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Why America Needs Condoleezza Rice

Updated on November 19, 2017
Ken Burgess profile image

Grew up on Cape Cod, Mass, Army Vet., Fmr. Director of Energy Conservation programs, RE Agent, current residence the Space Coast, FL

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.

Do you think most of the accusations (KKK, Hitler, Racist, Sexual Misconduct) would have been thrown at ANY male Republican candidate?

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    • Ken Burgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Burgess 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Frog,

      Well, Republicans need to look hard at what really happened, and deal with the facts... not bury their heads in the sand and say it was because Romney delivered the message poorly or didn't connect.

      #1) They allowed the Democrats to define Romney (and yes they had a LOT of help from the media with that)... they allowed Romney to be painted as anti-women, anti-abortion, anti-entitlements, anti-immigrants, anti-poor people... Romney helped this along by providing a sound-bite here and there, in today's world of phones as video cameras and microphones its going to be hard to get away from making a slip up.

      #2) They got out every vote they could by giving free rides, free phones, free meals, they coerced and paid for as many votes as they could (in key swing states), and when you don't have to provide ID to vote, you can accomplish a lot of voting with a warm body, taking them from one voting district to the next over the course of a 30 day early voting period.

      #3) Obama's stimulus package went largely to unions and other supporters, so that they could funnel billions back to him in campaign contributions, Obama essentially used taxpayer money to fund his campaign... which was rather brutal and dishonest, and even overkill considering Obama had everyone but FOX news lying to make him look good and trashing Romney.

      So when you have almost ALL the media working against you... and you are being labeled racist, sexist, anti-poor, and not countering it... and your campaign is being out funded by taxpayer money funneled to your opponents supporters... how do you expect to win?

      How can you win when there are 30 days of early voting, but no voter ID, and no paper trail for the computers?

      First they have to select a candidate to be their Spokesman... in order to ditch the anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-poor, racist, sexist label that Republicans are now stuck with, they HAVE to find themselves a candidate that those that have turned away from the Party can identify with... and just to clue you in, another old white guy isn't going to hack it.

      Those voters the Republicans have lost, are lost for good, until they go above and beyond to disprove the labels they have been saddled with... and that requires a candidate of color, or of the female sex, or of both... anything less will mean failure again in 2016.

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      breakfastpop 

      5 years ago

      I am a huge fan of Condi Rice, but I believe she is no longer a fan of politics. Who can blame her.

    • The Frog Prince profile image

      The Frog Prince 

      5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      I'm not sure that Condi has the stomach, as Wayne puts it, either to go through the mud slinging process that the Democratic Party is now intent on to win any election. This past election was the most pathetic election I have ever witnessed in this nation. But pathetic worked so that speaks for the electorate who is more intent of getting free stuff than making sure freedom survives.

      The GOP has some rising female stars and Condi Rice is indeeed a bright spot. We'll have to see what is left of our country by the time 2016 rolls around.

      The Frog

    • Ken Burgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Burgess 

      5 years ago from Florida

      ConservativeLady,

      Based on merit, intellect, and her noted perceptions and beliefs, I would vote for Rice over any other candidate the Republicans could possibly present. I think she has always carried herself in a dignified manner, a manner befitting of the office, and she will be able to restore respect to the position of the Presidency that will be largely gone after four more years of Obama.

      Its just a matter of the Republican Party coming to the realization that the points I have made above are in fact, a reality they cannot escape from, until they choose someone as their candidate other than an 'old rich white guy'... they will continue to lose a majority of the women vote, a larger majority of the Latino vote, and practically all of the Black vote.

      Rice would be the strongest counter Republicans could provide to the pre-programmed and pre-conceived notions Americans now have about the Republican party... she IS the best candidate they could put forth for 2016.

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      Sheila 

      5 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      What a wonderful thought Condi Rice as the president of the United States. I could and would support such an amazing Republican candidate. I too believe the challenge would be first convincing her to take on this labor intensive feat and then her having the fortitude to put up with all of the nonsense of the circus show that the Dems always seem to make out of our elections. We can dream though. Very worthwhile and interesting hub.

    • Ken Burgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Burgess 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Brent, Chris Christie might get the nod, but he would have no chance against the likes of say... Hillary Clinton. Christie has no international experience, little National experience, he would actually be a perfect candidate for the Democrats to beat up on.

      Marco Rubio might have a good shot at winning it, he is very articulate, a good speaker... more so than Romney... and he is charismatic and passionate yet restrained. He would have immediate credibility with the Latino voters which will be about 30% of the vote in 2016, and he might be able to flip the percentage from 25% to 75% in his favor.

