POINT-COUNTERPOINT: McDaniel, good and bad, remains a point for debate

ED HOLLIDAY

ED HOLLIDAY

Mississippi’s Tea Party groups and Mississippi’s African-American communities have much in common. Both want a robust economy, good jobs, and a bright future for all our children. They also know now that neither has the votes to win elections without building coalitions beyond their base.

Many Mississippians feel offended, disenfranchised, and just plain gut-punched on both sides. And McDaniel has every right to pursue his constitutional court challenge as a candidate. (But when he says he won by 25,000 votes instead of losing by 7,667 votes I think he used the new Common Core mathematics!) The McDaniel camp and my fellow Tea Partiers have been called racists in ads without specific evidence, which is both unfortunate and unfair. But it numbs my mind to discover in McDaniel’s written challenge that “…Cochran’s vote increases were correlated to the percentage of blacks that live in each county.”

McDaniel’s camp does not understand the pain they are causing most African-Americans who voted in the Republican primary. Many blacks voted for Cochran on June 3, June 24, and plan to vote for him again in November. The defeated McDaniel’s complaints imply that if you are black and voted for Cochran then you were either coerced or paid to vote.

The pain of this Republican primary is real. God is teaching all Mississippians something special. Psalm 40:3 says sing a new song. After this election, Mississippi needs a new song. I am proud that many African-Americans felt comfortable voting in a Republican primary. Indeed, like U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, I will continue to reach out to people of all colors, and encourage them to embrace the ideas and principles that I believe are best. Imagine the future of Mississippi if the Tea Party and the Freedom Riders wrote a new song together in the birthplace of America’s music.

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JAMES HULL

JAMES HULL

It’s not going to happen. Chris McDaniel and his venomous attacks have made certain of that.

I agree that McDaniel has every right to challenge the runoff. But, it’s not what he’s done, it’s how he’s done it.

Doc, I feel compelled to reiterate here, something I’ve said both publicly and privately. I know your heart. And I know the heart of many Tea Party-affiliated people who do not harbor ill-will to people of color and minorities. I’m particularly impressed with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s initiative to reach out to historically black colleges and universities, and his position against the over-incarceration of minorities. But you and Rand Paul seem to be the exception and not the rule. Chris McDaniel and his vitriolic rants against “liberal Democrats” – a thinly veiled shot at African-American voters – have set political race relations back 20 years. Inspecting voter registries? No problem. Making sure that there were no cross-over votes? Absolutely fair game. But to actually say that blacks don’t have the right to vote for – have a part in choosing – a Republican? He should have kept those thoughts to himself.

Those who rail against blacks voting for Thad Cochran seem to forget that blacks have been voting for Thad Cochran for years. He has seemed to be a fair-minded, open-minded public servant. Cochran has supported health care for children and Head-start. African-Americans have appreciated his support of these issues, however tacit.

It’s unfortunate that McDaniel and his advisers failed to exercise the astute political savvy necessary to demonstrate they can be major players in the rough and tumble of Mississippi politics. But it showed a total lack of judgment and political acumen of a novice in blaming others for their shortcomings.

Perhaps McDaniel and his staunch Tea Party faction just have a message problem. But they definitely sent the wrong message.

Dr. Ed Holliday is a Tupelo dentist who has written two successful books. Contact him at ed@teaparty.ms. The Rev. James Hull is an award-wining journalist and a political consultant. You may contact him at hullmultimediams@aol.com.

  • TWBDB

    I have to say this is encouraging to see these politically opposing sides looking positively into the future – – perhaps the silver lining in all this mess

  • 1941641

    Why would any Mississippi Black man or woman vote for a Sons Of The Confederacy, White Nationalist, Mississippi Tea Partier, Christian-Right Associate for a federal office within the U.S. Senate? Listen, MS Black people in 2014 are no longer to be considered dumb slaves of white landowners. They know where their best interests are to be found. Consequently, they knew not to support the Tea Partier, McDaniel. They had a better choice in Sen. Thad Cochran. It’s just that simple! I would agree that the results of the election to this point have been primarily based on Common Sense, not “Election Fraud” as some claim. At any rate, it’s way past time for this debate to end!

    • Syanis

      The Confederates were Dem and the Dems were the ones who opposed freeing the slaves. The Dems were the ones who stood against civil rights throughout history. The Dems were the ones who created the KKK. All true facts of history easily researchable. However come the 60’s the Dems started a new strategy of using minorities and racist propaganda to spin it as if they are the friends of minorities. So why do blacks vote Dem when they are the party of slavery? And the party that continues to enslave them? Low information…. poor education…. and making everything appear as its racist if its not Dem.

      • FrereJocques

        Your “facts” may be accurate, but they are facts from the past–not the
        present. Democrats are not in favor of slavery. Democrats do not support
        the KKK. In fact, it is Chris McDaniel whose own background implies
        support for these “facts”.

        In fact, it is the Repugnicants and their Tee Pee brethren who seem to want to impose slavery, and not just on blacks. Slavery at the hands of large corporations who despise poor people and strive by every means possible to keep them that way. Slavery at the hands of Repugnicant-controlled State Governments who deny poor people the benefits of free and affordable health care.

        Blacks have LOTS of reasons to vote Democratic–and frankly, so does everyone.

        • Syanis

          And what about any Tea Party ideal tries to do any of that? Or are you simply copying what the DNC or GOP have said because they fear a new party becoming mainstream? Low corporate and business tax rate as long as jobs stay in the US? Many countries do that and it works great for them. Business is about making money so a place having some of the highest business taxes in the world that is losing huge amounts of business’s and jobs…. makes sense it would work here. Fair tax where everyone pays an equal flat % based on income?

