Why weren’t black Republicans or conservatives invited to the MLK March on Washington commemoration in DC today?

From the Washington Examiner today:

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the only black person serving in the United States Senate, wasn’t invited to the event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s march on Washington, though a host of Democratic luminaries spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. “Senator Scott was not invited to speak at the event,” Greg Blair, a spokesman for the South Carolina lawmaker,…

Apparently George W Bush was invited but is recovering from surgery…..aside from his invite, it appears that the invites went mostly to Democratic “luminaries”…not successful black people from all walks of life and politics.

To my knowledge a host of very notable conservatives/Republicans who are black were overlooked. Why weren’t they allowed to speak and share their experiences and insight?  I have a feeling that if they had been allowed to speak , we would have witnessed a reaction that might have proven that most of today’s message was more about validating leftist politics and victimhood than about the overcoming of injustices to blacks and the courage of Dr. MLK Jr….

A few include*:

JC Watts: In 1994, the first African-American Republican U.S. Representative from south of the Mason-Dixon line since Reconstruction. Pastor and college quarterback star at University of Oklahoma.

Condoleeza Rice – first female African-American secretary of state

Clarence Thomas – 2nd black Supreme Court judge, grew up poor in Savannah, the only black in his high school. He left priesthood seminary after MLK was killed because he “thought the church did not do enough about racism.”

Herman Cain – successful business man, Presidential candidate, radio host and was raised in “The Bluff” area of Atlanta where Dr. King lived at one time.

Mia Love – spoke at Republican convention, was mayor of Sarasota Springs, Utah and the first female Haitian-American elected official in Utah County, Utah

* most of this info came from a quick perusal at Wikipedia….not in-depth info, but enough to gather some of the high points of their accomplishments.


UPDATE: About Honor, Restoration, Unity, and Beck

Restoring Honor rally by Glenn Beck 8/28/10 Washington DC

Yesterday, was the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the Washington Mall.

And 47 years later, we saw hundreds of thousands of Americans, including Dr. King’s niece Alveda King, gather on the mall to celebrate our country, our one human race, and make a pledge to restore HONOR in our country.

Here is what Alveda King had to say AT THE RALLY:

“….we are a family of faith, hope and love. And that’s why I’m here today…..Glenn (Beck) says there is one human race, I agree with him. We are not here to divide. I’m about unity. That’s why I’m here, and I want to honor my uncle today.”

Despite the protestations of the MSM, Beck-haters, and race-baiters, Mr. Beck led a day of worship, proud patriotism, remembrance of our Founding, and the idea that we are ONE human race. 

Young girl with flag at Beck rally. (AP Photo)

I’d say Dr. King’s Dream was alive and well on the national mall yesterday….black, white, Jewish, Christian, man, woman, child…..the Dream will live on …. but only if those who never lost their honor take the reins from a country that has collectively, and in some instances, individually, lost its honor and self-respect.

Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally in DC on 8/28/10, was a non-political effort to raise money for our military families while also invoking the call to turn this nation’s eyes to God, to remember the values of our Founders, and to restore the individual and national honor of the greatest country on earth. Hundreds of thousands of Americans responded by attending the rally…the crowd stretched from the Lincoln Memorial past the Washington monument. Thousands more, like myself, responded by following the events on television.
I am happy that Beck understood this it not a fully political issue and kept the event as one that was …well…honorable.

However, the events that have sometimes culminated in or exemplified America’s fall from honor have happened under a political banner. An example…A citizenry that elected Barack Obama as President in 2008 was a huge sign along the way that America, the country, had lots its honor. All of the deception, Hollywood-like character creation, and so-called intellectuals (conservative and liberal alike) touting “The One” as the next God-send upon our country have placed upon us a “leader” who clearly does not respect the honor, traditions, values and Foundations of this country. Regarding the unrelenting ideology of this President (and his cohorts on the left), the list of agendas is long, the arrogance immeasurable, and the genuine dislike of American capitalism and freedom is unquestionable.
As never before as a country, we are in a position of restoring the honor of this country, our government, our traditions, and the office of President. Obama did not single-handedly rule over America’s “fall from honor”…. but he certainly personifies it.

