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RAW DOGMA                                                                       written by Nkrumah Steward
Conservatives wonder why they have this image of being racist and exclusionary
Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott from ass backward Mississippi said at a party to celebrate Strom Thurmund that the state of Mississippi was proud to have voted for Thurmund in 1948, when Thurmund headed the states rights, anti-integration Dixiecrat ticket that captured 39 Southern electoral votes. "And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either".
Lott is proud to have voted for the anti-integration party.
Those are his own words.
If South Carolina is proud of voting for Thurmund for the past 52 years knowing full well that he is a segregationist that is sad but that is their business.
I am a sure Thurmund's opponents over the years brought up the fact that Thurmund's sheet was still sticking out from beneath the bottom of his coat several times over the years but evidently no one in South Carolina cared.
No, what is disturbing is when Lott said that if the rest of the country would've followed the anti-integration Dixiecrat ticket's lead then "we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years."
Exactly what problems would have been avoided by following the anti-integration Dixiecrat ticket?
That is where the confusion is for me.
Lott's apology is even more disturbing, "A poor choice of words conveyed to some the impression that I embraced the discarded policies of the past. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by my statement."
Some impression?
Nothing could be further from the truth?
How about issuing an apology where you correct our "wrong impression" and you explain what lead we should've taken from a ticket whose entire platform was based around maintaining Jim Crow laws and maintaining absolute segregation of the white and black race?
Lott's spokesman Ron Bonjean, when asked about the latest criticism, said Lott "made a sincere apology and it speaks for itself."
I don't think Lott wants us to let his apology just speak for itself. It won't shut up.
A simply sorry would've been better than adding to the statement that your poor choice of words conveyed some impression that couldn't be further from the truth. That is absurd.
As soon as Ken Connor, president of the conservative Family Research Council heard what Lott said he released this statement. "Senator Lott's ill-considered remarks will serve only to reinforce the false stereotype that white conservatives are racists at heart. Republicans ought to ask themselves if they really want their party to continue to be represented by Trent Lott."
False stereotype eh? And Republican's think they are unjustly perceived as racist because they are "pro-welfare reform" or "against affirmative action".
Personally, I do not want Lott to step down. I want him to stay in his position as Senate majority leader because I want people to see this party for what they are.
I look at politicians like I look at products on the free-market. Where there is a demand someone will come supply that need.
Why should Lott give a rats ass about offending blacks when he got all teary eyed and nostalgic about what coulda, woulda and shoulda happened if the anti-integration Dixiecrat ticket had gotten elected in 1948.
"Racial discrimination does not always violate public policy," those were Lott's own words too, when he was then a congressman from Mississippi in 1981. He wrote those words when he wrote a letter to the friend of the court brief that unsuccessfully urged the U.S. Supreme to stop the Internal Revenue Service from stripping the university's tax exemption.
This isn't new for him.
Blacks didn't vote Lott in office and apparently although they are nearly a majority in that state, they aren't voting him out of office.
All I want is for the all this talk about the Republican Party being wrongly stereotyped as being racist and exclusionary to cease.
There is nothing more idiotic than hearing someone say that there is no difference between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.
It must be nice to be that apathetic.
Republicans aren't making statements like Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California made concerning Lott's statement, "He can apologize all he wants. It doesn't remove the sentiment that escaped his mouth that day."
Instead Republicans are claiming that if you are angry about this whole deal you are just "playing the race card" for political gain.
What else do you need to know?
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Source: Associated Press
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