[quote=“redandy”][quote]The key word there is “honestly”.
Remember, these people were appointed by an administration that, as one commentator put it, “doesn’t care about black people”. [/quote]
Why does “one commentator” hold any weight at all?
As for the people in question, what grounds do you have for showing that they are dishonest in their beliefs? If you do have such evidence, does it show that they are any more dishonest than your average general politician? I’ve known a number of other educated blacks who subscribed to conservative political positions for the various usual reasons that conservatives give (free markets, property rights, less government spending, morals, etc.). They aren’t the majority, but they are out there.
As for tokenism, well, Condi seems to have quite a bit of influence, I wouldn’t call her a token. Powell, as you pointed out, wasn’t one either. Thomas predates Bush by a long way, and while race undoubtedly played a factor in his selection, if you’ll recall, the practicalites of getting Congressional approval (from Democrats particularly) virtually required that a black justice be selected, so naturally they picked one who favored conservative constitutional interpretation. Besides, with a lifetime appointment his job is secure, so there’s really no need for him to be “dishonest” in his beliefs. Gonzales generally takes the same critism that most Bush officials take, that he was a crony, one of the President’s buddies, etc, but that makes him no more of a token than everyone else Bush has appointed. If anything it shows that the President has an “equal opportunity” policy of crony picking.[/quote]
Excellent response to Chris there redandy. But don’t expect answers to any of your questions. The idea that conservatives are all evil racists is a dogma of the Left, who perceive no difference between say, 1957 and 2007 in terms of minority rights and accomplishments. You might think that minorities occupying positions of power in all branches of government, industry, and the military would indicate that the power structure of the United States is no longer intrinsically antagonistic to minorities, but apparently that is not the case. If reality contradicts their dogma, then reality must not be as it seems. Those minorities in the government, industry, and military, despite usually holding advanced degrees from the nation’s top universities and military academies, and despite usually having distinguished careers prior to being appointed or elected, and despite being obviously intelligent and capable of arriving at their own political and philosophical beliefs, are in fact nothing but mere puppets of the evil white racist corporate aristocratic military-industrial complex elite, led by none other than evil genius idiot Chimpy McHitlerstein.