Becomes Newest Target for Jackson
Donald V. Adderton
Biloxi Sun Herald, January
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The mean-spirited mantra of intolerance appears to be picking
up steam across America as the Senate ponders what to do with
a badly soiled president.
the other day a South Carolina-born country preacher turned cable-TV-talk-show-host,
known to many as the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., hurled down from
his media pulpit that he would personally seek to oust Senate
Majority Trent Lott at the polls in 2000.
attempt from a man who has skeletons in his own political closet.
wants to unseat one of the most popular elected officials in the
state's history, one that an overwhelming number of blacks voted
for in 1994.
the deal, folks.
Pascagoula native and GOP leader had the audacity to speak before
the Council of Conservative Citizens in 1992 and allegedly accepted
an "honorary" membership in the ultra-conservative organization.
In the CCC speech, Lott talked lower taxes and less government
is it that the zealots - on both sides - elide free speech when
the message does not squarely meet their agenda? Protected free
speech doesn't matter when you're on a political mission.
and liberals like him often overlook the opportunity to reach
the masses by continuing to send the same one-dimensional message
to the choir.
has vigorously denied the membership allegation and reiterated
his opposition to all forms of racial prejudice.
condemn the white supremacist, racist views espoused by this or
any group," Lott said last week.
it, Jackson has found a target
Jackson was not mollified by the Lott denials. Lott must pay,
interesting that the home folk in Mississippi don't see it that
way. Because they just love their Trent Lott. Perhaps it's because
Lott brings home the pork, which translates into jobs and economic
and his Chicago-based Rainbow/PUSH Coalition are coming to the
Coast on Sunday to kick off a massive voter registration campaign
to make sure Lott doesn't get another six years in the Senate
representing the Magnolia State.
said he aims to "change the face" of politics in the
South. The Country Preacher wants to register 2 million blacks
in an effort to alter the color of the political landscape.
transmuting the hue doesn't necessarily mean things are going
to get better.
the ultra left wants to spank Lott politically because they view
him as the linchpin responsible for keeping the wheels of impeachment
turning toward removing President Bill Clinton from office on
charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
in Mississippi could do better than Lott, Jackson harangued this
week in Chicago during festivities honoring the 70th anniversary
of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
not representing their interests," Jackson said. "The
meanness and the hostility is not in the best interest of the
represents Mississippi's interests, not Jesse's
targeted by the Jackson machine are those who do not embrace his
liberal views of more government spending for entitlements and
continued affirmative action.
Jackson is setting the stage for yet another run for the Democratic
nomination - he lost in 1984 and 1988.
nothing Jackson does - no matter how politically outlandish -
ever surprises me. In the 27 years that I have known him, whatever
he executes is done exclusively to benefit Jesse Jackson. Keeping
hope alive is merely a smoke screen.
is the same man who embraced the ultra-bigoted Louis Farrakhan,
leader of the Nation of Islam. This is also the same man who referred
to Jews as "hymies" and New York City as "hymie
town" when he was running for president.
interesting to note how many blacks rushed to defend Jackson's
anti-Semitic slur - as they have done with President Clinton -
as being an off-the-cuff remark that shouldn't have been made
Jackson is doing now is exposing himself as the political hypocrite
he has always been. In Jackson's zeal to become The Black Leader,
he shamelessly blows so much hot air.
it comes to so-called leaders, do you really need someone to do
your thinking? So Lott is not really the issue, it is Jackson's
mega-sized ego. He wants to be the next civil rights Messiah,
and that will never be.