How have we gotten to this place of dishonor? Well, Doctor Zero at HotAir.com has some great thoughts on it.  I have outlined the main points below, but I encourage you to read his piece:

….We dishonor ourselves when we tolerate the use of our fighting men and women as pawns in a political game.

….We dishonor ourselves when we create massive obligations with unsustainable financing. This shows disrespect to the future, and a craven refusal to face the realities of today.

….We dishonor ourselves when we declare the rights and freedoms of our fellow citizens to be conditional, and subject to our needs. …… There is no honor to be found in the pursuit of a perfect State to rule an inadequate people.

….We dishonor ourselves when we embrace death as the solution to inconvenient people.

….We dishonor ourselves when we deny the possibility of progress to embrace tribal hatreds. Race and feminist hustlers peddle a message that says the vast majority of people cannot be trusted to show common decency to minorities and women. We’ve had enough of this toxic superstition.

….Most crucially, we dishonor ourselves when we forget we “have the same steel spine and the moral courage of Washington and Lincoln and Martin Luther King,” as Sarah Palin said at the Restoring Honor rally. We remain the proud inheritors of a revolutionary philosophy, the children of vision and industry. We have not diminished into timid weaklings, unworthy of the trust of our ruling class. Our land is still abundant, and filled with parents who want to make a better life for their children.

….We dishonor ourselves by believing we have no moral claim on the entirety of our labor, or responsibility for the maintenance of our needs.

…..We dishonor ourselves by paying trillions to hear the same old fairy tale about limitless entitlements distributed by friendly giants wearing power ties.

As Beck said at the rally, we either advance or perish.

How do we restore this honor?

I believe we are a nation of God. We have God’s protection as long we acknowledge Him. We have honor if we live by the moral codes outlined by our Founders, almost all of whom used the Bible as their guide.

I also believe that we exude honor we when get back to the principle of individual effort and responsibility. It is what has set this country apart from all others in history and made it great.

I believe honor only survives when we realize there is a difference between right and wrong. Moral principles are almost always absolute.  Relativism and the mixing of human “wants” into right and wrong is a formula for dishonor. Our soldiers and military personnel are great examples of those who understand honor, self-respect, and clear guidelines for life and rules of war. They have clear notions of right, wrong, brotherhood, death, life and more. As a rule, they do not ( and cannot) equivocate between right and wrong, between war and peace, between good and evil, and between pain and joy.

Our nation must reclaim the ideas of right, wrong, individualism, hard work, prosperity and equal opportunity…..versus the things we’ve come to know and teach: relative morality, collectivism, welfare, “spreading the wealth” and forced “equal” outcomes.

Doctor Zero also has a notion for reclaiming honor:

We reclaim our honor by turning away from those who believe the great mass of us are beneath their contempt, and compassion is best expressed through domination. They have no power we didn’t give them, which means they have no power we cannot take away. Let us begin.

And begin we must.

UPDATE 8/29/10:  Other very worthwhile reading about the Restoring Honor Rally and Glenn Beck.

What Beck does right

‘Restoring Honor’: The Day After Wrap-Up & Whitewash

Glenn Beck’s Revival

Hitchens: The night we waved goodbye to America…our last best hope on Earth

More appropriate, albeit “glass half-empty”, sentiments…from a Brit, no less….

I guess sometimes you see things much more clearly from the outside looking in.

His points only make it more clear how we have to continue the fight for conservatism, America’s Constitution, and the American Way.

Read the whole piece by Peter Hitchens.  Excerpts below:

On the cult of personality:

The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilisation. At least Mandela-worship – its nearest equivalent – is focused on a man who actually did something.

I really don’t see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.

