Saturday, March 16, 2013
Hey NC, This is Your Republican Party
Here's one of the money quotes, but read the whole piece:
After the presenter, K. Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans, answered by referencing a letter by Frederick Douglass forgiving his former master, the audience member said “For what? For feeding him and housing him?” Several people in the audience cheered and applauded Terry’s outburst.
After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, “why can’t we just have segregation?” noting the Constitution’s protections for freedom of association.
Why anyone thinks there's room in the Republican Party for "Frederick Douglass Republicans" is as mysterious as why gay people still run something called "Log Cabin Republicans." Oh, yes, indeed there are still some people who are Republicans and who CPAC won't even invite to speak there. Mr. Christie, once a darling, is now banned, or at least shunned. I reckon he's still trying to square the circle up there in New Jersey. And Mr. Portman just woke up when his kid dumped a cooler of gatorade on his head.
Still and all, this is what Republicans are now. In a word, racists, and proud of it, and working hard to make racism the actual way of life in the United States. Just like it once was, not so very long ago.
It's really hard to know how long we're going to endure when ignorance and stupidity and just plain meanness are running the show. Here in NC, the Scott Terrys won the last election, and are running the show in Raleigh, full tilt. It's a sad thing to watch. No doubt Mr. Scott Terry has never read Mr. Douglass, or even heard of him beyond the name of the pitiful organization trying to polish the Republican image concerning race so that a few more black people might mistakenly cast votes for someone with an R next to their name. It's hard to read much of anything when you're head's that far up your arse.
On the other hand, maybe if Mr. Terry looks hard enough through his proctoscope, he might just find Mr. George Tierney of South Carolina: http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2012/05/mr-george-tierney-jr-of-greenville.html
Sunday Update: Response to the Terry story from the right has included a lot of flap about Terry being a "dirty trick." Mr. Axelrod's name has even been attached to the incident, which is pretty myopic. Strikes me that it's just a classic and typical case of projection, and something often heard when people pointed out that there were an awful lot of racist signs at Tea Party rallies. I don't believe the reality based community needs to bother with provocateurs when CPAC features their usual lineup of speakers--people like LaPierre and Coulter and Trump are provocateurs enough. Maybe Terry was really Mr. O'Keefe is some new getup?
Also. I made brief mention above of Mr. Senator Portman's late conversion to global climate change. It's not like this phenomenon isn't commonplace amongst the authoritarian-addled part of humankind: