VIDEO: Al Sharpton’s Chicago Town Hall Revolts Against Democrat Machine Politics

On Thursday, December 19, a town hall hosted by extremist left-winger Al Sharpton of MSNBC, went a bit sideways for him as the event turned into a revolt against Chicago’s Democrat machine politics instead of a forum for his left-wing “solutions” to the problems besetting Chicago’s African Americans.

Much to Sharpton’s dismay, the nearly 100% African American audience at Sharpton’s townhall roused a protest against former Obama operative and current Chicago Rahm Emanuel and the Democrat aldermen of City Hall for their decades of constant failure.

One 82-year-old area preacher even went so far as to call for tea party-styled meetings in the neighborhoods to address all going wrong in the black neighborhoods of Chicago.

Breitbart’s Jeremy Segal reported that the meeting was the first such gathering for decades where so many local groups got together at one time.

“This was a historic event,” Paul McKinley of V.O.T.E. (Voices of the Ex-Offender) and former 2nd Congressional District GOP nominee to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr. told Breitbart News. “Not because of Al Sharpton coming to town,” he continued. “This was first time since electing Mayor Harold Washington in the eighties that all of these grassroots groups and community organizers have come together under one roof to talk about the problems plaguing our community.”

MSNBC’s Sharpton hoped to use the townhall to discuss his usual litany of left-wing causes. Sharpton wanted to talk of raising taxes, hiring more union thugs, imposing stricter gun control measures, and the like, but the crowd had other ideas.

“Instead, attendees offered solutions addressing the problems facing their community as a whole rather than just taking on “gun violence” itself,” Segal reported.”Audience members addressed the need for jobs and solving the foreclosure crisis plaguing Chicago’s south and west sides. Perhaps the loudest message—and one that Reverend Al or the Chicago media have yet to report on—echoed by several different people in attendance as well as panel members was that it is time for the black community to start voting differently.”

Segal also reported that one participant even stood to reject the usual vote for Democrats that her community has perpetuated for generations.

“The manner in which we have been voting needs to change,” Wendy Pearson, an activist against Chicago school closings, told the room. “I’m here to say to you that we have been trained to vote in a specific manner… we need to start looking at the manner in which our elected officials have been voting… if they have not voted in a manner that is beneficial to you, yours, and your community, then you need to start voting them out.”

Is it possible that some African Americans are finally seeing the utter failure of the Democrat Party?

Maybe so, maybe so.

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Posted by on December 23, 2013.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events.He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com"The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • 914

    I guess they don’t want to pay the pimp anymore.

  • Commander_Chico

    “name-brand blue ribbon Negros” – that was quite a line from McKinley.

    • warnertoddhuston

      Mr. McKinley is a trip. I’ve met him several times and he is quite passionate.

      • Commander_Chico

        Yeah, a good speaker. I like to see people riled up.

        • Retired military

          To bad you don’t like honest debates.

          “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

          How about practising what you preach Chico.

          1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
          policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)
          Do you feel that it is because the left is just playing the race card?

          2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

          3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

  • GarandFan

    “…it is time for the black community to start voting differently….”

    OMG! The Democratic Party is looking desperately for a bone to throw them. Can you imagine what would happen if all those folks left the plantation?

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      The cupboard, however, is getting pretty short of bones to throw. Free health care’s imploding, ‘free’ checks are turning out to have unexpected costs, politicians promising all sorts of ‘free’ things have been grifters lining their own pockets – sooner or later it’s going to sink in that they’ve been had, in the ‘bend over the barrel’ way.

      Wouldn’t it be interesting if the first lynch mobs for politicians occurred in Chicago?

      • Brucehenry

        And when it sinks in, here comes a Preference Cascade!

        • jim_m

          Have you seen obama’s approval ratings lately? Fallen dramatically from the near 60% they were a year ago.

          • Brucehenry

            When were they near 70%? I saw a cite yesterday saying they were at about 55% last January, that sounds more like it.

          • jim_m

            Typo, I had already edited it to be 60. His popularity has tumbled in ever age group and ever racial demographic except blacks.

          • 914

            dURP

        • 914

          Another sinkhole??

          DERP!!

        • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

          Aw, poor Bruce. It’s just not getting better for you, is it?

