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At UN Arab Life Is More Valued than African Life

May 29, 2012

At UN Arab Life Is More Valued than African Life

Blog by Charles Butler May 29, 2012

Former Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan is at the center of a civil war created by the west and President Obama’s call to rebel against all oppressors in a visit to Cairo in 2009.  The facts are that during his tenure as Secretary General of the U.N. the organization was the epitome of inaction, incompetence and cowardice in the face of some of the most horrendous crimes against mankind since the Nazi regime and the Holocaust.

Mr. Annan, in a new role as the United Nation Arab League envoy to Syria, is supposed to negotiate a peaceful settlement and transition of power in Syria.  It is ludicrous and baseless for the U.N. and American to support of rebel actions against sovereign governments, regardless of their type.

The world media, and especially US media has totally ignored the civil wars and genocide on the African continent for fear of shedding good blood in a worthless causes. For the most part the 54 countries that make up the continent do not have much if any strategic importance to G-8 economies, and do not threaten the national security of any nation except through terrorist training grounds for Islamic groups.

However, genocide and war continue to ravage the Sudan, Nigeria, and the Congo its civilians are being killed daily and surrounding countries are bearing the burden.  The BBC is the only mainstream media outlet that is reporting the thousands of people killed, the refugees fleeing from these countries.  The Christian Monitor reports that Migrants from South Sudan have been arriving at a rate of 150 to 200 people per day at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya, and it will soon be filled beyond capacity.

Recently, Emmanuel Nyabera, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR), “says that many of the refugees coming to Kakuma are overflow from refugee camps in Ethiopia, which is closer to the disputed region.”  This is receding almost 200 people a day and will exceed its capacity in the coming month.  The refugee camps in Kenya are filling the

The Sudanese Civil War alone 1983 2005 killed over 2 million people. The Sudan war is raging again with thousands dying every week.  The Rwandan civil war killed over a half million people, before it ended. The Congo is currently engaged in a civil war killing thousands of people every week.  Nigeria is experiencing another tribal and religious warring conflict displacing thousands of people.

At some point, we must ask ourselves why do Americans and especially Black Americans, politicians, and Democratic Presidents ignore the atrocities in Black Africa.

Let’s contrast recent events and this blog is too short to cover the many incidents, so I will settle for a few:

Bill Clinton turned a blind eye during the Rwandan insurrection, while 500,000 people were slaughtered. However, Clinton took the lead on the Serbian-Bosnian war along with Tony Blair, PM of the U.K.  Their justification for leading these efforts from the platform of the U.N. were the war atrocities perpetrated against civilians. After the war ended he made sure $300M was invested in the capital markets of Bosnia.

Pres. Obama has encouraged regime change in countries like Egypt, Libya, and other nations with closed democracies (previously supported by the U.S.)  As a self-proclaimed citizen of the world, and a real African-American, more accurately stated a Kenyan American. He overlooks the impact that this Sudanese war is having on the Kenyan government.  Mr. Obama distances himself far away from anything Black, foreign or domestic.

Susan Rice the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. was laughed off the floor in January when she wanted the U.N. to intervene in Syria because 12 people were killed by the military.  I twitted her that 12 people were killed in Chicago on the weekend, and if the Obama Administration wanted U.N. respect they should address the conflicts in Sudan, Congo, and Nigeria.  Two weeks later President Obama sent Special Forces operatives to those countries.  They are finally looking to stop the warlord Kony. Coincidence! No looking for a political chit for the campaign.

In contrast, Presidents Reagan, Bush 41, Bush 43, addressed the atrocities of all civilians regardless of geographical region. To my point, Secretary of State Colin Powell, went to the U.N. in 2003 and asked it to declare a state of genocide in the Sudan.  The U.N. said the war didn’t meet the definition of genocide. Today we still have thousands of refugees fleeing the war between Sudan and South Sudan on a daily basis.

President George W. Bush, is credited by African leaders of single-handedly eliminating malaria from the continent by funding a “net” program that the Obama administration promptly ended in taking office. And he also funded the HIV/AID programs with more money than ever previously provided to African health organizations.

The Congressional Black Caucus continues to be dysfunctional and uninvolved in matters related to the continent of Africa.  You would think that people, who call themselves African-Americans, would be interested in the issues affecting the continent. Since the death of Congressman Mickey Leland, no one in the CBC has brought focus to the economic development, capital markets and governmental issues in Africa of any significance.

Americans should be aware of Mainstream Media our government’s selective manner in protecting human life.  We are having discussions about funding abortions, when tens of thousands of people are dying from starvation and dehydration.  We can provide the continent of Africa the means to be a global competitor just as we have with Japan, China, and Europe.


