McCain Sticks To Condi, Like White On Rice

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[Elections 2008: Commentary]

Here’s what Condoleezza Rice said: “Obviously, when this Country was founded, the words that were enshrined in all our great documents and that have been such a great inspiration to people around the world. They didn’t have meaning for an overwhelming element of our founding population. And Black Americans were a founding population. Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together — Europeans by choice and Africans in chains. That's not a very pretty reality of our founding.

And I think that particular birth defect makes it hard for us to confront it, hard for us to talk about it, and hard for us to realize that it has continuing relevance for whom we are today, but that relevance comes in two strains, on the one hand, descendants of slaves did not get much of a head start, and I think you continue to see some of the effects of that. On the other hand, the tremendous efforts of many, many, many people, some of whose names we will never know and some individuals’ names who we do know to be impatient with this country for not fulfilling its own principles, has led us down a path that has put African Americans in positions and places that I think nobody would have even thought [possible] at the time Dr. King was assassinated.”

In reading this, one must ask, is Condi actually leaning further to Wright or centrist McCain, here? After all, Ms. Rice’s recent so-called candor about race in this country is certainly a surprising shift, especially given that, until now, her lying puppet lips have seemed incapable of uttering anything even resembling the truth. Let alone the not so pretty truth about the reality of race in America.

And to mix things up even more, the timing and tenor of her revelations have her teetering along that line of liberal democratic demarcation as she credits the efforts of individuals whom we know to be impatient with America for not fulfilling its own principles as being responsible for clearing that equal opportunity path on which she, as an African American Secretary of State, currently finds herself.

Is this daughter of a black preacher further suggesting that we are to interpret her statement as a hint that the “Wright”eous impatience expressed by the Reverend from Chicago is in fact still necessary today? Has Condi finally jumped that Republican slave ship to which she has been “Cheneyed” for so long? Are we to think that the mild mannered Obama camp has turned her into Brother Barack’s converted Rice?

Until recently, Madam Secretary’s racial make-up seemed to be conspicuously inconsequential, even passé. But that was before Obama made it politically fashionable for Condi’s more colorful side to come out of the closet as the smelling salts revival of her Washington career. What she and her Republican puppeteers fail to understand, though, is that Condi’s accounting of racially directed American atrocities, however nuanced by her own authentic experiences as a black female in America, rings in our ears more like a bell ringing for the maid to come serve her boss, than as the heartfelt sentiments of an African American woman.

We have simply lost all our senses if we are not able to see the behind the scene shenanigans of yet another familiar Republican white washing of this black woman in the Bush Administration. A regime wherein as Secretary, Condi takes a dictation to leave no oil behind and transcribes it as Al Qaida’s threats.

And, I ask you if it was truth she was really going for regarding our Country’s founding, why call slavery our birth-defect? Doesn’t Ms. Rice understand birth-defects are accidents and that Africans in chains was no Goddamn accident?

Obviously, Condi speaks the truth only as far as it serves the party for her to do so as a potential Republican Vice Presidential appointee whose race and gender alone could render her the perfect Manchurian Candidate. So, yes it certainly looks like Condi might be that running mate to which McCain will stick like white on rice. Especially since he knows that at its founding, a hundred years of war needs soulless liars like Secretary Rice who will not bat an eye, as generation one of an army of Americans lured under false pretenses to volunteer as stop-loss, slave-soldiers continues to kill and die in Iraq.


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