Bush, Pat Robertson & ‘Operation Blessing’
Published Sep 10, 2005 12:14 AM
George Bush can let Black people drown in New
Orleans but he won’t denounce Pat Robertson. He needs him too
In the wake of a storm of criticism for his handling of the
hurricane and flood, Bush is more dependent on the millionaire televangelist
than ever. Never has an event more exposed the utter contempt the capitalist
government has for the lives of poor people in the United States.
he’s not attacking gay rights, Robert son is promoting terrorism. He
recently called for assassinating Vene zuela’s elected president, Hugo
Chávez, on his “700 Club” television show. However, this
hasn’t prevented the Federal Emer gency Management Admini stration (FEMA)
from urging people to give money to Robertson’s Operation
FEMA has actually put this outfit third on a list of places to
receive donations to help Gulf Coast survivors. Will the homeless Black people
of the Gulf see any of the money scooped up by Operation Blessing? Or will it be
spent on defaming the popular leader of Venezuela’s poor people, who has
generously offered New Orleans $120 million in aid?
Robertson may sound
like a kook but he presides over a media empire with assets estimated at $200
million. Supporters of Robertson’s Christian Coalition do political dirty
work for Bush.
The reason Pat Robertson is the wealthiest of all the hate
preachers is because he comes straight from the ruling class. Robertson’s
father—Absalom Willis Robertson—was a U.S. senator from Virginia for
Pat Robertson’s daddy was the junior partner of Sen. Harry
Byrd Sr. in running a segregationist dictatorship that kept Virginia a low-wage
paradise for Yankee bosses bringing their runaway plants from the North. In 1946
the Byrd machine considered drafting VEPCO utility workers into Virginia’s
National Guard because they were threatening to strike.
public education only gets working people riled and full of backsass,”
Byrd’s response when the Supreme Court issued its Brown
v. Board of Edu cation ruling that school segregation was unconstitutional was
to call for “massive resistance.”
The Byrd machine shut down
public schools rather than desegregate them. African-American children were
barred from public schools in Prince Edwards County, Va., from 1959 to
The greatest crime of Byrd and Robert son occurred in 1951 in
Martinsville, Va., when seven Black men—Francis Grayson, Frank Hairston,
Jr., Howard Hairston, James Hairston, Joe Hampton, Booker Millner and John
Taylor—were legally lynched there on phony rape charges. The only evidence
submitted was their own repudiated “confessions.” So many had to be
executed that they were sent to the electric chair in two shifts: four on Feb. 2
and three on Feb. 5.
The ruling class was taking revenge for its earlier
failure to put the Scottsboro defendants—nine Black teenagers similarly
railroaded—to death. A massive campaign led by the U.S. Communist Party in
the 1930s saved their lives.
This is Pat Robertson’s background and
the sordid political base he can offer Bush.
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