Obama Goes Too Far On Gay Marriage, losing Black and Independent Voters!

May 16, 2012

Barak Obama has finally pushed Black Americans to make a choice about him, based on his record. His recent evolution in support of Gay Marriage, while telling Blacks to “stop whining” was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  My Democratic friends both Black and White openly acknowledge their disappointment in Mr. Obama’s performance as CIC thus far, and are not supporting him in November.  His arrogance and self-importance has become a topic of conversation among even my most liberal friends.


I received calls over the last few days from disgruntled Blacks that are verbally and factually more Charles Butler than me, in their disapproval of Mr. Obama.  I hear in Black churches across the land Black ministers that still support Mr. Obama are losing credibility with their congregations.  Interestingly enough I declared on election night of November of 2008, “Besides being a historical event, the election of Barak Obama would increase Americans interest and participation in the political process and governance of the country, and that will not bode well for Mr. Obama.”


Black Americans have overlooked President Obama’s neglect of any meaningful dialogue, legislation or action on their behave at any time in his political, professional or person life.  He has eluded anything remotely connected to Black Americans.  This includes the overt exclusion of a Black American from a formal cabinet post, (Eric Holder is clear that he is a Barbadian, not African American), which has not happened in decades.  Since election day I have compared Mr. Obama to Woodrow Wilson and Jimmy Carter and in the last week the parallels could not have become clearer with the Putin/G8 debacle, refusing to address the Russia’s preemptive strike threat on the U.S and NATO, and Gay Marriage support.


Mr. Obama’s support of Gay Marriage is tantamount to and or exceeds President Carter’s gaff of “I asked Amy what was the most important issue … and she said nuclear weaponry” moment.  Mr. Obama claims that Sasha and Malia influenced his view on same-sex activity.  I think as an adult and loving parent their views should have been alarming to him, instead of revisionary.  He should have used it as a teaching moment to say: homosexuality is forbidden in the eyes of God through the written word, and he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, and created the Great Flood to do a RESET.


I heard from friends that at their (Black) church services the pastors were declaring last Sunday that it was Obama’s white liberal mother’s side of him that influenced his to support of Gay Marriage.  I have shared more than a few laughs about that the last few days. Too funny!  Totally not P.C. but I am just repeating a reoccurring incident that’s out there among friends.


Remember, when polled most White Americans thought of him as half-white in their reason to vote for him.  Black Americans like Africans are not tolerant of homosexuality from a moral perspective as reflected in the Prop 8 vote in California last year.  It’s connected to a strong social conservative perspective and belief in the Bible.


However, the Black church has long been a haven for Black homosexuals in the choir and for their generous contributions to the collection plate.  The Black clergy has long had a dichotomy with the gay issue in its ranks and congregations.  Booker T. Washington often criticized the Black clergy for the proclivity to sexual indiscretions and promiscuity.   In the Black American community openly gay ministers were/are popular and well-financed.  I can remember people speaking of Prophet Jones and Sweet Daddy Grace in the 50’s and 60’s.  My family strongly disapproved of both men and thought they made a mockery of religion and the race with their feminine behavior.


The Obama’s have been given a pass by the Black clergy and Black media for their overt transgressions over the years against Black Americans and their interests.   The Obama’s have taken healthcare away from the poor at University of Chicago Hospital, cut funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the first year in office refused to do commencement speeches at HBCUs, ignored Black contracting projects, supported the racist employment system of big unions, and the list goes on.  The media appointed Black Leaders would have yelled racist and racism at the top of their Democratized voices, if a Republican President had blatantly ignored Black issues, and the urban agenda.


Obama has disrespected Black America with disregard “in your face” style similar to Woodrow Wilson.  His speech last year to the Congressional Black Caucus was one of the most racist, and embarrassing I have ever heard directed at Black Americans.  In the spiritual style of a Black preacher Mr. Obama told Black folks to “Stop complaining, stop whining, and take off your bedroom slippers…” In other words Aunt Jemima take off that head rag, house coat and house shoes and make some noise for me.  He has never spoken to any other group that way?  The members of the CBC were upset and angry and publicly criticized President Obama for his remarks.  The audacity of this weak, feminine, girlie man-acting dude was an affront of the highest nature. 


My observation is that the Black vote is irrelevant in 2012, as it was 2010.   Mr. Obama’s campaign and others are not concerned about whether they have Blacks vote for the ticket or not.  They are seeking the Latino vote.  Dave Plouffe seemed almost giddy in his book about the campaign and the fact that they didn’t need to spend any serious money to get the Black vote.  The irony of the strategy is that Barack agreed with the decision not to spend advertising dollars with Black media across the country.


