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Wretched Racism Again Rears Its Head Within Republican Party

January 11, 2018

Since the 2016 election I have walled off sections of my day to be away from the news of the buffoonish goon who now sits in the Oval Office.  It is simply a coping mechanism. As such I was sitting in my favorite chair which looks out onto ice-covered Lake Monona while reading some history for the day.    (The coffee of choice was San Francisco Blend and the mug was steaming as the pages flipped along.)  James was listening to the television in the kitchen when the announcer broke in with news that President Trump had commented that African nations. Haiti, and El Salvador were “shitholes”.

I have the ability from my days in radio to monitor voices in the background while still doing something else.  When sports broadcasts were being aired I read the newspapers but had to be alert to the point where I needed to air the local commercials.   That ‘skill’ has never left me–and so as I read today certain absurdities made their way through my determination to shut the crazy out.

But this is where it gets ironic.

As the news was being reported that Trump used gutter language to make his racist point I happened to land on this paragraph from page 284 of Nixonland which pertained to the 1968 presidential election.

Senator Thurmond had just released a new book, The Faith We Have Not Kept, which blamed “crime in the streets, a free rein for Communism, riots, agitation, collectivism,  and the breakdown of moral codes” on the “Supreme Court’s assault on the Constitution,” and argued that the cause of “the war Between the States” was the “social revolutionizes” who “refused to stop at the Constitutional barrier” of Dred Scott v. Sandford.  That would be the 1857 decision in which Chief Justice Taney declared that blacks had no rights that the white man was bound to respect; one of those “social revolutionaries” was the founder of Strom Thurmond’s political party: Abraham Lincoln.  

I get the fact that racial bigotry is often wired into the mindset of certain demographics.  All sorts of social studies have linked education and economics to how racial animosities are established.  But when a political party seemingly goes out of its way to double and then triple down on the racism–as Trump did again today–one has to seriously question the moral foundations of that party and why such a stench continues to spread.

It will be interesting to see which elected Republicans have the courage to step up and out of the racism that has placed an ankle bracelet on their party.  The GOP has again been convicted of being a racist organization and only good men and women can make systemic changes to that party from within.  Who will be those leaders?  History will strongly note those with the courage to try.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2018 10:12 PM

    After seeing what private schools produce–trump and some of his kind in the WH–means that I am just find with those who actually have to hit the books and make the grades and pass through life on merit as opposed to the bankbooks of their elders!

  2. January 11, 2018 7:25 PM

    Gregory, it’s not really “racism” in today’s GOP. It’s a war against the “undeserving,” and it matters not one whit if they are black, white, yellow, red, or some combination thereof. These are the Americans who never figured out a way to get rich and send their kids to private schools. Those are the folks Paul Ryan and his ilk have slated for extinction. Not pretty, I know… but there it is.

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