Promises, Promises, That’s What The Dems Give *Open Thread*


Especially to the Black Community, that is. You may have heard that both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are courting the Black Community in a big way, particularly here in South Carolina where  half the Democratic voters are black. Wait, did I say “courting”? I meant, “pandering.”

As I noted yesterday, Bernie Sanders met with the self-appointed Black Community representative, Al (Charlatan) Sharpton. Yeah, that’ll do it. Seriously, Sanders claimed that race relations would be SO much better under him. From the Daily Caller:


Thursday night during the PBS Democratic Debate, Sanders said “instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires, we are going to create millions of jobs for low-income kids so they’re not hanging out on street corners.”

Sanders said, “What has to be appreciated is that as a result of the disastrous and illegal behavior on Wall Street, millions of lives were hurt. People lost their jobs, their homes, their life savings. Turns out that the African-American community and Latino community were hit especially hard. As I understand it, the African-American community lost half of their wealth as a result of the Wall Street collapse.”

“So when you have childhood African-American poverty rates of 35 percent, when you have youth unemployment at 51 percent, when you have unbelievable rates of incarceration, which, by the way, leaves the children back home without a dad or even a mother, clearly we are looking at institutional racism. We are looking at an economy in which the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. And sadly in America today, in our economy, a whole lot of those poor people are African-American.” (Click here to read the rest.)

Yeah. Sure. And how, exactly, are you going to do that, Bern? That’s just the problem with Sanders, and why I continue to be astounded that so many people are embracing him – all rhetoric no reality. It stymies me that people would so willingly embrace an avowed Socialist calling for a revolution in the country, not to mention that he comes off as a cranky, finger-wagging, totalitarian.

Meanwhile, the Congressional Black Caucus leadership has  thrown its support to Clinton. You may recall that before Obama came along, Hillary’s husband was referred to as “the first Black President.” That the CBC supports them isn’t a huge surprise. From WaPo:

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus launched a multi-pronged attack Thursday on Sen. Bernie Sanders as a false revolutionary who lacks strong ties to the black community.

The influential African American elected officials are seeking to use their clout to boost Hillary Clinton, Sanders’s rival for the Democratic presidential nod, as she aims to recover from a thumping 22-point loss to the Vermont senator and self-identified democratic socialist in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. They officially endorsed the former first lady inside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington (though it was deemed an “unofficial” event) and pledged to vigorously campaign for her in upcoming contests.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gets a much-needed boost to her campaign with an endorsement from the Congressional Black Caucus PAC. (Reuters)

Civil rights icon John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia, said he never encountered Sanders during the 1960s-era movement against segregation, which Sanders has described as a formative time for him as a liberal activist.

“I never saw him. I never met him,” Lewis said at a news conference of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, which drove the endorsement of Clinton. “I was chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for three years, 1963 to 1966…. I met Hillary Clinton. I met President Clinton.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

While I keep hearing how endorsements don’t really matter, I think this one will. Oh, I should note that not all of the members of the CBC agree with this endorsement, that the leadership went forward with it says something.

But here’s the thing: Democratic policies have been TERRIBLE for the Black Community., as some Republicans highlighted, along with the need for outreach by Republicans From the Daily Signal:


“Some of us do reach out, [but] it never makes the media,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, suggesting that the media bears some responsibility for the perceived lack of outreach.

Labrador doubled down, telling press that it’s “your job as a reporter to point out to this community what’s really happening under the rule of Democrat Party in their cities and in their neighborhoods.”

“Bernie Sanders does a great job about talking about income inequality,” he said. “The problem Bernie Sanders has is, the greatest income inequality actually occurs in states, cities, and districts that are currently represented by Democrats.”

Labrador said that black communities also need to realize that they’ve been “sorely disappointed” by Democrat policies and that it’s time to come back to the Republican Party, “which is where they started.”

Rep. Dave Brat, who’s a former college economics professor from Virginia, built on that narrative, stating that Democratic values of big, centralized government don’t work. “No central planning government has ever succeeded over the long run,” he said. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

To drive home the point about Democratic policies is this one major statistic: Black Unemployment has risen dramatically under President Obama. From Breitbart:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that during the month of January, African American unemployment increased from 8.3 percent in December to 8.8 percent last month.

The national unemployment rate in January was 4.9 percent.

In that same timeframe the unemployment rate among whites declined from 4.5 percent in December to 4.3 percent last month. Asian Americans also saw their unemployment rate decline  from 4.0 percent to 3.7 percent in January. The unemployment rate among Latinos also dropped substantially from 6.3 percent in December to 5.9 percent last month.

African Americans have struggled economically under President Obama with elevated unemployment rates compared to other racial groups. While African American unemployment is high and higher than the month of December, African American unemployment has improved over the long term when double digit unemployment was the norm from 2009 through mid- 2015. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

And there you have it. The Black Community would do well to look outside the Democratic Party for a change.

At least that’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.



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31 Responses to “Promises, Promises, That’s What The Dems Give *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    I think the two front runners from NH are both windbags who are both all rhetoric and no reality.

    I get that people are angry at the PTB in both parties. So am I. But why on earth would that make me support a socialist and a real estate mogul? Since Socialism has never worked anywhere and knowing real estate doesn’t’ translate to knowing how to lead and govern I am at a loss to explain it. Even to myself.

    My big question is will the good decent folks of South Carolina be flim-flammed by these two flim-flam men? Will the Evangelicals actually vote for a vulgarian like Trump? Unlike the petulant voters in NH who were determined to prove Iowa voters wrong will the voters in South Carolina vote for who they think will be best for the country or will they go for the entertainment factor.

