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There were giants in the earth

By Owen Paine on Friday April 14, 2006 11:28 AM

Let's take Jesse at his word, for the sake of argument -- let's believe he's about to lead "his people" out of the jackass corrral -- about to drop the hammer on Orthrus' backstabbing lesser-evil head.

This threatened rejection reminds me of the great WEB duBois who turned roundly on the party his people supported back in the early 1900's:

: The Negro race needs justice and is given charity, needs leadership and is given cowardice and apology.
Of course that was the GOP, the party of the Great Emancipator, that duBois was lambasting. Shortly thereafter, in the election of' '08, fed up with the then lesser-evil Repubs -- with tubby Taft temporizing, imploring the disenfranchised southern Blacks to seek the "friendship and sympathy" of the white men "with whom they live," since that is "the negro race's best hope" -- responding to this shit slide duBois blazed with a punishing fury, "I shall vote for Bryan" -- the black man's greater evil candidate, the very candidate of the Jim Crow South.

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Tim D:

I posted a comment on the Guardian's site about Gary Younge's Jesse Jackson article, in which I pointed out the disconnect between the politics of the rank-and-file and those of the office holders. Here was one of the responses to that comment:

I'll avoid the political science jargon, but look up the median voter theorem -- it explains why, in a first-past-the-post system, two-party politics is most likely and the two parties are likely to adopt effectively similar platforms. It has nothing to do with corruption, just with the need to get 50% +1 of the total number of votes cast. It doesn't matter *how much* your supporters actually like your position, just that more of them like your position than that of your opponent. Representatives are often "unrepresentative" of their constitutents; American blacks tend to be social conservatives, uncomfortable with homosexuality and abortion, yet black Congressmen are overwhelmingly in favour of gay and reproductive rights.

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