Wednesday, July 04, 2012

This Post Is Not A Direct Criticism Of First Lady Michelle Obama, Only An Index Of Her Thoughts About The Christian Church's Utility In Politics

This is NOT my "Political Blog".
This blog is for "Strategic Analysis" from a cultural and institutional perspective.

The reason why I am posting the two comments from the "Two First Ladies" is to get at the real target of this post: "Subjectively OFFENDED Black People"

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 - As President Bush battled criticism over the response to Hurricane Katrina, his mother declared it a success for evacuees who "were underprivileged anyway," saying on Monday that many of the poor people she had seen while touring a Houston relocation site were faring better than before the storm hit.
"What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas," Barbara Bush said in an interview on Monday with the radio program "Marketplace." "Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality."

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway," she said, "so this is working very well for them."
Mrs. Bush toured the Astrodome complex with her husband, former President George Bush, as part of an administration campaign throughout the Gulf Coast region to counter criticism of the response to the storm. Former President Bush and former President Bill Clinton are helping raise money for the rebuilding effort.
White House officials did not respond on Tuesday to calls for comment on Mrs. Bush's remarks.

Please recall that when this statement was made by (Former) First Lady Barbara Bush in response to her observation that the Hurricane Katrina "evacuees" were in good hands in the emergency shelter, in fact better off than the poor, decrepit places they came from in greater New Orleans this set off a fire storm as various people called her "out of touch", aloof, insensitive.

This merely added to the bonfire of hatred and blame that many had assigned to her son - President George W Bush.

MY OPINION - Of course these were ill-conceived words, her tone misaligned from the situation at hand.

The firestorm over these words, however, ensured that the "Guilty Parties" who left these people vulnerable after decades of a "caretaker state" would never themselves be "Put On Trial" for the damage that they did.
First Lady Michelle Obama - "There Is No Better Place To Talk About These Issues (Political Issues) Because Ultimately They Are Not Just Political Issues.  They Are MORAL Issues".

WSMV Channel 4

Again - I wish to move past the words said by First Lady Michelle Obama and shift focus into the audience - The African American Methodist Episcopal church body that the First Lady was speaking to.

During my sociological inspection - I've noticed that there is a dramatic difference in behavior (and willingness to "talk" from the perspective of being "Put On Trial" to account for your actions)  between:

  1. Those with Power and Authority and who know that they are going to be held accountable (Put On Trial)
  2. versus Those who have Power and Authority but who understand that their base is going to accept a grand "Establishment Power Repudiation" scheme that is orchestrated for their short term pleasure but  at their long term expense 

The AME Church in America has untold power and influence in the Black community.  Throughout their history they have played a big impact in:
  • Addressing the need for Christian comfort in the context of a "Spiritual Walk" as our people seek to find their true meaning in this cruel world
  • Educating Black people via the founding of schools that focus upon our children
  • Serving as "the Anchor Tenant" in so many cultural and community oriented activities within the community.  The church building and/or the members of the church serving as the organizational scaffolding for this community outreach 
  • Providing medical services to underserved communities when the larger society did not care to address this need.  (Note: I need to research the point to determine if the AME Church has ever opened a hospital but the Catholic Church surely has done so.  Still the AME has sponsored many health fairs over the years to draw attention to various lifestyle ailments that our people suffer
  • Financial coordination as community funds have been aggregated together to achieve a common goal

While I am not naive enough to believe that the AME church or any church has ever been a "Politics Free Zone" it is also the case that when direct participation in politics was not an option for Black people to consider the "Black Church" was not able to debate POLITICAL THEORY.  If they did not step up to the plate and build or protect the Black community - the results were that the community perished. 

It is with this spirit in mind that I retain AME Bishop Henry McNeal Turner as my favorite of all time. 

Turner understood that brutal times mandated that the community circle its wagons and made sure that all of the members KNEW THEIR PART and what they were responsible for doing to protect the "crown jewels".  The premium focus being the protection of the integrity of the community from EXTERNAL INVADERS.

As the modern day AME Church has a grand meeting in "Opryland" - the massive "Gaylord Hotel" structure in Nashville Tennessee they have little fear that many of the ghosts that haunted Black people in the days of Bishop Turner would converge and run them out of their public accommodation.

