By Dennis J. Freeman Commentary
Business and real estate mogul Donald Trump says he has “a great relationship with the blacks.” He’s also investigating whether or not President Barack Obama is an American citizen. Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann wants to lead an anti-government revolution from the party of idiots.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wants to be loved. Ex-governor of Alaska Sarah Palin is probably somewhere looking to find the nearest Caribou she can shoot. Haley Barbour can’t even see his way past the backwater racism that still flows down the Mississippi River.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney belongs to a faith that used to look upon black people as evil. And then there is Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, who posed butt-naked in a centerfold spread of Cosmopolitan magazine as a law student. Somewhere, Speaker John Boehner is probably having a nice cry.
So, this is the best the Republican Party is offering to America as potential presidential candidates. Really?
If that’s the case, then you might as well pencil in President Barack Obama for another four-year term. The Republican Party is a political party in identity crisis. It has become a sham. The Republican Party doesn’t know what they are, who they are and what direction they’re going into. In short, the Republican Party is a mess.
Let’s start with Sarah Palin. When Palin burst on the national scene as the hand-picked, eye-candy choice for vice president during Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, she initially injected some life into the party. However, her ignorance on national and international issues and her self-absorbed fame effectively killed off McCain’s presidential bid and have turned the ex-governor into a media headline parody these days.
The discussion around listing Palin as a serious presidential candidate has turned into nothing more than political comedy than reality. Palin running for president is like a comedian who tells bad joke after bad joke before being booed and finally getting kicked off the stage.
Now let’s get to that birther expert and black homey, Donald Trump. First, going out on a limb to say that the first black president of the United States is not a legal citizen has proven to be nothing more than racist commentary by Trump, Palin and a select group of folks who only believe that only a white male is fit to be commander-in-chief.
The last time I checked it was white men who validated slavery and owned slaves as presidents. It was a white president who dropped that atomic bomb on Japan. Jim Crow flourished under white presidents. It was white presidents who got this country into wars against Iraq and Afghanistan. So, now that the first person of color gets elected into the Oval Office, the authenticity of his birth becomes questionable to people like Trump.
Only fools don’t change. It’s apparent that there are still many hardened fools like Trump, who has never gone out on a limb and make a public spectacle to question any other white president’s right of citizenship as they have done with President Obama.
By taking on this birther topic and his recent proclamation that he has a “great relationship with the blacks,” Trump has virtually no chance of securing the presidential nod for the Republican Party. If Republican voters are foolish enough to put Trump at the top of their 2012 presidential ticket, race relations in this country will be even more strained.
While it may be hard to believe, but Bachmann is probably even more polarizing than Palin or Trump. Bachmann is the de facto leader of the Tea Party movement. Many people see the Tea Party as an extremist organization that enjoys quoting constitutional references to tote firearms at political rallies, a group who would like nothing better than to see our government’s input on America’s citizens downsized.
Bachmann is an advocate for state’s rights, which is both dangerous and troublesome for America. If the federal government had not intervened during the civil rights era, equality, freedom and full-blown integration would have come along only when bigoted elected officials in states like Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas would have allowed it to. It’s too bad that Bachmann or the rest of the Tea Party didn’t get that memo.
Black folks know all too well what the so-called states’ rights will do for them-nothing favorable. It was states’ rights that allowed segregation and Jim Crow laws to exist as long as they did. States’ rights brought out the firehoses, attacking dogs and denial of the right to vote for black people.
I don’t see black Americans and other people of color being eager to go back to those days, so consider Bachmann a wash for the presidency.
Brown is an upstart and may not have the leverage right now to make a run. Barbour, while somewhat popular in the South, just doesn’t have the across-the board appeal makings of a president. Romney is a successful businessman.
He’s polished. He says a lot of the right things. He has star-power. However, his affiliation with the Mormon Church created a public backlash during his presidential run in 2008. The hurdles he faced then are pretty much the same now.
The Republican Party is a mixed bag right now. They have no identity. There is no one clear voice from the party that can speak to all Americans, not just one group of people. The only thing that people across the nation see from the Republican Party is that they are a united group of destructionists and obstructionists. They don’t see the Republican Party as representing America.
And that spells trouble for the party of Lincoln.