Thursday, May 17, 2012

Minister Malcolm X: 'The American Nightmare'

Source:See Black See Power- Nation of Islam Minister Malcolm X, in the 1960s.

From See Black See Power

What Malcolm X was laying out in this speech, was what Africans-Americans have gone through since they were given their freedom and no longer slaves. And what they’ve gone through, since being free as slaves. All the racial discrimination that followed them, since being free.

Minister Malcolm was also telling African-Americans, not to fall in love with the Democratic Party. Which was a very important message especially in the 1960s. When the Southern Caucus in the Democratic Party, had so much power in Congress. The so-called Dixiecrats, that could kill legislation on their own to the point had it not have been for Congressional Republicans, (Progressive  Republicans in that party) the civil rights bills of 1964, 65 and 68 do not get past. Because the Southern Caucus would’ve blocked them. Dixiecrats, today are now Southern Republicans, religious and Neo-Confederate Republicans. So he was telling his community, don’t fall in love with the Democratic Party. Because they haven’t done a hell of a lot for you.

Malcolm X’s, message about not falling in love with one party was not only very important back in the 1960s, but probably just as important today. Because once you put all of your eggs in one basket ( so to speak ) you can be taken advantage of. Because the party can take the attitude: “why do we have to respond to their concerns. Why do we even have to listen to them, where do they have to go without us. Are they going to become Republicans, a party that’s lost the African-American vote overwhelmingly the last twenty years or so"

It’s really President Reagan, who was the last Republican President, that could win any substantial votes in this community, with his two landslide victories in 1980 and 84. The problem with the Republicans Party, is that they’ve become the Dixiecrats and haven’t given the African-Americans much incentive to vote for them since the 1960s.

African-Americans like any other community needs to have choices in who to vote for. The Democratic Party now monopolizes this community because they’ve reached out to them. And we now finally have an African-American President. But Africans-Americans tend to be somewhat conservative on social issues, especially in the South. And believe in things like small business and being self-reliant. Not being forced to live off of public assistance. And the GOP hasn’t done much to take advantage of that to their loss. 

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Moriquenta: Noam Chomsky- America is Not A Democracy: The American Liberal Democratic Federal Republic

Source: Moriquenta- Professor Noam Chomsky-
Source: Moriquenta: Noam Chomsky- America is Not a Democracy

Who needs foreigners or terrorists to bash America, when we have Socialists and Neoconservatives to bash America for us here in this country. Saying things like "America is not a Democracy", or we are moving away from our "moral center", or we are losing our "national morality". Which is why we need restrictions on how we live our lives. Of course America is not a pure democracy in the sense that we do everything by majority rule. We have things like the cloture rule and the 60 vote requirement in the U.S. Senate, as well as in some state Senate's. We have an Electoral College that protects small states in the presidential election and prevents the large states from electing all of our president's for the rest of the country for us. We have constitutional rights that can't be taken away from us, because one faction of the country thinks they're not necessary and are against them. So if that is what Professor Chomsky is getting to here, fine. But he's stating the obvious on that.

The question is not whether America is a democracy or not, the only question is what type of democracy we are. And there are actually several types of democracies. There are social democracies, that you see in Europe. Where personal freedom is strong, but where the state plays a heavy role in the economy to take care of it's people. There are majoritarian democracies that aren't real common anywhere, where you probably wouldn't have a national constitution. Or where it would be so weak, because most if not everything would be decided by majority rule, including amendments to the Constitution. Could you imagine if 50.1% decided that Americans no longer needs Freedom of Speech. They could throw it out, if they have at least one person more than the opposition that believes we no longer need Freedom of Speech. There are several different forms of democracy in the world. Social democracy being the most common.

What America is, is a liberal democracy in the form of a constitutional federal republic. Where governmental power is limited and where individual freedom is vast. Just look at our Bill of Rights. And is one of the things that makes the United States so unique and one reason why Social Democrats and Neoconservatives don't like our form of government. And are looking to pass constitutional amendments to make our Federal Government more powerful, to make us look like other countries. Liberal democracy is where yes our leaders are elected. Meaning our legislatures and head's of state (lets say). Meaning the mayor's our of cities, our county executive's, our state governor's and of course the President of the United States. But with our right to vote comes basic individual constitutional rights, that can't be taken away from someone else's right to vote. We can't lose our free speech, because a faction of America sees free speech as dangerous and that is just one example. We're a liberal democratic federal republic, with yes the right to vote. But that also comes with basic individual constitutional rights, as well as checks and balances and check on authority. And there is no other form of government I would want to live with. 

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