Playing the race card as penance?

September 19, 2009

Hans von Spakovsky wonders if Jimmy Carter’s disgusting accusation that most of those opposed to Obama’s policies are motivated by racism isn’t due to guilt over his own racist past:

As Laughlin McDonald, director of the ACLU’s Voting Project, relates in his book A Voting Rights Odyssey: Black Enfranchisement in Georgia, Carter’s [school] board tried to stop the construction of a new “Elementary Negro School” in 1956. Local white citizens had complained that the school would be “too close” to a white school. As a result, “the children, both colored and white, would have to travel the same streets and roads in order to reach their respective schools.” The prospect of black and white children commingling on the streets on their way to school was apparently so horrible to Carter that he requested that the state school board stop construction of the black school until a new site could be found. The state board turned down Carter’s request because of “the staggering cost.” Carter and the rest of the Sumter County School Board then reassured parents at a meeting on October 5, 1956, that the board “would do everything in its power to minimize simultaneous traffic between white and colored students in route to and from school.”

So, is America’s worst ex-president seeing racists everywhere out of guilt for his own defense of segregationism? Maybe. Regardless, it’s a disgusting insult to people legitimately concerned with the country’s direction and opposed to Obama’s policies. It cheapens the very real suffering of Blacks under slavery and Jim Crow by equating that with mere political opposition. And it’s a pea in the same rotten pod with his antisemitism.

Jimmy Carter truly is an embarrassment to his country and a disgrace to the office he once held.

The Downfall of ACORN

September 19, 2009

These Hitler-rant clips from the movie Downfall have become probably the most-popular vehicle for satire on the Web today. Here’s another, this one skewering ACORN for getting caught abetting child-prostitution and tax-evasion:

(Courtesy of Russ via Rocketman)

Hey, kids!

September 19, 2009

Did you know the Republican Party was composed of sadomasochistic religious fanatics who had been abused as children and who want revenge on the world? Don’t take my word for it – those are the words of columnist for The Daily Beast Max Blumenthal:

By creating a belt-wielding army of millions, [Focus on the Family’s Dr. James] Dobson created the next generation of Republican shock troops, who are more radical than before. And sadomasochism—I know this sounds a little strange—is what defines the essential character, you know, that—this is what—at least what I’ve discovered—of the Republican follower of today. They’re sadistic in that they want to lash out at deviants, at people who are weaker than them, homosexuals, immigrants, foreigners, socialists. At the same time, they’re masochistic. They are followers of a higher cause, of a strong leader, a magic helper like Dobson or George W. Bush or the macho Jesus archetype that they worship. And this is what defines this movement.

So many of the people that Dobson has been able to get close to and work with in the Republican Congress and in American culture have been viciously abused as children. And he understood that by advocating violence against children, deliberate violence, he was creating this sensibility, which would produce a radical generation of political followers.

So, there you have it. Republicans are self-loathing tools of a whips-and-chains plot to take over the world! (And I never knew The Brain was into S&M. Or religious.)

For context, Blumenthal was flacking his new book “Republican Gomorrah,” which purports to show how the Religious Right has taken over and destroyed the Republican Party. The interview, fittingly, was broadcast on the progressive Pacifica Radio network, whose local affiliate, KPFK, is lovingly referred to as Radio Moscow. Blumenthal also has a bit of a credibility problem, if that clip above doesn’t make it clear: he also is one who spread unsubstantiated rumors of FBI investigations and a soon-to-break scandal behind Sarah Palin’s resignation as governor of Alaska, relying on nothing more than unnamed “Alaska political circles.” Rumors that dissolved like snowflakes in the sun when the FBI said “umm… No.” As far as I know, Blumenthal never retracted his story nor apologized for his libel.

And we’re supposed to take him seriously as an analyst of modern American political parties? Yeah, right. Not talking

For The Record: In case anyone is wondering, no, I am not in any way a religious person. I haven’t been inside a church, other than for weddings or funerals, for decades. I am not a fan of James Dobson or Focus on the Family. I am a Republican and a fan of Sarah Palin. What prompted me to write this was the unmitigated, puerile bigotry masquerading as serious political analysis. This is a smear of people who are religious and who honestly hold opposing views, and is just as vile as the charge of racism that’s being thrown around. It stuns me that anyone grants Blumenthal an iota of credibility.