      The unfortunate reality is that the election of a President is now more than ever a popularity contest ... who-ever is most charismatic and able to articulate his position has an edge to win based on that alone (even if that position is based largely on lies and one-liners like Obama's was).

      Another important political reality is that the Democrats go into it with a HUGE edge... they have firmly planted in American's minds that they are the party of color and the party of women, and that the other side is the 'white guy' party and is against women and 'minorities'...

      It's important to understand that the Republicans now have a reputation they must overcome... remember its not about reality, its about the perception a majority of Americans have about Republicans, one nurtured 365 days a year by the likes of NPR, NBC, CBS, etc. you can throw Yahoo in that mix as well. They don't stop criticizing Republicans just because an election is over, they go non stop.

      You could say FOX is a counter to that... but if you don't have cable or aren't inclined to go looking for the Right-winged FOX channel, then you never hear or see what they have to say... and that is probably the majority of Americans.

      Republicans also have to accept a truth... the only voters likely to be inclined to vote for a White man, are other White men. Women are more likely to vote for another woman or a minority, minorities are overwhelmingly more likely to vote for another minority... it is only the white vote that breaks 50/50 despite race.

      Blacks will vote 98% along racial lines, Latino vote in this election went 75% to Obama a sign that they identify not just with the Democrat party, but with his minority background.

      The Republicans will not be able to break those trends, and those perceptions, until they nominate someone non-white, and/or non-male. Again... its all about perception and popularity... it has little to do with policy and real politics... that is a truth I hope the Republicans accept before 2016, or we will just see a repeat of 2012 no matter how badly Obama does for our country in the next four years.

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      Brent Tracy 

      5 years ago from Philadelphia

      Good article, Ken. It was well known that Condi was being considered as a Mitt's VP choice, but reports say she did not want it.

      I am not sure she will want to run in 2016. She has never held elected office before and I'm not sure she is suited for it. Don't get me wrong; she is arguably one of the most brilliant people in our country. And personally, I like her a lot. But I'm afraid she is more of a policy person who operates behind the scenes rather than a politician who campaigns. I must say though, her speech at the RNC in August was fantastic.

      I don't think it's fair to say that a white male has no chance to win on the GOP ticket in 2016. For example, I think NJ Gov. Chris Christie would stand a VERY good chance if he were to run because he has the respect of people from both parties and he is quite popular nationally. Of course, he would have to drop some weight, so as to appear healthy enough to be President.

      I totally agree with the argument that the GOP needs a qualified minority candidate on the ticket in 2016. Not sure it will be Condi, but I think Marco Rubio has a very good chance at landing on the ticket. That would certainly help with the Hispanic demographic, which we found out is one of the two major portions of the electorate (women being the other).

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I think you make some very salient points...the time has come, maybe passed. Thanks Ken

    • Ken Burgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Burgess 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Wayne,

      There is certainly something to that, I have commented on the problem as well.

      But in an election that is close to 50/50... that type of fraud is easy to sweep under the rug... but when the Republicans put up a candidate that doesn't automatically lose half or more of the women vote, and nearly all the black vote, and 3/4s the Latino vote... then it will be much harder to manipulate the outcome of an election.

      It is easy to steal an election that is around 50/50... especially when the media spends months informing you it is a close election but that the polls show Obama will win.

      It is a lot harder to do when the Republican candidate cannot be villainized solely because he is white, and a man.

      They won't be able to play up the race card with Connie, they won't be able to pin her on a anti-abortion stance, or an anti-women stance... the Democrats will have to fight based on their record and proposed policies alone... and I wouldn't give them good odds in 2016 if that were the case.

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Ken, while I fully agree that Ms. Rice has many qualities that would make her a strong leader as president, I am not sure she has the stomach for the campaign process which seems to be (sadly) the litmus test for what too many people call a leader as in Obama. Politics and leadership do not go hand in hand and I truly believe that Ms. Rice calls a spade a spade thus she would have trouble with those who would distort of shortened the facts to gain the edge in the election process. Honestly, I feel the person matters little anymore as the key to winning seems to lie in the success of fiddling with the polling process. When 150% of the registered vote turns out in a county or two in Florida and folks rationalize it as the outrage of citizens against voter surpression, we are living in a world of fantasy. When over 960,000 votes are cast in Cayohoga County Ohio and not one of them goes for Romney....I smell a rat. The sampling is far to large for one candidate....any candidate to grab 100% of the vote. Our problems do not lie in identifiying potential leaders, it comes down to running honest elections in this day and time. ~WB

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