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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Republican Party... 2013

When is enough enough?

After Barack Obama was elected president, we were treated to a barrage of e-mails of black face pictures, caricatures of the president and his wife as monkeys and many other assorted veiled racially tinged attempts at humor.

The common thread in all of these was that the people sending them were associated with the Republican Party at either federal, state or local levels.

What was also common was that we never heard from our nationally elected GOP leaders a word of real condemnation. Never once did we hear them step to a bank of microphones and declare what most people knew... that these attacks were not politically motivated, but rather racially motivated.

Put simply, President Barack Obama and his wife were not being caricatured because of their political stances, but because of the color of their skin.

You don't like a politicians stance on an issue, that's fair game, but in 2013, we should not be seeing the kinds of racial political stunts that were common in a less enlightened era.  But perhaps that is to be expected in a country that has a rich history of racial tension and animus.

Which brings us to todays little ditty, pictured above... courtesy of the Chairperson of the Republican Party of Yellowstone County in Montana, Jennifer Olsen.  Now I am certain that in a day or two Ms. olsen will make a heartfelt apology, claiming she is not racist and was just passing along what she thought was a funny little joke.

But really, would this picture have tickled her fancy if the president was white?

And so I ask, at what point will the national leaders of the GOP step up to the plate and publicly condemn this type of behavior? At what point will they go beyond the "It's a local issue" and "I would not have done that" boilerplate responses and call this what it is... a pure and blatant example of racial politics from a Republican leader?

For weeks since the election last November, we've heard GOP leaders saying they will not win elections being, as Bobby Jindal put it, the party of stupid.  And for weeks, the rank and file state and local leaders have kept right on going, with nary a word from John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Linsey Graham or anyone else.

After the US was attacked on 9/11, many in the GOP dominated Congress and Senate asked why moderate Muslims remained silent as the more militant branches of Islam struck time and time again in cowardly terroristic attacks across Afghanistan and Iraq.

Right-wing bloggers joined in the chorus along with many FOX television personalities to say that a reluctance of moderates to be critical of extremist Islam signaled acceptance and agreement with what the terrorists were doing.

To them, there were no moderate Muslims.

Isn't it fair to judge the current national Republican Party by the same standards?

You tell me?

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Comments on "The Republican Party... 2013"


Blogger Shaw Kenawe said ... (7:46 PM) : 

What other conclusion can we come to other than that the GOP welcomes and accepts racists. When there is no strong condemnation of this kind of sordid and toxic bigotry, there is no other conclusion.

The present Teapublican Party will wither, dry up, and blow away. And the sooner the better.

Shame on all who accept this behavior.


Blogger BB-Idaho said ... (6:49 AM) : 

The Southern Strategy run amock. My guess is the American Nazis, the Klan, the posse comitatus and their ilk
will drift away from the uncomfortable amalgam.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:01 AM) : 

Pretty Damn pathetic.



Blogger dmarks said ... (2:32 PM) : 

Add to it stuff like this click here. I am pretty sure Brown (yes, a Republican) did not fire these staffers for expressing racist hatred of Native Americans. After this happened I didn't mind so much that Elizabeth Warren defeated him (althought she had her own problems of fraudulently claiming to be a Native American in order to get special advantage).

There's some racism that is mainstream among Democrats, but I don't see that as any excuse whatsoever for what these Republicans do, nor any justification.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (6:26 AM) : 

Dmarks... you are the first conservative I interact with that has ever, ever called this kind of stuff racism.

I wonder why others seem so unable to do so?

You've gone up a few notches in my book...


Blogger dmarks said ... (3:20 AM) : 

I never have liked this sort of thing or defended it. And I agree completely with your analogy mentioning Islam which you used on your comment at "Progrssive Erupts". Something, actually, Shaw should keep in mind, looking at the second sentence in her comment.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (8:24 AM) : 

Donnie, maybe when you can comment like an adult, even with a dissenting opinion, your comments will stay posted...


Blogger dmarks said ... (4:24 AM) : 

Waiting for repentance, though and a "heartfelt apologiy" from all Democrats who support the blatantly racist policies of affirmative action. Or even from one...

From the party that has a much more deep rooted and fundamental racism problem.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (9:11 AM) : 

Dmarks, your views on Affirmative Action notwithstanding, it is hard to make a credible case that the current Democratic Party is still the party of Bull Connor and George Wallace.

Ask yourself this... in which party, the Dems of the GOP would Wallace feel most comfortable today?

Granting that the Dems of the past were racist pigs, that is just not true today in the way that it was.

Just the GOP once had progressives like Lincoln and TR, those guys would not be welcome in todays GOP. I've even heard TR described as the original RINO.


Blogger dmarks said ... (8:28 AM) : 

"Ask yourself this... in which party, the Dems of the GOP would Wallace feel most comfortable today?"

I don't know much about Wallace, but I doubt he would be happy with the Republican Party, which, like the Dems, have had more and more Black prominent members, and whose Presidents have appointed more and more Blacks to high positions (cabinet, etc). Both parties do this.

Wallace might be heartened by the photo you show here, but then he would realize that this is just a few bad actors, and there is absolutely nothing in the GOP agenda to match his supremacist/segregationalist views.

"Just the GOP once had progressives like Lincoln and TR, those guys would not be welcome in todays GOP. I've even heard TR described as the original RINO."

Lincoln had some rather shocking racist views toward Native Americans, and despite the Emancipation Proclamation, he thought Blacks were inferior. These views would make him unwelcome in the GOP which favors equal rights regardless of race.


Blogger dmarks said ... (9:12 AM) : 

Also, this has nothing to do with "my views" on Affirmative Action. When this policy includes any sort of quotas, goals or preferences, it is blatantly racist in fact. Regardless of what my view is.

And my view? Since I oppose racism and think it is bad, I oppose these type of policies.


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