By Junious Ricardo
I was attending a local council meeting and a women seated next to me stated quite proudly, “Well we got rid of Trent Lott.” I responded “We didn’t get rid of him Bush and the White House got rid of him, his own party stabbed him in the ack and kicked him to the curb.” Undaunted she responded, “Yeah but the Civil Rights organizations helped put the pressure on him and Bush had to get rid of him.” At that point I realized she was clueless about what went down, how Bush used what Lott said as an excuse to rid himself of a man who really wasn’t in his league as far as being a world class thief, warmonger and drug dealer. Ponder this, George W. Bush the man ow lays wreaths at monuments to the Confederacy criticized Trent Lott about statements he has repeatedly made about Strom Thurman and how if he had been elected president in 1948 the nation would be “better off”. Bush used a photo op in Philadelphia where he was promoting his “Faith Based Initiatives” at Bright Hope Baptist Church an African-American congregation in the heart of the North Philadelphia ghetto and later at a luncheon attended by blacks and whites at Philadelphia’s Marriott Hotel to set Lott up. Once Bush made his comments the jackals and hell hounds in the press and Republican Party were unleashed on the unsuspecting Lott who though Bush had his back. (Notice except for the reactionary and impotent Black Congressional Caucus, Democratic leaders demanded Lott step down.) Once Bush gave the signal the press notably the New York Times Op-Ed (since when has the New York Times cared about white people being insensitive about our issues?) and key Republicans started calling for Lott’s ouster or suggesting he should step down. In additional public comments Bush stated he wasn’t going to get involved knowing full well by not defending or supporting Lott or providing White House back up, he (Bush) was sounding the death knell for Lott. Poor Lott was forced to further humiliate himself by going on BET to plead his case, to attempt to defend the indefensible. ( How would you like to go on national TV to defend any of yourself for saying something stupidly racist and career threatening?) It was a no win position. Not surprising, Lott made things worse for himself and the crescendo grew louder for his demise. Bush turned his back on Lott and left him hanging. By Thursday Lott knew he was done, he started lamenting it was the White House that was doing him in. The next day Lott was gone.
So let’s get this straight, Bush publically demands Lott apologize and behind the scenes his Chief Advisor Karl Rove works to oust Lott based on statements he’s made over the years but said nothing when Attorney General John Ashcroft attended a pro Confederacy rally and called Jefferson Davis “a great patriot”? Why didn’t Bush demand Ashcroft apologize? Ask yourself why hasn’t Bush asked the Joint Chiefs or the Director of the CIA, FBI, National Security Agency or FAA to apologize to the AmeriKKKan public for their failures on 9-11? Why has Bush not pushed for a thorough investigation of 9-11 or fired anyone in the military, intelligence community or FAA over that fiasco?
Will the Republican Party be any different under Dr William Frist’s
leadership? Don’t count on it. Republicans don’t give a hoot about black
folks, our feelings, our human or civil rights; that was all a ruse to get rid
of Trent Lott. Remember it was black folks that Jeb Bush disenfranchised in
Florida, don’t go for the okie-doke. William Frist’s voting record is almost
identical to Lott’s. He’s conservative meaning he wants to turn the clock
back to the 1800's socially. So what’s the attraction to Frist? Well his
family is rich, they own a lot of hospitals and they have bilked Medicare out of
almost a billion that’s with a “B” dollars. They have agreed to repay the
government about $400,000,000 (some reports say as much as 880 million).
Massive fraud like this is right up Bush’s alley.
Remember Dubeyah’s brother Neil was a major player in the Savings and
Loan fiasco in the ‘80's. Neil was the front man for the family in the
Silverado Savings and Loan Co scandal that defrauded the shareholders and cost
US taxpayers almost a billion dollars. The media never talks about that do they?
Wonder why? Bush and Frist are kindred spirits, while Trent Lott was just
a Mississippi red neck. The White House is saying Frist will help push through
Bush’s Health Care agenda. If
things follow the script the Bush-Frist marriage will open the floodgates of
campaign money from pharmaceutical and health insurance companies into the Bush
coffers. Their contributions will do for health care and prescription drugs what
Enron did for energy and defense contractor dollars have done for Bush’ war
and defense budgets and the Carlyle Group’s portfolio. Lott was a liability, he was the son of a sharecropper a
wanna be, not an elitist cold blooded white collar crook and New World Order
protagonist like Bush, so he had to go.
Ricardo Stanton produce and host a Internet
radio program titled The Digital
Underground which airs live on Sundays from 12 pm- 2 pm eastern standard time on www.NewBlackCity.com
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