We cannot allow politicians or Hollywood to define our morals and values.  Regardless, of the version of the Bible or the translation it is still the same, homosexual activity is unacceptable and unnatural behavior in God’s eyes.  Those of us that believe in the scriptures as written and interpreted over the years, have the right to practice our religious beliefs.


It is time to elect a President who believes that marriage is between a man and woman.  It is time to elect a President who teaches his children morals and values and not the other way around.  It is time to have for someone to represent the American people and the world.  It is time for America to embrace opportunity and justice for all.


The Obamas’ declare an interest in obesity in school children when they know that in 2009 in the Chicago Public School system almost 400 were wounded and 144 killed by gunfire in 2009.  How can children run and play in these warzone-like neighborhoods.  Barack Obama goes to war in Libya, but will not declare a stop to Black school children being killed in the streets of Chicago, a few blocks from his Kenwood home, (not to mention other urban centers) something is missing.


The majority of Black Americans are social and fiscal conservatives by the classic political definitions.  Mr. Obama is a classic liberal, converted Christian (from Islam), and an admitted non-African American by life experience.  If Blacks give him a pass on the Gay issue they deserve the continued exclusion from the national discourse that emanates from the White House.


After all, how can anyone take a group of people serious that continues to vote for a party label instead of their own self-interests and candidates records?  I am sure the great Black leaders of the past like Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, Charles Houston, Thurgood Marshall are turning over in their graves from the embarrassment of Black Americans continued lack of intellect, and sophistication when it comes to exercising of their “right to vote”.





Think About It This Way with Charles Butler Podcast June 25, 2011

June 26, 2011

Podcast of June 25th TAITW


The show was interesting and to the point we started with Byran Reilly, Sr. Policy Analyst at Heritage Foundation discussing international trade and its effect on the economy and working Americans. His first question is whether he was “the education or entertainment?”. Of course he was the education participant for our listeners. Listen in and learn about the KORUS trade agreement from a different perspective than MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, et al.

Mr Mark Levin, guest on all the channels above including Fox News, we discussed the underfunding of pension plans and the malfeasance of state legislations across the country. Very engaging segment. Tune in and hear what is really going on at the state and federal level of entitlement programs.

Voter ID laws, I have been on radio stations around the country discussing how the Black elite are misinforming and miseducating Americans about the Voter identification laws to drive them back into Obama’s camp. The pollsters in Obama’s camp know Black people are not voting for him and express openly they are voting Democratic. It is ironic that it took a Black American president to expose the gross injustices by the party to this loyal constituency.

Flash Mob cover up by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPD Supt. McCarthy, the 911 tapes show that Black youth were terrorizing a predominately white North Beach area with their ignorant antics. Fighting, loud music, loud brash behavoir. The coup de grace was Falsh Mopping on Magnificent Mile, They can behave like animals in the Black community just don’t bring outside. The young folks will get the lesson.

Roland and Debbie Don’t Know Jim Crow

June 9, 2011

Roland and Debbie Don’t Know Jim Crow

This past week on Washington Watch with Roland Martin on TV One, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and host Roland Martin, misconstrued the facts about Florida and Georgia and other state houses around the country creating voter identification laws that will return our nation back to the times of Jim Crow. Jim Crow is a Democratic Party concept, and they solely conceived, sponsored and enforced institution throughout the American South. There are those of us that experienced the psychological pain of Jim Crow and will not allow people that only read about it in history books trivialize the institution in folly. The notion of government-issued identification at the polling place is a pragmatic common sense approach to governing.

I would never allow Roland Martin use such a weak, milk toast explanation about requiring voter identification at the polls. Black people like Obama and Martin are threatened by Black men that are more intelligent than themselves with worldly experience and travel. I have had discussions with both Barak-then and Roland and found them light on the use of historical facts that I used to make my points in our discussions. It is common sense and should be a legitimate requirement to know who is in the polling box. The esoteric hypothetical accusations of the left and the theorems of the miseducated Black elite are often too much to bear intellectually. This diatribe by Mr. Martin and Cong. Schultz is the classic example of media disinformation that is continually directed at the America, in an attempt to fire up racial discontent between America and Black Americans. This reminds me of the hysteria generated by the liberal media over Arizona SB1070, which the US Supreme Court upheld last week, to quiet coverage by the media.

