Archive for November 13th, 2007

Of course, Reagan exploited racism.

Nov 13, 2007 in Clueless Conservatives, Politics, Racism

Please. Just tell me he was from an older generation and get it over with. Old people get passes for being racist because we tell ourselves they don’t know any better.

But why pretend that the racist things he did and said were unlucky accidents?

It was understood that when politicians started chirping about “states’ rights” to white people in places like Neshoba County they were saying that when it comes down to you and the blacks, we’re with you.

And Reagan meant it. He was opposed to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was the same year that Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney were slaughtered. As president, he actually tried to weaken the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He opposed a national holiday for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He tried to get rid of the federal ban on tax exemptions for private schools that practiced racial discrimination. And in 1988, he vetoed a bill to expand the reach of federal civil rights legislation.

Congress overrode the veto.

Reagan also vetoed the imposition of sanctions on the apartheid regime in South Africa. Congress overrode that veto, too.

Throughout his career, Reagan was wrong, insensitive and mean-spirited on civil rights and other issues important to black people. There is no way for the scribes of today to clean up that dismal record.

To see Reagan’s appearance at the Neshoba County Fair in its proper context, it has to be placed between the murders of the civil rights workers that preceded it and the acknowledgment by the Republican strategist Lee Atwater that the use of code words like “states’ rights” in place of blatantly bigoted rhetoric was crucial to the success of the G.O.P.’s Southern strategy. That acknowledgment came in the very first year of the Reagan presidency.

Reagan’s been caught red-handed. There’s no rational reason to dive into Imaginationland yet again, but the rightwing authoritarians will continue to drive the propaganda of The Dearest Leader of All.

-jb

Thought-deprived goon of the day.

Nov 13, 2007 in Clueless Conservatives, Energy

This call to arms comes from the…ah, “Astute Blogger.”

THE ONLY THING STANDING IN THE WAY OF US EXPLOITING THE OIL IN THESE REGIONS (AND US BUILDING MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS AND MORE COAL-BURNING POWER PLANTS) IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY.

REPEAT: THE ONLY THING BETWEEN US AND CHEAPER ENERGY AND A GROWING WORLD ECONOMY IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY.

WE MUST DEFEAT THEM.

FOR THE CHILDREN.

Wow. Sometimes the sensation of disconnect from somebody who is drifting in Imaginationland is like a chill wind. It takes some serious sociopathic tendencies to say with a straight face, “We must increase our burning of coal…for the children!”

Yes, if it weren’t for the children we really wouldn’t be that concerned about powering the giant trucks scooting around the suburbs of America and keeping our TVs on. It’s all for the children! They’re the ones who have spent their whole lives in a technologically advanced world! They don’t know about simpler times like we do (we had four channels when I was a kid!).

Imagine the glee among coal executives that actual human beings are willing and ready to say such things without being paid massive sums of money. This “Astute Blogger” is blowing them and not even charging a quarter. He could at least ask for a cheeseburger!

-jb