Today's Black community in  Nashville and nearby Memphis is haunted by "demon spirits" that have proven to be "Equal Opportunity Possessors".   They have entered into "Black bodies" that walk these streets while continuing to occupy the body of the White man. (Both in reference to the registered threat to Black people's interests)

I suspect that the AME Church did not take offense to the words of First Lady Michelle Obama BECAUSE both she and they understood that any "CONVERSATIONS AMONG 'THEIR TYPE OF CHRISTIANS' " would largely reach the same "blessed" accord regarding WHICH DEVIL is responsible for the conditions that have transpired just outside of the whitewashed doors of the AME church within the Black community of today.

Normally it is the "Ingrown Toenail Effect" that has those within earshot of an "offending message" to draw their feet back under the table so their throbbing appendage does not get stepped upon by these words.

Since they understand that the First Lady was planning on stepping on the toes of OTHERS, while insuring that their forces of "JESUS" remain in lock step, synchronized to the "Christian Social Justice" meme of "Helping The Least Of These" - they all let out a grand applause as to the good idea for "Church based POLITICAL talk"

Now of course, few would be so rude to remind the gathering of the AME church that, thanks to their previous political talk - the establishment machine that governs the vast majority of the locales where their churchses reside have assumed power over the community.    This "political talk", however, has failed to address many of the pressing issues within the community NOR compelled the masses to "Walk Closer To Jesus"!!!

Yesterday as I talked with a retired Black grandmother about her choice to depart from a "violent Mission Accomplished City" only to spend the rest of her days in the suburbs.   I had asked about the condition of her municipal pension, seeing that so many other similar cities had been forced to cut back on their promises.   She immediately made the case that OBAMA was going to step in and not allow the Republicans to cut her pension.  Then the spirit of "Her Type Of JESUS" hit her as she said:   "Obama is going to win reelection.  I'VE ALREADY CLAIMED IT".

(This is not my political blog but I must get this one shot in:  When Progressives make note of the blind, dogmatic obedience that Conservatives display - I am always made to wonder if they ever think to include these type of "Blacks" in as a means of discrediting their model?  Instead, as I suspect, they are quite pleased with these type of events because that person is a sure vote in the way that they favor).

My personal criticism of this response (and I will NEVER disrespect an elderly person via a direct challenge and rebuttal of their politically laced foolishness opinions. ) is that such a person, while of benefit in the SHORT TERM - per the prevailing political consciousness within the Black community is actually a threat to the imposition of Good, Transparent GOVERNANCE of the Black community.

  • GOVERNMENT - that collection of persons that are assigned authority, as vetted by the POLITICAL system in America that is presently dominated by two "Dung Producing Party Animals"
  • GOVERNANCE - the act of applying a reasonable amount of care and management over the resources that have been imparted to a certain community of people, with the goal of maximizing prosperity, respecting rights all within the rule of law. (Yes that includes PROPERTY rights as well)
The bigger issue - as it relates to "The Black Church" is that - as so many smoldering fires remain within the Black Community - the church which has become too much of a POLITICAL MACHINE is more likely seen seeking to "Get 1,000,000 More Black People Registered To Vote Before Easter 2012" than they are to make mention of a grand scheme to reach "1,000,000 Souls For Christ" by which these new disciples are seen publicly acknowledging that in as much as "Christ made us all in his image" is their duty to express to the world the EVIDENCE of their belief of this point by:

  1. NEVER allowing anyone to refer to them as "The Least Of These"
  2. Knowing their true self and making note of the NEEDS of the community that is full of other people who have come to this knowledge
  3. Modeling the entire set of needs of a health community
  4. Setting up and maintaining the system of CULTURE, EDUCATION, PHYSICAL/DIETARY HABITS and CONFLICT RESOLUTION Models that will allow them to express this desired end

Long story short, and will all due respect - the Black Church Of Today has actually SHRANK in its conscious role to DEVELOP OUR PEOPLE.   In its place we have conversations about what the NATION OF PEOPLE, through its GOVERNMENT should provide for "The Least Of These".  This, except they spin it as "Shared Struggle".

I demand that you find me any church which adopts the "Shared Sacrifice Model" AND which allows those with countervailing behaviors and thoughts to continue unchecked as they sit in the sanctuary.  

It doesn't happen.

The "Black Church" prides itself as the only institution in America that has never been controlled by outsiders.

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