Mr. Martin and Congresswoman Schultz displayed a gross lack of historical and political knowledge about civil rights legislation in this country and the roles the Republicans have played as the major sponsors, proponents and enforcers of the civil rights laws from World War II to the present, on a local, state and national level. The falsehoods presented to the TV ONE audience was unconscionable, however it was consistent with the blatant manipulation and misinformation about the history of our country and Black Americans by the media. I have attached a copy of the transcript from Mr. Martin’s television show on my website at and the WordPress blog at The video can be seen at I want you (the reader) to understand the context of which the comments were made about the voting identification laws.

Mr. Martin stated at the beginning of the segment, “we talk about the fundamental right of the Americans, but to put roadblocks up to 24 voting makes no sense to me”. Then, Cong. Schultz says that “we need to go back and revisit the year 2000 when we had it obvious disaster and out of that came the American Votes Act to make sure we iron out the kinks in the system.” She was referring to is the Al Gore George Bush election, and the Supreme Court’s ruling, which selected the President of the United States.

Cong. Shultz states that, “now you have Republicans, who want to literally drag us back to Jim Crow laws and literally and very transparently blocked access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates. And is nothing short of that blatant”.

It is an insult to the intelligence and integrity of the American people, our legislative bodies around the country and especially Black Americans to play the race card over an issue where race is not an issue. We are required to produce a state issued driver’s license for many reasons during our daily activities. The purpose is to verify that a person has complied with the motor vehicle statutes of the state to operate a vehicle on the roads. I cannot ascertain where it is an imposition or a violation of a person’s rights as citizen to ask for some form of government issued identification when performing a fundamental right to vote in elections.

I have been voting since 1970, and I have always taken my driver’s license with me to the polling place to identify myself to the election judges. It seems like a common sense thing to do whether it is required or not. The arguments of Mr. Martin and Congresswoman Shultz were blatant misrepresentations of the intent of the voter ID laws across the country. Most Americans have access to some form of government issued identification; people that try to use this argument are playing a dangerous game with a serious issue based on their delirious hypothetical claims.

Like most liberals, Mr. Martin and Cong. Schultz will get caught in their untruths and distortions of the facts about the Florida and Georgia laws. I find it appalling and unconscionable if it is true that 25% of black American voters do not hold a valid photo government issued ID. Most people can obtain a driver’s license, or a state issue identification card. I attained one for my daughter when she was 12 years old, to go through airport security. The reality is state issued identification for poor and disabled people usually have some form of government aid that provides them a free identification card of some sort without a cost to obtain one.

The problem with liberals is that they want to be paternal and involve themselves in the manipulation of Black Americans right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If 25% of black Americans don’t have a state issued ID, then obviously they don’t want one. The onus should be placed on that 25% of Black Americans to obtain a form of government identification. It is their personal responsibility to act like productive citizens. They do not need the Democratic Party and government interference to tell them they need to vote or who to vote for.

However, Democrats feel they have right to dictate to Blacks how to vote. In 2009 Attorney General Holder’s DOJ sued the city of Kinston, NC. The DOJ went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their ‘candidates of choice”- identified by the DOJ as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black. This was a humiliating decision that reflected the perceived child-like mentality of Black citizens on record. This story was carried not in the mainstream media because it is so blatantly racist and derogatory. The DOJ in effect said that Black’s need a D on the ballot to know who to vote for go to this: So why not ask for an X on the voter’s log for identification?

I think it is contingent on state governments to require that all voting citizens have some proof of identification. We have too many illegal immigrants acting as if they were citizens in our country. It is against Mexican immigration law Mexican citizens to participate in the politics of another country. Mexican President Calderon is telling illegals to vote for the Democrats and support President Obama. They can’t vote they are living in our country illegally. We need to immediately deport illegal immigrants that have broken our federal and state laws and send an invoice to their respective governments for the costs of relocation, lodging, and food. Calderon has to acknowledge that over $28B in remittances went to Mexico in 2008 from the U.S., that’s money not circulating in the American economy, i.e. local, state and federal tax revenues, turn-over in communities for little league baseball etc.. We as a country can no longer afford to have so many illiterate, unskilled, uneducated, laborers displace Americans in the same situation.

Remember people, the language of business and commerce is English, and French. In order to make America a better place, we need to take care of the Americans that already here, and have been here for generations. Our government officials should focus on that fact instead of creating new crisis.

