Bill Cosby's Uphill Battle Against Downhill Politics

What’s the worst political label you can have these days? Commie-lib? Evil conservative? Nah, I’m starting to think that label is “non-partisan,” especially if it encroaches on an area that happens to be a hunting ground for the fiercely partisan, is about the worst thing you can be called.

History may record it as a bit disturbing but, appropriately, somewhat funny, that it took a comedian to wake people up to the importance of parenting and responsibility.

While our politicians – most of whom simply adore placating the poor with empty rhetoric so they can squeeze votes from them like an orange juicer – sit idly by, a comedian and successful sitcom star, is taking more action that will actually have a positive impact on peoples’ lives than all the politicians put together. Yes, the guy who created Fat Albert is light years ahead of most Democrats and Republicans in providing a message that will actually help the poor not be poor. If it works, Democrats and Republicans will then fight for credit.

Bill Cosby continues his ongoing barnstorming tour where he travels to schools in mostly minority areas and spreads a message of responsible fatherhood, preventing teen pregnancy, and the importance of education. This, not surprisingly, is often controversial.

Here’s what makes Cosby’s message pack a whollup: He seems to have no political agenda.

Here’s what makes Cosby’s message so “controversial”: He seems to have no political agenda.

It’s this non-partisan approach that brings on the criticism of Cosby. When we hear that Cosby’s words are “controversial,” much of this criticism is coming from people with a political agenda. In other words, these are folks who have a vested financial interest and/or power base concerns that are derived from the poor. They don’t call ’em “The Projects” for nothing.

Cosby’s speeches are often peppered with common sense that was at one time in this country a no-brainer, but that needs to be said. Take this bit from the Baltimore Sun:

Although Cosby was serious most of the time, he got a big round of laughter after taking a question about the black middle class. Asked whether middle-class blacks do enough to help the poor, he said:“If a man graduates from college and makes $90,000 and marries a woman that makes $120,000, then why should they have to live in a one bedroom apartment in the projects?”

Cosby’s economic concept is brilliant in its simplicity, and is basic common sense: We should first do our part to help the poor by not being poor ourselves.

This is accomplished by heeding the remainder of his message, which is get educated, raise your own children, and stop listening to counterproductive garbage that degrades everybody within listening distance.

A simple Google search for “Bill Cosby wrong” produces a slew of articles, columns and commentary titled with some variation of “Is Bill Cosby right?”

The very fact that so many deem it necessary to ask that question supplies it’s own answer in the affirmative.

Cosby’s message is often maligned (here’s one), but the fact is that it needs to be expanded further than just minority communities. Lack of education, teen pregnancy, hideous pop culture messages, and the importance of the role of parents isn’t exclusive to any particular racial or ethnic group.

Maybe if Cosby peppered his speeches with anti-Bush rhetoric his message would catch on with more of his critics, but Cosby doesn’t appear to care about that. That would be so easy to do, which is why Cosby doesn’t do it. You can’t preach that the “easy way out” isn’t always the best way to go when you’re taking that road yourself.

Maybe if Cosby’s speeches were filled with calls for more Federal spending in urban areas his message would catch on more with his critics. Where there’s money, there’s somebody handing out money. And where there’s somebody handing out money, there’s someone with full control over the lives of others. Bill Cosby has stated that he’s opposed to pimping, so that’s out.

The critical response to Cosby is often some variation of “Get with it Bill, not all black men beat their wives, abandon their kids, drop out of school and listen to vulgar hip-hop music!”

Of course not, but this is like telling Mother Teresa, “Hey Ma-T, not everybody in the world is starving, you know!”

Bill Cosby, in Mother Teresa-esque fashion, recognizes that there is starvation in America. This time though, the hunger is moral and intellectual in nature.

The old saying, “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day — teach a man to fish, and you feed him for life” comes to mind. Cosby’s trouble is that he’s trying to teach people to fish, and the politicians and activists who sell fish are more than a little concerned about their business going under.

Well done, Mr. Cosby. It’s all uphill from here.


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