          • Brucehenry

            I’ll live

          • jim_m

            I sincerely doubt it. Death rate remains at 100%. No one gets out of here alive.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            But it’s what we do between start and stop that’s important.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            But it’s what we do between start and stop that’s important.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            So will we all. Merry Christmas to you and yours, sir!

  • Lawrence Westlake

    So next cycle they’ll vote 95-5 for Democrats rather than 97-3? Great. Terrific. The occasional moment of clarity aside let’s not be naive: there’s really no hope for this demographic. It’s one of the saddest and most sordid political scandals not only in U.S. history but in world history.

    • 914

      The world according to Garp.

    • Commander_Chico

      -1 for lack of Glenn Beck’s crack pipe

      • 914

        Not from me

      • Raegan Venghaus

        Hmmm…Why does this Glenn Beck character just keep coming out of peoples mouths?

  • Brucehenry

    Of course it’s possible that the fine folks at Breitbart selectively edited the footage of this hours-long event down to 5:40 in order to portray it as something other than it was….Naaaah, that would never happen!

    After all, it never happened before, amirite?

    http://mediamatters.org/research/2010/07/20/breitbarts-sherrod-narrative-unravels/167960

    • jim_m

      When you are able to demonstrate the same kind of selective editing that NBC did with its expose on exploding gas tanks or their attempt to provoke NASCAR fans into being racist, or when you demonstrate that Breitbart has fabricated news like Dan Rather did on 60 Minutes we will start paying attention to you.

      When you have someone other than a Soros funded political organization founded to distract the public and defend Bill Clinton and the dems from scandals then you will have someone that is a credible critic of other news sources. Until such a time you have nothing. (OK, you do have something, you have a source in Media Matters that is even more disreputable than Rather and the others put together)

      • Brucehenry

        You’re right of course, two (or three, or four) wrongs DO make a right.

        Media Matters is right more often than they’re wrong, unlike Breitbart, no matter their funding source.

        “You have nothing” = “I don’t wanna know!”

        Also, too:

        http://gawker.com/5508190/okeefe-and-breitbart-acorn-videos-severely-edited

        • jim_m

          I’m just saying get a better source. It isn’t that I don’t want to know, it is that your source has a terrible partisan track record and therefore anything it says touching on politics is highly suspect.

          The claim that they are right more often than not is a subject for serious debate, unless you are taking the typical lefty view of truth, which, as I have said, is based in ideology and not in fact. In such a case you would be correct. They tell the ideological truth, but they are handicapped when dealing with facts.

          • Brucehenry

            Well I admit I don’t know the percentage, but most of what MM does is post actual quotes of the crazy stuff Limbaugh, Beck, and Levin says, and the lies told by McConnell, Boehner, etc, and the looneybin cloud cuckoo stuff from Gohmert, Bachmann, et al.

            “Terrible partisan track record,” huh? Like when? When have they been proven wrong about a factual ,matter?

          • jim_m

            Thank you for finally admitting that Media Mutters is little more than a partisan attack site. You admit that in your first sentence.

            Media Mutters is a partisan attack site run by leftist hacks funded by Soros for the sole purpose of defaming conservatives..

          • Brucehenry

            MM doesn’t claim to be non-partisan. What does Breitbart or Newsbusters claim?

          • jim_m

            Am I citing them? No.

            I actually avoid citing Breitbart for that very reason, that it is a controversial site. There are a number of sites that I avoid citing, but instead I find other sources to corroborate their stories and link to those instead.

            I try to respect the other people here in that I don’t post links to places that are rabidly partisan attack sites, and I don’t try to make the asinine claim that those sites are somehow pillars of truth.

          • Brucehenry

            I’ve sure seen you cite Gateway Pundit a bunch, even though you admit their facts are often shaky.

            Look, we can go tit for tat here all night with your source sucks no your source sucks. My point was it’s possible that in the process of editing an hours long event down to 5 minutes and 40 seconds, Breitbart may possibly have presented this footage in a way that it, ummm, wasn’t.

          • jim_m

            I used to and I do so no longer for that very reason. In fact I have commented on GP a number of times castigating Jim Hoft for his inaccuracies and his habit of never updating or correcting a post. I doubt that you could ever say the same for the crap lefty sites you visit.

          • Brucehenry

            I don’t comment much anywhere but here. Why spend time saying me too is my motto.

          • 914

            Shut up while your behind Bruce.. Its how I remember you best!!

