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Why America Needs Condoleezza Rice
This article was originally published back in January of 2013. I am reposting it now to show how almost verbatim the 2016 election was as to what was projected on this article... EVEN with Trump running the most unconventional and unpredictable campaign in living memory.
The DNC's gameplan and their supporting Media's continuous barrage against the Republican nomination went as predicted, it was a campaign strategy used to push the sexist & racist buttons to get the results wanted... and really, only a woman candidate like Condoleezza could have thwarted such efforts and put the focus of the election squarely on the ISSUES and POLICIES that would shape our Country's future.
Why America needs Condoleezza Rice as the Republican Presidential candidate in 2016.
Are you interested in spending another year hearing how the Republican candidate wants to take away Abortion and women's rights issues?
Do you want to see another Democrat campaign convince more than half the women voters that Republicans think the only place a woman should be is in the kitchen barefoot and pregnant, seen but not heard, and forced to have babies no matter how they were conceived?
Unfortunately, now that the Democrats know that pushing those 'hot topic' buttons with women will work, they will continue to use them to get the vote. They will continue to try to define their party as the party of women, and the Republicans as the party of angry old white extremists whose views of the world are as antiquated as Archie Bunker's were.
If the Republicans choose to have a white male run as President in 2016, no matter how qualified he may be, he will be up against perceptions pre-programmed in the minds of most Americans that he is a religious type, who is against immigrants and against abortion.
That's 'political reality', that's what a year's worth of campaign ads and news coverage will strive make voters see. All the Democrats have to do then is to crank up the propaganda machine (MSNBC, ABC, CNN) and spend a couple billion dollars flooding critical states, while all sorts of Ads besmirch and stain the record and character of the Republican nominee... and it's all downhill from there for the Democrats, another easy victory.
If NPR, MSNBC, ABC, and CNN are saying that the Republican candidate is anti-women, and racist, and wants to do away with abortion, and wants to do away with Medicare, etc. ... then that is the perception of the candidate that is going to resonate with a majority of the voters.
The Republican candidate will have little opportunity to 'get a better message out' against that type of onslaught.
You aren't going to change the beliefs of more than 50% of women voters (who make up 53% of the voters) and 70% of Latinos (who will make up approximately 20% of the voters in 2016) by sticking a more conservative white male out there to try and get a 'better message' across to them.
You have to put a face to it they recognize, you have to prove its more than rhetoric.
"After all, when the world looks to America, they look to us because we are the most successful political and economic experiment in human history. That is the true basis of “American Exceptionalism.” The essence of America – that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.
Ours has never been a narrative of grievance and entitlement. We have not believed that I am doing poorly because you are doing well. We have not been envious of one another and jealous of each other’s success. Ours has been a belief in opportunity and a constant battle – long and hard — to extend the benefits of the American dream to all – without regard to circumstances of birth."
A rich white male is not going to be able to sell that to the voters who have turned away from the Republican party and who believe it to represent all that the Democrats have painted it to be. But Condoleezza Rice could, those are her exact words at the 2012 RNC, and when she speaks them, people believe her:
"And on a personal note– a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham – the most segregated big city in America - her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant – but they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter – she can be President of the United States and she becomes the Secretary of State.
Yes, America has a way of making the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect. But of course it has never been inevitable – it has taken leadership, courage and an unwavering faith in our values."
Condoleezza Rice can say those things, can speak to America, and the Democrats will have nowhere to go against her. Certainly they will not be able to say she is anti-women's rights, nor will they be able to say she is out of touch with struggling Americans, and that she would not be able to relate to the hardships they face. She has lived through those hardships, and succeeded in spite of all the obstacles placed before her.
It's not the message the Republicans need to change so much as the person who is delivering it to America.
The only problem with this, is she has no desire to be President.
"I don't have the DNA to run for office," she said. "I love policy. I don't really like politics. When you have had a chance to be the nation's chief diplomat, that's enough. I'm happy as a professor at Stanford."
A tragedy if true, for she is uniquely qualified to handle post-Obama years... more so than any other candidate that the Republicans are likely to come up with.
Before George Bush ever became president, Rice wrote a essay entitled "Promoting the National Interest." Her prescription for a new U.S. foreign policy centered on a critique of Clinton policy, which she argued was disconnected from U.S. national interests and was tied too closely to multilateral concerns, something that Obama is even more guilty of.
