barbara-howard_web.jpgI am really tired of liberals imposing their positions on the entire black community. I'm tired of them calling black Republicans demeaning and ugly names and getting away with it. Maxine Waters told the Tea Party “go to hell” and called them “the enemy” and nobody said a word.


For eight years, Roland Martin, David Letterman, Janeane Garofalo and a host of other liberal commentators and comedians on CNN, MSNBC, etc., called George W. Bush “Hitler,” murderer and anything else they could think of and got away with it.  Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte applauded Hugo Chavez for calling Bush “El Diablo” (The Devil).

Hank Williams Jr. called President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden “the enemy” and got canned from ESPN.  Republican Congressman Fred Grandy was fired from Washington radio WMAL for criticizing radical Muslims.

And that happens all the time.

Worse, liberals say very hateful things about black Republicans, especially those who run for political office, including the presidency and Congress, and nobody thinks they should be punished.

In fact, most of my liberal friends think these things are so funny they send the e-mails around and laugh about it and call us more ugly names.

Just recently, Martin, a CNN commentator, and comedians D.L. Hughley and Michael Colyar tweeted very racist and ugly messages about Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

This has got to stop.

The Rev. Wayne Perryman filed a lawsuit because he wants Democrats to apologize for more than 200 years of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation and more than 40 years on the Democratic Plantation, up to and including 2011.  I want the same thing to happen to people like Martin and Hughley that the Rev.  Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton have decided must happen to any Republican who says anything they don't like: I want them to lose their jobs.

Yes. Every time someone says something these commentators don’t like, they take away these people’s jobs, their ability to care for their families, their right to free speech. Yet, Sharpton, Martin and every other liberal can say anything they want and they suffer nothing, absolutely nothing.

Is that fair? Is it right?

Cain is a decent, wonderful man and, after meeting him and talking with him, I knew I would support his campaign, just as I supported Allen West, after talking with him, when he was running for Congress. Both of them espouse the same policies and issues that are dear to me and my family. In fact, they espouse the same principles that most black folk I know hold dear. We just disagree on how to accomplish them. Yet, liberals vilify both of them. 

During the last campaign, the Florida Democratic Party sent West's Social Security number to more than 60,000 people, causing his wife to lose one of her oldest and most lucrative clients and their eldest daughter to lose a college scholarship.

So, would someone please tell me why are decent black people silent when these atrocities occur? The double standard has got to stop.

From now on, I’m declaring war on all those who think they can declare war on me and other Republicans and get away with it. I want Roland Martin to lose his job like Hank Williams Jr. did.

If you think this is harsh, then why do you allow the same thing to happen to others just because they criticize Democrats and Obama?

I’m tired of good people doing nothing.

I’m tired of being denigrated for believing in American conservatism.

I’m tired of being called dirty names for belonging to the Republican Party.

I’m tired of having my friends harassed for belonging to a Tea Party group.  They aren’t any more racist than liberals are.

I'm supporting Herman Cain for president of the United States — and I’m taking no prisoners.

Barbara Howard is a political consultant, radio host and commentator and motivational speaker. She is Florida State chairwoman for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and Trade & Travel goodwill ambassador to Kenya.  She may be reached at

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