          So what about the Tea Party threatens you so? But please, don’t make more of a fool out of yourself and do some research on what exactly the Tea Party stands for. But a basic principle behind everything is American Citizens first, color doesn’t matter, sex doesn’t matter. Citizenship matters.

          • TWBDB

            I can speak to that. The Tea Party opposes dialogue between people of diverse political, social, and ethnic background to find compromise. In my opinion, the Tea Party uses patriotism, family and American values, etc. in vain to sucker good people into their tent.

            So rather than put liberals on the defensive – you have the floor, tell us how you would reach across the aisle, how would you find compromise and get Congress working again?

          • Syanis

            What we need is level of *Protectionism* that puts Americans first and pushes personal responsability. However this doesn’t fit the money on either side. Both sides lose money on policies that protect Americans jobs and promote American growth. Dems fail to lose votes by making people more responsible for themselves rather then saying its someone else’s fault. It goes both ways with both establishments. At this point while I’d love to, there can’t be any compromise because what both parties want is against the interests of American Citizens and American Workers which the sole job of the Government is to protect those things. Yet both parties are completely opposite of that.

          • TWBDB

            Interesting, as ‘protectionism’ would imply you’re asking for increased government to enforce the tariffs and import quota tool set of the process. I have a feeling that’s not what you’d have and actually neither would I. I believe we’ve opted out of tax incentive policy for tax-cuts. We’re giving across the board tax cuts for the top tier with the idea they’ll reinvest those savings into the nation – – which hasn’t happened. I believe if we provide tax incentive for job creation domestically, innovation, and proven investment, tax policy would actually start to support the ‘protectionist’ ideal you’re talking about.

          • FrereJocques

            What I despise about the Tee Pee party is their method of doing things. With them, it’s their way or the highway. They are not at all embarrassed or ashamed about shutting the whole government down if they don’t get what they want, and when they want it. They also seem to not understand that there are some functions the Government needs to do and/or is obliged to do. Many of those needs were decided on by the people, who said they wanted these things. You can work to eliminate some Government programs, but don’t do it by holding the entire nation hostage. The Tee Pee party would like to throw the whole government out and start over again. Sorry, that’s not my idea of how to get things done. Something about throwing the baby out with the bath water.

          • Syanis

            What about the DNC and how they are controlling the Senate? If the House passes a bill the Senate dislikes it just ignores it completely. Then the Dems in the Senate scream how the House never does a single thing while with every issue the Dems scream about has multiple bills sitting on Reids desk being ignored dealing with it. Just not doing what the Dems want. The House has put forth many bills to deal with many issues, the Senate won’t even take a look at the committee level if it doesn’t fit Reid and Obama’s agenda.

          • FrereJocques

            Most of those bills sent to the Senate are the results of grandstanding by the Repugnicants. They want to go on record to prove their Conservatism to their constituency. They know that the bills they send to the Senate have not a chance in he77 of passing. And when they DO send the occasional worthwhile bill to the Senate, they often include a “poison pill” (usually trying to defund Obamacare) that they know the Senate is not going to accept. Then they (the Repugnicants) holler and scream about how the fault of nothing getting done belongs wholly on the Senate.

            Liars and Hypocrites.

          • Syanis

            So what your saying is that Reps in the House should only send bills to the Senate that the Senate will pass? How about telling the Senate the same, only pass bills that have a chance of passing in the House? Sounds fair ehh?

            Yes, poison pills exist, on BOTH sides. The Senate put some major poison pills in with their *Immigration Reform* bill that basically makes it so they can call a 99% unsecure border secure and not have to do a damn thing, also poison pills to hurt E-Verify rather then strengthen it. Numerous others as well. But they thought they could strong arm a couple of elections out of it as they have no interest in really making illegal aliens citizens. As long as those illegal aliens keep supporting Dems thinking they are on their side and keep voting illegally that’s all the Dems want.

            But there are dozens of decent bills sitting in Reids trash that don’t have poison pills and are widely accepted by American voters. But as they don’t fit the DNC’s agenda or that the DNC wants other things tacked on to suit its interests that the House refuses on the bill gets trashed.

          • 1941641

            I’ve seen all I need to from the candidacy of Mc Daniel and his right-wing hoodlum associates to reject the extremist Tea Party lock, stock, and barrel. Period!

      • Thile

        A few Q’s for you, Syanis:

        – Who were the “Dixiecrats” and what happened to them over the past fifty years?

        – Who was the republican nominee in 1964, and did he vote for or against the Civil Rights Act?

        – Why did Strom Thurmond and George Wallace leave the democratic party?

        – (if you’re from the south) Who did your parents and grandparents vote for? Did they support the CRA? Do they vote republican today?

      • TWBDB

        Yep, and that same element so prevalent in the Dem party before the 60’s switched over to the Rep party over the last few decades. We all know that – – stop trying to cover it up. It’s the element those of us who believe in equality oppose not the party affiliation.

      • 1941641

        Get the history straight before you ask such dumb questions!

  • Thile

    That first letter has to be a satirical piece or parody. Thanks for the laugh.

  • 1941641

    Holliday: “I am proud that many African-Americans felt comfortable voting in a Republican primary. Indeed, like U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, I will continue to reach out to people of all colors, and encourage them to embrace the ideas and principles that I believe are best. Imagine the future of Mississippi if the Tea Party and the Freedom Riders wrote a new song together in the birthplace of America’s music.”

    Yea Brother Holliday. I can see it now: Teapots and Black People all gathered together and attired in their Grey Confederate Uniforms with the Grand Ole Confederate Flag fluttering overhead composing a New Song together in the birthplace of America’s Music, Memphis TN where Elvis Presley first learned it from the Black Blues singers of his day. What I’m trying to say is that your idea is nothing more than a pipe dream. Black people voted for Sen. Cochran because they knew where their best interests resided on election day. Tea Party not withstanding!!