          • jim_m

            ALso, your comment is then that Breitbart MAY have gotten it wrong, not that you have any proof that they DID get it wrong.

          • Brucehenry

            Yes. Based on stuff they’ve pulled in the past.

            Of course I have asked you for evidence that MM has ever got a factual matter wrong and you haven’t produced any.

          • jim_m

            My point was that they didn’t post facts but instead posted partisan spin. You have not disagreed with that.

          • Brucehenry

            The link I posted above is full of factual statements you may try to disprove if you care to.

          • Commander_Chico

            I am sure the video is selectively edited. I am sure that a lot of the rest of the video was taken up with demands for higher wages and more job opportunities, and yes, government handouts.

            That does not mean that what was in the video was not authentic. I can see how people on the South Side might be disappointed in the type of “liberals” that Rahm has probably brought in to run the city. I am talking about suburban-bred elite-college apparatchiki who are ignorant of the nuances of race and city life.

          • Brucehenry

            All likely true, I’m just kinda snickering at the idea that this 5:40 portends the imminent loss of the minority vote for the Democrats.

          • Commander_Chico

            Yes, Mr. Lawrence Westlake was correct on that count.

          • Hawk_TX

            Of course the video was edited to highlight the relevant segment to the authors point. Rather than complain about the obvious perhaps you could bother to make a point. Even if the rest of the video plays out like you assume what does that have to do with the point of the article? It seems to me like you are straining to find something to complain about so you can avoid the substance of the article.

          • Commander_Chico

            To me, the video shows discontent. But I doubt the Republicans will be able to field winning candidates in that part of Chicago to capitalize on the discontent. Example: even though McKinley is eloquent and passionate, he’s from Voices of the Ex-Offender.

          • Brucehenry

            Yes you are always the picture of gentlemanly respect.

        • warnertoddhuston

          Number 1 there was NO “selective editing” of the Sherod video. Number 2… Media Matters???? Really!? You are SERIOUS using that communist propaganda site as a link? Come on, you are… well, I was going to say “smarter than that,” but I remembered to whom I was talking.

          • Brucehenry

            One could say a mirror image of that comment regarding Breitbart.

            And the Sherrod editing thing is well documented. Not to mention O’Keefe and the ACORN “expose.”

            And LOL the overstatement “communist propaganda site.”

            Again we see attempts to discredit the source as a means of denying truth and fact.

          • jim_m

            I prefer to get my communist propaganda from http://thepeoplescube.com/

          • Brucehenry

            Yeah, conservatives don’t do satire all that well. Too nuanced. They’re more into stuff like “An American Carol.”

          • jim_m

            Did you go there? It is a satire site and is very well done.

          • Brucehenry

            Yes.

            And, umm, if you say so.

        • 914

          You just too dam dumb for your own good

    • Retired military

      Bruce
      Do you mean that Brietbart just might use Sharpton’s own tactic against him? He has done what you accuse Brietbart of at least 2 times.

      Also I seem to recall some odius selective editing in the Trayvon Martin controversy as well.

      • Brucehenry

        So that makes it OK, I guess….?

        • Brett Buck

          Remember you said this the next you decide to use the “Bush did it too!!!!!” deflection.

        • Retired military

          Bruce
          Never said it was okay. I find dishonest editing totally unacceptable and people who practice it should be liable for slander (to include the media).
          At the same time people like Sharpton who practice it shouldn’t feign outrage when it is practiced on them.

    • Hawk_TX

      Are you insinuating that Breitbart would selectively edit a video like those on the left do?

      The famous video of Romney saying 47 percent was spliced together to create a negative impression. You can watch the video and see that Romney’s answer is cut off in the middle. There is no way to know what he actually said since no one could recall. Yet this didn’t stop liberals from endlessly attacking Romney over it.

      • Brucehenry

        Again you are correct that two wrongs make a right. That’s your point, right?

        • jim_m

          Nope. He is just pointing out your rank hypocrisy, which you are all too obviously ignorant of.

          • Brucehenry

            Yes it’s so logical to be castigated on the same thread for “Bush did it too” and also “what difference does it make that the other side did it too.”

            Rank hypocrisy huh?

    • Vagabond661

      From out of left field………IT’S STRAWMAN!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vagabond661

    The Silent Minority. Right Bruce?

  • Rene44

    Classic, best video of the year.