It’s Black History Month and there will be countless remembrances of the Civil Rights movement — such as the film “Selma.” However, we must never forget the people of other races, creeds, and religions who stood by blacks in the South to bring the practice of segregation and Jim Crow to an end – all of which by the way, was introduced by the Democrat party.
One of those groups who stood with blacks were the Jewish people – as a matter of fact it was two Jewish men who were doing voting registration work in Mississippi who went missing. It was later discovered that Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were killed along with James Chaney in 1964 — as depicted in the 1988 film, “Mississippi Burning.”
So the latest news involving the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is rather disturbing. As reported by the UK Daily Mail, “Two prominent black Democrats in the House of Representatives are vowing to skip Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next month, a move that a White House insider says was put in motion by the Obama administration.”
“John Lewis of Georgia and G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina both said Friday that they disapproved when House Speaker John Boehner invited the Israeli leader to address a joint session of Congress on March 3 without consulting President Barack Obama first. That disapproval apparently was orchestrated, or at least strongly encouraged, by the White House through communications with lawmakers connected to the Congressional Black Caucus.”
“I’m not saying the president called anyone personally,” a current White House staffer told Daily Mail Online. ‘But yeah, the White House sent a message to some at the CBC that they should suddenly be very upset about the speech.”
Consider this, John Lewis is referred to as a civil rights icon and G.K. Butterfield is the current Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Have they, in this Black History month especially, forgotten the commitment and sacrifices American Jews made to stand with them?
But now it seems, at a time when our best ally, Israel, could use their support — they play Obama politics and turn their backs on Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Jewish people. Perhaps Lewis and Butterfield need to be reminded of a verse from the Bible when God spoke to Abram, Genesis 12:2-3 (New International Version) “And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” These were the words spoken to Abram as it relates to the seed he would lay in establishing the Jewish people and Israel.
Oh, just to be fair and balanced, here is God’s other blessing as spoken to Hagar, Abram’s concubine, in Genesis 16:11-12 (New International Version) “The angel of the Lord said to her further, “Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael, Because the Lord has given heed to your affliction. “He will be a wild donkey of a man, His hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him; And he will live to the east of all his brothers.” These words were spoken to define what would become the Arab nations.
Perhaps President Obama should have used these contrasting verses as a topic for his National Prayer Breakfast speech. It probably would have come off lots better than the inane drivel he spoke.
In any event, why would the Obama White House send a communiqué to the CBC to boycott Netanyahu? Last week, Rep. Nancy Pelosi gave the House Democrat members a “get out of jail free card” — saying they may have work to do — wink, wink.
And as always, the White House and the CBC are now in damage control mode. The Daily Mail writes, “The source said it was a ‘back-channel’ arrangement that did not involve the higher echelons of the West Wing. Butterfield’s spokeswoman Kezmiché Atterbury denied it on Friday afternoon, saying he ‘was not asked by anyone at the White House or otherwise’ to skip Netanyahu’s planned address. The North Carolinian is the CBC’s chairman. He told the Associated Press that a growing boycott ‘is not an organized effort.’ But Lewis’s spokeswoman Brenda Jones wouldn’t deny it after repeated requests. ‘I have no comment for you,’ she finally said in an email, adding separately that ‘my boss does not speak for the CBC.’ Jones vented in another email, suggesting that journalists were out to get Rep. Lewis.”
The question has to be asked, why would the Chairman of the CBC and a civil rights icon decide not to attend the Netanyahu speech? I wonder if they offer such vehement angst when President Obama goes off and enacts unilateral actions that are unconstitutional as they are “displaying” towards Speaker of the House Boehner inviting someone to speak — which is fully within his enumerated powers? Are these two lawmakers more focused on Obama’s “hurt feelings” or are they concerned about a definitive threat, Iran?
And I’m simply appalled by National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s words, referring to these very real threats as “not being existential” — sounds cute, huh?
Real Clear Politics reports Rice said in a speech at the Brookings Institution on Friday, that while ISIS is dangerous, it is not a threat of “existential nature” like World War II or the Cold War. “Too often, what’s missing here in Washington is a sense of perspective,” Rice said. “Yes, there is a lot going on. Still, while the dangers we face may be more numerous and varied, they are not of the existential nature of what we confronted during World War II or during the Cold War. We cannot afford to be buffeted by alarmism and a nearly instantaneous news cycle.”
Yep we’re jsut being alarmists — move along, another beheading, crucifixion, mass murder, more acquisition of territory. I think what Rice fails to understand is that this is the exact same perspective offered by Neville Chamberlain leading up to World War II.
This dismissive attitude is exemplified by the person responsible for our national security policy — and the same dismissive attitude is presented by Lewis and Butterfield who don’t care to hear about the real threats in the Middle East. G.K. Butterfield and John Lewis are the ones showing the real disrespect, not Speaker Boehner. Not only are they disrespecting the leader of our best ally, Israel, they’re also disrespecting the American people by disregarding our security.
Rice, Butterfield, and Lewis are more concerned with politics, not policy, and you just have to ask, how did these people get to be in these positions? I just pray that the words spoken to Abram in Genesis 12:2-3 don’t come back to haunt us as we exist under the most anti-Israel administration we have ever seen in America. There is no place for games when it comes to our national security — however, it seems that premise escapes these charlatans.
Shame on Lewis and Butterfield for turning their backs on the leader of Israel and the Jewish people who did not turn their backs when blacks needed them during the civil rights movement — they offered their blessing.
And by the way, if you’ve never seen it, here is G.K. Butterfield being skewered by Stephen Colbert.