Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Ronald Burris Should Have Been Seated As Senator Today But His Appointment Still Stinks To The Highest Of The Heavens

Roland Burris really should have been sworn in as the junior Senator of Illinois today. I don't buy any of the excuses the Democrats are giving not to seat him. As usual, the Democrats dropped the ball and it's their fault this mess happened. Burris should never ever been in the position in the first place.

With that said, I'm just beside myself with the appointment of this dude. Burris is a walking example of what is wrong with black leadership in America. First, he was just too gleeful to take a clearly tainted appointment from a clearly corrupt Governor. Second, he let the race card be played which changed the entire discussion for a situation that didn't rate that kind of drama. Third, I hate politicians that play their black supporters by saying that the "Lord" has played some role in their case. I hate that black folks are that easy. The "Lord" had nothing to do with this mess and Burris is wrong for using religion as a tool for his politics.

The biggest problem is Burris' ego. The man is delusional. Burris actually thinks he can win re-election when all signs point to the fact he can't. He can't raise the big money necessary to retain the seat, he has lost four or five major state election primaries in a row, and he would be 73 at the time of re-election, with less than two years in the Senate seat. Further, since he will be bucking the Democrats to get seated when they didn't want him in the first dam place and he have refused to just serve as a seat warmer, he is not going to get the support from the DNC or his fellow colleagues for re-election either. Yet, Burris will insist on being seated for a Senate position now, that he doesn't have a chance in hell of holding on to in the future.

And what bothers me the most is the fact that he's just getting in the damn way of the opportunities of others. Illinois is filled with young, highly educated, highly qualified African Americans with fresh ideas and the high energy to serve. Instead of an African American that can make a serious impact in the future of American politics, we get Burris, who clearly only wants the title. Folks like Burris are one of the largest stumbling blocks to change with politics and civic leadership within Black America.

Our civil rights and black power era leadership just flat-out refuses to get out of the way to allow another generation of Black Americans to lead. From Jesse Jackson Sr to Al Sharpton to Bobby Rush to Andrew Young to Ronald Burris, the black community is saddled with black folks who refused to pass the mantle of power. Look at how many of the old Black political guard shot themselves in the foot during the Obama campaign. The majority ended up on the wrong side of history and found themselves in complete exile from Obama because of nasty comments they made about him. Completely shutout!

Black America doesn't have any Senators for a reason. And the truth of the matter is because Black America functions like a slide rule, we can rise up and we can slide back down in equal measures. And that is because we support folks like Burris instead of challenging them. It doesn't matter if Black America has a Black Senator, if he is ineffective in office and can't keep his job. The likelihood is that Ronald Burris will be eventually seated as Senator, but it won't be something that Black America can be proud of, he will be nothing but the senate appointment of a disgraced and corrupt former Governor.

8 comments:

RiPPa January 6, 2009 at 3:34 PM  

"As usual, the Democrats dropped the ball and it's their fault this mess happened. Burris should never ever been in the position in the first place."



So what exactly is it that the democrats are doing wrong here? And how do you see it as their fault?

Professor Tracey January 6, 2009 at 3:38 PM  

@Rippa -

The Illinois Democrats had the opportunity to take this decision away from the Governor. They didn't move quick enough.

The Democrats in the Senate talked tough about the Governor not making the choice when they really were not willing to risk a special election and the Governor called their bluff.

The Republicans would have handled this mess with so much more ruthlessness.

DJ Black Adam January 6, 2009 at 6:58 PM  

"The biggest problem is Burris' ego. The man is delusional. Burris actually thinks he can win re-election when all signs point to the fact he can't."

I agree. Secretary of State Jesse White (who I have known for 10 years) is a great guy, but his signature is of no consequence, a formality, his decision to NOT sign is merely a statement, of no affect to the LAW, the sitting Governor of Illinois appointed Roland Burris, and as much as I wish Roland would just shut up and allow others (Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson ® for example) to speak for him on this matter, HE has been appointed BY the Gov. of Illinois, simple as that.

RiPPa January 6, 2009 at 7:13 PM  

Thanks for clearing that up. I didn't know that the Dems had a chance to take the decision away before now. And yeah, I feel you about talking tough in the Senate.

Its really funny because I've been engaged in some heated discussions today with nothing but republicans who actually see this as racist. Now, I don't, but I thought it was rather hilarious hearing it from a bunch of white dudes who I know; dudes who despise the pulling of the rqace card by Black people.

Curious January 7, 2009 at 12:41 AM  

I don't see the man as delusional. I think he sees one more chance at the spotlight and he's taking full advantage of it in one of the biggest political arenas in the nation. Plus even if he should lose the next election, wont he still get a federal pension? You know times are hard and I cant fault a brother for looking out for number 1.

page January 7, 2009 at 9:23 AM  

Burris wants to be in the political sceen.......the appoiment is not certified by the State of Illinoise until their is one more signuature on his appointemnt in which Burris does not have he is not really THE SENATOR from ILL. His azzz showed up for show and knew he would not be seated in the first place to make a spectical/show.

Julia January 7, 2009 at 10:11 AM  

"And what bothers me the most is the fact that he's just getting in the damn way of the opportunities of others. Illinois is filled with young, highly educated, highly qualified African Americans with fresh ideas and the high energy to serve. Instead of an African American that can make a serious impact in the future of American politics, we get Burris, who clearly only wants the title."

This is exactly what is getting to me, too, but I was having trouble putting it into words. Thanks for this post.

bbgcmac January 7, 2009 at 11:51 AM  

Prof Tracey - you hit it on all accounts. As whack as Burris is, as whack as this process has been - how about the attorney's who brought this up in the first place and still have not done enough work to present a criminal case? what is up with that?

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