The Democrat party’s debate last night at Howard University, a historically Black University, was an unparalleled display of demagoguery and pandering for votes. It is astonishing that no one in the media has challenged the content that was absent from the debate.
Travis Smiley, a liberal talk radio host and author, was the moderator. The questions reflected the issues presented in Smiley’s book, “The Covenant with Black America. The book outlines 10 crucial issues African Americans face. The debate only focused on issues facing the black community.
Travis Smiley and the candidates are equally culpable for debasing the black community. To have a presidential debate with that narrow of a scope concerning race, insinuates that the black community is either not cognizant of, or does not care about, the myriad issues facing this country.
Here are some of the from the candidates:
Clinton said: “Let me just put this in perspective: If HIV-AIDS were the leading cause of death of white women between the ages of 25 and 34 there would be an outraged, outcry in this country.” Concerning the SCOTUS ruling earlier yesterday concerning using race for schools: she said the decision “turned the clock back” on history. This is a blatant lie. Clinton is a lawyer. She is informed. She knew this case involved two white grade school children that lived within a mile of two schools but were bused 10 miles away because of their race. This is what Brown v. Board of Education eliminated: race being a determining factor of where you can go to school. Her audience did not know the details of the case and she played the faux race card. The ruling today only reaffirmed Brown.
John Edwards said, “This issue of poverty in America is the cause of my life. John Edwards is telling his predominantly black audience that the black community and poverty are one in the same. They can’t make it without him or the government giving them a hand.
Biden stated that he voted against the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts. Roberts wrote the majority opinion. He also stated this concerning the Supreme Court, “They have turned the court upside down.” Same answer as Clinton‘s.
Obama offered himself as a powerful example of a beneficiary of Brown. “If it hadn’t been for them, I would not be standing here today,” the Illinois senator said. This is another blatant lie. Obama was educated in Djakarta, Indonesia then he moved back to Hawaii and attended the esteemed Punahou Academy. Hardly the beneficiary of Brown v. Board of Education.
Other topics of discussion were: AIDS, criminal justice, taxes, outsourcing jobs, and the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina. All these talking points came to the same conclusion that it is all because racism still exists.
What was not discussed were the two most divisive and paramount issues currently confronting the United States: The war in Iraq and the immigration bill that was defeated in the Senate earlier in the day. Instead of debating these issues, the debate revolved around race.
How is this insulting and debasing? The topics were oriented towards the racial makeup of Howard, not the issues a presidential candidate should be addressing. None of the issues previously queried at other debates were discussed. The candidates, even though they did not choose the isolating questions, could have answered in a much broader spectrum encompassing the populace as a whole within a country. The current field of Democrat candidates have spent so much time pandering to small slices of the population they cannot put the pieces together as a united nation.
The Democrats and the moderator assumed the only thing that mattered to the predominantly black audience were not just the issues, but how they related to the black community and to place the blame on the current presidential administration. The questions and issues were fair and worthy of discussion, but not as a stand alone subject line. This was an educated audience and they should have been treated with the dignity that affords.