Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people." — John Adams
Lately we have seen a great deal of vitriol from the left directed at Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife. Much of this hatred stems from the black community. They seem to think he is some kind of “uncle tom” because he is a conservative. Congressmen like the uber liberal Anthony Wiener of New York are demanding Thomas recuse himself from certain cases pending or might be coming to the Supreme Court.
They claim that because he and fellow Associate Justice Antonin Scalia have attended a conference in San Francisco sponsored by the Heritage Foundation where speakers like Rush Limbaugh and David and Charles Koch were in attendance. They also do not like Thomas because his wife, Virginia, is a consultant to the Heritage Foundation and active in the Tea Party. She is also white.
These left wing attackers seem to overlook the political activities of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose husband Martin was an internationally prominent tax lawyer and lobbyist. Or for her comments when asked why she refused to attend the annual “Red Mass” at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. when she said: "I went one year, and I will never go again, because this sermon was outrageously anti-abortion,” Does this mean she has a predisposed position on abortion and should recuse herself from cases appearing before the Court.
How about newly appointed Justice Elena Kagen who during her time as Solicitor General, she prepared a brief defending a law later ruled unconstitutional that would have criminalized depictions of animal cruelty or during her solicitor general confirmation hearing, she said that "there is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage." Also when asked during her confirmation hearings when asked about the Defense of Marriage act she replied: “she would defend the act if "there was any reasonable basis to do so.” If every Justice had to recuse themselves for comments they or their family members made we would have no Court. Just look at Justice Hugo Black, that bastion liberalism appointed by Franklin Roosevelt, who was a member of the KKK and fiercely anti-Catholic.
Thomas, like David Web, Allen West, Deneen Borelli, Joe Hicks, Sonja Schmidt, Star Parker, Larry Elder, Herman Cain and many others, are hated by the left because they will not conform to the victim mentality fostered by black politicians and street organizers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. They just will not buy into their agenda and will speak to reality of why blacks are still in liberal serfdom.
One of my favorite black Tea Party conservatives is Deneen Borelli. Deneen Borelli is a Fellow with Project 21, a network of black conservatives which is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research, a national public policy group based in Washington, D.C.
In her role, Deneen promotes the importance of personal responsibility and the benefits of free market policies as a means for social advancement. She advances these values by writing commentaries and participating in media interviews.
Deneen currently serves as an official contributor on the Fox News Channel programs and has appeared on FNC programs such as "Glenn Beck," "Your World with Neil Cavuto," "Hannity" and "Fox and Friends." Deneen has also appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. Deneen is a columnist with The Daily Caller, and her commentaries on the importance of freedom and limited government have been published by newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Baltimore Sun, Washington Examiner and Washington Times. She has also been a frequent speaker at political rallies and events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12 March on D.C. that drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Here are a few video clips of Borelli being interviewed on various FNC shows.
I spent over an hour researching (on Google) the black conservatives I show above. I found some biographical information, but I also found some of the most scurrilous, racist and obscene sites and comments directed at them. I will not refer to these sites as they do not deserve any attention, however, I will link one such site referring to Deneen Borelli so you can see how ignorant and hateful the left is when there is someone who does not agree with them.
This particular site not only attacks her politics but her appearance. It claims her publicity picture was altered using Photoshop to make her look less black. I can tell you as a professional photographer everyone wants to look good in their professional headshot. I recently photographed an event for a black couple. The woman made a special request of me to reduce and shine on her face and to tone down the saturation of her skin. This is not unusual. Also, wen taking candid snapshots the lighting is nowhere near as favorable as when doing publicity headshots. This makes a very big difference.
As I stated above the left can’t tolerate black conservatives. Even he comedian and left leaning Bill Cosby is attacked by the left when he criticizes inner-city blacks for their lack of responsibility in education and parenthood. I can recall one such instance where Cosby was being interviewed by Tavis Smiley on his PBS show. Smiley, a left wing commentator on PBS and NPR, was challenging Cosby on his comments regarding the condition of inner-city blacks and bemoaning the fact that they were locked into a vicious cycle of poverty. Cosby paused a few seconds and then replied “50% dropout rate.” Smiley was speechless. You see Cosby did not go into the usual mantra of not enough government money or racism. He, instead, focused the responsibility on the individual — something the black liberals and street organizers do not like.
Every one of the black conservatives I have mentioned, including the left wing Juan Williams of FNC, have said the same about blacks and their condition in the inner cities of America. They blame the lack of responsibility on the part of the blacks for their plight. They claim the lack of even a basic high school education, children having children having more children with absent fathers, a culture of victimization and dependency on government for their sustenance is the reason. In essence this is nothing less than a form of serfdom promulgated by Democrat politicians so they can maintain their political power. Some cities such as Detroit and Cleveland have had Democratic lead municipal governments for over 40 years and the results have been disastrous.
They claim big government is not the answer and has never been the answer. Every government imposed solution, using taxpayer money; from public housing to community organizing has failed. And let us not forget the role of the teachers unions in the deplorable state of the inner city schools and education.
With the rise of the Tea Party movement more and more black conservatives are being heard. Allen West was elected to Congress and Herman Cain is exploring a presidential run. These black conservatives represent promise for a better life for the inner city blacks, a promise that will never come to fruition from the left.