My original title for this piece was going to be posed as a question:
“SHOULD MIA LOVE AND WILLIAM HURD JOIN THE BLACK CAUCUS?”
I first decided to write it that way when I remembered that Alan West, whom I greatly admire and respect, joined the CBC when he was elected to the House. West explained his decision as the need to bring “intellectual debate and discourse” to the ( as West termed it) “monolithic” caucus. I suspect that West enjoyed the role of “agent provocateur” inside the group. As one example, members of the CBC rotate the responsibility, and the cost, of catering their weekly meetings. West, when it was his turn, brought fast food. ( If there had been a Chick-fil-A franchise in DC, it would really have made the news)
It’s also important to recall that [mc_name name=’Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’S001184′ ] declined to join the CBC, stating that the group’s existence emphasized the “divisions in the nation” he was working hard to erase.
BTW, in case you’re wondering who is William Hurd ( aside from being the second black Republican in the House) he has a very impressive biography:
I don’t think that Love and Hurd should join the Black Caucus. Quite frankly, the membership consists of cretins and hacks. All they care about is getting re-elected, and enjoying the perks of office. They do absolutely nothing for the betterment of their race, which supposedly is their “raison d’etre.”
Just a few of their “lowlights”:
“Mad” [mc_name name=’Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’W000187′ ] is a crook.
[mc_name name=’Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’J000288′ ] fears that Guam will tip over into the Pacific if too many US troops are stationed there.
[mc_name name=’Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’J000032′ ] believes that Neil Armstrong landed on Mars.
Let’s not forget that Cynthia McKinney was once a driving force in the group.
And of course, my personal “bete noire” ( just wondering, is that racist in this context?)..”Downtown” Corinne Brown..who has a cloud of ethical charges hanging over her, and who once referred to the 2000 election in Florida as a “coup d’etat.”
If you associate with such people, you demean yourselves. You can’t reason with a closed mind.
But last night, when several members of the CBC took to the House floor, and did the “hands up, don’t shoot” thing, it’s obvious these people are Klingons, and there is no point trying to engage them .
Love has said that “if elected, she would join the CBC and “try to take it apart from the inside out.” While I can’t help but admire her willingness to emulate Hercules and clean up the Augean stables; frankly, m’dear, it’s not worth bothering with them.
They are now more marginalized than ever; desperately using their seniority to try to influence the House Democrat caucus. Your presence there would give them what they crave most..publicity.
So Mia, and Bill, congratulations on your election, and avoid the Black Caucus at all costs. The good people in your districts elected you because of the conservative values, principals, and policies that you put forth, and not because of the color of your skin. To join such an overtly racist group as the Black Caucus would disrespect them, and dishonor yourselves.