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Condoleezza Rice Enters Politics, Just Don’t Tell Her

CLASS ACT alert.

Condoleezza Rice should prepare herself, because the Republican Party in California has been comatose since Pete Wilson’s governorship. She’s just the woman who might bring it back. She’s an abortion rights advocate, incredibly adept, with her domestic passion education, which she calls the civil rights issue of our time. Who can argue with that?

As for her history with the Bush administration, it has been thoroughly vivisected around here, but I’m a liberal, and we’re talking about domestic politics. A Republican female who isn’t against women’s self-determination that brings game to the party.

It was a stunning performance by Rice, which was a perfect opener for Paul Ryan.

Text of Ms. Rice’s speech, with an excerpt below.

It has been hard to muster the resources to support fledgling democracies and to intervene on behalf of the most desperate. The AIDS orphans in Uganda, the refugee fleeing Zimbabwe, the young woman who has been trafficked into the sex trade in Southeast Asia. It has been hard, yet this assistance together with the compassionate work of private charities, people of conscience and people of faith, has shown the soul of
our country. And I know too — I know too there is a wariness. I know that it feels as if we have carried these burdens long enough. But we can only know that there is no choice, because one of two things will happen if we don’t lead. Either no one will lead and there will be chaos, or someone will fill the vacuum who does not share our values. My fellow Americans, we do not have a choice. We cannot be reluctant to lead and you cannot lead from behind.

[..] And your greatest ally in controlling your response to your circumstances has been a quality education. But today, today, when I can look at your zip code and I can tell whether you’re going to get a good education, can I honestly say it does not matter where you came from, it matters where you are going? The crisis in K-12 education is a threat to the very fabric of who we are.

My mom was a teacher. I respect the profession. We need great teachers, not poor ones and not mediocre ones. We have to have high standards for our kids, because self-esteem comes from achievement, not from lax standards and false praise.

And we need to give parents greater choice, particularly, particularly poor parents whose kids, very often minorities, are trapped in failing neighborhood schools. This is the civil rights issue of our day.

[..] And on a personal note, a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham. The segregated city of the south where her parents cannot take her to a movie theater or to restaurants, but they have convinced that even if she cannot have it hamburger at Woolworths, she can be the president of the United States if she wanted to be, and she becomes the secretary of state.

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8 Responses to Condoleezza Rice Enters Politics, Just Don’t Tell Her

  1. fangio August 30, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    “  Soul of our country.  “  “  Share our values.  ” Un-freakin’ real.  Tell us Ms. Rice,  tell us about our soul and our values.  Would they include murdering 150,000 people for no reason at all.  Would they include murdering 6,000 soldiers and maiming 35,000 others for life,  for no reason at all.  Would it include torture and the throwing away of whatever pathetic values we had left.  Would it include traveling around the country screaming about mushroom clouds in order to trick the American brain dead voter into going along with an illegal invasion and occupation.  Of course we all know that rather than teaching at Stanford you should probably  really be in jail .  Perhaps we could arrange to have John Yoo,  another prisoner at large,  torture you.

  2. lynnette August 30, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    Are we talking the same foreign policy “expert” who helped lie us into a major war via “mushroom clouds”, sacrificing thousands of  lives? I’m thinking she should probably be in jail (rather than running for office), along with others from the Bush administration. Richard Clarke, counter-terrorism expert, testified to the 9-11 commission that she basically ignored warnings by him and others when she was national security advisor. Now she’s going to bring her “expertise” into domestic policy just because she’s more moderate and not as crazy as the current crop of Republicans? Really? I don’t think we can or should forget her part in that whole debacle.

    • T-Steel August 30, 2012 at 7:20 am #

      The Democrats during the run-up to the Iraq War should have held firm and said NO NO and HECK NO to then President George Bush Jr.  To heck with being called traitors and more.  But they did not.  So they enabled everything that is criticized in Condoleezza Rice’s decisions/plan or lack of.  When you hand the keys over… you are aiding and abetting so all the Democrats should be prosecuted as well.  Agreed?

      Back to the subject hand, I watched Condi Rice’s speech.  And it was the only one that I could stomach (well I didn’t have much issues with Ann Romney’s but seemed forced).  She gave a overview and a longview with sounding crazy, loopy, and strident.  And she got her point across.

      But as Sec said below, she does not fit at all in the current Republican Party.

  3. secularhumanizinevoluter August 30, 2012 at 5:03 am #

    She’s pro abortion rights….and anyone with more then two functioning brain cells in their cranium thinks she would stand a snowballs chance in hell of winning a repugnantKLAN/teabagger/UBERChristian primary?!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. StrideHyde August 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    She subscribes to the narrative that our K-12 is “in a crisis” and then talks about mediocre teachers. This is not just the domain of the Republican party. Almost no one is willing to challenge this narrative, including the current occupant of the White House.

  5. Teejay September 2, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Touche’, Lynette. Condi wouldn’t let Richard Clarke brief the principles on the
    terrorism threat because it would have detoured the administrations missile defense shield jobs policy for the military industrial complex and wall street investors. Does anyone doubt her undelivered speech on the morning of September 11 was to be on a missile defense shield? To this day she won’t
    release a copy of that speech.


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