While this blogger has written in support – rather, in anticipation – of a Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as the Democrats’ flag-bearer for Election 2016, that was before another candidate, Bernie Sanders, came on the scene. I am sure most Democrats would not cast their votes for any from the motley crowd that the Republican Party has unleashed on the American people for the general election. The support I had for Hillary can best be termed as one from a Johnny-come-lately but I’ll get to that in a moment.
No matter how “independent” a Democrat may be, and no matter what his/her beef may be with Obama in a New America where racism has taken front seat to common sense, I feel almost sure that voting Another Bush after the devastation that the Last One inflicted on good old USA – and the entire world: economy, Islamic insurgency … would be the last thing on such Democrat’s mind as he/she decides to cast a vote for the next president of the United States. The droves of Republican candidates – most of whom apparently got into the race after perhaps telling themselves: if-Obama-could-become-president-so-can-I – are all the products of the cutting-of-the-GOP’s-collective-nose-to-spite-Obama which the GOP has become since Sarah Palin became a magnet for the fringe extreme of the party. The farther right-wing and extremist and ill-digested an idea seems to be these last eight years, the more endearing it has become to GOPers. The party is already paying for it, and unfortunately, the whole country is paying for it; the role call of its candidates pursuing the ultimate political prize is a travesty.
Who knows, Donald Trump may just become the GOP candidate but so also did Sarah Palin hold the unique position of becoming a woman within a mere breath of ascending into the position of the most powerful person in the world eight years ago!
Right now, Democrats have the matter of Hillary and Bernie on their hands; better still, they have the problem of getting Hillary accept that having a Primary competitor for the party is no affront to her as a corollary to her taking the African-American vote RIGHTLY hers.
The matter of Super-delegates
With Senator Sanders throwing his hat in the Democratic presidential political ring, you could almost hear a heavy gasp from everywhere because it was like a done-deal that the 2016 candidate for the Democrats would be Hillary Clinton, everybody falling in line to the pithy READY FOR HILLARY motto that had been around for almost four years. It’s true a few names did float around but the fact is that only Bernie Sanders is left after the New Hampshire Primary to challenge Hillary after O’Malley bowed out.
Now, Hillary Clinton appears lost about how to steer her campaign so that she can gain momentum and she is resorting to ways that are more likely to hurt than help the campaign. Her closest supporters like Ms. Albright and Ms. Steinem have become so desperate they are issuing decree-like commands to women, including a despicable [decorated] quote from the world of Literature, as a curse, by the former Ambassador to the UN, to females who fail to support Hillary reach The White House.
Just as in 2008, Hillary Clinton had not better banked on any super-delegate harvest to see her through to the candidacy. She’d better change her tactics and look for ways in which to woo young voters – black and white – and women back. If Bernie Sanders wins more delegates but has to lose getting the nomination because of some so-called super-delegates who will pledge to Ms. Clinton, I do not believe it would work just as happened back when the same tactic was floated around 2008 before it died a natural death.
WHY, OH WHY, would Democrats be made to stay in lines, including in very inclement weather to cast votes that would be discounted by some party fat cats?
Ms. Clinton does not have a lock on the African-American Vote and should not attempt anything that would further ruin her reputation. She has already lost the support of millions; it’s time to stop the bleeding caused by her inability to convince Americans – black and white, women … – that perceptions of her are wrong; she needs to look for clean ways to fight Sanders, not repeating ad nauseum how she’s Obama’s greatest supporter blah blah blah.
Now, to the Johnny-come-lately bit about this blogger anticipating the candidacy of Ms. Clinton :
“With the Republicans’ self-inflicted wound on the way to the 2012 elections festering and not letting up, racists of various stripes are crawling out of the woodworks.
The opening salvo of this new face of America – rather, America’s ugly past – was fired during the bitter 2008 campaign. While no one would describe the Clintons as racists, the dismissal of Barrack Obama’s victory in the South Carolina Primaries as being nothing more than Jesse Jackson’s in the same state in 1984 by former President Clinton definitely had racial undertone. I believe that long-standing South Carolina House of Rep member, James Clyburn’s defection from Hillary Clinton’s camp for Obama was eye-opening moment for African-Americans …” Tola Adenle, “US Elections 2012: It’s really time to take America back”, March 19, 2012 on this blog.
Aggressive voter registration over the years and better education are bringing out more blacks who seemed initially split between Obama and Clinton [Hillary] until the Clintons started racist statements like “my opponent cannot win rural white votes”; “it took a president to bring to reality Martin Luther King’s dream”; Hispanics won’t vote for blacks”; “Jesse Jackson [an AfAm] won South Carolina in …” after Obama won South Carolina” [Primary], etcetera. Pray, can Democrats win ANY presidential election without carrying the south: Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, North and South Carolinas where Obama will trounce McCain? And Hillary’s “big states”: New York and California, dear, are like Awo-era UPN – Ondo, Ogun … states which anybody put forward by the Democrats will win! – “Take America Back (3): U.S. Elections ’08 & Slavery, A Book Review” – The [Nigeria] Nation on Sunday, May 25, 2008. Tola Adenle. It’s also on this blog.
Despite former President Clinton becoming one of Obama’s greatest supporters during the general election campaign, I think Hillary lost the support of many African-Americans from that earlier despicable time perhaps for all time.
She and her close friends seem to have successfully reminded such African-Americans of THAT past, a situation that cannot be helped by Secretary Clinton’s avowal not only to show she’s the one and only staunch supporter President Obama has always had but to tar Sanders with an anti-Obama brush.
It will not likely work.
Here are some excerpts from what Ms. Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incaceration in the Age of Colorblindness” recently wrote on Hillary Clinton:
Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote
By Michelle Alexander
Photo Credit: jimcrow.com
From the crime bill to welfare reform, policies Bill Clinton enacted—and Hillary Clinton supported—decimated black America. – Michelle Alexander
They are not just gangs of kids anymore…they are ‘super-predators.’ —Hillary Clinton, speaking in support of the 1994 crime bill
Hillary is looking to gain momentum on the campaign trail as the primaries move out of Iowa and New Hampshire and into states like South Carolina, where large pockets of black voters can be found. According to some polls, she leads Bernie Sanders by as much as 60 percent among African Americans. It seems that we—black people—are her winning card, one that Hillary is eager to play.
And it seems we’re eager to get played. Again.
Some might argue that it’s unfair to judge Hillary Clinton for the policies her husband championed years ago. But Hillary wasn’t picking out china while she was first lady. She bravely broke the mold and redefined that job in ways no woman ever had before. She not only campaigned for Bill; she also wielded power and significant influence once he was elected, lobbying for legislation and other measures. That record, and her statements from that era, should be scrutinized. In her support for the 1994 crime bill, for example, she used racially coded rhetoric to cast black children as animals. “They are not just gangs of kids anymore,” she said. “They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”
Both Clintons now express regret over the crime bill, and Hillary says she supports criminal-justice reforms to undo some of the damage that was done by her husband’s administration. But on the campaign trail, she continues to invoke the economy and country that Bill Clinton left behind as a legacy she would continue. So what exactly did the Clinton economy look like for black Americans? Taking a hard look at this recent past is about more than just a choice between two candidates. It’s about whether the Democratic Party can finally reckon with what its policies have done to African-American communities, and whether it can redeem itself and rightly earn the loyalty of black voters.
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