Thursday, July 20, 2006

Lieboy Addresses NAACP

George Bush cares this much about black people. Zero.He showed up for the first time since he ran for the presidency in 2000, he gave a speech, he got tepid applause and a cool reception. Yes, they were still polite, incredibly polite. A brief word about Katrina as a "challenge", with references to addiction and incarceration and pulling themselves up without too much assistance from the government. How about the unfair incarceration rate of blacks and treatment by "authorities" in power? Nope, not mentioned. George Bush doesn't care about black people, he doesn't understand what life is like for anybody other than the richest 1%, and he doesn't want to know.
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I want to thank your chairman, Julian Bond, for his introduction. And thanks for greeting me today, Mr. Chairman. (Applause.) I asked him for a few pointers on how to give a speech. (Laughter.) It doesn't look like they're taking. (Laughter.)
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And I understand that many African Americans distrust my political party.
AUDIENCE: Yes! (Applause.)

President Bush gestures to NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, left, as a heckler yells from the audience as Bush made remarks, Thursday, July 20, 2006, at the NAACP Annual Convention in Washington. It was Bush's first time speaking to the group since taking office, after rejecting the civil rights group's invitations for five straight years. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)




Chicago Tribune's headline, "Bush Woos NAACP" but the article went on to describe a "chilly" reception of only a few thousand audience members. "And I understand that a lot of African-Americans distrust my political party" the president said, drawing perhaps the loudest applause of his morning.
What's in it for him to show up after five years of declined invitations? The Voter Rights Act is currently being debated and he might not get away with disenfranchising as many blacks as planned. He pitched faith based garbage again, we can give you money but that won't give you hope.
I've got a friend named Tony Evans. Some of you may know Tony, from Dallas, Texas.
Evans is connected to Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a good friend and financial backer of the Bush family. Moon has his hooks into many religious organizations in the U.S. With a Bush in the White House, Moon is in there too.

The Reverend Moon is back

In one of his first moves as president, George W. Bush signed a proclamation designating the day after the inauguration as a National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving. Well, hold onto your prayer shawls my friends, because behind the most prominent Inaugural weekend prayer event was… the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Out of the pomp and pomposity of the inauguration are traipsing the Rev. Moon and a bunch of prayer warriors.
The January 19, pre-inaugural prayer luncheon was attended by some 1,700 religious, civic, and political leaders. The guest list included a host of Religious Right luminaries; the ubiquitous Rev. Jerry Falwell, former National Evangelical Association President Don Argue, Trinity Broadcasting Network's Paul Crouch and a host of leaders from the Southern Baptist Convention including President James Merritt, Executive Committee President and CEO Morris H. Chapman, and Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Richard Land.
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One of the featured speakers was Dr. Tony Evans, head of the Texas-based group, The Urban Alternative. Dr. Evans, an African American, is an entertaining and unrestrained speaker with a penchant for saying outrageous things, particularly when speaking at assorted Promise Keeper events around the country. He is also a close friend and confidant to President Bush. Several months ago, The New York Times reported Bush often calls upon Evans for spiritual guidance. According to its website (http://www.tonyevans.org) The Urban Alternative proclaims itself "a ministry that seeks to equip, empower and unite Christians to impact individuals, families, churches and communities for the rebuilding of lives from the inside out."

Most Evangelicals are unaware of Moon's influence.

Update:The Senate voted for passage of the Voting Rights Act: 98-0.

6 Comments:

Anonymous wren dishon said...

Quiddity noted another clueless Bush promotion at his NAACP appearance (via Think Progress:

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bush doesn't support millionaires, he supports the richest millionth:

Everybody says Bush cares only for the richest 1%, or 1/2 of 1%, or some other "percentage" figure. But consider remarks by Bush at the NAACP today. Here's how Think Progress reported it:

"President Bush addressed the NAACP today for the first time in his presidency. Speaking on behalf of his friend, multi-millionaire conservative BET founder Bob Johnson, Bush used the opportunity to promote the repeal of the estate tax on the ultra-rich:

One of my friends is Bob Johnson, founder of BET. He's an interesting man. He believes strongly in ownership. He has been a successful owner. He believes strongly, for example, that the death tax will prevent future African-American entrepreneurs from being able to pass their assets from one generation to the next. He and I also understand that the investor class shouldn't be just confined to the old definition of the investor class.

"President Bush's 'death tax' pitch demonstrates his stunning disconnect from the African-American community. According to an American Progress analysis, just 59 African-Americans will pay the estate tax this year, and that number will drop to 33 in 2009."

59 African-Americans now, 33 later. The average is

46

How many African Americans are there? From the CIA World Factbook, we get 12.9% of 298 million. That's

38 million

So you could fairly say that, when talking to African-Americans, Bush is defending a policy that is favorable to the richest one in a million. Remarkable.


Unbelievably deaf.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Panda said...

Wow! Thanks, Wren. Fascinating facts.
Yes, he's unbelievably disconnected, deaf and cruel.

1:20 AM  
Anonymous wren said...

And he speaks like a five-year old, in short declarative sentences, but more inane and less questioning than a five-year old. Two and half more years...oh shit. How could we be any angrier and cynical than we are now? Two and half more years...and then what.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Panda said...

Hah, any five year old is streets ahead of him. I can't believe we're in this nightmare. Angry and cynical? You betcha! I don't know what next...do we have to go through something akin to "The Stand" first?

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Asta, Countess of Cynica said...

"The Stand" -- one of my favorite S. King novels, before he became cynical and fatalistic and angry like...us!

So, you think one day "The Stand" will be found in the non-fiction section at Borders?

4:33 PM  
Blogger Panda said...

Mine too, Asta. It's my favorite of his books. (I liked "Misery" a lot too.) I think of "The Stand" now in terms of what we'll have to do to survive all Uniter-not-a-Divider has accomplished not in our name; or maybe a "Mad Max" scenario with killers in SUVs hanging on to the remnants of the Gasoline Age. Then again, Shitboy and his band of rotten thugs are more like the Morlocks in "Time Machine", our job is to wake up the Ewoks in time.

1:34 AM  

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