Every time Jesse Jackson speaks, it sounds like he’s auditioning for a bad off Broadway play called An Escape from Reason. Jackson is a stammering mess; fundamentally unintelligent and rapidly losing the ability to draw upon the powers of smart improvisation that served him so well in the old days. He is more of a magic tonic salesman or snake charmer than a force to be taken seriously. And yet here we are, precisely because so many people continue doing just that, so what he says becomes news.
Free from his old desire to castrate President Obama, Jackson would now like you to know that the Tea Party is not so much a small government, lower tax affair; it’s more of a pro-slavery, destroy-the-awesome-black-
“This is the Ft. Sumter Tea Party, as distinguished from the Boston Tea Party,” Jackson said at a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebratory event in late August. “The Boston Tea Party lead the revolution against a corrupt, occupying force from Britain. This [current day version] is in the lineage of Jeff Davis, of Robert E. Lee. This is a states’ rights party. Some are drinking tea, some are riding elephants, they’re all about the same deal.” As you’ll see, even in its banality, this is as reasonable as this exchange will get.
“It’s like we’re on the great Titanic.” Do tell! “Their first obsession is, destroy the captain of the ship. If he says ‘Jobs’ they say ‘No jobs.’ Their first deal is, destroy the captain – they want to protect those on the deck. More and more of us are in the hull of the ship.” By which he meant that third class passengers (consisting of the poor) are in big trouble, while ol’ Maggie Brown is topside hopping into a lifeboat.
Need you be reminded Jesse Jackson is a millionaire? If it came to the Titanic, Jackson would be one of those on deck. He certainly wouldn’t be slumming it with the trash in third class, where (if you believe James Cameron) the music is better and they all have hearts of gold, but other than that have nothing going for them. When he says “More and more of us are in the hull of the ship,” he doesn’t really mean “us.” He means “you.” One would be tempted to draw the conclusion that Jackson is referring to his audience as third class citizens, but we beg that person’s pardon and refuse him that privilege.
Jackson continues, “And I would urge you tonight, my friends, to know that this is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The states’ rights group, they intend to take back the government and then take it back [unintelligible] …. This is a Civil War struggle. Are you with the Union, or are you with the states’ righters? They had a debate in Iowa two weeks ago, and all of them were for the 10thAmendment. That’s the slave amendment. They want to undermine the 13th, 14th, 15th Amendment.”
How exactly Jesse Jackson expects Tea Partiers – i.e., a vocal minority of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, and otherwise a collection of regular people with day jobs – to undermine the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments remains unclear. He’s suggesting, I think, that if they were to gain clear majorities in the House and Senate, and win the presidency, Tea Party politicians would undertake changes in the law that would remove the protections those amendments provide. How they would do that, with a media scrutinizing their every movement, is also unclear. Jackson is foisting onto the Tea Party a level of conspiratorial genius and forethought that defies all logic and common sense.
As for the 10th Amendment, it states rather plainly that the powers “not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” But since the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments prohibit states from allowing slavery, or enacting restrictions on citizenship, due process, equal protection, and the right to vote, referring to the 10th Amendment as the “slave amendment” in the year 2011 is more than a little silly.
Jesse Jackson’s is the tired rhetoric of a broken down, old race-baiter running his last lap. And you’d better get used to it. Because if President Obama fails to pull out of this nosedive in 2012, these kinds of attacks will be all the Left has to get their favorite son reelected.