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Scott Sullivan :
Michael Steele -- next US president?

 

 

Thanks to Obama's looming defeat in Congress on health care reform, the US Republican Party is ringing down the curtain on his term as President.  Moreover, the lack of public support for the Democratic leaders in the line of succesion (Biden, Pelosi, Clinton and Reid) suggests that Obama's replacement could be a Republican.
 
Excellent!  In this context, Michael Steele, former Lt. Governor of Maryland and currently Chairman of the Republican National Committee, would be the logical choice.
 
First, Michael Steele's accession to the US presidency would assuage fears here and abroad, that Obama was removed from office by US racists who opposed the elevation of any African-American to the US presidency.
 
Second, as an African-American, Steele would add a significant moral edge to US foreign policy, as did Obama.  However, Steele is an improvement on Obama because Steele is not ashamed of US security relationships, or US wealth, due to capitalism.  In short, Steele would likely be eager to confront the Nazi/racist aggressor states of Germany, Iran and  Venezuela, in contrast  to Obama, who gave a green light to these Nazis by focusing his attention on Afghanistan.
 
Third, as RNC Chairman Steele has earned the trust of all segments of the Rebublican Party.  He could use the same approach in uniting Republicans and Democrats (see my earlier op-ed below (PW 3/3/09).

 

Scott Sullivan :Michael Steele is Stalin


Below you will find a Village Voice blog trashing Michael Steele. Attached to the blog are my comments presenting Steele as a US Stalin (Stalin means steel in Russia), a patriot, and as the enemy of the Nazi revival.

VILLAGE VOICE BLOG.

In a pretty pointed Politico piece today, Michael Steele , erstwhile slang-artist and growing scourge on his own party, receives some pretty rough treatment. Write Mike Allen and Andy Barr:

A month after Michael Steele became the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee, key party leaders are worried that the GOP has made a costly mistake -- one that will make it even harder for them to take back power from the dominant Democratic Party.

Steadily becoming a dependable punch line, Steele has brushed back Rush Limbaugh, threatened moderate Republican senators, offered the "friggin' awesome" Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal some "slum love," called civil unions "crazy" and promised more outreach to "urban-suburban hip-hop settings" via an "off the hook" public relations campaign.

He even threw a shout-out to "one-armed midgets."

That's in just 30 days on the job -- and that's just the PR part.

That's the sound of two writers having an awful lot of fun. Fun we here know about . But though the article brings up new, equally inflammatory info--"Steele said he would make the "hip-hop" comment again," write Allen and Barr; an atrocious proposition if there ever was one--the Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates points out the danger in the carnage-riddled spectacle that's now unfolding:

I'm alright with the brothers laughing at him. I'm alright with other liberals laughing at him. But I don't actually want the GOP's first major effort at ending the Southern Strategy to be a comic disaster. I've never thought that it was good thing for the country, or for black people, to have all of us on one side. This could get ugly really, really fast. I, as much as anyone, should probably remember that.

True enough. The prospect of having someone, however well intentioned, reinforce widespread dim racial views in the GOP is a potentially miserable outcome.

On the other hand, it's probably possible to separate out rank incompetence--not having a staff, apparently, or any sort of discernible discipline--from Steele's more minor misdemeanors. Without wishing failure on the man (although who around here roots for Republicans?) I can indeed sincerely wish that he leave hip-hop and its slang alone. Unless of course he wants to take credit for the culture's darker alleyways: conservative legislation on guns, drugs, mandatory minimums, welfare, etc. has indeed helped make rap what it is today, in a very dark sort of sense. The hypocrisy is what grates most: If Steele wants to be the chief representative of a party that's wrought a tremendous amount of ill on the hip-hop community, however, the least he could do would be to leave rap's name out of it.

MY COMMENTS

All the Bolshevik luminaries treated Stalin as an outsider and laughed at Stalin too, until he concentrated power in his hands, put most of the old Bolsheviks in jail, and went on to win WW II against the Nazis and extended Russian power into China and Western Europe. Today, no one laughs at Stalin!

Russ Limbaugh has raised the right issue by looking for a US Stalin.  However, Russ Limbaugh is wrong to call Obama a Stalinist because Obama does not want a US empire. 

Michael Steele, on the other hand, does want a US empire.  Steele comes from the mainstream internationalist wing of the Republican Party that wants a global US military presence.  That makes Steele, not Obama, another Stalin.

THE BIG QUESTION

The Big Question came from AK in a 5 March posting on the Village Voice, as follows: 

"All the Bolshevik luminaries laughed at Stalin too..Today, no one laughs at Stalin!"

"So what you're saying is that Steele will overthrow the government, launch a genocide, and sacrifice the lives of millions of American soldiers?"

Posted by: AK at March 5, 2009 10:35 AM

Here is my response:

To AK:

Exactly

-Scott Sullivan

Petroleumworld News 03/09/09

 

 


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