxes liberals with their hands out for programs, while CEOs get billions upon billions of dollars of welfare.

I wonder about the people who listen to Limbaugh. (I'm not big on extremes.) These 18 million weekly are mostly themselves not in enviable positions; many are probably a part of the middle class and working poor. Facades reign; they rule. By the way, these classes pay taxes; they collectively pay even more than those CEOs who have tax shelters the likes that these know not of.

I'm pretty ticked at the hyprocisy!

dave wheeler said...

Judith...it would appear we have at least one thing in common. Being ticked at hypocrisy is an admirable trait and it seems you can find it everywhere in government, politics and business. Hypocrisy has no party affiliation, it seems to be a cornerstone of our political system. Ignorance seems to abound as well in some cases and I guess that is what politicians count on. It's time the "citizen" gets involved and engaged in our "citizen-government" process again!

judith ellis said...

Dave - We can do it! We are not perfect and we will continue to make mistakes. But our intentions also play a very big part in how and why we do a thing, even when we miss the mark. In a court of law intentions are measurable. The same is true in the court of public opinion.

dave wheeler said...

Judith,

I like that! There is a great of potential and power in the collective "WE". There are also more than enough organizations, agencies and programs that need our attention and support in every school, neighborhood and community across the country!

Time to get to work!

judith ellis said...

No doubt, Dave!