Both Sides Redux
“…what have you done for me lately?”
Every good liberal worth their salt knew the moment that Steve Scalise’s (Republikkkan – LA) friendship with David Duke and other white supremacists was brought to the nation’s attention, that Wingnuttia was going to immediately bring up that late Democratic Senator Robert Byrd once belonged to the KKK, and that The Kenyan Usurper belonged to Rev. Wright’s church (“Reverse Racism!,” they screamed) and of course, Al Sharpton, whom The Confederacy thinks is Nat Turner reincarnated.
So it comes as little surprise that noted white power scandal sheet The National Review would put their favorite legacy hire and the best son in the world Jonah Goldberg onto the job of proclaiming false equivalency. And boy-howdy! does Doughy Pantload deliver the goods!
…Countless conservatives want to know: Why the double standard? Barack Obama was friends with a domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers. His spiritual mentor was a vitriolic racist, Jeremiah Wright. One of his administration’s closest advisers and allies is Al Sharpton, a man who has inspired enough racial violence to make a grand dragon’s white sheets turn green with envy.
Meanwhile, the Democratic party venerated the late senator Robert Byrd, a former Klansman himself. He was one of 19 senators (all Democrats) to sign the Southern Manifesto opposing integration. One of his co-signers was William Fulbright, Bill Clinton’s mentor.
And so it goes. Wingnuttia is as predictable as it is dense on the subject of race. We can go performa here and cite that the GOP was founded by Lincoln and that they fought for, and signed on to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but then it always goes silent, and Miss Jackson is warming up. So what have you done for Rick Santorum’s friends, the Blahs, lately?
We can start from Nixon-Reagan Southern Strategy and work our way forward, but I don’t think we need to. The Republicans have reformulated, regrouped, and rebranded. They now are the Confederacy reborn, they are working at rewriting our history to say (dog whistle ahead) that the Civil War was about States Rights, African Americans were better off as slaves (because generational poverty brought on by lack of opportunity is The New Slavery), and of course the Curse of Ham always subtly mentioned by Y’all Qaeda thrown in for good measure.
These are the people who would be delighted to tell Oliver Twist that he cannot have more soup.
UPDATE, and here’s a headline that’s gonna leave a mark: Much of David Duke’s ’91 Campaign Is Now in Louisiana Mainstream