I’m sick of the GOP denying its racist roots and applying PR tactics in an attempt to mask its current ludicrous attempts to appeal to any other demographic than WASPs. There are a gazillion examples, historic and current. While the Democratic Party isn’t exempt, its record of fighting racism has been a part of its agenda for 40 years. Let’s also identify the GOP’s disingenuous “Party of Lincoln” claim, which technically stands but overlooks what both parties represented then and now, as what it is, bullshit. Lincoln may not have started out as the “Great Emancipator” but through years of gut-wrenching struggle and monumental conflict, the forge of history tempered his feelings to provide the legacy that survives him…a legacy that’s scurrilous to associate with the current Republican Party. Lincoln’s ever-evolving views on race are well documented.
Most republicans just don’t get it. Diminishing any culture on its face is simply hate. While certain stereotypes are rooted in truth, painting a culture, class or individual with them is at best, potentially fallacious and at wost, insulting. Despite world events, it’s no more acceptable to disparage Muslims in an allegedly “free” democratic republic than it is to use the word “nigger” to describe African Americans.
Toleration is a far cry from acceptance. Acceptance isn’t the same as embracing. Embracing minorities is not akin to celebrating them. Mutual respect is the standard. And we need not be threatened by people eager to celebrate the contributions of another culture. That’s just fear talking. Even so, the mere suggestion of celebrating minorities for who they are as well as what they have been, in a nation that brags about its openness to the world’s downtrodden, dispossessed and aching, tired castigated masses is egregious to many “Americans”.
Of those who feel this way, my contention–an opinion formed solely by watching conservatives behave throughout my lifetime–is that most of those voice allegiance to the GOP (or claim to be “Libertarian”–But that’s another issue for another time). Suffice to say, however, most of those I interview who claim “Libertarian” (or moderate conservative, for that matter) status are anything but. The term has been commandeered by conservatives disillusioned with Rovian/Krauthammer/Lutz big-business, big-government, borrow and spend, warmongering, screw states rights, press wedge issues to divide and conquer, feign patriotism and call anyone who disagrees traitors, neocons and their magic echo chamber, who have little to nothing in common with the GOP in the day of William F. Buckley (when they could write and speak), General Dwight Eisenhower or Barry Goldwater.
Building shrines to Ronald Reagan, who the GOP deified through revisionist history and claiming to me small-government, “liberty” seeking Americans, some of whom have the nerve to even call themselves “moderate,” all these patriots want is guns, no taxes, the right to life, which they turned into a euphemism for “anti abortion,” total denial of anything remotely resembling equal rights for gays and a return to isolationism.
This is far and away not the best example, it’s the one I saw TODAY…it’s a beginning, because it’s here, now. I humbly submit the first in a series of true stories about racist republicans. This could easily be an AM/PM series if I had the time and perseverance. I take comfort knowing that on a slow news day or when I get writers block, this is always be there for me.
In this humorous morsel, an obviously deep-thinking, articulate party member initiates a love fest over racial epithets between the Vice-Chair of the Young Republicans (in my youth, a euphemism for “assholes”) and a crotchety, old, hateful prick.
I love the optimism of youth. It’s untrammeled vision, innocent idealism, unspoiled, thoughtful, sensitive, commitment to making the world a better place. This exchange is all of that, PLUS a perfect example of how an open-minded youngster can “reach out” to what many more jaded adults consider attitudes no longer tolerable–a product of generational biases some chalk up to being from a different, “less enlightened era”.
What are they thinking? Racism is retro? “Let’s look back fondly on the bigotry that has crippled us from within for centuries. The Civil War is SO yesterday!” I just LOVE me some cold, sour, angry old cracker. Wish I had lived through “Jim Crow!” How quaint! I wanna grow up to be just like him!
These “Sons and Daughters of Reagan” (SDAR) “laugh out loud” when some self-possessed simpleton refers to blacks as “coons”. COONS! Holy freaking’ LOL!!!!! Ya gotta’ love COONS! It’s SO 1963!!! Life was simpler then. The violence, the lynchings. Would that we could only turn back time to when white was right and the jungle bunnies knew their places. Oh, and “spade.” Who can forget “Spade?” Oh, we had so many colorful, pet names for them back then, LOL!!!
What a sweet young lass. This is the GOP. White, old and LOVIN’ IT! Country First? You Betcha! For anyone other than white folks, though, including those “mad coons” and immigrants? Not so much.