The Junior Senator from Illinois

In regards to Rod Blagovejech’s appointment of Roland Burris and Rep. Bobby Rush’s comments injecting race into this situation I give this statement.

First, I want to say that I actually like and respect Rep. Bobby Rush. But no one is trying to politically lynch this appointment because Roland Burris is Black. The disagreement or validity with the appointment isn’t because of the appointee, but the appointer. Rod Blagovejech’s intentions are derived out of his own political selfishness and benefit.

The U.S. Senate Democrats are not trying to prevent Mr. Burris from becoming the next “Junior Senator from Illinois” because he’s Black. This time race is not the issue and is the wrong fight to wage. Rod Blagovejech is a shrewd man, because he’s playing “The Race Card” and hoping enough Black people who are not paying attention to the details will buy into this argument. It appears that some already have.

If we want equality, freedom and justice for all it has to be mutual. I want a Black man to replace a Black man. You don’t want to be the token Black, so why should you push for the U.S. Senate to be for tokenism.

Yes, there is racism, even in politics and the U.S. Senate and Democratic Party is not immune to it. In this case the U.S. Senate and the Democratic Party is not denying Mr. Burris based on the content of his character, nor are they denying Mr. Burris based on the color of his skin. They are opposing this appointment, because is suspicious.

Yes, Blagovejech still legal has the right to appoint whomever to the vacant Senate seat, but given his dishonesty surrounding the appointment why would anyone accept an appointment from him. Why would you want a job where you’re looked at with suspicion? A great example is the selection of George W. Bush in 2000. There are many people who still look at him with suspicion.

I look at George W. Bush with great suspicion, but that’s a different story.

A few days ago I referenced a mythical character called “The Magic Negro”. What still amazes me is to see not the benefit of a “Magic Negro”, but the Negroes themselves who blindly, but faithfully continue to come to aid of the one in trouble who means him no good.

As a Black man I can say it’s good to see someone who looks like me in a position of power, because it’s rare and often difficult to obtain. But power demands respect, the respect comes from how they obtain that power. That’s the content of their character Dr. Martin Luther King referenced in his speech commonly known as “I Have a Dream”. Regardless of you race, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation your nobility is measured not by how far or high you may go in life, but how you get there.

With all due respect to Mr. Roland Burris, Rep. Bobby Rush and those who support this appointment, I must disagree.

References & Inspiration:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 08/28/1963 “I Have a Dream
USA Today – 01/06/09 Half Say Burris should be blocked from Sen. Seat
Chicago Tribune – 01/06/09 “Roland Burris is turned away at Senate
ABC News – 12/30/08 “Outrage Greets Blagojevich Power Play
Associated Press – 01/06/09 “Burris Refused Seat in US Senate
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4 thoughts on “The Junior Senator from Illinois

  1. Your analysis of the situation is spot on! As a Black American living abroad for many years I have had the opportunity to look dispassionately at both Democrats and Republicans. “Ye who is without sin….cast the first stone”. I can confidently say that if this were the case…..we would see no stones being thrown at all!”

    Let’s be honest. Everyone has played the “race card” for their own advantage. Twisting the facts, cajoling, placating, and mesmerizing “the hand is faster than the eye” tactics that make your head swim and boggle the mind.

    Are these people real? Why should I as a person in a black body…. be proud to see another black person who is practically guilty by association….. be “awarded” a senate position just so the person who gave it to him can look “good”? There is saying here in Italy about “holding your nose and voting for someone in spite of how much they stink”! Why? Because the candidate’s party has put them out there as the only valid or possible winner due to the…..circumstances!

    HOW and WHY you receive honor, recognition, a job… OR a senate seat…are important. It will……as you so rightly say……be looked upon with suspicion …….and everything that happens later …..will still be looked on with suspicion.

    Being black….is not enough to automatically win my vote, appreciation, admiration, and support. Nor should it be.

    Suspicion…..like a legacy…..is passed on.

  2. When I saw the news conference and the announcement of Burris, I felt there was something shady about it. Not because of Burris per say, but because of Blagojevich. The guy is shady. I felt (though I have no proof) that this was his way of garnering support to fight for his job as governor. It seems to me that anyone who was appointed by this guy would expect to be under scrutiny.

  3. Now it looks as though the Senate is poised to seat him — Harry Reid and Dick Durbin talked about his politeness and his intelligence and his qualification, etc., etc. I guess that’s parliamentary rhetoric for saying, “We feel sorry for him and we can’t win either way, so we might as well let him in.” That’s essentially basing the decision not on principle but on the man.

    There are more and less obvious forms of this power brokering going on elsewhere: Michael Bloomberg overturned New York’s term limits law just so he can run for a third term. Vladmir Putin pushed a constitutional amendment through that will allow him to become president of Russia again for 6-12 more years. If Illinoisans believe that Burris is not a crook, that’s fine. I’d like to see Roland Burris become a senator, but not when people say his name in the same breath as “embattled Governor Rod Blagojevich.”

    1. Exactly. I had a strong feeling that they’ll cave in as usual. This is the problem with the Democratic Party at times, they’ll say one thing then do the opposite. I love my party, but wish someone will just stand-up and keep standing. Perhaps I need to run for Congress, although I like my congressman.

      Anyway, back to Roland Burris:
      Yes, he’s qualified and he has the technicality of the law on his side, but he’s a little disingenuous when you really take a look at his motives. He’s looking for status as a way to say that he’s one of the greats. I seriously doubt that he’s going to be able to keep this seat after this term.

      Democratic Politics:

      What the Dems are afraid of is a strong Republican challenger and race. If the Republicans were smart they’ll run a candidate of color, NOT ALAN KEYS, but some other conservative Negro that has a chance. This would shut everyone up. Bobby Rush can’t say anything about not being a viable Black candidates for the Senate and it will give the Democrats a kick in the pants. The Democrats need to find a viable White Woman or Latino Man to run for the seat. That should shut everyone up. What is sad about this is that the people of IL are the ones truly losing out as everyone posture themselves for the best position.

      You’re absolutely correct with your brokering for power analysis. Everyone one wants it, but few can handle it or respect it.

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