About the oratorical talents of Obama:

Just look at his sermon by the shores of Lake Michigan. He really did talk about a ‘new dawn’, and a ‘timeless creed’ (which was ‘yes, we can’). He proclaimed that ‘change has come’. He revealed that, despite having edited the Harvard Law Review, he doesn’t know what ‘enormity’ means. He reached depths of oratorical drivel never even plumbed by our own Mr Blair, burbling about putting our hands on the arc of history (or was it the ark of history?) and bending it once more toward the hope of a better day (Don’t try this at home).

I am not making this up. No wonder that awful old hack Jesse Jackson sobbed as he watched. How he must wish he, too, could get away with this sort of stuff.

On the Chicago thugs running the place (additions in parentheses by me):

Perhaps, being a Chicago crowd (election night supporters), they knew some of the things that 52.5 per cent of America prefers not to know. They know Obama is the obedient servant of one of the most squalid and unshakeable political machines in America. They know that one of his alarmingly close associates, a state-subsidised slum landlord called Tony Rezko, has been convicted on fraud and corruption charges.

They also know the US is just as segregated as it was before Martin Luther King – in schools, streets, neighbourhoods, holidays, even in its TV-watching habits and its choice of fast-food joint. The difference is that it is now done by unspoken agreement rather than by law.

On race and how Obama’s never been a part of “the struggle”:

But it doesn’t. Mr Obama, thanks mainly to the now-departed grandmother he alternately praised as a saint and denounced as a racial bigot, has the huge advantages of an expensive private education. He did not have to grow up in the badlands of useless schools, shattered families and gangs which are the lot of so many young black men of his generation.

If the nonsensical claims made for this election were true, then every positive discrimination programme aimed at helping black people into jobs they otherwise wouldn’t get should be abandoned forthwith. Nothing of the kind will happen. On the contrary, there will probably be more of them.

And if those who voted for Obama were all proving their anti-racist nobility, that presumably means that those many millions who didn’t vote for him were proving themselves to be hopeless bigots. This is obviously untrue.

America’s switching of sides:

As I walked, I crossed another of Washington’s secret frontiers. There had been a few white people blowing car horns and shouting, as the result became clear. But among the Mexicans, Salvadorans and the other Third World nationalities, there was something like ecstasy.

They grasped the real significance of this moment. They knew it meant that America had finally switched sides in a global cultural war. Forget the Cold War, or even the Iraq War. The United States, having for the most part a deeply conservative people, had until now just about stood out against many of the mistakes which have ruined so much of the rest of the world.

What America has stood for and why She was the last great hope on Earth:

Suspicious of welfare addiction, feeble justice and high taxes, totally committed to preserving its own national sovereignty, unabashedly Christian in a world part secular and part Muslim, suspicious of the Great Global Warming panic, it was unique.

These strengths had been fading for some time, mainly due to poorly controlled mass immigration and to the march of political correctness. They had also been weakened by the failure of America’s conservative party – the Republicans – to fight on the cultural and moral fronts.

They preferred to posture on the world stage. Scared of confronting Left-wing teachers and sexual revolutionaries at home, they could order soldiers to be brave on their behalf in far-off deserts. And now the US, like Britain before it, has begun the long slow descent into the Third World. How sad. Where now is our last best hope on Earth?


Obama’s “Hope” & “Change” rhetoric no match for his leftist, radical views!

Barack responds over the weekend to the criticism of his pastor, race and division in this country….

As far as his pastor is concerned, Obama seems to be trying to make us all believe that he didn’t know the radical views of  Jeremiah Wright — Barack’s mentor, political adviser, friend, spiritual leader — of 20 years.

A portion of Obama’s response (full Breitbart article here):

He cited videos of inflammatory sermons given by his pastor that are now being used as political ammunition against him—remarks that Obama has denounced.

“If all I knew were those statements I saw on television, I would be shocked,” Obama said.

