Friday, February 24, 2006

What Would Jesus Do? (A Second Look)

Back in March of 2005 I posted an article entitled "What Would Jesus Do?" in which I mentioned the Bush Administration's attempt to get new black leadership, just like he did in Haiti. Well a little over a year later even after Katrina it appears as if Bush is still trying to change Black leadership in the U.S. I found it very suspicious that AOL (a major contributor to the Bush campaign) claims that Condoleezza Rice is the most popular black leader in the country today, second only to Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. I can believe that Jackson would be considered the front runner because even though he has made some mistakes he has a very long and distinguished history of service to the Black community of this country and also the world. I realized that no people can be considered politically mononlithic but I am very suspicious about how Condoleeza Rica came in second when I can not think of one outstanding accomplishment she has done in service to African-Americans. There is no doubt that she is well educated and the first black female to occupy the office of Secretary of State, but that in itself doesn't make her great. I wonder where did AOL go to interview black people. I could honestly name about fifty other prominent, influencial black leaders who come to mind before Condoleezza Rice, people like John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Cynthia McKinney et. al. When I think of Condoleezza Rice I think of the woman who was too busy with her New York City shopping spree to go to New Orleans when Black people were dying during hurricane Katrina. When I hear her name I also think of the woman who belittled and insulted a true people's hero Hugo Chavez. Ms Rice is very much at home with the "blame the victim" conservatives who continue to antagonize the black community here and abroad. Ms Rice doesn't seem to notice that in 2006, the nations largest city's employment rate has risen, but over half of New York's black male population is unemployed. Mr. Bush and his conservative brethren wrap themselves in the flag and in this pseudo-religiousity that Condoleezza seems to be so much a part of. I understand that she has presidential aspirations. I for one am not impressed merely because she is an African-American If she is the choice of the Republican party I will either vote for her opponent or not vote at all. The actions of this administration have put a stain on American prestige that will last for generations to come. The actions in Iraq of murder, theft, extortion and torture are not condoned in the bible, yet this president claims that God spoke to him and actually told him to attack a country that never harmed our country in any way shape or form. Is this what Jesus would do? Below you will find what I wrote on the same topic one year ago. Today I find nothing has happened to change my mind about the notoriously insensitive Bush administration and its relationship to people of color here and abroad. It is a pity that Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice were both a part of this disgrace.
''The Bush Administration is making a serious attempt to change Black leadership in this country by courting the Black religious community with his faith based initiatives. The goal here is to intentionally deplete the funds of all public programs that are designed to help the elderly or the indigent and give the downtrodden no other recourse but the administration endorsed faith based programs. The advocates of this policy have tremendous sums of money at their disposal so it is easy for them to throw huge sums of cash to people they feel are influencial (just look at the cases of Williams and McManus). The so-called right(or what Mark Marron calls "Christo-Fascists") are convinced that you can "buy" influencial black clergy. They feel most African-American congregations in the country don't care about the illegal war in Iraq. They feel most blacks with forget about the fact that the last two presidential elections were won by suppressing the black vote. They are convinced that blacks will forget about all that money that was promised for AIDS and how the big Republican inauguration bash was paid for with the funds set aside for Washington's homeland security. What they want to focus on is same sex marriage, and they want it to be the front and center issue. It is for this reason that I warn all African-Americans to keep your eyes open, and don't be fooled by these snake oil salemen. Let's look at this from a totally religious perspective and then ask yourself what would Jesus do? The bible teaches us not to bear false witness. This is exactly what Bush administration has done on more than just one instance. The very fact that our nation is involved in a costly, unjust war is based on a "LIE" that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq goes against this teaching. One of the ten commandants (which other right wingers want to be permanent fixtures in our court houses) states thou shall not kill. On the orders of King George the W over 100.000 Iraqs have been killed and most of them were civilians. In your heart do you believe Jesus would condone such actions? It is written in the bible that Jesus said "It will be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven" Bush himself has said that the affluent make up "his" constituency. The rich have taken away the right to sue corporations for negligence. The rich pharmaceuticals with Bush's endorsement have made senior citizens, among others pay more for badly needed medicine and have made it a crime to go to Canada to find cheaper prices. The rich oil companies have forced us to use one source of energy "oil" when other alternatives are available. The Bush administration has declared war on the poor by dismantling or severely underfunding educational programs that level the playing field like Head Start, Talent Search & Upward Bound. Would Jesus go along with this when we know as a fact that Jesus had a special place in his heart for the poor?......I don't think so. Isn't this Bush administration the equivalent of the Moneychangers we find in the bible? ....and most of us know what Jesus thought of them, don't we? In the months ahead we are going to be bombarded with talk about what goes on in the bedrooms of consenting adults but little will be said about the dismal failure of the so called "abstinance" program for teenagers in Bush's home state of Texas. We are going to be bombarded with talk of how Social Security should be redesigned so that it will benefit blacks. We are going to hear how Iran, Syria and Venezuela either have weapons of mass destruction or represent a threat to our American way of life. But you won't hear any talk about how we can guarantee fair elections. These messages of black compliance with the ultra conservative agenda will be found in black churches, they will be found in the media, primarlily because the Bush administration and their surrogates have the money to do it and in addition to that Bush is using everyone's hard earned tax dollar to promote fake news that support his destructive policies. What would Jesus do? Would he go along with this? I don't think so.

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