    I suspect that most in the AA community will vote for Hillary because that’s what they are program to do. Evidently thinking for yourself instead of listening to the meat puppets in media isn’t cool.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I completely agree abt the Black Community and Hillary, especially here in SC.

      And I sure as hell hope that my fellow South Carolinians are smart enough to NOT go for Trump, but he is being shoved down our throats here, too.

      It still makes me mad that Rubio had one bad minute in a debate while Trump has made all kinds of outrageous, vulgar, crass, empty statements, and he continues to get a pass. WTH?! Whether one wants Rubio or not, the dichotomy is stark.

      And I agree completely. I am mad, too, but there is no way in hell that would translate to supporting either of these windbags. Neither one of them has what it takes to be President, and I fear what would happen to this nation under a Socialist. That is just unacceptable.

      Great cartoon!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I agree 110% about Rubio. While he misspoke or whatever why is that so much worse than anyone of the dozens of idiotic things Trump has said? And then taken back and then said again? I can’t understand it.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Exactly, Marge. It is just mind boggling to see the way they are carrying water for Trump. I appreciate that it makes for more entertaining tv, but this is the PRESIDENCY abt which we are speaking, and it is clear the impact an American Idol type Prez has on the nation. It is NOT good…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Spammers at the Gates

    By Jonah Goldberg

    Welcome to Infomercial America, or, if you prefer, the United States of Spam.

    Under President George W. Bush, the “9/11 Truthers” were the poster boys and girls of the paranoid style. Others hinted that the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina might have been deliberate. Under President Obama, it was the “Birthers.” A related theory was that Obama is a secret Muslim. A generation before that, it was the John Birch Society and various other groups convinced that fluoridated water was a nefarious communist plot. And let’s not even get started on the issue of who really killed Kennedy.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Love, love, love this John Kass column!

    Political establishments getting kicked where it hurts

    By John Kass

    There’s nothing like the warm, satisfying sound coming out of American presidential politics these days:

    The sound of Democratic and Republican establishments — what I call the Combine — being kicked by voters where it hurts.

    Right in the metaphors.

    Or, if that’s too vague, let’s just say the political establishment is getting it right in their peculiar vulnerabilities

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I first started reading John Kass back in 2008. He was one of the very, very few columnists to reveal Obama for who he is. He was right then, and he is right now.

      Thanks so much for this!

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Bernie Sanders promises to be a lawless president just like Obama.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Well, that’s just great. Just great. Yes, indeed, he will be as lawless as Obama and MORE thank Obama. He said he would go FURTHER.

      If this is not proof positive why we need a Republican since these Democrats and Socialists seem HELLBENT on ignoring the Constitution and will of the people, I don’t know what is.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

  6. mcnorman Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That’s incredible, isn’t it? But just in the same way they did NOT ask this question when it benefited Obama…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      And the Dems have the chutzpah to say Republicans try to disenfranchise voters because they want to have voter I.D.? This is far, far worse than expecting people to prove they have a right to vote in this country’s elections, especially since most of us have an I.D. card anyway.

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Ted Cruz Releases “Damn It Feels Good to Be a Clinton” Ad

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, my – he isn’t holding back on either Trump OR Clinton. Good for him. Someone has to target them…

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Here’s a great ad against Trump and eminent domain – I thought conservatives were against eminent domain – well “real” conservatives still are. Trumpkins? Not so much.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      There doesn’t seem to be ANY policy he advocates – from Common Core to Universal healthcare – that his allegedly Rep. supporters care abt, it seems. All they care abt is that he is Trump! He will make America great again!


  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    YUGE ultimatum: Trump tells Cruz to do three things — or he’ll sue over eligibility

    Go figure. The guy who, just this week, repeated an audience member’s assertion that Ted Cruz is “a p*ssy” wants Cruz to “clean up his act” or else.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      OHMYGOSH – are you KIDDING me with this, Marge??! That is NUTS!! I mean, really – considering all the crap he has said to people, he is going to threaten to SUE another candidate for pointing out the TRUTH???

      Good LORD.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Sadly, after looking at the Tweets from his supporters, they just don’t see how insane this is. In fact, they support it. That speaks volumes abt them, and where we are…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Trumpkins are as insane as Obots, maybe worse. And their Cruz derangement syndrome allows them to say and believe things they would never accepted before. The latest is Cruz’s “dark narrative”. Idiot Chris Matthews started that nonsense but people I thought were relatively reasonable are now repeating it. I just can’t believe it.

          I lost friends and family over Obama and I expect I will lose more over Trump. That’s fine by me, because I don’t want anyone that could support him, I’m not talking vote for him against Hillary, but actually support him against other Republicans as a friend or as a member of my family.

          Sometimes I think elections are only worthwhile to show us how little we know about the people in our lives. And as a way to cull the herd. Pardon my anger but I’m just so tired of the idiocy.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            It is astonishing, isn’t it? The support he was getting to go after Cruz, whom they are now convinced “stole” Iowa, calling him a “liar,” and believing the Canada attack. is just astonishing.

            I think you are right – I think they are worse than Obots because they previously recognized how insane, and dangerous, this kind of adoration of a candidate is, but have now gotten amnesia.

            But yes, it is culling the herd of those who would throw their wholehearted support behind this crass, vulgar, lying, thin-skinned bully.

            I am angry, too. I am angry that people in this country are so ignorant they would support a Socialist, and angry that they would support someone like Trump who can barely string together a coherent sentence. It is shocking…

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, hell no – you aren’t losing it. Just look at THIS Hill headline abt what Trump supporters are doing now:

          HOLY CRAP. I swear to God, I thought we were getting rid of that Obot blindly following all personality driven mindset, and it seems to have gotten WORSE. WTH?!?!

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Let’s hope that these women’s voices are heard here in SC:

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