Funny thing about neoliberal orthodoxy in 21st-century American politics: Its white-biased fecklessness has permitted an armed mob to infiltrate every rung of political power in this country and threaten the very fiber of the U.S. government, while it bludgeons innocent Black victims into corners of shame.

The inveterate liar who is this country’s Twice Impeached Private Citizen (TWIMPRIC) now living in Florida is the leader of a frenzied and growing throng, whose sheer rumored presence has turned Washington, D.C., into a ghostly slum. The U.S. Capitol is a fortress surrounded by nine-foot-high fences topped with razor wire. D.C.’s fancy downtown banks and law offices are now trampy facades covered with cheesy plywood. And 16th Street, the 77th global Prime Meridian, with its “Black Lives Matter Plaza,” approaching the now fortified White House presidential “mansion,” has become a grimy back alley.

These lawless — the Oath Keepers, 3 Percenters, Proud Boys and Boogaloo Boys — are able to reign supreme on the streets of Washington because they openly boast of being armed. The established law enforcement agencies can’t (or won’t) control them. And they are defended by an equally treasonous pack of Confederacy-loving senators and congress members who call themselves the Freedom Caucus, and who also carry arms on their person, literally in the halls of Congress. Just who do they think they are “protecting” themselves from on the House or Senate floor?

These scoundrels berate and harass their fellow Congress members, and threaten to physically fight them without fear of any consequences. One such gun-toting member —freshman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) — “liked” a comment on her Facebook page which said that the quickest way to get rid of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was with a “bullet in her head.” No consequences! No consequences!

The wicked, armed right-wing bullies and would-be assassins are not only anti-Black to the Nth Degree, they are virulently anti-Semitic. Greene for example claims that school massacres are fake, yet was rewarded by the right-wing GOP leadership with a position on the House Education Committee. She says without censure, that Jews “in space” caused California’s wildfires.

In a Facebook post, Greene postulates that the “Vice Chairman of Rothschild Inc, international investment banking firm” may have used “space solar generators … beaming the sun’s energy back to Earth” to fire a “laser beam or light beam coming down to Earth” to “cause” the 2018 camp fire in California in order to manipulate the stock market and line the pockets of Rothschild Inc, Solaren and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum.

No problema, congresswoman — you just go about your merry way, make sure you’re locked and loaded.

On the other hand, if Hall of Fame football player and sports analyst Shannon Sharpe is to be believed, a famous celebrity can hardly even mention the name of Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan —who, unlike the Jan. 6, 2021, melee, brought 2 million Black men to the U.S. Capitol for the Million Man March and left the Mall cleaner than it was when they arrived — without rebuke.

Sharpe cites, as an example of the hypocrisy, 10-time Super Bowl quarterback Tom Brady’s affection for the TWIMPRIC, and the arm’s length which the whole celebrity world keeps from the Minister.

Quoting Sharpe: “For argument’s sake, let’s just say LeBron James says. ‘My friend Minister Farrakhan.’ How would America react? You see, Blacks have always had to be very, very quiet about who their friends are. A prominent Black athlete can never say, ‘Minister Farrakhan is my friend.’ They’ll try to cancel anybody with just the mere mention of Minister Farrakhan’s name.” It’s blatant hypocrisy.

The right-wing, white nationalists behave like a pack of thugs at a middle school, pushing around the student body, taking their lunch money every day, and threatening the teachers to look the other way. These Repugnikkkan bullies dominate the news media as they urinate on the shoes of the neoliberals, while they tell the world it’s just raining.

The new president, Joe Biden —elected with an unprecedented outpouring of support from Black voters, who endured and overcame much to elect him and then delivered him two crucial Georgia Senate seats in post-election runoffs — is making nice with the GOP leadership who hate everything he stands for, while he puts Black aspirations on the back burner.

Today’s chief liberal captains, Biden and his “ace,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, call their failed technique “bipartisanship.” Naw, they can’t get away from their attachment to white superiority. It’s the hypocrisy Trump’s wildest dreams are made of.

Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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