Hanging With Mr. Racist


The problem isn’t that the majority of the Republican party is racist. They’re not. The problem is that they appeal to racists. They cater to them. They seek their support. They make excuses for them. They create policies for them. They receive votes from them. They attend their parties.

Republican congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana (my home state. C’mon, guys! Really?) spoke to a racist organization in 2002. Today he says he didn’t realize they’re a right wing hate group. Yeah. How could anyone suspect a group named “European-American Unity and Rights Organization” as racist? The group even says they’re not racist. They are just chock full of white pride and are worried about black people getting pesky little things like rights and fair treatment. Usually when someone says they’re not a racist you’ll need to brace yourself for a racist remark.

Scalise is scheduled to be the House Republican Whip, the third highest ranking doofus in Congress. John Boehner supports him and wants him to remain whip. See? Republicans again not backing down from being affiliated with racists.

Good news for Scalise is that former Grand Wizard David Duke is defending him. Wait, that’s not good news for Scalise. That’s bad news. David Duke says he has met with Scalise several times and vouches he’s not a racist. Yeah, that helps. You hang out with a racist who will now explain you’re not a racist. David Duke is threatening to reveal his other friends in politics if the GOP doesn’t lay off Scalise. Oh goody.

Again, Scalise says he didn’t realize it was a racist organization and that EURO is an“abhorrent organization.” OK, Steve. You went to a David Duke sponsored event and didn’t know it was racist. You’re from Louisiana. You know who David Duke is.

At this point his best defense is to say he went for the open bar.

One comment

  1. Racism and the Democratic Party go hand-in-hand. You don’t get to throw off a century of history by pretending that it didn’t exist. Democrats also pander to the lowest and most ignorant classes, just in different ways. Democrats also practice racism in different ways. Unfortunately, in a democracy like ours, where everyone gets a vote, even ignorant people have a voice.

    Republican policies promote self-reliance and personal responsibility. They reject bureaucracy and the growing over-reach of a centralized government into our private lives. They believe that society functions best when it is at the community level and where people are working hard to meet the expectations of their community, not pandering to the lowest common denominator. They believe that the money a person earns belongs to that person, and that promoting a capitalist approach ultimately benefits all of society by ensuring that the best product/service/idea is the one that wins.

    If somebody can reconcile these values with a set of racist beliefs, that is their prerogative, because another value we have is the right to freedom of speech and opinion. If Republicans were to repudiate this small portion of their constituency, I guarantee you that the Dems would hope right back on that gravy train, but suddenly they would call themselves champions of the poor white.

    The race card is overplayed at this point, and continuing to use it to absolve Democrats of the ignorance is their own party begins to wear thin.


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