It happens that neither Congresswoman Shultz, born in 1966 nor Mr. Martin in 1968, never experienced Jim Crow in their lifetime, and they can’t even speculate accurately about the psychological pain of institution of Jim Crow. I experienced Jim Crow first hand in the segregated South as a young boy and the remnants as a Naval Officer in the 70’s. By the time Ms. Shultz ’66 and Mr. Martin ’68 were born, I had been to a Jim Crow Florida numerous times with my father and my brothers from Detroit. So that meant we passed through Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama before reaching Florida. We couldn’t stop at roadside drive-in restaurants and be served like other people, even though we were decent and had money, because we were black. So we carried our food in the car, fried chicken, bologna, pops, ice chest, vegetables and fruit. My father and his cousin would drive the trip, would use the bushes beside the gas station to relief themselves, because blacks were allowed to use public restrooms or water fountains. Well, my brothers and I being from Detroit Michigan did not know that so we went in the restrooms like we did at home. My cousin Buddy won his deathbed in 2001 still reveled at the fact that those white people at the gas stations never said anything to us. However my brothers and I always thought we were taking too long in the bathroom so we would hurry so that my father and my cousin could use the restrooms. They didn’t want to expose us to cruelty of Jim Crow laws exercised by the people. However, when we went to the movies in Pensacola or De Funiak Springs, Florida, we have to sit upstairs in the balcony because we were black. So I quit going to the movies, because I refused to give those racist white people my father’s hard earned money.

My Dad always commented that I was special boy, in that I fought racism whenever it rears its ugly head all my life. I always felt terrible for my father because of the treatment he received most of life, by the country he loved so much, he was a Navy veteran of World War II and my cousin an Army Korean War veteran. I remember that all of my family members attended Florida A&M for college before integration. So, I know a little about the institution we call Jim Crow.

People like Congresswoman Shultz and Roland Martin need to stop playing the race card, in hopes of stirring up racial discontent in America. There are real issues of discrimination in this country, like access to capital for black business people, access to the financial markets for their businesses. President Obama’s approval rankings are reflective of his policies and his cabinet not because of the color of his skin.

I think we should deal with some facts about the history of Democrats and Republicans and the voting rights for black Americans. Most people don’t know that we had a Civil Rights Act of 1957 or 1960 which was proposed to Congress by Pres. Eisenhower. In 1957, 20% of black Americans had registered to vote. The goal of the 1957 civil rights act was to ensure that all black Americans could exercise their right to vote. Most people and historians tend to focus on the fact that pro-segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond from South Carolina sustained the longest one person filibuster in the history of the U.S. Senate in an attempt to keep it from becoming law, while negating the Democratic Senate leader Lyndon Baines Johnson and Sen. Eastland of Mississippi and Sen. Russell from Georgia who systematically got it the enforcement clauses from the bill. The Democratic leaders realized that they could not stop the bill from being passed but they could make it useless which they did. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission was founded out of the CRA of 1957.

Martin Luther King, Jr., sent to telegrams to Pres. Eisenhower asking him to speak out from his office as president to the people of the South about the moral nature of the problem. Eisenhower was dismissive of Dr. King, responding “I don’t know what another speech would do about that thing right now”. Dr. King met with Richard Nixon for two hours to discuss civil rights. In fact, VP Nixon met with a number of black leaders at the White House to discuss civil rights and there is a picture of that meeting, on my website.

Much to his credit Richard M Nixon (a Quaker), and believed in fairness and opportunity for all Americans. Richard Nixon supported Sen. Robert Taft’s (Ohio Republican) American fair employment law in 1946. History for Blacks in this is so distorted that we credit two Democrats civil rights progress and aiding black Americans, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon the Johnson, while factually nothing could be further from the truth. John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson as Congressman and Senators never supported civil rights legislation. While Dick Nixon as a Congressman and Senator vehemently supported proposed civil rights legislation. President Kennedy upon being inaugurated immediately began placing segregationist judges on the federal bench to stymie civil rights progress and appease the Southern Democrats in House and Senate.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a landmark piece of legislation in the United States it outlawed major forms of discrimination against blacks and women and including racial segregation. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools and the workplace and by the facilities that serve the general public (” public accommodations”). Initially the powers to enforce the act were weak and were supplemented during later years.

Let’s be clear, it was Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-IL) Thomas Kuchel (R-CA), Hubert Humphrey (D-MN) and Mike Mansfield (D-MT) introduced the substitute bill that attracted enough Republican swing votes to end a filibuster by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WVA). We can review the votes of the both houses and see that Republicans overwhelmingly supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In fact Pres. Johnson personally thanked Sen. Dirksen for pushing civil rights legislation through.

The facts are far more interesting than the imagined hypothetical accusations of the liberal left, and the Black-elite that continue to embrace misinformation thereby misleading the masses with their distorted sense of history and politics.

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