Is that so Obama?  Did you never read the doctrine of the church or about the Black Value System that Jeremiah Wright references (he referenced it on Hannity & Colmes earlier in the month, as an example)  Did you not know those things too?  How, Obama, did you live in such a bubble where your church and its leader is concerned?

It is one of two things…..

  1. Obama expects us to believe that he had no idea of his pastor’s racist radical views and that these video excerpts are the first Obama has been introduced to Wright’s radical views (even though he claims the pastor is his mentor, spiritual adviser, friend, etc.) —- how can that be if Obama claims this church and this leader have led him spiritually?  Surely, Obama, you knew the doctrine of the church you attended for the last 20 years? 
  2. If Obama is being truthful and this is all new to him, then BIG questions arise about his ability as President.  If he couldn’t see the person  of Jeremiah Wright over a 20 year span, then Obama’s ability to discern, judge character, collect the facts on issues and people and make an intelligent judgment are not up to par for a Presidential candidate.   Perhaps it is this weakness and lack of ability that leads Obama to believe we can “talk” our way to peace around the world with the likes of a Venezuela’s Chavez, Iran’s Ahmadinejad, North Korea’s Kim Jong Il?

Hopefully, these videos are just the beginning of peeling the mask off of candidate Obama.  

It seems to me that, over time,  the “hope” and “change” rhetoric are no match for the true radical, leftist he is within!

Obama also had other things to say…my comments follow each one:

“I noticed over the last several weeks that the forces of division have started to raise their ugly heads again. And I’m not here to cast blame or point fingers because everybody, you know, senses that there’s been this shift,” Obama said.

Yes, Obama, those forces have raised their ugly heads in the form of your pastor’s words!  And the shift you are feeling is accompanied by the crack of the mask starting to peel off—-we are starting to see the “man behind the curtain” and not the Great and Powerful Wizard of Change!!

It reminds me: We’ve got a tragic history when it comes to race in this country. We’ve got a lot of pent-up anger and bitterness and misunderstanding. … This country wants to move beyond these kinds of things.”

Tragic HISTORY is correct.  The present is not so tragic, which is why you,Obama, are able to pull in a family salary in the top 2% of wage earners in this country and why you are the first black man with a real shot at becoming President.   

I have news for Mr. Obama (and his America-hating wife, Michelle)—most of that anger and bitterness is being generated by your pastor (and those like him), who can’t move beyond his own race to see that most people in this country–black or white—do not judge by color as he does.  Granted, there are those in this country who have a hateful view of people because of the color of their skin….it is grossly wrong to do so….those people are the fringe.  They are not the base of this country as you (and the Left) would have us believe.  

Most people believe we have moved beyond the bitterness….but YOUR pastor, mentor, and friend regularly kindles and adds fuel to the fires of racial anger and bitterness.

And directly contradicting himself, Obama had these things to say:

Obama, whose mother’s family was from Kansas and his father from Kenya, said he was speaking “as someone who has little pieces of America all in me.”

Obama said that pointing out racial differences only makes it harder to “deliver on the big issues we face in this country,”……..

He said schools should do a better job of teaching all students African-American history “because that’s part of American History”, as well as women’s struggle for equality, the history of unions, the role of Hispanics in U.S. and other matters that he suggested aren’t given enough attention.

Obama doesn’t want to point out racial differences in today’s debates, yet he believes we should have kids learn more about African-American history, women’s struggles, Hispanics, and “other matters”. 

I guess some of those “little pieces of America” in Obama have more credence than others.  In a time, when most kids ( and adults) can not tell you basic American history and current events—when America was founded, who FDR was, who is Secretary of State—Obama wants us to focus more on the racial side of our history.  

On one hand Obama tries to say race and gender are off limits and that is doesn’t matter, but on the other, he wants racial and gender histories to trump wholistic American history!  Apparently he wants to keep “his little pieces of America” separated instead of united…..

Funny — isnt’ it? –it that his rhetoric drips with a “united” America, but that is not really how he sees the world at all!