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Monday, May 11, 2009

We Took A Break But We're Back.....Happy Belated Mother's Day and What About that Dick Cheney?

Speaking forthrightly, as I always attempt to do, maintaining the conservative agenda has been very difficult for me (and I suspect Mr. Starks has his difficulties) when comments from former VP, Dick Cheney make the national headlines. Being a Republican in this present political paradigm (irrespective of race) has now morphed into questions centered on conservative authenticity. Just as President Obama has been questioned on matters of Black authenticity, now the new order of the day seems to hamper on who is a real Republican. This blog has touted the notion on numerous occasions, that Blackness is truly an expansive social construct based on the premise of possessing an African root. There truly is no such phenomenon as an authentic Black person. Isn't it peculiar how Mr. Cheney is now calling for Secretary Powell to relinquish his conservative credentials? I truly do not like to racialize every issue but we do have a sitting Black POTUS as well as a number of high ranking men and women of color in political/governmental positions on the periphery and it just seems that Cheney's remarks appear to be all the more venomous. Here's more on this rising controversy from UPI.com:

WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- Some Republican strategists say former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's criticism of the Obama administration and of fellow Republicans is not helping the GOP.

In an appearance Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," Cheney was asked about radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh's recent jab that Bush administration Secretary of State Colin Powell no longer belongs in the GOP.

"My take on it was Colin had already left the party," Cheney said. "I didn't know he was still a Republican."

Cheney said Powell's endorsement of Democratic nominee Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race is "some indication of his loyalty and his interests."

Cheney told a North Dakota radio program last week it would be a mistake for the Republican Party to "moderate" its message.

Republican strategist Ed Rollins said on CNN Monday Cheney's attacks are not helping the party.

"While he certainly has a right to defend what they did over the last eight years, since he was the architect of much of it ... at the end of the day, we need to be looking forward, not backwards," Rollins said. "(Powell) is a man of great stature and a man obviously either party would like to have supporting them."

What does our readership have to add to this latest skirmish of words and ideology? What say you?

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