St. Ronnie and Lee Atwater: together again
The Southern Strategy, that rancid bit of racism that Tricky Dick Nixon started and St. Ronnie perfected (with his minion Lee Atwater) has now come full circle:
Wisconsin Republicans are set to vote on a measure this weekend that would affirm the state’s right to secede from the union. Goodbye, U.S. of A., Hello U.S. of Cheese.
The Party of Lincoln is dead.
Honest-to-blog, what is wrong with these people? The GOP was essentially forged in the Civil War (they were on the winning side), and the South was vanquished in a war that still holds the record for the most Americans killed. And now, on about the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the GOP is reviving nullification and openly talking about secession? The South might have lost the war, but they have won the Republicans.
“This has been totally blown out of proportion,” said Michael Murphy, vice chairman of the 4th District Republican Party and a former chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a Ron Paul-affiliated outlet. “This is one sentence in one resolution out of 23 that were passed, it is one tag line out of a larger resolution discussing state sovereignty. At no point are we going to the convention and debate that we want to secede from the union, even though some paint that as the case.”
So what does the resolution say?
To be clear, the text of the resolution reads, in full, “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we strongly insist our state representatives work to uphold Wisconsin’s 10th Amendment rights, and our right to secede, passing legislation affirming this to the US Federal Government.”
That sounds pretty definitive to me. So how did it get there, blown out of proportion as it may be?
This, despite the fact that at the Sixth Congressional Republican Caucus in the northeastern part of the state, delegates in April passed a resolution reaffirming Wisconsin’s right to secede from the union should it choose to do so. The measure passed through the GOP convention’s Resolution Committee last week, and is set to be voted on (up or down) at the Republican State Convention this weekend.
But since the measure passed the caucus, Wisconsin Republicans of even the most Tea Party-ish, states’ rights variety have been quickly distancing themselves from it.
So at every step of the way, Republicans moved it along, they are still going to vote at their state convention whether or not to endorse the idea of Wisconsin possibly seceding from the Union. Why?
Lynette Clark, a leader of the Alaskan Independence Party, said that she was encouraged by the news of out of the Badger State.
“With fascism alive and well in Washington D.C., there are a lot of states that are looking to affirm their rights as republics,” she said. “Look at what is happening with the BLM and our good friend Mr. Bundy. Government agencies are out of control. It reminds me of Europe in the 30’s.”
Even Wisconsin Tea Partiers admit that, while no affirmative vote on secession would likely occur this weekend, one still could at some point in the future.
“I do believe that a state has the right to secede if the voters wish. I just believe it is necessary at this time. We are not at the point. We are talking about nullification,” said Lewis. “We are led to believe that the Civil War ended that debate [on secession], but it didn’t. The Civil War was a war; one side won, one side lost, and because of that they didn’t secede, but we can still have the debate.
“We are not saying we need to colonize the moon or anything crazy like that,” he added. “We are fighting for our constitution.”
No really, Dude. Your party is totally sane.
Wisconsin Republicans say they are not exactly sure how the resolution got through the caucus to begin with. “It was stuck in there by somebody, and nobody seems to know who,” said Welch.
It’s a mystery why racist outbursts only happen to Republicans, too. These things keep happening only to them.
(The Daily Beast)