It’s just been too much to provide any kind of regular commentary on the ongoing shutdown. Repubs continue to insist on “negotiation”, where the only concessions are given by Democrats. It doesn’t matter whether it’s been an attack on Obamacare, or on budget issues, ANY “deal” from Republicans includes only items Republicans want, with Democrats ONLY getting an open government in return. What’s even more ridiculous is that most of the proposed deals would only kick the can down the road for a few months at most. Yeah, sure Repubs…Democrats will give you Republican-favored concessions just to keep the government open until January…all so you can throw yet ANOTHER temper tantrum and we can go through this all over again.
The hostage taking has to end. I applaud Obama and Democrats for hanging tough and trying to put an end to governance-by-crisis. While there’s an host of topics to potentially blog about regarding the politics of the shutdown, one tangential issue has simmered in the background, with occasional stories popping up that reference it. I believe it was on Politico a few days ago where someone penned an article entitled “The Race Card Gets Played”. The article was written by a Republican operative and decried Liberals for daring to suggest that racism plays any role in the anti-Obama hatred from the right.
It’s fucking laughable when those on the right periodically bash liberals for “playing the race card”, acting completely aghast that libs DARE suggest conservatives were anything but tolerant, fair-minded folks. In the meantime, these are just a very small sampling of some of the “tolerant” statements coming from the right in the last week…
- Larry Klayman, speaking for a tea-pary affiliated conservative group, called for Obama to “put the Quran down” during a shutdown rally on the National Mall today. Prior to the election last fall, 17% of all Americans and 30% of conservatives said they believed Obama was a Muslim. If Obama were a WHITE christian rather than a black christian, do you think those on the right would continually accuse a sitting president of being a Muslim? At an even more basic level…WHAT THE HELL WOULD IT MATTER even if if he WERE Muslim??? The very fact that conservatives think that calling someone Muslim is an insult is one hell of a good indication of just how fair-minded and tolerant they are.
- “Joe The Plumber” from Ohio evidently needs another 15 minutes in the spotlight. This week he says it’s time for Americans to “admit they want a white, Republican President.”
- Zeeda Andrews, the nutjob who organized the (largely failed) “Trucker Rally” in D.C., claims Obama and Osama bin Laden are the same person. You can understand his confusion…both of them DO have skin that’s not lilly white.
- At the “Voter Values Summit” attended by Ted Cruz, Ron Paul, and a HOST of right-wing wackos, Paul stated “The truth is, a worldwide war on Christianity is being waged by a fanatical element of Islam”. Paul then goes on to blame Obama for facilitating that “war” on Christianity.
It’s rather shocking to read about the Voter Values Summit, as it almost becomes a contest to see who can make the most outrageus claims. Another speaker, talk-show radio host Sandy Rios, gave a lengthy tirade against homosexuality, even claiming that the infamous murder of Matthew Shepard was a “fairytale”.
Hate for a black president? Check. Hate for any religion other than Christianity? Check. Hate for homosexuals? Check. What’s even more pathetic…I don’t even think many conservative politicians ARE bigoted by nature, but they sure as hell use bigotry for political gain. Romney’s entire (failed) campaign was designed to capture the white vote, the “southern strategy” used by Republicans for decades now. Especially now that the Supreme Court has struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, Republican state legislatures across the country are falling all over themselves passing laws to make voting more difficult, with voter ID and other laws designed specifically to limit the minority vote.
So…pardon me for laughing at your indignation for being called racist or bigots, Repubs. The evidence speaks for itself.