"Foreign policy in a Republican administration will proceed from the firm ground of the national interest, not from the interests of an illusory international community," she wrote. According to Rice, "multilateral agreements and institutions should not be ends in themselves" and measures enacted should not constrain U.S. national interests. The United States, she argued, should return to the core principle that "power matters." Rice asserted that rather than "exercising power legitimately only when doing so on behalf of someone else," the United States should focus solely on pursuing its national interest. The "second-order effect" of this pursuit, she said, would be that the rest of the world would benefit.
That is the mindset I want in the Commander-in-Chief, the exact opposite philosophy which has been enacted by the Obama Administration, which is more than willing to ignore America's best interests when acting abroad.
What she defined, what she believed in, was America's exceptionalism, and that America had to put its own interests first... not so different from the key selling point in Trump's campaign.
Added Nov 17, 2017 - Now it is time for some blunt talk, now that we are a year into the Trump Administration, today we have censorship going on throughout Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, silencing those who are not just extremists, or supremacists, but just commonsense Conservatives, Libertarians, and essentially anyone not ready to go marching for feminist rights or BLM.
Select censorship, where people can post without concern on Twitter or Facebook things like “kill-white-people” “white genocide” and “assassinate Trump” but will be banned for posting “kill-black-people” or “death to BLM” … if you have not yet seen examples of these recent suspensions and bans, feel free to put them to the test yourself, if you are willing to lose your account.
We are living in a time of raised racial hostility, and there is clearly a bias to inflame one side to more violence while silencing the other. Which only goes to prove how much we needed specifically Condoleezza Rice to guide this country through these times.
Not just a woman, not just a minority. But someone who grew up in the most segregated part of America that there was, who understood not only the history and prejudices in this country, but what makes this Nation so exceptional in spite of it.
My problem with Obama was not the color of his skin, my problem with him was that he didn't believe in America, certainly not the way Condoleezza does, he did not see it as a land of opportunity and liberty... he saw it as a oppressor of minorities.
It is my belief, based on his current actions even moreso than when he was President, that he sees America as a nation that has to be torn down and rebuilt in a new image, not as a place where people have more opportunity to achieve their dreams (if they are willing to work, to struggle to achieve them) than any nation that ever existed. This cannot be disputed today, perhaps a year ago one could deny it or argue the merits of such an accusation, but today we have Obama heading a group called "Organizing for Action" (OFA).
OFA has over thirty thousand people working to disrupt everything that the current Administration is trying to do. This organization goes against the 200 year history of how our Democracy works, and it is an operation that will destroy our way of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and as it proceeds we are looking more and more like third world country, like those we have watched over the years as they fell into chaos.
Paul Sperry, writer for the New York Post, said: “The OFA will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the ex-president will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House."
“The ex-president is setting up a shadow government to sabotage the Trump administration through a network of non-profits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40 million) and has some 250 offices nationwide."
The OFA IRS filings, according to Sperry, indicate that the OFA has 32,525 (and growing) volunteers nationwide. The ex-president supposedly oversees the operation from his home/office in Washington DC.
Lets consider how this works, for example: Trump issues an immigration executive order; the OFA signals for protests and statements from pro-immigrant groups; the ACLU lawyers file lawsuits in jurisdictions where activist judges obstruct the laws; volunteers are called to protest at airports and Congressional town hall meetings; the supporting media springs to action to cover these activities; the twitter sphere lights up with social media; and violence follows.
Condoleezza Rice could have stemmed the rising tide of division, there could be no villainization of Rice for being a racist, there could have been no villainization of Rice for being a sexist abuser of woman.
There would have been no way to paint Rice as the embodiment of evil, a KKK member, Hitler reborn, a sexual predator. No one close to having a sane mind could have attributed any of these things to her.
This turmoil America is in today would be diffused because it never could have been born. Hillary Clinton would have lost because she was the worst candidate we have ever seen in our lifetimes, as corrupt as any in our lifetimes, not because she was a woman, and not because the opponent was voted in by over 60 million racist hateful white people. Maybe they could have still tried to push the Russian connection, after all, Condoleezza Rice is an expert in Russian affairs and foreign interests.
Rice was the answer this country needed, from the background she came from, and the ability to see America as the land of opportunity not despite her history so much as because of it. Her story combined with her leadership ability would have led this nation to a better place than it has ever seen in my lifetime, that I am positive of.