The Koch Challenge


By Raynard Jackson – Last week, to my amazement, I read an article about Charles Koch in The Washington Post newspaper. The amazing part was that it was a positive article about Koch. For those who don’t live in DC, The Washington Post is one of the most liberal newspapers in the country and rarely [...]

Republican Diversity: Blacks Need Not Apply


By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Unlike the Republican National Committee (RNC), our national party apparatus, most of the 50 state party committees are stuck in the 1960s when it comes to the Black community. Exhibit A for this was the annual weekend gathering for the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) that took place two weeks [...]

The Congressional Black Caucus Has No Conscience


By Raynard Jackson, NNPA Columnist- The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) describes itself as “the conscience of the U.S. Congress.” According to the dictionary, conscience is the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives. Notice that the root of the word conscience is the word “con,” which is exactly what [...]

Romney and the NAACP: A Missed Opportunity


By Raynard Jackson (NNPA Columnist) – As anyone who has followed me knows, I have been extremely critical of President Obama’s non-engagement with the Black community. Obama has deliberately ignored the plight of the Black community while giving preferential treatment to the homosexual and Hispanic communities. But I can’t in good conscious criticize Obama and [...]

Independence Day – by Raynard Jackson


As we celebrate Independence Day here in the US, I wonder when the Black community is going to learn the true meaning of this day when it comes to politics. Independence Day, or Fourth of July, is about freedom to think, be, imagine and to live. In the U.S., July 4, 1776 was the day [...]

Hypocrisy in the Democracy by Raynard Jackson


Now that both political parties nominee’s for president are set, I began reflecting on some of the TV ads I have seen and various statements candidates have made. My conclusion about both parties? There is hypocrisy in the democracy of the United States. For example, Republicans claim to be against preference programs—affirmative action, minority set-asides, [...]

The Republican Party Needs A Cadillac – by Raynard Jackson


Recently, I had lunch with a very powerful Republican elected official who is a good friend of mine. We have extremely candid conversations, especially about race (he is white). Out of nowhere he asked me what was the reason Blacks have a historical affinity for Cadillac automobiles (named after the French explorer who founded Detroit [...]

Roland Martin Is Not GLAAD – by Raynard Jackson


I originally had absolutely no intention of writing about the recent flap surrounding TV personality Roland Martin, but because of the unfair treatment he has received; and his seeming inability to defend himself, I feel compelled to speak out. Martin is a syndicated newspaper columnist, a political analyst for CNN, and host of his own [...]

Capital Offense – by Raynard Jackson


I am stunned by all the controversy surrounding presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital (the private investment company that he founded). What’s even more amazing is that the controversy was started by Republicans running against him for the presidential nomination. These Republican candidates have accused Romney of buying several businesses and then laying [...]

The Optics of Iowa – by Raynard Jackson


Tuesday night the political world was all focused on the Iowa Caucuses. Everyone was watching to see if Santorum would defeat Romney. When all the votes were counted, Romney had won by a mere 8 votes. Romney was finally declared the winner around 2:30 am (east coast time). I stayed up to listen to all [...]

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